Westcoast Invitational Track Meet: Lakewood girls, Largo boys take titles

LAKEWOOD — Kiona Anderson had a big day at the Westcoast Invitational Track Meet. Her Lakewood Spartans teammates had an even bigger meet.

Anderson won individual events Friday in the triple jump, 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles, then teamed with Kala Funderburk, Gincy Marcelin and Juliann Battiest to capture the 4x400 relay. For the first time in her career, Anderson picked up four first-place medals in a meet — and hoped to wear them all to school on Monday.

As a team, Lakewood took first in the girls division while Largo was champion of the boys division.

"I wanted this very badly," said Anderson, who pointed out winning wasn't her only goal. "The competition right now for me is the clock. I'm trying to run faster times to get recruited for college."

Funderburk picked up individual victories in the 200- and 400-meter dashes. Shanice Akins of Largo was first in the 100 and runnerup to Funderburk in the 200.

Gibbs took second for the girls and Delashey Williams was a big reason. Her freshman year, Williams won the Westcoast discus competition. She repeated last year and won her third straight title this year. Not only does she plan to sweep the first-place ribbons four years in a row, she plans on launching the disc 40 feet farther than her 102-foot throw Friday. Williams finished with two victories, winning the shot put for the second straight year.

Austin Mai was first in the discus and second in the shot for Largo. Gabe Ramos and Rick Pluta finished 1-2 in the 1,600.

Westcoast Invitational Track Meet: Lakewood girls, Largo boys take titles 03/21/09 [Last modified: Saturday, March 21, 2009 12:10am]

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