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Younger Shark steals show at Hernando County Championships

BROOKSVILLE — After a one-year hiatus, the four prep track programs in Hernando County joined together once again Wednesday night for the Hernando County Championships at Central.

Nature Coast (120.5 points), which had won the last title before the meet disbanded in 2008, ran away with the boys title. Nature Coast (95.5) also edged Springstead (70.5) in the girls standings.

The most impressive performance of the meet might have come from Sharks standout Ju'Juan Story. The junior sprinter has played second fiddle to his older brother Antwan on the track his entire life. Antwan placed fourth in the 200 and eighth in the 100 at last year's state finals.

At the county meet, Ju'Juan defeated his brother in the 100 (11.29) for the first time — besting him by one-tenth of a second. According to the younger Story, he had never before won a sprint longer than the 40 against Antwan.

"I knew the time was going to come sooner or later," Ju'Juan said. "We support each other no matter what, even if we're in the same heat. I listen to him because he's my big brother, and I know he's always trying to help."

Ju'Juan also won the 200 (23.22), which Antwan didn't participate in. The duo is headed to the Florida Relays this week, but the two will not be head-to-head in the sprints. The success of Ju'Juan instantly makes him a contender for state this season.

Alex Livengood dominated the hurdles events for the Sharks girls, winning the 300 and 100 individual strides. She crossed the line in 51.25 seconds in the 300 and in 16.98 in the 100.

Danielle Doucet, who has medaled three times at state in the 400, won that event with a time of 59.98. She usually runs the 200, but she took that event off this time around.

"Coach (Ed LaRose) wanted to spread out the girls a little more for this meet," Doucet said. "I've been training so hard, and it's almost districts so I'm trying to step it up."

Doucet also competed in the 800, where she finished third (2:32) behind Springstead's formidable duo of Jackie White (2:23) and Mikayla Bogulski (2:29), who also finished 1-2 at last year's district meet.

Younger Shark steals show at Hernando County Championships 04/01/10 [Last modified: Thursday, April 1, 2010 12:20am]
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