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Williams returns for more

He's back.

Last year, the Times' chose Dunedin junior Brian Williams as its Athlete of the Year in track.

Now he's returned for another campaign, bound to be better. Williams was picked last year because of his county best in the 100 meters (10.7 seconds), 200 (21.9) and 400 (48.3) along with a third-best in the triple jump (44 feet, 9 inches) and his relay endeavors.

Along with teammate Trevor Scrivens, who was second to his own now graduated teammates in both the 110 and 300 meter hurdles, he'll form part of an awesome twosome for Coach Randy Lightfoot's 1994 Falcons.

"Both of them should be improved," Lightfoot said. "They are a year older and a year more experienced."

Add the long jump to Williams' events and the usual relays and he'll have a long and profitable day at the meets.

Williams, of course, is not the only standout expected to emerge this season. There is Ray Vega of Boca Ciega, for example, who will also challenge for all-around honors.

Last year Vega was a county best in the triple jump (45 feet, 3} inches), second best in the long jump (22-10}), third best in the 300 hurdles (39.5) along with running the Pirates' relays.

The sprints also expect to produce challengers in Leroy Stewart of Dixie Hollins and Paul Mack of Dunedin, plus a young, developing crop of sprinters.

In the middle to long distances, it could be a two-way race between senior Chris Schmidt of Dixie Hollins, a standout since his freshman year, and fast-improving Lou Snelling of Seminole, who missed last yearbecause of injuries.

Snelling finished the cross country season near the top of the pack, including a 16:21 at the 5A state championship meet, while Schmidt ran a 16:32 over the same course in the 4A meet.

Ray Friedman of Gibbs, the dominant distance runner last year has transferred to Tampa Gaither, leaving the field open to Schmidt, Snelling and possibly Luis Delfin of Admiral Farragut.

Scrivens, Vega and Jamal Lyles of Clearwater should lead in the hurdles.

In the field events, the pole vault competition should be fierce, with a host of candidates for the top honors, including Chris Daniels and Pete Boozalis of Clearwater, Michael Badder of Largo, Mike Johnson and John Perry of Northside Christian and Aaron Apostolico of Countryside. All are capable of starting at 12 feet.

In the shot and discus, Ed Brabant of Seminole was a very close second all last year to county-best Jason Hatcher of Countryside, with best throws of 49-8{ and 153-6, and should be odds-on favorite for No.

1 this year.

Vega and Williams should lead triple jumpers; Vega and Dixie Hollins' Nate Bradley are expected to be best in the long jump; and Jonathon Villacampa of Northside Christian and Mike Stout of East Lake should lead high jumpers.

Team competition will be close, with Dunedin, Northeast, Clearwater, and Boca Ciega all capable of grabbing top honors among the big schools, while Northside Christian and Admiral Farragut should duel for the small school crown.