It doesn't take a big squad to win a big track meet, just a fast one.
Hillsborough High proved that as the Terriers used only six runners to top a field of 35 schools at the 36th Ed Wells Jr. Kiwanis Invitational at Jack White Stadium.
The Terriers won four events, including a pair of valuable relays and two individual events, plus two second-place finishes for 79 points. Sarasota Riverview nipped Orlando Oak Ridge by a point 50-69 for second place in the big field.
Osceola was highest Pinellas County finisher in fifth place (37).
The big winners for Hillsborough were Chandler Glover, Shomari McKenzie, Maurice Martin, and Willie Humphrey, who combined their talents for a meet-record 41.99 seconds in the 4x100 relay. The brother combination of Dennis and Terrance Brathwaite ran with Glover and McKenzie to win the 4x400 relay (3:21.42).
In between, Humphrey won the 100 meters (11.31) McKenzie won the 400 (48:55) with Glover second (49.44) and Martin was second in the 200.
Winnings were slim for the Pinellas contingent in the running events. Jerrad Sheppard of Osceola in the 200 (22:07) and Sean McCabe of East Lake in the 800 (1:58.0) were the only first-place finishers.
The field events, however, were more productive with Jules Fagan of Admiral Farragut a winner in the discus (169 feet). Fagan's teammate Bob Macsay (53.10\) and Jay Kulago of Seminole were 1-2, respectively, in the shot put.
One of the featured events, the high jump, was tainted when Jay Reckenwald of Clearwater slid off the mat after missing at 6-10 and banged his head on the concrete.
Reckenwald was dueling with Shawn Brown of Bloomingdale, who had already cleared 6-10. They had tied at 6-8 last spring at the state championship and both had already cleared 6-10 this season.
Reckenwald withdrew from the competition due to dizziness and Brown went tried 7 feet, but missed on three tries.
"I had hoped he would be in it," Brown said. "It would have helped me. It would have given me more incentive."