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Pinellas County teams bring up rear at the Charles Johnson Invitational

The Brandon boys and girls teams shared the same formula and were able to get the same results: championships in the Charles Johnson Invitational on Saturday.

Depth carried both Eagles teams to victories. For the boys, it was their third consecutive Charles Johnson title.

The girls won their second meet in a week, following up on their success in the Griffin/Manuel Relays.

On the boys side, Brandon finished with 127 points, while Hillsborough and Chamberlain tied for second with 122 points.

For the two Pinellas County boys teams _ Dunedin and Boca Ciega _ it was an uneventful afternoon. The Falcons finished fifth with 47 points and Boca Ciega was last with 22. There were no local girls teams in the meet.

There were a couple of bright spots individually for Dunedin. John Anderson won the 880 meters in 2 minutes, 8.30 seconds and was third in the shot put (42 feet, 10 inches).

"We were not really at full strength," Dunedin coach Randy Lightfoot said. "We are really looking at this as a rebuilding year."

Dane Hair was third in the mile (4:57.60) for the Falcons.

For the girls, Plant City (98 points) and Hillsborough (96) rounded out the girls top three behind Brandon (128).

"We're making progress each week," Brandon girls coach Al Goff said. "We want to get as many athletes to state as possible."

While all-around excellence carried the team standings, the most intriguing competition may have been for the girls most-valuable-athlete award.

Tampa Bay Tech's Tavia Ball, who won the triple jump and the 880 meters, earned the recognition, but King's Benetta Mungin and Plant City's Christie Brady deserved consideration.

Mungin dominated the sprints, winning the 110, 220 and 440. Brady showed versatility, winning the long jump, high jump and the mile.

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