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Ridgewood sweeps in SAC

Fannie Holmes was so nervous before Friday night's Sunshine Athletic Conference meet, she decided to put her faith in a higher power.

"I did a lot of praying," the Ridgewood senior said. "That helped."

There's no telling whether there was divine intervention, but Holmes had a heavenly performance at River Ridge High School, winning the triple jump (34-10{), the shot put (32-10{) and anchoring the winning 4x100-meter relay team. She also placed second in the long jump.

Holmes' performance paced Ridgewood to an easy team victory with 191.5 points. Hudson was second at 94.

Ridgewood's boys also were victorious with 175 points. Pasco, with only eight athletes, and River Ridge had 96.

Holmes called it her best meet of the season. The Rams needed a pick-me-up after the news star hurdler Char Foster's tender knee would cause her to miss the rest of the season.

The biggest surprise was the 4x100 victory. Seeded third in the final, the team of Katie Halkitis, Margarita Salas, Kendra Dearsman and Holmes led throughout.

Ridgewood also got standout performances from Lizzy Leigh, who won the 1600 and 3200 runs.

Hudson's Crystal Videgar won only the 400 in 1:01.59, failing to match her five-win performance in the county meet. "I knew I didn't feel really good," said Videgar, who was second in the high jump, triple jump and 200, and third in the long jump. "It was just one of those nights."

Pasco's Amber Stinyard took the 100- and 200-meter dashes.

Ridgewood's boys won with depth like they showed when Jim Vitale, Dave Kennedy, Dave Thomas and Brad Williams finished 1-2-3-5 in the 1600. Williams, Thomas and Vitale were also 2-3-4 in the 3200.

"A good, solid team performance," coach Glenn Cable said. "We're in good shape to go to districts."

Gulf's Nick Haynes stood out, winning the discus and shot put, and getting second in the high jump. Pasco's boys got victories from Roosevelt Miller in the long jump and Norman Graham in the 100.

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