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Knights top PHU

Published Sep. 13, 2005

On the strength of its distance running, host Jesuit won its sixth district title in seven years in the Class 4A, District 12 track meet on Friday. Meanwhile, Robinson's sprinters came up big to give the Knights the team title over Palm Harbor University in the girls competition.

Jesuit's Pete D'Amore won the 800-meter and 1,600 events, while teammate Paul Curlee placed second in the 1,600 and won the 3,200. In fact, the Tigers took three of the top four spots in each of those races.

Scott Lundy, son of Jesuit coach Mike Lundy, won the pole vault after sustaining a hamstring tear and fractured pelvis in the event two years ago.

"The rehab was not fun. It was a long road back," Lundy said. "I jumped terribly today (12-6), but I know I can go 14-1."

Osceola's Kevin Smalley was a surprise in the field events, winning the shot put and the discus. "I didn't think he'd win both," Osceola coach J.L. Wilburn said. "He's strong in the discus, but that was his best shot put of the year."

Blake made a tremendous showing in the sprints and hurdles. Devorris Stokes won the 100 high hurdles and the 300 intermediate.

"It was a close race," Stokes said of the 110 final. "(Osceola's Peter Shields) almost caught me in the middle, but I gave it all I had and edged him out at the end. Thank God!"

Blake's Joe Whitehead took the 100 and 200 titles, as well as the high jump. He also anchored the 4x100 meter relay team that won with a time of 44:19.

In the girls competition, heavy favorites Henika Clark and Tiffeny Williams, both from Robinson, did not disappoint. Defending state champion Clark won the 400 and 200, while Williams won the 100 and triple jump.

"I don't usually run the 100, but coach said give it a try; so I did, and I won," Williams said. Clark, however, said she was not pleased with her 1:00.66 time in the 400. "I should be running that down around 56.8," she said. "I need someone to push me more."

The Palm Harbor University distance runners also fared well, including a victory by Lauren McKinley in the 1,600. PHU had three of the top four finishers in the 800, 1,600, and 3,200.

Freshman Sophia Collins of Blake, who won last week's Western Conference meet in the 100 meters, was disqualified for a false start in the district 100 final.