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Warhawks breeze through Lady Tornado field

It would have been easy to strike Seminole off the list of contenders at the Dick Lacey/Lady Tornado Invitational.

Especially with all the obstacles thrown in its way.

Two point-scorers were absent. Devon Rich was nursing a sore hamstring, and Toni Hall was sick. In addition, the 4x800 relay team was disqualified, along with Palm Harbor University's, for not running enough laps.

Nevertheless, Seminole found a way to strike back with its depth.

Despite winning just two events, the long jump and the high jump, the Warhawks easily won the meet with 120 { points, 40 { more than the runner-up Hurricanes.

"Invitational meets are different," Seminole coach John Bordeaux said. "The events in these type of things are different from normal meets because there is not as much rest in between. But we adjusted and had a really good meet."

The Warhawks kept their undefeated season alive with a team effort. Seminole took second in six events and had at least one place-winner in all but two events.

The Warhawks would have been second in the 4x800 but missed out on the points because of the disqualification. Before being disqualified, Seminole and Palm Harbor University were dominant in the race, so much so they were lapping the other teams. That caused confusion, and there was an illegal exchange between the third and fourth runners from each team.

"I'm not blaming the officials," Hurricanes coach Rob Jenkins said. "I should have kept telling my girls to run and I didn't, so it's my fault."

Jenkins said his team might have done better but he decided to spread out his lineup to keep everyone fresh and used the meet as a barometer to see where the team stands.

"I was surprised," Jenkins said. "I thought we did well."

Lauren McKinley won the 1600 and anchored the second-place sprint medley for Palm Harbor University. The Hurricanes also won the shuttle hurdle relay.

For Seminole, Ashley Elliott came up big individually. The junior won the long jump with a county-best leap of 15 feet, 10 { inches and took second in the triple jump (33-6) and the 100 (12.4 seconds).

The other winner for the Warhawks was Antoinette Savino, who won the high jump with a leap of 4 feet, 10 inches.

The Warhawks will try to keep their undefeated season going with a tri-meet Tuesday, then get their next big test when they host the Seminole Rotary on March 27.