For St. Petersburg senior Shantel Bentley, race time is rage time.
"I always get really, really angry before running," the Green Devils senior 4x100-meter relay star said. "I don't know why, I just think of a lot of stuff and I'll be like, 'This (anger) is what has to get (the baton) to the next person.'"
Lividness never seemed as fluid as it did Wednesday afternoon at Leto High.
Sparked by Bentley's strong second leg, the Devils - Bentley, classmate Jaque Fields, sophomore A'leah Black and freshman Rayven Kirkland - notched a season-best time (48.9 seconds) to win the Class 4A, Region 2 title.
"We're really competitive," Black said. "My mom always taught me to leave it on the track, no matter what you're going through. This is my life, so I have to."
Operating with far less rage but no less resolve was Countryside senior Paul "Megadeth" McKenna. Shattering his personal-best time by more than 10 seconds, McKenna won the boys 3,200 (9:35.26).
He and the top four finishers in each of Wednesday's events earned berths in the May 4 state meet in Jacksonville.
"It's just my coach (Ray Friedman) and the way he's been peaking me," McKenna said.
Elsewhere, East Lake's Artavis Scott rallied for a triple jump title, scratching on his first two tries before recording a 43-feet, 1-inch effort on his final attempt. Scott also finished second in the long jump (22 feet).
St. Petersburg's boys, meantime, shined in the field events, with junior Jeremy Kerr finishing second in the shot put (47-5.75) and fourth in the discus (136-3.75). Senior Cayman Ellis prevailed in the pole vault.