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3A-3: RELAYS FOR WIN

At Punta Gorda, Strawberry Crest's girls 4x100 relay team and the East Bay boys 4x400 squad captured the county's lone region track titles.

The Chargers foursome, led by seniors Brittany Barber and Yasmine Gardiner, placed third in the prelims (49.27 seconds) before recording a season-best time (48.58) in the finals. Gardiner was also runnerup in the 200; Barber was fourth in the 100. Chargers freshman Terra Brooks earned a state meet spot with a third-place finish in the triple jump. Armwood junior KiKi Newsome was fourth in the shot put.

The Indians boys 4x400 team - Noah Williams, Ryan Rannie, Dequan Charles and David Wykes - also delivered a season-best effort (3:20.14) to edge Naples Barron Collier.

Other state qualifiers: Strawberry Crest senior Karel Hamilton (third, 400), Lennard senior Avery Shaw (fourth, 800), Armwood junior Austin Gallon (fourth, 110 hurdles; second, high jump), Hawks sophomores Jordan Greene (third, 300 hurdles) and Aaron Covington (fourth, high jump), Crest junior Chauncey Thomas (second, triple jump) and Lennard senior William Hood (fourth, triple jump).

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