3A-3 region track: Relay teams notch Hillsborough County's lone titles

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Thu. April 25, 2013 | Joey Knight | Email

At Punta Gorda, Strawberry Crest’s girls 4x100 relay team and the East Bay boys 4x400 squad captured the county’s lone 3A-3 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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