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Wind can't stop Spartan

By BOB PUTNAM, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 3, 2002

SEMINOLE -- Lakewood's Dermillo Wise battled two things in the long jump Saturday -- his opponents and the elements.

He conquered both.

Wise beat the county's other top long jumpers -- Dixie Hollins' Kevin Marion and St. Petersburg Catholic's Chris Davis -- at the Osceola Relays, the first of two meets in which all three will compete.

Wise leaped 23 feet to set a meet record and did it going against wind gusts of up to 40 mph. He also broke his own record in the triple jump by going 44-1/2.

"I didn't really know how I would do today considering all the wind," said Wise, who was named the boys field event MVP. "But I'm pleased with how I did."

Wise was not the only athlete to have a record-setting day. Clearwater's Jason Jones broke the discus record with a throw of 165-7.

Largo set a team record in the boys shuttle hurdle relay (1 minute, 2.29 seconds).

The shuttle hurdle was one of three events the Packers won en route to winning the boys title (105 points). Chauncey Corbin was named boys running event MVP.

Largo also won the girls title with 112 points after dominating the distance events. The girls running event MVP went to Lakewood's Nadia Covington, who anchored the Spartans' winning 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relays.

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