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Looking up

By BOB PUTNAM
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 12, 2002

The days are not so long anymore for Lakewood coach Eileen Givens.

When the season started last month, Givens had just six athletes and was devoid of enough quality runners to seriously compete in the 4x400 relay, the event the Spartans have won the past two years at state.

Since then, things have gotten much better. Givens recruited a few soccer players and Hope Wells, the missing piece to Lakewood's 4x400 team, returned.

Wells' arrival has been noticed. The Spartans have the county's fastest times in the 4x100 and 4x400.

"I'm able to sleep a little bit better now," Givens said.

Hurtin' for certain

While Lakewood is recovering, Clearwater Central Catholic is not.

The Marauders had to wait for Jessica Hallgren and Apryl Wall to return from a run at a state soccer title.

Soccer season is over, but Marauders coach Greg Ferguson is wondering when he'll get his athletes back. Both are nursing nagging injuries.

"It's been a long season so far," he said.

Best bet

The Lady Tornado track meet, a nine-team girls invitational featuring schools from northern Pinellas County, is Thursday.

Teams participating are East Lake, Clearwater, Dunedin, Largo, Osceola, Pinellas Park, Palm Harbor U, Seminole and Tarpon Springs.

Field events start at 3:30 p.m. and the running finals are at 6:30.

Five to watch

1. Nadia Covington, Lakewood: The senior was running event MVP at the Osceola Relays, anchoring the winning 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relays.

2. Monica Adams, Largo: Recovered from knee surgery last season, the senior is the leader in the 110 and 300 hurdles and helped the Packers win the Osceola Relays.

3. Dominique Warren, Pinellas Park: The first girl to win an event at regionals for the Patriots last season is the county's top performer in the discus and shot put.

4. Deanna Drugash, Largo: The leader of a dominant group of girls runners, Drugash has the best time in the 3,200 and the second-best time in the 1,600.

5. Melissa Moukawsher, East Lake: A versatile athlete, Moukawsher ranks among the top four in the county in four events.

Honor roll

Triple jump: Covington (Lw) 35-8, Adams (Lar) 35-71/2, Kohlbrenner (Dun) 35-7.

Long jump: Covington (Lw) 18-6, Moukawsher (EL) 17-0, Elliott (Sem) 16-53/4.

Pole vault: Newcomb (Ns) 7-0, Mathews (Lar) 7-0, Campion (EL) 6-7.

Shot put: Warren (PP) 39-51/2, Tate (Osc) 34-0, Bariteau (Ns) 32-11.

Discus: Warren (PP) 97-9, Tate (Osc) 97-5, Chapman (TS) 94-11.

High jump: Lecroix (PHU) 5-2, Tagaropvlos (TS) 5-2, Rivers (PP) 5-0.

100 hurdles: Adams (Lar) 15.56, Hatfield (Sem) 16.45, Moukawsher (EL) 16.88.

110: Hunter (TS) 12.08, Jackson (Gi) 12.38, Wells (Lw) 12.8.

1,600: Kotchman (IRC) 5:31, Drugash (Lar) 5:38, Savory (PHU) 5:45.

4x100: Lakewood 51.17, Boca Ciega 52.23, Pinellas Park 52.6.

400: Sanders (SP) 56.81, Covington (Lw) 1:00, Fraser (Sc) 1:01.53.

300 hurdles: Adams (Lar) 50.75, Moukawsher (EL) 50.84, Weaver (IRC) 52.21.

800: Fraser (Sc) 2:27.41, Savory (PHU) 2:31, Kotchman (IRC) 2:31.47.

200: Jackson (Gi) 26.04, Kidd (SP) 26.41, Jones (BC) 26.9.

3,200: Drugash (Lar) 12:12, Whiteloch (Sc) 12:40.83, Hunter (Lar) 12:48.

4x400: Lakewood 4:24.39, Largo 4:29, Shorecrest 4:29.83.

4x800: Seminole 10:24, Palm Harbor U 10:32, Shorecrest 10:35.2.

-- To report top marks or times, call Bob Putnam at (727) 445-4169.

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