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Marion, Davis set marks at Disney

By BOB PUTNAM, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 24, 2002

Dixie Hollins' Kevin Marion and St. Petersburg Catholic's Chris Davis established new standards in the long jump at the Disney Showcase.

Both topped the meet's previous best (23 feet, 1 inch) and took the top two spots in Saturday's invitational at Lake Buena Vista's Wide World of Sports Complex.

The spotlight, though, belonged mostly to Marion, who broke a meet record in his signature event for the second time this week.

He went 24-21/2 to win. The mark broke the meet record by more than a foot and was an inch better than his previous best, set four days earlier during a record-setting performance at the Ed Wells Jr. Kiwanis Invitational.

"I felt pretty good and knew I went far," said Marion, who set the Disney record on his third jump. "But I actually thought I went farther on my second jump (a scratch). I think I might have gone more than 25 feet on that one."

Marion also finished second in the 200 meters and fourth in the 100.

Meanwhile, Davis went 23-2, an inch better than his season-best.

Davis' teammate, Sam Secord, won the 800 and Boca Ciega's Roberto Rodriguez won the high jump. Rodriguez was also a member of the Pirates' runner-up 4x400 relay team. Other second-place finishes were Seminole's Derek Pakus in the pole vault and Dixie Hollins' Marlon Flakes in the 110 hurdles.

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