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Ram girls, Wildcat boys win SAC titles

By JAMAL THALJI, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published April 16, 2002

HUDSON -- The Ridgewood girls won their 14th conference championship at Monday night's Sunshine Athletic Conference meet, and the Wesley Chapel boys won their first. For everyone else, just finally getting the meet over with will suffice.

That's because the meet started Friday, but was postponed by a two-hour deluge that left Hudson's Cobra Stadium under water. The meet reconvened under blue skies, but it still seemed dreary.

One bad omen Friday was Mitchell's Kayln Kinnard going to the hospital for 24 stitches after an errant discus smacked her under the nose. Pasco's LaShawn Vaughns won the 100 on Friday in 12.48 seconds and was a top contender in four other events but missed the meet Monday because she had to testify as a witness in court.

Wesley Chapel's Kurt Able took a tumble running the 800 meters but still managed to finish sixth. Many times and distances took a tumble as well because of the unorthodox scheduling.

There were still outstanding performances, starting with River Ridge sprinter John Gilmore.

Pasco County's fastest man handily defended his titles in the 100 on Friday and the 200 on Monday for the third consecutive year. But even better, his 10.57 in the 100 is a personal-best, a school record, and the fourth-best time in the state based on the times on flrunners.com.

"That surprised the heck out of me," Gilmore said. "Honestly, I felt tired. I didn't feel like I could run that fast."

His 200 time was 22.52 and he was fourth in the triple jump (19 feet, 9 inches) as well.

Pasco's Keymo Pearson swept the jumps, winning SAC titles in the high (6-4), long (21-4) and triple (42-7). He also finished sixth in the 200 (23.74).

Wesley Chapel's Kenny "Junior" Roberts won the 110-meter high hurdles (15.52), the 300 intermediate hurdles (41.18) and helped the 4x400 team of brother B.B. Roberts, Jon Muhammed and Nick Carter to first place (3:44.42).

River Ridge's Emily Ollivier won the discus (99-9) and shot put (38-10). Ridgewood's Jen Hayes won the triple jump (33-3 1/2) and 100 high hurdles (15.97), was third in the long (15-11 1/4) and fourth in the high (4-10) jump.

Wesley Chapel's Angela Medvid scored an upset to win the 300 hurdles (46.19) over Hayes (48.92). Zephyrhills' Tiffany Tucker won the long jump (16-10 1/4), was second in the 100 (13.04) and third in the 200 (27.96).

Winning the pole vault was Pasco's Ben Alford (11-6) and Wesley Chapel's Autumn Yanchunnis (10).

Mitchell's Jeff Masterson win the 800 (2:02.79), 1,600 (4.29) and 3,200 (9:55.13).

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