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Regional meet has surprise qualifiers

By JAMAL THALJI, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published April 26, 2002

WESLEY CHAPEL -- No surprise, Pasco's Keymo Pearson will be at the state meet. The surprise is that teammate Garion Pope will be with him, and so will Wesley Chapel's B.B. Roberts.

Pearson, who was fourth in the state high jump last year, will return after placing third in the high jump at 6 feet, 6 inches and fourth in the triple jump (43-1) at Thursday's Class 2A, Region 3 meet at Wesley Chapel. Pope won the triple jump (45-61/2) and was second in the long jump (21-11).

Roberts had to come from behind to qualify for state in the 400, finishing third in 49.98 seconds.

Joining him at state will be teammate Greg Harrison, who was third in the 200 (22.33) and fourth in the 100 (11.08).

Also making the trip will be Wesley Chapel's Kurt Able, third in the 1,600 (4:36.28) and Kevin Forstad, fourth in the 800 (2:05.42). Wesley Chapel's 4x800 team took second (8:32.43).

Rams win team crown

BROOKSVILLE -- It was one of the most anticipated races, and it was over in the blink of an eye.

River Ridge's John Gilmore, who edged Springstead's Jamar Maner in the 100-meter dash by one-hundredth of a second at the River Ridge Invitational, was running against Maner for the second time this season.

But the rematch was a mismatch, as Gilmore won in 10.6 seconds, his second-fastest time of the year. He ran 10.57 at the conference meet.

"I don't know what happened," Gilmore said. "I raced him at our school, and he was right behind me the whole time."

Maner was second in 11.23.

Gilmore also won the 200 in 22.00, the long jump and anchored River Ridge's first-place 400 relay. Kale Durocher (pole vault), Adamm Oliver (shot put) and Chris Vergnaud (300 hurdles) won for Ridgewood, which won the team title.

Mitchell's Jeff Masterson won the 1,600 and 3,200.

-- FRANK PASTOR

Few Panthers advance

LECANTO -- Behind two second-place performances, Lecanto placed fifth with 50 points. Belleview won with 216.66.

Regional qualifiers included Bruce Emberley, who was second in the 400 meters (53.96 seconds), and Phil Reed, who took second in the shot put (45-111/2). The Panthers' 4x400 team placed third in 3:37.

-- KEITH NIEBUHR

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