By JAMAL THALJI, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published April 26, 2002
WESLEY CHAPEL -- Sara Petrick has never felt stronger, never felt faster, never felt so confident before. At Thursday's regional meet, it showed.
Petrick led Academy of the Holy Names with three school records, winning the 1,600 meters (5:27.53) and 3,200 (11:45.92) and leading the 4x800 squad of Caroline Engleman, Sarah Holcomb and Kendall Wilson to third place and another school record time (10:24.96).
Academy of Holy Names finished fifth with 47 points. Immokalee won with 124.
LARGO -- Lakeland Christian easily outdistanced the field Thursday notching 135 points to finish ahead of Shorecrest Prep (80.5) and Northside Christian (65.5).
Berkeley Prep finished sixth. Jaclyn Kaufman paced Berkeley with a 50.82 first-place finish in the 300 hurdles.
-- DUNN NEUGEBAUER
TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Tech won with 164 points followed by Plant (128), Blake (90) and Brandon (84.6).
Plant's Mallory Giordano continued her battle with East Bay's Lindsey Moffenbier by winning the mile by 10 seconds. Giordano then turned around and won the 880 with a time of 2 minutes, 27 seconds while Moffenbier took home the 2-mile title.
-- SCOTT PURKS
Underclassmen stood out as freshmen Vanetta Randle of Durant and Vickie Mitchell of Venice and sophomores Erica Woodard of Bloomingdale and Doneila Jackson of Durant compiled big scores.
-- ANTHONY GAGLIANO
CLEARWATER -- Backed by its depth, Wharton won a district title for the second year in a row, scoring 170 points to beat runner-up Gaither (110.5).
Kendra Smith, the state's leading triple jumper, won the event for the Wildcats with a leap of 38-feet and took second the 100 hurdles and fourth in the long jump.
-- BOB PUTNAM