By DUNN NEUGEBAUER
© St. Petersburg Times
published April 26, 2002
LARGO -- Lakeland Christian easily outdistanced the field Thursday notching 135 points to finish ahead of area squads Shorecrest Prep (80.5) and Northside Christian (65.5).
Shorecrest's finish was largely due to the running of senior Jenny Fraser, who won two individual crowns and was part of another on a relay squad.
"If I had to name an MVP for the day, it'd be her," coach Jeff Raab said.
Fraser won the 800 in 2 minutes, 21.85 seconds, the 400 in 59.22 and ran a leg of the 4x800 relay squad that won in 10:04.95. Fraser won't be alone at the state meet in Coral Cables next week, as teammates Brittany Whitelock (fourth in the 3,200), Emma Boston (fourth in the 400), Tatiana Yepes (tied for third in pole vault) and Lauren Friedberg (fourth in the long jump) will make the trip. Raab's 4x100 relay team also qualified.
Northside Christian received solid performances from its 4x400 relay team that took second. Individually, Carrie Bariteau was second in the 200 and third in the shot, Kathleen Hunter was fourth in the 1,600, Tiffany White was runner-up in the high jump, Kelly Reynolds third in the pole vault and Michelle Mullins third in the discus.
WESLEY CHAPEL -- Osceola's Kimberly Conaway was the only Pinellas girl to advance from Thursday night's regional to next week's state meet at Coral Springs.
She earned her trip with a second-place finish in the 300-meters intermediate hurdles with a time of 48.65 seconds.
St. Petersburg Catholic's 4x400 team seemed headed for fourth place and a trip to state as well, but in the final leg coach Jeff Ehlert said the Barons' runner was apparently tripped up and fell to the track, and the team fell all the way to last with a time of 4:45.46.
Ehlert was upset because no infraction was called. A judge's call disqualifying the boys 4x400 team, which would have finished second, added to St. Petersburg Catholic's woes.
Immokalee won the regional title, scoring 124 and Wesley Chapel was the runner-up with 68.66 points.
-- JAMAL THALJI
SEMINOLE -- There will be plenty of orange and green at next week's Class 3A regional meet. Seminole placed at least one participant in the top four of 12 of the 17 events Thursday evening at the district meet.
Seminole amassed 193 points, well ahead of second-place Largo (121) and third-place Lakewood (107).
Seminole's Devon Rich won the 100 meters in a time of 14.98 seconds. Sarah Stargel won the 1,600 in a time of 5:24.40. Madeline Parhalo was Seminole's champion in the 800 (2:27.74), Antoinette Savino was first in the high jump (5-0) and Seminole's 3,200 relay team won in a time of 10:17.
Lakewood's Nadia Covington had the most productive night. Covington won first place medals in the triple jump (39-31/2), 400 (59.46) and the 200 (25.54).
East Lake's Melissa Moukawsher was impressive in her long jump win with a leap of 17 feet, 2 inches. Moukawsher also advanced in the 300 hurdles with a third-place finish, and in the triple jump with a leap of 34-8.
The top four finishers in each event advance to next week's regional meet.
-- RODNEY PAGE
CLEARWATER -- St. Petersburg's Ashlee Kidd won two events, the 200 and 400 meters, at the district meet.
Individual winners turned out to be the focus for Pinellas because the team title was a battle between Hillsborough County schools.
Wharton, using its depth, 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.
Kristen Fleming (high jump), Erica Landers (100 meters) and Natalie Moser (300 hurdles) won for Wharton, as did its 4x400 relay team.
The Cowboys finished second thanks to their performance in the field events and distance races. Dara Altman, the defending state champion in the pole vault, won with a leap of 11 feet. Besides Altman, Gaither's Natalie Caldwell (long jump), Katlyn Truesdale (800) and Heather Dickson (1,600 and 3,200) and the team's 4x800 relay team also won.
The only other county winner besides Kidd was Pinellas Park's Dominique Warren, who took first in the shot put.
-- BOB PUTNAM