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Vaughns, Medvid lead list headed to state

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

WESLEY CHAPEL -- Pasco sophomore LaShawn Vaughns and Wesley Chapel's Angela Medvid were the headliners at Thursday night's Class 2A, Region 3 meet at Wildcat Stadium.

Medvid won the 100-meter high hurdles in a school record 15.56 secords and the 300 intermediate hurdles in 47.34. Teammate Autumn Yanchunnis won the pole vault (10 feet, 6 inches) as Wesley Chapel took its first regional titles.

"It's a relief," Medvid said. "I didn't think I'd ever break 16 in the 100."

Joining the pair at next Saturday's Class 2A state meet at Coral Springs will be Vaughns, who qualified in four events. She won the long jump at a school record 17-71/2, finished second in the 100 (12.54) and 200 (26.01) and third in the 400 (1:00.41).

Zephyrhills' Kristen Benedini won the 800 (2:33.09) and Tiffany Tucker was second, setting a school record in the long jump (17-21/2). Gulf's Dawn Selvidge was fourth in the 100 hurdles (16.63). Hernando's 4x800 team of Katee Lukas, Danielle Churchill, Olivia Murray and Leela Hadsock won (10:16.39).

Also going to state is Wesley Chapel's Jennifer Robinson, third in the shot put (35-101/2) and Pasco's Amanda Newsome, fourth in discus (99-7) and Chantell Burns, fourth in the triple jump (32-7).

Hayes paces Rams

BROOKSVILLE -- Bronchitis and a sinus infection kept Jennifer Hayes from practicing for three days last week. But it couldn't stop the junior from leading Ridgewood to its 14th district title.

Hayes advanced to the regional meet in four events and picked up 38 points for her team, which outscored Central 188-87.

"My chest feels like I had a bowling ball in me," she said. "I have all this congestion, it's tough getting going."

Hayes won the 100-meter hurdles and triple jump and took second in the high jump and long jump.

She was happiest to advance in the high jump (4 feet, 10 inches) because the event gives her the most trouble.

"This year and last year, I haven't been doing well in high jump," Hayes said. "My freshman year, I came out and got 5-2 my first meet and I've only been able to do that once this year."

Teammate Elizabeth Sheridan won the 1,600 and 3,200. Michelle Cotharin (high jump), Natricia Wade (discus), Tiffany Powell (100) and Dawn Gryce (300 hurdles) also won events for the Rams.

Central's Tiffany Mobley won the 200 and long jump and took second in the triple jump.

-- FRANK PASTOR

Lecanto dominates field

LECANTO -- Kate Wheeler won three events and her teammates won three more as Lecanto claimed the district title with 219.50 points, well ahead of Belleview (131).

Wheeler was first in the high jump, long jump and 100 hurdles. She also qualified for regionals in the triple jump (third) and 300 hurdles (third).

Amanda Howard won the 1,600 and 3,200 for Lecanto. Nicole Gasiorek claimed the 400 title.

Kylene Colasanti advanced in the high jump (fourth), pole vault (third), 100 hurdles (third), 300 hurdles (second) and 4x400 (second).

Jill Bandhauer was second in the shot put.

-- KEITH NIEBUHR

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