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Bulldogs, Panthers grab titles

The Stewart girls and Pine View boys end other middle-school teams' conference runs.

By STEVE LEE, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published May 5, 2002


WESLEY CHAPEL -- The Pine View boys and Stewart girls each ended opposing teams' streaks in the Pasco County Middle School Athletic Conference track and field titles.

Pine View's win April 23 at Wildcats Stadium ended a four-year run by Weightman's boys team.

Stewart's victory that day, its first title for boys or girls track teams, halted the Pine View girls' two-year run.

"We were just strong right across the board: in field and running," Pine View coach Mike Hill said. "We were deep in every single event.

"It's going to be really tough replacing these eighth-graders."

Stewart coach Janie Roman echoed Hill's remarks.

"I have excellent athletes and I have depth," she said. "We had strength in every event."

For Roman, it marked her first conference title in 25 years of coaching the sport. That includes three years coaching at Zephyrhills High.

The Panthers' 112 points easily surpassed boys runner-up Seven Springs (66 points) and third-place Stewart.

Pine View won seven of 12 events.

Two of those wins came in field events with Caz Piurowski tossing the shot put 44 feet, 11/4 inches and Korey Prince hurling the discus 132-71/2.

Ed Be ran the hurdles in 15.17 seconds, Chris Renteria won the 800 meters in 2:14.23 and Steven Bell took first in the 1,600 in 4:52.23.

The Panthers' team victories came in the 400 relay (Be, Evan Keel, Jarrett Santana and Jay Woolf in 48.53) and 1,600 relay (Keel, Renteria, Ross Hughes and Bell in 3:59.64).

Stewart had one event winner in the girls competition, but the Bulldogs had seven second-place finishes and three thirds for 109 points. Runner-up Weightman had 78 points and third-place Pine View had 76.5.

Stewart's 400 relay team of Kristen Vollmer, Brittany Jordan, Lauren Vollmer and Nelly Guzman won in 54.85. Stewart's 800 medley relay team of Marisa Penix, Lauren Vollmer, Santana Lennon and Allison Ramirez came in second in 2:01.11.

The Bulldogs' other seconds were Lennon in the high jump (4-10) and 200 (27.86), Renee Lail in the hurdles (17.13), Ramirez in the 400 (1:06.54), Kristin Donahue in the 800 (2:41.29) and Donahue in the 1,600 (5:48.73).

Stewart's three thirds were Penix in the long jump (14-2 1/4), Lennon in the 100 (13.28) and Britney Wilt in the 800 (2:42.79).

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