St. Petersburg Times Online: Sports
TampaBay.com
Place an Ad Calendars Classified Forums Sports Weather
tampabay.com

printer version

Plant teams pull off sweep

GIRLS: The Panthers win by 14 points and place five runners in the top 25 for pace elite division.

By ANTHONY GAGLIANO
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 15, 2002


TAMPA -- Laura Bowerman and Jessica Forrester were neck-and-neck entering the final half-mile of the elite 5K run at the USF/Jesuit Cross Country Invitational on Saturday.

But Bowerman, a King junior, had the stronger finishing kick and edged the Bloomingdale freshman by almost four seconds to win in 19 minutes, 30.84 seconds.

Gaither's Amanda Quick, another freshman, finished third in 19:48.55.

"The new freshmen that are coming in are awesome runners -- Amanda Quick at Gaither and Jessica Forrester from Bloomingdale and then Melissa Kotchman at Indian Rocks Christian," Bowerman said.

Bowerman and Forrester would have posted better times, but they veered off course at one point. Rounding the 11/2-mile mark, the leaders made a right through an open fence coming up a hill when they were supposed to go left across the field. As a sophomore last year, Bowerman finished fourth at the Class 3A state cross-country meet. "That took both their times up by 15 to 20 seconds at least," King coach David Outlaw said of their detour.

Headed by Paige Redfield's sixth-place finish, Plant placed all five of its qualifiers in the top 25. Defending state champion Mallory Giordano finished 14th as the Panthers brought home a comfortable 14-point victory, outdistancing Largo, which placed Deanna Drugash and Layla Hau in the top 10.

In the 5K open run, Clearwater Central Catholic junior Apryl Wall overtook Shorecrest's Brittany Whitelock in the final 200 meters to take the crown.

"I had more energy at the end because I didn't go as fast the first mile," Wall said.

"I always have a sprint at the end, but this time I had a really good push, especially because she was so close to me.

Whitelock held a steady advantage, but tired in the closing moments as Wall kept up the pace and raced the final 200 meters before collapsing in victory.

"I was focusing on keeping the same pace throughout the whole race," Wall said. "I just wanted to keep going faster and faster. You have to always pick up your speed. That's what I did.

"The finish of the race is my favorite part, and I sprinted to the end."

Back to Sports
Back to Top

© 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111
Contact the Times | Privacy Policy
Standard of Accuracy | Terms, Conditions & Copyright
 

From the Times sports desk

College football
  • Maryland mauling
  • Florida remedies few weaknesses
  • As ugly as can be for Bulls vs. Hogs
  • College football: Sick child receives valuable gift
  • Special teams make progress for UF
  • Weather delays 1st half
  • Local star steps in for Terps
  • Sloppiness doesn't cost Miami in rout of Temple
  • Big East: Syracuse rebounds against overmatched R.I.
  • ACC: Tiger defense preserves victory after late fumble
  • Around the State: Printers leads FAMU at Riverfront Classic
  • Around the nation: Nevada quarterback helps knock off BYU
  • Big Ten: Freshman Clarett spurs Buckeyes
  • Big 12: Trojans give Buffs little in trouncing
  • Irish squeak by Wolverines
  • SEC: Texas Tech sets Big 12 mark against Ole Miss
  • S.C. miscues lift Bulldogs
  • C-USA: West Virginia escapes Cincy's comeback specialist
  • Pac-10: Oregon continues mastery of Idaho
  • USF stumbles badly out of the blocks
  • Arkansas' blitz, mistakes silence Bulls offense

  • NFL
  • Rams will not abandon their confidence game
  • NFL Game Day: Week 2

  • Golf
  • Tough times near end for Tampa Bay Classic
  • A threat has little effect on Fleisher

  • Bowling
  • Two-time titlist top qualifier for World Team Challenge

  • Motorsports
  • Battle in Texas to decide IRL
  • Montoya has fastest F1 lap

  • Track
  • Montgomery breaks world record in 100

  • Et cetera
  • Highs and Lows

  • Baseball
  • Rivera is upbeat over BP session
  • NL: Risk pays off for red-hot Cards
  • AL: A's silence Mariners bats again
  • Cold spells may doom Red Sox

  • Prep
  • Depth the difference as Jaguars, Tigers repeat
  • Seminole's turnaround culminates
  • This time, Warhawks outduel Hurricanes
  • Level of competition the focus for Mitchell
  • Second-place finish helps Bucs enjoy trip
  • Mustangs, Knights overcome course
  • Plant teams pull off sweep

  • Outdoors
  • Daily fishing report

  • Letters
  • Game between 'Canes, Gatorsis worth seeing every season

  • Rays
  • It's 100 down, more to come
  • Vaughn sits, waits, doesn't complain
  • Rays tales
  • Uptons anticipate a smooth transition

  • Bucs
  • Standard deviation
  • Walker will stick around
  • Kickin' back: Never an embarrassing moment
  • High Profile: Aaron Stecker
  • Chucky's Chalk Talk
  • Side line

  • John Romano
  • Ravens mortgaged future for title, with no regrets

  • Lightning
  • Fedotenko brings color to Lightning
  • Prospect Watch
  • Prospect lights up scrimmage


  • From the wire

    From the state sports wire
  • Jacksonville's Spicer placed on IR after leg surgery
  • FIU-Western Kentucky game postponed because of Jeanne
  • Brown anxious to face old team for first time
  • Dolphins' desperate defense readies for Roethlisberger
  • Former Sarasota lineman sheds tough-guy image with Michigan
  • Rothstein rejoins Heat as assistant
  • No. 16 Florida has history on its side against Kentucky
  • FSU and Clemson QBs both off to slow starts