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SRC's Roth takes four events in A-7

In addition to the high jump, 100 and 200, Chris Roth helps the Warriors set a 4x400 school record.


© St. Petersburg Times, published April 22, 2003

ORLANDO -- Chris Roth was all business Monday at the Class A, District 7 track and field meet at the Payne Stewart Athletic Complex. The top four in each event advance to the Region 2 meet, so the Seven Rivers Christian senior did not mess around.

Roth won the high jump (5 feet, 6 inches), 100 (10.9 seconds) and 200 (22.55) and took second in the long jump (19-11). He was also part of the 4x400 relay team which won in a school record 3:33.37.

"Chris was the class of the field on the track and off," Warriors coach Scott Lyons said.

Roth scored 48 of the Warriors' 86 points, helping them to finish fourth of seven teams despite having just five boys.

"He's a machine," Lyons said. "I said you can only score a total of 50 points, so what was the problem?"

The 4x400 team included Damian Lyons, Daniel Woods and Richard Capra, and was in third when Lyons took the baton and ran a 51.37 split.

"It was the last event of the day and a heck of a way to win it," said Scott Lyons, Damian's father.

Lyons also took second in the 400 in 52.98 and fourth in the long jump in 19-6. Capra was third in the 400 in 53.50.

The girls also finished fourth with 101 points. Two of the Warriors' top finishers are not old enough to be in high school.

Eighth-grader Taylor Cooke won a district title in the 3,200 in 12:50 and was second in the 1,600 with a time of 5:40.

"Her time wasn't great in the 2-mile but it didn't need to be," Lyons said.

Seventh-grader Rachael Capra was third in the 400 in 1:06 and fourth in the high jump at 4-8. Capra also qualified in the 4x400 relay with Carla Rosebrough, Bethany Woods and Danielle Albury, which was fourth in 4:45.

Albury was third in the high jump (4-10) and the triple jump (28-8) to advance.

Junior Amy Cortese also qualified in three events. She was fourth in the 100 high hurdles (20.78) and 300 hurdles (58.43) and third in the pole vault (5-7) despite not vaulting in many meets.

"Amy Cortese did a great job," Lyons said. "She's come in the second half of the year and done well."

The Warriors' 4x800 team also qualified for region by finishing fourth in 13:18, with Chelsea Ebert, Lacey Lyons, Rachel Ebert and Bethany Woods.

Ebert was third in the discus at 86-6 to round out the list of Seven Rivers qualifiers. The Region 2 meet will be May1 and is also at the Stewart complex.

Winter Park Trinity Prep took the boys and girls district team titles.

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