Raising the Bar
By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published April 23, 2003
Thomas Hendry reached new heights in the pole vault last week.
Competing against Dixie Hollins in a dual meet, Hendry, a junior at St. Petersburg, cleared 14 feet, 3 inches, breaking a school record that stood for 38 years.
The vault was his season best and ranks sixth among all classifications by flrunners.com.
The other vaulters ahead of him on the list are in other classifications, making him the leading title contender in Class 4A.
Joining the Ranks
Hendry was not the only Pinellas County boys athlete who performed well last week.
Dunedin's Andrew McClure tossed the discus 167-2 at a tri-meet. It was his best throw of the season and ranks fifth in the state by flrunners.com.
But unlike Hendry, McClure has three competitors with better throws this season in his class (3A).
Check It Out
District meets in Class A and 2A start this week.
The 2A-10 meet will be Thursday at Jesuit. Field events start at 1 p.m. and running finals are at 7. Last season, Jesuit won the boys title and Academy of the Holy Names won the girls title.
A-11 is Friday at Shorecrest. Field events start at 3 p.m. and finals are at 6. Admiral Farragut won the boys title and the host Chargers won the girls last season.
Five to Watch
1. Jimmy Downing, Clearwater: He won the 800 meters and ran a leg on the winning 4x400 relay team to help the host Tornadoes finish second at the Pinellas County Athletic Conference meet two weeks ago.
2. Nate McPherson, East Lake: A consistent scorer, McPherson won the 800 at a tri-meet last week in 1 minute, 58.03 seconds, the second-best time in the county.
3. Ralph Butler, Pinellas Park: He was a conference champion in the high jump, clearing 6-2, his best of the season.
4. Clayton Hofstra, St. Petersburg: A cross country runner, Hofstra won the 1,600 and 3,200 at the West Coast Invitational.
5. Munir Muwwakkil, Pinellas Park: A weightlifter and football player, Muwwakkil's strength is evident in the shot put and discus. He placed third in both at the PCAC meet.
Triple jump -- Genes (BC) 44-0, Lane (Ne) 43-11, Washington (BC) 42-11; Pole vault -- Hendry (SP) 14-3, Berman (BC) 12-0, Senghrzchann (Osc) 12-0, Anderson (Ns) 12-0; Long jump -- Lane (Ne) 23-0, Washington 22-111/2, MacLao (Lar) 21-7; Shot put -- Lynch (Cs) 51-11, Eguia (Sem) 49-2, Hanson (BC) 49-1; Discus -- McClure (Dun) 167-2, Muwwakkil (PP) 153-0, Murphy (Lar) 151-0; High jump -- Filer (Cs) 6-4, Mannix (Lar) 6-2, Barnes (BC) 6-2, Gwyn (Cs) 6-2, Butler (PP) 6-2, Maximin (Osc) 6-0; 100 hurdles -- Wagner (Ne) 15.09, Lawson (PP) 15.48, Moore (Gi) 15.53; 100 -- Marion (DH) 10.59, J. Harris (Clw) 10.62, Filer (Cs) 10.66; 1,600 -- Cormier (SPC) 4:28.22, Lyons (CCC) 4:28.7, McClymont (Lar) 4:29.4; 4x100 -- Lakewood 42.12, Boca Ciega 43.03, Clearwater 43.04; 400 -- C. Harris (Clw) 50.09, Lambert (DH) 50.25, Johnson (Lw) 50.30; 300 hurdles -- MacLao (Lar) 39.64, Downing (Clw) 40.52, Large (Sem) 40.57; 800 -- Secord (SPC) 1:56.94, McPherson (EL) 1:58.03, McClymont (Lar) 2:00.90; 200 -- Genes (BC) 21.53, Marion (DH) 21.75, J. Harris (Clw) 21.90; 3,200 -- Lyons (CCC) 9:46, Holden (IRC) 10:01, Sullivan (SPC) 10:01.09; 4x400 -- Largo 3:29.1, Clearwater 3:29.42, Boca Ciega 3:30.38; 4x800 -- St. Petersburg Catholic 8:08.34, Largo 8:31, East Lake 8:34.