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Wildcats claw way into state

JAMAL THALJI
Published May 2, 2003

WESLEY CHAPEL - Angela Medvid took the bronze in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles at last season's Class 2A state track meet.

This season, she's thinking gold.

Medvid will return to state to compete in the 100 hurdles, the 300 intermediate hurdles and the 4x100.

She was one of the many Wildcats who qualifed for next week's Class 2A state meet at Gainesville's Percy Beard Stadium in Thursday night's Class 2A, Region 3 meet at Wildcat Stadium.

"I just want to try and win it this time," Medvid said. "I want to finish my year at state."

Medvid won the 100 hurdles with a personal-best 15.21 seconds and was second in the 300 hurdles (46.97). Then she was on the third-place 4x100 relay team (50.85) with Jasmine Cabrera, Dija Phaire and Melissa Sams.

Teammate Stephanie Amerman took second in the 1,600 meters (5:34.90).

Ashley Martin took fourth in the shot put (35-9), as did Phaire in the 400 (1:02.32) and Jerrica Cabrera in the 300 hurdles (48.22). The 4x400 squad of Sami Polston, Heather Meglino, Lindsay Lucado and Phaire finished fourth (4:22.91).

Gulf's Michelle Mendonca finished second in the pole vault, leaping 9 feet to qualify for her first state meet. Also making her first appearance is Zephyrhills freshman Santana Lennon, who was third in the high jump (4-10).

Immokalee handily won the region title, scoring 105. Academy of Holy Names edged Wesley Chapel by two points to take second place from the defending runner-ups.

'Canes take title

It was a good day to be from Citrus County at the Class 2A, District 2 meet.

The Citrus girls won a district championship with 88 points while Crystal River finished fifth with 66 points out of 17 teams.

Citrus senior Myesha Hollis finished in the top four in five events, winning the long jump and triple jump and finishing third in the 100 meters. As she ran the last leg of the qualifying 4x100 relay, she thought her night was over,

"I did it for the girls, they wanted to go to state, now they're going," Hollis said.

But her night was not over as she filled in for a teammate in the 4x400 relay, which finished second. She qualified for state in three events last year. She wasn't the only 'Cane to win a title as Caela Fitzpatrick won the 1,600.

Fitpatrick said she dropped three seconds from her previous best by going 5:49.90.

"I didn't think I had it," Fitzpatrick, a freshman, said. "I'm excited about going to state."

Crystal River got championships from Denise Jay in the 800 and Holly VanSicklen in the 3,200. Jay was also on the winning 4x800 relay and ran the 4x400, which finished third. VanSicklen ran a personal best 12:30.58. Her previous best was 12:34.

"I'm really happy I came here not knowing what time I would get," Vansicklen said of her win.

Jay ran the 800 in 2:33.42, a full second off her personal best at the begining of the season.

"I was not happy with the time but the place," Jay said.

Also qualifying was for Crystal River was Brenna Driver (shot put). Citrus' Maggie Lanigan was third in the discus and Caitlin Montgomery fourth in the 3,200.

- KRISTEN LEIGH PORTER

Rams get 14th title

NEW PORT RICHEY - Jenn Hayes still can't figure it out.

After clearing 5 feet, 2 inches in the high jump as a freshman, the Ridgewood athlete doesn't think she matched that mark last year and jumped 5-0 only once this season.

"I was not improving in that," Hayes said.

At Thursday's Class 3A, District 9 meet, coach Sue Vien took Hayes out of the high jump and put her in the 400-meter relay, freeing her to concentrate on her stronger events.

Hayes responded by winning four events as Ridgewood ran away with its 14th district team title at Mitchell's Mustang Stadium.

"Let's face it, (Hayes) is the stud," Vien said. "Four first places and a second. Jenn leads the way."

The title, which Ridgewood celebrated with a short victory lap, held special meaning for the Rams, who missed a 15th Sunshine Athletic Conference title by two points last week.

"There were a lot of places we could have picked up the two points we lost by," Hayes said.

Natricia Wade was first in the discus and Heather Bertling won the 200, but Ridgewood scored most of the points in the field events.

Ashley Prescott and Anna Lowe placed in the pole vault, Latrasha Holmes and Lameka McClendan in the shot put and discus and Jenna Beckett and Jennifer Bislick in the shot put.

Hayes took care of most everything else, winning the 100 hurdles (15.44), triple jump (35-4) and long jump (15-8) and joining Tiffany Powell, Michelle Cotharin and Ashley Krupiniski on the first-place 1,600 relay squad (4:20.35).

The top four individuals and relays in each event advanced to the Region 3 meet May 9 at the University of South Florida.

- FRANK PASTOR

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