Zephyrhills and River Ridge earn victories at the Suncoast Relays.
By JAMAL THALJI
Published March 27, 2004
NEW PORT RICHEY - The most important thing to remember about Friday night's 12th annual Suncoast Relays is this:
It's all in good fun.
Fun being the operative word as nine Pasco County teams and Nature Coast Tech cobbled together lineups from whoever wasn't in Gainesville for the Florida Relays, competing in a meet in which teams' combined distances and times determine the winners.
The River Ridge boys and Zephyrhills girls came out on top, edging the Ridgewood boys and River Ridge girls at Gulf's W.D. "Des" Little Stadium.
It was the second meet this week for Royal Knights coach Erik Hermansen's boys and his team's second win this season, taking the title by eight points.
"It was a fun meet, and we got to compete in a lot of events you usually don't see," he said. "It's a good tuneup for next week."
Next week is the Sunshine Athletic Conference meet at Mitchell's Mustang Stadium. Bulldogs coach Michael Stanton said he hopes his girls' health improves for that big meet.
"We're battling a bunch of little injuries and illnesses right now," he said. "I had three of my best runners out (Friday), but we still did really well. We had some girls surprise us."
Such as Lauren Vollmer and Renee Austin. They helped the county's best 4x100 teams strike again. Zephyrhills' Cannellios Ansley, Jose Espinoza, Tony Smiley and Sidney Williams won (44.61) the boys relay, and teammates Marisa Penix, Santana Lennon, Austin and Vollmer won the girls race (52.96).
Lennon, Lauren and Kristen Vollmer also won the long (44 feet, 2 inches) and triple (90-2) jumps. Lennon's long jump of 15-7 and triple jump of 31-2 led the way.
The Bulldogs' Marta Heidenreich, Sheddrick Cunningham, Christine Heim and Casey Finley won the throwers relay (52.00).
The Royal Knights' trio of Justin Coile, Phil Petrini and Alex Pasquine won the high jump. Petrini's 5-8 leap led his team. Jahmaal Osbourne, Zach McDevitt and Jeremy Bilancione won the long jump led by Osbourne's 18-2 leap. The girls high jump was won by Kelly Bruce (team-best 4-10), Gina Fredrickson and Salyssa Locke.
The co-ed distance medley of Williams Gonzalez, Samantha Jacobsen, Brett Litak and Danielle Coyle won (12:46.45). Gonzalez, Litak, Pasquine and Alex Kylap won the boys 4x800 (9:00.2) and Gonzalez, Litak, Kylap and Bilancione won the 4x1,600.
The Ridgewood co-ed shuttle hurdles relay of Matt DeSantis, Andre Richard, Monica Mirable and Heather Stonestreet won their event (1:08.49). The Rams' John Hickey led teammates Ryan Sanders and Greg Lynch to a win in the shot put (116-101/2) with a throw of 41-8. Likewise Coulter Revak's discus toss of 133-4 led Ridgewood teammates Mike Galizia and Josh Curtis to a win (365-7).
The host Buccaneers swept the pole vault. Gulf's Michelle Mendonca and Amber Shuhart won the girls vault (15-0) with Mendonca's 8-6 leap tying the meet's best with River Ridge's Lauren Douglas. T.J. Dickey, David Dorsey and Jason DeBeaumont won the boys vault (28-6) led by Dickey's 10-0 vault.
Wesley Chapel's girls 1,600 medley team of Megan Green, Jerrica Cabrera, Aisha Afre and Annie Frelick won their event in 5:01. The boys long jump team of Charles Preddy, Michael Albin and Enrico Pearson won (104-7) thanks to Preddy's leap of 36-5.