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Doc takes two

Gaither senior Doc Marshall medals at state in the 100 and 200.

By JAMAL THALJI, Times Staff Writer
Published May 9, 2004

GAINESVILLE - On a night when seven state records fell at Saturday's Class 4A state championships at Percy Beard Stadium, nothing came easy for Hillsborough County athletes.

Gaither sprinter Doc Marshall was undefeated during the regular season. But he wasn't able to run in the biggest meets of the year, such as the Steak N' Shake or Florida Relays. Nor could he train the way he wanted to this year.

So the senior was at a disadvantage against the state's best in the last races of his career. That didn't stop Marshall from earning two medals, finishing sixth in the 100 meters with a time of 10.92 seconds and placing eighth in the 200 (22.01).

"It was a real challenge," Marshall said. "I didn't have the competition, but I still did good. I improved."

Marshall picked the state meet over Gaither's prom, but don't feel sorry for him.

"I'll just go to the after party," he said.

Gaither teammate Amanda Quick barely could stand and was taking oxygen after her tough night. Weeks of illness finally caught up to Quick at the state meet.

But that didn't stop the sophomore from helping 4x800 relay teammates Katie Quick, Heather Zarbo and Kathryn Kramer to a personal-best 9:53.18 (they placed 10th). Nor did it stop Amanda Quick from medaling in the 1,600, taking eighth (5:14.56). That race left her with an elevated heart rate, but even that didn't stop her from gritting out the 3,200 at night's end.

"I think it just kind of caught up to her (Saturday) night," coach Ladd Baldwin said. "She's not full healthy, and then she had to run districts and region and state in a matter of weeks. The 2-mile, maybe she shouldn't have run it, but she wanted to.

"What's great is to say that you had a bad race (but) a 5:14 mile is awesome, and to medal when you feel lousy? I think that's a positive in that sense."

Bloomingdale's Connie Fleming qualified for her first state meet this season, and the senior made it count, earning a medal in the discus and finishing sixth with a toss of 124 feet, 5 inches.

From Friday's Class 3A state meet, notables include: Tampa Bay Tech's Ashley Parson, who was fourth in the 400 (12.28) and fifth in the 200 (25.44), East Bay's Paige Williams was fourth in the 1,600 (5:13.61) and Blake's Shenquia Pressley was fourth in the 400 (57.09) and teammate Brittany Clark fourth in the shot put (37-9).

Tampa Bay Tech's Shenita Howell was seventh in the discus (115-7), teammate Melissa Cousin was seventh in the pole vault (10-6) and Jefferson's Briana Yorker was seventh in the long jump (17-53/4).

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