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Warhawks, Spongers, Packers take team titles

Published October 7, 2004

In south Pinellas County Wednesday night, Seminole swept the boys and girls divisions at the Viking Invitational. Up north, it was the Largo girls and the surprising Tarpon Springs boys who won the Dunedin Invitational.

What does it all mean? Stay tuned for the Oct. 14 Pinellas County Athletic Conference meet at Taylor Park to find out.

It was an ideal evening to race, though at the Dunedin Invitational conditions were a bit too ideal. Organizers had to scrap the original course, scrambling to lay out a new one at Highlander Park that was only 2.9 miles, which explains all the fast times.

There were no such problems at St. Petersburg's Crescent Lake Park, where St. Petersburg's Kerry Allen and Tommy Nagy did what they do best: whip Pinellas County foes.

Allen finished in 19 minutes, 18 seconds to clinch first by 40 seconds. Afterward, Allen said it was hardly her best race.

"I think I took it out too fast and didn't really run even splits," Allen said."But besides that it was pretty good. I was able to maintain my pace pretty well but not as well as I'm used to."

Nagy's goal was to rebound from a fourth-place finish at last week's City Championships. He did more than that Wednesday, with a personal- and county-best 16:35.

"I just wasn't having that good of a week," Nagy said. "I was overloaded at school. But it all just came together at one race."

But as teams, the Green Devils could have used a little bit more. The Seminole boys won by 56 points over runnerup St. Petersburg. Second-place Tony Nicolosi (17:03) led a Warhawks team that placed eight in the top 14. The Seminole girls won by 13 over St. Petersburg, as Heather Nicolosi finished third (21:12) and Mary Magee was fourth (21:12). Lakewood's Ali Crabb (19:58) was the girls runnerup.

At Highlander Park, Largo didn't run its top boys. That allowed Tarpon Springs, led by runnerup Charlie Fanning, to slip by Palm Harbor U. for the top spot by 20 points. The Hurricanes' Alex Gonzalez won the boys race. Clearwater's Alex Lechner won the girls race, PHU's Stephanie Rancich was second and Largo's Kaley Matthews, at third, led the Packers to the team title.

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