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Wesley Chapel relays shine

By BOB PUTNAM
Published May 7, 2005


CORAL SPRINGS - Wesley Chapel's boys and girls teams have always dominated meets thanks to their overwhelming depth. The Wildcats put those numbers to good use this season, winning conference and district titles and placing in the top two at regionals.

But the abundance of athletes thinned out at the Class 3A state meet at Jim Caldwell Stadium, so much that Wesley Chapel didn't think about team titles or first-place finishes.

It was all about placing.

The Wildcats did that as their girls and boys 4x100 relay teams both medaled.

The girls took fifth in 48.97 seconds, the boys seventh in 43.40.

"We're just glad to have kids get medals," Wesley Chapel coach Brian Colding said. "I was real happy for Aaron Dickler and Nigel Bryant. They're both seniors and this was their first time to medal at a state meet."

Wesley Chapel tied Mitchell as the only North Suncoast programs to place in the top eight in more than one event.

Jeff Masterson's quest to defend his 3,200 title came up short. The Mitchell senior was sixth in 9 minutes, 38.69 seconds. He finished ahead of his closest Pasco County competitor, Land O'Lakes Steven Bell, who was 10th in 9:42.04.

Last season, a bereaved Masterson completed the exhausting task of winning a state title for his father, George, who died in 2003 after a long bout with cancer.

Masterson's teammate, Anthony Napolitano cleared 12-feet in the pole vault to finish seventh.

Central's Jeffrey McNair heaved the discus 152-feet to finish fifth. Lecanto's 4x800 relay team also took fifth in the 4x800 relay with a time of 9:54.31.