Fierce drive to five in a row

Wesley Chapel easily dispatches county foes to win another SAC championship.

Published March 30, 2007

NEW PORT RICHEY - The Wesley Chapel powerhouse is rolling strong.

How strong?

The Wildcat girls cruised to their fifth consecutive Sunshine Athletic Conference title Thursday, scoring 197 points and winning 10 of 17 events.

Ridgewood came in second (109) followed by Land O'Lakes (88), Mitchell (55), River Ridge (52), Gulf (51), Zephyrhills (51), Pasco (34), Wiregrass Ranch (12) and Hudson (5).

"I was really proud of them," Wesley Chapel coach Kristi Frye said. "There's nothing I would change. Everybody did what they were supposed to do."

The Wildcats were led by big scoring from Patience Shackley and Jasmine Pleasant. Pleasant cleaned up in the sprints, winning the 100- (12.42) and 200-meter dashes (25.88).

Shackley won the 100- (16.04) and 300-meter hurdles (28.26), and the high jump (5-2). Her finish in the 300 hurdles was a personal best.

As anticipated, other winners included Wesley Chapel throwers Jeani Ducos (shot put, 35-06) and Arisa Bush (discus, 119-04), Desiree Vizcaino in the 800 (2:31.87) and Pasco's 4x100 relay (51.27).

Mitchell's Latoya Hillmon ran away with the 400 title (1:00.61) and Land O'Lakes took the 4x400 (4:14.66).

"These kids have been working hard for months," Frye said. "They're doing their workouts and hitting their times. They're working hard. That's why the payoff is coming."

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