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Freshman sweeps sprints

Nature Coast sprinter Danielle Doucet may have lacked experience at Thursday's meet at Berkeley Prep, but she certainly wasn't lacking for results.

By BRYAN BURNS
Published April 13, 2007


TAMPA - Nature Coast sprinter Danielle Doucet may have lacked experience at Thursday's meet at Berkeley Prep, but she certainly wasn't lacking for results.

The freshman, competing in her first district meet, captured first place in the 100 meters (13.21), 200 meters (26.52) and 400 (59.81), the latter two in convincing fashion.

"I've been placing pretty well throughout the year, but I didn't expect to place first in districts," said Doucet, whose Nature Coast girls team qualified six individuals and one relay team for next week's region meet and finished sixth overall.

"I didn't really have any expectations for this event. I was just trying to do my best. I thought I would get beat by everybody."

Academy of the Holy Names took first place with 141 points followed by Berkeley Prep (126). Hernando, which qualified eight individuals and one relay team for regionals, finished in third (77 points). Zephyrhills (five individuals, three relays) and Pasco (six individuals, one relay) came in fourth and fifth, respectively.

On the boys side, Sederrik Cunningham had an equally impressive day for Zephyrhills. The senior finished first in the triple jump (42 feet, 10.5 inches), 100 meters (11.28), 200 (22.28) and ran the anchor leg on the Bulldogs' 4x100-meter relay team.

"It went smooth, but I need to improve my times," Cunningham said. "My times aren't there in the 100 or 200. My mentality is just to respect all my opponents and come out confident. Come out and try your best - can't really do too much more than that."

Zephyrhills qualified nine individuals and two relay teams for regionals and finished in second (115 points) behind Jesuit (168). Hernando qualified seven individuals and two relay teams and placed fourth (82). Pasco (five individuals, one relay) tied Robinson for fifth place (54) and Nature Coast (one individual, one relay) was seventh (36.5)

"Team-wise, we did real well today," Cunningham said. "We got points out of the shot put, the triple jump, the pole vault - we got points in places we didn't expect to get points.

Class A, District 9

LARGO - Ryan Beeble and Michael Thurman made the most out of their day at Indian Rocks Christian, qualifying through a tough district and providing a few bright spots for Bishop McLaughlin, which finished seventh among eight boys teams.

Beeble, a sophomore, crossed the line third in the 400 meters in 53.48 seconds, a hair from second place (53.44). He finished third again in the long jump (18 feet, 6 inches). Beeble, Trae Williams, Daniel Ramirez and Frank Moore narrowly missed out in the 4x400 relay, finishing fifth.

Thurman, a sophomore, was sixth in the discus throw, but his runnerup shot put toss of 39 feet, 4 inches advanced him to Thursday's region meet in Naples. Andres Saavedra and Moore placed seventh in the 3,200 and 800 meters, respectively.

Northside Christian won both the boys and girls meets. Bishop McLaughlin totaled 31 points.