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Mustangs sweep district crowns

Northside Christian proved that Thursday at Indian Rocks Christian where about half of the boys and girls teams qualified for next week's region meet in Naples, leading the Mustangs to both the boys and girls titles.

By ERIC MUSKATEVC
Published April 13, 2007


LARGO - Depth, not speed, kills.

Northside Christian proved that Thursday at Indian Rocks Christian where about half of the boys and girls teams qualified for next week's region meet in Naples, leading the Mustangs to both the boys and girls titles.

IRC and Northside switched last year's results for the girls, with the Golden Eagles finishing second. Calvary Christian was seventh out of eight teams. The same thing happened on the boys side with Cambridge in second this year.

The Mustangs' results were not surprising, but IRC's Victoria Avery and Jessica Jones, Calvary's Joe Cathey and Northside's Na Tasha Goodwin were the sole dual winners from the area. Avery, a freshman, won the 100- and 200-meter dashes, and Cathey took the distance runs of 1,600 and 3,200 meters for the boys.

Goodwin, a sophomore, long jumped 15 feet, 6.5 inches, and triple jumped 31 feet, 7 inches - both for blue ribbons. Jones, a junior, won both hurdle events, winning the 100 by more than two seconds (17.75) and the 300 by a hair.

Cody Sirgey and Brett Anderson helped pilot Northside Christian to wins in the boys 4x100 and 4x400 relays.

Indian Rocks Christian's Zach Rousonelos, who finished eighth in the state in the pole vault last year, advanced with a district title, vaulting 11 feet, 6 inches.

"It was one of those days where I just did my height and then got ready to help the team," said Rousonelos, a senior. "There was a lot of team competition."