PHU sprints to fourth place

Madison McNary leads the way with wins in the 100 and 200-meter dashes.

Published April 27, 2007

TAMPA - Palm Harbor University sprinter Madison McNary can lay claim to the title of fastest female in the region.

The junior finished first in the 100-meter (11.92 seconds) and 200-meter (24.51) dash, winning both events handily to help lead her team to a tie for fourth place, highest among area teams.

PHU qualified three individuals and two relay teams for next Saturday's state meet and finished with 41 points. Vero Beach won the meet with 80.

Countryside's Danielle Biaso had a throw of 111 feet, 3 inches in the discus to take first in that event. Biaso finished third in the shot put (35 feet, 5 inches) to help Countryside to a ninth-place team finish.

East Lake qualified four individuals for state and finished in a tie for sixth with 38 points. St. Petersburg had two individuals advance and Pinellas Park one.

On the boys side, Countryside, led by Ryan Messmore's first place in the 400 meters (49.84), had the most qualifiers for state among local teams with four individuals along with the 4x400 relay making the cut.

The Cougars finished in a tie for fourth team-wise with 47 points for the area's highest finish.

Matthew Brown of PHU was victorious in the 300 hurdles, placing first with a time of 38.46, over a full second faster than second place, to help the Hurricanes to a tenth-place finish.

Largo qualified two individuals, and its 4x100 relay team for state.

Pinellas Park's Dominic Bell finished second in the 400 (50.07) for the Patriots' lone qualifier.

Sarasota Riverview took first place in the region with 74 points.