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Specht comes up short once again

Shorecrest sophomore is runnerup in triple jump for second straight year.

By BOB PUTNAM
Published April 28, 2007


WINTER PARK - On her third attempt Friday, Shorecrest's Samantha Specht hopped, stepped and jumped a personal-best 37 feet, 7 3/4 inches in the triple jump. It was the sophomore's best leap at the Class A state meet, but it was not good enough to win.

Specht was runnerup for the second straight year, finishing behind North Florida Christian's Michelle Jenije 38-4.

"Second place isn't that bad, " Specht said. "I'm used to it."

It was a recurring theme. Specht also was runnerup in the 400 meters for the second straight year, finishing in 58.47 seconds, one second slower than Faith Umoh of Dade Christian.

Specht wasn't done. She teamed with Lindsey Evans, Sarah Evans and Pavendeep Birk to place third in the 4x800 (9:57.74). Specht also joined Taylor Tremaine, Casey Evans and Birk to finish third in the 4x400 (4:10.89).

Specht was a point-scoring machine, accumulating 28 of the Chargers' 35 points for fifth place overall.

"I felt like I was able to do some things (Friday) to help our team, " Specht said. "I know the first-place finishes will come. I have time."

On the boys' side, Calvary Christian's Joe Cathey stayed with the lead pack for much of the 3, 200-meter race and took third in 9:46.97. Admiral Farragut Academy's Alex Banks, Alhen Drillech, JB Gilbreath and Thomas Deeter took third in the 4x800 in a school-record 8:20.28. The Blue Jackets were 11th overall.

"(The 4x800) was the event that we had all worked for this season, " Banks said. "It's such a big deal to break the school record considering how strong of a track program we have here."

Bob Putnam can be reached at Putnam@sptimes.com or at (727) 445-4169.