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Wharton's Rodgers breaks record

The senior earns two titles and three medals but her junior teammate lets a win slip away.

By JOEY KNIGHT
Published May 5, 2007


WINTER PARK - On a day when Wharton senior Teona Rodgers engaged in some record breaking, junior teammate Katrina Skinner had to settle for heartbreaking.

Before overwhelming her opposition in the finals of the 100-meter hurdles at Friday's Class 3A track meet, Rodgers established a meet record in the preliminaries (13.33 seconds) to highlight a two-title, three-medal day for the Florida State signee.

Rodgers' preliminary effort snapped the 3-year-old record (13.53) shared by two runners. She won the finals in 13.65, more than .07 of a second faster than anyone else, before taking the 200 in a personal-best 23.44.

The hurdles title was Rodgers' second in as many years. The 24 points she collected individually represented half of Wharton's team total, good enough for third place. On the boys' side, Wharton (20 points) finished in a three-way tie for eighth.

"I broke all the goals I was hoping to set for myself, " said Rodgers, who also placed fifth in the triple jump.

Skinner's runnerup effort (5:05.49) in the girls 1, 600 provided the suspense Rodgers' dominance lacked.

Ahead by as many as 15 meters in the final lap, Skinner slowed down the stretch when both hamstrings tightened and was overtaken by Satellite senior Kaitlin Shiver (5:04.41).

In boys running events, Hillsborough's third-place finish in the 4x800 (personal-best 7:59.65) was the best area showing.

A handful of locals shined in the field events as well. Armwood senior Torrey Davis, a University of Florida football signee, placed second in the discus (174 feet, 2 inches), improving on his personal best by more than 6 feet.

Blake sophomore triple jumper Marissa McEleveen, who didn't start competing in the event until March, placed second (38-0.25). She also placed fourth in the long jump (17-4.75), one spot behind Wharton sophomore Amani Bryant (17-6.75).