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With finish line in sight, Sharks' 4x100 relay reeled in by Mandarin in the final meters.
By SCOTT PURKS,Times Staff Writer
Published May 6, 2007
WINTER PARK - There were no state champions from Hillsborough County, but the 4x100 relay team from Riverview and Durant's 800-meter runner Kevin Jones came oh so close.
Riverview's Malcolm Shavers, Montrael Albury, Earnest Polite and Dentarius Locke raced around Winter Park's Showalter Field track and held the 4x100 lead with about 10 meters to go.
"I really thought we were going to win when I got the baton, " said Locke, the anchor. "But (Mandarin's Harold Howell, who won the 100- and 200-meter individual races) moved his legs a little faster."
Locke crossed the line in 41.58 seconds, 0.27 seconds behind Howell and just 0.03 ahead of third-place Gaither. Riverview's relay effort, coupled with points scored by Albury in the triple jump and Locke in the 200 and 100, helped make it the Tampa Bay area's highest boys' team finisher (12th with 20 points).
Meantime, Jones, recuperating from a strained knee suffered last week, finished the 1, 600 meters in 4:19.25, less than a second behind Colonial's Alex Wills.
"I didn't feel too good tonight, " Jones said. "I think maybe taking it easy from the knee injury hurt my (fitness) for (the finals). But, you know, I'm pretty happy. Getting second in the state isn't too bad."
The only individual state winner from the Tampa Bay area was Palm Harbor's Madison McNary, who won the girls' 100- and 200-meter dashes in 12.10 and 24.29 seconds, respectively.
"What a feeling!" said McNary, a junior. "I didn't even make it to state last year, so this is extra special. This shows how all that hard work pays off. Man, what a feeling!"
Her two first-place finishes also made Palm Harbor the highest-placing area girls team at ninth with 20 points. The next-highest team finisher was Gaither (seven points for 20th).
Other outstanding individual performances from Hillsborough County included: Gaither's Katie Quick, fourth in the 3, 200 meters (11:35), Gaither's Jarvis Giles (fourth in the 100 in 10.86), and East Bay's Lacy West and Gaither's Morgan Scherschel (fifth in the pole vault at 9 feet 6 inches).