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Track: Blue Jackets boys squeak by

Despite a rough showing in the long jump, Admiral Farragut's boys win the team crown.

By JHIATTN
Published March 2, 2008


CLEARWATER - Josh Burch now knows exactly what he has to work on if he's going to be a contender for track and field honors in the postseason.

Burch and several other Admiral Farragut teammates combined for a first-place finish at the third annual Calvary Christian Invitational on Saturday, but the Blue Jackets learned a valuable lesson in the long jump.

Burch fouled on his second and third attempts. He had to settle for a 19-foot jump for fourth place, instead of a 22- or 23-foot jump that would have won.

"I could have done better," he said. "But I'll be coming back real hard."

Overall, Burch and several teammates had a great meet. Burch was first in the triple jump and fourth in the 100-meter dash. Blake Spero was second in the 100 and 200 dashes. Thomas Ferrante was runnerup in the 110 hurdles, and the Blue Jackets were runnersup in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.

Admiral Farragut coach Phil Barnhill was a little surprised.

"We just kept scoring a little bit here and a little bit there, and in a meet like this, when you get some quality points, it will get you somewhere," Barnhill said.

The Blue Jackets finished with 96.5 points. Berkeley Prep (90) was second, and Mount Dora Bible School (78) was third.

Clearwater Central Catholic's Micah Poole won the 100 dash in 11.20 seconds and the 200 dash in 23.86. Northside Christian's Tyler Stowell was first in the 110 and 300 hurdles. The host school was led by Joe Cathey with a victory in the 3,200 run and Corey Eberle with a win in the long jump.

In the girls meet, Lakeland Christian took top honors with 96.5 points, followed by Berkeley Prep with 82. Keswick Christian placed third, and coach Lance Lipham was thrilled.

"I told the girls coming into the meet that if we finished in the top five, I'd be a happy old man," he said. "And to finish third and get a trophy makes my day."

Sarah Nunnally was the only individual winner for Keswick. She earned her first career victory in the shot put. Danae DeVaul, Chelsea Wozniak, Erin Powell and Kate Carl combined to win the 4x100 relay for the first time in school history.

Erica Bolline was a two-time champion for Admiral Farragut's girls. She was seeded 11th in the long jump and fifth in the triple jump, but won both events.