Track: Cowboys, Terriers triumph at Nash Higgins Relays

Hillsborough's boys lock it up with field event wins, and Gaither's girls show success in the hurdle relays.

By PETER PUPELLO, Times Correspondent
Published March 2, 2008

TAMPA - The Hillsborough boys and Gaither girls emerged atop the final rankings with 80 and 67 points, respectively, using their depth to stay ahead at the Nash Higgins Relays at Leto.

The Terriers first displayed their speed in the 4x100 relay with a time of 43.20 seconds, then showed their endurance in the 4x400 relay to clinch the win. The Terriers also won the shot put and long jump, in which Terrance Mitchell set a record with his jump of 24 feet, 1 1/2 inches.

Leto's 4x330 hurdle relay team of Darius McCroy, Tarique Greensbury, Antwan Howard, and Jeremy Deering also set a record, finishing in 2:51.47. Gaither's girls finished in the top four in several events, including both the 4x330 and 4x110 hurdle relays, and the discus throw.

"It's always nice to win, but that isn't our goal," Gaither coach Ladd Baldwin said. "It is early in the season, so for now our goal is to have a lot of depth and have fun."

Gaither received strong performances from Yesenia Perez, Morgan Scherschel, and Ashley Nieuwendam, who all played integral parts in securing a first-place finish in both hurdle relays and helped their team place high in the long jump, high jump and triple jump.

"In a meet like this, you can't come in and be the best team in just one area," Baldwin said. "You have to try and score everywhere, and that was a positive for us."

Brandon's girls finished second (59), winning the triple jump. Plant's boys took second (65), finishing first in the discus. Wharton's four-time defending champion girls didn't participate in the meet.

CALVARY CHRISTIAN INVITATIONAL: Berkeley Prep took second place in both the girls and boys divisions at the Clearwater meet. Lakeland Christian's girls and Admiral Farragut's boys won team titles. Berkeley's Allison Higbe was first in the pole vault and second in the 100 hurdles. Richard Blake of Berkeley Prep was a two-time winner in the 800 and 1,600 runs.

Times correspondent Doug Kates contributed to this report.