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Knight jumps to state berth

By JAMAL THALJI

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 6, 2000


River Ridge's Jessica Verga qualified for the Class 4A state meet Thursday night, taking third place in the region in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet.

Verga qualified at the 4A-2 meet at Plant City She was the only Royal Knight girl to advance to the state meet, which is May 12 at the University of Florida.

Verga was a jump shy of taking third place and just 4 inches shy of the top leap, turned in by Plant City's Lonnie Whigham.

The junior will join John Gilmore, the Royal Knights' other state qualifier. The sprinter qualified for the state meet in the 100 meters by taking fourth in 11.2 seconds.

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