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Alonso’s Davis captures gold at UF Relays

Posted Apr 6, 2012 by Bill Ward

Updated Apr 6, 2012 at 08:12 PM

Alonso senior Jordan Davis highlighted area performances at Friday’s Florida Relays in Gainesville by winning the boys long jump in a lifetime best and school record mark of 22 feet, 5.25 inches.

Davis, a football signee with Florida International University, had his best series of jumps ever. He started out with a mark of 21-11.75, hit his winning jump on his second attempt and, following a foul, had a jump of 22-5.25.

Teammate William Taylor-Haynes was also in action for the Ravens on Friday, finishing fourth in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.61 seconds. A total of 51 hurdlers were in the event. Another Ravens star, Quatasia Fantroy, took sixth in the girls long jump at 17-8.25 on her second-to-last-attempt.

Riverview junior Faith Woodard also had a strong showing at the meet, placing second in the high jump at 5-6, just an inch off her personal best.

Another impressive performer from Hillsborough County on Friday was Bloomingdale sophomore Andrew LeBlanc, who finished first in his heat of the 800-meter run and ninth overall in 1:56.91, nearly a four-second improvement on his personal record.

In the girls discus, Chamberlain junior Andrea Aaron had a toss of 114-7 to take 8th place.

The big showdown of the meet in the 100-meter dash between Orlando Boone’s Marvin Bracy and Orlando Jones’ Levonte Whitfield, never materialized. That’s because Bracy, a Florida State signee, committed what most agreed was an obvious false start in the heat with Whitfield, a junior who is Bracy’s cousin. Despite chants from the crowd of “Let him run, let him run,” Bracy was disqualified by the starter and had to walk off the track.

Action at the meet continues to today, including the 4x1,600-meter run, where Plant’s girls face one of the nation’s best in the event, New York’s Saratoga Springs High.

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