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Locals win titles at Golden South
Posted May 26, 2012 by Bill Ward
Updated May 27, 2012 at 12:02 AM
Several of Hillsborough County’s top prep track and field athletes were competing today at the 36th annual Golden South Classic at The First Academy in Orlando.
Leading the way for county athletes in the boys’ competition were seniors Paul Barrett of Gaither and Nick Medich of Jesuit. Barrett stepped up from the 300 hurdles to the 400 hurdles, the event he will be running in college next season, and captured first place in 52.97 seconds. Barrett has yet to make a college commitent.
Medich, meanwhile, earned a tie for first place in the high jump at 6-4. Medich is set to compete at Florida State next season.
On the girls’ side, Land O’Lakes’ Hallie Grimes, Wharton’s Tyler Watson, Hillsborough’s Jorian Ordway and Alonso’s Quatasia Fantroy teamed up to blast to a first-place time in the 4x400 relay in 3:48.22. This foursome, as well as Barrett, were representing The Matrix Track Club of Tampa.
Ordway turned in the top individual performance by an area girl with her third-place effort in the 400, where she ran a lifetime best of 55.77.
In the girls 4x100-meter relay, Gaither’s Kiana Bryant, King’s Carrol Hardy, Wharton’s Mikayla Barber and Fantroy finished fifth in a time of 47.53 seconds.
In the girls 100 hurdles, Steinbrenner’s Alexis Wright, who is headed to Miami on scholarship this fall, was sixth in 14.86. Wright also competed in the triple jump, where she took another sixth-place medal wit a mark of 37 feet, 8.75 inches. Fantroy was eighth at 36-9.5.
In the boys 110 hurdles, Gaither freshman Samson Moore was fifth in a lifetime best of 14.21.
In the girls 400 hurdles, Watson ran the event for the first time and took fourth in 1:03.89.
In the girls 100, Hardy grabbed seventh place in a personal record time of 11.94.
In the girls long jump, Academy of the Holy Names junior Ryann McEnany hit a mark of 18-3.75—a PR—to take the seventh-place medal.
In the boys 4x400, Barrett, Moore, Blake’s DeAndre James and Freedom’s Anthony Hendry teamed up to take fifth place in 3:22.80.