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Hillsborough track district meet previews

Class 4A-District 6 at Wharton

WHEN: Wednesday, field events begin at noon

TEAMS: Alonso, Freedom, Steinbrenner, Sickles, Wharton, Wiregrass Ranch

OUTLOOK: Because of their depth, Steinbrenner’s girls look like the favorite for the team title, but there is little doubt the Warriors will get pushed by Alonso, Freedom and Wharton. Watch for Hillsborough County meet champion Bryanna Rivers to lead the 800 and 1,600 runs as she makes a push toward the state meet. Alonso’s Lynette Robertson is another double threat in the long jump (17-7.5) and the triple jump (36-1). Sickles’ James Zentmeyer, who finished second at the state cross country meet, appears to be on track for a strong run at the state meet in the 3,200 meters. Expect a close race between Steinbrenner’s and Wharton’s girls 4x800 relay teams, which both rank among the top 10 among all classifications in the state with times under 9:39.

Class 4A-District 7 at Spoto

WHEN: Thursday, field events begin at 1 p.m.

TEAMS: Bloomingdale, Durant, East Bay, Newsome, Plant, Plant City, Riverview, Strawberry Crest, Tampa Bay Tech

OUTLOOK: Bloomingdale’s boys 4x800 relay ran a blazing time of 7:51.88 at the Florida Relays and could break the 7:50 mark before the year is over to take home back-to-back state titles in the event. The Bulls currently rank No. 4 among all classifications in the state by a little more than two seconds. Individually, Riverview’s Maia Carter is favored in the 100 and 300 hurdles as is East Bay’s James Hambrick in the 200 meters (21.85) and the long jump (22-8).

Class 3A-District 9 at Leto

WHEN: Wednesday, field events begin at 1 p.m.

TEAMS: Armwood, Blake, Brandon, Chamberlain, Gaither, Hillsborough, Jefferson, King, Lennard, Leto, Middleton, Robinson, Spoto

OUTLOOK: A few possible future state medalists are running in this district, including Gaither’s Rachel Cazares in the 800 meters (2:16.71) and Spoto’s Janae Caldwell in the 200 meters (24.87) and 400 meters (56.06). That said, the girls 200-meter dash could end up being tight between Caldwell and Middleton’s Deja Rodgers, who finished one-two at the Hillsborough County championships. Rodgers and Hillsborough’s Jada Roberson are expected to have a tight race in the 100 meters as well. Rodgers edged Roberson for the county 100-meter title last month. Jefferson’s Deiondre Porter is expected to heat up in the hurdles and the long jump as he begins another run at the state meet.

Class 2A-Region 2 at Berkeley Prep

WHEN: Wednesday, field events begin at 11 a.m.

LOCAL TEAMS: Berkeley Prep, Academy of the Holy Names, Jesuit, Tampa Catholic

OUTLOOK: On paper Jesuit is favored to take the boys team title, but it could be close with visiting Immokalee. It’s also possible that Jesuit could qualify three if not four pole vaulters for the state meet. The possibilities include defending state champion Nick Catchur, Jack Hughes, Dante Newberg and Sammi Aboud, all of whom cleared 11 feet, 6 inches or better to take the top four spots at last Thursday’s district meet. Catchur and Hughes both cleared 14-0 and Newberg went 12-6. A local team to watch in both the girls and boys divisions is Tampa Catholic, led by Nathan Nammour in the 400 meters (sub 50 seconds), T.J. Harrell in the 200 (22.20), Betia Washington in the 200 and 400 meters (sub 25 and sub 50 seconds), Alise Davis in the shot put and discus (40 feet and 105 feet), and defending state champion Nicole Carroll in the pole vault (11-6).

Class 1A-Region 3 at Calvary Christian

WHEN: Thursday, field events begin at 10 a.m.

LOCAL TEAMS: Cambridge Christian, Carrollwood Day School, Seffner Christian, Tampa Bay HEAT, Tampa Prep

OUTLOOK: Seffner Christian’s Jamari Johnson is favored to qualify in the discus after taking last week’s district title with a throw of 146-5. Cambridge Christian’s Madison Cox could also qualify in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter runs, events in which she placed second, first and first, respectively, last week at district. Carrollwood Day School’s Elias Earley also is one to watch after running last week’s district 200 meters in 20.80 and the 400 in 50.45. Two of Tampa Prep’s 800-meter runners, Qaseem Wajd and Oscar Skjaerpe, have shots at running under 2 minutes.

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