Published: Apr 24, 2007

 

BROOKSVILLE – The Powell Middle School 4x400-meter relay team began that race fully aware of the stakes. It wasn’t just a matter of winning the final event of the Hernando County Middle School Athletic Conference meet Tuesday at Central High.
If the Panthers could win, they had a chance to at least partially repeat at county champs. The squad of Sebastian Manzi, David Mazo, Christian Velasquez and Tyler Callaghan got the job done, taking first place in 4:05. That, coupled with a third-place time by Parrott Middle School, resulted in not one but two champions, as Powell and Parrott both finished with 72 points.
“It feels good. I’m proud of the kids,” Powell Head Coach Ricardo Hudson said. “They knew they had to win (the 4x4) in order to have a chance. That’s the way they’ve been all year. They rose to the occasion.”
The 4x4 relay marked one of the few events that the Panthers actually won. Ryan Buckley took first in the discus (97’6”) while Velasquez earned the top spot in the 800-meter (2:22). However, Powell got two second-place finishes out of Josh Santana, in the 800 (2:24) and 1,600-meter (5:31), plus he had a fourth in the discus (89’3”). The top five in each individual event got team points.
Louis Wendelstedt came in second in the 200-meter (25.94) and fourth in the 100-meter (12.71). Buckley chipped in a third in the high jump (5’2”) and fourth in the long jump (16’10”). Jordan Oquendo’s 15.88 placed him third in the 110-meter hurdles, along with fifth in the long jump (16’2 1/2”). Callaghan got second in the 110-hurdles (15.72).
In the 400-meter, Mazo (1:01.54) and Manzi (1:01.79) took third and fourth respectively. Also, Powell came in second in the 4x100-meter relay (49.70). “Teamwork,” Hudson credited for the success. “That’s what we preach all year. Everybody had to step it up. And I give thanks to God. He gave us some good boys.”

Parrott: long time coming

The Leopards got a couple of great individual performances, with George Jackson and Alvin Delaine each netting a pair of first places. Jackson got his in the long jump (17’9”) and 110-hurdles (15.68). Delaine did it in the 100 (11.98) and 200 (24.96).
Sam Adams collected his share of team points, behind a third in the 100 (12.44) and fourth in the 110-hurdles (16.25). Quintin Adams came in third in the 200 (25.96) and fifth in the 100 (12.76).
Both Adams, along with Delaine and C.J. Clark combined to take the 4x100-meter relay too, completing the race in 48.98.
Zack Pritz had a third in the discus (91’6”), Aaron Wallace fourth in the 800 (2:30) and Austin McNeal fourth in the high jump (5’0”), Tacking on fifth-place finishes, Ike Bailey in the 200 (27.10), Nick Noto in the shot put (35’4 1/2”), Zack Sullivan in the 400 (1:01.94) and Parker Steinkamp in the 1,600 (5:44).
“They knew what they needed to do to try to get the win,” Parrott Head Coach Patrick Brandhuber said. “It’s been quite some time since Parrott has done anything with the boys. “I think we were pretty spread out. We had sprinters, distance runners of course, some field event people. All grade levels contributed. We actually look pretty good for next year.”
West Hernando Middle School came in third with 57 points, followed by Fox Chapel Middle School (35) and Challenger K-8 (14). Fox Chapel’s Thomas Watson was the only other multi-event winner, taking the 1,600 (5:20) and 400 (56.93). The Golden Eagles got a first place out of Zack Hedrick in the shot put (41’5 1/2”) and Anthony Moody (5’6”). Bobby Pearson put together Challenger’s best showing, with a second in the discus (96’3”) and fourth in the shot put (38’0”).
Conference Championship Team Results

1. Parrott (PAR), Powell (POW) 72, 3. West Hernando (WH) 57, 4. Fox Chapel (FC) 35, 5. Challenger (CHA) 14
County Championship Individual Results: Top 5 individuals, top 4 relays score team points (8-6-4-2-1, 8-6-4-2 on relays)
LJ - 1. Jackson (PAR) 17’9”, 2. Moody (WH) 17’0”, 3. Cololicimo (WH) 16’11”, 4. Buckley (POW), 16’10”, 5. Oquendo (POW) 16’2 1/2”, Santiago (FC) 15’11”, Buscemi (CHA) 15’5”.
110 HH - 1. Jackson (PAR) 15.68, 2. Callaghan (POW) 15.72, 3. Oquendo (POW) 15.88, 4. S.
Adams (PAR) 16.25, 5. Rahbari (WH) 16.50, Santiago (FC) 16.99, Morrison (CHA) 17.75.
100m - 1. Delaine (PAR) 11.98, 2. Colaiacomo (WH) 12.39, 3. S. Adams (PAR) 12.44, 4.
Wendelstedt (POW) 12.71, 5. Q. Adams (PAR) 12.76, Patterson (CHA) 13.76, Cernlar (FC) 14.06.
SP - 1. Hedrick (WH) 41’5 1/2”, 2. McDaniel (WH) 39’11 1/4”, 3. Fisher (WH) 38’2 1/2”, 4.
Pearson (CHA) 38’0”, 5. Noto (PAR) 35’4 1/2”, Colon (FC) 33’0”, D’Amico (POW) 31’4 3/4”.
HJ- 1. Moody (WH) 5’6”, 2. Morales (WH) 5’4”, 3. Buckley (POW) 5’2”, 4. McNeal (PAR) 5’0”, 5. Rosario (FC) 5’0, Wilson (CHA) 4’8”.
DIS - 1. Buckley (POW) 97’6”, 2. Pearson (CHA) 96’3”, 3. Pritz (PAR) 91’6”, 4. Santana (POW) 89’3”, 5. McDaniel (WH) 88’6”, Geniman (FC) 73’6”.
1600m - 1. Watson (FC) 5:20, 2. Santana (POW) 5:31, 3. Salazar (CHA) 5:38, 4. Toth (CHA) 5:44, 5. Steinkamp (PAR) 5:44, Krier (WH) 5:45.
4x100 - 1. Clark, Q. Adams, S. Adams, Delaine (PAR) 48.98, 2. Powell 49.70, 3. West Hernando 49.78, 4. Fox Chapel 53.34, 5. Challenger 56.04.
400m - 1. Watson (FC) 56.93, 2. Riggins (FC) 59.52, 3. Mazo (POW) 1:01.54, 4. Manzi (POW) 1:01.79, 5. Sullivan (PAR) 1:01.94, Morrison (CHA) 1:03.08, Bandoo (WH) 1:04.50.
800 - 1. Velasquez (POW) 2:22, 2. Santana (POW) 2:24, 3. Riggins (FC) 2:25, 4. Wallace (PAR) 2:30, 5. Wahalen (POW) 2:35.
200 - 1. Delaine (PAR) 24.96, 2. Wendelstedt (POW) 25.94, 3. Q. Adams (PAR) 25.96, 4.
Jackson (WH) 27.08, 5. Bailey (PAR) 27.10, Gibson (CHA) 28.32, Rosario (FC) 28.72.
4x400 - 1. Manzi, Mazo, Velasquez, Callaghan (POW) 4:05, 2. Fox Chapel 4:16, 3. Parrott 4:18, 4. West Hernando 4:28, 5. Challenger 4:36.