Casey leads NH sweep of distance events
From Staff Reports

March 29, 2004 -- HUGHES SPRINGS -- North Hopkins' Mary Casey led a sweep of distance events Saturday, and the Lady Panthers had four other first-place finishes, including two by freshman Ebbonye Johnson, to win the Mustang Relays.

Casey won both the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs, winning the metric mile in a personal best time of 5 minutes, 28.92 seconds. She was followed by Sabra Thomas in second at 5:52.74, and Rosa Fuentes in third in a personal-record 5:59.57.

In the 3,200, Casey took first in 12:26, followed by Kate Hollenshead in second at 12:38, and Thomas a step behind in third at 12:39.

Hollenshead and Fuentes also took second and third, respectively, in the 800-meter run in 2:32 and 2:41.

Johnson picked up a pair of gold medals, winning the high jump with a leap of 5-1 and the 400-meter dash in 1:03.50, and three silver medals. She was second in the long jump at 15-1, followed by junior Sara Weir in sixth at 14-6; in the 200 with a time of 28.30, while classmate Chancey Harber was fourth in 29.50; and in the 1,600-relay where she teamed up with Hope Harber, Casey and Hollenshead to clock a season-best 4:22.

The Lady Panthers took first in two other field events as senior Hope Harber won the discus with a throw of 93-8, and sophomore Katy Williams won the shot put with a toss of 36-5.

Chancey Harber also took fourth in the 100 with a time of 14.20, and the 800-relay team of Nancy Castro, Thomas, Weir and Hope Harber placed fifth in 2:03.56.

The Lady Panthers scored 147 points to edge Mount Pleasant Chapel Hill, which had 144. Paul Pewitt was third at 117.

Varsity Boys

NH senior William Johnson earned one gold, two silvers and a bronze medal, while classmate Jake Mannis added a silver and a gold as North Hopkins placed fifth at the met with 64 points.

Johnson won the 200-meter dash, placed second in both the 100 and the long jump and was third in the triple jump.

Mannis, meanwhile, won the 1,600-meter run in 4:59, and placed second in the 3,200 in a time of 10:57. Adam Vitro was third in both races with times of 5:07 and 11:07, respectively. Raul Delgado placed fifth in the 3,200 with a time of 11:30.

JV Boys

Cory Johnson, Jesus Delgado, Pedro Gonzales and J.P. Whittle all placed first in their respective events as the JV Panthers took fourth place with 89 points.

Johnson won the high jump (5-9), was second in the triple jump (36-5), third in the 100 (12.5) and sixth in the long jump (17-5). Delgado won the 3,200 (11:53) and was second in the 1,600 (5:22), while Gonzalez won the 1,600 (5:21) and was second in the 3,200 (11:56). Whittle took gold in the 300 hurdles (47.49).

Others who placed included Patrick Goodson, second in the shot put; Zack Horne, fourth in high jump (5-6); Tito Fuentes, fifth in the 1,600 (5:48) and 3,200 (12:58); and Brian Vaughn, sixth in the triple jump (31-3).

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