HIGH SCHOOL TRACK & FIELD

Webb repeats as long jump state champ


Published: Friday, May 3, 2013 at 9:38 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, May 3, 2013 at 9:38 p.m.

JACKSONVILLE — Gainesville High School's Ralph Webb repeated as the state champion in the long jump Friday at the FHSAA Class 3A track and field state finals.

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GHS's Ralph Webb's jump of 23-04.50 earned him his second straight state championship on Friday in Jacksonville.

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Webb's jump of 23-04.50 earned him the title, but his work wasn't done on a wet and windy day at the University of North Florida's Hodges Stadium.

He was also part of the Hurricanes' 4x100-relay team that placed second, just behind St. Petersburg Gibbs High School, which finished in 42.26. Gainesville finished with a 42.46.

The Hurricanes 4x400-relay team also finished second, falling victim to another late surge from St. Johns Bartram Trail's Nick Uruburu, who overcame some distance in the last 200 meters to grab the win for the second year in a row.

"It's great competition and a great rivalry," Gainesville junior Kenric Young said. "It was pretty bad out there, but you have to prepare for everything."

On the girl's side, Crystal Williams brought home a fifth-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles for GHS. Williams finished with a 15.08. The winning time was a 13.92 posted by Johna' Whitaker of Pensacola Pine Forest.

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