Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Bartram Trail Boys Win 3A State Track Title; Williams, Greene, Uruburu Defend Individual Titles

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Bartram Trail Boys Win 3A State Track Title; Williams, Greene, Uruburu Defend Individual Titles

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Byline: Justin Barney

The wind and rain gave way to another fantastic finish at the Class 3A high school track and field state championship Friday, courtesy of the same team that delivered one last year.

Bartram Trail closed in furious fashion again with a blistering 4x400 relay anchored by Florida signee Nick Uruburu to win the boys state championship on a sloppy day at the University of North Florida.

Outside of the Bears, who topped Miami Northwestern 47-39 for the team title, three area athletes - Stanton sprinter Kendal Williams, Ponte Vedra high jumper Nicole Greene and Uruburu - defended their state championships. Another relay squad, the Stanton girls 4x100, closed the door after two years of near-misses.

"It's great to have it here, a lot of people support me out here. It's nice to have that," said Williams, a junior who won the 200-meter dash for the third consecutive year, this time with a time of 21.12 over rival Trayvon Bromell (21.41) of St. Petersburg Gibbs. "I hope I can come back and do it again next year."

Rain pounded the meet nearly the entire day, turning field events into mud pits. Only two boys managed to even clear the bar in the high jump. It finally relented with four events left.

By that time, Uruburu had wrapped up his second consecutive win in the 400 (48.28) and put Bartram on course for another title. That wasn't delivered until the final event, the 4x400. The Bears went in needing to finish no worse than sixth to clinch the title.

After the pass to Uruburu, the Bears had faded to a distant third on the backstretch. Uruburu caught the leaders by the final turn and grabbed the lead in the last 50 meters. Bartram's 3:19.86 topped Gainesville (3:20.72). Uruburu had a similar comeback in the 2012 finals, going from fifth to first and winning in the final 10 meters.

"It feels awesome," Uruburu said. …

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