District championships have become a tradition for the Nature Coast track and field team, and nothing changed on Friday at Anclote High.
Both the boys and girls defended their Class 2A, District 7 crowns, the Lady Sharks tallying 199 points to far outdistance second-place Weeki Wachee (108), while their male counterparts totaled 159, well ahead of Zephryhills with 116.
The Nature Coast girls won districts for the sixth straight season, led by senior Kaitlyn Pierce, who captured the top spot in the 400 meter (1:04.88), came in second in the triple jump (33-1) and placed third in the 200 (27.98). The top four finishers in each event advanced to regionals on April 27 at Orlando-Lake Highland Prep.
Leah Marville added a first in the 1,600 (5:44.46), as did Keira Barbee in the 3,200 (12:43.36) and Velma Brinson in the 300 hurdles (51.95). In field events, Jessica Osborne took first in the pole vault (6-6) and Jouie Miller duplicated that in the shot put (34-7 1/2).
Also, Nature Coast had the fastest clocking in the 4x800, Aliyah Dipalma, Marville, Emily Escamilla and Hannah Caldi combining for a 10:48.90. Osborne, Abigail Fontano, Madison Fields and Madison Mookdasanit ran a 4:23.06 to take the 4x100.
Weeki Wachee’s Reilley Bain won the 200 (27.47) and took second in the 100 (12.90). Teammate Seytia Hill registered the longest toss in the discus, 108-8, to help the Lady Hornets to their highest team finish ever in a state series meet.
Frank Tirado’s 2:08.30 was good for first in the 800 for the Nature Coast boys, who garnered their seventh district championship in 10 years. Maxwell Glavan cleared the bar at 10-8 for tops in the pole vault.
In the 4x800, James Trey Hall, Tirado, Christian Lindo and Matthew Ralsky teamed for a first-place 8:38.19. Taye Hoodie, Nickinson Sineus, Len’kel Smith and Dontay Washington posted a 44.23 to win the 4x100.
Ygenio Booker from Hernando ran a 10.91 for first in the 100, and Isaac Fields contributed a first for the Leopards in the 300 hurdles (41.00). Hunter Davis, Fields, Ross Stalcup and Jeremiah Vargas took the 4x400 with a 3:36.52.
Diante Thomas earned a district title for Weeki Wachee in the triple jump (40-8 1/4).
Softball wrapped up its regular season this past week, with Springstead bouncing back from Wednesday’s 7-4 loss to Nature Coast in nine innings to beat county rivals Central, 7-0 on Thursday, and Hernando on Friday, 1-0.
Against the Lady Bears, Paige Pfent went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run, two runs scored and five runs batted in. Kama Woodall was 2-for-3 with a solo homer, Kayla Cruz added three hits and Abby Oliver was 2-for-4 with a double and three runs scored. Woodall pitched four innings and Cruz three, the duo giving up a hit apiece and combining for 16 strikeouts.
Woodall homered for the lone run against the Lady Leopards and tossed a shutout, as the Lady Eagles improved to 21-4.
Nature Coast (18-7) lost 4-0 to South Sumter on Tuesday, but finished winning two in a row, first upending Springstead and then winning 7-1 over Weeki Wachee on Thursday. Cerina Brooks went 2-for-4 with a double, a run and two RBI versus the Lady Hornets, and Abbey Primavera gave up a run on four hits and a walk while striking out four in seven innings.
Hernando (16-9) preceded that tough loss to Springstead with a 19-1 victory over Weeki Wachee on Tuesday. Janea Mobley homered twice, going 3-for-3 with three runs and four RBI. Josey Sims was also 3-for-3, doubling, scoring twice and driving in one, and Ali Shenefield went 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBI. The Lady Leopards hit seven homers in total, with Ali Bronson, Taliyah Dowdell, Karli Kimbrough and Jesse Sims also going deep.
Springstead’s baseball team fell into the honorable mention portion of ThePrepZone.com’s state poll for 6A after a 10-5 loss to Bishop McLaughlin on Tuesday in the Bishop Bash. The Eagles (20-3) had previously beaten Fort Lauderdale-Cardinal Gibbons on Monday, 6-2, and defeated Bradenton-IMG Academy Gray to finish out the tournament on Thursday, 4-1.
Dakota Blevens went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in the first game, Max Glenn was 2-for-4 a run and a RBI against Bishop McLaughlin, and Nick Collins had a homer and three RBI versus IMG while Dominic Marrone pitched five innings giving up a run on two hits, striking out six.
Nature Coast (14-8) went 1-2 in the Bishop Bash, first beating IMG on Monday, 4-2, then falling to Miami-Belen Jesuit on Tuesday, 5-4, and Cardinal Gibbons on Thursday, 11-4.
Hernando (14-8) defeated Hudson on Tuesday, 10-3, behind a 3-for-3 night by Trevor Vendrone, who added two runs and a RBI. The Leopards followed with a 6-1 triumph over Weeki Wachee on Wednesday, with Cameron Price driving in two runs to go along with Vendrone finishing 2-for-4 with a run and a RBI. That backed Carson Lashley’s solid six innings, permitting a run on three hits and two walks against three strikeouts.
Central (14-8) earned a 4-3 nod in eight innings over Hernando on Friday night. On Tuesday, the Bears won 9-5 against Weeki Wachee, Dalton Lewis driving in three runs while going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Jonathan Allion chipped in two RBI, and Ian Peacock threw 5 1/3 shutout innings, giving up four hits and a walk with four strikeouts.
On Wednesday, Central lost 10-5 to River Ridge. Lewis and Adam Palma were each 3-for-4 with a run, and Lewis added a RBI. Marcus Rodriguez knocked in two runs.
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