Track and Field

Sports notebook: Two county lifters win regional titles

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Central's Dominique Walker won a regional title at 199 pounds on Saturday, benching 320 pounds and lifting 260 in the clean-and-jerk for a 580 total. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

At least two Hernando County lifters are bound for states next month following Saturday’s Class 1A, Region 6 Meet at Belleview.
The winner of each weight division earned state berths, while the rest will wait to see if they receive at-large spots at the FHSAA Finals, taking place on April 8 at DeLand High.
For Central, senior Dominique Walker took first at 199 pounds, benching 320 pounds and lifting 260 in the clean-and-jerk for a 580 total. Walker actually tied with Austin Quandt from Citrus, but won due to weighing in four pounds lighter.

Sports notebook: Nature Coast softball stays perfect

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Senior Abbey Primavera has been an ace on the mound for Nature Coast this season. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

So far this season, when the Nature Coast softball team gives up a run it seems like a big deal. Three weeks into the season, the Lady Sharks remain undefeated at 6-0.
On Tuesday, they thrashed Hudson, 17-2, in just five innings. Junior Chayse Skinner went 3-for-4 with a home run, three runs scored and five driven in, while Alanis Berrios and Cerina Brooks also had three hits, combining to score five runs and plate four. Alyssa Kelly, who also homered, and Celine Kordon added three runs batted in apiece.

Sports notebook: County wrestlers advance to states

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Hernando's Josh Hulse collected a regional championship on Saturday, winning at 120 pounds as the Leopards finished second in 2A-2. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

A week after both collected district championships, both Hernando and Springstead’s wrestling teams had to tangle with state title contenders in Friday and Saturday’s regional meets.
With that in mind, each squad had to be satisfied with its performance and all four Hernando County programs will have some representation at the FHSAA Finals next weekend at Kissimmee’s Silver Spurs Arena.

Sports notebook: Eagle, Leopard wrestlers earn district titles

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Springstead Richie Rivera (blue and white) was among the Eagles' eight district champions on Saturday. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

For so many years, the idea of Springstead’s wrestlers capturing a district championship seemed like a foregone conclusion.
But after seeing its streak of 11 straight titles come to end last year, and dealing with a tumultuous coaching situation prior to this season, the Eagles were a considerable question mark when this campaign began.
On Saturday, though, Springstead put all that in the rearview mirror, collecting its 30th district crown with a first-place finish in the Class 2A, District 5 Tournament at Citrus.

Sports notebook: Finally healthy, Foley a state champ

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Hernando sophomore Trevor Foley won the 1,600 Saturday at Class 2A FHSAA Finals. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

Trevor Foley came into high school with heightened expectations. At Challenger K-8, he had proven to be one of the top middle school distance runners in the state.
But the Hernando High sophomore had yet to taste success at the state meet for either cross country or track and field due to bouts with untimely illness and injury.

Sports notebook: Lady Sharks take track region title

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Nature Coast senior Ashley Gentz qualified for states in four events at the 2A-II Meet on Tuesday. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

Nature Coast’s track and field program has long dominated the county and district ranks. But when it came to regionals, the attention turned to advancing individuals to states.
In Tuesday’s Class 2A, Region II Meet at Lake Minneola, the Lady Sharks managed to add one more championship trophy to their collection.
For the first time in either gender, Nature Coast collected a regional title, as the girls scored 76 points to edge second-place Gainesville-Eastside with 71. The Lady Sharks were regional runners-up the past two years.

Gentz collects four district titles, leads Lady Sharks

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Ashley Gentz, weightlifting

BROOKSVILLE – Ashley Gentz already has a state championship under her belt this year from weightlifting, and on Tuesday she crept closer in her pursuit of more state hardware in track and field.
Gentz placed first in three individual events and was part of a winning relay, leading the Lady Sharks to a dominating victory in the Class 2A, District 7 Meet at Central.

NCT's Gentz Makes School History at States

CHRIS BERNHARDT JR.

No county girls track and field team has had as much success over the past few years as Nature Coast Technical.

Yet for all the recent county and district championships, as well as state qualifiers, the Lady Sharks have yet to have an individual collect a state crown.

On Friday at the Class 2A FHSAA Finals at the University of North Florida's Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, junior Ashley Gentz came closer than anyone in school history, placing second in the 400-meter race.

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