Tops on the track from Citrus County Matt Pfiffner / citrus chronicle

Note: The athlete of the year finalists and winners in each sport will be honored June 1 at the annual Student Athletic Recognitions banquet at the College of Central Florida Citrus Campus in Lecanto.

All-Chronicle Boys Track & Field Team

100 — Okechukwu Nkwocha, Lecanto

200 — Okechukwu Nkwocha, Lecanto

400 — Okechukwu Nkwocha, Lecanto

110 Hurdles — Rodney Mike, Citrus

300 Hurdles — Kaleb Clark, Citrus

800 — Greg Buettner, Lecanto

1,600 — Jacob Hensley, Citrus

3,200 — Jacob Hensley, Citrus

4x100 Relay — Lecanto

4x400 Relay — Citrus

4x800 Relay — Crystal River

Pole Vault — Dakota Solomon, Lecanto

Discus — Sam Morris, Citrus

Shot Put — Steven Belanger, Lecanto

High Jump — Israel Diaz, Citrus

Long Jump — Markel Pryor, Seven Rivers Christian

Triple Jump — Markel Pryor, Seven Rivers Christian

Boys Track Athlete of the Year finalists

Greg Buettner, Sr., Lecanto

The Panther multi-event standout won a district title in the high jump, was runner-up in the 800-meter run and helped the 4x400 relay team to a fourth-place finish, to qualify for regionals in all three events. He placed third at regionals in the high jump to advance to the Class 3A State Finals, where he placed 12th.

Israel Diaz, Junior, Citrus

All the Hurricane junior did this season at the high jump pit was shatter the school record with a leap of 6-feet, 8-inches, claimed a district and regional title and then capped off his incredible season by winning the Class 2A state championship in May with a leap of 6-feet 6 3/4-inches.

Markel Pryor, Junior, Seven Rivers Christian

The Warrior junior went to the Class 1A State Finals in a pair of events and came back home with a pair of medals. He finished fourth in the long jump with a season’s-best leap of 22-feet 8 1/2-inches and then took third in the triple jump the next day with an effort of 44-feet 6 1/4-inches.

All-Chronicle Girls Track & Field Team

100 — Kayla Champagne, Lecanto

200 — Jessica Ciprius, Citrus

400 — Paige Eckart, Seven Rivers Christian

100 Hurdles — Danielle VanQuelef, Lecanto

300 Hurdles — Ally Thomasson, Lecanto

800 — Jillian Felton, Citrus

1,600 — Jillian Felton, Citrus

3,200 — Jillian Felton, Citrus

4x100 Relay — Crystal River

4x400 Relay — Seven Rivers Christian

4x800 Relay — Crystal River

Pole Vault — Anna Marie Florek, Crystal River

Discus — Harrison Mancke, Lecanto

Shot Put — Harrison Mancke, Lecanto

High Jump — Madison Winship, Crystal River

Long Jump — Maddi Campbell, Crystal River

Triple Jump — Ally Thomasson, Lecanto

Girls Track Athlete of the Year finalists

Paige Eckart, Senior, Seven Rivers Christian

A multi-event standout, Eckart made her mark on the track and at the high jump pit. The senior closed out her career with a fifth-place finish at the FHSAA State Track and Field Championships, with a leap of 5-feet 1-inch in the Class 1A finals. She also posted the fastest 400-meter dash time of the season in the county and helped the Warrior 4x400 relay team do the same.

Harrison Mancke, Senior, Crystal River

The Panther made her fourth trip to the State Finals and had her most successful trip to close out a brilliant throwing career. Mancke placed fourth in the Class 3A discus competition with a season’s-best toss of 128-feet 3-inches and also took fifth-place honors in the 3A shot put with a heave of 38-feet 4 1/4-inches.

Madison Winship, Senior, Crystal River

The Pirate joined fellow senior and longtime friend Eckart by closing out her jumping career with a medal at state. Winship had a leap of 5-feet 5-inches — just one inch shy of her own school record — to place third in the Class 2A competition. She adds that bronze medal to the fourth-place medal she claimed a year ago.

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