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.