Crystal River and Citrus high schools represented Citrus County on Tuesday at the Class 2A, District 6 Track & Field Meet, where the two schools fittingly finished behind the other in both the mens and womens overall rankings.
For the men, the Pirates took the No. 5 spot with 73 points. Ahead of them was the Hurricanes at No. 4 with 87. As for the women, Citrus took fourth again with Crystal River at third — the Pirates came away with 100 points to 82 for the ’Canes.
In the nine-team meet, host team The Villages took first place for the women with 161 points, while South Sumter topped the mens category with 127.
The top four place finishers in each event will advance to the Class 2A, Region 2 meet on April 27 at Lakeland High Prep and Citrus County will, once again, have a bevy of representatives.
For the Pirates, Matti Campbell finished third in the Girls 100-meter dash, fourth with teammates Rachel Cummins, Jalihya Devaughn and Madison Winship in the 4X100-meter relay, fourth again in the 4X400-meter relay with Mia Gunter, Brooke Discher and Kaitlyn Thompson, and also came away with a first-place finish in the long jump.
As for Gunter, she also advanced in the 200-meter dash with a third-place finish and triple jump with a second-place finish. Thompson qualified in another event as well, finishing second in the 800-meter run. Teammate Anna Marie Florek will advance with her second-place showing in the pole vault. Meanwhile, Discher and Thompson took second in the 4X800-meter relay with the help of Braylee Spiddle and Sierra Grantham.
Representing Citrus in the regional event will be Jillian Felton, Grace Tyler, Kayla Benoit, Maddie LaRosa and Jessica Ciprius.
Felton took fourth in the 800-meter run and had a pair third-place finishes in both the 1,600-meter run and the 3,200-meter run.Tyler finished the 100-meter hurdles in third place — she had a first-place finish in the pole vault, where teammates Benoit and LaRosa took third and fourth respectively.
The Crystal River boys team will advance Caleb Russo, Jacob Eno, Steven Thompson, Cody Thompson, Shandell Scriven and Deandre Parker. Russo took first place in the 800-meter run ahead of Eno in third. Steven Thompson finished second in the 1,600-meter run, while Cody Thompson took fourth in the 3,200-meter run. Rounding out the individual qualifiers for Crystal River was Scriven in third on the high jump and Parker in second on the pole vault. The Russo, Eno and the two Thompsons had a first-place showing in the 4X800-meter relay.
For Citrus, Jacob Hensley, Israel Diaz, Mike Rodney, Gavin Courterier, Christian Gerstner and Sam Morris qualified for regionals in individual events. Hensely finished first in the 1,600-meter run and 3,200-meter run, while Diaz and Rodney first and third in the high jump respectively. Courterier finished as the No. 1 pole vaulter ahead of Gerstner in fourth, and Morris took second place in the discus throw.
The Hurricanes team of Diaz, David Miller, Daniel Provost and Ada Jones finished third in the 4X400-meter relay — Ada, John Prado, Luis Endura and Colin Scozzafava took fourth in the 4X100-meter relay, where the Crystal River team finished third.
The regional event is set for noon on April 27 in Orlando with a finals start time of 7 p.m.