Citrus High enjoyed a solid showing on Thursday in the District 2A-9 meet held at Cypress Creek High in Wesley Chapel.
As a result, several Hurricanes will get another chance to return to Cypress Creek on May 1 for the Region 2A-3 meet. The top four finishers in each event advanced.
Citrus’ girls ended up in fourth in the team standings with a score of 77, just behind Cypress Creek (79). Nature Coast ran away with the top spot at 186, as Weeki Wachee took second with an 89.
Not surprisingly for a school that has sent a girls cross country team to states five years straight, Citrus dominated on the girls side in distance and middle-distance races.
Junior Mackenzie Scordato came in first in the 1,600 meter, finishing in 5:34.19. Teammate Kendall Gibson was fourth in 6:07.04. Gibson, also a junior, collected her own district title in the 800, posting a 2:29.79.
Those two plus Taylor Koon and Sophia Woggon combined for a first-place 10:47.40 in the 4x800 relay. At the end of the meet they again teamed for a winning relay, with a 4:24.87 in the 4x400.
Woggon came in second in the 400 (1:02.80) and Koon was fourth in the triple jump (30-3).
In other field events, sophomore Hope Walters gave Citrus a district crown in the pole vault, with a vault of 3-3 1/4 that tied with two others. Sarah Watkins placed fourth in the discus (72-0).
The boys placed third overall with a 97.5 team score, behind Weeki Wachee (144.5) and Nature Coast (112). The Hurricanes edged out fourth-place Wesley Chapel (90).
Austin Hooker won the pole vault for the Hurricanes, clearing the bar at 10-9 1/2. Citrus swept the top three spots in that event, with Jabin Black in second (9-11 3/4) and Levi Scozzafava in third (8-0).
Logan Bishop in the shot put (43-1) and Gaige Adams in the discus (122-5) both placed second. Gabriel Robie was third in the long jump (19-2).
The Citrus boys cross country team also reached states, and that group made an impact in this meet. Tristan Woods, Logan Shaw, Thomas Tyler and Cody Bishir were the first-place 4x800 relay squad, running an 8:38.10.
Bishir took third in the 800 in 2:03.88. Tyler was fourth in both the 1,600 (4:36.16) and the 3,200 (10:54.10). Woods, Shaw, Randall Luke and Bishir combined for a third-place 3:49.11 in the 4x400.
“I think we’re small and we’re mighty. It was the same kids who qualified in team events as individual events. That cross country team really did carry us through,” said Citrus coach Karen Tyler, who also coaches boys cross country. “We’re strong in long distance running, but our field events helped us out as well.
“We’re thinking our 4x8 boys and girls are good contenders for making it to states and Cody Bishir in the 800 is looking really good to move on to the state level.”
Crystal River was seventh in the girls standings (36) and eighth in the boys (22). Mackenzie Richardson tied for first in the girls pole vault (3-3 1/4) and was fourth in the girls 200 (28.77), while Bailee Einspahr captured the district title in the javelin with a throw of 98-6.
Daniel Holliday was second in the boys 800 (2:00.91) and Cole Komara took second in the javelin (126-8).