The Lecanto girls track and field team enjoyed a championship-caliber performance, as the Panthers got to celebrate collecting the top prize in their conference.
On Wednesday at the Gulf Coast 8 Championship meet at Weeki Wachee, Lecanto’s girls scored 186 team points, well in front of Nature Coast (143) and Springstead (107), laying claim to the conference crown.
Senior Celine D’Anna ran to a first-place finish in all three of her individual races to lead the Panthers’ efforts. She clocked a 27.02 to win the 200 meters, then swept both hurdle events with a 16.45 in the 100 and 46.77 in the 300.
Also for Lecanto, Catalina Veldwijk crossed the finish line first in the 3,200 in a time of 11:57 and was third in the 1,600 (5:38.45). J’Niyah Crumbley took the high jump title with a 4-11 and Liberty Lohmeyer won the pole vault with an 8-11 3/4.
The Panthers had a handful finish second, including Starr Mastin in the 400 (1:03.60) as well as Victoria Urbaez in the 800 (2:28.52) and 1,600 (5:38.45). Abigail Cochran was second in the long jump (14-4 1/2) and third in the high jump (4-7). Those three plus D’Anna were second in the 4x400 relay (4:19.21).
Also, Urbaez, Alex Garcia, Elise Leturno and Veldwijk came in second in the 4x800 relay (11:02.16), while Leah Hughes, Victoria Lantzy, Mastin and Crumbley were third in the 4x100 (55.83). Leturno added a third in the 3,200 (14:03.24) and a third in the pole vault (6-5). Abcydee Rome placed third in the discus (87-2).
In the boys meet, Lecanto came in third with a 103, behind Nature Coast (123) and Weeki Wachee (121).
Austin Recta recorded a first-place 40-2 3/4 in the triple jump for the Panthers. Joseph Sullivan, Ikenna Nkwocha, Travis LaBelle and Peter Ian Holzer combined for first in the 4x400 with a 3:38.37.
Sullivan, Dylan Wilsek, Holzer and Brandon Rydzewski took second in the 4x800 (9:18.46). Dwyane Smith got third in the high jump (5-10 3/4), Wilsek was third in the pole vault (8-11 3/4), Burke Malmberg took third in the shot put (44-9 3/4), Mark Spriggs added a third in the discus (120-5), Kaleb Feuston notched a third in the javelin (121-3), and Zaire Wilcox chipped in thirds in the long jump (19-8 1/4) and triple jump (37-10 1/2).
Citrus’ boys came in fourth (93) and got a first place in the pole vault from Austin Hooker (9-5 3/4), ahead of teammate Jabin Black in second at 9-5 3/4. Tristan Woods, Logan Shaw, Thomas Tyler and Cody Bishir ran a first-place 8:44.59 to win the 4x800 for the Hurricanes. Bishir came in second in the 800 (2:00.21) and Tyler placed the same in the 1,600 (4:46.30) along with a third in the 3,200 (10:52.91).
The Citrus girls, who were fifth overall (64), were paced by Mackenzie Scordato in first in the 1,600 (5:38.38) and third in the 800 (2:29.88). She also teamed with Sophia Woggon, Taylor Koon and Kendall Gibson for the top 4x800 squad (10:38.71) and the third-place 4x400 (4:25.55).
Crystal River’s lone conference champion came in the boys javelin, as Cole Komara had a 138-5 throw. Daniel Holliday got third in the 800 (2:00.25). For the girls, Bailee Einspahr also had the Pirates’ finest placing in the javelin, a second-place 88-11.