Lecanto is assured of sending two athletes to the state meet and hopes more can garner at-large berths.
In Saturday’s Region 3A-2 meet at Lake Region, senior Zaire Wilcox captured a regional crown in the boys long jump. He recorded a leap of 21-8 1/4 to finish in first place.
The top two finishers in each event automatically qualified for the State Championships on Friday and Saturday at the University of North Florida. Senior Celine D’Anna was among those after placing second in the 300-meter hurdles, running a 46.20.
The Panthers had a few third-place finishes, including Victoria Urbaez in the girls 1,600 (5:32.12), Abcydee Rome in the girls shot put (33-1 3/4) and Austin Recta in the boys triple jump (43-1 3/4).
Lecanto’s girls ended up in fifth in the team standings with a 43 score. The boys were 12th at 23.33.
Also Saturday, Citrus and Crystal River competed in the Region 2A-3 meet at Cypress Creek.
Daniel Holliday of the Pirates ran a 1:58.75 to win the boys 800, just ahead of Citrus’ Cody Bishir in second with a 1:59.69.
Two Crystal River girls placed second in their field events. Mackenzie Richardson did so in the pole vault (8-10 1/4), earning the automatic state berth in a jump off after tying with Tampa Catholic’s Juliana Seide. In the javelin, Bailee Einspahr had a second-place throw of 103-8.
Mackenzie Scordato of Citrus came in third in the girls 1,600, crossing the finish line in 5:24.66.
The Hurricanes also took third in both 4x800 relays. For the girls Sophia Woggon, Taylor Koon, Gibson and Scordato ran a 9:54.12. Randall Luke, Logan Shaw, Thomas Tyler and Bishir posted an 8:16.94 for the boy squad.
Seven Rivers Christian had a handful of athletes in the Region 1A-3 meet at Community School in Naples. Jean Cobb had the best showing for the Warriors with a fourth-place 32-9 3/4 in the girls triple jump.