NEW PORT RICHEY — The Chasco Invitational traditionally gives Pasco track programs an early-season idea of where their teams are competitively.
Friday night at Gulf, Ridgewood emerged with the girls title for the second consecutive time.
Last season, the annual Chasco Invitational field included teams from Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties. This season’s field was a little more limited due to the meet running two weeks earlier in the schedule.
The returning stars seemed to grab top billing with Zephyrhills’ Jordan Roberts, fresh off a breakout football campaign in the fall, following older brother Jamal’s footsteps for the Bulldogs. Jamal, who graduated last summer, was the team’s top star in 2012, and the younger Roberts snagged an individual title for the boys in the high jump.
Many of the rosters on both sides were not at full strength. Fivay, which finished seventh in the boys standings and eighth in the girls, aims to get a boost within the next couple weeks. Willis Reeves, another gridiron standout, came away with the Falcons’ best finish, runnerup in the high jump.
“We had a lot of kids that were in other (spring) sports, plus we have a handful of kids dealing with illness,” Fivay coach Matt Durchik said. “We haven’t had a full lineup yet.”
Anclote got a strong performance from distance runner Spencer Guerette, who crossed the line first to earn gold in the 800 meters. It was his second win in a row in the event at the Chasco meet.
Gulf’s Mia Savino, a state qualifier in cross country, won the 800 for the girls. The Buccaneer standout was also a repeat winner in the event.
The news was not all bright during the event. Slick conditions on Gulf’s track led to a collision in the girls 400 involving Land O’Lakes runners Hannah Stigleman and Kassidy Wallace. Wallace, injured in the accident, finished the race but was taken to a hospital for medical attention.