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Track: Springstead's Little steals the show at Hernando Co. Championships

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Tue. April 3, 2012 | Derek J. LaRiviere

BROOKSVILLE — Nature Coast swept the team titles Tuesday evening, repeating its boys victory from a season ago in the Hernando County Track Championships.

But the star of the meet was Springstead’s Wilena Little.

Little won two individual events as a freshman last year and went on to qualify for state. This time around, she took four titles and set two school records in the process, overshadowing much of what was going on around her.

The Eagles sophomore won the 100 (12.67 seconds) and 200 meters (25.77) easily, but her real excellence showed through in the long jump and 400 meters.

Her leap of 14 feet, 8 inches set a school record, then she followed that up with a school-record 58.61-second sprint in the 400.

“I am a lot more confident now than I was earlier this season,” Little said. “My times just weren’t right compared to what I know I could do, and I know this will build my confidence.”

Nature Coast (168.83 points) dominated the team standings with Springstead (101) taking second. The Sharks or Eagles won every individual event on the girls’ side except for one.

Sharks senior Amy Holmes and freshman Bronte Cameron earned two individual victories each. Holmes won the triple jump (33 feet, 6 inches) and high jump (4 feet, 8 inches). Cameron won the 100-meter hurdles (16.8 seconds) and 300 hurdles (50.39).

The Sharks also won the boys crown with 118.5 points in a much closer competition over Hernando (104). Nature Coast distanced itself from the Leopards with a couple events remaining in the meet.

Nature Coast distance runner James Harkless helped the cause with his wins in the 1600 (4:35) and 800 (2:00).

Springstead’s Thomas Watson also won two events with victories in the 400 (50.94) and triple jump (42 feet, 31/2 inches).

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