Wiregrass Ranch’s girls team and Springstead’s boys were the big winners at the Mitchell Invitational track meet over the weekend.
The Bulls won only four events but still earned 150 points – 37 more than runner-up Springstead. Sophomore Addie Cornwell won the 3,200 meters (12:48.46), and classmate Casey Chitty claimed the pole vault title by a foot and a half (9-0). Senior Hannah Eder was the triple jump champion (33-4.75), and the Bulls also won the 4x800 relay.
Springstead’s Wilena Little was one of the meet’s top performers. She won the 200-meter dash (27.18 seconds) and the long jump, placed fourth in the 100 meters and ran on the Eagles’ first-place 4x400 relay team.
Defending state champion Courtney Prengaman won the high jump (5-4) with a height two inches below her mark in last year’s state meet.
River Ridge senior Brittany O’Leary won the shot put and took second in the discus, and Pasco’s Alfreda Steele won the 100 and took second in the long jump.
In the boys events, Springstead (138 points) overcame Wiregrass Ranch’s depth for an eight-point victory.
The Eagles had an army of individual champions: Abrahm Paulding (100 meters), Bernard Ndedi (400 meters and triple jump), Bobby Harris (high jump) and Ethan Kemp (shot put). Ndedi, Paulding and Harris finished 1-2-3 in the triple jump, and Springstead also won the 4x400 and 4x800 relays. Paulding added a runner-up finish in the long jump, behind Pasco’s two-time defending state champion and Rutgers recruit, Janarion Grant.
Anclote had two of the day’s top performers in their third-place team finish. Senior Spencer Guerette won the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters, and teammate Jamaree Ried finished first in both hurdles events.
River Ridge claimed the top four spots in the pole vault, led by champion Devon Jevothe (13-0). Valparaiso football signee John Coyne won the discus for Wiregrass.