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Wiregrass girls, Springstead boys rule Mitchell meet

Wiregrass Ranch's girls 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 runnerup 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 (27.18 seconds) and long jump, placed fourth in the 100 and ran on the first-place 4x400 team.

Defending state champion Courtney Prengaman won the high jump (5-4) with a height 2 inches off 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), Bernard Ndedi (400, 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. Paulding added a runnerup 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 its third-place team finish. Senior Spencer Guerette won the 800, 1,600 and 3,200, 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.

Lady 'Canes spring tournament

What: Softball tournament, hosted by Palm Harbor University

When: Friday-Saturday

Where: Eddie C. Moore Complex and Marymount Field, Clearwater

Friday's schedule*: Pinellas Park vs. East Bay, 4; East Lake vs. Tampa Catholic, 4; Dunedin vs. Robinson, 6; Crystal River vs. Durant, 6; Seminole vs. River Ridge, 6; PHU vs. Jefferson, 8; Tarpon Springs vs. Plant, 8; Bloomingdale vs. Northeast, 8

*All at Eddie C. Moore

Saturday's winner-bracket schedule: Quarterfinals, 11 and 1 at Eddie C. Moore. Seminole-River Ridge winner vs. Bloomingdale-Northeast winner will play at Marymount at 11. Semifinals, 3 p.m. and final at 7, all at Eddie C. Moore.

Ex-Falcon excels at next level

Former Fivay receiver/track star James Bullock is already making a splash in college.

The University of the Cumberlands freshman finished sixth in the heptathlon in the NAIA indoor track and field championships in Geneva, Ohio, over the weekend.

His best event was the high jump, where he tied for first among heptathlon competitors.

Bullock earned accolades in football and track during a strong high school career for the Falcons.

Bulls' Castillo on FACA all-star soccer roster

Wiregrass Ranch senior Robert Castillo has been selected for the Florida Athletic Coaches Association's boys soccer all-star game this weekend at USF.

The 5-foot-10 midfielder scored six goals and notched 10 assists this winter for the 15-9 Bulls. Castillo was also named the FACA's District 10 player of the year.

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Matt Baker can be reached at or (727) 420-9087. 03/04/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 9:46am]
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