BROOKSVILLE — One Wildcat program continued its dynasty while the other came up just short once again in Class 3A, District 7 at Central on Wednesday.
The Wesley Chapel girls dominated on their way to winning the team crown, turning heads by snagging their ninth consecutive district title. The boys fell just short of South Lake (169 points), which won back-to-back crowns.
Wesley Chapel's girls (163 points) were led by multiple individual championships from Jazzmyn Love-Roberts (long jump, 4x100) and Shantel Houston (100 hurdles, triple jump). Love-Roberts, who broke 16 feet in the long jump for the first time in her career, was missed earlier in the year when she was absent from the Sunshine Athletic Conference championship meet that Wesley Chapel lost. She also advanced in the 100, where she also set a personal best.
"I am only a sophomore, but there is a lot of motivation to keep it going (for the program)," Love-Roberts said. "We all push each other to run faster and go harder every time out."
Besides winning the 100 hurdles and triple jump, Houston advances to the Class 3A, Region 2 meet in New Smyrna Beach next week thanks to a second-place performance in the long jump and a fourth-place finish in the 300 hurdles.
The Wildcat boys (135 points) were disappointed in their finish, hoping to have an opening this season after the Eagles lost their top athlete from 2008, sprinter Jeff Demps. Kamran Joyer (shot put, discus), Earon Hicks (triple jump, long jump) and Mitchell Wozniak (300 hurdles, 110 hurdles) won multiple individual events. Joyer, who has been dominant throughout his senior season, set a personal best in the discus with a toss of 147 feet.
Wesley Chapel also took the crown in the 4x100 relay. Freshman Jamal Roberts, a member of that team, also qualified with third-place finishes in the 100 and 200, the top finish for the Wildcats in those events. Fellow relay member Giovanni Exavier advanced in the 100 with a fourth-place performance.
"This was a great experience for me," Roberts said. "It's exciting to be able to go on to region in only my freshman year."
Others who advanced to the region tournament next week with district titles in hand include Land O'Lakes distance specialist Felix Soto (1,600, 3,200) and Land O'Lakes field event star Reta Woodard (shot put, discus).