TAMPA — The Countryside boys track team does not have a multi-event Madison McNary type of runner who can dominate meets. McNary does not have a deep enough supporting cast to produce the kind of team scores needed to win regionals.
Together, they were a pretty nice complement to each other, as McNary, a Palm Harbor University senior, was the star of the night on the girls side as expected and Countryside captured the boys team title at the Class 4A, Region 2 track and field championships at Gaither.
McNary captured three individual titles, easily winning the long jump, 100 and 200 meters.
She also anchored the final leg of the 4x400 team, which finished third.
"I'm happy, I wanted to win the region championship again," McNary said. "I'm really, really pleased with the way I ran."
McNary did confess to still working on what she described as mental errors, but they certainly weren't evident to the rest of the field.
Countryside captured what coach Eileen Givens said was the first region title in school history, scoring 79 points and holding off second-place Sarasota Riverview (62 points).
The Cougars were led by victories in the long jump by Rashard Young (with a jump of 22 feet, 5.75 inches), Brian Gaputis (a throw of 147-7 in the discus), Chris Ramsey (a toss of 48-3 in the shot put) and Ryan Messmore (49.5 seconds in the 400).
Largo's Michal Land was third in the 200 and anchored the Packers' second-place 4x100 relay team, and St. Petersburg's Nia Berthelot high jumped 5-2 and then won a jump-off with two others to claim the region title.