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Track: Sunshine Athletic Conference meet preview

Sunshine Athletic Conference Track Championships

Where: Anclote High

When: Saturday. Field events, 10 a.m.; preliminaries, noon; running finals, 2 p.m.

Teams: Anclote, Fivay, Gulf, Hudson, Land O'Lakes, Mitchell, Pasco, Ridgewood, River Ridge, Sunlake, Wesley Chapel, Wiregrass Ranch, Zephyrhills

2012-13 girls champion: Wiregrass Ranch

2012-13 boys champion: Land O'Lakes

Skinny: With solid depth and the best 4x800-meter relay time this season, Wiregrass Ranch has a good opportunity to extend its five-year reign as girls champion. The Bulls, however, do not have the stranglehold they've enjoyed in past years. Land O'Lakes, Mitchell, Zephyrhills and last year's runnerup, Pasco, have their sights on dethroning Wiregrass. Pasco's Alfreda Steele, who won the long jump, 100 and 200 as a freshman at the SAC meet last season, is favored to repeat, especially in the long jump, where she has a personal best of 18 feet, 4 inches this year. Mitchell's Emily Kerns also returns after winning the 800 in 2013. Kerns is the leading distance runner in the conference with top times in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200. On the boys' side, Land O'Lakes has won back-to-back titles and is the overwhelming favorite to capture a third straight. Depth and a flurry of athletes in each event have Land O'Lakes in great position. It is favored in seven individual events — with five different athletes — as well as two relays. Anclote's Jamaree Reid, who swept the hurdle events last year, is expected to do so again as a senior.

Favorites

Long jump: Alfreda Steele, Pasco; Thomas Kernan, Ridgewood

Triple jump: Victoria Cannata, Land O'Lakes; Devonte Luis, Anclote

Shot put: Kelsey McGee, Land O'Lakes; Jaye Miner, Wiregrass Ranch

Discus: Alani Alexander, Mitchell; Shaheed Salmon, Land O'Lakes

High jump: Emily Gauvey, Anclote; Andrew Janus, Anclote

Pole vault: Taylor Anderson, Mitchell; Brian Swanson, Ridgewood

4x800: Wiregrass Ranch girls; Land O'Lakes boys

100 hurdles: Shayla Bell-Francis, River Ridge

110 hurdles: Jamaree Reid, Anclote

100: Alfreda Steele, Pasco; Jordan Roberts, Zephyrhills

1,600: Emily Kerns, Mitchell; Tyler Stahl, Land O'Lakes

4x100: Zephyrhills boys; Wiregrass Ranch girls

400: Hallie Grimes, Land O'Lakes; Jamel Clark, Land O'Lakes

300 hurdles: Emily Gauvey, Anclote; Jamaree Reid, Anclote

800: Emily Kerns, Mitchell; Ethan Weilant, Land O'Lakes

200: Alfreda Steele, Pasco; Darnell Lindsey, Ridgewood

3,200: Emily Kerns, Mitchell; Jake Poore, Land O'Lakes

4x400: Land O'Lakes boys; Land O'Lakes girls

Derek J. LaRiviere, Times correspondent

Track: Sunshine Athletic Conference meet preview 03/27/14 [Last modified: Thursday, March 27, 2014 8:46pm]
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