BROOKSVILLE — The Kiwanis Invitational at Hernando started according to plan Thursday, and the teams seemed on schedule to achieve their goals. Then the rain came, and the night was cut short.
With six girls events and 10 boys events remaining to be scored, the meet was rained out. At the time, Zephyrhills (73.5 points) was dominating the girls standings over Wiregrass Ranch (56), and Nature Coast and Wiregrass Ranch (50) were tied atop the boys team standings.
Zephyrhills was the favorite on the girls side coming into the meet, and they did not disappoint, led by sprinter/hurdler Lindsay Arnold. In the limited action she was able to contribute to two victories: the 100 hurdles and 4x100 relay.
Arnold outdistanced the field in the 100 hurdles by nearly a full second, finishing the race in 15.11 seconds while defeating second-place Leah Larabee of Lake Mary Prep (16.03). Arnold also ran a leg of the relay that crossed the line in 50.50 seconds. Land O'Lakes (51.25) was second in that event.
Wiregrass Ranch's success was led by distance runner Ariel Grey who also had two event victories, the 1,600 and the 4x800.
Grey ran a leg of the winning relay that finished in 10 minutes, 20 seconds, defeating Lecanto (10:28). Her individual dominance was obvious in the 1,600, where she paced the field by crossing the line in five minutes, 25 seconds. She defeated two Wiregrass teammates, Nikita Shah and Alex Diepholz, for the victory.
The tie on the boys side was mostly incomplete because of only seven events scored. Nature Coast and Wiregrass Ranch each had two event wins at last count.
Sharks senior Tevin Drake, who could not compete in sprinting events because of a hamstring pull, won the shot put with a toss of 45 feet, 1.25 inches. Nature Coast freshman Jason Black won the 1,600 with a time of four minutes, 34 seconds.
The Bulls won the 4x800 relay in eight minutes, 33 seconds, and Wiregrass senior Morgan Hendrix took home the discus title with a throw of 133 feet, 6 inches.