Springstead High cross-country runners, fresh from last Saturday's Sunshine Athletic Conference championships, compete Thursday in the Class 5A, District 5 meet at Crescent Lake Park in St. Petersburg. The 2-mile girls race starts at 4:30 p.m., followed by the 3-mile boys race at 5 p.m.
From a field that includes 18 other 5A schools from Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, the top six teams and top five individual runners advance to the region level. Central and Hernando run in their Class 4A district championships Saturday morning at Central.
Springstead finished fifth among eight schools in the SAC boys meet, with two runners placing among the top 20: Aaron Boldt was ninth in 16 minutes, 44 seconds, and Ron Difrank was 15th in 16:57. The Eagle girls also were fifth, with no one in the top 20 individually.
Springstead finishes in swim
Springstead's boys and girls complete the dual-meet swim season for Hernando County teams today against host Gulf.
The Eagles finished their home season last Wednesday. The boys lost 87-83 to Lecanto in a meet that wasn't decided until the final lap of the final event, and the girls lost 93-77 despite school-record victories by Yessie Velez in the 200-yard individual medley (2 minutes, 31.35 seconds) and 100 backstroke (1:07.93).
Hernando, which along with host Central competes Saturday in the Gulf Coast Conference championships at the Hernando County Family YMCA in Spring Hill, was to complete its dual-meet season Tuesday against Crystal River. District meets for all three Hernando County teams will be held the following weekend.
Gym floor costs Central
Unexpected delays resulting from complications in work done on Central High's gym floor cost the school an opportunity to host the Class 4A, District 7 volleyball tournament, which instead begins today and concludes Friday at Land O'Lakes High.
Central athletic director Vernon Turner said the delays have forced some of the school's athletic teams to practice at middle-school gyms and/or on outside courts, but that work is expected to be completed soon enough that no regular-season varsity basketball games have to be played elsewhere.
_ TIM BUCKLEY