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Lake Weir sweeps 4A-District 7 meet

The hour-long bus ride turned out to be well worth it.

Of the five Class 4A, District 7 schools, Lake Weir traveled the farthest to get to Citrus High Friday, but the Hurricanes didn't seem to be feeling any ill effects.

Lake Weir swept the boys and girls competition to earn the track and field championships.

The Lake Weir girls scored 120 points to win the meet, followed by Lecanto with 94, Citrus with 83 and Crystal River with five points.

The Lake Weir boys team scored first place in the final event of the night (4x400 relay) to earn 111 points and seal its victory. Citrus was second with 92 points, Lecanto earned third with 80 and Crystal River and Dunnellon tied with 34.

The top four finishers in each event qualify for next week's regional meet at Central High School.

"This is great and I'm thrilled to death," Lake Weir coach Tom Clark said. "The girls did a great job. I didn't know if we were going to be able to pull it out there until the end. We've got 15 girls and 11 have been with me for three years. They all worked hard and we haven't had anybody quit."

The Citrus boys team led for the majority of the meet with the help of strong distance runners. But when it came to the sprint events, it was all Lake Weir.

The Lake Weir boys swept the top three places in the 200 and 400, won the 4x100 and 4x400 relays and earned the top two positions in the 100 meters.

Crystal River's Jimmy Grimsley, who said he almost did not participate in track this season, won the long jump competition with a jump of 20 feet, 7{ inches.

"I had to do it for my boys Brandon Natteal, Bo Jefferson and Marc Meir because their baseball team lost and I felt like I had to bring something home to the Pirates," Grimsley said.

Citrus had two multiple winners in the girls competition. Candice Wright won the long jump and triple jump and Mary Bedford won the mile and 2-mile competitions.

"I knew what I had to do and, God willing, I did it," Bedford said. "I feel so good lately. I've been working really hard in practice. I think more than anything it's mind over matter."