For once, second was good enough for first.
Leading Central by two points entering the final event, Springstead knew it had to finish ahead of the Bears in the 1,600-meter relay to win the Hernando County boys meet.
Danny Flores, Dan Webb, Sentell McDonald and Mike Martinez came through, finishing behind Hernando and ahead of Central to give the Eagles the county title Thursday at Tom Fisher Memorial Stadium.
Springstead _ competing without injured runner and thrower Ricardo Binns (groin strain), who accounts for 15 to 16 points per meet _ outscored Central 65-61. Hernando was third with 52 points.
"They're in our district, too, so we want to do well against them," Springstead coach Fred Hudson said of Central.
Springstead's Jamar Maner won the 100 and 200 and was part of the first-place 400 relay team. Stephen Brooks (shot put) and Tommy Walker (300 hurdles) also won events for the Eagles.
Kyle Keene placed first in the triple jump and high jump, and Joey Costanzo won the 800 and 1,600 for Central.
Kurt Lee (pole vault) and Justin Wakeley (100 hurdles) also won their events.
Central ran away with the girls title, outscoring Springstead 89-52. Hernando had 36 points.
Tiffany Mobley won the long jump, 100 and 200 to lead the Bears.
Central also got victories from Sara Tooman (discus), Sarah Rosario (110 hurdles), Jane McDonald (400), Jessica Osorio (300 hurdles) and the 400 relay team.
"They're running consistent, which is all you can ask for," Central coach Richard Ortiz said. "You can't ask for anything else from the kids."
Springstead's Lindsay Boldt won the 1,600 and 3,200. Sonya Whittaker (triple jump) and the Eagles' 1,600 relay team also placed first.
Hernando's Jamie Stockton set a school record in the pole vault with a vault of 7 feet, 9 inches. Her previous best was 7-0 earlier this season at the Bear Relays.
"It was really cool," Stockton said. "It was awesome."
The Leopards' Bernice Mosby showed she is more than a basketball player by winning the long jump and high jump. Teammate Eric Williams won the boys 400 and long jump.
Hernando also got victories from Donnie Nichols (discus), Logan Emerson (3,200), Danielle Churchill (800) and its girls 3,200 and boys 3,200 and 1,600 relay teams.