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Class 2A-7

When/where: 1 p.m. Friday; Central High

Teams: Central, Crystal River, Gulf, Hernando, Hudson, Nature Coast, Pasco, Ridgewood, South Sumter, Weeki Wachee, Wesley Chapel

Athletes to watch: Nature Coast, led by Rita Jarque and James Harkless, is coming off a sweep of the Citrus-Hernando Championships, and their girls and boys teams have the greatest depth. But Pasco and Springstead will bring star power. Pirate sprinter Alfreda Steele is coming off wins in the 100 (12.15), 200 (24.87) and long jump (18-10.25) and could make state in all three events. Eagles high jumper Bobby Harris has been unbeatable. The Springstead girls are led by Wilena Little (200, long jump) and Ty'Rhonza Harris (triple jump). Ridgewood pole vaulter Brian Swanson, who recently vaulted 13-6, and Hernando discus thrower Lauren Plaugher look to return to state.

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Class 2A-10

When/where: noon Thursday; Berkeley Prep

Teams: Anclote, Bradenton Bayshore, Berkeley Prep, Holy Names, Jesuit, Tampa Catholic

Athletes to watch: It's not a huge district, but it's loaded with some top individuals. Defending state champions Nicole Carroll (Tampa Catholic, pole vault) and Nick Catchur (Jesuit, pole vault) will compete, and Anclote's Emily Gauvey (high jump), Berkeley Prep's Addi Harden (shot put, discus) and Jesuit's Jack Taylor (shot put) all placed in the top four at state last year. Others who could join them as point scorers this year include Anclote hurdler Jamaree Ried and high jumper Jonte Scott, Jesuit hurdler Dante Newberg and pole vaulter Jack Hughes, Berkeley Prep sprinter Robert Leverette (high jump) and Academy of the Holy Names runner Claire Snyder.

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