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Lecanto girls defend GCAC title


© St. Petersburg Times, published April 11, 2003

LECANTO -- The rain could not have been mistaken for sweat Thursday at a chilly Gulf Coast Athletic Conference meet.

The Lecanto girls defended their home track and GCAC title by scoring 151.33 points to finish ahead of Central (135.25).

The Citrus boys held a comfortable 150-94 lead against Crystal River, but the pole vault was postponed because of the weather. The event will resume today at 3:30p.m.

Lecanto senior Stacey Lowe won the 100-meter hurdles and 300 hurdles and finished second in the high jump.

"We ran in the rain and I ran as fast as I could and best I could," Lowe said. "I was happy with the race. (It has) been a good meet for me."

Tara Haddock (400, 4x800 relay) and Amy Rundio (800, 4x800 relay) also won multiple events for the Panthers.

Myesha Hollis of Citrus had the most first-place finishes with four, winning the 100 (12.79), 200 (27.73), triple jump (35 feet, 3 inches) and long jump (18-11/2). Hollis was "happy for the first time" with her performances, which helped Citrus to a third-place finish.

"After that long jump, jumping that 18 feet, it got me confident for the whole entire day," Hollis said. "I wasn't looking to take the 200 like I did. It feels great."

Several other athletes picked up their first GCAC titles. Hernando sophomore Leela Hadsock, who did not run the 1,600 at the meet last year, won the mile in 5:43.73.

"Last year, my best time was a 5:38, and so I'm hoping to work down to that before regionals and hopefully making it to state," Hadsock said.

On the boys side, Jamaal Galloway of Citrus was one of several outstanding multi-event performers, defending his title in the long jump in 21-01/2. He scratched on a jump of 22-1.

Galloway finished behind Crystal River's Chianta Smith in the triple jump and tied him for first in the high jump with a jump of 6-2. Smith also won the shot put.

Crystal River's Chris Bunch ran the final leg of the winning 4x400 relay and cruised to a win in the 400 in 51.25.

"I didn't really have any competition today. I thought I was going to race against Mike Bass (of Citrus), but he didn't even show up," Bunch said.

Other multiple event winners included Hernando's Rod Roberts (100, 200) and Citrus' Tony Lyons (1,600, 3,200 and 4x800) and Israel Burton (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles).

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