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A pair of runnerup finishes for Pirates

By LARRY BUGG
Published March 6, 2005


CRYSTAL RIVER - The Ocala Forest girls nipped Crystal River by a point to win the team title Saturday at the Crystal River Invitational.

Forest finished with 138 points.

The Forest boys won with 118 points. The Pirates were second with 99.

"Second was good for us," Crystal River coach Tim Byrne said. "Johnny Martinuzzi did well on the 800-meter run. The boys 4x400 (3:34.15) ran a great time for this early in the season."

Nature Coast junior Mike Kursteiner took three first places. He won the long jump with a 21-2 leap, triple jump in 43-11 and high jump in 6-4.

"He transferred in during the school year from up north (near Atlanta)," Nature Coast coach Vic Cervizzi said. "That's not bad for the first time out.

"High jump is his best event. He jumps around 6-8. I wish we had the decathlon back. I would put him in that."

Crystal River's Andrea Adams won the 1,600- and 3,200-meter races. She ran a 6:04 in the 1,600 and 13:36 in the 3,200.

"It was our invitational," Adams said. "I was glad to come in first in two events. I have shin splints. They bother me in the beginning and after. They hurt me when I finish. They are slowly healing."

Seven Rivers Christian freshman Rachael Capra won the high jump with a 5-foot leap.

"I cleared it last year," Capra said. "I had a fourth at state last year with a 5-foot. I really want to clear 5-2."

"She is showing great promise and really is way ahead of where she was last year," Seven Rivers coach Ken Nash said. "Her grace has kept up with her growth. She's only 15 and a competitor."