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Gators sweep foes at Citrus Invitational

By LARRY BUGG
Published March 29, 2006


INVERNESS - Land O'Lakes' boys and girls triumphed Tuesday at the Citrus High Invitational.

The Gator girls just beat host Citrus 107-104. The boys won with 138 points, topping runnerup Citrus (90).

Second place was just fine with 'Canes coach Tom Darby.

"I was pleased with the effort," he said. "It was a close meet all the way around. The scores don't mean much until the district."

It was difficult for Steven Bell to get excited over another first-place showing. The Land O'Lakes senior, who has orally committed to the University of South Florida, took the 1,600 meters in 4:49.33. He is undefeated in the 1,600, 800 and 3,200 meters this season.

On Friday, he ran through the wind and cold to take MVP honors at the Wildcat Fast Times Meet. Tuesday, it was warm and pleasant, but he wasn't pressed as usual.

"It was not bad," Bell said. "I have always preferred the cold."

Bell was the only triple winner of the meet, also winning the 3,200 (10:34.26) and 800 meters (1:56.4).

Central's DuJuan Harris took two titles, the 100 meters (10.95) and long jump (21-9).

Hernando's Valerie Blount won two events, the shot put (35-7) and discus (105-10). The Leopards senior set a school record with a 38-4.75 shot put effort Friday at the Florida State Relays in Tallahassee.

"(Tuesday), I just threw to win," Blount said.