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Literally, Nature Coast did have to break a sweat at Thursday’s Class 2A, District 6 Meet in Tavares.

The afternoon heat had the Sharks chasing shade, according to Nature Coast boys coach Ryan Wilson, before nightfall and late rain cooled things off.

But figuratively, there wasn’t much drama. For the second straight year, it was an all-Nature Coast affair during the team trophy presentation.

The boys earned their fourth district title in six years – though their first repeat – scoring 191.5 points. Mount Dora was a distant second (109.5) and South Sumter third (102).

Meanwhile, the girls shook off their stunning loss in last week’s county meet for their own district repeat, tallying 158, well ahead of second-place South Sumter (110).

“It’s a monkey off our back,” Wilson said. “Every year we’ve won it, the next year that’s our goal and we always fell short. Doing it this year, it’s a huge accomplishment.

“It was an overall team effort. The kids came out here and performed. I was nervous they wouldn’t be hydrated, but they prepared themselves to perform. I think we overachieved, honestly.”

Indeed, the Sharks had wide-spread contributions, in a meet where the top eight notched team points and the top four advanced to next Thursday’s 2A-Region II Meet at Jacksonville-Bolles.

“It’s definitely mission accomplished,” Wilson said. “Our team goal was to come out and win a district championship. Now it’s about the kid.”

Nature Coast’s boys notched their initial district title in the 4x800, behind Cody Van Natter, Kevin Ciccone, Anthony Perlingieri and Wyatt Hessler’s 8:37.24.

Ciccone then chipped in a first in the 1,600 (4:37.96), followed by Van Natter in third (4:46.31) and Stephen Murphy in fourth (4:47.86).

James Harkless was a repeat district titlist in the 800 (2:03.76), and the senior Ciccone placed second (2:05.06).

“I feel like I couldn’t have done any better,” Ciccone said. “I wasn’t expecting that kind of time.

“It was competition, honestly. It was the kid in second (Landon Sarmiento of Mount Dora). I could hear him breathing down my neck the entire mile, and he passed me on lap three, then I passed him again.”

The Shark distance crew finished things off with typical dominance in the 3,200. The senior Van Natter took that race for the second year in a row with a 10:41, followed by teammates Murphy (10:45) and Austin Mulyck (10:45.40) in second and third.

As for the sprinters, Matt Breida’s garnered top honors in the 100 (10.91) and Frank Villaizan crossed the finish line third (11.14).

Those two plus Deshawn Smith and Jacquez Kincade posted a 42.65 to win the 4x100. Breida, Kincade and Villaizan were part of a 4x100 that took eighth and earned a state medal a year ago.

Breida later tacked on a first in the 200 (22.95), ahead of Villaizan in second (23.05), and came away happy with his overall performance.

“It’s great. I’ve been working since my freshman year hoping to get a district championship in the 100 and 200, and it’s a great accomplishment to complete it,” Breida said.

“It’s definitely the workouts coach had us do. They’re very hard and he pushes us to work, and we do everything he says.”

The Hernando Today Player of the Year in football and a pigskin signee with Georgia Southern, the running back wants to end his prep athletic career on a high note.

“I’m looking to make it to states for the 4x1, try to get there for the 100, and we’ll see what happens in the 200,” Breida said. “But my goal is to get back to states and get another medal.”

Hessler had a first in the 400 (52.50), the senior adding to his high jump championship from last year. Frank Sampson became a triple jump champion thanks to a leap of 43-2 1/4.

Other Sharks to qualify for regionals in field events included Ryan Pelaez in the 110 hurdles (third, 15.79) and 300 hurdles (third, 40.59), plus Michael Dennis in shot put (fourth, 43-2 1/2).

Hessler, Pelaez, Smith and Kincade capped off the evening with a 3:36.65 to earn a victory in the 4x400.

After dropping the county title to Springstead minus their top distance runners due to a coach’s decision, the Lady Sharks felt a lot better this time around.

“Little things here and there didn’t go our way, but overall we had a good day,” Nature Coast girls coach Ed LaRose said. “We knew what we had to do. The kids were upbeat, so I think we moved past what happened last week.”

LaRose pointed to some more adversity the Lady Sharks had to overcome in this meet, specifically a restart in the 100.

Despite that upheaval, Alicia Gentz placed second (13.15), Ashley Gentz fourth (13.22) and Nilsa-Marie Rodriguez fifth (13.27).

Sophomore Bronte Cameron repeated as district champ in the 100 hurdles (16.90), and again finished third in the 300 hurdles (50.05).

“I think it’s awesome, I really do. I’m happy with my times, too,” Cameron said. “I love track so much. It’s my passion, so it means a lot to me to keep up my record throughout the years.

“I’ll take it (third in the 300). I get to go to regionals, I’m proud of that. I have two more years to get better.”

Brianna Horn added a first for the Lady Sharks in the pole vault, clearing the bar at 7-6, and a third in the 800 (2:31.64).

Zavana Schmit came in second in the high jump (4-8), as did Crystal Burchhardt in the 1,600 (5:38.74) and Rodriguez in the 200 (27.61).

Alexa Lacy placed fourth in the 1,600 (5:44.47) and 3,200 (12:40.27), while Burchhardt came in third in the 3,200 (12:32.31).

Alyssa DeLigio, Burchhardt, Horn and Lacy teamed for a second-place clocking of 10:29.91 in the 4x800, while the Gentz sisters, Cameron and Briana Baugher combined for a winning 4:19.22 in the 4x400.

“This was our team goal,” LaRose said of the district crown. “Seventy percent of our team is done for the year, so now it becomes more of an individual thing.

“But the team is very happy. They’re proud of their hard work.”

Hernando’s boys finished sixth in the team standings with 46 points. The Lady Leopards were eighth with 39.

The Leopards took second in the 4x800, as Bradley Geisler, Robert Lewis, Tyler Pantley and Joel Wilson ran a 9:01.34.

The 4x100 of Tyquaun Carr, Quentin Adams, Tyrail Hawkins and Troy Grant were third (43.72).

Connor Foradas locked up his second straight regional trip placing fourth in discus (128-10). Troy Grant had his own fourth in the 110 hurdles (16.19).

Mark Wilson will additionally represent the Leopards at regionals, as he ran third in the 400 (55.29).

Lady Leopard senior Ebone Plummer recorded a personal best of 35-9 1/2 to claim first place in shot put.

That marked her third district title in that event over her four-year prep career. She had previously won as a freshman and sophomore, but slipped to second in 2012.

“Me and (Eunique Byrd) from Pasco were neck and neck, so I gave it my all,” Plummer said. “It’s very exciting.”

She admitted disappointment over not winning last year, making this victory just a bit sweeter. Now she can focus on making states for the first time.

“It’d be a big thing to go to states,” Plummer said. “Everybody wants to go to states.”

The Lady Leopards actually swept the throwing events, thanks to sophomore Lauren Plaugher’s first-place 113-10 in the discus. She finished second as a freshman.

“It feels really good,” Plaugher said. “That was one of my main goals; just getting top four was a goal, but to be first is a blessing.

“My main goal going into the season was to hit 110, and by states hopefully try to hit 120. I’m only a sophomore. I’ve been wanting to get to states. Last year I went to regionals, so I’d like to go to states.”

Jasha Patrick also earned a regional berth for Hernando, taking second in the 400 (1:02.23).

Class 2A, District 6 Meet


1. Nature Coast (NCT) 191.5, 2. Mount Dora 109.5, 3. South Sumter 102, 4. Umatilla, Pasco 71, 6. Hernando (HER) 46, 7. Eustis 32, 8. Tavares 26, 9. Hudson 11

(Top eight score team points; top four advance to regionals)

4x800 – 1. Van Natter, Ciccone, Perlingieri, Hessler (NCT) 8:37.24, 2. Geisler, Lewis, Pantley, J. Wilson (HER) 9:01.34

LJ – 7. Carr (HER) 19-9, 8. McFarland (NCT) 19-7

HJ – 5. Hessler (NCT) 5-8, 7. Sampson (NCT) 5-8, 12. Trudeau (HER) 5-2

TJ – 1. Sampson (NCT) 43-2 1/4, 5. McFarland (NCT) 39-3 1/4, 7. Smith (NCT) 38-5

SP – 4. Dennis (NCT) 43-2 1/2, 8. Popoca (NCT) 42-5

DIS – 4. Foradas (HER) 128-10, 9. Vogel (NCT) 119-4

PV – 5. Sandifer (NCT) 9-0, 7. Coleman (NCT) 7-6

1600 – 1. Ciccone (NCT) 4:37.96, 3. Van Natter (NCT) 4:46.31, 4. Murphy (NCT) 4:47.86, 10. Pantley (HER) 5:03.54

110 hurdles – 3. Pelaez (NCT) 15.79, 4. Grant (HER) 16.19

100 – 1. Breida (NCT) 10.91, 3. Villaizan (NCT) 11.14, 5. Adams (HER) 11.22, 7. Kincade (NCT) 11.67

4x100 – 1. Smith, Kincade, Villaizan, Breida (NCT) 42.65, 3. Carr, Adams, Hawkins, Grant (HER) 43.72

400 – 1. Hessler (NCT) 52.50, 3. M. Wilson (HER) 55.29

300 hurdles – 3. Pelaez (NCT) 40.59, 8. Remondelli (NCT) 48.56, 10. McKethan (HER) 49.20

800 – 1. Harkless (NCT) 2:03.76, 2. Ciccone (NCT) 2:05.06, 6. Clark (NCT) 2:10.86, 7. Perlingieri (NCT) 2:16.67, 10. Pantley (HER) 5:03.54

200 – 1. Breida (NCT) 22.95, 2. Villaizan (NCT) 23.05, 5. Adams (HER) 24.46

3200 – 1. Van Natter (NCT) 10:41, 2. Murphy (NCT) 10:45, 3. Mulyck (NCT) 10:45.40, 5. Pantley (HER) 11:04

4x400 – 1. Hessler, Pelaez, Smith, Kincade (NCT) 3:36.65, 7. Carr, Daniels, Sternberger, M. Wilson (HER) 4:04.99


1. Nature Coast (NCT) 158, 2. South Sumter 110, 3. Umatilla 97.5, 4. Eustis 63, 5. Mount Dora 58.5, 6. Pasco 56, 7. Tavares 53, 8. Hernando (HER) 39, 9. Hudson 21

(Top eight score team points; top four advance to regionals)

4x800 – 2. DeLigio, Burchhardt, Horn, Lacy (NCT) 10:29.91, 6. Laporte, Raney, Walsh, Hutto (HER) 13:03.43

LJ – 5. Rodriguez (NCT) 15-2, 11. Patrick (HER) 14-0

HJ – 2. Schmit (NCT) 4-8, 9. Mobley (HER) 4-0

TJ – 6. Rentas (NCT) 31-5, 7. Schmit (NCT) 31-3, 10. Patrick (HER) 29-11

SP – 1. Plummer (HER) 35-9 1/2, 8. Hudson (HER) 30-3

DIS – 1. Plaugher (HER) 113-10, 7. Hurtado (NCT) 90-10

PV – 1. Horn (NCT) 7-6

1600 – 2. Burchhardt (NCT) 5:38.74, 4. Lacy (NCT) 5:44.47, 5. Perlingieri (NCT) 5:58.30, 6. Thomson (NCT) 6:02.27, 10. Morris (HER) 6:25.73

100 hurdles – 1. Cameron (NCT) 16.90, 5. Schmit (NCT) 17.56, 10. Alderman (HER) 19.65

100 – 2. Al. Gentz (NCT) 13.15, 4. As. Gentz (NCT) 13.22, 5. Rodriguez (NCT) 13.27

4x100 – 1. Al. Gentz, As. Gentz, Baugher, Chevalier (NCT) 50.96

300 hurdles – 3. Cameron (NCT) 50.05, 12. Hejduk (HER) 57.33

400 – 2. Patrick (HER) 1:02.23, 6. Brady (NCT) 1:07.28

800 – 3. Horn (NCT) 2:31.64, 6. Raney (HER) 2:36.94, 7. DeLigio (NCT) 2:39.79

200 – 2. Rodriguez (NCT) 27.61, 5. Lilies (NCT) 29.53, 24. Wells (HER) 35.74

3200 – 3. Burchhardt (NCT) 12:32.31, 4. Lacy (NCT) 12:40.27, 5. Perlingieri (NCT) 12:40.45, 7. Thomson (NCT) 13:05.35, 9. Reyes (HER) 13:35.93

4x400 – 1. Al. Gentz, As. Gentz, Cameron, Baugher (NCT) 4:19.22, 5. Mobley, Patrick, Raney, Reyes (HER) 4:36.67

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