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Hernando High

Girls Track and Field

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Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 05:17 PM

Erin Blackwell

800 meter

Springstead – Freshman

COMMENTS: Ran a 2:21.11 personal best to pace county in 800, pulling off that time at the 3A-II Meet, where she finished third … Captured a district championship in that same race in 2:25.31, which was her previous best … Finished 11th at state meet in 2:22.60 … Earned a county title with a run of 2:31.90.

QUOTES: "Just incredible. She is a competitor. She's got to get to work to be on the elite level. But that girl does everything you ask her to do and then some. The only problem with her is when she's got a little injury, she won't sit. She gives 100 percent in practice and she's a delight to be around. … Once I saw her for a week, I knew she had the work ethic and desire. But she surprised me at districts, and at regions she went even faster. She rose to the better competition. … I think her future is bright but she's got to get better than 2:20. To do that, she's got to get stronger and have an injury-free season."

- Springstead head coach Joel Myers

Brianna Boswell

3,200 meter

Hernando – Junior

COMMENTS: Her season-best 3,200 time of 12:47.80 at the March 8 South Sumter Raider Invitational represented the fastest clocking in the county.

QUOTES: "One of the things that really stood out most with her is her personality. She's always bubbly, always has a positive spirit. When (cross-country coach Drew) Martucci gets on her about what she needs to do, she puts the work in. … Initially the concern with her was consistency. Once we got her in a zone, she's really been consistent and definitely improved as a distance runner. … She's hungry for more. She's hungry to go higher. … I see her continuing to excel. I'm almost positive she'll at least make regionals if not go further. If she continues with her work ethic, there's no doubt."

- Hernando head coach Shawanda McCullough

Crystal Burchhardt

1,600 meter

Nature Coast – Sophomore

COMMENTS: Ran a county-best 5:52.79 in 1,600 at the Mitchell Early Bird Invitational … Took third in that event in 2A-6 Meet (5:56.58) and ninth in 2A-II (5:53.44) … County champion running a 6:00.

QUOTES: "She's been hit by the injury bug the last few years. If she could get healthy for a full year, I'd really like to see what she can do. … She pushes herself. She's not a run-with-the-crowd type of person. She's a leader. She'll run on her own. She wants to be good. … If she can stay healthy, I don't think there's a lot she cannot do."

- Nature Coast head coach Ed LaRose

Bronte Cameron

100-meter hurdles/300-meter hurdles

Nature Coast – Freshman

COMMENTS: County champion in 100 hurdles, running a county-best 16.80 … Won district title in same event with a 17.13 … Finished third in 2A-II (16.91) and 14th at states (17.62) … In 300 hurdles, county high came in 2A-6 prelims – 49.89 – and she placed third in finals (50.31) … County champ in that event in 50.39 … Sixth in region (50.10) … Placed third in 2A-6 in pole vault (6-6) … Selected as Lady Sharks' MVP.

QUOTES: "When she came out and first started running for us, you could just tell by her form. And she wanted to do hurdles anyway. … She took on a heavy workload for our team and definitely shined in hurdles. We're excited having her the next three years. … She didn't have a good run at states. She's a determined kid anyway, so I'd like to think that taste in her mouth set the bar for next season."

- Nature Coast head coach Ed LaRose

Amy Holmes

Triple jump/High jump

Nature Coast – Senior

COMMENTS: Two-time All-County selection, having made it in triple jump as a sophomore … Her 34-3 represented the best showing in the triple jump within the county, placing her second in the 2A-II Meet … Finished 14th in first trip to states (33-1 1/2) … Second in district (33-4 1/2) … County champion in triple jump (33-6) and high jump (4-8), tying for county's best showing in the latter … Also triple jump county champ in 2010 … Three-time regional qualifier in triple jump, finishing seventh (34-2 1/2) as a sophomore and 11th (33-5) as a junior.

QUOTES: "She had a fantastic season. It seems like Amy has been in the track program forever. … She's always been good at triple jump. Maybe it's her basketball background. … It's good to see a senior like her involved in the program for so long have a good day in the county (meet) like that. … Making it to states, it was nice to see her end up that way."

- Nature Coast head coach Ed LaRose

Courtney Liddle

Discus

Nature Coast – Senior

COMMENTS: Threw a first-place 107-0 at Feb. 24 Mount Dora Kiwanis Invitational to pace county in discus … First place at county meet with a 101-1 … Third place in 2A-6 with a 100-4 1/2 … Finished fourth in 2A-II (98-6) and 15th at states (83-10) … Two-time volleyball Player of the Year, signed to play sand volleyball at D-I Tulane.

QUOTES: "It was her second year with discus, and with her, she's so involved with volleyball. She tried to come out her first couple of years. She came out, had her ups and downs this year, but she finished strong. ... She's so dedicated. She's really a technician. She wanted to know what she could do to get better. … I think the upper-body strength from volleyball (helped). She's just an athlete. She's really good with her feet."

- Nature Coast head coach Ed LaRose

Angela Morton

Pole vault

Springstead – Sophomore

COMMENTS: Cleared the bar at 8-0 during March 10 Crystal River Invitational for county's high … Won county championship at 7-6 … Placed seventh at 3A-6 Meet with same height.

QUOTES: "She stuck with (pole vault) and got fairly decent at it. I expect big things out of her. She was a surprise, but she found an event she liked and she was good at it. … Once she got to 7-feet, then the confidence came. … I think she can go between 9-10 feet. She's got confidence now. She knows she can do it, it's just a matter of if she puts in the work."

- Springstead head coach Joel Myers

Ebone Plummer

Shot put

Hernando – Junior

COMMENTS: Posted a county-best 35-6 toss in shot put at South Sumter Raider Invitational on March 8 … Two-time district champion finished second this time around, with a 34-11 at the 2A-6 Meet … Placed fifth in 2A-II (34-6) … Won county title behind a 34-10 1/2 … Also an All-County selection in girls basketball.

QUOTES: "I think she had a good year considering we did change her technique, which she was pretty much perfecting. I think the inclement weather (at regionals) threw her off her game. … Initially she wasn't very happy about (the technique change) and I think a lot of it was she didn't understand. So I gave her some insight as to why it changed. She was used to just stepping up and muscling it. Once I explained the science behind it, she took that to heart. …Next season, I fully expect her to go to states and be competitive at states. I expect nothing less and she's at the point where she expects nothing less."

- Hernando head coach Shawanda McCullough

Zavana Schmit

High jump

Nature Coast – Sophomore

COMMENTS: Tied teammate Amy Holmes for county's highest leap in high jump, jumping 4-8 on several occasions … Finished fourth in 2A-6 and 11th in 2A-II, both at her season-best height … Second at county meet to Holmes at 4-6.

QUOTES: "It was her first year out from soccer. I think she has a load of opportunity. … She also came on strong in the triple jump. Hopefully she'll be a replacement for (Mackenzie) Medler and Holmes. … She will continue to excel. I don't think she has reached her potential. … I think her size definitely helps. She's got long legs. But the consistent effort every day; I think she benefitted from Medler and Holmes' experience and her own hard work."

- Nature Coast head coach Ed LaRose

Relays

Blackwell, Kailey Genrich, Kayla Brittain, Ty'Rhonza Harris

4x800 meter

Springstead

COMMENTS: Combined for a 10:22.74 in 3A-II Meet for county's fastest time, placing 10th … Placed fourth in 3A-6 in 10:31.99.

QUOTES: "Not as good as I was hoping we were going to do. A lot of that was Ty'Rhonza missed some big meets (with injury). … We never got four together consistently meet after meet. You have to do that. … We're very young and Kayla Brittain at regionals popped a 2:37, which is eight or nine seconds faster than she ever did before. The future is bright. They're all back (except for the senior Genrich) for a couple of years."

- Springstead head coach Joel Myers

Blackwell, Harris, Genrich, Little

4x400 meter

Springstead

COMMENTS: Posted a 4:11.32 to take second in 3A-6 and record the county's best time of the season … Took fifth at regionals running a 4:12.04.

QUOTES: "Same thing, we never got four of them together. It was different kids every meet. … Wilena can get even better in the 400. I think she can get under 60 (seconds). We've got to find a fourth (to replace Genrich). Hopefully someone steps up. But the future is bright."

- Springstead head coach Joel Myers

Brianna Baugher, Ashley Chevalier, Alicia Gentz, Aysha McCants

4x100 meter

Nature Coast

COMMENTS: Ran a 50.96 in prelims at 2A-II Meet for county high, and a 51.26 for second place in the final … Came in 12th at states (51.28) … Captured district title in 51.90 … County champs with a 51.41.

QUOTES: "I think they had a fantastic year. It's the best year to date for our 4x1. It's the first time our 4x1 made it to states. They broke records at Nature Coast. … The best thing is they all come back next year. I think they're determined. They got a taste of states. … Most people say 'They work so well together.' I think they held each other accountable. If someone was slacking and not doing what they were supposed to be doing, they'd let each other know, and I don't think they want to let each other down."

- Nature Coast head coach Ed LaRose

Athlete of the Year

Wilena Little

100 meter, 200 meter, 400 meter, long jump

Springstead – Sophomore

COMMENTS: In second trip to states in 200, just missed on a medal, placing ninth (25.49). Ran a personal best of 25.20 in prelims for county's fastest time … District champion in 200 (25.92) … Placed third in 3A-II Meet (25.60) … County champion in 200 (25.77), 100 (12.67), 400 (county-best 58.61) and long jump (county-best 16-8) … Repeated as county champ in 100 and 200 … Third in 3A-6 in 400 (1:01.13) and seventh in 3A-II (59.13) … Captured first place in 100 at March 29 Hernando High Kiwanis Invitational with the county's finest run in that event, 12.38.

QUOTES: "She won the county in four events and one (long jump) was as brand new event for her, so I don't see how (Athlete of the Year) can be anyone else. She had a very good year. She improved in everything. … She could have been even better. Her hamstring got to her right before districts. … Her work ethic has gotten better. She missed a (state) medal by 100th of a second. It was devastating at the time, but I think it'll be the best thing for her because she's hungry."

- Springstead head coach Joel Myers

Coach of the Year

Ed LaRose

Nature Coast – 5th year

COMMENTS: Second Coach of the Year selection in three years … Guided Lady Sharks to historic campaign, including second county title and first district crown … Won 2A-6 Meet 183-94 over second-place South Sumter, and county meet 168.83-101 over defending champ Springstead … Nature Coast won 9-of-10 meets prior to a fifth-place showing at regionals.

QUOTES: "I'll take the award, but it's the whole coaching staff and the team. … This was the first year that I pinned the tail on the donkey and said 'We're going to go for districts.' I saw what we had coming in, I knew we had a good mix of senior leaders and young kids coming in. … We definitely try to make sure they enjoy themselves, too. I think all that works together to make a crazy chemistry."

- LaRose


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