Andy Warrener recaps the 2017 Lecanto Invitational.
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Jeff Adams was on-site at the Land O' Lakes Gator Invitational and captured over 1,700 photos of all the action including this one of boys varsity winner Paris Williams of Sickles High School.
The cross country season in the North Suncoast typically kicks off with a meet at Anclote. Anclote coach Alan Parmenter moved east to join coach Jeff Leavey at Mitchell in the off season and the Anclote meet gave way to the Wesley Chapel Wildcat Invitational on Saturday.
The grounds of the Polo Club in the Villages will be buzzing this weekend, but not with horses. Thoroughbreds of a different breed from across Central Florida will compete in the VHS Early Bird Invitational. Our Donald Lamb will be on-site providing photos of all the action. Also, stay tuned to for flrunners for results and a recap of all the action.
The polo grounds in The Villages, a golf cart community of more the 75,000 retirees, welcomed 20+ local teams Thursday afternoon for the VHS Buffaloes Invitational. The charter school, for the employess of the thriving community, played host school for what the Coach Chris Murray remembers as “at least the 9th or 10th meet here”. This course is also home to the Lake/Sumter county championships, and will host the 2A district 6 meet this year as well.
There was a storyline Saturday that might have flown under most people's radar. It was that of Lecanto senior Matt Giardino and Vanguard junior Joey Gibbs. Lecanto and Gibbs are the only adaptive athletes on their team, thus the team titles rested with the outcomes of the head-to-head, individual competition. In 2013, Giardino won the shot put, going 23-2 and Gibbs was third at 10-8.75. Giardino won the 800m last year in 2:53.30 to Gibbs' second place finish in 3:11.35. Gibbs won the 200m by the narrowest of margins, 38.304 to Giardino's 38.308. Giardino scored 28 for the Lecanto team and Gibbs racked up 24.