CLEARWATER — The East Lake girls and Countryside boys dominated Wednesday's 52nd Annual Ed Wells Kiwanis Invitational at Clearwater High School.
The Lady Eagles turned in a solid all-around performance to capture their 62-point team win, led by another standout day in distance events.
East Lake went gold-silver in both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. The feats were accomplished by Erica Lersch and Sabrina Siegel, respectively, in the 1,600. Julia Siegel (first) and Wednesday Terry (second) did so in the 3,200. Erica Lersch earned silver in the 800-meter run, as well.
Eagles sprinter Cienna Nichols went home with three silvers in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes.
East Lake also earned gold in the 4x800-meter relay and Ramiah Vickers took silver in the triple jump.
On the boys side, Countryside used a similar formula to secure a 27.5-point team win.
Distance runner Andrew Llwellyn won the 800- and 1,600-meter runs, and teammate Billy Fitch raced to silver in the 1,600.
Another gold came in the 400-meter dash when Robert Davis beat the field by 0.85-seconds.
The Cougars picked up a couple quality, second-place relay performances in the 4x400 and 4x800.
Countryside's Giovanni Negron tacked on an extra 10 team points when he won the shot put with a throw of 44 feet, 2 inches. He beat out a pair of Palm Harbor University throwers, Steven Borelli and Cameron Cleland, respectively.
Dunedin's Olivia Welsh may have turned in the meet's top individual performance.
The sophomore set a meet record with her blazing 14.91-second showing in the 100-meter hurdles.
“Warming up I felt really good,” Welsh said. “One of my goals was to get under 15 [seconds] and I did that.”
Prior to the hurdles, she also set another meet record in the pole vault with an 11-foot, 1-inch jump. Welsh actually finished second in the event to Osceola's Jennifer Kistemaker, who also went 11-1, but won because of fewer misses.
Welsh's fellow Falcon on the boys side, senior Ahmad Middleton, earned gold in the 110-meter hurdles moments after she did.
“I would've run faster but I hurt my arm earlier,” Middleton said of his 14.89-second finish. He dinged himself up on an awkward landing while placing second in the long-jump. “I was able to run through, though. I'm feeling good right now. I want to go through and win districts and regions and go to states.”
East Lake's George Campbell took silver in the 100-meter dash and third in the long jump. Eagles teammate Chigozie Atavwigho finished behind Middleton in the 110-meter hurdles for silver.
Tarpon Springs went home with a gold medal in the girls long jump. Gelisa Jenkins tied Largo's Daisha Brown with a jump of 16 feet, 6 inches, but recorded a better second-best attempt.