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Track: Love captures 2 events

JEFFREY JONES Special correspondent
Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 11:53 AM

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Inclement weather forced the cancellation of the Western Conference Federal Division Championships at Spoto on Wednesday and in doing so, a large portion of finals were not completed. As a result, there was no team winner in either the girls or boys competitions.

The unofficial results through a handful of events had Riverview girls in the lead with 96.5 points, with East Bay in second with 76. Plant City's boys were narrowly holding on to first place with 119, seven ahead of defending divisional champion Newsome.

All the field events were completed earlier during the day and that included notable performances by Bloomingdale girls thrower Rachel Lassitter, who tossed the discus 106 feet for first place and went 31-5 in the shot, good for second place. Also shining in the field was East Bay's Nakia Love, who was first in the triple jump (35-4) and long jump (17-3.25), and Riverview's Ashley Favors, who posted one of the county's top divisional times in the 110 hurdles at 14.71 - nearly three seconds faster than the day's No. 2 time.

The 4x800-meter relay kicked off the meet early, where Newsome's boys got the Wolves an early lead in the team standings with a first-place time of 8:21.04. Their foursome included Isaac Baker, Tyler Moriarty, Michael Tourgee and Justin Martinez. Later, in the 1,600, Tourgee (4:38.52) and Martinez (4:41.24) went 1-2. In the girls 1,600, Durant's Grace Van De Grift qualified with a first-place finish in 5:28.30.

Also qualifying in the girls 1,600, one of the few distance races to be completed, was Bloomingdale's Sarah Waller (5:44.65) and Lisa Kauffman (5:46.43), who were also on the Bulls' winning 4x800 relay.

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