WESLEY CHAPEL - Wiregrass Ranch and Nature Coast ruled the night in the Running of the Bulls track meet at Wiregrass Ranch Friday. Both schools finished in the top two places in both the boys and the girls competitions.
Wiregrass Ranch won the girls meet with 148.5 points to Nature Coast's 116.5, winning five separate events.
Nature Coast captured the boys title by besting Wiregrass Ranch, 157-124, dominating the meet by winning eight different events.
The scary aspect of the meet for the host Bulls girls squad was that their coach J.R. Haworth didn't take the meet all that seriously.
"This is our first meet out and we just took it like a training meet for us, a practice," Haworth said. "We got some work in and we have more work to do. We're a young team."
The way the Bulls ran Friday they could be not only dominant this season, but in the next two years as well.
"We're a freshman- and sophomore-oriented squad," Haworth said.
Ariel Grey had an outstanding first meet having little difficulty in winning two events, the mile run and the two-mile run. She won the two-mile in 12:17.62 with a 20-second cushion over second place Selena Castillo of Academy of The Holy Names.
In the mile run Grey was pushed a little but still won in 5:31.78, beating Jacqueline Friscia of Tampa Catholic (5:40.49).
Grey has been under the weather for the better part of the week and turned in lackluster practices as a result. Not even knowing if she would run Friday, Haworth advised her not to go all out.
"I wanted to get a 5:30 in the mile so that was close enough," Grey said. "In the two-mile I did just enough to win, which is what my coaches told me to do."
The Bulls boys squad may have a budding star in freshman Kiam Olan. Competing in his first high school track meet, Olan won the 100 meter dash and placed second in the long jump with a personal best of 21 feet.
"Judging myself in the long jump I think that was the most I could do," Olan said. "This is really overwhelming, it really is. It's a lot to do and it's hard. It's really challenging."
"Overall we did phenomenally well," Wiregrass Ranch boys coach Tim Light said. "I was really impressed with Kiam."