Challenger K-8 returns to the top, solves favored West Hernando, 100.0-87.5

Challenger K-8’s male tracksters celebrate winning its first Hernando County Middle School Athletic Conference team crown since 2014-15.. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO
Challenger’s Owen Andress takes off on the anchor leg of the mile relay after receiving the baton from Ethan Fahey. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO
West Hernando’s John Carbone in the 800-meter finals. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

BOYS TRACK & FIELD

Navigators earn first

county crown since 2015

behind four champions

By TONY CASTRO

HernandoSport.com

SPRING HILL – For the third time in three seasons, there was different Hernando County Middle School Athletic Conference Boys Track & Field team champion crowned Wednesday at Springstead.

Challenger K-8, which won back-to-back crowns in 2014-15, solved heavily-favored West Hernando, 100.0-87.5 points.

The remainder of the seven-team field featured: Parrott (82.0), Explorer K-8 (70.5), Winding Waters (63.0), Fox Chapel (40.0) and Powell (18.0).

Challenger skipper Dave Barrett savored his program’s third county title at Booster Stadium.

“The meet went great,” explained Barrett. “On paper, I thought we’d finish second or third. West Hernando had a heck of a team this year. I told our guys we needed to just get as many PRs (personal records) as we could.”

Deciphering how the Navigators toppled the Eagles, “We had some kids come up big in the 1,600 meters. We had three placers with Riley (Cullum), Evan (Faulkingham) and Manny (Cabal). That set us up well down the stretch.

“Chris (Moss) placed twice, winning the 200 and placing second in the 100,“ added Barrett. “We figured if the meet boiled down to the mile relay we’d be in good shape. We hadn’t lost that race all year.”

On the win’s significance, “It’s our first win in this meet in three years,” Barrett said. “It’s good to be back. We picked up some points in some events we really haven’t done well in, like the long jump (fifth and seventh) and discus (third and seventh). By the time we got to the mile, I knew we had a good shot to win it.”

Navigators champs

Challenger’s four event champions featured eighth-grader Chris Moss in the 200 meters in 25.08, besting West Hernando eighth-grader Kyle Gates’ 25.65; eighth-grader Owen Andress in the 400 meters (57.19) edging Parrott‘s Tae Tae Williams (57.22); eighth-grader Riley Cullum in the mile (5:14.67) over West Hernando’s John Carbone (5:20.60); and 4×400 relay squad in 4:08.65.

Lupichuk wins twice

Winding Waters seventh-grader Joseph Lupichuk, who suffered a left knee injury during football season, isn’t 100 percent, but still etched a pair of wins in 110 meter hurdles and 100 meter dash.

In the hurdles, he blazed a time 15.61 topping his closest rival, Connar Lomax, of Fox Chapel (16.07).

Joseph Lupichuk

In the 100 meters, Lupichuk topped Chris Moss of Challenger, 12.15-12.41.

“I had an in between race in the hurdles,” summed up Lupichuk, 15. “The 100 was harder, because I had to beat Chris Moss; he’s tough.

“Overall, I felt I had a great day. Mentally, I didn’t feel like I was really into it,” shared Lupichuk, who competed in the recent Middle School State Finals in the 110 hurdles and 100 meters. He placed ninth at states in 100.

Lupichuk, who describes himself as football player, who runs track, is expecting to enroll at Weeki Wachee High School next fall.

Rivera leads Bobcats

Explorer eighth grader David Rivera, who’ll also be attending Weeki Wachee next fall, won the long jump with a leap of 17’10” and tied for sixth in high jump with a leap of 4’10”

His long jump success is remarkable because prior to this season, he’d never done that event.

He departed Springstead with five wins in five long jump events this spring.

David Rivera

Remarkably, he set a new PR (personal record) with each meet. He opened at 15’3” but steadily improved behind 15’6”, 16’3’, 16’5” and 17’10”efforts.

On his high jump efforts, “I was really surprised on how well I did,” remarked the 14-year-old Rivera. “Until recently I had never done it before.

“Overall, I had a great day. One of my teachers, Miss Hess, gave me some motivation to win,” smiled Rivera. “Even though I won the long jump, I could’ve done better.”

05-16:

2018 Hernando County Middle School Athletic Conference Boys Track & Field Meet at Springstead’s Booster Stadium

Final Team Standings

(Top 8 placers scoring on 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis)/(thru 12 events)

 

PL.

 

TEAM

 

PTS.

1.

Challenger (CHAL)

100.0

2.

West Hernando (WH)

87.5

3.

Parrott (PAR)

82.0

4.

Explorer K-8 (EXP)

70.5

5.

Winding Waters (WW)

63.0

6.

Fox Chapel (FC)

40.0

7.

Powell (POW)

18.0

 

TOTALS (7)

 

461.0

110 Meters

 

PL.

 

NAME

 

YR.

 

SCH

 

TIME

1.

Lupichuk, Joseph

7

WW

15.61

2.

Lomax, Connar

8

FC

16.07

3.

Silvestre, Justin

8

PAR

16.08

4.

Langley, Demarcus

6

PAR

16.08

5.

Wright, Wayne

8

FC

16.56

6.

Wooldridge, Afton

8

WH

16.59

7.

Lennamon, Quinn

7

CHAL

16.63

8.

Brown, Deshawn

8

WH

16.86

100 Meters

 

PL.

 

NAME

 

YR.

 

SCH

 

TIME

1.

Lupichuk, Joseph

7

WW

12.15

2.

Moss, Chris

8

CHAL

12.41

3.

Williams, Tae Tae

8

PAR

12.81

4.

Chavis, Joseph

7

WW

12.95

5.

Gates, Kyle

8

WH

13.09

6.

Fagin, Donovan

8

FC

13.11

7.

Torain, Divine

8

EXP

13.13

8.

Figueroa, Alexy

7

POW

13.15

200 Meters

 

PL.

 

NAME

 

YR.

 

SCH

 

TIME

1.

Moss, Chris

8

CHAL

25.08

2.

Gates, Kyle

8

WH

25.65

3.

Williams, Tae Tae

8

PAR

25.99

4.

Wilson, Cire

8

PAR

26.40

5.

Lomax. Connar

8

FC

26.71

6.

Figueroa, Alexy

7

POW

26.77

7.

Wright, Wayne

8

FC

26.96

8.

Torain, Divine

8

EXP

26.97

400 Meters

 

PL.

 

NAME

 

YR.

 

SCH

 

TIME

1.

Andress, Owen

8

CHAL

57.19

2.

Williams, Tae Tae

8

PAR

57.22

3.

Elthzroth, Julius

7

PAR

59.45

4.

Bell, Jaron

8

WH

1:00.53

5.

Wade, Breon

8

WH

1:00.77

6.

Silvestre, Justin

8

PAR

1:00.87

7.

Adorni, Aric

WW

1:01.61

8.

Wilhelm, William

7

POW

1:02.57

800 Meters

 

PL.

 

NAME

 

YR.

 

SCH

 

TIME

1.

Carbone, John

8

WH

2:18.67

2.

Gies, Justin

8

EXP

2:21.60

3.

Cabal, Emanuel

7

CHALK

2:25.22

4.

Riggins, Isaiah

6

PAR

2:27.22

5.

Faulkingham, Evan

7

CHAL2”30.40

2:30.40

6.

Laurance, Aiden

7

WW

2:32.65

7.

Oaks, Kevin

8

EXP

2:34.88

8.

Newhall, Jaxon

7

WW

2:38.45

1,600 Meters

 

PL.

 

NAME

 

YR.

 

SCH

 

TIME

1.

Cullum, Riley

8

CHAL

5:14.67

2.

Carbone, John

8

WH

5:20.60

3.

Faulkingham, Evan

7

CHAL

5:30.42

4.

Hobbs, Christian

8

EXP

5:34.30

5.

Fahey, Noah

7

CHAL

5:35.90

6.

Oaks, Kevin

8

EXP

5:43.01

7.

Gies, Justin

8

EXP

5:45.86

8.

Foulks, Jesse

6

PAR

6:04.94

4×100 Meter Relay

 

PL.

 

SCH

 

TIME

1.

FC

48.72

2.

CHAL

49.20

3.

WW

49.91

4.

POW

53.03

5.

EXP

54.28

WH

DQ

4×400 Meter Relay

 

PL.

 

SCH

 

TIME

1.

CHAL

4:08.65

2.

WW

4:11.17

3.

FC

4:12.05

4.

EXP

4:13.42

5.

PAR

4:13:44

6.

WH

4:15.35

7.

POW

4:52.22

Long Jump

 

PL.

 

NAME

 

YR.

 

SCH

 

DIST

1.

Rivera, David

8

EXP

17’10”

2.

Tafelski, Gabe

8

PAR

17’5”

3.

Gates, Kyle

8

WH

16’10”

4.

Williams, Jordan

8

PAR

16’6”

5.

Kelczewski, Even

78

CHAL

16’4”

6.

Gies, Justine

8

EXP

15’10”

7.

Pullen, Connor

8

CHAL

15’9.5”

8.

Wilson, Ja’Darius

7

POW

15’7”

High Jump

 

PL.

 

NAME

 

YR.

 

SCH

 

DIST

1.

Torain, Divine

7

EXP

5’6”

2.

Woolridge, Afton

8

WH

5’0”

2.

Morgan, Myles

8

CHAL

5’0”

4.

Ho, Allan

7

POW

5’0”

5.

Newhall, Jaxon

7

WW

5’0”

6.

Kyler, Darion

8

FC

4’10”

6.

Rivera, David

8

EXP

4’10”

.6.

Hill, Tyreese

8

WH

4’10”

Shot Put

 

PL.

 

NAME

 

YR.

 

SCH

 

DIST

1.

Rodriguez, Dominic

8

EXP

40’7”

2.

Tolbert, Chris

8

WH

39’7”

3.

Williams, Devin

7

PAR

39’7”

4.

McFadden, Adrian

8

WH

37’9”

5.

Williams, Jaylon

8

EXP

36’2“

6.

Suarette, Cody

7

WH

35’11”

7.

Langan, Lance

7

WW

35’6”

8.

Patterson, Romeo

8

CHAL

35’5”

Discus

 

PL.

 

NAME

 

YR.

 

SCH

 

DIST

1.

Tolbert, Chris

8

WH

127’8.25”

2.

Williams, Devin

7

PAR

112’3”

3.

Patterson, Romeo

8

CHAL

107’11.5”

4.

Flores, Jose

8

WW

107’0.5”

5.

Orlando, Rocco

7

WW

102’11”

6.

Rummell, Hunter

7

WW

97’9.25”

7.

Wilkes, Corwin

8

CHAL

97’7.75”

8.

McFadden, Adrian

8

WH

96’8”

 

 

 

This article has 1 Comment

  1. Why isn’t there anything about West Hernando Middle School once you mysteriously labeled them the overwhelming favorites? They had guys place first in discus by 15 feet, and barely miss out on shotput gold, as well as a runner that took gold in the 800 and silver in the 1600. Instead you highlight a kid from the fourth or fifth place team with a single medal in a field that was missing a nearly 19 foot jumper from the beginning of the season. Aside from all this, the fact that Fox Chapel’s winning 4×100 team gets no mention at all is atrocious. For a school that has dealt with so much crud this year athletically, the fact that they had the four fastest runners in one of the true team events was inspirational. In previous years this write up has been excellent, but this year it feels like a false underdog story was presented when the truth of the matter was that Challenger K-8 has been winning at track or competing for wins for the better part of the last five years, while WHMS finally put together a aquad that was excellent. But instead of giving them, or any real underdog stories like the Fox Chapel 4×100 team credit, you created a false underdog from a perennial power.

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