TRACK & FIELD: North Port girls, Port Charlotte boys both runner-ups at Marcus Freeman Invite

Staff reports

NORTH PORT — Riverview swept both sides of Friday’s Marcus Freeman Invitational, edging host North Port in the girls portion and rolling the field, including runner-up Port Charlotte, in the boys side.

Riverview’s girls had 167 points to finish eight ahead of the Bobcats. The remainder of the 13-team field was well back of the top two with North Fort Myers taking third at 79 and Port Charlotte fourth at 64.5. Lemon Bay was fifth with 42 while a short Charlotte team was 10th at 22.5.

Riverview’s boys had no trouble outdistancing their 11 opponents, totaling 160.5 points, 64.5 ahead of Port Charlotte. North Port was third with 91 and Sarasota fourth at 63. Lemon Bay finished eighth with 33.5.

In the girls meet, Riverview won four events and finished second in three others. North Port won seven events and had three seconds.

Alexis Francavilla won the long jump and triple jump, and participated on the winning 4×100 meter relay. Other members of the relay team were Armani Seale, Emani Jefferson and Daham-Shel Jean.

Carly Lovett and Jefferson went 1-2 in the high jump while Francavilla and Jefferson were 1-2 i the long jump. Morgan Gloster won the pole vault while Seale won the 200 meters.

The 4×800 relay team of Kaley Boethig, Lindsey Boethig, Kayle Dennis and Shelby Cutchineal had the other win for the Bobcats. The 4×400 relay team finished second.

Other area winners were Port Charlotte’s Alden Goucher in the 800 meters and Charlotte Hallie Thompson in the discus.

Riverview went 1-2 in the 100 and 200 meters, and added three other wins as well as a pair of runners-up for the foundation of its victory. Other wins came in the 110 hurdles and 4×100 and 4×400 relays.

North Port had five firsts, three in the field events and two on the track. Gene Oliver won the high jump, Darren Thomas the long jump and Daniel Gonzalez the discus for the Bobcats.

Louis Dietrich had a hand in the other wins, claiming the 800 meters and also joining Javier Amaya, Evan Weisberger and Charles Moody on the winning 4×800 relay team.

Port Charlotte’s John Perez won the 1600 and 3200 meter runs while teammate Tyreece Luther won the triple jump. Brayden Curry had a win for Lemon Bay in the shot put.

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