The spring season is winding down for Big Bend prep teams, but the drama remains high.
The postseason continues this week for softball, baseball, lacrosse, track and field and flag football.
Maclay’s lacrosse team (boys) must beat visiting Ponte Vedra on Tuesday to advance to this weekend’s FHSAA Finals.
The FAMU High girls’ flag football team is also one win away from the FHSAA Finals, needing a victory at Jacksonville First Coast on Tuesday to advance.
The state competition will be held at Gene Cox Stadium on Friday and Saturday.
Chiles, Lincoln and Leon each has advanced competitors into Friday’s Class 3A FHSAA Finals in Jacksonville.
Regional tournaments also continue this week for area softball and baseball teams.
Helping headline the action is a rematch between rivals Lincoln and visiting Chiles in Region I-7A softball semifinal on Tuesday.
Lincoln nipped Chiles for the district title 11 days ago.
The Maclay girls’ track team helped set the postseason tone last Friday by clinching the program’s fifth Class 1A title under coach Gary Droze.
“What I really think happened is my girls got tired of me talking about our legacy teams back in the day,” Droze said and laughed.
“We had some really good teams in the ’90s, and I used those teams as inspiration. I think the girls decided to force me to shut up, that this is the team that I am going to talk about from now on.”
Record-setting Stefanie Kurgatt, a Georgetown signee, won her fifth consecutive crown in the 800-meter run (2:16.47) and defended her title in the mile run (5:06.26).
Tamani Wilson won the 200 meters (25.44) and Maclay captured the 4×800 relay (9:32.85), helping the Marauders score 76 points and out-distance top-three finishers Holy Trinity (53) and Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian (42).
North Florida Christian’s Darrielle McQueen was just as impressive en route to her sixth career individual state crown.
McQueen won state titles in the long jump (19-07) and triple jump (40-04.50) to finish undefeated on the season.
She also won both events at the Jessie Forbes Invitational, the Bob Hayes Invitational in Jacksonville, the Florida State Relays and the University of Florida Relays.
Also, NFC’s Christian Philpott won the 200 meters in 21.50.
The Jefferson County High girls placed fifth overall in the 1A standings behind the one-two finishes in the shot put from winner Shan Scott (38-09) and Samaria Martin (38-06.50)
Droze, meanwhile, credited Lindsey Poole for helping ignite the Marauders.
Poole placed second in the triple jump behind McQueen, smashing her personal best by more than a foot.
Also, Kristin Sweeney ran a personal-best in the opening leg of the 4X800 relay to help Maclay capture the state title before the meet’s final event.
The Maruaders’ 4X800 winning relay team was made up of Sweeney, Caroline Willis, Elizabeth Santoro and Kurgatt.
In Class 2A, the Godby girls placed fourth in the team standings.
Bernicia Holyfield clinched an individual title in the discus for the Cougars at 139-04.
Godby’s 4X100 relay (Lilliann Andrews, Jasmine Crump, Caitlin Wilson, Azarya Evans-Jenkins) placed first at 46.94.