On Saturday, both the Boys and Girls teams earned berths to the FHSAA Class 1A State Championships with strong finishes in the Region 3 Meet at Holy Trinity Academy in Melbourne. The Girls team won the team time title for the second year in a row while the boys team was runner-up for just 3rd time in school history. The State Championships will be held at the Apalachee Regional Park course in Tallahassee on Saturday, November 11.
The Girls team placed all 5 of their scoring runners on the Top 20 medalist podium as they outdistanced runner-up The First Academy with a low team score of 37 points. The girls were led by Freshman Sinkenesh Parker who led from start to finish to win her first Regional title covering the 3.1 mile course at in 19:23. She was followed by a 4th place finish from Brooke McEwen (10th grade) running 20:21, a 9th and 10th place finish by Archike and Mulu Parker (9th and 10th grade) both in 20:45, and a 14th place showing by Caroline Spivey (8th grade) finishing in 21:18. Sixth grader Grace DeJesus (22:19) and eight grader Emily Grandstaff (personal best 22:29) finished just off the podium with strong showings in 24th and 26th place.
The Boys team advanced to the State Championships after a two-year absence with their second-place finish. The States Number 1 ranked team, Mount Dora Christian would take the team title while Circle took the runner-up finish in a title battle with The Pine School and Father Lopez. Sophomore Josh Workowski was Circle’s top finisher placing 9th in a personal best time of 17:53. He would be joined on the awards podium by teammate Jack DeJesus (7th grade) who would finish in 17th place in 18:22. Fellow Sophomores Taylor Hong (19:04) and Noah Mitchell (19:15) turned in strong finishes placing 25th and 28th while Senior Stephen Graham rounded out the team scoring in 35th place in 19:28. Additional team finishers included Juniors Alex Haak (19:46) and Christopher Haak (20:32) in 45th and 71st place.
Going in the State Championships next week, the girls team is ranked 2nd and will be looking to finish on the podium for the 3rd straight year while the boys team will be looking for a Top 10 finish in the 24 team field. Congratulations to both teams as they seek to finish their season strong in Tallahassee.