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At Winter Park's Trinity Prep, Tampa Prep sophomore Claire Snyder continued her improbable breakout season with a runnerup finish at Saturday morning's Class A, Region 2 meet.
Snyder, who didn't train for practically the entire offseason, won the recent Hillsborough County Championships and last week's District 8 meet. On Saturday, she completed Trinity Prep's challenging campus course in 18:58.70 -- 23 seconds behind winner Bryce Seymour of Circle Christian.
"It was beautiful racing weather, but the course was pretty slow," said Seffner Christian coach Andy Holmes, who qualified his boys and girls teams for next Saturday's state meet in Dade City.
"There's a ton of turns and it's all slope. It's not hilly, but there's a lot of uneven ground. The conditions were great as far as the weather, but it runs slow I think because of all the turns."
The top six teams and top 15 individuals earned berths in next Saturday's state meet at Dade City's Little Everglades Ranch.
Seffner Christian, Indian Rocks Christian and Tampa Prep placed fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively, in the girls race. SCA sophomore Sabrina Whiting (19:33.90) was fifth overall. Carrollwood Day freshman Lauren Meaney placed 15th, earning a state berth by two seconds.
In boys action, Tampa Prep (third) and Seffner Christian (fifth) earned state berths, with SCA junior Josh Keenan (seventh) the top bay area finisher.
Class A, Region 2
(at Winter Park)
Girls Team: Gainesville Oak Hall 47, Winter Park Trinity Prep 110, Circle Christian 126, Seffner Christian 147, Indian Rocks Christian 153, Tampa Prep 153, The Geneva School 154, Orlando First Academy 183, Montverde 194, Gainesville P.K. Yonge 197, Daytona Beach Father Lopez 234, Ocala St. John Lutheran 324
Top 15: Bryce Seymour, Circle Christian 18:35; Claire Snyder, Tampa Prep 18:58.70; Brittney Olinger, Oak Hall 19:12.30; Kelly Fahey, Trinity Prep 19:25.10; Sabrina Whiting, Seffner Christian 19:33.90; Lauren Perry, Oak Hall 19:51.80; Denae Chapman, Circle Christian 19:57.50; Caroline Williams, Tampa Prep 20:04.50; Bobbi Labrant, IRC 20:13.90; Lauren Gillespy, Father Lopez 20:16.70; Marissa Allegra, Oak Hall 20:18.50; Grace Blair, Oak Hall 20:32.40; Elsa Jaworski, Trinity Prep 20:39.30; Emily Crist, First Academy 20:42.20; Lauren Meaney, CDS 20:45.60
Boys Team: Winter Park Trinity Prep 31, Gainesville P.K. Yonge 78, Tampa Prep 95, Circle Christian 114, Seffner Christian 124, Mount Dora Bible 125, Orlando First Academy 145, The Geneva School 254, Gainesville Oak Hall 254, Indian Rocks Christian 270, Montverde 338, Gainesville St. Francis 340, Lake Mary Prep 361, Meadowbrook 375
Top 15: Ryan Gousse, Trinity Prep 15:59.40; Daniel Salas, Trinity Prep 16:27.20; Jordan Brown, P.K. Yonge 16:36.40; Sam Goldberg, Trinity Prep 16:41.60; Troy Clark, Mount Dora Bible 16:46.20; Garrett Westlake, P.K. Yonge 16:51.80; Josh Keenan, Seffner Christian 16:54.40; Miller Judge, Tampa Prep 17:08.90; Jordan Foster, Circle Christian 17:09.20; Yuri Costa, Tampa Prep 17:12.60; Tristan Rhodes, Trinity Prep 17:19.60; Noah Lambert, Seffner Christian 17:26.00; Paul Reggentin, Trinity Prep 17:27.80; Jesse Millson, Trinity Prep 17:28.50; Joe Janson, P.K. Yonge 17:28.60