Shorecrest’s girls started this cross country season amid much hype. The lineup, already one of the county’s deepest, was bolstered by the addition of St. Petersburg transfer Alex Eaton.
But the Chargers entered the small-school race in last weekend’s flrunners.com Invitational without Eaton, who was running in the meet’s race of champions.
Eaton’s absence hardly affected Shorecrest’s performance. The Chargers dominated, winning the team title by outscoring West Palm Beach King’s Academy 66-142. Shorecrest had five runners finish in the top 28, including three in the top 11.
Olivia Rovin took over as the Chargers’ No. 1 runner and won in 19 minutes, 47.90 seconds. Not far behind were teammates Savannah Broome (fifth, 21:13.40) and Kai Greenlees (11th, 21:26).
“This was good for the girls, to know they can do this well without Alex,” coach Jeff Raab said. “Our goal is to break into the top five as a team at state and that seems possible now with the way they’re running.”
Eaton finished ninth in the race of champions in 18:31, the top time among county girls.
“Alex had a goal of finishing in the top 10,” Raab said. “She was out there cheering for us, and we were doing the same for her. It’s a real good group of girls that work well together.”
Winning streak: Northeast’s Amanda Spring continued her impressive start to the season, winning her third major meet by taking first in the flrunners.com large-school race in 19:18.
Spring helped the Vikings finish ninth overall. She will have a chance to win another meet when Northeast hosts the Viking Invitational on Thursday.
Countryside’s Paul McKenna, who won the Cougar Invitational for the first time two weeks ago, finished 23rd in the flrunners.com race of champions in 16:11.60, currently the top boys time in the county. Shorecrest’s Ross Porter was third in the small-school race in 16:59.90.
Paul McKenna, Cou 16:11; Sam Chandler, StP 16:25; Ross Porter, Sho 16:59; Hunter McCann, Osc 17:11; Trevor Quandt, IRC 17:14; Patrick McNamara, AFA 17:16; Stephan Sawayda, Clw 17:18; Thomas Grzekowski, Osc 17:20; Semmes Bruce, StP 17:23; Ian Marsh, Sem 17:23
Alex Eaton, Sho 18:31; Amanda Spring, Ne 19:18; Rachel Valentine, Can 19:34; Hannah Brookover, Cal 19:38; Saphara Harrell, CCC 19:42; Olivia Rovin, Sho 19:47; Brianna Paczynski, PHU 20:03; Sarah Raymond, PHU 20:22; Marina Levine, Lar 20:22; Alicia Konstantnovic, Lar 20:39