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Cross country: Robinson uses depth to dominate at 3A-9 meet

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Wed. October 23, 2013 | Matt Baker | Email

TAMPA — Robinson cross country completed a historic day Wednesday, sweeping the boys and girls Class 3A, District 9 meets at Pebble Creek.

Knights junior Jack Rogers led the boys race from start to finish, running his 5K in 16 minutes, 48 seconds to earn a 13-second victory over Middleton’s Daniel Dean. Robinson placed three other runners in the top seven: Fredrick Stanford took fourth in 17:16, Manuel Tejeda was sixth in 17:26 and Wade Fitzgerald was right behind him in 17:33.

That depth helped the Knights finish with 31 points — 21 ahead of runnerup Armwood. Brandon and Chamberlain also advanced to the region meet as teams.

Chamberlain senior Cameron Purvis finished third, and Armwood senior Jacob Rivera placed fifth to lead the Hawks.

Robinson’s girls were nearly as impressive, placing four in the top 14 to finish six points ahead of runnerup Chamberlain. King took third, followed by Brandon.

Knights senior Julia DeYoung led her team’s charge by finishing second overall in 19:35. Teammate Madison Hull took fifth in 20:08, while Madison Scanlan and Arielle Ellis finished 10th and 14th.

Brandon sophomore Eliana Ochoa won her second consecutive district championship and shaved 90 seconds off her time from last fall.

Ochoa and King sophomore Sneha Sathish were close for the first 21/2 miles before Sathish started to charge. Ochoa charged back and had a stronger kick to finish in 19:25.

“I was really scared because I know they’re all around my speed,” Ochoa said. “It was tough.”

Sathish settled for third in 19:44, 13 seconds ahead of Chamberlain’s Margaret Parrish.

Class 4A, District 6: Plant dominated the afternoon at Al Lopez Park, sweeping the meet.

Junior Jack Guyton won the boys meet by almost 20 seconds, finishing in 15:54. Three other Panthers joined him in the top seven — Carlos Andino (third), Evan Collura (sixth) and Drew Beekman (seventh). Plant placed all of its runners in the top 20 to score 32 points and earn a 31-point victory over Sickles.

Sickles’ James Zentmeyer was runnerup, and Andy Hippely’s fifth-place finish helped Wiregrass Ranch take third.

Anna Montgomery (19:48) and Bailey Sullivan (19:48) finished second and third for the Panthers’ girls team, which finished 37 points ahead of runnerup Freedom.

Sickles’ Abigail Grant earned the individual district title in 19:36, and Freedom’s Lauren Arfaras was fourth. Third-place Wiregrass Ranch claimed the next three spots, led by Madison Conway.

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