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DUNEDIN — Northeast swept the boys and girls Class 3A, District 10 meet at Hammock Park on Thursday morning.
The Vikings’ top five boys finished in the top 10, which enabled them to defeat Osceola 34-47 for the district championship.
Northeast’s girls were just as consistent. The Vikings’ five runners finished in the top 12, defeating Osceola 33-41.
“We put together really good races on both sides,’’ Northeast coach Larry Rudisill said. “I wouldn’t call it a huge upset. We’ve flip-flopped with (Osceola) all season.’’
The boys overall winner was Dunedin’s James Peyton Bock (17:32.99), who sprinted away late and survived a strong kick by Osceola’s Adam Clarke (17:34.44).
“I was thinking about it last night, how I was going to run the race,’’ said Bock, who beat his previous best time by 22 seconds. “I was going to stay with the pack then try to pass them later. I was hoping for first place but I really didn’t expect it. But as I was running, I was thinking about all the workouts I’ve had and I told myself that I might as well make it worthwhile.’’
The girls individual winner was no surprise. Osceola’s Alexis Irwin has been the class of the district all season, and she was first in 19:35.16. Second place went to Amanda Spring of Northeast (19:43.32).
“I was trying to save myself a little bit,’’ said Irwin, who has committed to North Florida. “I didn’t want to go all-out. I want to save that for next week. I wanted to do as much as I could to win the race.’’
The top three teams in the girls division and the top four in the boys division advance to next week’s regional in Port Charlotte. Largo’s girls took third place to secure a region berth. Dunedin and Boca Ciega rounded out the top four for the boys.
The fastest girls finisher not on a qualifying team was Alexis Stevens of Boca Ciega (third, 20:35.71). The fastest individual boys qualifier was Largo’s Tyler Lewis (sixth, 17:56.40).
A-10: Northside's Ojeda finally topples AFA foe
LARGO — At the start, Admiral Farragut’s Blake Arnold drew away from the competition. Northside Christian’s Mario Ojeda let Arnold go, assuming Arnold could be reeled in.
Ojeda moved from the anonymity of the pack into contention, surging from third place to second with a mile remaining. The only runner left to catch was Arnold.
Ojeda did that, too, unleashing his kick to pass Arnold with about 600 meters to go and win the Class A, District 10 individual title in 16 minutes, 45.98 seconds.
It was the first time Ojeda had beaten Arnold in a cross country race.
“I was feeling really good today and I knew our team was going to need every point in order to advance,” Ojeda said. “Blake went out fast and I just wanted to keep pace and stay within striking distance and get him at the end. It was the best race I’ve had because I put everything into it.”
Shorecrest’s Ross Porter (17:00.20), Keswick Christian’s Jacob Endrulat (17:05.42) and Northside Christian’s Matthew Montanari (17:12.70) rounded out the top five.
The Blue Jackets had two runners in the top 10 besides Arnold and won the team title with 73 points, two ahead of Keswick Christian.
The other teams to advance to next week’s region meet were Bradenton St. Stephen’s (82 points) and Northside Christian (93).
As expected, the Mustangs’ Katelyn Greenleaf won her third straight district title, finishing in 18 minutes, 54.02 seconds.
“It wasn’t my best race,” Greenleaf said. “I was hoping to finish in less than 18:30. It was a tough week. My arms were sore from cheerleading practice. Still, I was able to win and it will set me up well for next week’s region meet.”
Northside Christian won the team title, outscoring Keswick Christian 51-70.
The Crusaders’ Hannah Palm was second in 19:54.96, followed by Shorecrest’s Olivia Rovin, Savannah Broome and Northside Christian’s Victoria Goodwin.
Shorecrest and Admiral Farragut were the other girls teams that advanced.
A-9: Second place for CCC
Clearwater Central Catholic, the only county team in the district, finished second in the boys and girls meet.
The Marauders boys scored 54 points, 16 behind Lakeland McKeel. Saul Ramirez led CCC by placing fourth in 17:24.55. Teammate Matt Adan was sixth in 17:50.36.
In the girls race, the Marauders’ Hannah Weilinski was third in 20:55.47 and Katie Englert was sixth in 21:13.84 and helped the team score 52 points.
Compiled by staff writers Rodney Page and Bob Putnam.
Class 3A, District 10 at Hammock Park
Teams: Northeast 33, Osceola 41, Largo 71, Boca Ciega 83, Dixie Hollins 147, Tarpon Springs 161
Individuals: Alexis Irwin (Osc) 19:35.16, Amanda Spring (Nor) 19:43.32, Alexis Stevens (BC) 20:35.71, Caroline Condon (Nor) 20:58.49, Alicia Konstanovic (Lar) 21:05.47, Rachel Kistemaker (Osc) 21:09.14, Aleksandra Corokalo (Nor) 21:17.20, Courtney Condon (Nor) 21:29.02, Kaley Eisenbrei (Osc) 21:41.29, Kristen Brittain (Osc) 21:42.14, Marina Levine (Lar) 21:45.66, Trishana Lopez (Dun) 21:46.06, Rachel Moore (Nor) 21:46.50
Teams: Northeast 34, Osceola 47, Dunedin 72, Boca Ciega 95, Largo 116, Tarpon Springs 179, Dixie Hollins 198
Individuals: James Peyton Bock (Dun) 17:32.99, Adam Clarke (Osc) 17:34.44, Tyler Feeley (Nor) 17:47.39, Michael Stenger (Nor) 17:48.20, Ethan Hall (Dun) 17:54.50, Tyler Lewis (Lar) 17:56.40, Ryan Hoge (Osc) 17:57.09, Richard Lambert (Nor) 17:57.64, Nicholas Spring (Nor) 18:12.67, Matthew Stenger (Nor) 18:16.87, Reggie Cape (Osc) 18:17.61, Blaise Levai (BC) 18:23.15, Thomas Grzesiakowski (Osc) 18:28.74
Class A, District 9 at Taylor Park
Teams: Lakeland Christian 29, Clearwater Central Catholic 52, Lakeland McKeel 54, Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic 100.
Results: White (LC) 20:01.36, Eaves (LC) 20:19.53, Weilinski (CCC) 20:55.47, Lippincott (LM) 21:04.39, Englert (CCC) 21:13.84, Clayton (LM) 21:24.18, Warren (LC) 21:37.51, Harrell (CCC) 21:45.96, Fuller (LC) 22:11.84, Skladanek (LC) 22:19.71, Lanzino (LC) 22:41.87, Jackson (SFC) 23:05.80, Henrikson (LM) 23:15.00
Teams: Lakeland McKeel 38, Clearwater Central Catholic 54, Lakeland Christian 82, Winter Haven All Saints’ Academy 94, Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic 113, Sonrise Christian 129
Results: Mutz (LC) 16:33.86, Bemman (ASA) 17:04.52, Brady (LM) 17:18.93, Ramirez (CCC) 17:24.55, Henrikson (LM) 17:49.02, Adan (CCC) 17:50.36, Fuller (LC) 17:57.57, Lippincott (LM) 17:58.38, White (LC) 18:05.08, Englert (CCC) 18:10.87, Kieler (CCC) 18:18.21, McHugh (SFC) 18:25.23, Jones (LM) 18:36.71
Class A, District 10 at Taylor Park
Teams: Northside Christian 51, Keswick Christian 70, Shorecrest 87, Admiral Farragut 100, St. Petersburg Catholic 112, Sarasota Out-of-Door 140, Bradenton St. Stephen’s 179, Sarasota Christian 211, Sarasota Cardinal Mooney 215
Results: Greenleaf (Ns) 18:54.02, Palm (Kes) 19:54.96, Rovin (Sc) 20:00.66, Broome (Sc) 20:09.85, Goodwin (Ns) 20:32.43, Mitchell (AFA) 20:33.25, Casagrande (CM) 20:36.45, Jacubec (Kes) 20:38.27, Howell (SS) 20:45.02, Johnson (Ns) 20:46.02, E. Palm (Kes) 20:49.90, Eaton (SPC) 20:59.18, Wilder (Can) 21:02.36
Teams: Admiral Farragut 73, Keswick Christian 75, Bradenton St. Stephen’s 82, Northside Christian 93, Shorecrest 94, St. Petersburg Catholic 99, Sarasota Out-of-Door 151, Sarasota Cardinal Mooney 239, Canterbury 278
Results: Ojeda (Ns) 16:45.98, Arnold (AFA) 16:49.85, Porter (Sc) 17:00.20, Endrulat (Kes) 17:05.42, Montanari (Ns) 17:12.70, Behesti (AFA) 17:12.91, Runge (OOD) 17:16.93, McNamara (AFA) 17:23.15, Peterson (Sc) 17:38.44, Nora (SS) 17:49.68, Quandt (Kes) 17:54.54, Cureton (SPC) 17:56.26, Scoby (Sc) 17:58.71