LARGO — In one of the more anticlimactic district meets, Shorecrest used its depth to sweep the Class A-10 team titles.
The Chargers’ girls had five of the top eight runners, more than enough to win with 23 points, 61 ahead of St. Petersburg Catholic.
Alex Eaton was Shorecrest’s top runner, finishing second in 18 minutes, 28 seconds. She was followed by teammates Olivia Rovin (third, 19:55) and Sophia Vesely (fourth, 20:01).
The Barons, led by Julie Dunn’s seventh-place finish (21:09), were the only other county girls team to qualify for regionals as a team.
The county’s other individual qualifiers were Canterbury’s Emma Jaworski (13th, 21:53) and Keswick Christian’s Erin Endrulat (15th, 21:59).
The boys race was closer with Shorecrest outscoring St. Petersburg Catholic 35-56. The Chargers had four runners in the top seven, led by Ross Porter (16:20) and Luke Peterson (16:44), who were second and third, respectively. Teammates Joshua Miles (17:35) and Justin Scoby (17:36) were seventh and eighth.
“I think we ran better than I expected,” Shorecrest coach Jeff Raab said. “The conditions were perfect, which made for a fast meet. I know we had a lot of boys and girls who had personal records.”
The Barons’ top runners were Pasqual Artise (fourth, 17:09), and Emilio Tcaza (sixth, 17:18)
Admiral Farragut took third as a team with 77 points. Nima Beheshti led the Blue Jackets with a fifth-place finish (17:15).
The individual qualifiers from the county were Northside Christian’s Justin Nunamaker (ninth, 17:46) and Canterbury’s Chedomir Milic (14th, 18:19).