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LITHIA — Brianna Jackson didn’t realize until after finishing first in the East Hillsborough Invitational that it was her first cross country meet since suffering a hip injury nearly a year ago. But the Newsome sophomore knew exactly how long she led Tuesday night’s race.
“Right from the beginning,” said Jackson, who was at the front of the pack from the moment the girls 5K began. “I just sprinted out really fast because I knew I didn’t want to be in the big clump on the hills.”
Jackson ran her home course in 21:04 and led the Wolves girls to a first-place finish with 31 points, while the Newsome boys team also came out on top, recording 26 points.
“It’s basically the first meet for us, so we’re just trying to look and see what’s happening,” Newsome coach Orlando Greene said. “It’s nice to put a meet on and win it, so I think we are quite happy. But there’s still a long way to go.”
Riverview junior Michael Babinec crossed the finish line first in the boys race, clocking in at 17:01.
Bloomingdale took second in both races, as its boys finished with 69 points and the girls recorded 62 points.