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Two North Suncoast runners placed in the top half in Saturday’s Foot Locker South Regional meet in Charlotte, N.C.
Gulf sophomore Kari Grippo finished 49th overall with a time of 18:22 in the 5K race. She was 13th among Florida runners.
Wiregrass Ranch junior Nikita Shah placed 65th. Her time of 18:36 was the 17th best among Florida runners at the event.
The elite field featured 172 runners from Florida, Texas, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, West Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky or South Carolina.