North Suncoast cross country roundup from the weekend



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Mon. September 17, 2012 | Matt Baker | Email

We covered the Zak Lukas Invitational in Sunday's paper, but here’s a quick look at other notable North Suncoast cross country performances from the weekend:

Ridgewood junior John Eckles took second at the Steven Villareal Memorial meet in Dade City to help his Rams finish second as a team, behind Lecanto. Seniors Justin Shaw (seventh, 19:53.81) and Glen Foster (12th, 20:05.77) also recorded top-15 finishes.

Fivay junior Kenny Walker won the meet (18:25.29) to help the Falcons finish fifth, behind Central and Pasco.

Pasco’s Kevin Hernandez took third (19:08.55) followed by Central’s Austin Gray and Sunlake’s Stephen Brown.

Wesley Chapel senior Alyssa Turner placed second (22:18.51) in the Wildcats’ runner-up finish in the girls race.

Ridgewood senior Samantha Martinez (fourth, 23:26.79) and junior Kassi Johnson (fifth, 24:04.21) both earned top-five finishes.

Pasco sophomore Emma Newlon came in eighth to help the Pirates take third, just ahead of Central.

At the Jim Ryun Invite in Lakeland, Land O’Lakes had two runners finish in the top sixth to finish fourth as a team.

Travis Nichols led the Gators by finishing second (16:50.70), and Tyler Stahl came in sixth (17:26.60) in the field of 259 boys.

Senior Benjamin Hall had Wiregrass Ranch’s best time, placing 15th at 17:52.00. The Bulls were 12th in the 36-team field.

The Wiregrass Ranch girls took third in the meet, behind Holy Trinity Academy and Olympia.

Standout senior Nikita Shah took third (19:49.00) to lead the Bulls, and freshman teammate Madison Conway was 11th (21:29.50) – just two seconds out of 10th place.

In the Mountain Dew Invitational at UF, Anclote senior Spencer Guerette finished 25th (17:21.29).

Gulf senior Nick Buliga won the Indian Rocks Invitational with a time of 17:01.40 – 13 seconds ahead of second place. His teammate, Wesley Best, placed 10th (18:16.80) during the Buccaneers’ third-place finish.

Gulf’s girls team took second and finished 12 points behind Indian Rocks Christian. The Buccaneers had three runners in the top 12: Mia Savino (fifth, 21:44.10), Eliza Gazda (11th, 22:29.60) and Katie Buckman (12th, 22:32.60).


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