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PLANT CITY — Robinson coach Mark Altimari's game plan for Thursday evening's Ron Frost Invitational was not to have one, at least not for the girls race. No strategy, no inhibitions, no pressure.
No problem. Led by junior Maddy Hull (pictured), normally the Knights' No. 2 runner, Robinson put all five of its girls in the top 10 en route to an overwhelming team victory in the annual event at Durant High. The Knights boys also prevailed, with three top-10 finishers.
"That was our plan — run as hard as you can as long as you can," Altimari said. "It was a workout day."
For Hull, it was a milestone one as well. Overtaking senior teammate Julia Deyoung at roughly the 2-mile mark on the grassy southern border of Durant's campus, Hull made a strong final kick from there, winning her first prep event in 21:26.
Deyoung, 23rd at last season's Class 2A state meet, finished fifth (21:47) after leading by more than 100 meters at one point. She eventually also was overtaken by Brandon's Eliana Ochoa (second), Knights teammate Madison Scanlan (third) and Bloomingdale's Julie Roggeman (fourth).
"She went out really fast," Hull said. "Our whole team ran a really great race today. I'm really proud of them."
On the boys side, Keswick Christian senior Jacob Endrulat and 107-pound Middleton freshman Daniel Dean exchanged the lead at least twice and remained tight for most of the race before Endrulat pulled away in the last mile to win in 16:48.
"I was just trying to stick with him, see what I had, and I just tried to give it my all on the way in," Endrulat said.
Ron Frost Invitational
Boys Team (top five only): Robinson 47, Bloomingdale 59, Riverview 87, Brandon 141, Keswick Christian 149
Girls Team (top five only): Robinson 26, Bloomingdale 63, Riverview 138, Strawberry Crest 151, Plant City 156
Boys Individual: Jacob Endrulat, Keswick Christian 16:48; Daniel Dean, Middleton 16:55; Justin Waters, Riverview 17:14; Blake Stanford, Robinson 17:48; Andrew Leblanc, Bloomingdale 17:52; Matt Leblanc, Bloomingdale 17:56; Hunter Horstman, Riverview 18:01; Ryan Chadderton, Bloomingdale 18:03; Noah Grant, Robinson 18:05; Dylan Jurski, Robinson 18:12
Girls Individual: Maddy Hull, Robinson 21:26; Eliana Ochoa, Brandon 21:31; Madison Scanlan, Robinson 21:32; Julie Roggeman, Bloomingdale 21:42; Julia Deyoung, Robinson 21:47; Brianna Simoni, Riverview 21:49; Hannah Palm, Keswick Christian 22:16; Arielle Ellis, Robinson 23:03; Aaliyah Gordon, Robinson 23:07; Diana Corzine, Plant City n/a