LARGO — Seminole’s Chase Sutton knew the goal for Wednesday’s race at Taylor Park was not to charge off ahead of the field in hopes of producing a top time.
Instead, he stayed calmly bunched together with his teammates toward the front of the field in a system called pack running.
Sutton still won the boys race with his ease, finishing in 16 minutes, 48 seconds. But he also helped most of his teammates stay ahead of everyone else. The Warhawks had four of the top seven runners and scored 23 points, beating runnerup St. Petersburg by 32.
“We were going for more like a team run in this one,” Sutton said. “We did a pretty good job of packing it in pretty tight.”
Seminole’s Jacob Hudak was second in 17:04, followed by St. Petersburg’s Cameron Wheeler (17:10).
In the girls race, St. Petersburg’s Alex Eaton, who transferred from Canterbury, won in 20:01.
“I’m happy but not entirely satisfied,” Eaton said. “I was really hoping to get under 20 minutes, but I’m glad with the way the team performed.”
The Green Devils had three of the top seven finishers and won the team title with 31 points, 20 more than Seminole.
The Warhawks’ Mary Hall, who won the open division at last week’s Florida Athletic Coaches Association meet, took second in 20:24. Hall’s teammate, Rachael Hayduke, was third (21:17).