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Thu. December 15, 2011 | Bob Putnam | Email

Times' Pinellas boys and girls cross country teams

Boys runner of the year: Jacob Hudak, Seminole, Sr.

Why we picked him: The Warhawks had a void to fill after the graduation of Chase Sutton, the St. Petersburg Times’ 2010 runner of the year. Hudak assumed the leadership role by becoming the team’s No. 1 runner and had his best season, winning every regular-season meet against county competitors and finishing in the top four at district, region and state meets.

Most impressive accomplishment: Hudak went to the state meet as a freshman and had not been back since. He qualified this year and placed fourth with a time of 15 minutes, 43 seconds. It was the highest finish of any county runner at state in all classifications.

Did you know? Hudak collects PEZ dispensers and has more than 30.

What’s next: Hudak is undecided on where to run in college. He has narrowed his choices to Alabama-Huntsville, Auburn, Nova and Queens.

First team
Jacob Endrulat, Jr., Keswick Christian:
Placed 24th at Class A state meet.

Keegan Flynn, Sr., Seminole: Warhawks’ No. 2 runner finished 21st at 4A state meet.

Nick Homme, Sr., Seminole: Helped Warhawks win nearly every meet this season.

Paul McKenna, Jr., Countryside: Usually the one to break up the lead pack of Seminole runners at meets.

Mario Ojeda, Sr., Northside Christian: Won district title and placed 15th at Class A state meet.

Luke Buschman, Sr., Palm Harbor U.: Consistently placed in the top 5-10.

Second team
Blake Arnold, Admiral Farragut, Sr.
Semmes Bruce, St. Petersburg, So.
Sam Chandler, St. Petersburg, Jr.
Jared Hayduke, Seminole, So.
Ross Porter, Shorecrest, So.
Michael Urbanski, Seminole, Sr.

Honorable mention
Admiral Farragut:
Nima Beheshti; Clearwater: Stephen Sawayda; Clearwater Central Catholic: Matt Adan, Chris Kieler, Saul Ramirez; Countryside: Andrew Amstutz, Gary Marvin, Kristoff Williams; Dunedin: James Peyton Bock; Indian Rocks Christian: Cole Krajeski, Zac Trador; Keswick Christian: Matt Bird, Trevor Quandt; Northeast: Tyler Feeley, Michael Stenger; Northside Chr.: Matthew Montanari, Todd Root; Osceola: Reggie Cape, Adam Clarke, Thom Grzesiakowski; Seminole: Park Suski; Shorecrest: Luke Peterson, Justin Scoby; St. Petersburg: Declan Abernathy, Trent Small-Towns; St. Petersburg Catholic: Connor Cureton

Coach of the year
Bruce Calhoun, Seminole.
Calhoun’s final season, his 29th overall, was one of his best as he guided the Warhawks to conference and district titles and a fourth-place finish at state. He also took a young girls squad and helped it qualify as a team for state.

Girls runner of the year: Katelyn Greenleaf, Northside Chr., Sr.

Why we picked her: She has been the county’s most dominant runner throughout her high school career, winning every race against a county competitor. This season she took it to another level. She broke her own record at the St. Petersburg City Meet, finishing in 18 minutes, 31 seconds, a 23-second improvement despite battling strong wind gusts. She went on to win conference and district titles and finished in the top 10 at state for the fifth straight season.

Most impressive accomplishment: At the Class A state meet, Greenleaf took third in 18:33. It was the highest finish of her career and a goal she had for her senior season.

Did you know? Greenleaf started playing the guitar this year and progressed enough to do complete songs.

What’s next: Deciding where to run in college. Greenleaf has narrowed her choices to Alabama and Florida and will wait until after the winter break to make her choice.

First team
Alex Eaton, So., St. Petersburg:
Placed in top two at conference and district meets.

Alexis Irwin, Sr., Osceola: Won conference title for third straight season.

Bobbi Labrant, Fr., Indian Rocks Christian: Placed 19th at Class A state meet.

Sarah Raymond, So., Palm Harbor University: Highest finish (27th) among county runners at 4A state meet.

Olivia Rovin, 7th, Shorecrest: Finished 24th at A state meet.

Amanda Spring, Jr., Northeast: Finished in the top 10 at district and region meets.

Second team
Savannah Broome, Shorecrest, So.
Victoria Goodwin, Northside Chr., Sr.
Rachael Hayduke, Seminole, Jr.
Hannah Palm, Keswick Chr., Jr.
Alexis Stevens, Boca Ciega, So.
Jasmine Whitney, Seminole, Jr.

Honorable mention
Admiral Farragut:
Fallon Arnold, Hailey Dalton, Stephanie Mitchell; Canterbury: Caroline Wilder; Clearwater Central Catholic: Katie Englert, Saphara Harrell, Hanna Wielinski; Indian Rocks Christian: Jordyn Bench, Kayla Hewel, Tori Trador; Keswick Christian: Alyssa Bowman, Aubree Franz, Mary Jacubec, Ellie Palm; Largo: Marina Levine; Northeast: Caroline Condon, Courtney Condon, Aleksandra Corokalo; Northside Chr.: Ashley Johnson, Sarah Schultz; Osceola: Kaley Eisenbrei, Rachel Kistemaker; Palm Harbor U.: Sarah Harley, Delaney Jardine, Brianna Paczynski, Sarah Swallow; Pinellas Park: Stephanie Kistemaker; Seminole: Hannah Hinrichs, Melanie Mariani, Emily Redshaw, Madeline Stubbs, Olivia Suski; Shorecrest: Kai Greenlees, Katie McNees; St. Petersburg: Ann Collar, Caroline Krueger, Kathryn Pelton; St. Petersburg Catholic: Kylie Eaton

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