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Seminole’s boys and girls cross country teams were undefeated — and largely untested.
Through the first month of the season, the Warhawks boys and girls won team titles at the Green Devil, Cougar and Palm Harbor Invitational. Only twice had the scores been within 10 points, including one tie.
So how would Seminole react if both teams were challenged down the stretch at a big meet? Would they maintain their buoyancy? Or would they capsize?
The Warhawks answered those questions at last week’s pre-state meet at Florida State University. Seminole’s boys and girls both won the large school races. And each did it by a comfortable margin.
In the boys race, the Warhawks scored 94 points, beating Gainesville Buchholz by 18. Seminole had five runners in the top 23. Josh Luker led the pack of Warhawks at the finish, placing 14th in 17 minutes, 35 seconds. Iain Marsh was 16th (17:44), followed by Lorenzo Long (20th, 17:52), Jared Hayduke (21st, 17:54) and Sam Weller (23rd, 18:04).
The girls race was closer, as Seminole beat Timber Creek 58-66. The finish became a duel as both teams each had four runners in the top 16. The difference was the Warhawks’ fifth runner, Maddie Stubbs, who finished 17th (22:19), five spots ahead of Timber Creek’s No. 5 runner.
Olivia Suski was Seminole’s place-winner, taking third in 21:14. The other Warhawk runners in the top 15 were Jasmine Whitney (ninth, 21:47), Rachael Hayduke (14th, 22:15) and Maddie Cappelli (15th, 22:16).
Warriors do well at Disney: Osceola’s boys placed fifth in the Class 3A/4A race at last week’s Disney Invitational. The Warriors had two runners in top 21, Zach McQueen (11th, 17:33) and Tom Grzesiakowski (21st, 17:47).
In the Class A/2A meet, Canterbury’s Rachel Valentine was third in 20:32.
Fabulous freshmen: Three county runners were on the list of flrunners.com’s Class of 2016 rankings. Calvary Christian’s Hannah Brookover was named the 28th-best girls freshman runner. Osceola’s Hunter McCann was 17th and Shorecrest’s Luke Peterson was 22nd among boys freshman runners.
Swimmers shine at FSPA: The Florida Swimming Pool Association invitational brings together the top swimmers, of all classifications, for one meet.
The event at the Orlando YMCA serves as a pre-state meet. And if the performance of Pinellas swimmers is any indication, the county could be headed for another banner year.
East Lake’s Sydney Pickrem, the defending Class 3A champion in the 200 individual medley, won the event in 2:01.25. She also was second in the 100 back (55.44). Teammate Michelle Turek was third in the 200 free (1:49.68), and fifth in the 100 free (52.39).
Countryside’s Lauren Hall was second in the 50 free (24.10) and teammate Summer Finke was third in the 500 free (4:51.45). Lakewood’s Ewa Dymarek was fourth in the 100 breast (1:07.31).
On the boys side, Countryside’s Ryan Peters was third in the 100 free (46.67) and fourth in the 200 free (1:42.67). Northeast’s Georgi Krastev was second in the 100 back (51.06) and fourth in the 100 fly (52.35). Shorecrest’s John Farese was fourth in the 100 back (51.62) and fourth in the 100 free (47.18). Teammate Joshua Chen was fourth in 1:00.42.