Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

4A-4 cross country: Seminole's Sutton blazes to third; Countryside boys second

NORTH PORT — The air was crisp, the wind nonexistent, the competition keen and the course a variety of terrains. For any distance runner, such conditions represent a perfect storm.

On Thursday, few rode it out faster than Chase Sutton.

On a day rife with personal-best times, Sutton had one of the most prominent. Paced by Chamberlain stars Mark Parrish and Max del Monte, the Seminole junior placed third at the Class 4A, District 4 meet in an astounding 15 minutes, 39.37 seconds.

"That is a magnificent time," Warhawks coach Bruce Calhoun said. "And he's never had competition quite like that before, so it's quite possible it got the very best out of him."

The reigning PCAC champion hardly was the only local to shine on the North Port High course of grass, shell pathways and asphalt.

Countryside's boys — behind top-20 finishers Zachary Christenson (12th), Jake Herrmann (15th) and Constatin Fotopoulos (16th) — placed second in the team standings behind Plant. On the girls side, East Lake senior Alicia Aldridge (19:18.72) and Seminole's Katie Homme (19:23.45) each posted season-best times to place fifth and sixth, respectively.

The top 15 boys and girls teams and top 15 individuals in each race qualified for next week's Region 2 meet in Lutz.

Sutton, who nearly collapsed at the finish line, said the key to his race was sticking with Parrish, who won (15:28.16); and del Monte, who finished second (15:38.99).

"It was pretty much just sticking on that front guy (Parrish)," he said. "That's what got me out really fast. We ran a 4:49 the first mile and I think a 9:54, which is a 2-mile PR for me."

Plant freshman Caroline Gibson won the girls race in a personal-best 19:04.11, a second ahead of fellow Panthers ninth-grader Julia Rodriguez.

4A-4 cross country: Seminole's Sutton blazes to third; Countryside boys second 11/05/09 [Last modified: Thursday, November 5, 2009 10:33pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Jordan Spieth wins British Open (w/ video)


    SOUTHPORT, England — Someday, perhaps soon, there will be a plaque at Royal Birkdale for Jordan Spieth, much like the one off the 16th hole that celebrates Arnold Palmer and the 6-iron he slashed out of the rough in 1961 to win the British Open and usher in a new era of golf.

    Matt Kuchar plays out of the bunker on the 18th hole and finishes with bogey for 1-under 69. He had a one-shot lead after 13 holes.
  2. Fennelly: Brutal weekend could be start of something worse for Rays

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Well, that was lovely.

    Brad Boxberger suffers his second loss in the three-game series, this time by allowing back-to-back homers in the eighth inning when called on to protect a 5-3 lead. “Just bad pitches,” he says.
  3. Wesley Chapel hockey camp impresses youth players, parents

    Lightning Strikes

    WESLEY CHAPEL — As a 17-year-old Triple-A hockey player, MacCallum Brown regularly plays against elite talent. As a Palm Harbor resident, he often has to travel to face that talent.

  4. Rays journal: Rays gamble on Sergio Romo's track record, heart

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Some of RHP Sergio Romo's numbers this season with the Dodgers were the worst of his career, yet the Rays feel he can be a good fit for their bullpen.

    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 26:  Sergio Romo #54 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch in the 9th inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Dodger Stadium on June 26, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
  5. Rays claim not to be panicking after third straight brutal loss to Rangers (w/ video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — There was no "here we go again" moment in the dugout as Rougned Odor's two-run homer in the eighth inning arced across Tropicana Field and toward the rightfield seats, even though when it landed, the score was tied and another late-inning Rays lead was blown.

    Rays third baseman Evan Longoria heads back to the dugout after fouling out in the ninth inning with the potential tying run on first.