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All-North Suncoast girls cross country

Kelli Williams, Sr., Mitchell

Why we picked her: Williams was in a class by herself among North Suncoast runners. The senior finished ninth at the Class 3A state meet for the area's best finish. She was third at the region meet and second at districts. Both finishes were tops locally. Prior to the postseason, Williams successfully defended her Sunshine Athletic Conference title, crossing the finish line at Starkey Park in 18:52 to win by 36 seconds.

Biggest accomplishment: Williams ran her fastest in clutch situations. She ran a personal best 18:42 to claim third at the Class 3A, Region 2 meet. A week later at state, Williams ran 18:44 to earn a top-10 finish.

Future plans: Williams said she's definitely running in college. She just doesn't know where among USF, Florida, Florida State and North Florida.

Did you know? Williams began her career at Mitchell as a sprinter on the track team and only started running cross country during her sophomore year as a way to get in shape for the 400 meters. That first season, Williams placed 24th at the Class 4A state meet. She hasn't run sprints since.

First team

Alyssa Baladad, Sr., Ridgewood: Ran 20:11 and was 14th at 3A-2 region meet to qualify for state.

Mikayla Bogulski, Sr., Springstead: Finished 78th at the Class 3A state meet.

Ariel Grey, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch: Fifth at 3A-3 district meet and 12th at 3A-2 regional meet.

Nikita Shah, So., Wiregrass Ranch: Placed 27th at Class 3A state meet with a time of 19:45.

Angela Way, Fr., Gulf: Finished 69th at Class 3A state meet after running 20:48.

Second team

• Elise Cedre, Fr., Wiregrass Ranch

• Maria Garcia, Sr., Springstead

• Amy Mueller, Jr., Ridgewood:

• Kelsey Sturman, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch

• Marissa Tomei, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch

Honorable mention

Fivay: Sierra Illes

Gulf: Renne Patnode, Brooke Rossi, Ajla Spijodic

Nature Coast: Crystal Burchhardt, Brianna Horn

Pasco: Victoria Baker, Katlyn Eble, Allison Richey

Springstead: Kailey Genrich

Wiregrass Ranch: Chelsea Davis, Taylor Hixson

Zephyrhills: Nicole Solmonson

Coach of the year

Don Howard, Wiregrass Ranch: The Bulls won another Sunshine Athletic Conference title and finished 13th at state, the best among North Suncoast teams.

All-North Suncoast girls cross country 12/19/10 [Last modified: Monday, December 20, 2010 10:31am]
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