DADE CITY — In the sprint toward the finish line, some runners cramped. Others were carried off the course.
Not St. Petersburg's Wes Reynolds.
He reached the tape 23rd overall, ahead of all other county runners in the Class 4A state boys race that became more about survival than speed.
Reynolds' time was 16 minutes, 13 seconds, respectable for a day in which the hilly course at Little Everglades Ranch hovered around 40 degrees.
Still, Reynolds was somewhat downcast after not placing among the top 10.
"That was what I was hoping for," Reynolds said. "But it was so tough. My quads and hams are hurting right now. I just don't know if there was much more I could have done."
Countryside's boys team, which advanced to state for the first time in nearly 30 years, missed its goal of a top 10 finish, taking 14th overall in 4A.
The Cougars' top runner was Zach Christenson, who was 29th.
"I think we could have done a little better as a team," he said. "But we know we have a shot next year since most of us are back."
Largo's Jose Ramos, who was 43rd, helped the Packers finish 15th in the team standings.
In Class 3A, Seminole had three boys — Chase Sutton (36), Kevin Siesel (41) and Josh Lakotia (43) — place among the top 50. The Warhawks were 16th overall.
Northeast's John Zurek Jr. was the county's top individual runner in the 3A race, finishing 32nd.
In Class A, Shorecrest finished 10th as a team. The Chargers' top runner was Caelum Schandle, who was 32nd.
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