Make us your home page
Instagram

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

(View our Privacy Policy)

Cross country: Countryside's Llewellyn healthy, back out front

LARGO — At his first big meet of the season, Countryside's Andrew Llewellyn finished 11th.

Llewellyn, his nose bright red and stuffed, knew exactly why he was unable to stay near the front.

"I couldn't breathe," Llewellyn told his coach.

His condition worsened and flu-like symptoms sidelined him for a month. Thursday, he returned to compete in the Pinellas County Athletic Conference meet.

This time, Llewellyn prevailed.

Reeling in the front-runners with a devastating kick, Llewellyn won his first conference title in a personal-record 16 minutes, 43 seconds.

"It was a struggle for a while being sick," he said. "I really got back about a week ago. But I ran hard in practice and had some really good workouts that me gave me a lot of confidence coming into this race."

At the start, Osceola's AJ Jimenez and Hunter McCann set the pace. Llewellyn waited until the second mile to make his move.

Jimenez and McCann were side-by-side as they headed toward the finish line. Jimenez made one final push for second. By having two of the top three runners, the Warriors had enough to defend their title, outscoring Northeast 39-61.

St. Petersburg's Elliot Traxler was fourth and Northeast's Nick Spring fifth.

In the girls race, Palm Harbor University's Sarah Raymond made the most of what has been an abbreviated season to win in 19:43, one second off the personal record she set at the state meet two years ago.

Raymond ran in just her third meet of the season due to commitments with her club soccer team.

"I just really felt good and decided to go for it," she said. "I'm definitely pleased with what I was able to do."

She also helped the Hurricanes defend their title with 59 points, 11 ahead of Osceola.

The Warriors' Kaley Eisenbrei was second, followed by Seminole's Olivia Suski, Boca Ciega's Alexis Stevens and Largo's Tiffany Kern.

Cross country: Countryside's Llewellyn healthy, back out front 10/17/13 [Last modified: Thursday, October 17, 2013 10:42pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Sign up for our daily News at Noon email newsletter

    News

    The Tampa Bay Times will soon launch a daily newsletter called News at Noon. You can make sure to be among the first to receive it by signing up now.

  2. For starters: Rays at Pirates, with Hechavarria active, Robertson sent down

    Blogs

    UPDATE, 3:26: And the Rays indeed have Hechavarria at SS and Beckham at 2B. Also, with no DH Dickerson is in left.

    Rays lineup:
    Smith cf,
    Dickerson lf,
    Longoria 3b,
    Morrison 1b,
    Souza rf,
    Ramos c,
    Beckham 2b,
    Hechavarria ss,
    Cobb p

    The stellar view from the press box at PNC Park.
  3. Cal Foote was picked 14th overall by the Lightning in the NHL Draft.
  4. Jones: Serena Williams, and all women, deserved better from John McEnroe

    Tennis

    John McEnroe might be the best sports analyst in broadcasting.

    Serena Williams makes a backhand return to her sister Venus during the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in January in  Melbourne, Australia. [AP photo]
  5. Joe Maddon: What my time in Tampa Bay meant, and still means, to me

    The Heater

    Editor's note: The Rays next week in Chicago will meet up for the first time with former manager Joe Maddon, who is in his third year leading the Cubs after nine with the Rays. In advance of the Tuesday-Wednesday series, we asked Maddon to share his thoughts in a column on what his time in Tampa Bay meant to …

    Joe Maddon waits to greet B.J. Upton after Upton's home run in Game 2 of the ALCS in 2008 at Tropicana Field. [Times files (2008)]