Thursday, January 18, 2018
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Cross country: Newsome runners cruise to East Hillsborough crowns

LITHIA — Newsome flexed its prowess at the East Hillsborough Invitational, as Wolves seniors Lars Benner and Brianna Jackson dominated their respective races Saturday morning.

Benner won the boys race in 17:11.79, more than 30 seconds ahead of the field. Jackson finished in 20:28.99, almost 20 seconds ahead of second place.

"I'm very happy with where they're at," coach Orlando Greene said. "They dominated the race, and it was nice to see that."

The Newsome girls swept the top spots as sophomore Emily Zwijacz (20:48.59) was second, and senior Stephanie Cajas (20:55.7) third, and the Wolves won the team title (27 points) over Bloomingdale (57). Bloomingdale senior Juile Roggemon was fourth.

"I stuck to the plan today, trying to get negative splits," Jackson said.

Benner was the most dominant runner but Newsome's aspirations for a team title were foiled when Bloomingdale junior Matt LeBlanc (second, 17:45) overtook Wolves senior Justin Martinez (third, 17:51.34) near the 3-mile mark. That shoved Bloomingdale four points (32) ahead of the Wolves.

"We had a pretty big 1 to 5 runner differential," Wolves coach Bryan Brian Sears said in reference to the boys team. "We've gotta close that up."

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