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District cross country preview

Seminole’s Katie Homme is likely to be racing for top individual honors at Wednesday’s district meet at Taylor Park. As a team, the Warhawks girls should be in the thick of things for a title.

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Seminole’s Katie Homme is likely to be racing for top individual honors at Wednesday’s district meet at Taylor Park. As a team, the Warhawks girls should be in the thick of things for a title.

At stake: The top eight boys and girls teams and the top 15 individuals qualify for regionals. The top 15 boys and girls get ribbons. District champion and runnerup trophies will be awarded.

Class 4A, District 4

When: Saturday

Where: J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park, New Port Richey

Who: Alonso, Bloomingdale, Countryside, Durant, East Bay, East Lake, Gaither, Largo, Mitchell, North Port, Palm Harbor University, Pinellas Park, Plant City, Riverview, Sarasota Riverview, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Sickles

Start times: Girls race at 8 a.m., boys at 9

Outlook: Countryside's boys have been dominant, winning the Cougar Invitational and conference meet for the first time. Still, they could have a tough time getting in past Sickles. Largo and St. Petersburg have the potential to advance in the boys race. For the girls, Palm Harbor University has some momentum after placing second at last week's conference meet.

Class 3A, District 5

When: Wednesday

Where: Taylor Park, Largo

Who: Bradenton Bayshore, Boca Ciega, Bradenton Lakewood Ranch, Bradenton Manatee, Bradenton Southeast, Clearwater, Dixie Hollins, Dunedin, Gibbs, Lakewood, Northeast, Osceola, Palmetto, Seminole, Tarpon Springs

Start times: Girls at 4 p.m., boys at 4:30

Outlook: With conference rivals Largo and Countryside in a different classification, Seminole should have a clear path to the boys title. The girls race will likely come down to the Warhawks and Northeast. It should be an interesting battle for individual honors in the girls race between Tarpon Springs' Kailand Cosgrove and Seminole's Katie Homme.

Class 2A, District 5

When: Thursday

Where: Lake Park, Tampa

Who: Academy of the Holy Names, Avon Park, Bartow, Clearwater Central Catholic, Davenport Ridge, Frostproof, Jesuit, Lake Wales, Lennard, Mulberry, Robinson, St. Petersburg Catholic, Sebring, Spoto, Tampa Catholic, Wauchula Hardee

Start times: Girls at 3:30 p.m., boys at 4:30

Outlook: The CCC and SPC boys teams have the misfortune of being in the same district as Jesuit, always dominant in cross country. Still, the Marauders' Toby Probst should advance. The same goes for CCC's Domenica Owens.

Class A, District 5

When: Thursday

Where: Taylor Park, Largo

Who: Academy at the Lakes, Admiral Farragut, Avon Park Walker Memorial, Bayshore Chr., Berkeley Prep, Bishop McLaughlin, Calvary Chr., Canterbury, Indian Rocks Chr., Keswick Chr., Lakeland Chr., Lakeland McKeel, Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic, Lake Wales Vanguard, Shorecrest, Tampa Prep, Winter Haven All Saints'

Start times: Girls at 4 p.m., boys at 4:45

Outlook: The girls race is tough with three county teams ranked tops in the state by flrunners.com. The battle for the girls title should be between Northside and Keswick, which finished 1-2 at last week's Bay Conference meet. Shorecrest has the depth to challenge Berkeley Prep boys.

Bob Putnam, Times staff writer

District cross country preview 11/03/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 4, 2008 4:04pm]
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