Pinellas district cross country preview

Girls to watch

Alicia Aldridge, East Lake: Steady performer has posted a season low of 20:03.

Alex Eaton, Canterbury: Ran season-best 20:09 at St. Petersburg City Championships.

Victoria Goodwin, Northside Christian: Was 39th at state last year, season best of 20:13 in '09.

Katelyn Greenleaf, Northside Christian: County's most consistent performer has shot at besting PR (18:45).

Katie Homme, Seminole: Ran season-best time of 19:45.13 at Little Everglades Pre-State Invitational.

Alexis Irwin, Osceola: Ahead of last year's pace, when she posted 19:43 (32nd) at the 3A state meet.

Hannah Palm, Keswick Christian: Talented freshman was second to Greenleaf at St. Petersburg City Championships.

Stephanie Kistemaker, Keswick Christian: Took fifth at St. Petersburg City Championships.

Boys to watch

Zachary Christenson, Countryside: Struggled by his standards at most recent meet, but has season best of 16:24.

Kosta Fotopolous, Countryside: Posted PR of 16:29.55 this month.

Jake Herrmann, Countryside: Senior helps give Cougars formidable 1-2-3.

Jacob Hudak, Seminole: PR of 16:52 at recent event.

Josh Phillippi, Northeast: Used PR of 16:50 to win St. Petersburg City Championships.

Rick Pluta, Largo: At Viking Invite, recorded PR (16:46) to place second.

Chase Sutton, Seminole: Clocked PR (16:15) to take first in division at Little Everglades Pre-State Invitational.

Rheese Wiltshire, Shorecrest Prep: Was second at St. Petersburg City Championships.

District cross country | Admission: $5

Format: The top six teams and top 15 runners in each district of 14 or fewer teams entered, and the top eight teams and top 15 runners in each district of 15 or more teams, advance to regionals.

Class 4A-4

Where: North Port (on campus)

When: Nov. 5, girls 4:30; boys 5

Local teams: Clearwater, Countryside, East Lake, Northeast, Palm Harbor University, Pinellas Park, St. Petersburg, Seminole

Outlook: Among local entries, keep an eye on the Countryside boys, who from top to bottom are among the area's best squads. Cougars standout Zachary Christenson is primed for a big postseason.

Class 3A-5

Where: Englewood Lemon Bay (on campus)

When: Nov. 6, girls 9:30 a.m.; boys 10

Local teams: Boca Ciega, Dixie Hollins, Dunedin, Gibbs, Lakewood, Largo, Osceola, Tarpon Springs

Outlook: Osceola sophomore Alexis Irwin heads into districts after a solid regular season. At last check, she had two firsts and three seconds this fall.

Class 2A-5

Where: Al Lopez Park, Tampa

When: Nov. 6, girls 4; boys 4:30

Local team: St. Petersburg Catholic

Outlook: In a loaded district, the Barons aren't likely to be a factor. But this should be a good learning experience for the program's youthful squads.

Class A-5

Where: Taylor Park, St. Petersburg

When: Nov. 5, girls 10:15 a.m.; boys 11

Local teams: Admiral Farragut, Calvary Christian, Canterbury, Clearwater Central Catholic, Indian Rocks Christian, Keswick Christian, Northside Christian, Shorecrest Prep

Outlook: The Keswick and Northside Christian girls are just about certain to advance, but the question is, which of the two talented squads will place highest? Northside edged Keswick by five points to win last week's St. Petersburg City Meet.

Pinellas district cross country preview 10/29/09 [Last modified: Thursday, October 29, 2009 1:21am]

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