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Region cross country preview

Seminole’s Kevin Siesel brings his second-place finish at districts into Friday’s region meet in Estero.

STEVEN SIESEL | Special to the Times

Seminole’s Kevin Siesel brings his second-place finish at districts into Friday’s region meet in Estero.

The top six teams and first 15 individual finishers advance to the state meet. State championship meets for all classifications are Nov. 22 at the Little Everglades Ranch in Dade City. Team and runnerup trophies will be awarded in the boys and girls divisions, and the top 15 finishers receive ribbons. Admission is $6 for regionals.

Class 4A, Region 2

When/where: Saturday. Polk Community College, Winter Haven. Girls race at 9 a.m., boys at 9:30.

Girls to watch: East Lake's Katherine McMeekin (second at districts), Palm Harbor University's Brittany Lisman (fifth at districts), St. Petersburg's Penny Markuske (10th at districts)

Boys to watch: St. Petersburg's Wes Reynolds (third at districts), Largo's Gabriel Ramos (fifth at districts), Countryside's Zachary Christenson (sixth at districts), Countryside's Nick Ribble (ninth at districts), Largo's Thomas McGrath (10th at districts), Countryside's Kosta Fotopoulos (11th at districts)

Outlook: Countryside's boys have the numbers to place in the top five in what should be a tough region. Largo's boys should not be too far behind. Palm Harbor University has a young girls team that has come on strong in recent weeks, finishing second at conference and third at districts.

Class 3A, Region 3

When/where: Friday. Estero Community Park, Estero. Girls race at 10:15 a.m., boys at 11 a.m.

Girls to watch: Tarpon Springs' Kailand Cosgrove (first at districts), Northeast's Elyse Snyder (third at districts), Boca Ciega's Sara Allen (fourth at districts), Seminole's Katie Homme (fifth at districts), Osceola's Alexis Irwin (sixth at districts), Northeast's Ashleigh Coad (eighth at districts), Dunedin's Savannah Coleman (10th at districts), Clearwater's Maddie Stills (12th at districts), Lakewood's Brianna Forde (13th at districts), Boca Ciega's Allison Corder (14th at districts), Boca Ciega's Tess Huttenlocker (15th at districts)

Boys to watch: Northeast's Jon Zurek (first at districts), Seminole's Kevin Siesel (second at districts), Dixie Hollins' Buka Harris (third at districts), Seminole's Chase Sutton (fourth at districts), Seminole's Josh Lakotia (fifth at districts), Northeast's Josh Phillippi (seventh at districts), Northeast's Ramsey Conaway (ninth at districts), Seminole's Jacob Hudak (11th at districts), Dixie Hollins' Richard Allen (12th at districts), Boca Ciega's Bryan LeShore (13th at districts), Osceola's Stefan Kwiatkowski (15th at districts)

Outlook: Cosgrove has been dominant, winning individual titles at conference and districts the past two weeks. She should be one of the favorites at regions. Northeast and Seminole's girls will be battling to place in the top three overall. The Warhawks' boys won their fifth straight district title last week and should be in the top five.

Class 2A, Region 3

When/where: Friday. Estero Community Park, Estero. Girls race at 7:30 a.m., boys at 8:15 a.m.

Girls to watch: Clearwater Central Catholic's Laura Nauert (fifth at districts), CCC's Domenica Owens (seventh at districts)

Boys to watch: Clearwater Central Catholic's Tobias Probst (fourth at districts), CCC's Tyler Fuhler (15th at districts)

Outlook: The Marauders were the only county team to advance. Their hope is to get individuals on to state in a tough region.

Class A, Region 3

When/where: Saturday. Polk Community College, Winter Haven. Girls race at 10 a.m., boys at 10:30.

Girls to watch: Northside Christian's Katelynn Greenleaf (second at districts), Keswick Christian's Hannah Palm (fifth at districts), Northside Christian's Victoria Goodwin (seventh at districts), Northside's Malina Seguin (ninth at districts), Canterbury's Alex Eaton (10th at districts), Shorecrest's Lindsey Evans (11th at districts) and Sarah Evans (12th at districts), Shorecrest's Savannah Broome (14th at districts), Admiral Farragut's Kamilla Widulinski (15th at districts)

Boys to watch: Shorecrest's Stephen Spanos (sixth at districts), Shorecrest's Reese Whiltshire (seventh at districts), Indian Rocks Christian's Josh Johnson (11th at districts), Shorecrest's Caelum Schandle (13th at districts), Calvary Christian's Benton Jones (14th at districts)

Outlook: Northside Christian's girls have been on the rise since the Bay Conference meet and could place in the top three. The Mustangs' toughest county competition will come from Keswick Christian and Shorecrest. The Chargers' boys have the best shot at placing in the top five.

Bob Putnam, Times staff writer

Region cross country preview 11/12/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 12, 2008 10:01pm]
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