Monday, April 23, 2018
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Region cross country: Shorecrest puts both squad in state meet

Calvary Christian sophomore Hannah Brookover took third in the Class A, Region 3 girls cross country race, finishing in 18:31 Saturday to help the Warriors to a state-qualifying sixth-place finish (197 points) at Melbourne.

Julie Wollrath won in 18:14 as Holy Trinity took the team title with 39 points, well ahead of runnerup Shorecrest (91). The Chargers were led by senior Alex Eaton's fourth-place finish (18:36) and Sophia Vesely's 15-place finish (19:40).

The top six teams and the top 15 individuals advance to the state meet. Five bay area boys teams advanced, placing second through sixth, respectively, behind champion Holy Trinity (41): Indian Rocks Christian, Shorecrest, St. Petersburg Catholic, Admiral Farragut and Seffner Christian. Holy Trinity's Andrew Cacciatore won the race in 16:07.

Shorecrest placed two boys in the top five: Luke Peterson (16:24) and Ross Porter (16:30). IRC was led by Trevor Quandt's seventh-place finish (16:51), and St. Petersburg Catholic's Pasqual Artise (eighth, 16:54) rounded out the locals in the top 10.

2A-3: Holy Names girls dash on through

At Anclote, the Academy of the Holy Names girls and the Jesuit boys led bay-area efforts.

Led by Colleen Doherty (third, 20:55) and Claire Snyder (fifth, 21:07), the AHN girls tied Lemon Bay with 46 points, but they were awarded the team title based on the sixth runner's points. AHN senior Virginia Barreda was 25th and easily ahead of Lemon Bay's runner as the field endured a morning storm.

"I think mentally, I feel better (when it's rainy)," Snyder said.

Berkeley Prep's girls qualified for the state meet with a fifth-place finish, led by seventh-graders Catelin Lipham (ninth, 22:10) and Emma Righter (11th, 22:18). Host Anclote grabbed the sixth and last qualifying spot, led by Perla Saucedo (21st, 22:43).

The Jesuit boys improved on their third-place finish a year ago by taking second with 65 points, just seven behind winner Lakeland McKeel. Tigers senior Tim O'Loughlin grabbed third in 17:03, and freshman teammate Charlie Gonzmart was eighth in 17:25.26.

4A-2: Plant girls roll

Plant's girls continued their strong season by claiming the region team title and the Panthers' Bailey Sullivan won the individual crown in 18:52.

Teammate Anna Montgomery was 24 seconds behind to take fourth. Abigail Crowder's 10th-place showing helped the Panthers finish eight points ahead of host North Port for the title.

Palm Harbor University placed fourth as a team and will also advance to state. Senior Sarah Raymond led the Hurricanes by finishing third (19:16).

In the boys race, Sickles junior James Zentmeyer cruised to the region title in 15:59, 26 seconds ahead of Countryside senior Andrew Llewellyn.

St. Petersburg finished sixth and qualified for the state meet.

3A-3: Mostly short

DOVER — Robinson's girls and boys teams each fell one place shy of a state berth at Sydney Dover Trails. The Chamberlain girls, who tied Robinson for seventh, suffered the same fate.

Individually, King sophomore Sneha Sathish had the area's best finish, taking fifth in 19:31 to qualify for state. Joining her in the top 15 was Robinson's Jack Rogers and Brandon's Eliana Ochoa.

Sathish, who placed 12th in last year's regional, attributed her improvement to a fast start. "Last year I had a problem with starting and finishing," she said. "This year my start got a lot better. This is my favorite course."

Times staff writer Matt Baker, and correspondents Steve Lee and Andy Warrener contributed to this report.

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