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Cross Country

  1. Cross country takes the lead over soccer for Riverview's Alyssa Hendrix


    LITHIA — Alyssa Hendrix didn't know anything about cross country.

    LITHIA - Riverview sophomore Alyssa Hendrix breezes through a recent training at Sydney Dover Trails just outside Brandon. Hendrix finished third at the 2016 Class 4A state cross country meet in 18 minutes, 33 seconds. This year her goal is to break 18 minutes in a 5K, a feat that will help further solidify her as one of the best high school runners in the state. Taken 5-7-17 by Scott Purks
  2. Injuries, illness can't keep Indian Rocks Christian's Cooper LaBrant from finish line


    Cooper LaBrant was drained. His legs were wobbly. He had trouble breathing through his nose.

    At 4 feet 10, Cooper LaBrant’s lack of height can work to his advantage. He can burst through seams no one can see, allowing him to zip around others.
  3. East Lake High's Jennifer Lima sets a determined pace


    Jennifer Lima makes a habit of turning cross country races into sprints rather than tests of endurance.

    East Lake High’s Jennifer Lima wins the 1,600 meters in 5:20.78 at the Pinellas County Athletic Conference meet in April. She is among the favorites to win a state individual title.
  4. Numbers game favors Steinbrenner's girls cross country team


    The Steinbrenner High girls cross-country team came away from the 2015 state meet in Tallahassee with mixed emotions.

    Brooke Santiesteban is a “tough racer,’’ her coach says.
  5. Football: Clearwater 56, Dunedin 0


    CLEARWATER — The host Tornadoes (3-0) dominated Dunedin (0-3) on Homecoming night, winning 56-0. After a bit of a slow start, Clearwater scored 14 points in just eight seconds late in the first quarter.

  6. Cross country: Abernathy, Foley win RiverWood Invite


    The second annual RiverWood Invite was peculiar in that a significant part of it wound through the Pasco County Sheriff Department's Safety Town, a miniaturized town center with Hobbit-sized roads, buildings and street signs.

    Natalie Abernathy of Land O'Lakes  wins Saturday's second annual RiverWood Invite. (Andy Warrener, Special to the Times)
  7. East Lake's Kaitlyn Kirby gets on track for college scholarship


    For nine years, soccer had become a dominant part of Kaitlyn Kirby's life, her performance determining her disposition, touching everything she thought or did. She had a schedule, a plan, to earn a college scholarship in the sport.

    Kaitlyn Kirby clears a hurdle during competition. She started competing in the heptathlon for the first time this summer. The event consists of the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200-meter sprint on the first day, then the long jump, javelin and 800 meters the next day.
  8. Ernie Chatman, a legendary Hernando County coach and runner, dies


    BROOKSVILLE — One of Hernando County's greatest institutions wasn't stationary. Unlike Weeki Wachee Springs, Brooksville's Coney Island Drive-Inn or Tom Varn Park, Ernie Chatman never was embedded in a singular spot.

    Ernie Chatman
  9. Plant High's cross country guru gives up classes, not running


    TAMPA — Plant High School girls cross country coach Roy Harrison is retiring …

    Well, not exactly.

    Roy Harrison, the girls cross country coach at Plant High, was given a retirement party after he decided to stop teaching health classes. He’s still coaching the team after winning 10 state titles.
  10. Calvary Christian valedictorian blends academics, athletics


    Emily Curran has no tales of woe juggling athletics and academics at Calvary Christian High School. Rarely did she have to stay up late studying.

    Emily Curran is the 2016 valedictorian at Calvary Christian School.