Sunday, January 21, 2018
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North Suncoast roundup: Nature Coast sweeps district cross country titles

Nature Coast boys swept the top four spots at the Class 2A, District 6 cross country meet and the Sharks cruised to the team championship Saturday at Mount Dora Bible.

Senior Kevin Ciccone won the boys race in 17 minutes, 47 seconds, 10 seconds ahead of teammate Cody Van Natter. Junior James Harkless (18:16) and senior Stephen Murphy (18:22) finished third and fourth, respectively. Nature Coast had two more runners in the top eight — Austin Mulyck and Joseph Clark — to finish 52 points ahead of runnerup Mount Dora.

Pasco's boys placed third behind a team-best ninth-place finish from Kevin Hernandez (19:36). Freshman Tyler Pantley placed 11th for fourth-place Hernando.

The Sharks girls completed a sweep of the meet, scoring 25 points to top Tavares (48). All six of Nature Coast's runners finished in the top 11, led by Brielle Perlingierei (third, 21:55), Alexa Lacy (fourth, 22:13) and Crystal Burchhardt (fifth, 22:18).

Senior Victoria Baker was Pasco's top runner, placing ninth, and Cindy Caceres was 12th for third-place Hernando.

A-3 swimming: Tampa schools dominate

SARASOTA — Tampa Prep and Shorecrest had the star power among the boys teams at Saturday's Class A, Region 3 swim meet, collecting multiple individual titles. But neither team could match the collective depth of Berkeley Prep.

The Buccaneers put their numbers to good use to win their fourth straight region team title, scoring 356 to beat Shorecrest (326.5) and Tampa Prep (296).

"We just have a really full and strong team," Berkeley Prep coach Kevin Rosepapa said. "We're about as deep a team as there is. And every one of my kids had their best time of the season. That's all you can ask for."

Despite not having a champion in individual events or relays, the Buccaneers gobbled up points by having multiple swimmers place in just about every event.

Ridgewood was tops among the North Suncoast boys teams, finishing fifth, as Emir Muratovic took second in the 50 free (22.06) and 100 free (49.35). Hudson was eighth, Fivay 10th. Individually, Academy of the Lakes' Dillan Villavisanis took third in the 100 breast (1:03.77).

Tampa Prep won the girls team title with 351 points, outscoring Berkeley Prep (230) and Shorecrest (196). The Terrapins' 200 medley relay of Anne Myers, Savannah Savitt, Carylyn Waite and Caroline Alexander won in 1:53. Alexander and Waite teamed with Caroline Brown and Hannah Fredlake to win the 200 free (1:42.81).

Bob Putnam, Times staff writer

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