Reality prompts Hernando High boys cross-country coach Ernie Chatman to concede Saturday morning's Gulf Coast Conference championships to Lecanto, ranked 21st nationwide, according to a poll in the Harrier magazine.
"We're all running to prepare for the next few races," Chatman said of the upcoming postseason, "because nobody's going to run with Lecanto."
Lecanto will be joined by Hernando, Central, Citrus, Crystal River and South Sumter in the GCC meet at McKethan Lake Park north of Brooksville. The 2-mile GCC girls race begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by the 3-mile boys race at 9.
Lecanto junior Sean McManus, the GCC boys favorite, won the Red Mule Invitational the last time he ran at McKethan. Lecanto teammates Emilie Ruetenik and Cindy Ketchum, Hernando's Cassie Nowicki and Central's Brooke Bastien should contend among the girls.
Golf qualifier set at Glen Lakes
Amateur golfers can take part in a local qualifier for the Fantasy Golf Challenge at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Glen Lakes.
Players receive greens fees, cart rental, a crystal mug, a goodie bag and other prizes for their $50 entry fee. The winning two-person team in the scramble event advances to a sectional competition Nov. 14 at Grand Harbour Golf Club in Vero Beach.
Winners at Grand Harbour receive a trip to Las Vegas on Nov. 17 for a four-day, five-night stay at Caesar's Palace. The grand prize includes four rounds of golf, instruction and meals with such notables as Tom Kite, Lanny Wadkins, Davis Love III, Curtis Strange and Payne Stewart.
For more information or to register, call Jim Schmid in the Glen Lakes pro shop at (904) 597-1118.