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Runners get leg up on state course

In six weeks, the state cross meet comes to the Ed Radice Sports Complex. Judging by what happened Saturday morning at the 5K course, Oviedo's Jenny Barringer and Justin Harbor of Flagler Palm Coast might be the ones to beat.

Barringer and Harbor captured Race of Champions titles in the flrunners.com Invitational.

A record-breaking 4,150 runners competed in 16 races during the two-day event.

In her first race of the year, Barringer finished in 17 minutes, 54.81 seconds to outlast Nicole Schappert of Boca Raton Pope John Paul II by less than a second.

Harbor's time was 15:36.74 as he defeated Jeremy Criscione of Interlachen.

"This takes a lot of pressure off me," Harbor said. "All week, my coaches were treating this like a state meet. I love this place."

The team winners in the Race of Champions were the Winter Park boys and Miami Our Lady of Lourdes girls.

Hillsborough County runners had four fifth-place performances on the meet's final day.

Gaither's Amanda Quick was fifth in the Race of Champions in 19:00.06.

"I didn't have anything today," Quick said. "My legs and my body hurt, but God was helping me. I'm just happy I was the top finisher among our county runners."

Sara Petrick of Academy of Holy Names finished fifth in the girls invitational behind Amanda Hintze, who led Lake Brantley to a team title.

Petrick (20:01.82) was 41 seconds behind Hintze. Holy Names finished fifth as a team.

Bloomingdale's Jaclyn Johnson was fifth in the girls large school group. She ran in 21:29.17, nearly two minutes off the pace of winner Kerry Allen of St. Petersburg. Cheryl McBride of Armwood was 11th.

The Bloomingdale girls finished eighth in the team competition, won by Seminole.

In the boys large school race, Middleton's Jordan Palaez and Orssie Bumpus of Brandon finished fifth and sixth, respectively, more than 30 seconds behind Zach DeVeau (17:00.28) of Sarasota Riverview.

In the Race of Champions girls standings, Plant wound up fifth, Wharton seventh, Sickles ninth and Gaither 11th.

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