LARGO — Northeast’s boys, healthy and rested, ran their best race of the season at Thursday’s Class 3A, District 10 cross country meet.
The result was a third-place finish for the Vikings, who scored 88 points and were the only county boys team to advance to next week’s region meet.
Northeast had six of the top 25 runners, including two in the top 15 — Nick Spring, who was eighth in 16:48, and Matthew Stenger, who was 15th in 17:10.
“The weather was nice, the conditions were perfect, and our guys ran great,” Vikings coach Larry Rudisill said. “It was probably the best we’ve ever run as a group.”
Sarasota, which had the top three runners, won the team title, outscoring Venice 29-70. Osceola, which won its second straight conference title last week, just missed advancing. The Warriors tied Lakewood Ranch with 94 points, but the Mustangs won a tiebreaker for fourth because their No. 6 runner finished higher.
Osceola’s Hunter McCann was seventh 16:44 and AJ Jimenez was 12th in 16:59. Both advanced as individuals. Largo’s lone boys qualifier was Christian Kondor, who was 10th in 16:54.
In the girls race, Boca Ciega finished third with 84 and Osceola placed fourth with 104 points to each qualify as teams for regionals. The Pirates’ top runner was Alexis Stevens, who was sixth (19:23). The Warriors were led by Kaley Eisenbrei, who finished eighth (19:28).
Largo’s individual qualifier was Tiffany Kern, who was 11th (19:40). Northeast had a pair of girl qualifiers — Caroline Condon, who was 13th (20:21) and Hayley Brahm, who was 14th (20:43).
2A-11: Lakewood’s girls finished third (66 points) and Dunedin was fourth (94) to qualify as teams. The Spartans had two runners in the top five — D’asia Hobbs (third, 23:09) and Shandra Gordon (fifth, 23:29). The Falcons’ Hannah Langevin was eighth (24:22), followed by teammate Caitlin Larison in ninth (24:22).
Lakewood’s boys qualified for regionals, finishing third with 74 points. The Spartans’ top runner was Devontae Persha, who placed fourth (18:43). Dunedin’s only qualifier was Sean MacLean, who finished seventh (19:26). The other county qualifier was Gibbs’ Artiz Flowers (15th, 20:02).