Saturday, November 5, 2011

2011 FHSAA District 2-3A / 2A cross-country meet

The Apalachee Regional Park Trail first opened during the cross-country season of 2009, so it's now in it's third cross-country season. During those three seasons, it has hosted the FSU Invitational in 2009, 2010, and 2011; the Leon County Middle School Championship in 2010 and 2011; and the FACA All-Star Meet in 2009 and 2010. Godby held the 2009 FHSAA District 1-2A meet there, and this year Apalachee Regional Park once again saw FHSAA district championship action when the District 3-3A and District 3-2A meets came there on Saturday morning, 5 November 2011. The district meets are the first stepping stone in the state championship tournament. Teams go to district hoping to qualify for the region championship. At region, they're trying to get their ticket punched to go to the state meet. With two classes of schools--2A and 3A--competing at Apalachee Regional Park, and with a boys 5K race and a girls 5K race in each class, there were four high school 5K races on the course that morning. Add an open 5K between the two classes, and you've got five 5K cross-country races. That's a full morning of racing.


The meet opened at 8:00AM with the class 3A girls' race. Lily Williams of Chiles High School lost little time in taking the lead. Before the first half of the 5K cross-country race was over, Williams' teammates had moved into second and third: 2009 state cross-country champion Carly Thomas and Chiles junior Susan Givens. The trio held the top three spots for Chiles, with Williams winning the district in 18:32, Thomas finishing runner-up in 19:15, and Givens taking third in 19:18. With six runners in the top eight, there was no doubt that the defending state champions from Chiles had taken the district title. Behind Chiles' 19 points, Stanton Prep (2nd, 51 points), Lincoln (3rd, 88 points), and Leon (4th, 88 points) also advanced to the Region 1 meet.


Team Standings, 3A Girls
  1. Chiles High School, 19
  2. Stanton College Preparatory School, 51
  3. Lincoln High School, 88
  4. Leon High School, 88
  5. Atlantic Coast High School, 149
  6. Paxon School, 170
  7. Terry Parker High School, 212
  8. Robert E Lee High School, 241

Top Ten, 3A Girls
  1. 18:31.73 ~ Lily Williams (Chiles) 12
  2. 19:14.08 ~ Carly Thomas (Chiles) 12
  3. 19:17.61 ~ Susan Givens (Chiles) 11
  4. 19:52.61 ~ Rachel Solomon (Stanton) 11
  5. 20:05.36 ~ Autumn Wable (Leon) 11
  6. 20:55.50 ~ Sara Lane (Chiles) 11
  7. 20:55.86 ~ Jessica Gillard (Chiles) 12
  8. 21:04.86 ~ Ashton McMurray (Chiles) 10
  9. 21:19.38 ~ Ursula McPherson-Vitkus (Leon) 10
  10. 21:25.55 ~ Breck Peterson (Stanton) 9

Getting off to a speedy start, Lincoln's Jacob Slupecki was leading the class 3A boys race at the end of the first kilometer, three seconds ahead of his teammate Trevor Touchton. Right behind Touchton, though, was Christian Buzzard of Chiles. Slupecki failed to maintain the early pace, and at three kilometers Buzzard was in front with Touchton trying to hang with him, while Slupecki had just given up third place to Leon junior Will Henderson. Buzzard broke away on the fourth kilometer, leaving behind a fading Touchton, and going on to a 16:01 win. Henderson moved up to finish second in 16:12. Leon runners Ben McMahon (3rd, 16:25) and Zach Buchholz (4th, 16:28) took the next two places, and it looked like the Lions might just take the team title. Leon still had a one-point advantage after Chiles' next three runners finished before Leon's fourth. When the Chiles fifth runner, William McDuffie (15th, 17:22) came in seven places ahead of Leon's fifth, Jordan Brenneis (22nd, 17:44), it was enough to give Chiles the District 2-3A team title and a 38 to 44 victory over Leon. Stanton Prep (3rd, 81 points) and Lincoln (4th, 85 points) also qualified teams for the Region 1 Meet.


Team Standings, 3A Boys
  1. Chiles High School, 38
  2. Leon High School, 44
  3. Stanton College Preparatory School, 81
  4. Lincoln High School, 85
  5. Robert E Lee High School, 111
  6. Paxon School, 188
  7. Columbia High School, 204
  8. Terry Parker High School, 252
  9. Atlantic Coast High School, 262

Top Ten, 3A Boys
  1. 16:00.48 ~ Christian Buzzard (Chiles) 12
  2. 16:11.23 ~ William Henderson (Leon) 11
  3. 16:24.23 ~ Benjamin McMahon (Leon) 12
  4. 16:27.53 ~ Zachary Buchholz (Leon) 11
  5. 16:31.48 ~ Cooper Zimmerman (Chiles) 10
  6. 16:32.88 ~ Jacob Krell (Chiles) 12
  7. 16:35.91 ~ Jacob Slupecki (Lincoln) 12
  8. 16:41.22 ~ Michael Jones (Robert E Lee) 11
  9. 16:52.52 ~ Trevor Touchton (Lincoln) 11
  10. 16:53.39 ~ Eric Tallbacka (Stanton) 11

After an unscored open race, the high school competition resumed at 10:00AM with the District 2-2A girls race. Savana Osterbye of the Florida State University School was leading at the one kilometer mark, trailed by Wakulla's Cora Atkinson and Margaret Wiedeman. By the halfway point, after climbing the infamous course hill known as "The Wall," Atkinson and Wiedeman had pulled even with Osterbye. Early in the fourth kilometer the two Wakulla runners had taken the lead and were moving away. Late in the race Wiedeman grabbed the lead and ran away from Atkinson over the last few hundred meters, winning 20:34 to 20:47. Behind them Osterbye was third in 21:31. Wakulla ended up with five runners in the top ten and a 27-point team total, good enough for the district title. Florida State was runner-up with 30 points. Both teams qualified for the Region 1 championship.


Team standings, 2A Girls
  1. Wakulla High School, 27
  2. Florida State University School, 30

Top Ten, 2A Girls
  1. 20:33.94 ~ Margaret Wiedeman (Wakulla) 10
  2. 20:46.42 ~ Cora Atkinson (Wakulla) 12
  3. 21:30.98 ~ Savana Osterbye (Florida State) 10
  4. 22:06.52 ~ Lindsey Toole (Marianna) 12
  5. 22:13.83 ~ Brionnah Kreps (Florida State) 6
  6. 22:21.06 ~ Sydney Earp (Florida State) 11
  7. 22:30.19 ~ Amanda Toothman (Florida State) 9
  8. 22:32.83 ~ Raychel Gray (Wakulla) 11
  9. 22:35.48 ~ Lydia Wiedeman (Wakulla) 9
  10. 22:37.88 ~ Liliana Broadway (Wakulla) 9

Florida State University School junior Joseph Garcia and Wakulla High senior Stanley Linton ran together for two kilometers, fighting for the lead in the class 2A boys' race as the other athletes faded behind them. Linton got away in the third kilometer, and ran home in 16:50 for the win. Garcia took second in 17:32. The next three places, however, went to Marianna High runners--Jesse McGowan (3rd, 17:51), Isaiah McFarland (4th, 17:53), and John Metzler (5th, 18:12). The trio set the foundation for a Marianna team score of 43 points, good enough for the district title. Florida State edged out Wakulla for the runner-up spot, 50 to 53. Those three teams qualified for the Region 1 meet; Godby (4th, 96), Rickards (5th, 100), and East Gadsden (6th, 179) failed to advance.


Team Standings, 2A Boys
  1. Marianna High School, 43
  2. Florida State University School, 50
  3. Wakulla High School, 53
  4. Godby High School, 96
  5. Rickards High School, 100
  6. East Gadsden High School, 179

Top Ten, 2A Boys
  1. 16:49.92 ~ Stanley Linton (Wakulla) 12
  2. 17:31.75 ~ Joseph Garcia (Florida State) 11
  3. 17:50.97 ~ Jesse McGowan (Marianna) 12
  4. 17:52.67 ~ Isaiah McFarland (Marianna) 11
  5. 18:11.77 ~ John Metzler (Marianna) 9
  6. 18:18.56 ~ James Toothman (Florida State) 11
  7. 18:27.34 ~ Abraham Grandison (Rickards) 9
  8. 18:34.38 ~ Jarod Hoffman (Godby) 10
  9. 18:39.95 ~ William James (Wakulla) 12
  10. 18:46.97 ~ Anthony Mahoney (Florida State) 11

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