Sunday, November 4, 2012

District 2 belongs to Chiles and Wakulla

Rachel GivensSaturday, 3 November 2012, was a morning for the brooms at the FHSAA District 2-3A and 2A cross-country meets at Apalachee Regional Park. In the 3A competition, not only did both the Chiles High girls team and the Chiles boys team win their respective races, but Chiles senior Rachel Givens won the girls' individual district crown with a 19:33 5K while Chiles' Cade Zimmerman pulled out a win in the boy race with a 15:58. Wakulla High made nearly as clean a sweep of the class 2A honors, taking home team championship trophies in both the boys' race and the girls' race, and putting Wakulla junior Aaron Smith in front of the boys' field with a 17:40. Only Taylor County's Megan Giddens broke Wakulla's monopoly on District 2-2A titles; Giddens won the girls' 5K by about 300 meters in 20:55.


Start of the race.Racing opened at Apalachee Regional Park, east of Tallahassee, at 8:30 AM with the 3A girls' 5K. Rachel Givens of Chiles went to the front almost immediately, well in command by the end of the first kilometer. Givens spent the rest of the race building on that lead, going on to win with a 19:33, 17 seconds better than the runner-up, Emma Tucker of Columbia. Chiles runners Sara Lane and Ashton McMurray took the next two places in 20:04 and 20:05, setting up Chiles' team total of 20 points, good enough for the district title. Stanton scored 54 points to finish second in the team standings, led by the sixth-place finish of Breck Peterson (20:28). Columbia took third with 74 points and Leon fourth with 102 points.


Team Standings, FHSAA District 2-3A Girls
  1. The team champsLawton Chiles, 30
  2. Stanton, 54
  3. Columbia, 74
  4. Leon, 102
  5. Atlantic Coast, 128
  6. Lincoln, 152
  7. Terry Parker, 225
  8. Paxon, 239
  9. Robert E. Lee, 252

Top 15 Girls, FHSAA District 2-3A
  1. Emma Tucker19:32.62 ~ Rachel Givens (Chiles) 12
  2. 19:49.55 ~ Emma Tucker (Columbia) 9
  3. 20:03.04 ~ Sara Lane (Chiles) 12
  4. 20:04.24 ~ Ashton McMurray (Chiles) 11
  5. 20:04.62 ~ Autumn Wable (Leon) 12
  6. 20:27.63 ~ Breck Peterson (Stanton) 11
  7. 20:40.51 ~ Emily Faltemier (Stanton) 9
  8. 20:45.58 ~ Brittany Garesio (Atlantic Coast ) 12
  9. 20:50.19 ~ Emily Iseley (Stanton) 11
  10. 20:58.83 ~ Alexandra Wallace (Chiles) 9
  11. 21:01.75 ~ Ashley Jones (Columbia) 10
  12. 21:06.01 ~ Savannah Fisher (Chiles) 11
  13. 21:20.87 ~ Grace Lockhart (Leon) 9
  14. 21:21.98 ~ Juliana Krueger (Chiles) 9
  15. 21:28.20 ~ Madeline Austin (Stanton) 12

Cade Zimmerman and Sukhi KhoslaLincoln's Trevor Touchton was setting the pace at the one kilometer mark of the 3A boys' race, but by the 1500 meter mark he had been replaced by Joseph Garcia of Lincoln. For the next kilometer, Garcia was tailed by Sukhi Khosla of Leon and Cade Zimmerman of Chiles. At the halfway point of the 5K race, Zimmerman and Khosla took over, opening a 40 meter gap on Garcia by the end of three kilometers. As Garcia started to lose places behind them, Khosla and Zimmerman continued to trade the lead for the next two kilometers. In the final meters before the finish line Zimmerman struggled ahead to win by a close 15:57.63 to 15:57.87 victory. The team standings were every bit as close, with Chiles prevailing 40 to 43 over Leon. Stanton took third with 79 points, and Lee fourth with 89.


Team Standings, FHSAA District 2-3A Boys
  1. Chiles boysLawton Chiles, 40
  2. Leon, 43
  3. Stanton, 79
  4. Robert E. Lee, 89
  5. Lincoln, 135
  6. Paxon, 198
  7. Columbia, 209
  8. Ed White, 221
  9. Terry Parker, 238

Top 15 Boys, FHSAA District 2-3A
  1. Sukhi Khosla and Cade Zimmerman15:57.63 ~ Cooper Zimmerman (Chiles) 11
  2. 15:57.87 ~ Sukhi Khosla (Leon) 10
  3. 16:15.25 ~ Eric Tallbacka (Stanton) 11
  4. 16:24.58 ~ William Spiers (Chiles) 12
  5. 16:30.93 ~ William Henderson (Leon) 12
  6. 16:33.88 ~ Dominic Williams (Lee) 9
  7. 16:34.35 ~ Zachary Buchholz (Leon) 12
  8. 16:37.51 ~ William Luca (Leon) 10
  9. 16:38.37 ~ Rayford James (Lee) 11
  10. 16:41.09 ~ Avery Bartlett (Chiles) 10
  11. 16:41.27 ~ Dwayne Edwards (Lee) 12
  12. 16:41.46 ~ Sean Turner (Chiles) 11
  13. 16:53.75 ~ Tyson Murray (Chiles) 10
  14. 16:56.12 ~ Joseph Garcia (Lincoln) 12
  15. 17:05.69 ~ Bradley Langenberg (Stanton) 12

Aaron Smith2A competition followed an open race won by Wakulla High alumnus and Florida State University freshman Stanley Linton. First up were the 2A boys. Three kilomters into the race Aaron Smith of Wakulla and Anthony Mahoney of Florida State University School were running side by side, well in front of the rest of the field. After that, though, Smith pulled away and relegated Mahoney to runner-up status, 17:41 to 17:50. Behind Smith, Wakulla put all five of its scorers in the top twelve, totalling a winning 34 points. Marianna was second with 62 points, Florida State was third with 65 and Rickards fourth with 69.


Team Standings, FHSAA District 2-2A Boys
  1. Wakulla, 34
  2. Marianna, 62
  3. Florida State, 65
  4. Rickards, 69
  5. East Gadsden, 140

Top 15 Boys, FHSAA District 2-2A
  1. Aaron Smith and Anthony Mahoney17:40.34 ~ Aaron Smith (Wakulla) 11
  2. 17:49.18 ~ Anthony Mahoney (Florida State) 12
  3. 17:58.58 ~ James Toothman (Florida State) 12
  4. 18:04.60 ~ Patrick Cox (Marianna) 12
  5. 18:05.97 ~ Isaiah McFarland (Marianna) 12
  6. 18:25.41 ~ James Piotrowski (Wakulla) 10
  7. 18:28.47 ~ Travis Parks (Wakulla) 10
  8. 18:29.96 ~ Michael Jones-Quering (Rickards) 10
  9. 18:40.96 ~ Lane Williams (Wakulla) 10
  10. 19:05.22 ~ Evan Wilson (Rickards) 10
  11. 19:10.96 ~ Ryan Dodson (Wakulla) 10
  12. 19:18.45 ~ Alan Pearson (Wakulla) 10
  13. 19:28.60 ~ Austin Gullett (Marianna) 10
  14. 19:36.92 ~ Abraham Grandison (Rickards) 10
  15. 19:59.09 ~ Jonathan Nelson (Florida State) 12

Meagan GiddensThe final race on the morning's slate was the 2A girls' 5K. Taylor County's sole entry in the race, senior Meagan Giddens, was ahead of the field before the runners had gone even half a kilometer. The only thing that changed after that was the length of her lead--it grew. Giddens was more than 200 meters ahead by the time she crossed the line in 20:55, winning the district title. Margaret Wiedeman was runner-up in 21:56, leading her Wakulla team to a total of 19 points and first place in the district. Behind Amanda Toothman's third-place 22:12, Florida State University School was second with 37 points.

Wakulla girls

Team Standings, FHSAA District 2-2A Girls
  1. Wakulla, 19
  2. Florida State, 37

Top 15 Girls, FHSAA District 2-2A
  1. 20:54.40 ~ Meagan Giddens (Taylor County) 9
  2. Margaret Wiedeman21:55.02 ~ Margaret Wiedeman (Wakulla)
  3. 22:11.54 ~ Amanda Toothman (Florida State ) 10
  4. 22:24.51 ~ Raychel Gray (Wakulla)
  5. 22:44.68 ~ Brittany Scanameo (Rickards) 9
  6. 23:04.24 ~ Kasey James (Wakulla)
  7. 23:32.12 ~ Lydia Wiedeman (Wakulla)
  8. 23:50.42 ~ Lilianna Broadway (Wakulla)
  9. 24:06.36 ~ Hana Kadir (Florida State ) 9
  10. 24:12.56 ~ Natasha Smith (Marianna) 10
  11. 24:44.83 ~ Brionnah Kreps (Florida State ) 7
  12. 24:47.25 ~ Chelnise Harrell (Florida State ) 12
  13. 24:57.64 ~ Constance Lewis (Wakulla)
  14. 26:18.13 ~ Ebony Campbell (Godby) 12
  15. 26:28.56 ~ Jasmine Crump (Godby) 11

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