Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Solomon Stevens and Haleigh Martin repeat in 2A District 2

Solomon Stevens, Evan GarrisonThe Florida High School Athletic Association groups the cross country teams of the state into four different classes, each competing in sixteen different districts. This means that the state championship series in the sport opens with no fewer than 64 different district championships meets, spread out across Florida. That's 64 events looking for a venue. For the site of the class 2A District 2 Meet on Tuesday afternoon, 20 October 2015, Wakulla High got permission to use 3Y Ranch, a place where no one had ever held a cross country race before.


On that farm outside of Crawfordville, Florida, competition opened with the boys' 5K race. Suwannee sophomore Micah Hilliard set the early pace for the field. When Hilliard faded Timothy Choe, another Suwannee sophomore, took over the lead. The whole time, though, Rickards seniors Solomon Stevens and Evan Garrison were stalking Choe. With a kilometer to go Stevens and Garrison took over. Stevens got the district title, placing first in 17:39, while Garrison took second in 17:40. Choe was third in 17:51.


Timothy ChoeWakulla junior Bryce Cole was fourth in 18:02, but after a fifth-place 18:21 from Suwannee's Hilliard, the next six places belonged to Wakulla. Joining Cole in scoring for the Eagles were sophomore Caleb Wiedeman (6th, 18:31), sophomore Dylan Peebles (7th, 18:49), sophomore Dalten Wood (8th, 1:54), and senior Albert Smythe (9th, 18:57). Those five gave their Wakulla team 34 points and first place in District 2. Suwannee edged Rickards 68 to 70 for second. Those three teams advanced to the 2A Region 1 Meet in Lake City on Saturday, 31 October 2015. Florida High, fourth with 71 points, did not advance, but qualified three runners for the Region--frosh Ashton Smith (13th, 19:29), sophomore Mason McGalliard (14th, 19:50), and eighth-grader Morgan Castano (15th, 19:56). Marianna sophomore Bowen Rudd (10th, 18:59) also qualified as an individual for the Region 1 meet.


2015 FHSAA 2A District 2 Team Standings, Boys
  1. Wakulla, 34
  2. Suwannee, 68
  3. Rickards, 70
  4. Florida State, 71

2015 FHSAA 2A District 2 Top 15 Boys
  1. 17:38.11 ~ Solomon Stevens (Rickards) 12Top 15 boys at FHSAA's 2015 2A District 2 Cross Country Meet
  2. 17:39.58 ~ Evan Garrison (Rickards) 12
  3. 17:50.78 ~ Timothy Choe (Suwannee) 10
  4. 18:01.04 ~ Bryce Cole (Wakulla) 11
  5. 18:20.29 ~ Micah Hilliard (Suwannee) 10
  6. 18:30.93 ~ Caleb Wiedeman (Wakulla) 10
  7. 18:48.70 ~ Dylan Peebles (Wakulla) 10
  8. 18:53.74 ~ Dalten Wood (Wakulla) 10
  9. 18:56.77 ~ Albert Smythe (Wakulla) 12
  10. 18:57.42 ~ Alexander Smythe (Wakulla) 11
  11. 18:58.23 ~ Evan Guarino (Wakulla) 12
  12. 18:58.44 ~ Bowen Rudd (Marianna) 10
  13. 19:28.37 ~ Ashton Smith (Florida State) 9
  14. 19:49.15 ~ Mason McGalliard (Florida State) 10
  15. 19:55.52 ~ Morgan Castano (Florida State) 8

Haleigh MartinWakulla junior Haleigh Martin led the girls' 5K race from the start, but Florida State sixth-grader Tonie Morgan wouldn't go away. Morgan trailed Martin by as much as 20 seconds in the middle of the race, but began to narrow that gap during the final kilometer. With 400 meters to go Morgan was only four seconds behind Martin. With the finish line in sight, though, Martin began to pull away, going on to win in 21:11, successfully defending her 2014 2A District 2 title. Morgan was second in 21:19, and Wakulla senior Connie Lewis third in 21:58.


Florida State got a fourth-place 22:35 finish from frosh Summer Williams, and scoring performances from seventh-grader Olivia Dean (7th, 23:21), seventh-grader Ricondra Barrington (14th, 24:49), and frosh Jordan Jones (15th, 25:00). With that, Florida State had 38 points and the team title. Wakulla was second with 49 points. Suwannee, led by the eighth place 23:35 performance of sophomore Natalie Lord, was third with 60 points. Those three teams advanced to the 2A Region 1 Meet. Qualifying as individuals were Rickards junior Mezindia Nkembo (5th, 22:53), Taylor County senior Meagan Giddens (9th, 23:43), Rickards sophomore Mattie Mooney McMillan (11th, 24:14), and Taylor County frosh Haley Armstrong (13th, 24:48).


2015 FHSAA 2A District 2 Team Standings, Girls
  1. Florida State, 38
  2. Wakulla, 49
  3. Suwannee, 60
  4. Rickards, 84
  5. Marianna, 120

2015 FHSAA 2A District 2 Top 15 Girls
  1. 21:10.83 ~ Haleigh Martin (Wakulla) 11Top 15 boys at FHSAA's 2015 2A District 2 Cross Country Meet
  2. 21:18.85 ~ Tonie Morgan (Florida State) 6
  3. 21:57.31 ~ Constance Lewis (Wakulla) 12
  4. 22:34.20 ~ Summer Williams (Florida State) 9
  5. 22:52.34 ~ Mezindia Nkembo (Rickards) 11
  6. 23:07.24 ~ Alyssa Langston (Wakulla) 9
  7. 23:20.71 ~ Olivia Dean (Florida State) 7
  8. 23:34.29 ~ Natalie Lord (Suwannee) 10
  9. 23:42.11 ~ Meagan Giddens (Taylor County) 12
  10. 24:11.33 ~ Alexis Thompson (Suwannee) 10
  11. 24:13.25 ~ Mattie Mooney McMillan (Rickards) 10
  12. 24:27.40 ~ Courtney Sasso (Suwannee) 9
  13. 24:47.41 ~ Haley Armstrong (Taylor County) 9
  14. 24:48.61 ~ Ricondra Barrington (Florida State) 7
  15. 24:59.77 ~ Jordan Jones (Florida State) 9

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