Saturday, September 10, 2016

Seminoles and Trojans triumph at the Panther Cross Country Invitational

PanthersAthletes from nine different high schools gathered in the Southwood section of Tallahassee, Florida on Friday afternoon, 9 September 2016, for John Paul II Catholic High's first ever Panther Cross Country Invitational.


Cross country competition opened with the girls' 5K. Sophomore Gianna Forte of Jacksonville, Florida's Bishop Snyder High School won the 3.1-mile race with a 200-meter lead, running 21:52. The Bishop Snyder Cardinals had traveled more than 150 miles to come to the meet, but it was the girls who came across the street from the Florida State University School who took the team title. Led by the 22:47 runner-up performance of sophomore Summer Williams, Florida State won the team competition with 41 points. Opening the scoring for the home team, John Paul II senior Julia Rose Travis placed fourth in 23:39. Behind Travis, the John Paul II Panthers totaled 54 points, equaling Bishop Snyder's score of 54. John Paul II took second on the tie breaker, while the Cardinals were third in the five-team field.


John Paul II Catholic's 2016 Panther Invitational Team Standings, High School Girls
  1. Florida State, 41
  2. John Paul II Catholic, 54
  3. Bishop Snyder, 54
  4. Aucilla Christian, 65
  5. Lincoln, 143

Top Ten High School Girls, John Paul II Catholic's 2016 Panther Invitational
  1. 21:51.25 ~ Gianna Forte (Bishop Snyder) 10
  2. 22:46.27 ~ Summer Williams (Florida State) 10
  3. 23:17.45 ~ Katy Hatfield (Bishop Snyder) 12
  4. 23:38.19 ~ Julia Rose Travis (John Paul II Catholic) 12
  5. 23:57.72 ~ India Sander-Nazario (Florida State) 10
  6. 24:12.53 ~ Emma Travis (John Paul II Catholic) 12
  7. 24:19.48 ~ Olivia Dean (Florida State) 8
  8. 24:19.85 ~ Madison Crews (Community Christian) 10
  9. 24:39.76 ~ Natalie Laywell (John Paul II Catholic) 10
  10. 24:54.48 ~ Natalie Vasquez (Aucilla Christian) 12

Finishing almost 150 meters ahead of the next runner, Aucilla Christian senior Gatlin Nennstiel won the boys' 5K in 18:18. North Florida Christian frosh David Keen took second in 18:51, and Community Christian sophomore Andrew Wynn was third in 19:52.


It was the boys from Lincoln High who took the team title, though. Led by top five finishes by sophomore Yunus Kovankaya (4th, 19:53) and junior Franz Roeder (5th, 20:33), the Trojans from Lincoln piled up 38 points to place first in the boys' team standings. Aucilla Christian was second with 44 points. Led by John Paul II junior Seth Kemeny (6th, 20:37), the host Panthers placed third with 56 points.


Of the schools represented at the Panther Invitational, Aucilla Christian, Community Christian, Godby, Jefferson County, Lincoln, and North Florida Christian are scheduled to clash again on Saturday morning, 17 September 2016, at the seventeenth annual Bainbridge High School Bearcat Invitational in Bainbridge, Georgia.


John Paul II Catholic's 2016 Panther Invitational Team Standings, High School Boys
  1. Lincoln, 38
  2. Aucilla Christian, 44
  3. John Paul II Catholic, 56
  4. Florida State, 99
  5. Jefferson County, 128

Top Ten High School Boys, John Paul II Catholic's 2016 Panther Invitational
  1. 18:17.80 ~ Gatlin Nennstiel (Aucilla Christian) 12
  2. 18:50.22 ~ David A Keen (North Florida Christian) 9
  3. 19:51.21 ~ Andrew Wynn (Community Christian) 10
  4. 19:52.96 ~ Yunus Kovankaya (Lincoln) 10
  5. 20:32.73 ~ Franz Roeder (Lincoln) 11
  6. 20:36.57 ~ Seth Kemeny (John Paul II Catholic) 11
  7. 20:51.02 ~ Nick Arceneaux (Aucilla Christian) 12
  8. 20:51.31 ~ Morgan Castano (Florida State) 9
  9. 21:12.76 ~ Patrick Hollis (John Paul II Catholic) 11
  10. 21:35.86 ~ Kyle Moran (John Paul II Catholic) 11

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