Saturday, November 19, 2016

Kayley Delay and Evan Babatz conquer the Classic

Florida Athletic Coaches Association2016 was a busy year on the Apalachee Regional Park cross-country course in Tallahassee, Florida. Fifteen events were scheduled at the venue, including three with "National Championship" in their name. On one weekend alone, 4-6 November 2016, ARPXC was host to three meets--the FCSAA State Cross-Country Championship, the FHSAA State Cross-Country Championships, and the USA Track & Field Masters 5K Cross-Country National Championship.


Three meets in one weekend contrasts with only three meets in the entire year of 2009, the inaugural season for Apalachee Regional Park. One of those meets, though, was the Florida Athletic Coaches' Association's annual High School Senior All-Star Cross-Country Classic. The high school state meet eventually followed the Classic to Apalachee Regional Park, but the Classic was there first, and has been at ARPXC almost every year since 2009, missing only 2014. The seniors were there again on Saturday morning, 19 November 2016, for the twentieth annual FACA Senior All-Star Cross-Country Classic.


The girls' 5K started at 8:00 AM. By the end of the first mile, Kayley Delay and Samantha Folio had opened a ten-second gap on the rest of the field. The two runners continued to hold that lead, but Fletcher High's Delay, running for the North, couldn't break contact with Folio. Likewise, Holy Trinity's Folio, running for the East, wasn't able to get away from Delay. And it was Delay who got the victory, crossing the finish line a few steps ahead of Folio in a winning 18:45. Folio took second in 18:47. Running for the East, Hana Herndon of Winter Park was third in 18:56.


The East squad had one more runner in the top ten, with Winter Park's Elizabeth Jenkins finishing seventh in 19:15. The West team put all five of its scorers in the top ten, though, with Plant's Nadia Stratton fifth in 19:05, King's Micaela Torres sixth in 19:08, Sarasota's Sage Lyons eighth in 19:18, Wharton's Rania Samhouri ninth in 19:20, and Plant's Gillian Minnehan tenth in 19:26. Those five runners gave the West 38 points and the team title, narrowly beating the 41 points scored by the East team. Led by the fourth place 19:02 showing of Pace's Haley Kling, the North was third with 49 points. Ferguson's Jazmyn Martinez (12th, 19:51) was the top runner for the South, leading her team to fourth place with 97 points.


Girls' team standings, 2016 FACA Senior All Star Cross Country Classic
  1. West, 38 (5 + 6 + 8 + 9 + 10)
  2. East, 41 (2 + 3 + 7 + 14 + 15)
  3. North, 49 (1 + 4 + 11 + 13 + 20)
  4. South, 97 (12 + 16 + 22 + 23 + 24)

Girls' results, 2016 FACA Senior All Star Cross Country Classic
  1. 18:45.0, Kayley Delay (North) Fletcher
  2. 18:46.5, Samantha Folio (East) Holy Trinity
  3. 18:55.7, Hana Herndon (East) Winter Park
  4. 19:01.4, Haley Kling (North) Pace
  5. 19:04.7, Nadia Stratton (West) Plant
  6. 19:07.3, Micaela Torres (West) King
  7. 19:14.5, Elizabeth Jenkins (East) Winter Park
  8. 19:17.1, Sage Lyons (West) Sarasota
  9. 19:19.5, Rania Samhouri (West) Wharton
  10. 19:25.8, Gillian Minnehan (West) Plant
  11. 19:37.5, Haleigh Martin (North) Wakulla
  12. 19:50.2, Jazmyn Martinez (South) Ferguson
  13. 19:50.6, Molly McCann (North) Maclay
  14. 19:58.7, Hannah Flemming (East) Astronaut
  15. 20:05.3, Lea Gray (East) Seabreeze
  16. 20:05.3, Kaylee Alfaro (South) Ferguson
  17. 20:06.7, Ciara Golliher (East) Sebastian River
  18. 20:15.3, Maura Poling (West) Lely
  19. 20:27.8, Alexandria Baba (East) Winter Park
  20. 20:29.1, Isabella Rodriguez (North) Matanzas
  21. 20:29.6, Stephanie Hansen (North) Vanguard
  22. 20:59.4, Gabriela Crespi (South) Ferguson
  23. 21:13.5, Gabriela Gutierrez (South) St. Brendan
  24. 21:33.4, Calyope Ortega (South) Lourdes
  25. 22:03.2, Julia Villena (South) St. Brendan

In the girls' race Kayley Delay was clearly in the lead at the mile mark with Samantha Folio close behind--a lead "group" of two athletes. In the boys' race no one was clearly in the lead at the mile mark because the lead group was huge--a mob thundering downhill toward the shell bridge. Satellites' John Cacciatore was near the front, though, and at the two-miles he had opened a 15-meter gap on the field. Four runners were in the pursuit group, paced by Evan Babatz from Fort Myers High. Over the final mile Babatz overtook Cacciatore then crossed the finish line with a winning 15:56.8. Cacciatore held off Buchholz High's Calum McFettridge to take second, 15:59.6 to 16:00.9.


Cacciatore was the first of five runners that the East team put in the top ten. He was joined by Satellite's Egan Kattenberg (5th, 16:07), West Shore's Austin Camps (7th, 16:12), Satellite's Michael Wilson (8th, 16:12), and Satellite's Trevor Kattenberg (9th, 16:13). No other team put more than three scorers in the top ten, and the East squad won the meet with 31 points. Behind Evan Babatz's first-place performance, the West team was second with 54, just ahead of the 60 points that the North scored to take third. The South was fourth with 77 points.


Boys' team standings, 2016 FACA Senior All Star Cross Country Classic
  1. East, 31 (2 + 5 + 7 + 8 + 9)
  2. West, 54 (1 + 4 + 6 + 20 + 23)
  3. North, 60 (3 + 10 + 12 + 14 + 21)
  4. South, 77 (11 + 15 + 16 + 17 + 18)

Boys' results, 2016 FACA Senior All Star Cross Country Classic
  1. 15:56.8, Evan Babatz (West) Fort Myers
  2. 15:59.6, John Cacciatore (East) Satellite
  3. 16:00.9, Calum McFetridge (North) Buchholz
  4. 16:05.9, Arye Beck (West) Estero
  5. 16:06.7, Egan Kattenberg (East) Satellite
  6. 16:06.7, Joshua Wagner (West) Lely
  7. 16:11.2, Austin Camps (East) West Shore
  8. 16:11.6, Michael Wilson (East) Satellite
  9. 16:13.0, Trevor Kattenberg (East) Satellite
  10. 16:13.3, Logan Locascio (North) Gainesville
  11. 16:17.3, Michael Cabral (South) Pine Crest
  12. 16:36.7, Terrance Sessoms (North) Sandalwood
  13. 16:38.5, Ari Guardascione-Wolf (East) Lake Howell
  14. 16:49.1, Mason Youberg (North) Gulf Breeze
  15. 16:51.3, Antonio Martinez (South) St. Thomas Aquinas
  16. 16:51.4, David Hernandez (South) Calvary Christian
  17. 16:54.7, Christian Vitagliano (South) St. Thomas Aquinas
  18. 17:03.7, Joel Zaila (South) Marathon
  19. 17:04.6, Sean Breslin (South) St. Thomas Aquinas
  20. 17:06.0, Triston Vaira (West) Newsome
  21. 17:09.1, Christian Glover (North) Bolles
  22. 17:18.5, Pierce Statham (South) St. Thomas Aquinas
  23. 17:30.7, Colin Boutin (West) Bloomingdale
  24. 17:36.7, Josh Liles (North) Lincoln
  25. 17:44.4, Austin Peel (West) Naples
  26. 17:46.3, Louis Dietrich (West) North Port
  27. 17:57.6, Fuad Batteh (North) Mandarin
  28. 17:58.7, Alex Bolt (North) Creekside


FACA Senior All-Star Cross-Country Champions, 1997 - 2016
DateBoysGirls
6 December 1997 115:31, Courtney Chambers18:44, Erin Merten
5 December 1998 215:54, Cedric Gillette
4 December 1999 315:25, Dan Cook18:31, Beth Lukens
2 December 2000 415:31, Sean Jefferson18:28, Anna Brew
3 December 2001 515:02, Nick Wilson17:54, Cathlene Willy
7 December 2002 615:19, Ryder Leary19:34.40, Allie Hunter
22 November 200315:48, Alex Miletich18:41, Devin Gapstur
15 November 200415:34, Bryan Sharkey17:33, Jennifer Simpson
22 November 200515:37, Steven Bell17:42, Kelly Parrish
17 November 200615:24, Michael Anderson18:34, Kaitlin Shiver
1 December 200715:23, Joseph Franklin18:40, Devin Spoerle
6 December 2008 716:05, Bret Butler18:20, Juliana Stern
5 December 2009 816:08, Sean Rynning18:13, Jana Stolting
4 December 201015:44, Tyler Cardillo18:29, Teresa Ristow
3 December 201115:46, Chris Godwin18:23, Anne-Marie Blaney
1 December 201215:40, Aesop Brown18:44, Ellyn Snider
23 November 201315:39, Manuel Vel​asquez18:39, K​atrina​ Sa​ntiago
22 November 2014 915:25, Franco Martins18:15, Fatema Jaffer
21 November 2015 1016:11, Rob Leverone18:57, Emma Tucker
19 November 201515:57, Evan Babatz18:45, Kayley Delay
1 In 1997 the meet was at Spruce Creek HS in Port Orange
2 In 1998 the meet was at Osceola County Stadium and Sports Complex in Kissimmee
3 In 1999 the meet was at Sperling Sports Complex in DeLand, FL
4 In 2000 the meet was at Lake Mary HS
5 From 2001 to 2007 the meet was at the Miccosukee Greenway in Tallahassee
6 Starting in 2002 the race distance was increased from three miles to five km
7 In 2008 the meet was at Maclay School in Tallahassee
8 From 2009 to 2013 the meet was at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee
9 In 2014 the meet was at Lake Nona High School in Orlando
10 In 2015 the meet returned to Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee


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