Saturday, November 11, 2017

State Championship Titles of Tallahassee & Leon County High School Cross-Country Teams, 1947-2017

As recently as 2011, Tallahassee high schools left Florida's State Cross-Country Meet without collecting either a team title or an individual championship. There are years like that. 2017 wasn't one of those years, thanks to the crew from Chiles High. At Apalachee Regional Park on Saturday morning, 11 November 2017, Chiles senior Ana Wallace ran 17:42.43 to win the FHSAA 3A girls' race, leading her team to a state title. Less than an hour later, Chiles senior Michael Phillips took the 3A boys' race for the second year in a row, running 15:14.69.

Michael Phillips
Michael Phillips

The morning opened with the 1A girls' 5K, where Tallahassee was represented by Maclay School. Placing 35th overall in 20:24.01, seventh-grader Ella Porcher led Maclay to a fifth-place showing with 184 points. Seventh-grader Sofia Paredes (39th, 20:37.25), sophomore Hannah Hosay (44th, 20:42.46), eighth-grader Madeline Lillie (59tth, 21:01.05), sophomore Avery Smith (63rd, 21:19.68), senior Anna Lewis (70th, 21:26), and junior Mackenzie Mazziotta (81st, 21:46) also raced for Maclay at State.


Tallahassee athletes also figured in the second race of the meet, the 2A girls' 5K. The Florida State University School placed twentieth in that race with 537 points, led by junior Summer Williams. Williams ran 21:01 for 88th. Williams was followed by five more Seminoles; frosh Oliva Dean (115th, 21:49.11), junior India Sander Nazario (116th, 21:49.16), junior Jordan Jones (135th, 22:37.75), frosh Ricondra Barrington (170th, 25:49.47), and sophomore Alysha Gutierrez-Tapia (171st, 26:15.09).

Dalton Gray
Dalton Gray

Maclay sophomore Junious Brown IV broke into the top ten in the third race on the schedule, the 1A boys' 5K, placing seventh overall in 16:28.94. The Maclay team placed sixteenth with 334 points in that race behind the efforts of Brown, sophomore Thomas Deison (79th, 18:02.75), senior Daniel Sweeney (80th, 18:02.76), junior James McDuffie (101st, 18:31.03), sophomore Damian Hundley (128th, 18:59.36), frosh Michael Sweeney (139th, 19:20.99), and junior Alfredo Paredes (153rd, 19:38.94). David Keen, a sophomore from Tallahassee's North Florida Christian School, placed 44th in the 1A boys' race, running 17:23.94.

Ana Wallace
Ana Wallace

None of the Tallahassee schools made the 2A boys' race, the fourth event of the State Meet, but Wakulla High from neighboring Crawfordville was in the field. The Wakulla War Eagles took fifteenth place behind the running of junior Chris Porter (49th, 16:55.56), senior Scott Lloyd (90th, 17:43.55), sophomores Daniel Wiedeman (92nd, 17:45.51) and Mason McCord (93rd, 17:46.25), and seniors Dalton Gray (111th, 18:04.11), Caleb Wiedeman (113th, 18:06.11), and Dalten Parker (148th, 18:52.92).


Valerie Lastra of Mater Academy had gone out hard in class 3A girls' 5K in 2016, dueling for the win with Lincoln frosh Alyson Churchill. As a sophomore Lastra started out fast again in the 2017 race. Just after the first kilometer, though, Ana Wallace of Chiles tucked in behind Lastra. By the two-kilometer mark Wallace was a step ahead. By the three-kilometer mark the race was all Wallace. Unchallenged through the last two kilometers, she went on to win in 17:42.43. It was the tenth state cross-country girls' title claimed by a Tallahassee athlete and the third by a Chiles runner. Wallace's win led the Chiles team to the girls' team championship, the fifth in school history. After Wallace, Chiles put three other runners in the top ten, with Emily Culley taking second in 18:09.03, sophomore Caitlin Wilkey ninth in 18:40.50, and senior Erin Phelps tenth in 18:53.92. Frosh runner Lindsay James completed the scoring for Chiles, placing eleventh in 19:01.00. Chiles junior Olivia Miller took 48th in 20:27.49, and Chiles senior Reagan Mahler was 79th in 21:02.15.

2017 FHSAA State Cross-Country Championship
Class 3A boys' 5K

More than a few athletes fought for the lead during the first half of the 3A boys 5K, the seventh event of the morning. The second half of the race, though, belonged solely to Michael Phillips. The defending champion in the event, the Chiles senior left the rest of the field more than 130 meters behind, winning the race in 15:14.69--not only the fastest time run at the State Meet that day, but the fastest 5K run at Apalachee Regional Park during 2017. Chiles took second in the team standings with 111 points, with Phillips joined by senior Matthew Newland (4th, 16:01.14), junior Connor Phillips (24th, 16:40.64), senior Robert Nowak (41st, 16:56.05), senior Noah Grzywacz (66th, 17:15.14), sophomore Hawthorne Hay (88th, 17:28.76), and junior Clay Milford (119th, 17:50.96). Lincoln High senior Clayton Carlson also represented Tallahassee in the race, finishing 112th in 17:48.68.


Here's how the annals look after the 2017 State Meet:




CHILES HIGH SCHOOLTimberwolves

Team Titles

Boys:
FHSAA 3A State Champions, 2003
FHSAA 3A State Champions, 2005
FHSAA 3A State Champions, 2006
FHSAA 3A State Champions, 2014

Girls:
FHSAA 3A State Champions, 2008
FHSAA 3A State Champions, 2009
FHSAA 3A State Champions, 2010
FHSAA 3A State Champions, 2015
FHSAA 3A State Champions, 2017


Individual Titles

Boys:
2003 Alex Miletich, 3A State Champion
2016 Michael Phillips, 3A State Champion
2017 Michael Phillips, 3A State Champion

Girls:
2009 Carly Thomas, 3A State Champion
2012 Rachel Givens, 3A State Champion
2017 Ana Wallace, 3A State Champion



GODBY HIGH SCHOOL

Individual Titles

Boys:
2007 Joe Franklin, 2A State Champion





LEON HIGH SCHOOL

Team Titles

Boys:
FHSAA 2A State Champions, 1969
FHSAA 3A State Champions, 2007
FHSAA 3A State Champions, 2008
FHSAA 3A State Champions, 2009

Girls:
FHSAA 3A State Champions, 1977
FHSAA 3A State Champions, 1978
FHSAA 3A State Champions, 1986
FHSAA 3A State Champions, 1987
FHSAA 3A State Champions, 1988


Individual Titles:

Boys:
1976 Herb Wills, 4A State Champion
1986 Doug Dickinson, 3A State Champion
1988 Ray Carter, 3A State Champion
1989 Ray Carter, 3A State Champion
2007 Matt Mizereck, 3A State Champion
2008 Matt Mizereck, 3A State Champion
2009 Matt Mizereck, 3A State Champion
2013 Sukhi Khosla, 3A State Champion
2014 Sukhi Khosla, 3A State Champion

Girls:
1979 Rosemary Desloge, 3A State Champion
1988 Jessica Scafidi, 3A State Champion
1989 Jessica Scafidi, 3A State Champion
1990 Jessica Scafidi, 3A State Champion



LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL

Individual Titles

Girls:
1991 Kathy Ward, 4A State Champion
1992 Kathy Ward, 4A State Champion
2016 Alyson Churchill, 3A State Champion




MACLAY SCHOOL

Team Titles

Boys:
FHSAA 2A State Champions, 1998
FHSAA 1A State Champions, 1999
FHSAA 1A State Champions, 2000
FHSAA 1A State Champions, 2001
FHSAA 1A State Champions, 2002


Girls:
FHSAA 2A State Champions, 1997
FHSAA 2A State Champions, 1998
FHSAA 1A State Champions, 1999
FHSAA 1A State Champions, 2001
FHSAA 1A State Champions, 2005


Individual Titles

Boys:
2002 Ryan Deak, 1A State Champion
2008 Patrick Swain, 1A State Champion
2009 Patrick Swain, 1A State Champion



NORTH FLORIDA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

Individual Titles

Boys:
1989, Robert Boyd, 1A State Champion







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