Saturday, September 15, 2018

Kambry Smith and Xander Peacock make a big splash at the Dolphin Dash

The tenth annual Dolphin Dash Cross-Country Meet was hosted by Mosley High, a Bay County school. The other Bay County high schools--Arnold, Bay, North Bay Haven, and Rutherford--were all there. Mosley held the event on Saturday morning, 15 September 2018, at the Lynn Haven Sports Complex, which is in Bay County. Nevertheless, it was two Okaloosa County schools, Fort Walton Beach and Niceville, that dominated the competition. Fort Walton Beach edged Niceville for the top spot in the girls' race, 30 to 34. In the boys' 5K it was Niceville that came out ahead of Fort Walton Beach, 30 to 48. Fort Walton Beach had the individual winner of the girls' 5K, sophomore Kambry Smith, who ran 20:16. It wasn't all about Okaloosa County, though. Blountstown High's ace, junior Xander Peacock, won the boys' race in 17:13.


Fort Walton Beach didn't just have the first runner in the girls' 5K, the Vikings had the first two runners in the girls' 5K, with sophomore Jensen Shonk finishing runner-up in 21:33. Baker junior Maya Espinosa was third in 21:41, adding three points to Fort Walton Beach's score and five points to Niceville's score.


Fort Walton Beach had two more scorers in the top ten--sophomore Colby Orcutt (6th, 22:05) and junior Victoria Orcutt (9th, 22:51). However, all five of Niceville's scorers placed in the top ten--junior Erin Converse (4th, 21:44), senior Jayda Brooks (5th, 21:48), senior Hannah Farley (7th, 22:20), senior Erin Wilcox (8th, 22:45), and sophomore Ellie Segars (10th, 23:07). Niceville's sixth runner, senior Nichole Blake, also finished ahead of the fifth Viking scorer, placing eleventh in 23:25. But sophomore Anna Davis added the final points to Fort Walton Beach's total, coming in twelfth in 24:02. After Davis finished, the Fort Walton Beach girls had 30 points and the team trophy. Niceville was a close second with 34 points. Led by Espinosa, the Baker girls scored 90 points to place third in the twelve-team field.


Team Standings, High School Girls, 2018 Dolphin Dash
  1. Fort Walton Beach, 30
  2. Niceville, 34
  3. Baker Senior, 90
  4. Port Saint Joe, 153
  5. North Bay Haven, 162
  6. Rocky Bayou Christian, 165
  7. Rutherford, 202
  8. Arnold, 224
  9. Bay, 230
  10. Wewahitchka, 269
  11. Paxton, 289
  12. Blountstown, 290

Top Ten High School Girls, 2018 Dolphin Dash
  1. 20:15.84, Kambry Smith (Fort Walton Beach) 10
  2. 21:33.27, Jensen Shonk (Fort Walton Beach) 10
  3. 21:40.78, Maya Espinosa (Baker Senior) 11
  4. 21:43.19, Erin Converse (Niceville) 11
  5. 21:47.49, Jayda Brooks (Niceville) 12
  6. 22:04.99, Colby Orcutt (Fort Walton Beach) 10
  7. 22:19.18, Hannah Farley (Niceville) 12
  8. 22:44.04, Erin Wilcox (Niceville) 12
  9. 22:50.95, Victoria Orcutt (Fort Walton Beach) 11
  10. 23:06.50, Ellie Segars (Niceville) 10

The boys' race followed. Xander Peacock of Blountstown had already outrun all of the Fort Walton Beach and Niceville athletes earlier in the season at the Big Bend Invitational in Tallahassee, Florida on 1 September 2018. He did it again at the Dolphin Dash, winning the race in 17:13 and finishing 70 meters ahead of the next runner. Niceville sophomore Todd Wendel took second in 17:27, and Niceville senior Gabriel Bohler was third in 17:34.


The Niceville boys had two more top ten performances, with junior Dane Dickerson sixth in 18:06 and junior Jake Dever eighth in 18:16. Niceville senior Mattias Hird finished up the scoring for the Eagles, placing eleventh in 18:28. After Hird, the Niceville had 30 points and stood first among twelve teams. Led by the fifth place, 17:45 finish of sophomore Austin Vandyne, Fort Walton Beach was second in the team standings with 48 points. Arnold, led by senior Mason Bennett (4th, 17:40) edged Blountstown for third, 126 to 130. Hosts Mosley were a close fifth with 136 points.


Team Standings, High School Boys, 2018 Dolphin Dash
  1. Niceville, 30
  2. Fort Walton Beach, 48
  3. Arnold, 126
  4. Blountstown, 130
  5. Mosley, 136
  6. North Bay Haven, 155
  7. Paxton, 160
  8. Rocky Bayou Christian, 223
  9. Bay, 233
  10. Baker Senior, 294
  11. Rutherford, 315
  12. Wewahitchka, 369

Top Ten High School Boys, 2018 Dolphin Dash
  1. 17:12.99, Xander Peacock (Blountstown) 11
  2. 17:26.99, Todd Wendel (Niceville) 10
  3. 17:33.06, Gabriel Bohler (Niceville) 12
  4. 17:39.24, Mason Bennett (Arnold) 12
  5. 17:44.95, Austin Vandyne (Fort Walton Beach) 10
  6. 18:05.79, Dane Dickerson (Niceville) 11
  7. 18:06.48, Brandon I Meza (Fort Walton Beach) 12
  8. 18:15.05, Jake Dever (Niceville) 11
  9. 18:22.66, Chris Flores (Fort Walton Beach) 10
  10. 18:23.14, Bilal Mohamad (Arnold) 12

Individual champs, Mosley Dolphin Dash, 2009 - 2018
DateBoysGirls
17 October 200916:35, Gabe Holguin (Bay)21:22, Sydney Newsom (Mosley)
16 October 201016:55, Dieumy Duclos (Godby)21:08, Bria Upshur (West Florida Tech)
15 October 201116:45, Stan Linton (Wakulla)20:08, Mikayla Hodges (Arnold)
13 October 201216:34, Charles Shackelford (Fort Walton Beach)18:54, Emma Rudman (Fort Walton Beach)
28 September 201316:36, Connor Daughton (Maclay)19:09, Madison Harris (Wakulla)
10 September 201416:13, Trey LaNasa (Fort Walton Beach)19:42, Emma Rudman (Fort Walton Beach)
5 September 201517:15, Ethan Mines (Mosley)19:23, Claire Crist (Niceville)
24 September 201617:11, Alix Gennette21:00, Zeana Guirey (Rutherford)
30 September 201718:03, Noah Lleva (Choctawhatchee) 1220:33, Marisa Ashley (Arnold) 9
15 September 201817:13, Xander Peacock (Blountstown) 1120:16, Kambry Smith (Fort Walton Beach) 10


Team champs, Mosley Dolphin Dash, 2009 - 2018
DateBoysGirls
17 October 2009Arnold, 43 pointsMosley, 15 points
16 October 2010Arnold, 65West Florida Tech, 18
15 October 2011Crestview, 67Wakulla, 51
13 October 2012Fort Walton Beach, 15Fort Walton Beach, 22
28 September 2013Maclay, 44Crestview, 60
10 September 2014Fort Walton Beach, 23Fort Walton Beach, 33
5 September 2015Niceville, 32Niceville, 18
24 September 2016Fort Walton Beach, 20Fort Walton Beach, 30
30 September 2017Choctawhatchee, 33Port Saint Joe, 47
15 September 2018Niceville, 30Fort Walton Beach, 30


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