Sunday, September 30, 2018

Xander Peacock keeps on rolling at the Ram Run

Rutherford RamIn 2016 Fort Walton Beach High swept the team titles at Rutherford High's Ram Run Cross-Country Meet. In 2017 it was South Walton's turn to sweep. And on Saturday morning, 20 September 2018, the runners of Choctawhatchee High took their turn, taking top team honors in both the girls' race and the boys' race. Choctawhatchee frosh Deanna Bottino was the first individual in the girl's 5K running 20:45. Blountstown junior Xander Peacock notched his fourth win of the 2018 season in the boys' 5K with a 16:59.


The girls' race started at 9:15 AM. Deanna Bottino of Choctawhatchee may not have led from the outset, but she certainly led at the finish line, entering the chute in a winning 20:45, more than 300 meters ahead of the next runner. Lauren Locke, a senior at Marianna, took second in 22:15. Frosh runners Chloe Fernander and Dannika Kilgore contributed to the Choctawhatchee cause, placing third in 22:16 and fourth in 22:30.


Rutherford senior Darby Bennett was fifth in 23:52, but after that came a wave of Choctawhatchee green. Choctaw sophomore Alison Boyle was sixth in 24:01, Choctaw frosh Meghan Yagle seventh in 24:17, Choctaw sophomore Amanda George eighth in 24:21, and Choctaw senior Sofia Louah ninth in 24:46. After putting seven runners in the top ten, the Indians had a near-perfect score of 21 points and first place in a field of seven teams. Led by Bennett, the Rutherford girls were second with 60 points. Third-place North Bay Haven scored 83 points behind the thirteenth-place, 26:05 performance of sophomore Abby Gregory.


Girls' Team Standings, 2018 Rutherford Ram Run
  1. Choctawhatchee, 21
  2. Rutherford, 60
  3. North Bay Haven, 83
  4. Wewahitchka, 110
  5. Marianna, 146
  6. Blountstown, 159
  7. Bay, 163

Top Ten Girls, 2018 Rutherford Ram Run
  1. 20:44.39, Deanna Bottino (Choctawhatchee) 9
  2. 22:14.39, Lauren Locke (Marianna) 12
  3. 22:15.65, Chloe Fernander (Choctawhatchee) 9
  4. 22:29.37, Dannika Kilgore (Choctawhatchee) 9
  5. 23:51.71, Darby Bennett (Rutherford) 12
  6. 24:00.50, Alison Boyle (Choctawhatchee) 10
  7. 24:16.59, Meghan Yagle (Choctawhatchee) 9
  8. 24:20.32, Amanda George (Choctawhatchee) 10
  9. 24:45.42, Sofia Louah (Choctawhatchee) 12
  10. 25:19.49, Kathryn Underhill (Mosley) 12

Were you impressed when Deanna Bottino won the girls' race by over 300 meters? Then you'd have been stunned when Xander Peacock won the boys' race by more than 400 meters. If the race had been run on a regulation outdoor track, Peacock would have lapped the field and then some. After finishing, the Blountstown Tiger junior had time to take a drink and change his shoes before the next runners arrived, three athletes in Choctawhatchee green--sophomore Francesco Paone (2nd, 18:33), sophomore Christian Sterman (3rd, 18:46), and senior David Santarosa (4th, 18:48).


North Bay Haven frosh Kaden Passey was fifth in 18:58, followed by the Choctawhatchee's fourth and fifth scorers--frosh runners William Armbruster (6th, 19:07) and Gregory Soloviev (7th, 19:12). With that, Choctawhatchee had a mathematically unbeatable 22 points and the boys' team title. Peacock's Blountstown Tigers were second with 54 points, and North Bay Haven edged Mosley for third, 91 to 96.


Boys' Team Standings, 2018 Rutherford Ram Run
  1. Choctawhatchee, 22
  2. Blountstown, 54
  3. North Bay Haven, 91
  4. Mosley, 96
  5. Bay, 137
  6. Rutherford, 149
  7. Wewahitchka, 189

Top Ten Boys, 2018 Rutherford Ram Run
  1. 16:58.37, Xander Peacock (Blountstown) 11
  2. 18:32.87, Francesco Paone (Choctawhatchee) 10
  3. 18:45.62, Christian Sterman (Choctawhatchee) 10
  4. 18:47.62, David Santarosa (Choctawhatchee) 12
  5. 18:57.24, Kaden Passey (North Bay Haven) 9
  6. 19:06.32, William Armbruster (Choctawhatchee) 9
  7. 19:11.34, Gregory Soloviev (Choctawhatchee) 9
  8. 19:18.10, Enrique Nandho (Blountstown) 12
  9. 19:30.45, Saul Puente (Blountstown) 11
  10. 19:35.09, Hunter Chase (Mosley) 11

Rutherford Ram Run Team Champions, 2011 - 2018
DateBoysGirls
24 September 2011Mosley, 51 pointsSouth Walton, 46 points
22 September 2012Marianna, 39Arnold, 33
21 September 2013Mosley, 66Crestview, 32
4 October 2014Fort Walton Beach, 26Fort Walton Beach, 31
26 September 2015Cottondale, 78Mosley, 54
17 September 2016Fort Walton Beach, 53Fort Walton Beach, 58
16 September 2017South Walton, 30South Walton, 35
29 September 2018Choctawhatchee, 22Choctawhatchee, 21


Rutherford Ram Run Individual Champions, 2011 - 2018
DateBoysGirls
24 September 201117:34, Jacob Leuze (South Walton) 1220:11, Mikayla Hodges (Arnold) 11
22 September 201216:44, Hunter Potts (Graceville) 1220:11, Michaela Ashley (Arnold) 9
21 September 201317:08, Sean White (Choctawhatchee) 1120:38, Shelby Lindsay (Choctawhatchee) 9
4 October 201416:23, Trey LaNasa (Fort Walton Beach) 1219:23, Maddie Fulmer (South Walton) 11
26 September 201517:08, Ethan Mines (Mosley) 1220:26, Michaela Ashley (Arnold) 12
17 September 201617:33, Alix Gennette (Rutherford) 1220:04, Haleigh Martin (Wakulla) 12
16 September 201717:10, Connor Norton (South Walton) 1220:02, Makennah Mills (Northview) 12
29 September 201816:59, Xander Peacock (Blountstown) 1120:45, Deanna Bottino (Choctawhatchee) 9


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