Thursday, October 25, 2018

Summer Williams and Chris Porter ruled the Ranch at 2A District 2

Wakulla War EaglesFor cross-country, the Florida High School Activity Association's District 2 has existed in its current form since 2011. Since 2015, Wakulla High has hosted the Class 2A District Championship at 3Y Ranch, near Crawfordville. On Thursday morning, 25 October 2018, athletes returned to the Ranch for the fourth time for the 2A District 2 Meet. Florida State senior Summer Williams successfully defended her 2017 district title, winning the girls' 5K in 20:41. Rickards senior Chris Porter grabbed the title in the boys' 5K, running 17:13. Meanwhile, host school Wakulla swept the team titles, scoring 17 points in the girls' race and 33 points in the boys' race.


Summer Williams has raced all four District meets that Wakulla has hosted at the Ranch, placing fourth as a frosh and fifth as a sophomore before winning as a junior in the 2017 race. 2018 was her valedictory race at the Ranch and the senior graduated with honors, finishing more than 250 meters ahead of the runner-up in 20:41. Wakulla senior Alyssa Langston took second in 21:47, her third straight second-place showing at the 2A District 2 meet. India Sander-Nazario, a Florida State senior, placed third in 22:41. Sander-Nazario was also a veteran of the Ranch, taking fourth in 2016 and fifth in 2017.


Wakulla runners took the next two places after Sander-Nazario, with junior Diamond Cooper fourth in 22:56 and sophomore Tirzah Votaw fifth in 23:34. Frosh Elizabeth Blitch and sophomore Erica Odom finished the scoring for Wakulla, placing ninth in 24:14 and tenth in 24:18. That gave the War Eagles a near-perfect score of seventeen points and first place in the District. Suwannee scored 46 points to take second, led by their frosh ace Nellie Lamb (8th, 24:11).


The Wakulla team and the Suwannee team each qualified for the next round in the State Championship series, the 2A Region 1 meet, scheduled for Saturday morning, 3 November 2018, at New World Golf Course in Jacksonville, Florida. Summer Williams and India Sander-Nazario qualified as individuals, as did Godby frosh Anaya Thompson (6th, 23:45), Godby sophomore Amaya Jones (7th, 24:08), and Rickards sophomore Alejandra Vasquez (13th, 25:15).


Girls' Team Standings, 2018 FHSAA 2A District 2 Cross-Country Meet
  1. Wakulla, 17 *
  2. Suwannee, 46 *
  3. Florida State, NTS
    Godby, NTS
    Rickards, NTS
* Team advances to the Region 1 Championships


Top Fifteen Girls, 2018 FHSAA 2A District 2 Cross-Country Meet
  1. 20:40.40, Summer Williams (Florida State) 12
  2. 21:46.40, Alyssa Langston (Wakulla) 12
  3. 22:40.10, India Sander-Nazario (Florida State) 12
  4. 22:55.40, Diamond Cooper (Wakulla) 11
  5. 23:33.10, Tirzah Votaw (Wakulla) 10
  6. 23:44.90, Anaya Thompson (Godby) 9
  7. 24:07.70, Amaya Jones (Godby) 10
  8. 24:10.60, Nellie Lamb (Suwannee) 9
  9. 24:13.20, Elizabeth Blitch (Wakulla) 9
  10. 24:17.10, Erica Odom (Wakulla) 10
  11. 24:28.20, Nina Prince (Wakulla) 11
  12. 24:48.80, Maria Whitsell (Wakulla) 9
  13. 25:15.00, Alejandra Vasquez (Rickards) 10
  14. 25:16.00, Merlin Leal (Suwannee) 11
  15. 25:19.10, Chelsie Selliken (Suwannee) 11

In three years of racing at the Ranch, 17:13 was Chris Porter's best time on the course. More importantly, it was a winning time, putting him across the finish line 170 meters ahead of the next runner. It was also Wakulla junior Daniel Wiedeman's third District race at the Ranch, and Wiedeman cracked 18:00 on the course for the first time, placing second in 17:50. Wakulla juniors Mason McCord and Stephen Votaw took the next two places, finishing third in 18:16 and fourth in 18:18.


Wakulla final two scorers were sophomore Simon Cole, eleventh in 19:53, and frosh Logan Kilpatrick, eighteenth in 21:07. With that, the War Eagle boys had 33 points and the team title, making Wakulla 2A District 2 champions seven times in the past seven years, 2012-2018. Led by Porter, Rickards was second with 42 points. Suwannee placed third with 46 points, sparked by the fifth place, 18:52 performance of their senior, Ricardo Cruz-Marcelo.


Those top three teams--Wakulla, Rickards, and Suwannee--advance to the 2A Region 1 meet. Three individual athletes also qualified for Region--Florida State junior Morgan Castano (6th, 18:55), Godby sophomore Amarie Moore (12th, 20:47), and Florida State sophomore Jayden Farmer (15th, 20:55).


Boys' Team Standings, 2018 FHSAA 2A District 2 Cross-Country Meet
  1. Wakulla, 33 *
  2. Rickards, 42 *
  3. Suwannee, 46 *
  4. Florida State, NTS
    Godby, NTS
* Team advances to the Region 1 Championships


Top Fifteen Boys, 2018 FHSAA 2A District 2 Cross-Country Meet
  1. 17:12.70, Christopher Porter (Rickards) 12
  2. 17:49.50, Daniel Wiedeman (Wakulla) 11
  3. 18:15.30, Mason McCord (Wakulla) 11
  4. 18:17.10, Stephen Votaw (Wakulla) 11
  5. 18:51.40, Ricardo Cruz-Marcelo (Suwannee) 12
  6. 18:54.10, Morgan Castano (Florida State) 11
  7. 18:57.80, Jalen Brownlee (Rickards) 10
  8. 19:00.90, Malachi Richards (Rickards) 12
  9. 19:02.10, Hunter Land (Suwannee) 9
  10. 19:51.10, Jorge Soto Chavez (Suwannee) 10
  11. 19:52.80, Simon Cole (Wakulla) 10
  12. 20:46.50, Amarie Moore (Godby) 10
  13. 20:49.00, Herman Gunter (Suwannee) 11
  14. 20:53.20, Gabriel Miles (Rickards) 10
  15. 20:54.10, Jayden Farmer (Florida State) 10

FHSAA 2A District 2 champions, 2011 - 2018
Boys
DateTeam ChampsIndividual Champs
5 November 2011Marianna, 4316:50, Stanley Linton (Wakulla) 12
3 November 2012Wakulla, 3417:41, Aaron Smith (Wakulla) 11
26 October 2013Wakulla, 1917:53, Albert Smythe (Wakulla) 10
1 November 2014Wakulla, 2817:23, Solomon Stevens, (Rickards) 11
20 October 2015Wakulla, 3417:39, Solomon Stevens (Rickards) 12
18 October 2016Wakulla, 2417:06, Timothy Choe (Suwannee) 11
24 October 2017Wakulla, 2516:49, Micah Hilliard (Suwannee) 12
25 October 2018Wakulla, 3317:13, Christopher Porter (Rickards) 12
Girls
DateTeam ChampsIndividual Champs
5 November 2011Wakulla, 2720:34, Margaret Wiedeman (Wakulla) 10
3 November 2012Wakulla, 1920:55, Meagan Giddens (Taylor County) 9
26 October 2013Wakulla, 2321:42, Madison Harris (Wakulla) 12
1 November 2014Wakulla, 1720:01, Haleigh Martin (Wakulla) 10
20 October 2015Florida State, 3821:11, Haleigh Martin (Wakulla) 11
18 October 2016Florida State, 4019:55, Haleigh Martin (Wakulla) 12
24 October 2017Florida State, 3721:12, Summer Williams (Florida State) 11
25 October 2018Wakulla, 1720:41, Summer Williams (Florida State) 12
District 2 in its current form didn't exist before 2011.

The meet was held at Apalachee Regional Park in 2011, 2012, and 2014.

The meet was run at Phipps Park in 2013.

The meet was run at 3Y Ranch in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.


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