She finishes sixth in the Class 4A race; ODA’s McWilliam takes seventh in the Class 1A boys race
Caroline Lehman brought home the top finish by an area runner on Saturday at the Florida High School State Cross Country Championships in Tallahassee.
The Manatee High sophomore captured sixth place in a field of 230 runners in the Class 4A girls race, covering the 5K course at Apalachee Regional Park in a time of 18:14.20. Alyssa Hendrix, a senior at Riverview High in Hillsborough County, won in 17:19.40.
Tristan McWilliam, a sophomore at the Out-of-Door Academy, turned in the best finish for a local boy, snaring seventh place in the Class 1A race in 16:17.78.
The Sarasota High girls placed higher than any other area squad, grabbing fifth place in the Class 4A team competition with a total of 217 points. Lithia Newsome won the Class 4A team crown with 99 points.
Junior Kasumi Wade led the Sailors, finishing 23rd in a time of 19:14.50. Senior Carolina Titus (19:36.60) in 39th, sophomore Janel Mitchell (19:53.00) at 58th, and senior Camryn Wigglesworth (19:57.60) in 65th place, were the next Sailors to cross the finish line.
The Lakewood Ranch girls weren’t far behind Sarasota in seventh place with 236 points. Sophomore Jessica Neal paced the Mustangs in 18:42.10 to snatch 12th place in the Class 4A race.
Senior Mason Ingallinera (19:31.80) was the next Mustang in at 34th place, followed by sophomore Aurora Melzer (19:40.30) in 45th and junior Emma Paliotta (20:04.90) in 80th place.
Senior Shane Kilduff proved to be be the top Sailor in 41st place in a time of 16:23.56. The Sailors finished ninth as a team with 265 points in Class 4A.
Sarasota junior Orlando Cicilioni was close behind in 44th place at 16:24.93, followed by senior teammates Ryan Guendjoian (16:43.06) and Adrien Zambaux (16:43.71) in 66th and 67th place, respectively.
Grace Marston was the best area runner in the girls Class 3A race. The sophomore from Braden River finished 19th in a time of 19:75 as the Pirates took 13th place with 373 points.
Other Pirate runners included junior Kenzie Johnson (20:01.78) in 43rd place, sophomore Hailey Marston (20:44.00) at 85th and junior Allison Wightman (21:32.31) in 122nd place.
Led by junior Aleecia Collins, who was 29th in 19:48.82, Charlotte High finished 15th in the Class 3A team standings.
The Tarpons got a 38th place finish by senior Mackenzie Flowers in a time of 19:58.76, followed by teammates Hannah Piacitelli (20:37.14) in 75th and Faith Winkler (21:30.61) at 120th place.
With his seventh-place finish, McWilliam led the ODA boys to 15th place in the Class 1A team standings at 381 points. Thunder freshmen Tyler Beck (17:58.98) and Sloan Arslaner (17:59.48) finished 71st and 72nd, respectively. ODA eighth-grader Stig Soderberg was 114th in 18:38.61.
ODA freshman Maria Shaw finished 29th in 20:16.83 to lead the Thunder to a ninth-place finish in the Class 1A girls team standings. Teammates Maeve Studdiford (21:17.69) in 63rd, Abigail Eakle (21:40.40) at 73rd and eight-grader Aubrey Robbins (21:52.88) in 81st place, were next.
The Saint Stephen’s boys finished 15th in Class 1A as sophomore Falcon Michael Thomas ran 17:28.50, good for 36th place.
The top Riverview Ram of the day was senior Lucas Caragiulo, who was 83rd in 16:44.21 as the team finished 29th in Class 4A.
The Lemon Bay High boys were 21st with 528 points in the Class 2A team standings. Junior Matthew Finck led the Manta Rays by finishing 69th in a time of 17:26.53.
Sophomore Katelyn Ziarnicki led the Lemon Bay girls by finishing 79th in 20:49.34 as the Manta Rays finished in 20th place in Class 3A. The Cardinal Mooney girls were 25th as Hallie Monserez was 160th in a time of 22:29.06 in the same race.
In the boys Class 3A race, Collin Butzow, a sophomore at Palmetto High, took home 42nd place in 16:50.31 as the Tigers finished 23rd out of 32 teams.
Also in Saturday’s Class 4A race, Alberto Teijelo (16:30.05), a junior at Venice, was 66th, and Manatee sophomore Paul Lespasio (16:44.21) was 69th.