Sharks trek to Tallahassee’s FHSAA State Finals for the fifth time 16 years

TALLAHASSEE-BOUND – For the fifth time in five seasons under Eric Milholland, NCT will be represented in next Saturday’s FHSAA Cross Country finals in Leon County. Members of the team include (left to right) McKenzie Bell, Leah marville, Kathyrn Vastano, Isabel Dahmer and Aliyah DiPalma. Photo by TONY CASTRO
NCT senior Leah Marville was all smiles after turning in the fastest time this season – 19:56.30 – Saturday morning at the Hernando Beach Weeki Wachee Preserve. Photo by TONY CASTRO

REGIONAL GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

Springstead places ninth

in 3A-II Meet at Lecanto,

WWHS’ Newhall ousted

By TONY CASTRO

HernandoSport.com

Of the 15 female Hernando County harriers to compete in this weekend’s stern litmus regional races, seven advanced to “The Show” – the 45th FHSAA Cross Country Finals next Saturday in Leon County.

At Lecanto, F.W. Springstead – which returns 11-of-12 starters – placed ninth in the 13-team Class 3A, Region II Meet along the Panthers’ campus.

At Hernando Beach, the much cooler temperatures Saturday morning permitted the first five finishers to break the course record at the Weeki Wachee Preserve.

Eva Newhall

When the dusted settled, Weeki Wachee freshman Eva Newhall, however, did not finish among the top six teams nor the top 15 individuals to advance.

She finished 51st overall.

Four-time defending Hernando County champion Nature Coast Technical placed fifth overall in the 12-team Class 2A, Region II Meet to qualify for states at the Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee.

Road to Tallahassee

For a second straight season, Lake County’s Montverde Academy topped Winter Park-Trinity Prep Saints for top honors, 37-41.

The Villages (116 points) finished third followed Inverness-Citrus (123), NCT (124) and sixth-place Tavares (142).

In all, 23 teams were represented in the 97-runner event, as The Villages senior Rebecca Clark – who already signed with Division-I Florida State University – captured medalist honors along the muddy and pot-hole lined 5K course in 17:47.00.

Rebecca Clark

The victory was Clark’s fifth in seven meets this season. Her personal record was 17:28.67 turned in at Clermont.

In a stout campaign, Clark has defeated 929 of the 935 runners – that’s 99.3 percent – she’s been opposed against in 2018.

Remarkably after Clark, the next four finishers – Montverde’s Lily Henne, Trinity Prep’s Audrey McAnally and Montverde’s Kendyl Cardwell and Ryleigh Sperry – each shattered the course record previously held by Lecanto junior Claire Farnsworth in 2014 in 19:11.91.

Sharks advancing

For the fifth time in NCT skipper Eric Milholland’s five seasons at the helm, the Brooksville thinclads will be represented in the 24-team FHSAA State Finals.

NCT’s seniors led the way.

Leah Marville placed 12th overall in 19:56.30, followed by Keira Barbee in 26th in 21:21.14 and Aliyah DiPalma in 31st in 22:06.95.

Sophomore Isabel Dahmer placed 34th (22:18.67) followed by freshmen Mackenzie Bell in 42nd (22:47.97) and Alyssa Gans in 55th (23:39.57) and senior Kathryn Vastano in 80th (25:47.74).

The third-year Marville and first-year Vastano each departed with personal bests.

Eric Milholland

“It feels great to be going again to Tallahassee,” remarked Coach Milholland. “We followed Leah’s lead. Her top-15 finish really helped.

“When I look at it, we didn’t all get PRs, but the girls ran well. I’m pleased as punch to be going back.”

Leah Marville

With a wide grin, Marville demonstrated her exuberance over the results.

“I’m happy, very happy,” declared the 18-year-old Marville. “Not only did I qualify by finishing 12th, I broke 20 minutes.“

On the race itself, “The weather was perfect,“ shared Marville. “It’s been so hot. As a senior this has been my goal, to not just reach states, but to break 20 (minutes) and go as a team.”

Keira Barbee

“It was good race,” added the 17-year-old Barbee. “My time was alright. Along the course, it was very chilly. We hadn’t trained in cold weather all season. I just tried to stay away from the mud.

Aliyah Dipalma

“It means a lot to be going to states again,” added the 17-year-old DiPalma. “This was our goal.

“Neither the course nor the weather bothered me. Even though I didn’t PR, I came close. My shins have been bothering me lately.”

Eagles eliminated

In Citrus County, Springstead edged powerhouses Lecanto and Land O’ Lakes but only finished as high as ninth overall.

Kylie Kanaar

Ninth-year mentor Joel Myers watched his crew return home with three PRs turned in by sophomores Kylie Kanaar in 20:49.27, Maya Rhymer in 22:08.97 and Lily Schultze in 23:11.05.

Kanaar came the closest to finishing among the top 15 by finishing in 21st overall.

Joel Myers

“We did alright,” explained Coach Myers, who is encouraged by having nearly his entire squad back next season. “I was really pleased with the effort today.

“This is not a PR-type course. To leave with three PRs is something,“ added Myers. “The kids ran their hearts out. This course has a little of everything in hills, woods and a little bit of asphalt. This team is a year away from competing (for district and regional titles).”

On what Myers was most pleased with, “The virtual meet had us coming out with 344 points, we ended up with 249, so we ran well. This was our best team race all season.”

2018 Class 2A, Region II

Final Girls Team Results

Montverde Academy Eagles
 

PL.

 

TEAM

 

PTS

1.

Montverde Academy

37

2.

Winter Park-Trinity Prep

41

3.

The Villages

116

4.

Inverness-Citrus

123

 

5.

 

Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical

 

124

6.

Tavares

142

7.

Pierson-Taylor County

198

8.

Citra-North Marion

224

9.

Zephyrhills

241

10.

Gainesville-Eastside

244

11.

New Port Richey-Gulf

272

12.

Fort White

354

 

13.

 

Weeki Wachee

 

NTS

13.

Crystal River

NTS

13.

Orlando-Bishop Moore

NTS

13.

Orlando-Lake Highland Prep

NTS

13.

Alachua-Santa Fe

NTS

13.

Keystone Heights

NTS

13.

Ocala-Trinity Catholic

NTS

13.

Interlachen

NTS

13.

Newberry

NTS

13.

Starke-Bradford

NTS

2018 Top 15 Final Girls Results

 

PL.

 

NAME

 

YR

 

SCHOOL

 

TIME

1.

Clark, Rebecca

12

The Villages

17:47.00

2.

Henne, Lily

9

Montverde Academy

18:04.08

3.

McNally, Audrey

11

Trinity Prep

18:36.97

4.

Cardwell, Kendyl

10

Montverde Academy

18:58.74

5.

Sperry, Ryleigh

9

Montverde Academy

19:10.31

6.

Pisello, Alaina

10

Trinity Prep

19:25.91

7.

Scordato, Mackenzie

9

Citrus

19:32.96

8.

Schwab, Savannah

12

Tavares

19:37.27

9.

Hunt, Andrea

9

Trinity Prep

19:37.79

10.

Albright, Lucy

11

Trinity Prep

19:39.81

11.

Lorey, Emma

11

Bishop Moore

19:54.24

 

12.

 

Marville, Leah

 

12

 

Nature Coast Technical

 

19:56.30

13.

Hiers, Brianna

10

Montverde Academy19:57.10

19:57.10

14.

Turbyfill, Taitem

10

Trinity Prep

20:02.94

15.

Small, Juliet

12

Lake Highland Prep

20:07.44

NATURE COAST (124) – 12. Leah Marville 19:56.30, 26. Keira Barbee 21:21.14, 31. Aliyah DiPalma 22:06.95, 34. Isabel Dahmer 22:18.67, 42. Mackenzie Bell 22:47.97, 55. Alyssa Gans 23:39.57, 80. Kathryn Vastano 25:47.74.

WEEKI WACHEE (NTS) – 51. Eva Newhall 23:26.16.

2018 Class 3A, Region II

Final Girls Team Results

Harmony Longhorns
 

PL.

 

TEAM

 

PTS

1

Harmony

58

2.

Ocala-Vanguard

67

3.

Land O Lakes-Sunlake

74

4.

Gainesville

146

5,

Palm Coast-Matanzas

146

6.

New Smyrna Beach

186

7.

Daytona Beach-Seabreeze

197

8.

Leesburg

219

 

9.

 

Spring Hill-Springstead

 

249

10..

Lecanto

250

11.

Land O Lakes

257

12.

Auburndale

268

14.

Lake Alfred-Lake Region

387

2018 Top 15 Girls Final Results

 

PL.

 

NAME

 

YR

 

SCHOOL

 

TIME

1.

Veltcheva, Annabelle

9

Gainesville

17:54.74

2.

Winborn, Liina

12

Sunlake

18:04.49

3.

Abernathy, Natalie

12

Land O Lakes

18:15.20

4.

Hicks, Allison

12

Harmony

19:26.55

5.

Gordy, Shannon

11

Sunlake

19:31.15

6.

Marshall, Mykenzee

12

Vanguard

19:34.43

7.

Mullins, Brooke

10

Harmony

19:36.21

8.

Steffens, Kelly

11

Matanzas

19:46.45

9.

Gladis, Kareena

12

Leesburg

19:54.33

10.Salinas, Jennifer

Salinas, Jennifer

12

Edgewater

20:02.95

11.

Schlageter, Emma

10

New Smyrna Beach

20:07.49

12.

Ledy, Greysun

11

Vanguard

20:11.65

13.

Bolen, Vanessa

12

Harmony

20:13.71

14.

Petersen, Emma

10

Vanguard

20:15.02

15.

Bronson, Madelyn

11

Mainland

20:15.48

SPRINGSTEAD (249) – 21. Kylie Kanaar 20:49.47, 41. Maya Rhymer 22:08.87, 69. Lily Schultze 23:11.05, 80 Yanaliz Bonnelly 23:35.92, 82. Charlize Soares 24:33.48, 86, Audrey Selby 24:46.04, 94, Stefany Padro 26:14.87.

 

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