TAMPA — She’s been battling a cold for more than a week, but Chamberlain sophomore Maggie Parrish toughed it out, running two races in the past four days, the latest the Central Hillsborough 5K, which she won in 20 minutes, 29.8 seconds.
“This is very encouraging because I haven’t felt the best,” said Parrish, who finished fourth fourth at Saturday’s Newsome Invitational in 20:31. “It proves I can still run pretty well through sickness. Now I’m looking forward to getting better and running even better.”
Parrish’s teammate, Emily Schonder, placed second in 20:51, but the one-two combination was still not enough to push the Chiefs’ team to victory. Chamberlain fell two points shy of Wharton, which won with 51. Freedom, meantime, was right on Chamberlain’s and Wharton’s heels, finishing in third with 54 points.
On the boys’ side, Middleton sophomore Daniel Dean won in 17:52, 20 seconds ahead of runner-up Cameron Purvis of Chamberlain.
“I felt good,” Dean said. “My strategy is to shoot to the front and let ’em come and get me. Once I got out front today, no one came to challenge me.”
Freedom won the boys’ team title with 56 points, followed by Chamberlain with 61 and Armwood with 63.
Freedom’s Klaus Vollmer led the Patriots by finishing third overall in 18:12.7.
Newsome boys, girls win East Invitational
PLANT CITY – One thing about those Newsome High Wolves, they like to run in packs.
The Newsome boys and girls varsity cross country squads won the East Hillsborough Invitational Tuesday at Durant, with each team placing at least five runners in the top 10.
Newsome’s boys placed six in the top 10 and seven in the top 20, with Aaron Barrera and Aaron Harper placing second and third with times of 17:41 and 17:48, respectively. Durant’s Daniel Butler took first overall with a time of 17:39.
“What we want in that first mile is try to stay together as a group,” said Newsome boys coach Brian Sears. “Run as a pack. I think we came within a minute (of each other). If we can do that, we’ll be good.”
Newsome’s girls placed five runners in the top 10 and seven in the top 20. Emily Zwijacz finished second with a time of 21:04, three seconds behind winner Eliana Ochoa of Brandon, while teammates Delsie Borgen and Marcell Benner tied for third at 21:29.
“We have a big race next weekend so, we wanted to win, but we didn’t want to overextend ourselves,” Newsome girls coach Orlando Greene said.
Zwijacz ran a 20:51 on Saturday in the Newsome Invitational, in which the girls team took fourth.
Plant boys, Robinson girls win at Western
The Western version of Tuesday’s Hillsborough County cross country meet ended up being a tight race between Plant and Robinson on the boys’ side and Robinson and Steinbrenner in the girls’ division.
Plant took the boys’ title with 40 points, 10 ahead of Robinson.
The Knights, however, did feature the boys’ individual winner, Jack Rogers, who crossed finish line in 17 minutes, 6.53 seconds, or less than half a second ahead of Plant’s Jack Guyton. Robinson’s Fred Stanford was third in 17:36.
In the girls’ race, Robinson won with 41 points, just five ahead of Steinbrenner at 46. Plant, which didn’t run its top girls, finished third with 68 points.
Individually, Sickles’ Abigail Grant won in 21:01, followed closely by Robinson’s Maddy Hull in 21:08. Robinson’s Julia DeYoung was third in 22:01.