Déjà vu: Plant sweeps
TAMPA - The Class 4A-District 6 cross country meet Thursday could have been called the Déjà Vu Invitational. That's because the results were eerily similar to last year: A sweep of the girls and boys team titles by Plant with perfect scores. In fact, the top four places in the team standings from Thursday's meet at Al Lopez Park were identical to 2011 in both the boys and girls races. After Plant's girls, Freedom (64), Wharton (65) and Bloomingdale (89) earned qualifying spots for next week's regional meet in Sarasota. After Plant's boys, Bloomingdale (54) and Freedom (83) advanced to the regional. Because there were only six boys teams competing, only the top three squads earned berths in the regional. About the only things that changed were some of the names of the Panthers who tallied their perfect mark of 15 and the meet's location. Last fall, Plant swept at Ed Radice Park with seniors winning each race. Thursday, two more Plant seniors took their turn as district champions, with Scarlett Fox sprinting away from the Panthers' pack in the final 100 meters to win the girls 5k race in 19 minutes, 18 seconds, and Bryce Weaver powering to the lead in the final mile to take first among the boys in 16:18.For both Panthers runners, the district crown was their first. After Fox came teammates Anna Montgomery, Emory Pitisci, Bailey Sullivan and Julia Rodriguez, all within two seconds of Fox. The Panthers also took sixth place with Caroline Gibson (19:23). Not far behind Weaver were scorers T.J. Lucas (16:22), Jason Mersereau (16:25), Carlos Andino (16:29) and Jack Guyton (16:38). They, too, had the sixth-place runner with Anatoly Samaha (16:46). Freedom's girls were led by Annie Tedesco (eighth), Wharton was paced by Mariah Henderson (seventh) and Bloomingdale advancement was spearheaded by Julie Roggeman (12th). On the boys' side, Bloomingdale moved on, led by Andrew LeBlanc (seventh), and Freedom qualified, paced by Adam Urbaniak (ninth). 4A-7: Newsome sweeps Newsome swept the boys and girls races at the Class 4A-District 7 meet at Newsome High. In the boys race, senior Lars Benner (first, 16:26), Justin Martinez (second, 17:06) and Maurice Bolduc (seventh, 17:39) cracked the top 10 to pace the Wolves to victory with 50 points. North Port advanced to regional with 56 and Sarasota Riverview earned the third and final qualifying spot with 59. Individual qualifiers for the region meet from Hillsborough County include Riverview's Justin Walters (10th) and Hunter Horstman (13th), and Durant's Daniel Butler (11th). In the girls race, Newsome (24 points) got a first-place performance from senior Brianna Jackson (19:39), a second from Stephanie Cajas (19:48) and a third from Emily Zwijacz (20:10). Sarasota Riverview (39) advanced by taking second and Bradenton Manatee (89) moved on by earning third. Riverview's Brianna Simoni qualified for region as an individual by finishing sixth. 2A-9: Jesuit boys, Berkeley Prep girls win Tim O'Loughlin won the boys race in leading Jesuit to the Class 2A-District 9 title at Anclote High. Led by senior Georgette Price (fourth) and sophomore Gillian Cline (fifth), Berkeley Prep won the girls title with 33 points. All of the Buccaneers were in the top 10, with senior Hileary Gramling seventh, freshman Abby Walters eighth and sixth-grader Emma Righter ninth. Academy of the Holy Names junior Claire Snyder won the girls race comfortably in 20:17. Defending district champion Colleen Doherty, who has been recovering from a pre-stress fracture in her lower leg most of the season, competed in the meet with a medical hardship and finished 10th. But after experiencing pain in the leg again, her future for the remainder of the season is again in doubt. O'Loughlin, a junior, won the boys race in 17:16. Anclote's Spencer Guerette was second (17:38) and Berkeley Prep's Max Boreland (17:48) was third. Jesuit had 30 points to win the team title, with Tigers Hunter Revord, Danny Alvarez and Phillip Robbins all breaking into the top 10. Berkeley Prep's boys qualified for regional by taking second with 49 points and Robinson advanced by earning third (72). Middleton's Daniel Dean qualified individually by finishing fourth, as did Fivay's Kenneth Walker (ninth). In the girls race, Julia DeYoung of Robinson was second with a 21:14 and teammate Maddy Hull was third in 21:25. With Madison Scanlan (sixth) also in the top 10, the Knights earned second place with 40 points while Holy Names, which had won five straight district titles, moved on in third place with 53. Wesley Chapel's Alyssa Turner qualified for regional as an individual in 13th place. Larry Bugg 1A-8: Seffner boys win Josh Keenan finished first in leading Seffner Christian to the boys team title in the Class 1A-District 8 meet at Taylor Park. Keenan finished in 16:54, 6 seconds ahead of Indian Rocks Christian's Trevor Quandt. Tampa Prep's Oscar Skjaerpe finished third. Seffner Christian (31) finished six points ahead of Indian Rocks and 27 ahead of third-place Tampa Prep. Noah Lambert (fourth), Noah Perkins (sixth) and Cory Chambers (seventh) also ran strong for Seffner Christian. In the girls race, Hannah Bookover of Calvary Christian took first place in 19:46.8. Indian Rocks took the team title with 30, followed by Seffner Christian (45). The top local finisher was Carrollwood Day's Lauren Meaney, who was third (20:36.6). Seffner got top-10 finishes from Sabrina Whiting (fourth), Sarai Simmons (eighth) and Regan Giberson (10th).