RUSKIN — On a hot day at the Lennard Invitational with temperatures approaching 90 degrees, both the girls and boys races came down to a sprint finish.
In the girls race, Armwood’s Lindsey Shealy and Brandon’s Eliana Ochoa went to the front and went through the first mile together in 6:36.
The two continued to run side by side and came through the second mile in 13:43.
On the third and final loop around Lennard’s campus, Shealy pulled away from Ochoa by just enough to cross the finish line first with a time of 21:25. Ochoa was second in 21:27.
The boys race played out in similar fashion.
Middleton’s Daniel Dean and Jefferson’s Daniel Erickson, who do training runs together, hit the first mile in 5:15.
Well clear of all the other competitors, they slowed the pace over the second mile and came through together in 11:08.
The two were still side by side with 100 meters to go, when Dean put in a kick to pull away and won with a time of 17:49. Erickson was second in 17:52.
Riverview won the girls race with 52 points. Brandon was runner-up with 57 points.
Brandon easily won with boys race with 56 points. East Bay was second with 93.