Other than the stories, the other thing I like to look at is the history and the numbers. So, here you get both.
Disclaimer- these are my opinions and thoughts and don't mean anything in the realm of life.
Class 1A Girls
Ever since last year's Jimmy Carnes meet, I've been an admirer of Hannah Brookover. That day, she grabbed the bull by the horns and sped away to a 5:21.13 mile victory. It wasn't the time that made me a fan, it's the way she ran her own race and powered away from Katie Pinnell, and Krissy Gear.
In Saturday's race though, another fast er, Rebecca Clark took the lead and strung the field out taking Shelby Smith, Grace Blair and Brookover with her through the mile. As they passed the finish line before the two mile, Brookover looked best as Smith and Clark battled. Blair had lost ground and it would come down to these three.
In the end, Brookover won with an 18:31.89- her fastest time in her fourth time at the state meet. It has been a gradual ascension for the senior- from 21st,19:47.49 in 2012 to an eighth 18:44.42 in 2013 to fourth in 18:45.00 in 2014. It bodes well for the track season where she has a resume similar to cross country- thirds, fourth and sixths in the 1600m and 3200m. Possibly a good winter will lead to another championship in the spring.
First girl's victor in school history.
The first individual state champion from Clearwater.
The 13th individual champion from Pinellas County.
Since going to 5K, her time is 12th fastest winner.
Clark finishes second for the second year in a row.
Fastest by class
Circle Christian wins its first title in school history.
CC becomes ninth team from Orange County to win a team title
CC becomes the ninth team from Winter Park to win a team title.
CC team total is 26th most in 1A state history- Maclay scored 105 in winning in 2001
CC winning margin, 45 points, is the 20th most in 1A state history.
Head Coach Mark Caulfield claims his first girls title
Maclay Head coach, Gary Droze earns his fifth runner-up spot to go along with his five girls team titles.
How did they do it?
Friday morning I was speaking to Scott Peters of halfmiletiming.com about he and Dusty Smith's plan to have "Live" results during the meet. What that would look like, I did not know but any type of "Live" split always adds entertainment to number crunchers like me.
Scott only said "if it works, we'll have live results on our website."
So Saturday morning, in the dark, there was Scott messing around with the utility box next to his trailer and going back and forth doing something. I assume it was tying up loose ends.
It was better than I expected. "Live" results included splits and team placings. Thanks to flosports and halfmileitming.com for working together to provide moree numbers to crunch for people like me.
Circle Christian lopped of 93 points over between the mile and two mile to overtake Holy Trinity. As you can see in our team scoring recap they moved from sixth to second and then to first for the first title in school history.
Another thing was the splits! I love splits though in cross country, it is hard to gauge a fast mile vs a slow mile. Hills, surface and so many other parameters can change. But, it is always fun to look at. I invite everyone to take a look at the splits. They can be found here.