Over a dozen teams from Sarasota, Manatee, and Charlotte counties will make their way to Venice with bragging rights on the line at the Tri-County Championships.
Isabelle Jester of Sarasota has the fastest time in the field by 40 seconds. Ava Klein of Lakewood Ranch and Raquel Lespasio of Manatee have also dipped under 20 minutes. Lespasio finished third last year in 19:56.20 and is the top returner. Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch fought it out for the team title but this year's battle should be between the Mustangs and Charlotte.
On the boy's side Ben Hartvigsen has been lighting up cross country courses as of late. He was runner-up in the FLRunners.com Race of Champions and most recently at Pre-State. His 15:37.10 is nearly 40 seconds faster than Jonathan Reid of Lakewood Ranch who was the runner-up in the select race at Pre-State. The Sailors are predicted to get all five in the top 15 to beat out Lakewood Ranch.
We crunch the numbers and see how our virtual meet has both the individual and team races playing out.