The St. Thomas Aquinas boys made it two in a row when they tallied 82 points to win the 4A Cross Country Finals over Lakewood Ranch by 95 points. The Raiders were led by Nicholas Rischar (3rd) and Antonio Martinez at the front of their line up. Coach Joe Hazera talks about this year's squad and their journey to repeat state champions.
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St. Thomas Aquinas junior Nicholas Rischar won his third race in a row and first regional title in his career at the 4A-4 championship in Miami with a time of 16:14.89, just shy of his personal best. The Raider boys won in dominating fashion with 26 points, a 36 second 1-5 split, and a team average of 16:41.00. Braddock edged out Ferguson for the runner-up spot by ONE point 101-102.
Of all the classifications nobody is favored to win more than the boys of St. Thomas Aquinas. The 2015 4A state champions return five of their top seven and have an incredible 1-5 split of 21.89s! The top five for the Raiders may be set in stone, but after that will be a battle between numerous runners. Coach Joe Hazera gives us the scouting report on this year's squad.
Buchholz senior Calum McFetridge and Durant senior Haftom Fliegelman finished third and fourth at the 4A Cross Country State Finals in 2015 and are the top two returners in the state's largest classification with times of 15:53.75 and 15:54.17. Seven of the top ten times are from members of the class of 2018 while four of the top ten are from St. Thomas Aquinas runners. We take a look at the top 100 boys returners in 4A.
Coach Joe Hazera guided the St. Thomas Aquinas Raider boys to their second 4A Cross Country state championship since 2013. We caught up with Hazera to talk about this 2015 season, the road to the title, and what next year has in store for the Raiders.
Ocoee junior Cole Pruim set a new personal best of 15:54.32 winning the 4A District 3 Championship. His time was the fastest of any 3A boy for the week. Take a look at the top 500 times and see where you stack up?