Manatee High's Marcel Sanchez qualified for region as an individual by placing 15th overall with a time of 17:31.24. Manatee sophomore Raquel Lespasio also advanced to region competition by finishing 13th overall (20:49.83).
"I am very happy. It's always great when you have some kids go to region," Manatee head coach Rae Ann Darling Reed said. "We were sixth in both boys and girls, which is where I thought we would be. We were missing a couple of girls unfortunately. Raquel had a PR (personal record), which was awesome and is making her first trip to region."
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Sophomore Marcel Sanchez of Manatee High also advanced as an individual by finishing 15thin a time of 17:31.24.
In the girls competition, Manatee sophomore Raquel Lespasio qualified for the region meet with a 13th place finish in 20:49.83.
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JACKSONVILLE -- The first person to greet Kavious Price as he crossed the finish line was Kelvin McKnight.
The first leg of Manatee's 400-meter relay knew his team had the race won the moment he handed the baton to Jarquevis Laughlin, so he started running toward the finish line so he could chest-bump Price after the anchor crossed to make the Hurricanes the 4A state champions.
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LITHIA -- The Manatee girls cross country team ran as a pack Thursday at the Class 4A-District 7 meet.
That's why the Hurricanes will be running next week at the Class 4A-Region 2 meet.
Manatee tied with Tampa Riverview for the third and final region-qualifying spot with 89 points at Lithia Newsome High School. But the Hurricanes claimed the spot in a tiebreaker because its sixth runner had a better finish than Riverview's. Traditionally, only the top five places are counted in team scores.
"In my opinion, this is one perfect example of how cross country is a team sport and literally every runner 1-7 counts and every finish position is important," Manatee head coach Rae Ann Darling Reed wrote in an email. "I always tell my runners that every spot counts and today that was so true!"
The top three teams and individuals who placed in the top 13 advanced to the Nov. 10 region meet at McIntosh Middle School in Sarasota.
Jessica Jones led Manatee by placing 10th in 21 minutes, 43.35 seconds. Katreyna Zeppi came in 20th, and the rest of the Hurricanes -- Casey Carson, Amber Gould, Kristen Johnson, Nicole Hittel and Savannah
Smith -- claimed places 23-27.
Manatee boys runner Chris Pate earned a trip to region as well. He placed fifth overall in 17:28.68. The Hurricanes boys placed fourth with 84 points, 25 points behind third-place Sarasota Riverview.
Host Newsome won both the boys and girls events.
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By JOHN LEMBO
ESTERO --Rae Ann Darling Reed swears it's there.
Manatee High's girls cross country coach knows there is a relentless competitive streak running through her top runner, Lauren Wickman.
Sure, Reed said, Wickman is a sweet and kind and courteous kid. But she switches into a different gear whenever she sets foot on a course.
Anyone who watched Wickman barrel down the stretch during the Class 3A-Region 3 meet at Estero Community Park on Friday has to agree.
The Manatee senior picked the right time to run her best race, finishing the course with a personal-best time of 20:22. The area's best regional finisher, Wickman placed fourth and earned a spot in next Saturday's Class 3A state meet at Little Everglades Ranch in Dade City.
Given the difficulty of the course, Reed estimated her girls would finish roughly 20 seconds off their typical pace.
So how did Wickman beat her best time by about three seconds?
"I don't know," the senior said with a laugh. "Sometimes, you just have one of those days when you see something, and you just put your mind to it. I just had the goal - I had to make to it to states . . . Because I really didn't want to not make it to states.
"I was just concentrating on the person ahead of me."
The plan worked.
"This is her senior year," Reed said of Wickman. "She just went for it."
While Wickman is off to the state meet, her teammates won't be joining her. Manatee finished seventh - the top six teams and 15 individuals advance - with 177 points.
Christina Natali was 27th for Manatee, finishing with a time of 21:54.
The only area team to advance was Lakewood Ranch's girls. Powered by freshman Emily Wray, ninth with a time of 20:45, the Mustangs were fourth with 134 points.
Seminole won the team crown, squeaking past Fort Myers 62-66.
"The girls worked real hard," Lakewood Ranch coach Mary Quinn said. "They put in the time - they deserve it."
Quinn had a hunch Lakewood Ranch, a district runner-up last week, would move on, as she went ahead and booked hotel reservations.
"I just really want everybody to have their best race," Quinn said, referring to Lakewood Ranch's state aspirations. "Really, that's all you can ask."
A county champion and the area's best district finisher, Wray battled through a hip injury Friday to finish in the top 10. Quinn said Wray will probably run track in the spring and consequently will get some rest once the fall season ends.
"After states," Quinn said, "she's going to take a little break."
Palmetto's girls were 12th with 285 points. Jessica Hafey (28th, 21:55) and Jessica McKinnis (30th 22:07) paced the Tigers.
On the boys side, Manatee's Joshua Sanchez, Bayshore's Michael Lamb and Palmetto's Richard Reyna all clinched state berths.
They did so together. Sanchez was 11th (17:56), Lamb was 12th (17:57.28), and Reyna was 13th (17:57.93).
Sanchez helped the Hurricanes place eighth with 192 points, while Palmetto was 12th with 302 points.
During Friday's Class 2A girls race, Cardinal Mooney's Patricia Gillezeau earned a trip to state by finishing 15th with a time of 21:26.
The Cougars were 10th in the team standings with 209 points.
Saint Stephen's seventh-grader Hannah Howell qualified for state by taking third place at the Class 1A girls race with a time of 19:00.09.
The Falcons boys team came up empty in its state bid, finishing 10th, as did Out-of-Door Academy's lone runner, Brian Ragone, who was 50th (19:23.73).
AREA STATE QUALIFIERS
Manatee High Girls' XC:
2007 Regional Qualifiers
2006 State Finalists
2005 Regional Qualifiers
2004 Regional Qualifiers & County Champs
2003 State Finalists
2003 County, District, & Regional Champs