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Newsome sweeps titles at East Invite It was a clean sweep for Newsome at the East Hillsborough Invitational at Durant. The Wolves’ Emily Zwijacz won the girls race in 19:17 and led Newsome to the team title with 29 points. Bloomingdale was the runner-up with 75 points. In the boys race, Newsome placed its top five runners the top 10, with Aaron Harper leading the way with a third-place...
Posted by on 09-14-2014
Cross country: Plant girls, Durant boys excel at Newsome BY MIKE CAMUNAS Tribune correspondent Published: September 7, 2013 LITHIA — Orlando Greene almost didn’t know what to do. While hosting the 37-team Newsome Invitational on Saturday morning, the Wolves coach quickly realized there were too many runners. “I didn’t expect this many teams and...
Posted by Mike Camunas, Tribune Correspond on 09-08-2013
Cross country: Newsome runners cruise to East Hillsborough crowns By Andy Warrener, Times Correspondent Andy WarrenerTampa Bay Times Posted: Sep 15, 2012 09:43 PM LITHIA — Newsome flexed its prowess at the East Hillsborough Invitational, as Wolves seniors Lars Benner and Brianna Jackson dominated their respective races Saturday morning. Benner won the boys race in 17:11.79, more than 30...
Posted by Andy Warrener on 09-16-2012
Back in form, Jackson running at a new level By BILL WARD | Published: September 11, 2012 Updated: September 11, 2012 - 12:00 AM » Comments | Post a Comment LITHIA -- Brianna Jackson is not the type of person to give up easily — at anything. "I've had so many dramatic comebacks in Monopoly,'' Jackson says with a laugh. ''I'm just too competitive.'' That explains a lot...
Posted by Bill Ward on 09-11-2012
Hillsborough County preseason cross country rankings By BILL WARD | Published: September 06, 2012 Updated: September 06, 2012 - 8:58 AM » 0 Comments | Post a Comment 2012 Preseason Rankings Boys Top 10 Individuals 1. Tyler Lima, Sr., Steinbrenner: Consistently excellent in cross and track with the top returning two-mile from last spring (9:35.71). 2. Lars Benner...
Posted by Bill Ward on 09-09-2012


Held on the tough Holloway Park Course, 4A-2 will be part of Friday morning's triple regional (1A-2, 3A-3 and 4A-2) hosted by Tampa Bay HEAT. We take a look at both the...
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The Plant boys win by one point over Steinbrenner while Wharton girls add another team win to their resumes. On the individual side, Seffner Christian senior Noah...
The 31-team Don Bishop Invite at Brandon High School ran in the shadow of the FSU Pre-State meet in Tallahassee and on the heels of the Flrunners Invite in Titusville...
The Seffner Christian Invitational will have a new home in 2015 after moving from Sydney Dover Trails to Holloway Park in Lakeland. With the change of venue comes a...

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Newsome’s depth on display
Running a season-best time, Sunlake’s Jamilla Cardwell finished second at Saturday’s Weeki Wachee Invitational. Running a season-best time, Sunlake’s Jamilla Cardwell finished second at Saturday’s Weeki Wachee Invitational. Wiregrass Ranch' Brenna Moran, finished fourth Saturday at the Weeki Wachee Invitational. Photo by Joe DiCristofalo
TAMPA -- Newsome's Marcella Benner finished fourth overall, but her team dominated the girls' team race at Saturday's Don Bishop Invitational, finishing fourth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth. The Wolves girls totaled 29 points, 50 ahead of runner-up Robinson. Newsome also won the boys team title and took both the boys and girls team championship in the junior varsity race. 10-3-15, Scott Purks
Ranked No. 1 in the state, Riverview’s Bailey Hertenstein cruised to victory at Saturday’s Don Bishop Invitational.
Tribune staff
Published: October 3, 2015
BRANDON — Newsome brought almost 50 runners to the 30-team Don Bishop Invitational on Saturday. Then the Wolves ran away with the varsity and junior varsity titles in both the girls and boys divisions.

“We have depth,” said Newsome coach Orlando Greene, who even held out a few of his top runners, who he said were in need of rest. “We run in a pack and we go about 10 deep with the top runners who compete at about the same level.”

And not necessarily in the lead.

On Saturday, Newsome did not have an individual winner in either the girls or boys varsity races, which were respectively won by Riverview’s Bailey Hertenstein (18 minutes, 29 seconds) and Durant’s Haftom Fliegelman (16:41).

Newsome’s girls did, however, place five girls in the top 10 and finished with 29 points. Robinson was second with 79 and Sickles was third with 114.

The boys, meanwhile, won with 38 points, placing five runners in the top 11. Robinson was also second on the boys’ side with 87 points, four ahead of third-place Plant City.

For Hertenstein, ranked No. 1 overall in the state after running an 18:02 last week at the flrunners Invitational, Saturday was more of a workout than a competition.

“The plan today was to run each mile about 6:10 pace,” said Hertenstein, who won by a full 2 minutes on Saturday over runner-up Eliana Ochoa of Brandon. “After last week, we want to ease off the racing a little until I run the (region and state meets).”

In the boys’ race, Fliegelman won by almost 30 seconds over runner-up Daniel Dean of Middleton (17:12) and third-place finisher Dannys Marrero of Robinson (17:15).

Seffner Christian’s Noah Perkins, the state’s No. 1-ranked overall boy after last week’s 15:20 performance at the flrunners meet, didn’t compete with his team Saturday at the Don Bishop because he ran the pre-state meet on Friday in Tallahassee. Perkins finished fourth against the state’s best in Tallahassee, clocking 15:25.90.

Scott Purks
Newsome Wolves Make It A Four-Team Sweep At Don Bishop Invitational
Andy Warrener
Don Bishop Invitational
Oct 3, 2015
The 31-team Don Bishop Invite at Brandon High School ran in the shadow of the FSU Pre-State meet in Tallahassee and on the heels of the Flrunners Invite in Titusville the week before. Yet, even as teams are gathering themselves for the county championship and state series, Saturday's meet at Brandon had several notable performances. Individually, it was sophomore sensation Bailey Hertenstein. Hertenstein already set down her Florida #1 time of 18:02.4 at the Titusville meet and even with no runners within two minutes of her down the final stretch, she found the fuel to kick out for an 18:29.8. That time blows up Hertenstein's previous Don Bishop meet record from 2014 (19:00.7).
"I just want to try and show consistency," Hertenstein said. "I've been under 19 (minutes) this whole season and that's excellent. I hope to get under 18 eventually this season."
A second place battle between host Brandon's Eliana Ochoa and King's Micaela Torres lasted most of the girls varsity race with Ochoa pulling away on the second lap to take second in 20:30.1. Torres was not far behind in third at 20:37.1.
On the team side, it was Newsome, Newsome, Newsome and well, Newsome. In the girls varsity race, Marcella Benner led the way in fourth (20:56.6), with Delsie Borgen in sixth at 21:29.9, Isabelle Guevara in seventh at 21:53.9, Katie Dunn in eighth at 22:05.7, and Juliana Tragakis in ninth at 22:08.8.
Plant City's Hannah Stowe broke up the Wolfpack taking fifth in 21:18.7. The Newsome girls ran away with the team title, scoring 29 to Robinson's 79.
The Newsome boys won with 38 to Robinson's 87. Tristan Vaira led the Wolves in fourth at 17:41.9. Next was Cody Caskey in sixth at 17:49.3, Michael Schram in ninth at 18:09.3, Michael Fuller right behind him at 18:11.8 and then Alex Bugielski sliding into 12th in 18:14.0. The Newsome JV squads dominated, too. The girls won it 26 to Robinson's 44 and the Newsome boys JV scored a perfect 15; all this with Newsome girls holding out four of their top 10 runners.
Dustin Fletcher (18:57.1), Andrew Tucker (19:03.7), Noah Dombroski (19:06.9), Chris Pinedo (19:08.2) and Maxwell Forsyth (19:28.8) were the Newsome JV quintet that tallied the perfect score for the Wolves. Even Forsyth was almost 30 seconds ahead of the sixth-place JV runner.
"This is important for us as we get ready for the big part of the season in the county championships and state series," Newsome boys coach Brian Sears said.
Individually, on the boys varsity side, it was a battle between Durant's Haftom Fliegelman and Middleton's Daniel Dean. Dean led up until about the two-mile mark where Fliegelman surged ahead and didn't look back. Fliegelman raced across in 16:41.5 with Dean in second at 17:12.2. Robinson's Dannys Marrero was third in 17:15.0.

By Scott Purks
Published: April 9, 2015
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RIVERVIEW — Newsome was so dominant at Thursday’s Class 4A-District 7 meet that it scored in every event but one — in the boys and girls competitions combined.
No wonder the girls won with 171 points, 55.5 ahead of runner-up East Bay, and the boys won with 164 points, 19 more than runner-up Riverview.
“On the first day of practice, we said our goal was to win the district title,” said Wolves girls coach Orlando Greene, whose team hadn’t won a district title in nine years and finished second last year by two points. “This is very satisfying, because everyone contributed today. It was a total team effort.”
On the boys’ side, the sentiment was similar for Newsome coach Kevin Sharpe, who has won four district titles in the past five years.
To pick a most valuable player would have been difficult, but one of the most outstanding contributions came from Wolves freshman Patrick Jolly, who won the high jump (6 feet, 4 inches), placed second in the long jump (22-6.75), third in the open 400 meters (51.33 seconds) and helped the 4x400 relay to victory with a 49-second split.
Then there was Newsome pole vaulter David Kornitzer, who is among the top contenders for a state title and cleared 14-6 to win. He also ran the 200 and 400 meters and ran a leg for the Wolves’ victorious 4x400-meter relay.
Riverview, which placed third in the girls meet with 89 points, had several outstanding individual performances, none more so than freshman Bailey Hertenstein, who won the 1,600 meters (5:28.65), the 3,200 (12:20.05), the 800 (2:21.55) and ran a leg on the victorious 4x400 relay (4:04.76).
Riverview’s J’Nai Taylor also won the 100-meter dash (12.07), the 200 (24.76) and ran a leg on the winning 4x400 relay. For the boys, Riverview’s Sean Manhertz won the 110 hurdles (14.33) and 300 hurdles (41.08).

LITHIA - A freshman, Riverview’s Bailey Hertenstein, and a sophomore, Plant City’s Luke Whitmore, ran away from the older runners at Newsome High and walked away with individual titles.
Hertenstein won the race in 19 minutes, 37.9 seconds, ahead of runner-up Emily Zwijacz of Newsome (20:14.90).
Whitmore, who won in 17:04, had a bit of a tougher tussle with Durant’s Hafton Fliegelman and Newsome Aaron Harper, who finished second and third in 17:12 and 17:15.In the team race, Newsome won girls and boys titles for the third consecutive year.
The Wolves boys won with 29 points, 40 ahead of Durant. Bloomingdale was third with 71, followed by Plant City (81).
Newsome’s girls, whose top four finished second, third, fourth and fifth, won with 23 points, 39 in front of Bloomingdale. Plant City was third at 68, followed by Riverview with 80.
Scott Purks
Familiar names on top as Newsome sweeps
Tribune staff
Published: October 11, 2014
BRANDON — The Don Bishop Invitational saw plenty of familiar faces finishing in familiar places.
The girls race saw Riverview’s Bailey Hertenstein continue her winning streak. Hertenstein took the lead from the beginning and went through the first mile in 6 minutes. Brandon’s Eliana Ochoa and Newsome’s Emily Zwijacz were within 10 seconds at the first mile.
By the second mile, Hertenstein came through in about 12 minutes, with Zwijacz hanging within striking distance. A strong third mile from Hertenstein put her well clear of Zwijacz for the finish.
Hertenstein won in 19:00 on the normally fast Brandon High course to pick up her fourth straight win. Zwijacz was second in 19:44.
Zwijacz’s finish, combined with top-five results from Marcella Benner (20:13) and Maria Somrah (20:24), helped Newsome to the team title with 40 points. Wharton, led by seventh-place finisher Marin James (20:36), was second with 49 points. Robinson took third with 104.
In the boys race, Seffner Christian’s Noah Perkins took the early lead and was joined by Middleton’s Daniel Dean and Durant’s Haftom Fligelman. Perkins threw in a surge just before the mile mark to break from the pack and go through in 5 minutes.
Perkins continued to extend his lead during the second mile and went through in 10:25, with Dean well back in second. Perkins held on for the win in 16:28, and Dean was second in 16:50.
Led by fourth-place finisher Aaron Harper, Newsome took the team crown with 55 points. Robinson, behind fifth-place finisher Manuel Tejeda, was second with 109 points. Plant City took third with 124.
Ben Henderson

Cross country districts: Newsome teams ease to 4A-7 victories
LITHIA — Newsome High dominated both the girls and boys races at Thursday’s Class 4A-District 7 cross country meet.
The Wolves girls won with 24 points, sealing the victory by finishing second, third, fourth and fifth overall: Emily Zwijacz was second in 20 minutes, 37.30 seconds, followed by freshman Marcella Benner (third, 21:20.38), Amanda Miller (fourth, 21:26.30) and Delsey Borgen (fifth, 21:34:34).
Bloomingdale’s Kali Clemmer won the girls individual race in 20:26.25 and helped her team to a second-place finish with 51 points. Plant City was third with 64 and Riverview placed fourth with 106.
The boys race featured a similar finish with Newsome taking the majority of its points in the top 10, placing second, seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th: Aaron Harper was second (17:25.31), followed by Andrew Flynn (seventh, 17:39.28), Garrett Watson (eighth, 17:46.93), Aaron Berrara (ninth, 17:46.93) and Nickolas Gum (10th, 17:49).
Bloomingdale’s John Bryant won the individual title in 17:19.47 and Bull Andrew LeBlanc was third in 17:25.62 to help the Bulls to a second-place finish with 46 points. Durant was third with 78 and Riverview was fourth with 101.
“It was a very encouraging performance for Newsome tonight,” Newsome coach Orlando Greene said. “We feel good heading into regionals.”
Scott Purks

Newsome to set standard in cross country

When it comes to boys and girls cross country on the eastern side of Hillsborough County, Newsome High is once again the program other teams will measure themselves against in 2011.

The Wolves' boys return one of the area's top underclassmen, junior Lars Benner, who has a 5,000-meter personal best of 16 minutes, 19 seconds, and another standout junior, Justin Martinez, who made a name for himself in track last spring as part of their state medal winning 4x800-meter relay team.

Martinez's 5k personal best is 16:43 but with his speed and training base, watch for that number to drop significantly this fall. Ben Taylor (17:45), a senior, should be the Wolves' No. 3 man from a 2010 squad that finished sixth in the regional meet and 11th at the 4A state finals.

Newsome boys coach Brian Sears says his team is "working to fill holes left from last year's team." Part of that equation should be solved by seniors Austin King (18:18) and Brent Mize (18:21).

Within the entire county, the Wolves' boys are ranked No. 5, based on their team average for 5k. Plant, which is the No. 5 team overall in the state for Class 4A, is No. 1 in the county followed by Chamberlain, Berkeley Prep and Steinbrenner.

Individually, Benner is ranked No. 5 in Hillsborough and Martinez is No. 10.

Like the boys, Newsome's girls are also tops in eastern Hillsborough and No. 5 within the county. They're led once again by junior Brianna Jackson, who as a freshman was the county champion but has dealt with various injuries since.

Under the guidance of veteran coach Orlando Greene, Jackson fought back from the injuries to post a lifetime best of 19:31 last fall at her district meet, then went 19:37 the following week at regionals. But that's where the season ended for the Wolves because they did not finish among the top eight as a team to earn a berth to the state finals.

Returning with Jackson on the varsity as juniors are Stephanie Cajas (5k personal record of 20:25) and Miranda Upton (21:54) and seniors Jordan Lameier (22:18) and Kyla Hoffer (23:35). Greene says two freshmen, Maggie Tulin and Emily Zwijacz (younger sister of former Newsome star Mike Zwijacz) are "promising" and should be part of the varsity scoring mix before season's end.

Here's a look of some of the other top cross country runners in the Brandon/South Shore area:


Michael Babinec, Riverview, Sr.: the top-ranked individual on this side of the county and No. 3 overall, Babinec has a strong training base and is a fierce competitor on race day. He could even contend for a county title with Chamberlain star Max del Monte and Plant's Travis Christenberry.

Brandon Duncan, Armwood, Sr.: the county's No. 4-ranked runner made it to state last fall individually. He's back with a big summer of miles and a new coach, Pete Mirones, a veteran who knows how to guide elite runners.


Sabrina Whiting, Seffner Christian, So.: One of the most gifted all-around athletes in the county is back. If she can juggle all the sports she plays, which includes basketball, Whiting could be on the medals podium (top 10) at the 1A state finals.

Amber Duncan, Armwood, Sr.: Like her twin brother, Amber made it to state last year as an individual qualifier. She's logged more miles than ever this summer and is fit. If she keeps improving like she has the last few seasons, she should be running 18-minute 5k times soon.

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