Saturday marked the final day of competition at the flrunners.com Invitational at beautiful Chain of Lakes Park in Titusville. Athletes were in for a true cross country experience as the mother nature had her way previous night, dumping rain on the course, and making for a series of mud-filled 5k's.Pine Crest 7th grader Tsion Yared and Belen Jesuit senior Ryan Rodriguez (pictured above) navigated their way to victories in the Race of Champions and helped guide their teams to the championship as well. Check out over 6,500 photos, race videos, interviews, and a recap of all the action from day two!
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Girls Race Of Champions
Four time Olympian and FLR15 celebrity guest Abdi Abdirahman was the starter for the girls Race of Champions and kicked off the high school part of day two. Seventh grader Tsion Yared and Pine Crest teammate Julie Montgomery headed to the front of the group along with Melbourne's Julie Wollrath, Sinclaire Johnson of Lake Brantley and ECS's Sarah Candiano. The five came through the mile around 5:30. Midway through the race, Yared distanced herself from the group with Autumn Bartlett of University and Johnson running stride for stride in second. Yared went onto win 18:33.07, a very good time considering the conditions, to pick up her third win of the year and one of the biggest in her young career. She will definitely be a threat to her teammate, Montgomery the 2x 2A Cross Country Finals champion come November. Johnson and Fatema Jaffer of rival Lake Mary had a sprint to the finish for second with the Lake Brantley 800/1,600m champion coming out on top by six tenths of a second 18:49.24 to 18:49.93.
A win by Yared, sixth place finish by Montgomery, and 22nd place performance by Tsion's younger sister Madhere, a sixth grader, gave the Panthers a comfortable lead over the rest of the field. They won the team trophy with 107 points. Lake Mary defeated 1A power and 2013 Cross Country Finals runner-up Oak Hall by ONE point for second place.
Boys Race Of Champions
St. Augustine's Kelly Aponte went out with the pack in a rather slow first mile of around 6:13 running along side teammate Emily Onimus and Lyman's Shannon Grace. Her game plan paid off as she crossed the line first in a new personal best time of 19:44.27. Palmetto Ridge won the team trophy with 148 points.
Seffner Christian Academy junior Noah Perkins picked up his first win of the year, with a time of 17:00.09, out distancing himself from the competiton early on. Lakewood Ranch was your team champion with 77 points.
Girls Unseeded Large School
In a Space Coast showdown Eau Gallie's Dominique Coriell and Vierra's Molly Bryan kept it close for 3.1 miles. Coriell a sophomore came away with the win in a time of 20:59.63. Vero Beach won the team title and unlike the boys race Cardinal Gibbons came away with the second place trophy in a two point victory over Wellington.
Girls Unseeded Small School
Five girls broke 22 minutes led by individual champion Bronwyn Eyeington of Suncoast. Eighth grader Jaden Ault and Taylor Melnick finished fourth and fifth to give Circle Christian the team title. Suncoast was second eight points back 83.
Boys Unseeded Large School
A week after finishing third at the Overbay-Monte Carlo Invitational, Hagerty junior picked up the win in 17:12.14. Freedom High School (Orlando) 1-5 split of a mere 26 seconds and team average of 18:07 gave them the team title easily. Barron Collier and Cardinal Gibbons duked it out for second with BC winning by one point 120-121.
Boys Unseeded Small School
A week after finishing second at the Embry Riddle ASICS Cross Country Classic, Mount Dora's Sadrick Sedere finished first with a time of 17:27.66. Cypress Bay beat Satellite 91 to 94 to take the team title.