South Fork High School in Stuart played host to the 3A Region 4 Championship. Teams from South Florida and the coast all came together for their final chance to punch their tickets to the Cross Country Finals.
Julie Wollrath is used to winning. After all she has three 1A Cross Country Finals championships under her belt. The difference between those years and 2014 is that she was running for Holy Trinity. Now as a member of Melbourne High School's cross country team in her senior year, Wollrath is facing new competition and in a new classification, 3A. The recent UF committment held tight with Bethany Hardcastle of South Fork and Mikaela Hakamaa of Merritt Island. After a gradual separation a mile and a half in, she pulled away from the field to pick up her first 3A regional crown in a time of 19:19.90. Wollrath's credentials make her a threat every year regardless of class. Hardcastle, last year's regional champion was second in 19:32.30 with Hakamaa in third also breaking twenty minutes. Sixth grader Jinah Mickens of Mater Academy Charter was fourth in 20:21.00.
The Merritt Island ladies led by Hakamaa placed four in the top thirteen including two freshman and all five within the top 21 spots. The Mustangs scored 53 points to take their fourth straight regional crown. Miami Northwestern, South Fork, Mater Academy Charter, Doral Academy Charter, and Suncoast rounded out the six teams that will advance to the Cross Country Finals.
- 5,000 Meter Run - Julie Wollrath (Melbourne HS) 19:19.90; Bethany Hardcastle (South Fork HS) 19:32.30; Mikaela Hakamaa (Merritt Island HS) 19:52.42; Jinah Mickens (Mater Academy Charter MS/HS) 20:20.21; Meylin Muniz (Doral Academy Charter HS) 20:23.16; Annie Allmark (Suncoast HS) 20:27.20; Bronwyn Eyeington (Suncoast HS) 20:31.42; Daesha Rogers (Miami Northwestern HS) 20:40.24; Casey Orlando (Merritt Island HS) 20:40.78; Dominique Coriell (Eau Gallie HS) 20:42.18; Sarah Hammond (Merritt Island HS) 20:44.50; Javenique Mcdowell(Miami Carol City HS) 20:46.86 SB; Julia Martin (Merritt Island HS) 20:47.35; Shiree Hinds (Miami Northwestern HS) 20:47.38 SB; Katrina Wynne (South Fork HS) 20:47.84; Ciara Golliher(Sebastian River HS) 21:10.91; Maria Fernandez (Doral Academy Charter HS) 21:11.85 SB; Timetria Mitchell (Miami Northwestern HS) 21:24.43 SB;
- 5,000 Meter Run - Ryan Rodriguez (Belen Jesuit Preparatory School) 15:46.73; Steven Cross (Merritt Island HS) 15:47.31; Carlos Penaranda (Pembroke Pines Charter HS) 15:57.66; Tomas Gimenez-Beron (Pembroke Pines Charter HS) 16:05.15; Garrett Camps (Melbourne HS) 16:07.75; Jaime Lopez (Belen Jesuit Preparatory School) 16:08.40 SB; Matthew Mullin-Garcia (Belen Jesuit Preparatory School) 16:21.83 SB; Joshua Collins (Belen Jesuit Preparatory School) 16:40.21; Sam Geiman (Suncoast HS) 16:43.22; William Shine (Archbishop McCarthy HS) 16:44.47;Nicolas Roca (Belen Jesuit Preparatory School) 16:48.52; Ian Reesh (Melbourne HS) 16:49.57; Bruno Zayas (Belen Jesuit Preparatory School) 16:51.20; Jeremy Farrell (Archbishop McCarthy HS) 16:57.50; Daniel Penaranda (Pembroke Pines Charter HS) 17:06.82; Roland William Samuelson (Suncoast HS) 17:23.87 SB; Jorge Gomez (Belen Jesuit Preparatory School) 17:28.17;Tristan Adams (Melbourne HS) 17:40.50;