It was a cool morning at Holloway Park and the all-star senior group gathered with their teams for a pre-race warm-up after their fun Friday night festivities.
Top 10 All-Star Senior Girls
Cheyenne Young broke away around the 1.5 - 2 mile mark with Isabella Coogan hanging on her shoulder. Young and Coogan are usually local competitors in the southwest Florida area, but on Saturday they were teammates. Young and Coogan went one and two to lead the west girls to victory, with Cadi Rowe finishing forth for the west team.
|VARSITY GIRLS 5000 METER RUN FINALS|
|1||Cheyenne Young||12||Cape Coral HS||18:47.87||0|
|2||Isabella Coogan||12||Port Charlotte HS||18:59.10||0|
|3||Chloe Hyde||12||Lake Brantley HS||19:03.24||0|
|4||Cadi Rowe||12||Lake Minneola HS||19:19.36||0|
|5||Magnolia Lake||12||Rockledge HS||19:41.10||0|
|6||Hayley Barrett||12||Rockledge HS||19:45.51||0|
|7||Morgan (Mo) Palmer||12||Palmetto Ridge HS||19:54.41||0|
|8||Sophie Valenti||12||Lakeland HS||20:04.42||0|
|9||Emma McLaughlin||12||Tampa Bay HEAT||20:26.24||0|
|10||Hannah Hoffman||12||Newsome HS||20:26.80||0|
The boys race was very similar to the girls with two West teammates: Hugh Brittenham and Jacob Hensley taking the first two places with East's Matthew Cummings in third. There was a large pack of boys at the first mile and it broke up with about 2k to go -- Brittenham in the lead.
Top 10 All-Star Senior Boys
It was a close race for the team title on the boys side. The south boys brought their south Florida fire with Owen Allen, Samuel Munera, and Isaias De La Puente leading the charge. Unfortunately it was not enough to beat out the West boys. It came down to a two point differential with the West boys taking the victory.
|VARSITY BOYS 5000 METER RUN FINALS|
|1||Hugh Brittenham||12||Estero HS||16:03.02||0|
|2||Jacob Hensley||12||Citrus HS||16:13.09||0|
|3||Matthew Cummings||12||Cocoa Beach HS||16:15.09||0|
|4||Caden Monk||12||Buchholz HS||16:19.97||0|
|5||Owen Allen||12||Key West HS||16:26.22||0|
|6||Samuel Munera||12||Jupiter HS||16:29.78||0|
|7||Isaias De la Puente||12||Forest Hill HS||16:29.82||0|
|8||Brady Zimmerman||12||George Jenkins HS||16:31.05||0|
|9||Deiondre Williams||12||Homestead Senior HS||16:33.28||0|
|10||Alex Quesada-Perez||12||Gaither HS||16:35.07||0|
West Florida proved their dominance this weekend at the All-Star meet, but every student athlete can agree that this was an experience that they will remember and cherish for years after high school.
Boys and Girls Team Champions: West Florida
It's not every day that your competitors get to become your teammates and this event brought together athletes that normally would not see one another but once a year.
Special thanks to FACA staff and coaches that were involved in making this one special moment that fostered friendships and teamwork across the state. This is what cross country is all about.