Brittenham, Young, West Side Dominate FACA All-Star

Hugh Brittenham and Cheyenne Young capped off their seasons with FACA All-Star wins this weekend. 

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. 

Girls Race

The girls race kicked off the morning with Cheyenne Young, Isabella Coogan, Chloe Hyde, and Cadi Rowe taking off in that lead pack. 

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. 

1Cheyenne Young12Cape Coral HS18:47.870
2Isabella Coogan12Port Charlotte HS18:59.100
3Chloe Hyde12Lake Brantley HS19:03.240
4Cadi Rowe12Lake Minneola HS19:19.360
5Magnolia Lake12Rockledge HS19:41.100
6Hayley Barrett12Rockledge HS19:45.510
7Morgan (Mo) Palmer12Palmetto Ridge HS19:54.410
8Sophie Valenti12Lakeland HS20:04.420
9Emma McLaughlin12Tampa Bay HEAT20:26.240
10Hannah Hoffman12Newsome HS20:26.800

Boys Race

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. 

1Hugh Brittenham12Estero HS16:03.020
2Jacob Hensley12Citrus HS16:13.090
3Matthew Cummings12Cocoa Beach HS16:15.090
4Caden Monk12Buchholz HS16:19.970
5Owen Allen12Key West HS16:26.220
6Samuel Munera12Jupiter HS16:29.780
7Isaias De la Puente12Forest Hill HS16:29.820
8Brady Zimmerman12George Jenkins HS16:31.050
9Deiondre Williams12Homestead Senior HS16:33.280
10Alex Quesada-Perez12Gaither HS16:35.070

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.