Oak Hall girls cross country crowned state champs
Published: Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 4:21 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 4:21 p.m.
TALLAHASSEE — After knocking on the door the past two seasons, the Oak Hall girls cross country team kicked it in Saturday to win the FHSAA Class 1A state championship at Apalachee Regional Park.
“It was a whole-year process,” veteran Oak Hall coach Edwin McTureous said. “Our goal was to win every race we went to. It wasn't something different the girls heard before every race. That was the mindset. Our strategy never changed.”
The Eagles finished the season with a bang, winning the Bobcat Classic, the district meet, the region meet and Saturday's state title.
“All the hard work finally resulted in winning a state championship,” McTureous said. “It's a great feeling and very rewarding for the girls to finish like we started (win in at the Katie Caples meet in Jacksonville in the first meet of the season). They performed like this all year.”
Oak Hall, which finished runner-up each of the last two seasons, outpointed Holy Trinity 64 to 79 by placing six runners in the top 30.
The Eagles were led by seventh-grader Grace Blair, who finished sixth in a time of 18:58.76. She was followed by Lauren Perry (19:09.75) in 8th place, Brittney Olinger in 14th, Talia Carlson in 23rd, Lindsay Rosenberg in 30th, Jennifer Cott in 57th and Katie Ringdahl in 62nd.
In the boys Class 1A race, P.K. Yonge finished sixth behind champion Holy Trinity. Garrett Westlake led the Blue Wave with a 7th-place finish in 16:17.77, while Joe Janson finished 16th in 16:41.82
The Eastside girls finished eighth behind champion Jacksonville Bolles in Class 2A. Leading the way were Lucinda Peng (60th), Christine Pu (62), Vanessa McAdams (65), Ria Someswhar (75) and Mia Varner (78).
Bradford's Sarah Frederick finished 40th in the Class 2A.
In the Class 2A boys race, Eastside seniors Carsten Thue-Bludworth finished 21st in 16:47.30 and Ravi Kumer was 70th.
In the Class 4A boys, Buchholz sophomore John Dougherty finished 23rd in 16:19.81 to lead the Bobcats. Buchholz's Isabella Whelan finished 44th in the girls' competition.