Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Sarasota Girls Finish Second

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Sarasota Girls Finish Second

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TALLAHASSEE

STATE MEET: Sailors, led by junior Angelina Grebe, cap dream season

All season, the Sarasota High girls cross country team has run behind Estero and no other team.

The Sailors did the same Saturday at the FHSAA Cross Country Finals, but they closed the gap considerably against the Wildcats.

And they took home some hardware.

Sarasota capped a "dream season," according to coach John Stevenson, finishing 13 points and second behind Estero, 83-96, in the Class 3A team standings at Apalachee Regional Park.

"To be second is just phenomenal. It was expected," Stevenson said. "We were ranked No. 2 for the past month-and-a-half. But to be 13 points out of first was unexpected. We were supposed to be about 40 points behind."

The Sailors were led by junior Angelina Grebe's eighth-place finish in 18 minutes, 47 seconds and senior Emily Harding's 14th in 18:57.

They were two of many outstanding individual performances turned in by area runners.

Sarasota junior Zach Summerall had the highest finish, a third in the 3A boys race. Running unattached, Cardinal Mooney senior Grace Casagrande (fifth), Cougars junior Cal Davidson Turner (eighth) and Bayshore senior Canaan Meester-Kitterman (sixth) all had top-10 finishes.

Behind freshman Maddison Krstec's 21st-place finish, the North Port girls ended fifth in 4A.

Class 3A Girls

Slowed by a knee injury early in the season, Grebe closed the season by regaining the school record with her time.

"I never broke my time from last year until this race," said Grebe, who had an 18:57 at last year's region meet. "That's what I came in wanting to do. I'm so thankful right now."

Running in only her fifth race, Harding set a personal best and received a medal for finishing among the top 15.

Sophomore Allison Wright came in 28th in 19:27. Freshmen Sage Lyons (32nd in 19:37) and MacKenzie Brown (51st in 19:50) also scored for the Sailors.

Class 3A Boys

Summerall finished behind only Suchi Khosla of Leon (Tallahassee) and nemesis Tyler Bennett of Fort Myers. Summerall turned in a 15:26 to 15:08 for Khosla and 15:23 for Bennett.

The Sailor boys were eighth with 229 points. Belen Jesuit Prep (Miami) was first with 86.

Sophomore Adam Bradtmueller just missed reaching the medal stand, taking 17th in 15:58. …

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