Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Lemon Bay Go the Distance to Finish Third

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Lemon Bay Go the Distance to Finish Third

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TRACK & FIELD CLASS 2A-REGION 3

TAMPA -- First Abigayle Weinfeld crossed the finish line. Next was Kelsi Ogilvie.

Then came the celebration.

It isn't often you see the first- and second-place runners toast their accomplishment together as Weinfeld and Ogilvie did during Friday's Class 2A-Region track and field meet at Berkeley Prep.

But Weinfeld and Ogilvie are teammates at Lemon Bay High, so it was only natural they cheered for themselves and each other. And there was plenty of cheering to do as the Manta Rays took third in the team standings with 61 points.

Their greatest weapon was their domination of the distance runs. Weinfeld won the 1,600-meter run (5:17) and Ogilvie took second (5:19). They flip-flopped in the 3,200, with Ogilvie (11:37) winning ahead of Weinfeld (11:42), the runner-up.

Earlier in the day, Weinfeld, a senior, and Ogilvie, a junior, joined Kristen Robinson and Maddie Welch on Lemon Bay's first-place 3,200 relay team (9:53). The Manta Rays won the event by nearly 15 seconds over second-place Tampa Academy of Holy Names.

"It's definitely teammate competition," Ogilvie said. "We're used to just pushing each other. We want each other to succeed as much as we want to succeed.

"It's a friendly competition but it's definitely healthy competition. We're like a big family and I don't think it puts any strife in the chemistry there. When (Weinfeld) ran her mile and I ran my mile, I PR'd (set a personal record) and she PR'd. We were like, 'Yes, we did so good. Now let's go kill the 2-mile.'"

Weinfeld agreed.

"I really like it because we push each other," she said. "She just makes me push myself to go faster."

Weinfeld and Ogilvie will have a chance to push each other again next week at IMG Academy, site of the state track and field meet. The top four finishers in each event Friday qualified.

Southeast's Johnelle Clark made it in two events by finishing third in the discus (120 feet, 1 inch) and fourth in the shot put (32-9). …

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