Winter Springs, Winter Park, Olympia among cross country region winners

Buddy Collings, Orlando Sentinel
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Defending state champion Winter Springs had four of the top six girls finishers to cruise to the team title in Saturday morning’s Class 3A, Region 2 girls cross country meet at Lake Region High School.

Bears junior Caroline Wells remained undefeated for the season with a winning time of 17 minutes, 27.5 seconds. That put her well ahead of Harmony junior Alanie Rivera (18:45.7) and teammate Evie McIver (18:56.6).

The top four teams in each region race qualify for the state meet, along with the top four “at-large” individuals from each region who are not on advancing teams.

The FHSAA state championships will be contested at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee next Friday for Class 1A and 2A, and Saturday for 3A and 4A.

Olympia’s boys, led by individual winner Kai Komatsu (16:23.63), dominated their 4A, Region 2 race at Hagerty High. Ilyas Semlali of Dr. Phillips was second at 16:36.06.

Winter Park toped Timber Creek for the girls title with senior Emma Noel showing the way for the Wildcats with a 19:08.82 time.

Timber Creek was again without junior standout Amber Schulz due to injury.

Montverde Academy’s girls, led by individual winner Lily Henne, won 2A, Region 2 at Wickham Park in Melbourne.

In a duel between state title contenders, Circle Christian’s girls were second behind 2019 FHSAA champ Gainesville Oak Hall by a 25 to 39 points margin in the 1A, Region 2 meet at Holloway Park in Lakeland.

Circle Christian senior Sinkenesh Parker won the individual crown with a time of 18:35.50. That gave her a 31-second margin of victory.

The Circle Christian boys were also second, one spot ahead of Mount Dora Christian. MDC’s Riley Novack (16:28.97) and Mitchell Curtis (16:40.98) were second and third in the individual standings.

Lake Mary, West Orange host Hagerty punched their tickets to the boys state meet by finishing second, third and fourth behind Olympia in the boys 4A-2 race. Dr. Phillips and Lake Mary were the third and fourth qualifiers on the girls side.

Celebration’s boys placed fourth in 4A, Region 3. Storm junior Jared Falchook was seventh individually at 17:03.07, just behind sixth place junior Julian Pomales of Tohopekaliga (16:49.28).

Boys teams representing Lake Minneola and Winter Springs advanced out of 3A-2 with third and fourth place, respectively.

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