FHSAA State 3A Cross Country Championships

By: Scott Gowan,Chiles Cross Country Email
By: Scott Gowan,Chiles Cross Country Email

In the girls competition, Chiles placed three runners among the top ten overall and won the Class 3A State Cross Country title for the third consecutive year!

With this win, the 2010-2011 senior class became the most successful class in Chiles cross country history. During their four years they won four district titles, four region titles, three state titles and one state runner-up title.

Junior Lily Williams (17:58) led the team as she crossed the finish line in second place overall among the 181 runners. Junior Carly Thomas (17:59), the 2009 individual champion, also had a very strong race and placed fourth overall, just one second back of Williams. Seniors Jodie McGuff (18:49/10th) and Kelley Bahn (21st/19:32) each ran run a strong race. With their strong performances, these four young ladies each earned FHSAA All-State Honors. Sophomore Sara Lane, running in her first ever state meet, came through with a big performance and rounded out the scoring for the Wolves as she placed 34th overall with a time of 20:04.

With their performance the girls team was extended an invitation to compete in this weekend’s Nike Southeast Regional Cross Country Championships in Cary, North Carolina. The meet will feature the top 20 teams from Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia and DC. The top two teams in the meet will qualify for the Nike National Cross Country Championships which will be held in Portland, Oregon on December 4.

FHSAA CLASS 3A TEAM RESULTS (24 TEAMS)

1. CHILES 59

2. Lakewood Ranch 82
(Defeated Chiles at Pre-State on October 16 by six points)

3. Fort Myers 139

4. Fort Walton Beach 145

5. Gulf Coast 197

6. Niceville 208

7. Oviedo 246

8. Creekside 253

9. Naples 282

10. Harmony 328

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (181 RUNNERS)

2) Lily Williams-11 17:58

4) Carly Thomas-11 17:59

10) Jodie McGuff-12 18:49

21) Kelley Bahn-12 19:32

36) Sara Lane-10 20:04

40) Jessica Gillard-11 20:06

59) Stephanie Reynolds-12 20:36

In the boys competition, the Wolf Pack placed thirteenth overall among the twenty-four participating schools. Just one week after registering their best meet of the season at the Regional Championships the team struggled and could not repeat that performance and fell short of their goal of placing among the top 10 teams.

Junior Taylor Buzzard placed first among the Wolves just like he did each meet this season but was a little off from his usual 16:00 performance and placed 34th overall with a time of 16:34. Like Buzzard, Senior Sam Sutton also was off his usual performance and was one minute slower than his Region mark and placed 80th overall with a time of 17:17. Other scoring runners were: Crawford Conrad (99th/17:30), Will Spiers (106th/17:39) and Trevor Knauf (124th/17:57).

FHSAA CLASS 3A TEAM RESULTS (24 Schools)

1) Miami Belen Jesuit 50

2) Charlotte 92

3) Leon 134

4) Niceville 188

5) Pensacola Washington 197

6) Fort Myers 247

7) Fort Walton Beach 247

8) Palmetto 251

9) Lincoln 268

10) Wiregrass Ranch 271

13) CHILES 370

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (187 RUNNERS)

34) Taylor Buzzard-11 16:34 (PR- 15:56)

80) Sam Sutton-12 17:17 (PR- 16:13)

99) Crawford Conrad-10 17:30 (PR-17:10)

106) Will Spiers-10 17:39 (PR-16:49)

124) Trevor Knauf-9 17:57 (PR-17:01)

130) Sean Turner-9 18:03 (PR-17:34)

175) Joey Vannoy-12 19:30 (Injured, PR-16:50)

I want thank everyone who supported us during the 2010 cross country season. These two teams were easy to coach and showed up every day and worked as hard as any teams I have ever coached. The girls left their mark in the FHSAA history books as one of Florida’s best ever teams and won their third consecutive state title. The boys team showed they are willing to do what must be done in order to return back to the glory days of 2002-2007.


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