Again it was a battle of girl’s teams at the Collier County Athletic Conference Cross Country Middle School Championships on Saturday, October 24.
Gulfview and Marco Island girls battled, but the outcome was the same.
Gulfview placed its top five runners in the first 14, while Marco Island Charter Middle School’s top five placed in the first 19.
Gulfview’s low score of 41 edged Marco with 53.
No one else was close. Third went to Pine Ridge with 98 points. North Naples, 99 and Oak Ridge, 130, rounded out the top five schools.
In the boys event, Gulfview made it a sweep. Its runners finished in the top 16 for a low score of 42. Immokalee was next at 69, North Naples, 90, Marco Island, 111 and Pine Ridge, 146, for the top five.
Jillian Dempsey’s East Naples team finished eighth,but she again out-battled Marco’s Ryenn Hart to win the race in 11:58.2. Hart recorded a time of 12:18.2.
Siersha Schrack led Gulfview with a fourth-place finish in 12:23, ahead of Ellie Poling who clocked in at 12:57.7. Gulfview’s D’Antonio was sixth, Tallulah Bowden, seventh, Sarah Sullivan, tenth and Riley Mitchell, fourteenth.
Rounding out the top runners for Marco were Susan Linn, eleventh, Dayna Dorestan, sixteenth and Sarah Nemeth, nineteenth.
The boys race was extremely close. Gulfview’s Brady Gibson raced his team to the title in a time of 10.01.9 for the 1.8-mile distance, just edging out Gabriel Chalick of North Naples, with a time of 1:02.5.
Marco Island’s Johnny Watt led the team with a tenth place finish in 11.12.2. Michael Mertens clocked in at 11:15 for thirteenth. He was followed by Kevin Barry, twenty-fourth, Enrique Vizcaya, thirty-third and Fernando Martinez, thirty-sixth.