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Mitchell musters fourth-place finish

By MIKE READLING, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published October 20, 2002

CITRUS PARK -- It was probably the biggest meet of the season in terms of the number of runners crowded onto the 5-kilometer course at Ed Radice Park for the Pre-State meet.

That meant more space between teammates as they crossed the finish line, which meant packing together was going to be tough.

Mitchell didn't exactly get the kind of pack it would have liked, but the Mustangs managed to piece enough of a group together to bring home a fourth-place finish in the boys elite race Saturday night.

Mitchell was led by Jeff Masterson, who finished fifth overall in 15 minutes, 55 seconds, and then crossed its fingers as its next five runners finished 21st, 36th, 85th and 92nd in the 195-runner race. It was just good enough to beat Edgewater by 12 points.

Bishop Kenny won the boys elite race with 80 points followed by Winter Park (161) and Flagler Palm Coast (181).

Citrus' Tony Lyons finished 13th overall in 16:07.

King's Laura Bowerman won the girls elite race, running away with the individual title in 18:31. Spanish River won the team title with 88 points, beating Bishop Kenny by six.

The girls Bay Cup Championship came down to a battle between freshmen for the individual title and a battle between Pinellas County squads for team honors.

Gaither's Amanda Quick avenged her loss last week to Indian Rocks Christian's Melissa Kotchman by pulling away at the beginning of the second mile. Quick finished in 19:01, beating Kotchman by four seconds.

Kotchman managed to take home one title, however, as she teamed with sister Brittany to lead Indian Rocks to the overall Bay Cup title. IRC scored 91 points, beating Shorecrest by 15 and third-place Gaither by 22.

In the boys Bay Cup race, Clearwater Central Catholic's Kevin Lyons turned a much-anticipated showdown with Leto's Coe Fedorenko into a runaway win.

Lyons beat Fedorenko by 21 seconds with a time of 15:49 thanks to a series of surges throughout the race that held the Leto senior at bay. Lyons' biggest move came at the midpoint when Fedorenko caught up to him only to be left behind by a strong burst of speed.

Indian Rocks Christian won the team title with 73 points, outdistancing Largo and Keswick Christian.

Leto was fourth followed by Wharton.

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