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Gator, Wildcat both finish 18th

Dani Shimer did it in the 3A race, Stephanie Amerman the 2A race.

By JAMAL THALJI, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published November 24, 2002

TAMPA -- For the North Suncoast, 18 was the magic number. Land O'Lakes junior Dani Shimer and Wesley Chapel sophomore Stephanie Amerman finished 18th in their classifications Saturday at the Ed Radice Sports Complex.

Amerman ran a time of 20 minutes, 16 seconds in the Class 2A race and Shimer 20:23 in the 3A race.

Gulf used the 2A meet to build for the future. Three juniors, a sophomore and a freshman led the Bucs to a 12th-place finish. Melissa Dattoli finished 25th in 20:29. Amber Shuhart was 50th (21:15), Danielle Florey 76th (21:46), Christina Angelillo 114th (23:00) and Tammy Roddenberg 120th (23:09). Gulf was two points behind 11th-place Lincoln Park.

Central finished 16th in Class 3A led by Roxanne Ceccarelli's 57th-place finish (21:14). Kerri Costanzo came in 61st (21:24), Magen Loew 67th (21:28), Felicia Fritz 116th (22:16) and Amanda Adams 122nd (22:27).

Ceccarelli was just four seconds off her season-best time.

"I think we did pretty good for the day," she said. "I was hoping to do better, but I'm satisfied."

Said Bears coach Richard Ortiz: "The weather was fine, the course conditions were great and I think the girls did very well."

Lecanto's Deirdra Witherspoon finished 27th in 20:30 in the 2A race, leading the Panthers to a 15th-place finish. Nicole Mailloux was 64th (21:28), senior Santana Huggett 106th (22:49), Lisa Bonadonna 108th (22:52) and Anniemarie Saxer 117th (23:05).

Right behind in 16th place was Crystal River. The Pirates were led by freshman Holly Van Sicklen's 51st-place finish (21:15). Denise Jay was 71st (21:43), Amanda Smelko was 89th (22:12), Stephanie Bodden was 94th (22:28) and Sally Neill was 125th (23:21).

Our Lady of Lourdes won the Class 2A title with 73 points, edging Jacksonville Bishop Kenny by three. As expected, Cocoa Beach's Elynore Kabboord ran away with the Class 2A individual title, finishing in 18:48.

Plant took the Class 3A team title, winning its eighth state crown by 29 points over runner-up Naples Lely. King's Laura Bowerman won the Class 3A individual championship in 18:41.

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