Wharton takes first place at region meet

Published November 5, 2006

LAKELAND - Wharton won the boys team title at the Class 3A, Region 2 meet with the help of Baker Burchfield (17:06.75) and Pedro Carela (17:18.20), who finished third and fourth, respectively.

The top six teams and top 15 individuals from the boys and girls races qualified for the state meet.

Felix Soto of Land O'Lakes led the Gators to a second-place finish, winning the boys race in 16 minutes, 56.9 seconds.

Plant finished fourth, and Chamberlain took sixth.

In the girls race, Plant's Brigithe Moreno won in 18:52.48, leading the Panthers to a second-place team finish.

Wharton took third place, led by Kathia Skinner finished third in 20:57.19.

Brandon finished fourth, and Gulf grabbed the final state berth by finishing sixth.

Roy Fuoco of the Ledger in Lakeland contributed to this report.