Cross country ends with meager finish
Sickles, Wharton and three runners are the area's only Top 10 finishers in the state meet.
By TERRY JONES,Times Correspondent
Published November 17, 2006
With the completion of the state cross country meet last Saturday in Dade City, only football playoffs continue of all the fall sports.
Most cross country teams from north Hillsborough County fell short of their expectations in the state tournament.
Sickles' boys and Wharton's girls bagged the only two Top-10 team finishes, and only three area runners finished in the Top 10 in individual competition.
Gaither senior Katie Quick turned in the fastest time and best individual result of all north Hillsborough runners. She placed third overall in Class 4A with a time of 18 minutes, 57 seconds.
In the 4A team competition, Gaither finished 14th with 402 points and Sickles was 15th with 418.
Wharton turned in a respectable race with a sixth-place team finish. Junior sisters Katrina and Kathia Skinner finished 11th and 14th, respectively, to lead the Lady Wildcats. Also scoring were Erin Baily, Alexandra Aquasvivas and Lauren Galbraith. Brittany Hilliker and Kristin Farrell ran in reserve with Wharton.
Each team can run seven athletes, but only the five fastest times are added to score points.
The other four runners scoring points for Gaither were Emily Seymore, Casey Johnson, Nicolette Vance and Shannon Fisher. Freshman Vance and sophomore Fisher are the only two returning next year from a senior-dominated team.
Scoring for Sickles were seniors Angela Hegge, Chelsea Wright, Nicia Mejia and Cynthia Plunkett. Junior Alex Lampasona was the fifth scorer for Sickles.
Sickness stayed with the Sickles boys runners from the regional meet to the state finals and eliminated their hopes of a state team championship. Yet the Gryphons battled through for a seventh-place team finish with 287 points.
With a young team, Chamberlain placed 21st in the team competition with 449 points.
Led by senior Baker Burchfield's fourth-place finish in individual competition, Wharton finished 12th with a team score of 287.
Burchfield completed the 3-mile race in a time of 16 minutes, 28 seconds. Also scoring for the Wildcats were Pedro Carela, David Vasquez, Carey Murray and Aaron Taylor.
Junior Ciprian Mejia set the pace for Sickles' seventh-place finish. He finished ninth with a time of 16 minutes, 30 seconds. Contributing points for Sickles were Derek Wehunt, Kyle Kraft, Daniel Wehunt and Tracy Wein. Running in reserve were Brett Wilson and Sean Jansen.
Scoring points for Chamberlain were Max Levin, Mark Parrish, Charles Toledo, Chase Nelson and Michael Delfavero.