First I would like to give a big shout out to everyone who won their District meets.
Mac Reynolds (Ladies he is Single)
Mary Kate Ponder
Regionals are this weekend and the top 6 teams in each region and the top 15 individuals will qualify for a spot at state in Dade City on November 20th.This is how the picture going into regionals looks.
1A Girls- Providence and St. Johns Country day look to have the best shots qualifying out of the region. Providence has a young team that is lead by Danielle Van Leire, if this team has a good day they could win the region and is a top 3 contender at States.
1A Boys- Bishop John Snyder is ranked top 3 in their region which almost guarantees them a trip to state, where as region rivals Providence will have to have a strong race to squeak in there. The individual area favorite is Josh Karadeema of Providence, if he has a good day he should be a top 5 finisher in the region.
2A Girls- Bolles, Bishop Kenny, and Episcopal all should qualify easily to the state meet. The team on the cusp in this region is Nease, if they all have an on day they should definitely be in the running for that final qualifying spot. The Bolles trio of Becca Chandler, Rachel Rice, and Lily Arnold should place 1-2-3 in the region.
2A Boys- The 2A boys should be a fun race to watch. At 2A districts Nease was able to pull of an upset over Bishop Kenny, a team that hasn’t lost there district in at least 7 years. Jacksonville hopes to qualify 3 teams to the state meet, Nease, Bishop Kenny, and Bolles. Nease has a strong 1-2 punch in Mac Reynolds and Cody Gibbons, but Bishop Kenny’s number 1 guy Michael Barr hopes to break that up.
3A Girls- Creekside girls are the only ones who are projected to qualify out of this tough region. Ridgeview and Bartram Trail are the dark horses in this race and if either team can have a strong day 1-5 they might be able to get out. Lauren and Kaitlin Rodriguez are the two leading individuals in this race and if they race smart both could be in the top 10.
3A Boys- Welcome to the Region of Death. There are at least 12 teams in this region that deserve a spot at state but only 6 of them will toe the line. Bartram Trail is the only area team that is projected to make state in this region. Creekside is the next best area team and if they have a strong 2-5 they can possibly steal a spot. UF’s newest recruit, Jimmy Clark of Creekside, is the area favorite in the race and hopes to win the regional title.
4A Girls- The 4A region looks only to qualify Mandarin High School to the State meet. Mandarin’s top runner Mary Kate Ponder hopes to make a run at the individual title and if the team runs well, help lead them to a team title.
4A Boys- On the boys side Mandarin is also the only area team projected to make it out of the region. If Flemming Island can close the gap between 1 and 5 they might be able to snag the final qualifying spot. Mandarin is lead by region favorite Eduardo Garcia, who should easily win the race.
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