2. RANSOM EVERGLADES (Coach Doc Crabtree, 28th year at RE, 33rd overall, 191-8). Last year: 1-0. Top runners: Lauren Archer, Fr.; Erika Scott, Fr.; Julie Goldstein, Jr.; Stephanie Salgueiro, Jr.
3. GULLIVER (Coach Melissa Sullivan, 11th year). Last year: 4-0. Top runners: Alyssa Pujol, Fr.; Carrie Davis, Sr.; Hansine Vexlund, Jr.
4. MOURNING (Coach Edwin Bonilla, 1st year). Last year: 9-10. Top runners: Angela Delgado, So.; Giselle Dormeus, Sr.
1. WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN (Coach Jose Garcia, 3rd year, 10-4). Last year: 8-1 (District champions). Top runners: Vicky Hoppe, So.; Nicole Romanach, Jr.; Natasha Strump, 8th; Alexa Mora, Sr.
2. MIAMI COUNTRY DAY (Coach Chris Hayes, 19th year, 235-87-1). Last year: 12-11. Top runners: Taylor Sennett, Fr.; Tatiana Seikaly, Sr.; Nicole Sherwood, Fr.; Giulia Bronzi, 8th.
3. ARCHBISHOP CURLEY (Coach Br. John Corcoran, 20th year, 175-161). Last year: 14-7. Top runners: Rhian Romanik, So.; Jenny Lamy, Jr.; Kaila Merrill, So.; Silvia Bacchelli, Sr.
4. HEBREW ACADEMY (Coach Bryan Huberty, 1st year). Last year: N/A (first ear). Top runners: Mariah Lamm, Jr.; Yael Rosenberg, Fr.; Ahava Smith, Jr.
Carrollton’s surprise state championship highlighted one of the most successful seasons ever for Miami-Dade County cross-country.
The Cyclones had arguably the most memorable moment of the meet when they beat the favorites in Class 2A and won the school’s first state title in any sport since 1979.
This season, Carrollton will likely experience a role reversal.
The Cyclones enter as arguably the county’s top overall team and a favorite to repeat in Class 2A.
“We return our key runners from last year’s championship team, and we have a few freshmen that should move up to the top of our order and make us a deep squad,” Carrollton coach David Alonso said.
Carrollton returns six of its top seven runners from last year’s memorable season, led by senior Maria “La La” Balcazar.
While the Cyclones don’t have a clear favorite for the state’s individual title, Balcazar has a strong chance at a top-five finish if she can keep Carrollton on point in the battle for Class 2A with Jacksonville Bishop Kenny and Plantation American Heritage.
Sophomore Kailey Gonzalez and four talented freshmen — Niki Kolisch, Sofi Miguez, Marivi Madiedo and Andrea Zumpano — should have enough depth to compete for several major meet titles this season.
After years of dominance by Lourdes among Miami-Dade County’s highest classification, Ferguson became the top team the county in Class 4A last season. The Falcons came up two points short of catching Tampa Plant for the state title.
The good news for Ferguson is it returns five of its top seven from that team.
Sophomore Aylwyn Hernandez had a strong summer and returns along with sister Emily Hernandez, a junior. Juniors Stephanie de la Guarda and Katrina Santiago, along with sophomore Lauren Gavilic and senior Rachel Licea should help a squad that also helped the school’s track team finish third at state.
The bad news for Ferguson is Lourdes looks ready to reclaim its status at the top.
The Bobcats, who had several runners struggle with injuries last season, are healthy again and led by three of the county’s best.