Huerta’s third-place finish marked a career-best effort on the ITU World Cup circuit, besting fifth-place finishes earlier this season in Edmonton and in Monterrey in 2010. Visit www.usatriathlon.org.
UM Greentree Invitational cross-country
The 2012 high school cross-country season kicked off with the annual University of Miami Greentree Invitational at Indian Hammocks Park in Kendall.
Sophomore Kurt Convey of Coral Reef High School won the individual title, covering 3.1 miles in 16 minutes 1 second. Belen Jesuit captured the team championship with 28 points.
Senior Avery Lopez (16:03) and junior Fabian Tomas (16:22) were second and third, respectively, to lead the champion Wolverines.
Senior Daniel Fernandez of Columbus was fourth in 16:27 and sophomore Nick Diaz of Sunset fifth in 16:42. Gabriel Correa of Ransom Everglades was the first freshman finisher, placing 17th overall in 17:36.
The Explorers were runners-up with 58 points. Sunset was third of 17 teams with 78 points. Visit http://fl.milesplit.com/meets/118642/results/208923.
Westminster Christian cross-country
Sophomores Anthony Vernon and Hunter Ager lead a young Westminster Christian School varsity boys’ cross-country team.
The Warriors went 6-4 in the regular season in 2011. They were fourth at districts and 12th at regionals with Vernon and Ager as freshmen. Vernon’s personal best is 18:28 for 3.1 miles. He was third at districts. Ager top time is 19:30. He was 48th at regionals.
Freshmen David Delgado and George Williams will help. Delgado’s personal best is 20:55 which he timed at districts, finishing 24th for Coach Jose Garcia. Parker Brannon, another freshman, is an inspiration, competing even though he lost the majority of his right hand and forearm in a boating accident two years ago.
Our Lady of Lourdes Academy varsity girls’ cross-country team is anchored by senior Courtney Filliben and junior Cristina Figueras.
The Bobcats were second at districts, second at regionals and fifth at state a year ago. Filliben’s best time was 18:34 and Figueras 18:47.
Junior Lourdes Brea (19:01) also returns for Coach Rebecca Michalak.
“We have a couple of new young runners who have dedicated their summer to working hard in hopes of breaking into the top seven and contributing to the success of the team,” Michalak said. “We also have other current members who have stepped up and are ready for new challenges.
“These girls know that we are up against some tough and hungry competition and know that it takes more than one to three individuals to succeed. Our girls know they will have to be tough mentally and physically to challenge the top teams in the state.”
The Gulliver Prep varsity boys’ cross-country team has a solid group of young runners guided by two seniors, including co-captain Alex Hernandez.
Last season the Raiders were 5-0 in the regular season. They placed third at districts, sixth at regionals and 20th at state for Coach Don Reinkin.
Hernandez was timed at 16:50, a personal best. Sophomore Austin Ramos (17:10) and junior Carlos Silva (17:30) also return along with senior leader Kai Ito (17:40). Ito is the team’s co-captain and the school’s student body president, speaking five to six languages.
Ransom Everglades cross-country