State Cross-country

Raiders girls return gold to Broward County


St. Thomas Aquinas’ girls ended Broward County’s drought at the state cross-country tournament by winning the team title.

Broward County cross-country teams had tried for over a decade to break one of its longest droughts in any sport.

St. Thomas Aquinas’ girls finally brought home some gold Saturday morning from Tallahassee.

Entering the race favored to at least finish as the state runner-up in Class 4A, the Raiders’ girls took it a step further by surging past defending state champion Tampa Plant and winning the team title by a 27-point margin at Apalachee Regional Park.

Led by Alexa Cruz’s individual runner-up finish, St. Thomas became the first Broward girls’ cross-country team since Coral Springs in 1989 to win a team state title. St. Thomas also became the first-ever Broward private school to win a girls’ state cross-country title.

No Broward team boys or girls had won a state title since Boyd Anderson’s boys accomplished the feat in 1998.

Cruz also made history.

Her time of 18:14.79 was enough to equal the best finish by an Aquinas runner ever, matching former Raider runner Claire Orlik’s state runner-up finish in 1990.

Orlando Dr. Phillips’ Bridget Blake won the Class 4A individual title with a time of 17:53.04.

The Raiders placed three runners in the top 15 as Christina Kalis finished 11th, Brianna Rischar placed 13th and Marina Braynon-Moore finished 15th. Megan Schloss and Lily Kloepfer also placed in the top 50.

On the boys’ side, St. Thomas Aquinas was also Broward’s top team in Class 4A, finishing third behind state champion Orlando Colonial and Jacksonville Mandarin.

Colonial’s Andres Arroyo won the individual title in 15:18.95.

Coral Glades’ Anthony Deleva finished eighth, a Broward-best in the race. Alexander Haugen (12th), Matthew Butler (16th) and Antony Cruz (21st) were Aquinas’ top runners.

In Class 3A, Pines Charter’s boys finished 19th and Archbishop McCarthy’s girls finished 22nd.

Westminster Academy’s boys finished 10th in Class 1A.


Class 4A boys’ team scores (Top 3 plus Broward): 1. Colonial 58; 2. Jacksonville Mandarin 108; 3. St. Thomas Aquinas 127; 18. Douglas 454; 24. Coral Springs 608.

Class 4A girls’ team scores (Top 3 plus Broward): 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 59; 2. Tampa Plant 86; 3. Orlando Olympia 108; 18. Cypress Bay 439; 22. Douglas 589.

Class 4A boys’ individual results (Winner plus Broward in top 50): 1. Andres Arroyo (Colonial) 15:18.95; 8. Anthony Deleva (CGlades) 15:55.33; 12. Alexander Haugen (STA) 16:03.11; 16. Matthew Butler (STA) 16:11.47; 21. Antony Cruz (STA) 16:17.59; 32. Joel Lacy (SP) 16:35.00; 36. Tyler Bell (CS) 16:39.55; 42. Bryce Statham (STA) 16:43.00; 48. Avonte Boykins (FL) 16:46.39.

Class 4A girls’ individual results (Winner plus Broward in top 50): 1. Bridget Blake (Dr. Phillips) 17:53.04; 2. Alexa Cruz (STA) 18:14.79; 7. Katherine MacNeal (CB) 18:49.02; 11. Christina Kalis (STA) 18:56.79; 13. Brianna Rischar (STA) 19:00.82; 15. Marina Braynon-Moore (STA) 19:12.13; 18. Megan Schloss (STA) 19:22.58; 29. Lily Kloepfer (STA) 19:42.83; 39. Jade Fungquee (MON) 19:58.13.

Class 3A boys’ team scores (Top 3 plus Broward): 1. Belen 60; 2. Ft. Walton Beach 145; 3. Fort Myers 156; 19. Pines Charter 493; 22. Archbishop McCarthy 560.

Class 3A girls’ team scores (Top 3 plus Broward): 1. Estero 42; 2. Ft. Walton Beach 138; 3. Chiles 159; 21. Archbishop McCarthy 513; 22. Cardinal Gibbons 539.

Class 3A boys’ individual results (Winner plus Broward in top 50): 1. Thomas Howell (Niceville) 15:19.64; 29. Carlos Penaranda (PPC) 16:13.96.

Class 3A girls’ individual results (Winner plus Broward in top 50): 1. Susan Givens (Chiles) 17:48.78; 37. Morgan Rodriguez (CG) 19:44.37.

Class 2A boys’ team scores (Top 3 plus Broward): 1. Bishop Kenny 69; 2. Immokalee 110; 3. Tampa Jesuit 146; 10. Pine Crest 327; 17. Key West 387.

Class 2A girls’ team scores (Top 3 plus Broward): 1. Jacksonville Bolles 58; 2. Pine Crest 99; 3. Lemon Bay 180; 6. Plantation American Heritage 215.

Class 2A boys’ individual results (Winner plus Broward in top 50): 1. Alex Pedraza (Golden Gate) 15:44.34; 15. Jonathan Klumpp (NBP) 16:37.46; 28. Matt Nelson (US) 16:55.95; 37. Everett Wagner (KW) 17:02.76; 43. John Decker (PC) 17:04.86; 50. Brock Guzman (KW) 17:08.26.

Class 2A girls’ individual results (Winner plus Broward in top 50): 1. Julia Montgomery (PC) 18:20.93; 3. Daesha Rogers (AH) 18:40.88; 17. Rachelle Alexander (AH) 19:32.20; 21. Ella Wurth (PC) 19:42.29; 25. Katherine Jovanovic (PC) 19:54.05; 30. Savanna Gornisiewicz (PC) 20:03.97; 31. Calyope Ortega (AH) 20:05.39; 36. Mahlet Yared (PC) 20:13.37; 47. Taylor Phillips (PC) 20:24.85.

Class 1A boys’ team scores (Top 3 plus Broward): 1. Holy Trinity 39; 2. Tallahassee Maclay 104; 3. Winter Park Trinity Prep 114; 10. Westminster Academy 267; 15. Calvary Christian 368.

Class 1A girls’ team scores (Top 3 plus Broward): 1. Gainesville Oak Hall 64; 2. Melbourne Holy Trinity 79; 3. St. Pete Shorecrest Prep 143; 20. Westminster Academy 459; 23. Calvary Christian 519.

Class 1A boys’ individual results (Winner plus Broward in top 50): 1. Alex Brown (HT) 15:37.69; 26. Brandon Bejarano (WA) 16:57.70; 31. Casey McCracken (WA) 17:05.31; 33. Daniel Guilbert (CC) 17:06.00.

Class 1A girls’ individual results (Winner plus Broward in top 50): 1. Julie Wollrath (HT) 18:15.49; 21. Hannah Brookover (CC) 19:47.49; 38. Nicole Taggart (CC) 20:34.82.

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