Junior Orange Bowl cross-country
The 65th Junior Orange Bowl Festival got off to a running start with the annual Junior Orange Bowl Cross Country Meet.
More than 70 middle school and high school teams competed in the two day event at Larry & Penny Thompson Park.
Coaches and players were impressed with the atmosphere at the 2013 Junior Orange Bowl meet.
“The Junior Orange Bowl Invitational became a much larger affair for the 2013 cross-country season as many event sponsors helped make this competition a better and more memorable experience for all of the participants,” said Ryan Raposo, head coach of the Ferguson High School cross-country program. “The tone was set that this was going to be one of the best and most fun cross-country events in South Florida. One could even argue the best we’ve ever seen in Miami, at least in the last 10-15 years that is.”
SoleRUNNERS, Nike and Nesquik joined more than 1,500 runners to make the 2013 Junior Orange Bowl Event one of the best cross-country meets in Florida. The action got started on with four middle school races as Ammons Middle School took home the girls’ and boys’ varsity team championships. Rahyah Andressohn of Richmond Heights Middle School won the girls’ varsity race in 13 minutes 34.61 second, and Guillermo Rojas of Ammons Middle School finished first in the boys race in 12:13.77.
On day two, junior varsity and varsity high school teams competed in six races. The varsity field was split into an Open Division and Invitational Division. John A. Ferguson’s “B-Team” won the girls’ varsity Open Division Championship, and American High School won on the boys’ side. Daesha Rodgers of Miami Central (20:17.76) and Tristan Enriquez of American High School (17:33.82) won the individual titles.
The Ferguson High School girls’ varsity team continued its dominance in the Invitational Race as the “A-Team” won the championship. Miami Sunset High School won the boys’ team Invitational Division. The individual champions were Katrina Santiago of Ferguson High School (19:05.46) and Nick Diaz of Miami Sunset High School (16:25.46).
Results: Middle School Girls JV Award Winners: JV Individual Champion: Brittany Tyre, Keys Gate Charter (15:24.06). JV Team Champion: Ammons MS 46 points. JV Team Runner-Up: Keys Gate Charter 62 points. JV Team Third Place: Palmetto MS 62 points. Middle School Boys JV Award Winners: JV Individual Champion: Anton Hall, South Dade MS (13:34.61). JV Team Champion: Jorge Mas Canosa MS 76 points. JV Team Runner-Up: Ammons MS 87 points. JV Team Third Place: Carver MS 122 points.
Middle School Girls Varsity Award Winners: Varsity Individual Champion: Rahyah Andressohn, Richmond Heights MS (13:26.17). Varsity Team Champion: Ammons MS 40 points. Varsity Team Runner-Up: Devon Aire K8 66 points. Varsity Team Third Place: Carver MS 94 points. MS Boys Varsity Award Winners: Varsity Individual Champion: Guillermo Rojas, Ammons MS (12:13.77). Varsity Team Champion: Ammons MS 52 points. Varsity Team Runner-Up: South Dade MS 89 points. Varsity Team Third Place: Campbell Drive MS 94 points.
High School Girls JV Award Winners: JV Individual Champion: Claudia Blandino, John A. Ferguson HS (24:24.03). JV Team Champion: John A. Ferguson HS 18 points. JV Team Runner-Up: Coral Reef HS 43 points. HS Boys JV Award Winners: JV Individual Champion: Alex Gonzalez, Christopher Columbus HS (18:38.32). JV Team Champion: Christopher Columbus HS 15 points. JV Team Runner-Up: John A. Ferguson HS 48 points.