Those questions about when the Andrew Iglesias of old would reappear were answered emphatically Saturday when the Pines Charter senior finishing fifth in the Class 3A/4A race at the Spanish River Invitational.
Showing the determination and form that made him the Miami Herald’s Broward Runner of the Year as a sophomore, Iglesias, whose junior season was cut short because of a stress reaction, clocked a season-best and second-best time in Broward of 16 minutes 8 seconds at South County Regional Park.
“I basically faded my junior year off the charts,’’ Iglesias said. “I’m sure me finishing fifth today was more of a surprise to some people. There is that kid that used to run fast again.”
Behind a 5-8-15 finish by Iglesias, Carlos Perenada (16:17) and Daniel Perenada (16:39), Pines Charter finished a school-best second in the 3A classification behind perennial state power Miami Belen Jesuit.
As if Iglesias’ reemergence as a Class 3A contender wasn’t enough cause for celebration, the Jaguars’ runner-up finish might have locked up an invitation to the flrunners.com Invitational Race of Champions on Sep. 28.
Pines Charter was ranked No. 27 in the F.A.C.A .state rankings heading into Saturday, but the strong showing should vault them into the top 25 criteria needed for an invitation.
“Hopefully what we did was enough to get us in the Race of Champions,’’ Jaguars coach Joe Hazera said. “That was our target. Flrunners was holding a couple spots. Today, we knocked off Park Vista, which were ahead of us, and we closed in on Belen.“
Miami Sunset’s Nick Diaz (15:43) emerged from a star-studded field to win the individual title. He was followed by Belen’s Ryan Rodriguez (16:02), Coral Reef’s Carlin Berryhill, Miami Sunset’s Ronny Greenup and Iglesias.
Coral Glades’ Andrew Deleva, the reigning Broward Boys’ Runner of the year, was projected by some for a top-five finish but faded in the second mile and settled for 14th place in 16:34.
Despite finishing out of the top five, Deleva said the season-best time puts him ahead of last year’s pace when he went on to post a Broward-best eighth-place finish at the Class 4A State Finals.
“I went out too fast and tried to recover, but couldn’t pick it up again,’’ Deleva said. “The plan was to stay right behind the front pack. I expected some of them to die out, but they didn’t. At least I got a season-best. I am right where I need to be.”
Behind a 3-4 finish by Brandon Bejarano (17:04 and Case McCracken (17:12), Westminster Academy edged Cardinal Gibbons 93-94 for the boys’ Class 1A/2A title.
In the girls’ 1A/2A race, Westminster Academy’s Amanda Baker led a strong Broward presence with a fourth-place finish in 20:19. North Broward Prep’s Kaite Pinnelll finished sixth in 21:27, Calvary Christian’s Nicole Taggert placed eighth and the South Florida HEAT’s Jenna Evans finished ninth.
Spanish River Invitational: Boys’ individual results (Winner and top 15 Broward finishers) – Class 3A/4A: 1. Nick Diaz (Sunset) 15:43, 5. Andrew Iglesias (PPC) 16:08, 8. Carlos Penaranda (PPC) 16:17, 14. Anthony Deleva (CGlades) 16:34. Class 1A/2A: 1. Nic Jacobsen (SA) 16:36, 3. Brandon Bejarano (WA) 17:04, 4. Casey McCracken (WA) 17:12, 6. Jack Klumpp (NBP) 17:45, 9. Pasha Guilbert (CalvChr) 17:58, 13. John Luke (WA) 18:19, 14. Brandon Williams (CM) 18:24, 15. McKenna Lasher (CG) 18:27. Girls’ individual results – Class 3A/4A: 1. Katrina Santiago (Ferg) 19:08; Class 1A/2A: 1. Valerie Alvarez (Okee) 19:03 4. Amanda Baker (WA) 20:19, 6. Kaite Pinnell (NBP) 21:27, 8. Nicole Taggart (CalvChr) 21:28, 9. Jenna Evans (SFH) 20:52.
Host Pine Crest impressed at the 50th annual Woodson Invitational as the boys’ and girls’ teams each finished second.
The prohibitive favorites, Jacksonville Bolles, won the tournament, but it did not take away from the host Panthers’ performance.
Bolles, winners of 25 consecutive state championships on the boys’ side, finished with 392 points. Pine Crest finished with 184 points.
The Bolles’ girls, the 22-time defending state champs, narrowly beat Pine Crest 266-252.
Calvary Christian (8-1) suffered its first loss of the season at the hands of Palmer Trinity 18-25, 27-25, 17-25, 26-24, 15-10.
The Falcons pulled off the upset in large part because of the play of Daniella Litkee, who registered 40 assists, 17 kills and two aces.
Ashley Quero added 11 kills and five blocks, and Grace Hibsman recorded seven kills and five blocks.
With the win, Palmer Trinity improved to 8-4.
•Palmer Trinity d. Calvary Christian Academy 18-25, 27-25, 17-25, 26-24, 15-10:
Daniella Litkee 17 kills, 2 aces, 40 assists. Ashley Quero 11 kills, 5 blocks. Grace Hibshman 7 kills, 5 blocks. Grace Seide 6 kills, 3 blocks. PT 8-4.
University School vs. Archbishop McCarthy (Grand Palms), 1
Belen Jesuit vs. Archbishop McCarthy (Grand Palms), 1
Stranahan at Blanche Ely, 4:30
Northeast at Coconut Creek, 4:30
Coral Glades vs. Coral Springs (Home), 4:30
Taravella at Deerfield Beach, 6
Flanagan vs. Everglades (Everglades), 4:30
Nova vs. Hollywood Hills (Home), 4:30
W. Broward at McArthur, 4:30
Fort Lauderdale at Monarch, 4:30
Plantation at St. Thomas Aquinas, 6