Once the competitive juices kicked in for Pines Charter’s dynamic duo of Carlos Penaranda and Andrew Iglesias at the Cardinal Gibbons Invitational on Friday, the pre-race strategy to play the role of “rabbits” for the Jaguars’ four and five runners went out the window.
Penaranda and Iglesias each unleashed a devastating kick with a half mile left that helped Penaranda break away from Calvary Christian’s Joel Lacy for the victory and helped Iglesias storm back from a 200-meter deficit for a thrilling second-place finish at Mills Pond Park.
“The guy [Lacy] next to me, he kept on trying to fight, but I noticed he was breathing heavy and early on he was surging a lot,” Penaranda said. “After a so-so time, I noticed he wasn’t surging anymore so I decided that was the time for me to go, so with a half mile left I just took off.”
That superior foot speed on a fast course brought Penaranda home in a personal-best 15:56. Iglesias seemed destined for third place with a mile left but surged past Lacy with a late rally and finished second in 16:04. The frenetic finish left Lacy visibly spent as he stumbled across the finish line in a personal-best 16:05.
“Going into the race we were trying to pace our four and five guys to get a good time for the FSU race next week,” Iglesias said. “We were trying to save it up. We just got caught up. In that last mile, I just had to catch that guy [Lacy].”
Daniel Peranda finished sixth in 16:30 to help the Jaguars claim the boys’ team title.
The inaugural Gibbons Invitational was deemed a rousing success after drawing 30 of the top programs in the state and becoming the lone Invitational in South Florida run under the lights.
Archbishop McCarthy junior Sara Bowden, who has overcome the pre-race jitters that hampered her as a freshman and sophomore, cruised to her first invitational title in 20:13. Bowden assumed control from the 1 1/2-mile mark and was never challenged.
The South Florida HEAT girls’ team continued its rise by claiming the girls’ team title behind a 2-3-4 finish behind Jenna Evans (20:20), Carolyn Shields (20:30) and Abigail Serda.
Cardinal Gibbons Invitational: Top 10 boys’ finishers – 1. Carlos Penaranda (PPC) 15:56, 2. Andrew Iglesias (PPC) 16:04, 3. Joel Lacy (CalvChr) 16:05, 4. Denson (Astr) 16:14, 5. Alex Dominguez (STA) 16:25, 6. Daniel Penaranda (PPC) 16:30, 7. Gabriel Darosa (STA) 16:43, 8. Sebaston Barrett (BA) 16:50, 9. Garrett (Astr) 16:59, 10. G. Rodriguez (Mater) 17:01. Boys’ top five team scores: 1. Pines Charter 45, 2. St. Thomas Aquinas 59, 3. Cardinal Gibbons 149, 4. Key West 151, 5. Astronaut 153. Top 10 girls’ finishers – 1. Sara Bowden (AM) 20:13, 2. Jenna Evans (SFH) 20:20, 3. Carolyn Shields (SFH) 20:30, 4. Abigail Serda (SFH) 20:36, 5. Milliken (KW) 20:39, 6. Nicole Taggart (CalvChr)20:40, 7. Jovanna Sarduy (AM) 20:50, 8. Kali Hazera (PPC) 20:58, 9. Leysha Caraballo (PPC) 21:04, 10. Isabella Allen (MCD) 1:07. Girls’ top five team scores: 1. South Florida HEAT 56, 2. Key West 85, 3. Calvary Christian 99, 4. St. Thomas Aquinas 109, 5. Mater Academy 121.
The Dillard boys’ swim team dominated South Broward on Friday to the tune of 112-24.
The Panthers started off the meet with a win the 200-medley relay. The relay win showcased their teamwork, but everything after that showed off their individual talents.
Dylan Cornacho successfully outswam the Bulldogs in both the 50 and 100 free. Adam Roberti won the 200 free with a time of 2:30.97. Domario Defone delivered a victory in the 200 IM with a 3:26.94 finish.Dillard 112, South Broward 24:
GIRLS’ SWIMMINGDillard 111, South Broward 22:
GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALLSt. Thomas Aquinas d. Stagg (IL) 25-18, 25-21:
BOYS’ GOLFJupiter Christian 155, Calvary Christian 162, South Florida Heat 181 (at Palm Aire par 35):
vs. Chaminade-Madonna (CM Cares Tournament (HH, Pines, PB, WB)), 10