Rahyah Andressohn is quickly becoming a familiar name on the South Florida high school cross-country scene.
Andressohn, an eighth-grader in her first year running for Mater Academy, has consistently finished near the top in every major race she has competed in so far this season.
On Thursday afternoon, Andressohn captured an individual championship when she won the Ferguson Falcon Invitational cross-country meet at Larry and Penny Thompson Park.
Andressohn, who finished third at both the Youth Fair and King of the Hill Invitationals behind Ransom Everglades’ Lauren Archer and Gulliver’s Natalie Varela, ran a time of 19:35.08 to comfortably win the girls’ title. Archer and Varela are each competing in this weekend’s FLRunners.com Invitational in Titusville.
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Andressohn was the only girls’ finisher to run under 20 minutes. North Miami’s Daesha Rogers placed second with a time of 20:01.75. Andressohn and teammate Jinah Mickens-Malik, also an eighth-grader, have given Mater a solid one-two punch this season. Mickens-Malik ran a time of 20:33.95 Thursday to place fourth.
Ferguson swept the girls’ and boys’ team titles.
The Falcons’ top five girls finished in order from seventh to 11th place and helped the team finish with 40 points. Miami Northwestern placed second with 90 points.
Boca Raton Christian senior Tucker Hindle won the boys’ race with a time of 16:51.64. Monsignor Pace senior Joshua Clethen was the top Dade finisher, placing second with a time of 16:52.05.
Leonardo Rodriguez led Ferguson’s boys, finishing third with a time of 16:58.71. He was one of three Falcons who finished in the top seven.
Although some of South Florida’s top teams were at the meet, some held out top runners in preparation for the FLRunners.com Invitational. The two-day meet begins Friday with the large and small School races and continues Saturday morning with the Invitationals and the prestigious Races of Champions.
▪ Girls’ team results: 1. Ferguson 40; 2. Northwestern 90; 3. Mater Academy 98; 4. Lourdes 135; 5. Boca Raton Christian 147.
▪ Girls’ individual results: 1. Andressohn, Rahyah (MA) 19:35.08; 2. Rogers, Daesha (NM) 20:01.75; 3. Hincapie, Jasmine (BRC) 20:13.28; 4. Mickens-Malik, Jinah (MA) 20:33.95; 5. Hinds, Shiree (NW) 20:42.97; 6. Gonzalez, Mariana (La Salle) 20:47.54; 7. Martinez, Jazmyn (FER) 21:02.62; 8. Crespi, Gabriela (FER) 21:25.01; 9. Melchor, Melissa (FER) 21:40.30; 10. Alfaro, Kaylee (FER) 21:40.81; 11. Macgowan, Elizabeth (FER) 21:48.57; 12. Cabanas, Natalia (HG) 21:49.00; 13. Moussa, Megan (TERRA) 22:03.71; 14. McDowell, Javenique (NM) 22:07.88; 15. McSoley, Kathryn (STA) 22:21.70.
▪ Boys’ team scores: 1. Ferguson 24; 2. Homestead 128; 3. Coral Park 155; 4. Palmer Trinity 203; 5. Coral Gables 206.
▪ Boys’ individual results: 1. Hindle, Tucker (BRC) 16:51.64; 2. Clethen, Joshua (Pace) 16:52.05; 3. Rodriguez, Leonardo (FER) 16:58.71; 4. Rojas, Guillermo (FER) 17:17.63; 5. Lavina, Darren (KIL) 17:20.18; 6. Padilla, Omar (Pace) 17:33.23; 7. Verdecia, Daniel (FER) 17:40.01; 8. Ferguson, Jamir (AM) 17:50.68; 9. Lacayo, Manuel (CP) 17:51.14; 10. Cummings, Nick (MAST) 17:56.11; 11. Melo, Justin (FER) 18:06.77; 12. Arriaga, Javier (FER) 18:08.59; 13. Baez, Royer (HOM) 18:09.56; 14. Watson, Malik (KR) 18:16.02; 15. Pujals, Nicholas (FER) 18:17.48.