Area runners performed well this weekend in the FLR Runners 19 Invitational in Lakeland, with teams from Charlotte, DeSoto, Port Charlotte and Venice participating, the challenging course at Holloway Park served as the perfect tuneup for districts. The Venice Lady Indians cross-country team was in action Friday, placing 8th out of 18 teams. Juliana Courville placed 20th, with a time of 22:27.87; Hannah Luff was 42nd, 23:35.99; Jennifer Lukowski, 56th, 23:56.25; Ann Myburg, 77th, 25:05.24; Hannah Robertson, 80th, 25:07.43; Delaney McLean, 86th, 25:21.22.
The Indians boys varsity team was also in action on Friday, placing 18th, with Alberto Teijelo pacing the team, placing 47th, with a time of 19:29.46; Tyso Possehl, 51st, 19:30.41; Austin Lane, 85th, 20:15.17.
The Port Charlotte Pirates John Perez, turned in an impressive effort, finishing sixth overall in the boys invitational division, with a time of 17:23.35; Joe Bishop, 21st, 17:57; Chase Chambers, 152nd, 18:51.85; Chandler Mault, 19:53.24. DeSoto’s top finisher was Noel Maldonado, 155th, 19:53.24. The Pirates placed 16th and the Bulldogs 33rd.
In the Boys unseeded division, it was Charlotte Tarpon James Stock, turning in the best local time, 20:04.40, placing 27th; Charles Edwards, 50th, 20:44.49; Jake Lille, 54th, 20:50.83 and Noah Tatro, 91st, 21:41.17 were the top finishers, all from the Tarpons.
“Freshman James Stock led our varsity team today,” said Chris George, Charlotte boys cross-country coach. “It was a very tough course with gradual climbs and rolling hills with a high heat index.”
In the Girls ROC division Saturday morning, it was Lady Pirate Isabella Coogan with the best area time, 19:15.11. en route to an 18th place finish. Tarpon McKenzie Flowers, was 98th, with a time of 21:26.02; Tarpon sophomore Aleecia Collins placed 115th, 21:40.08, and she was followed closely by teammates Savannah Streetman, 116th, 21:42.25 and Faith Winkler, 117th, 21:42.39. The Lady Tarpons placed 21st in their division.
“Yes, she (Flowers) took the helm and really needed to for us today,” said Chris Robishaw, Charlotte girls cross-country coach. “It’s great for her confidence, and will help her and us down the stretch. We also had strong performances from sophomores Aleecia Collins, Savannah Streetman and Faith Winkler. It was a tough winding course, and the best collection of teams we’ve seen in one race.”
In the Girls Invitational division, Port Charlotte placed 30th and DeSoto 34th.
The Lady Pirates were paced by Amy Padilla-Quinones, 37th, 21:46.18 and Jocelyn Ramos, 115th, 23.21.57. Micaela Ruiz was the top runner for DeSoto, 211th, 26::04.10.