Wiregrass Ranch, Land O’ Lakes
Crack top 3 in Gator Invitational
By Steve Lee
LAND O’ LAKES — Runner-up Matt Schwartz, of Land O’ Lakes, and Wiregrass Ranch’s Nikita Shah, who took third, were Pasco County’s top finishers in the Gator Invitational at Crews Lake Park.
The Wiregrass Ranch boys were runners-up while Land O’ Lakes, Sunlake and Sickles placed fourth through sixth in that division. As for the girls, Land O’ Lakes wound up third, Wiregrass Ranch fourth and Mitchell fifth.
As for the overall division champions, Fort Myers Estero swept the team titles.
Schwartz completed the 5K (five kilometers or 3.1 miles) course in 16 minutes, 48 seconds. Sickles’ Julian Hines was right behind in third at 16:55. Wiregrass Ranch’s Delonzo Sharp finished fifth.
Shah, a freshman, ran a 19:56, just ahead of fourth-place Kelli Williams, of Mitchell. Land O’ Lakes’ Renae Porsch was fifth.
Pasco’s Anthony Plourde had the best finish among local runners in the Disney race by placing third in 17:10.