The Wharton High School boys’ cross country team finished ninth in the 2016 Florida High School Athletic Association Class 4A Cross Country Finals on Nov. 5, at Appalachee Regional Park, in Tallahassee. The ninth-place finish was the highest in program history; the previous best was 11th place in 2008. Additionally, Wharton was the second-highest placing team from Hillsborough County (Newsome High finished in third place). Wharton High sophomore Tre Rivers finished ninth overall in 16:16, the highest placement for any Hillsborough County boy in any of the four classifications in the 2016 state meet.
Also noteworthy: Wharton girls runner Rania Samhouri, a senior, made the state meet as an individual, finishing ninth overall in 18:49.