Lady Bulldogs 13th at state cross country
By Rick Pedone
The St. Cloud Lady Bulldogs cross country team placed 13th at the Class 4A state meet Saturday at Tallahassee.
Grace Miller led the Lady Bulldogs with a season-best time of 19:15, placing 15th.
Karissa Solorzano, the Orange Belt Conference champion, ran 19:39 and finished 29th.
Also scoring for the Lady Bulldogs were Kim Napoleon (90th, 21:13.34), Octavia Gonzalez (91st, 21:13.92) and Devin Montalvo (115th, 21:40).
Jessica Martin and Emily Henderson also competed for St. Cloud.
“Grace ran amazing, Karissa had a good day and Kim ran a season-best,” Coach Kevin Harkema said.
“The best we could have been is 10th, which would have been nice, but 13th is still good. I am proud of these girls. They have worked so hard and they all made huge gains this year.”
St. Cloud was ranked fifth in 4A Region 2, one of the most competitive regions in the state.
Liberty’s Rogelio Araiza (34th, 16:16) competed as an individual at the Class 3A meet. The top 15 runners from teams not advancing to the state meet are eligible to compete as individuals.
“Rogelio had a good race, but not a great race. At that level, you have to have a great race to be in contention,” Chargers Coach Robert Pauley said. “This was the second-fastest he has ever run. He had a great season, best in school history.”
Araiza, won his second Orange Belt Conference championship in October.