15 Runners From Coral Springs High School and Marjory Stoneman Douglas Compete in States

15 Runners From Coral Springs High School and Marjory Stoneman Douglas Compete in States

Coral Springs High School Cross Country.{Principal Vivian Suarez}

By: Matt Rothman

Coral Springs High School’s cross country team and Marjory Stoneman Douglas athlete Ella Schwartz competed in the State Championships in Tallahassee on Saturday. 

After the boys and girls team at Coral Springs High School qualified for states for the first time together since 2008, they ran for a final time. Jeffrey Belizaire recorded the top time for the boys to finish 48th in the state. 

“He’s only a sophomore, so he has two years left,” said Head Coach Brantley Barr. “He had a great year. In my mind, he should be All-County, so we shall see how it goes and what happens when they name their teams.”

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Frederic Kensey was the second Colt to finish, followed by Lucas Penaloza, Leighton Peart, Dimitri Thomas, Matthew Wykpisz, and Gregory Hamilton, within .82 seconds of each other to place 31st overall as a team. 

The girls’ top time came from Angelica Macarulay at 21.46.60. Brianna Williams was next, followed by Lea Ramnarace, Mariana Dos Santos, Sofia Evans, Jessica Saint-Ahmad, and Gabrielle Gentilhomme to come in 32nd place as a team.

Barr also said he could not be more proud of his two squads. When the team started training in June, he thought getting states was a long shot with an extremely young team, but by mid-September, Barr knew this could become a reality. 

“They then went out and accomplished that goal, and the future looks good,” Barr added. “Just like cross country season can be a builder for track, this upcoming spring track season can be a builder for next cross country season. These kids are really hungry after this great season. They’ll take a few days of rest, then get to work to continue to improve.”

While Ramnarace, Dos Santos, and Peart are set to graduate, CSHS will still return the majority of their team next year as they look to return to states. 

Ella Schwartz

Ella Schwartz had one of the most incredible cross country seasons in school history and placed 84th out of 231 runners. Still, with one more year left before graduating, she looks to return to States in 2023 with an extremely talented group of runners for the Eagles.

15 Runners From Coral Springs High School and Marjory Stoneman Douglas Compete in States

Coral Springs High School Cross Country. {Principal Vivian Suarez}

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Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is now attending the University of Florida as a graduate student.

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