By: Matt Rothman
It was a historic day for Coral Springs High School, with both boys and girls cross country teams advancing to States.
It is the first time since 2008 that both teams qualified after running at South Country Regional Park Friday morning.
The boys finished sixth place as a team, led by Jeffrey Belizaire, coming in third with a personal best of 16:05.08. It was also the third-best time in school history. Kensey Frederic was second to finish for the Colts, followed by Matthew Wykpisz, Dimitri Thomas, Gregory Hamilton, Leighton Peart, and Lucas Penaloza.
The girls finished eighth to advance, highlighted by Briana Williams and Angelica Macarulay placing in the top 25. They ran alongside Lea Ramnarace, Sofia Evans, Mariana Dos Santos, Jessica Saint-Amand, and Gabriella Gentilhomme.
Even with both teams not at 100 percent, Head Coach Brantley Barr says that many kids stepped up big time.
“Their heart and will to succeed are amazing,” said Barr. “We’ve been hit with illness quite a bit the last few weeks, and they just fight on. We are still a very young team overall, so along with this trip being a reward for this fantastic season, it will also be a great builder for the future.”
Next, both teams will race on Saturday, Nov. 5, at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee.
- 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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