It was one of those "who was that masked girl?" moments.
All right. Kelli Williams wasn't wearing a mask but the Mitchell High cross country runner zipped past some girls and surprised people when she took second in the Mitchell Invitational Cross Country Meet Sept. 27 at Starkey Park.
Katherine McMeekin of Tarpon Springs East Lake ran a 20:21 to win the race. Williams was second with a time of 20:54. Pasco High's Leeann Eble was fourth with a time of 21:03.
Williams' coach was happy with her race.
"She's just a scrambled eggs on Saturday morning kind of girl,'' said Mitchell coach Jeff Leavey. "We run boys and girls together and she pounds it. She is just an amazing runner. I'm shocked (at her finish). Last week, she was 11th. She moved up dramatically. She says 'let's go.' It's only her second cross country race.
"Wow. She has wheels. As she gets more experience, she will get better."
Sarasota Riverview High won the girls team title with 89 points. Wiregrass Ranch, missing top runner Ariel Gray as she was given the weekend off, was fifth with 184 points. Mitchell was eighth with 201 points. Ridgewood was ninth with 229 points.
Sarasota High's Jon Lanning won the boys race with a 16:28. Sunlake High freshman Kenneth Fessell was fifth with a clocking of 17:17. Ridgewood High's Mason Chilmonczyk was 13th with a time of 17:43. Teammate Tyler "Macho" Camacho was 14th with a time of 17:48.
"He's a strong kid,'' said Sunlake coach Joel Richards of Fessell. "Earlier in the year, he said is a runner. He is a natural talent but I don't want that to take away from how hard he works every day. He is going to be a phenomenal runner. He is getting stronger every week. He has dropped his PRs by almost 40 seconds. His time was almost exactly what he had at Zak Lucas."
"I feel pretty good,'' Fessell said. "It was a hard course. I have been running since I was a little kid."
Ridgewood's Chilmonczyk was happy with his effort.
"I just went out there and pushed as hard as I could," Chilmonczyk said. "This is probably the best big race I have had. It has really sandy parts. There is a long cement trail which makes it faster. It's not that bad. Last year, it was horrible. It was three miles of sand. I actually hurt myself here."
Ridgewood coach J.D. Baker was happy with his boys' sixth place finish.
"We looked good today,'' Baker said. "We were missing our number four today, Tyler Gomez. He is real sick right now. We are not peaking yet. Mason and Tyler Camacho have a good competition between them. I'm happy (with sixth). They give me their all every week.
"Jillian Browne is a senior, working hard. She finished top eight (21:26) today. She has it in her."
Sarasota won the boys title with 61 points. Largo was one point off with 62 points. Tampa Chamberlain was fifth with 135 points.
Ridgewood was sixth with 154 points. Mitchell was seventh with 166 points. Land O' Lakes Sunlake was 8th with 195 points. Dade City Pasco was 10th with 297 points. New Port Richey River Ridge was 12th with 336 points. There were 18 teams competing in each race.
Mitchell's girls were eighth and the boys were seventh.
"I'm elated," said Leavey. "Our kids ran marvelously."
At Lecanto . . . The Land O' Lakes High girls and boys cross country teams went to Citrus County Saturday and earned "his" and "hers" team titles at the Lecanto Invitational. Sophomore Alyssa Brandt won the girls race with a 20:20 time and led the girls to a team victory. The Gator girls won their first team title since 1998 with 43 points. Ocala Forest High was a distant second with 80 points. Renea Porsch was the second Gator girl across the finish line with a time of 21:10.
Gator senior Felix Soto won his third race of the season with a 16:38 over the hilly course. Jake Morken was fourth with a time of 17:25.
The Gator boys won their team title with 61 points. Brooksville Hernando High was second with 73 points.
The Gators return to Citrus County next Saturday to run at Crystal River High.
Mitchell Invitational Meet at Starkey Park Results
Girls team scores
1. Sarasota Riverview 89, 2. Spring Hill Springstead 112, 3. Tampa Gaither 117, 4. Palm Harbor University 125, 5.Brooksville Central 142, 6. Wesley Chapel Wiregrass Ranch 184, 7. Lakeland 189, 8. New Port Richey Mitchell 201, 9. New Port Richey 229, 10. Tampa Alonso 251, 11. Dade City Pasco 292, 12. Tarpon Springs East Lake 299, 13. Brooksville Nature Coast Tech 328, 14. Tampa Chamberlain 332, 15. Sarasota 359, 16. Land O' Lakes Sunlake 405, 17. Wesley Chapel 411, 18. New Port Richey River Ridge 443.
Girls Top 10 Individuals
1. Katherine McMeekin, East Lake 20:21; 2. Kelli Williams, Mitchell 20:54; 3. Julissa Lopez, Gaither 20:56; 4. Leeann Eble, Pasco 21:03; 5. Sandra Pratt, Gaither 21:10; 6. Jaclyn White, Springstead 21:15; 7. Taylor Stein, Sarasota Riverview 21:17; 8. Jillian Browne, Ridgewood 21:26; 9. Jessica Furst, Wesley Chapel 21:32; 10. Colleen Mahoney, Sarasota Riverview 21:41.
Boys team scores
1. Sarasota 61, 2. Largo 62, 3. Brooksville Nature Coast Tech 90, 4. Brooksville Central 122, 5. Chamberlain 135, 6. Ridgewood 154, 7. Mitchell 166, 8. Sunlake 195, 9. Sarasota Riverview 219, 10. Pasco 297, 11. East Lake 304, 12. River Ridge 336, 13. Alonso 343, 14. Palm Harbor University 382, 15. Gaither 395, 16. Zephyrhills 448, 18. Wiregrass Ranch 471.
Boys Top 10 Individuals
1. Jon Lanning, Sarasota 16:28; 2. Ferguson Jake Yacyshyn, Sarasota Riverview 17:01; 3. Thomas McGrath, Largo 17:10; 4. Matthew Lambert, Nature Coast 17:13; 5. Kenneth Fessell, Sunlake 17:17; 6. Rick Pluta, Largo 17:10; 7. Mason MacKenzie, Central 17:20; 8. Gabe Ramos, Largo 17:21; 9. James Mason, Sarasota 17:24; 10. Bruce Federico, Nature Coast 17:31.