BRANDON — The 31st annual Don Bishop Invitational saw a pair of emerging sophomores take center stage and find their way to the winner’s circle.
In the girls race, King’s Saneha Sathish pushed the pace from the start and did not look back. She came through the first mile in 5:47 with Brandon’s Nina Ochoa on her heels. Sathish used a strong second mile to pull away from the competition as she came through the two-mile mark in 12:07 and crossed the finish line in first in 19:15.
The girls’ team battle was close. With teams missing runners due to Saturday’s SATs, Wharton won the meet with 75 points behind top-10 finishes from Mariah Henderson and Bryanna Rivers. Steinbrenner and King were close with 80 and 84 points.
The conditions were warmer and muggier for the boys race, but that didn’t stop Middleton’s Daniel Dean from going out with his normal front-running style. Dean shot out to the lead with a 5-minute first mile.
His pace slowed a bit in the second mile, as he came through the 2-mile mark in 10:37 and still had Jefferson’s Daniel Erickson 10 seconds back. Dean held strong in the third mile and finished in a time of 16:49 to collect his fourth victory of the season.
Bloomingdale won the boys race with brothers Andrew and Matthew LeBlanc leading the way. The Bulls finished with 80 points. Riverview was the runner-up with 106.
Nichols captures Gator Invitational
CREWS LAKE – Land O’ Lakes’ Travis Nichols (16:05) took first, Plant’s Jack Guyton (16:07) took second and Plant’s boys took fourth at the 17th annual Land O’ Lakes High Gator Invitational on Saturday.
The Lane O’ Lakes boys were third with 98 points. Tyler Stahl was third (16:19). Jake Poore, another Gator, was fourth (16:30). Plant was fourth (127 points), Newsome sixth (208) and Jesuit ninth (299).
“They are running well,” Plant coach Bryan Garcia said. “We have a bunch of younger kids running. We were missing a couple of kids to SATs, so that didn’t help.”
Gulf’s Kari Grippo was third (19:06). Estero’s Araceli Leon won in 18:50.
Robinson’s Maddy Hull was eighth in 20:00.