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Florida 2003 cross country

Katie Caples Invitational
9/6/03 at Bishop Kenny HS, Jacksonville FL - 5k

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US#22 Bishop Kenny Jacksonville boys were rude hosts, trouncing good Florida teams with five of the top 11 finishers for 32 points. Episcopal swept the individual honors with jr Tim McLeod 15:46 5k and sr Robyn Debenedet 19:09. Defending Florida 1A girls champ Holy Trinity beat Bishop Kenny, 55-74.


from a Florida correspondent

41 teams competed at the Crusaders' home course, a
legit 5K course along the river in Jacksonville. Florida flat with one
small ditch, perfect Florida running weather, and moderate in fastness.


Bishop Kenny (#1-Class 2A, #22 nationally) demolished the
field, posting one of its most impressive performances ever. The Crusaders
put top-5 in the race's top-11 for 32 points to destroy some very good teams. Buchholz
(#2-Class 4A) was second with 93 points, two-time defending Class 3A state
champion Flagler Palm Coast (#3-Class 3A) was third. Episcopal (#1-Class
1A) was fourth. The field featured 11 teams ranked in the top-10 in their
respective classes.

Boys individual: Episcopal's Tim McLeod (state runner-up to Ryan Deak in
2002) cruised to the victory, outdistancing Interlachlen's Jeremy Criscione.
McLeod's time of 15:46 was 6/10 of a second off Steven Hassen's course
record. Criscione led for the first two miles, 4:49/10:02, before McLeod
used an even-split race (5:05/10:10) to reel him in and pull away for the
victory. Bishop Kenny's Chris Mullany and Anthony Costanza were third and


Holy Trinity (# 1-Class 1A, defending state champions) easily
beat host Bishop Kenny by 19 points, 55-74, on their home course. The
Tigers put four girls under 20:05, led by Rebecca Zuhlke's 19:23. The
Crusaders (#1-Class 2A) finished second, followed by Buchholz (# 3-Class 4A)
and Lady of Lourdes (# 1-Class 3A). In all, nine ranked teams participated
on the girls side, highlighted by the top-ranked squads from three of the
state's four classes.

Girls individual: Episcopal's Robyn DeBenedet (also the state runner-up in
2002) blew open a field that was susposed to be wide open. DeBenedet led
from the gun, posting splits of 6:02 and 12:21 before shutting down and
cruising to a 13-second victory over Zuhlke.


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