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Saturday, October 11, 2008 -- Disney Wide World of Sports Complex, Orlando FL

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Day 2 Highlights
  • Two-time Foot Locker Finalist and Mountain View VA sr Thomas Porter had the top performance of the day, a 15:23 5K to win by 52 seconds in the Boys Elite Invitational.  With its 2-3-5 finish, though, Toms River North NJ took the team title in that race over Mountain View, 34-37.
  • The top girls time of the day actually came on the Invitational (non-"Elite") division, where Cypress Bay FL's Mariana Lucena clocked 18:20 and won by almost 50 seconds.  The team title in that division went to Lyman FL.
  • In the Girls Elite Invitational, Spruce Creek FL's Mandy Perkins topped Toms River North NJ's Angela Rugino, 18:29-18:37, for the individual title.  With a strong 2-3-4 pack, Mountain View VA topped Toms River North for the Girls Elite team title, 61-72.
  • Immokalee FL's Argeo Cruz topped Cypress Bay's Kevin Bonilla for the Invitational (non-elite) crown, 16:23-16:28, leading his crew to the team title over Lyman.
Day 1 Highlights
  • Individual varsity boys victories went to Iona Prep NY's Sean Halpin in the small schools (16:08) and Paul Arthur of Walker LA in the large schools 16:10.
  • Walker had a 1-3-9 finish and won the large school team race with 49 points, 21 ahead of George Jenkins FL.  Iona Prep NY edged St. Pius X for the small school title, 108-112.
  • Coral Shores FL's Joanna McCoy was fastest of the day, winning the small school girls by 25 seconds in 18:46.  Hanover VA's Anna Gordon ran 19:36 for the large school title.  Jackson NJ won the large school girls over Hanover, 57-75, while the small school girls winner was Ursuline NY.  They scored 121 to Lakeland Christian FL's 127.



Event Features Record 4,100 College/Open and High School Athletes

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (October 9, 2008) – The 13th Annual Walt Disney World Cross Country Classic takes place on October 10-11, 2008 at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex.  This event allows athletes from many of the top colleges and high schools from across the nation to participate among elite competition.

Building upon a record number of competitors last season, this event features over 4,100 entries from over 15 different states, with over 3,100 runners expected in the high school division and nearly 1,000 in the college/open races.  The fast 5K and 8K courses provide athletes a variety of terrain and a unique view of Disney’s Wide World Sports Complex.
There are 47 women and 42 men teams set to compete in the college/open race representing all four NCAA divisions, most notably the SEC’s University of South Carolina (women) and the University of Tampa Women (Tampa, FL), who are ranked No. 8 in Division II, lead their respective fields.  The Embry-Riddle men (ranked no. 2) and women (ranked no. 17) head the NAIA field. In the high school division, there are 230 boys and girls teams (over 3,100 athletes) competing, of which 27 are ranked in the top-10 within a division in their respective states.

Small School Girls
Keswick Christian currently ranked 3rd in class 1A Florida
Cocoa Beach – currently ranked 12th in class 2A Florida
Naples – currently ranked 9th in class 2A in Florida
Shorecrest – currently ranked 11th in class 1A in Florida
St. Pius X – currently ranked 3rd in Georgia 3A

Invitational Girls
Lyman ranked 5th in class 4A - FLorida
Joann Pierre – Immokalee ranked 8th in 2A - Florida
Stratford – South Carolina – ranked 9th in 4A
Rome – Georgia – ranked 8th in 4A
Liberty-Benton – ranked 7th in Division III - Ohio

Elite Girls
St. Thomas Aquinas – ranked #5 in 3A - Florida
Spruce Creek – ranked # 9 in 3A - Florida
Irmo – ranked 10th in 4A – South Carolina
Chapin ranked 3rd in 3A – South Carolina
Lake Norman – North Carolina – ranked 3rd in 3A

Small School Boys
Circle Christian – ranked # 7 in 1A Florida
Shorecrest – ranked # 11 in 1A Florida
Gulf Breeze – ranked # 7 in 2A FLorida
St. Pius X – ranked #2 in 3A Georgia

Invitational Boys
Okeechobee – ranked #8 in 3A - florida
Timber Creek – ranked #7 in 4A - Florida
Lyman – ranked # 5 in 4A - Florida
Immokalee ranked #12 in 2A - Florida
Lake Norman – North Carolina ranked 10th in 3A
Rome – Georgia – ranked 9th in 4A

Elite Boys
George Jenkins – ranked #6 in 3A - Florida
Joseph Elsakr – ranked #9 individually in 4A - Florida
Countryside  - unranked in class 4A, but probably should be top 5 - Florida
Mountain View – 3rd at the Virginia HS state meet
Thomas Porter – ranked 14th in the South Region out of Mountain View Virginia
Tom’s River North – ranked 6th in New Jersey
Chapin – South Carolina ranked 5th in 3A

University of South Carolina – Women
Tampa – Women currently ranked 8th in Division II
Embry-Riddle – Women currently ranked 17th in NAIA
Embry-Riddle – Men currently ranked 2nd in NAIA

Friday, October 10, 2008
3:00pm    HS JV Girls 5K race
3:30pm  HS JV Boys 5K race   
4:00pm     HS 1A & 2A Girls 5K race   
4:30pm     HS 3A & 4A Girls 5K race
5:00pm  HS 1A & 2A Boys 5K race   
5:30pm     HS 3A & 4A Boys 5K race
6:00pm    Middle School (Grades 5-8) 3200M
6:30pm    Open Race 5K
Saturday, October 11, 2008
7:45am     University Men’s 8K race
8:30am     University Women’s 5K race   
9:00am     Elite Invitational HS Girls 5K race   
9:35am    Elite Invitational HS Boys 5K race
10:10am    Invitational HS Girls 5K race
10:45am    Invitational HS Boys 5K race   
11:20am    Invitational JV Girls 5K race
11:55am    Invitational JV Boys 5K race   

About Disney’s Wide World of Sports® Complex 
Opened in 1997 at Walt Disney World Resort, Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex is a leading sports and entertainment venue for amateur and professional sports in the United States. The sprawling 220-acre state-of-the-art complex features the Milk House, a 165,000-square-foot field house which seats 5,500 for basketball; the 9,500-seat Champion Stadium ballpark; the Hess Sports Fields, which include multiple baseball, softball and soccer fields; and the Jostens Center, an 80,000 square foot multi-sport field house. In addition, the complex has 11 tennis courts, including a stadium court, and a track and field complex. The complex is home to more than 180 amateur and professional sports and entertainment events each year, including the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp, the Major League Baseball Atlanta Braves spring training, a Tampa Bay Rays regular-season series, the NBA Pre-Draft Camp, the Pop Warner Super Bowl, Chelsea Football Club events, the Special Olympics Florida Summer Games and the AAU National Championship events. Please visit www.disneysports.com for more information.

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