The LRHS cross-country girls qualified for the state final

Jennifer Shank – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The LRHS girls cross country team secured a spot in the state finals last Saturday at North Port High School.

The girls ran at the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) 4A Region 2 championship.

Going into the race, the Mustangs were ranked 11th.

The Mustangs placed eighth out of 16 teams.

They will be attending the FHSAA 4A State Finals next Saturday, Nov. 5 in Tallahassee.

Mustangs’ individual scores were as follows –

  • Sophomore Olivia Spiegel – 19:19 in 8th place
  • Sophomore Addison Shea – 20:07 in 21st place
  • Freshman Skyler Quigley – 21:10 in 50th place
  • Sophomore Kyleigh Halloran – 22:19 in 80th place
  • Freshman Sophia Malbran – 22:52 in 97th place
  • Freshman Gabbie Hotaling – 23:16 in 104th place
  • Freshman Erin Hogan – 25:31 in 112th place

Sophomore Olivia Spiegel led the way, taking home a top 15 finisher medal.

Cross country and track coach Rae Ann Darling Reed said, “Today, the girls came together as a team, ran for each other, and really focused on their finishing places which is exactly what was needed to get to State.”

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Two new personal best times were run by Malbran and Hotaling. 

“In my first-year coaching at Lakewood Ranch I am proud of all they have accomplished so far and very excited for our future,” Darling Reed continued.