KHHS Guy runs school record at region XC

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Posted 11/22/22

Mussante: All RegionLAKELAND, Fla. – Senior Alex Guy of the Florida Southern men’s cross country team ran the fourth fastest 10K time in program history while setting a new program record …

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KHHS Guy runs school record at region XC


Mussante: All Region

LAKELAND, Fla. – Senior Alex Guy of the Florida Southern men’s cross country team ran the fourth fastest 10K time in program history while setting a new program record for a 10K performance at the NCAA Region Championship Saturday morning. The Keystone Heights, Fla. native completed the distance in 31:45.4 to become just the fourth Moccasin all-time to run a sub-32 minute 10K. Guy led the Mocs to a sixth place team finish in the 18-member field at the 2022 NCAA South Region Championship hosted by Florida Southern College in conjunction with Polk County Sports and Tourism. Guy’s individual time earned him 19th overall and secured All-Region honors for the senior.
Guy surpassed the previous FSC Regional Record Holder Eric Walker’s (2003-06) time of 31:47 which was set at the 2006 NCAA Region Championship.
In the womens race, the Florida Southern women’s cross country team took ninth overall Saturday morning at the 2022 NCAA South Region Championship. The Mocs suffered a few injuries late this week which caused the team to have just six competitors compared to the rest of the field which all had seven runners in the race.
Junior Ellie Fluman and sophomore Emma Mussante led the way for the Mocs as they took 23rd and 24th, respectively, to earn All-Region recognition.
Mussante is a Middleburg High graduate.
In Lakeland on November 19, Fluman posted the ninth best 6K region championship performance in program history as she crossed the line in 22:21.7 while Mussante posted the 10th best time in program history at 22:24.0.
At Embry Riddle University two weeks prior, the Florida Southern women’s cross country team took sixth overall at the 2022 Sunshine State Conference Championship held in Daytona Beach, Fla. Junior Ellie Fluman and sophomore Emma Mussante earned Second Team All-SSC honors while Fluman was named to the All-Championship Team. Mussante is a Middleburg High graduate.
In the mens race, former Keystone Heights High runner Alex Guy, a senior at Florida Southern, finished as the fourth Moc in 16th overall in 27:06.6. The Florida Southern mens team finished fourth with host Embry Riddle winning the team title with 24 points with Saint Leo, Tampa and Florida Southern finishing in a tight flurry with scores of 65, 66 and 74, respectively.
“That was one of the toughest courses we’ve run all year,” said Guy. “We ran three loops around the campus with a nice hill at the start of all three loops.”
For the girls, Fluman picked up her second Second Team All-SSC honors of her career after taking ninth overall in the meet, just two spots out of First Team recognition. Fluman completed the season-long 6K course in 22:56.8. Mussante secured her first all-conference honors after placing 13th overall with a time of 23:22.6.
The next three finishers for the Mocs placed between 34th and 37th place to round out the scoring five. Sophomore Marisa Kortright, a Fleming Island High graduate, took 34th in 24:54.8, just ahead of junior Emery Roth who finished in 35th with a time of 24:58.5. The fifth and final member of the scoring five was sophomore Mya Stam who crossed the line in 37th in 25:14.3.

Sophomore Julia Svartstrom and junior Jinia Johnson finished 51st and 52nd, respectively. Svartstrom completed the distance in 26:15.0 while Johnson crossed the line in 26:17.5. The next pairing for the Mocs were freshman Caitlin Beery and sophomore Karah McElhone who went 62nd and 63rd. Beery finished in 27:03.5 while McElhone turned in a time of 27:07.7.

Kailes top Bull at American XC

The University of South Florida men’s and women’s cross-country men and women’s teams competed in the American Athletic Conference Championships held at Mohawk Park on Friday.
For the men’s 8K race, senior Ben Kailes (St. Johns Country Day School) was the top finished for USF with a time of 25:40.5. Tyler Wadsworth (Port Charlotte, Fla.) and Sebastian Edwards (Celebration, Fla.) followed behind for the Bulls with times of 26:31.9 and 26:33.8.
The women finished in 11th with a final score of 313 and the men’s squad checked in at 9th place among with a score of 259.
Freshman Cora Kolodge (Fair Haven, Mich.) paced the women’s team with a time of 22:50.1 and finished in 51st position, while Kelly Lynch (Wilmington, Del.) placed second for the Bulls in 53rd position with a time of 22:54.7. Alyssa Wyatt (Jacksonville, Fla.) rounded out the top three for the Bulls with a mark of 23:52.0.
Also in the American Athletic Conference, the University of Central Florida womens team place eighth. Keystone Heights High graduate Camryn Williams is a member of the Lady Knights team.
UCF and USF will travel to the NCAA South Region championships in Huntsville, AL on November 11 with the NCAA championship in Stillwater, OK, on Nov. 11 and 19.

Young finishes as Lagrange College XC top runner

The LaGrange College Cross Country teams took a road trip to Grady, Alabama, on Sat., Oct. 29 for the Collegiate Conference of the South Championship race at the Greenbrier cross county course.
Competing in the 6K, the women’s team posted a seventh-place finish and was led by freshman Kennedy Young, who had a time of 29:13:5. She was followed by teammates Laurel Reese with a time of 30:23:5 and Lindsey Swearngin with 32:38:9.
Kennedy is a Middleburg High School graduate in Clay County, FL.
The LC men earned a sixth-place finish, with sophomore Luke Jarvis leading the pack with a 32:36:7 finish. Following close behind were Elijah Rachel and Eddie Montgomery with times of 39:19:6 and 39:59:8, respectively.
“I’m really proud of everyone today,” said Head Coach Jasen Jonus. “The team finished strong, and this was a great end to the season. I am excited to see what the team is going to accomplish next year.”
The conference championship marked the end of the season for both teams.


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