New course born at Lincoln InvitationalSeptember 7, 2002
By David Yon
The local cross country powers met at Tom Brown Park on Coach Perry Shaw’s redesigned course for the Lincoln Invitational Cross Country meet on Saturday. Coach Shaw faced the same washout and construction hurdles that Paul Hiers had the week before and so yet another new course was born at Tom Brown. While all of the area teams were represented at the meet few put all of their runners on the line this early in the season, but it was still an excellent early season meet.
Maclay’s Adrianna Piekarewicz ran like a veteran on the course as she waited for the last straightaway to reel in Rutherford’s Amber Miller and capture the girl’s title by four seconds 20:56 to 21:00. Allie Hunter (Lincoln, 21:29), Karla Savery (Chiles, 21:40) and LaShaunta Arnold (Rickards, 22:23) rounded out the top five. Chiles High School captured the girls overall title by besting Maclay, 65 to 74. Lincoln (99), Enterprise (138), Lynn Haven Mosley (162), Springfield Rutherford (174), North Florida Christian (226) and Godby (239) rounded out the girls teams.
Maclay teammates Josh Hollingsworth and Ryan Deak ran step for step to finish in the top two spots in the boys competition with times of 16:39 and 16:41, respectively. Ryan, returning to Maclay after a year of running for Lincoln, appeared to be providing strong support for his teammate Josh. Maclay grabbed the top spot for the boys race with 20 points and three of the top five finishers. Tyler Williams (Rutherford, 17:00), Alex Brickler (Maclay, 17:19) and Logan Wolcott (Leon, 17:27) rounded out the top five. The rest of the boys teams were Leon (73), Lincoln (97), Godby (138), Chiles (149), Lynn Haven Mosley (205), Springfield Rutherford (224), Florida High (328) and North Florida Christian (370).
The FSU invitational is next week at the Miccosukee Greenway starting at 9:00 on Saturday.