It is a rebuilding year for the Spanish River High School boys’ cross country team. Despite missing their No. 1 runner, senior Joseph Garcia, who is nursing a hip injury, the Sharks managed a runner-up finish in the recent King’s Academy Invitational in West Palm Beach.
Spanish River junior Jacob Garrett was the top boys’ finisher for the Sharks as he took 11th with a clocking of 18:39.40. Two sophomores, Daniel Reyes (19:02.69) and Maccabee Harad (19:05.32), also cracked the top 20 in the boys’ race as they finished 16th and 17th, respectively, as the Sharks totaled 97 points.
The King’s Academy, which won the meet with 49 points, had three runners finish in the top five, led by winner Colton Lawson (16:56.37).
Spanish River’s girls were seventh overall with 153 points as they were led by junior Katelyn Sadorf (21:24.74), who finished 12th overall. Freshman Gabrielle Cardenas placed 27th with a time of 22:45.02 to finish as the No. 2 runner for the school.
The King’s Academy junior Avery Fronrath completed the 3.1-mile layout with a time of 19:17.40 to take the girls’ individual title.
“This is a rebuilding year for Spanish River,” said Sharks Coach Doug Horn. “Our boys finished in a solid second place despite missing our No. 1 runner. I am very excited about our JV boys who had a dominating performance. Our girls’ varsity had a very average day, but they will be fine. Our girls’ JV took second place with some freshman girls who stood out.”
Horn said he was encouraged by the junior varsity performances of freshman Marlowe Patterson for the girls and sophomore Max Cescato, who won the boys’ JV race.