Two Lady Seahawk cross country runners took part in Saturday’s Sizzler 5K on St. George Island as they prepare for a season that has them on track for challenging school records.
Freshman Addyson Paul, 13, ended up in 13th place, with a time of 24:04.5, about 15 seconds faster than eighth grader Isabella Polous, 13, who finished 15th. They finished second and third in the entire female division.
“They’re in great shape now,” said their coach Anna Bull, who was on hand to cheer them on. “They’re very strong and they’re going to have great seasons this year.”
The team’s top runner, Josiah Friddle, was unable to make the race due to a family commitment.
The team runs four days a week, in the early morning, either at school or in the vicinity of Bull’s house.
The season gets underway in earnest Saturday, Aug. 12, with the preseason Miller Landing Madness race, which is either 8K, 5K or 3K depending on runner’s preference, at Elinor Klapp Phipps Park in Tallahassee.
Two weeks later, at the same park, there’s the Dueling Summits race. On Saturday, Sept. 9, the team will take part in the John Paul II Panther Invite, and the following week will compete in Wakulla County at 3Y Ranch, with a team trip to Wakulla Springs afterwards.
On Tuesday, Sept. 26, it’s the Crusader Classic, for elementary and middle school only, at Holy Comforter. On Saturday, Sept. 26, it’s the FSU Invitational and pre-state Apalachee Regional.
On Saturday, Oct. 7, there’s a voluntary opportunity for the runners to take part in the Tate’s Hell 5K at St. James Bay.
The district meet is Nov. 4 and the regional meet between Nov. 8 and 11. The prized state meet is Friday, Nov. 17 at Apalachee Park in Tallahassee.