Boys cross country team keeps improving

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The boys cross country team finished a respectable 19th out of 24 teams at the Mitchell (Mike Holl) Invitational last Saturday morning in New Port Richey, Fla., defeating neighborhood rival Shorecrest Prep along with large public school teams like Fivay, Tarpon Springs, Tampa Bay Tech, and Gaither.

Freshman Philip Henderson, who is running cross country for the first time ever, had the best finish for the BlueJackets with a time of 20:10.40, which was good enough to crack the top 50 in 49th place. Jose Lynch ‘18, who finished in 91st place with a time of 21:45.60, and Stephen Mikell ‘19, who finished in 94th place with a time of 21:48.70, were the other two Farragut runners to crack the top 100 of a race that had 166 total runners.

Freshman Ashton Raymer (23:46.40), freshman Eric Sokolowski (23:52.90), and sophomore Alex Oi (24:33.00) round out the other varsity runners who competed at the invitational, the fourth meet of the season for the BlueJackets.

“We’ve improved each week, and the times have gotten better and better,” said second-year head coach Reva Moeller.

“The key element has been getting them back in competitive shape. I’m really happy with how they did last week, though. They finished the race with enough energy to continue, which is a sign of good things to come.”

The BlueJackets will compete at the Flrunners.com Invitational in Titusville on Saturday, September 30th. The meet is the biggest of the season with a little over 300 teams and 3,000-plus athletes from the Southeast competing in different divisions.

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Farragut will be the host school for the Farragut Cross Country Meet on October 4 and the City Championships on October 13 before competing in the district tournament in Bradenton on October 20.