TALLAHASSEE — Freshman Michaela Ashley placed fourth in girls Class 2A and Graceville’s Hunter Potts was fifth in boys Class 1A highlighting area performances in state cross country meets held Saturday morning.
Ashley, competing in her first state gathering, established a new school record of 18 minutes, 44 seconds as underclassmen dominated in that division. Nine of the top 12 finishers either were freshmen or seventh- and eighth-grade students.
Arnold placed 19th as a team while representing the first cross country squad in school history to advance to state. Mikayla Hodges was 14th overall in 19:22, Cami Bazin placed 136th in a personal-best 22:20, McKenna Hyman was 147th with a personal best of 22:45, Brooke Jaworski was 163rd in a personal best of 23:54 and Christina Gaillard was 164th in 23:57.
Potts was fifth in 16:12.38 for Graceville. Wewahitchka’s boys team placed 23rd. For the Gators, Joshua Epps was 125th overall in 18:51.38. Micah Lister ran 19:08.70 to place 140, Elijah Sarmiento 19:20.05 for 145, Jason Haire 19:35.20 for 149, Colby Gay 20:04.77 for 161 and Weston Sarmiento 20:08.45 for 163.
Also competing was Hannah Plazarin of Blountstown in the 1A girls race. She placed 75th in 21:31.71.
Mosley’s Aaron Jane became just the second Dolphin boy ever to run in a state meet. His time of 16:44.07 was 57th in the 3A contingent.
Team titles went to Oak Hall and Holy Trinity in 1A, Jacksonville Bolles and Bishop Kenney in 2A and Belen Jesuit and Estero in 3A.