Fort Myers hadn’t won a state trophy in 37 years before claiming second place in Class 3A last season. The Green Wave didn’t have to wait that long this time around as they placed second for the second straight year on Saturday in Tallahassee.

Powerhouse Belen Jesuit placed all five runners in the top 11, but Fort Myers did enough with top runner Joseph Koraya taking fourth in 15:47.2 followed by Craig Allard (20th, 16:30), Timmy Schultz (28th, 16:42.9), Jack Shea (44th, 17:05.3) and Keaton Roberts (46th, 17:06.7) to post 125 points.

The previous two Green Wave trophies date back to winning back-to-back state titles in 1983-84.

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Evangelical Christian School's Ava Povich wins the 10th Annual DDD Sommer Invitational with a time of 7:35 p.m. at Estero Community Park on Saturday, September 3, 2022.

For the second year in a row, Evangelical Christian’s Ava Povich was the region’s highest-ranked female runner at the state as she took third place in Class A in 18:16.3. Povich had finished seventh in the past two years at state, including in a time of 19:11.8 as a junior.

“I had a lot of great competition in the 1A women’s race this year, so I’m really happy to come away with a bronze medal and a personal best,” Povich said. “It was especially exciting to do it in Tallahassee on my new home course, as I recently committed to racing at FSU. Overall, I think it was a great way to end my cross-country season. country senior, and looking forward to big team goals for the track season.”

Bishop Verot sophomore Mackenzie De Lisle took fifth place in class 2A in 18:07. It caps off a season where she won the Private 8 title, finished second in the district meet and third in the regional meet last week in 19:02.

“I was really happy with my time and my placement,” De Lisle said. “I stayed focused and came out strong. All the hard work paid off so overall I was really excited about the race.

Mackenzie De Lisle of Bishop Verot leads Ava Povich in the Private 8 cross country race at Bishop Verot on Saturday October 15, 2022. She would go on to win.

Her place and time took a big leap from her freshman year when she placed 16th in 19:20.7.

“I definitely came in stronger and smarter this year. I have a post-season race in late November, in Eastbay, NC and hope to do some PR there and maybe get under 18. I have more in me.

In Class 4A, Lehigh junior Gianna Del Pizzo placed 13th with 19:18 in her first appearance in the state.

Palmetto Ridge senior Bernardo Barnhart took 10th in 15:56.7, a big jump from last season when he finished 26th in Class 4A in 16:22.8. The Bears finished eighth as a team as Chris Amador was 16th in 16:05.

Behind Fort Myers in Class 3A, Declan Ziomek of Cape Coral finished ninth overall in 16:56.8 as the Seahawks took fifth place as a team with 209 points. His teammates William Canales were 17th in 16:25.6 and Jake Jacoby 40th in 17:03.4.

Napoli’s Hector Toro finished 15th in 16:22 to lead the Golden Eagle to 11th with teammate Jack Marshall 30th in 16:49.2 and Richard Garcia 41st in 17:03.7.

Immokalee placed 15th led by Angel Nichols in 47th and Barron Collier took 22nd.

For the Class A boys, the SFCA took sixth place with 223 points, followed by the Community School of Naples in eighth place with 296. Sergi Guzman of the Seahawks was the top individual finisher, finishing seventh in 16:11.5 . The King’s Hayden Tank finished eighth overall in 16:12.9 with AJ Duda 34th in 16:59.3 and Blake Wolters 37th in 17:03.8.

“I felt pretty good,” Guzman said. I tried to stay with the leaders to give myself a chance to win, so I fell pretty hard. My first mile was 4:49 and I finished in 4:11.”

Naples Community School's Sergi Guzman leads the Private 8 cross country race at Bishop Verot on Saturday, October 15, 2022. He would go on to win.

For Class 3A Girls, Naples was the top team at 13th with 387, followed by Fort Myers 16th, Barron Collier 24th and Lely 32nd. Masha Dorofeev of Fort Myers was the top local finisher in 47th in 20:05.6 followed by Tara Watkins of Naples in 53rd (20:11.7) with Sofia Torres of South Fort Myers in 54th (20:13.3) . Barron Collier’s Addison Gurrick led his team in 66th at 20:26.3.

Canterbury’s Gabriella Santucci was the second-best local individual finisher behind Povich in Class 1A, taking 20th in 19:32.3, followed by First Baptist’s Katie Beam in 27th (19:46.9) and Tommie Bade of SFCA in 29th (19:47.4). Lauren Lappin of The Village School was 33rd in 19:54.4 and Sienna Audrey of CSN 35th in 19:57.1.

CSN ranked ninth as a team with 332 points, followed locally by First Baptist (12th, 403), Village School (17th, 462), Canterbury (19th, 468) and SFCA (20th, 477).

The Bishop Verot boys took fifth place in class 2A with 227 points and Estero 22nd. Grayson Tubbs was the Vikings’ leading runner in 18th at 16:28.4 with Andrew Marino in 42nd, Zach Engel 49th and Cooper Banks 50th. For Estero, Max Sedmak was 41st and Liam Sedmak was 45th.

The Oasis girls placed 23rd in class 2A led by Jazlyn Forbes who finished 27th in 19:31.8 while the Vikings’ Kylie Thomas placed 38th in 19:48.8.

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