The Hillsborough Harriers made a strong impact at the Elementary races on Friday and the Middle School races on Saturday at Holloway Park in Lakeland for the FLYRA State Meet.
Notable finishes in the Championship races included Ellie Pleune (11:19, 4th overall), Jacquelyn Abanses (11:22, 5th overall) and Zach Harrigan (10:14, PR, 4th overall). The runners overcame some difficult course conditions including temperatures reaching into the 80’s and the addition of sand to the course trails.
“They put a lot of sand on the course,” observed Pleune.
“It was tough…they definitely added sand,” Harrigan remarked.
The Harriers were not eligible for a team award.
“At the State Meet, only school teams (that is, teams that are made up of runners who all attend the same school, regardless of whether or not the school officially sponsors the team) are eligible for the team title,” former Harriers Coach Don Bly explained.
Saturday marked the end of the 2016 cross country season, although some Harriers will continue into post-season AAU cross country, with a qualifier race November 12th and National Championships in Tallahassee December 3rd. Stay tuned.