Pine Crest’s Yared re­peats in girls 2A

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Sports - By Gary Cur­reri Cor­re­spon­dent

Pine Crest ju­nior Tsion Yared ran a per­sonal-best and state-record 17 min­utes and 26.63 sec­onds to re­peat as the Class 2A girls state cham­pion at the FHSAA state cross coun­try meet at the Apalachee Re­gional Park in Tal­la­has­see on Satur­day.

Yared, who won for the third time in five years, shaved more than

34 sec­onds off her pre­vi­ous best state time of 18:00.16 sec­onds when she won last year’s race. Her time this year was not only a Class 2A record but also the 12th-fastest time at the state meet for all clas­si­fi­ca­tions.

“I have never bro­ken 18 [min­utes] on that course, so it felt amaz­ing,” Yared said. “I had been run­ning fast times all sea­son, so I knew I could push my­self. I love the state meet.”

Af­ter win­ning the state ti­tle in 2014, Yared was side­lined for the state cham­pi­onships the fol­low­ing year with a stress frac­ture in her shin. She fin­ished sec­ond in

2016 be­fore win­ning the past two years to be­come the sixth in­di­vid­ual cham­pion in the last seven years for Pine Crest, which is tied Yared for third-most in state his­tory.

Pine Crest ju­nior Emily Faul­haber was third with an 18:16.29 clock­ing and also helped the Pan­thers fin­ish run­ner-up to Jack­sonville Bolles, who won the team ti­tle as they placed six run­ners in the top 19 to fin­ish with 66 points. Pine Crest was sec­ond with 84 points. The Pan­thers have fin­ished run­ner-up be­hind Bolles from

2012-2015 and won cham­pi­onships in both the 2016 and

2017 sea­sons. “Count­ing this year, it has ei­ther been Bolles or us fin­ish­ing 1-2 seven years in a row,” said Pine Crest cross coun­try coach Paul Baur. “We knew it was go­ing to be a fight. They run re­ally well to­gether as a pack. They have been do­ing that all sea­son long.

“We had some in­juries this sea­son and some girls coming back,” he added. “We ob­vi­ously wanted to win, but we were re­ally pleased to be sec­ond. [Ju­nior] Maya Belezany was just cleared to run in Oc­to­ber af­ter be­ing out since April and she ran a per­sonal-best time of 19:23.83, which re­ally helped us.”

South Florida Heat ju­nior Joseph An­der­ton was fourth in the Boys 1A race with a per­sonal-best time of

16:03.40. Ben­jamin se­nior Ted Twyman was sev­enth over­all with a 16:19.63 time.

Boca Ra­ton’s Pia Beaulieu was fourth in the girls Class 4A race. The sopho­more tied her per­sonal best with an 18:23.76 clock­ing to de­feat ri­val Rylee Pustil­nik, a ju­nior at Spanish River. The Sharks were the top girls' team from Broward or Palm Beach County fin­ish­ing

13th over­all.

“I wanted to stick with the first pack,” said Beaulieu, who was fifth at state last year. “I knew I could tol­er­ate the pain and I am re­ally happy where I fin­ished.”

Saint An­drews sopho­more Eleanor Ty­morek was sixth over­all in Class 2A with an 18:27.74 clock­ing. Cal­vary Chris­tian got a strong per­for­mance from eighth-grader Sa­man­tha Ka­vanaugh, who fin­ished

37th over­all (19:35.07) to fin­ish in sev­enth with 222 points.

In the Boys 2A race, Thomas Ro­driguez, a se­nior at Arch­bishop McCarthy, was 17th with a 16:23.51 clock­ing, while Pine Crest se­nior Gabriel Ortega ran

16:40.82 to take 22nd. Pine Crest’s boys took eighth over­all with 284 points. Jack­sonville Bolles ran away with the team ti­tle with 21 points as they took the top four places and has six run­ners in the top 13.

St. Thomas Aquinas was led by ju­nior Ai­dan Bres­lin, who fin­ished ninth in the Class 4A boys race

(16:13.46), while Colin Bres­lin was 21st at 16:34.18. Fort Laud­erdale’s Michael Fiore and Piper’s Sukiel Foucha were 12th and 13th re­spec­tively. St. Thomas Aquinas took fifth place with 193 points. Sara­sota won the state ti­tle with 84.

For­est Hill’s Isa­ias De La Puente was a dis­ap­point­ing

59th with a 17:01.20. The two-time Sun Sen­tinel Palm Beach County Run­ner of the Year, who has bat­tled in­juries all sea­son, placed third at the state meet last year with a per­sonal best time of 15:44.47.

In the Boys 3A race, Dwyer ju­nior John Lesh was 30th (16:41.41). In the girls 3A race, Dil­lard sev­enth-grader Chris­tian Cole­man took 16th with a time of 19:10.77 as the Pan­thers took 12th with 334.

King’s Academy, led by ju­nior Cameron Dunn’s

19th-place fin­ish at 17:01.47, was sixth over­all in Boys 1A with 238 points. King’s Academy fresh­man Mia Ro­driguez was 11th with a

19:21.82 time in the girls Class 1A race. Boca Chris­tian se­nior Sena Erick­son was 16th with a time of

19:50.23. King’s Academy fin­ished sev­enth at 257. Pan­thers right wing Juho Lam­mikko con­trols the puck Satur­day against the Is­landers.

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