St. Thomas girls run away with eighth BCAA ti­tle

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - SPORTS - By Gary Cur­reri Cor­re­spon­dent

SUN­RISE — St. Thomas Aquinas’ girls cross coun­try team had never swept the top five places in the BCAA meet un­til Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

Even in re­build mode, the Raiders were led by se­nior Valentina House, who clocked a 19:52.92 time on the sloppy 5K course at Markham Park to help Aquinas win its eighth con­sec­u­tive BCAA cham­pi­onship.

“I knew it was go­ing to be between me and Brid­get [Alex],” said House, who suf­fered from an iron de­fi­ciency dur­ing the cross coun­try sea­son last year and re­bounded to run an 11:39 time dur­ing the 3,200-me­ter in track sea­son. “I don’t win a lot, so this is great.”

Alex, also a se­nior and the defending cham­pion, was sec­ond with a 20:04.41 time. Ju­nior Ni­cohl San­tos Tor­res (20:55.16), fresh­man Ash­ley Wil­liams (21:00.58) and se­nior Alexis Rosa (21:00.63) rounded out the top five for the Raiders.

Car­di­nal Gib­bons se­nior Gil­lian Gul­ley (21:11.27) was sixth and sopho­more Madi­son Gil­man (21:18.78) was eighth to help the Chiefs fin­ish in sec­ond with 67 points. Co­ral Springs was third and Hal­lan­dale was fourth.

The St. Thomas Aquinas boys team won for the 12th con­sec­u­tive time as it scored 33 points to fin­ish ahead of run­nerup Co­ral Springs (107). The two-time defending Class 4A state cham­pion was led by runner-up Ni­cholas Ris­char, a se­nior, who won the BCAA meet last year and was third at the Class 4A state meet.

Monarch se­nior Bran­don Fla­gler won the boys ti­tle as he edged Ris­char at the line with a 16:29.30 time. Ris­char was sec­ond (16:29.40). “This is re­ally big for me,” Flow­ers said. “I also had to run past a semi-trac­tor trailer truck on the course and we had to go around a bro­ken tree to win.”

St. Thomas sopho­more Ai­den Bres­lin (16:37.90) was third, while se­nior Jamir Fer­gu­son (16:54.30) was fifth for the Raiders and Co­ral Springs’ ju­nior Isaac Louigene (16:53.70) was fourth.

Dou­glas (134), Co­ral Glades (135) and West Broward (139) rounded out the top five.

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