Frostproof runs to victory

AVON PARK - The Avon Park boys and girls cross country teams hosted a meet on Monday and Frostproof won the boys title, while Hardee finished first in the girls competition. The Bulldogs claimed the five-team boys event with a score of 49 points, DeSoto placed a close second with 53, Hardee came in third place at 67, Lake Placid was fourth with 73, Avon Park had 112 and Mulberry finished with 163. Lake Placid's Dalton Shelton was the boys overall winner with a time of 17 minutes, 31 seconds, Frostproof's Ean Ormsby placed a district second in a time of 18:26 and Antonio Gomez of Frostproof was third in 18:45. Shelton, who was the 2011 and 2012 Highlands Today All-Highlands Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year, cruised to the easy victory and is focused on qualifying for the state competition this season.
DeSoto's Lisandro Cisneros came in fourth place in a time of 19:07, Guillermo Martinez was fifth in 19:47 and Logan Lashley was Avon Park's top finisher in 19:56. Lake Placid's Julian Obregon finished in 20:17, Green Dragon Scott Sigrist came in at 20:37 and Red Devil Chase Langston was at 21:07. In the girls competition, Hardee was first with 22 points, Frostproof came in second place with 63, Moore haven had 89, Avon Park finished with 91, Lake Placid ttaled 104 and DeSoto rounded out the scoring with 146. Frostproof's Dorothy Alvarade finished first by a wide margin with a time of 24:17, while Hardeee's Maria Munoz came in second place with a time of 24:51 and Araceli Ramos of Hardee was third in 24:53. Sarah Becera of Avon Park was top local finisher with a time of 26:22, while Gabrilla Perez was the top runner for Lake Placid in a time of 27:46. In Thursday's cross country action, Lake Placid swept both the boys and girls events at ameet in Moore Haven. The Green Dragon boys finished first with 23 points, DeSoto was second with 42 and Avon Park came in third at 60. Shelton led the way for Lake Placid by finishing first in 15:19, Green Dragons Carlos Santana and Julian Obergo were second and third respectively in times of 16:49 and 17:09. Avon Park was paced by Juan Patino in a time of 18:44 and Chase Langston came in at 19:06. Lake Placid won the girls competition with 41 points, Avon Park was a close second with 43, Moore haven had 55 and DeSoto rounded out the team scoring with 88. Viviana Leon of Moore Haven was the girls overall winner in a time of 22:05, while Lake Placid's Gabriella Perez was third in 22:55 and Avon Park's Jennifer Patino was fourth at 22:57. 863-386-5837