Rejuvenated Mallory White Wins Cross Country City Meet For Lakeland Christian
Thu. September 29, 2011 at 1:08 a.m. | By Solange Reyner
By SOLANGE REYNER
A year ago, Lakeland Christian junior Mallory White decided to put the brakes on her high school cross country career.
She was burnt out from running competitively for nearly six years and wanted some time away from the sport.
The break helped her rejuvenate.
And although she's not running as fast as she used to, she's slowly getting back to the times she posted as a freshman, when she won The Ledger's 2009 Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year award.
On Tuesday, White took another small step in that direction, finishing first at the Lakeland City meet held at George Jenkins.
She ran a 20:16, a good time considering the conditions — hot and hilly.
Jenkins' course is one of the toughest in the state according to FLRunners.com, a website that focuses on cross country and track and field coverage.
"The first mile I was trying to go easy because right when you start off there's a huge hill," White said. "The second mile was more downhill so I tried to accelerate. On the third, I just tried to survive."
White's teammate, Rebecca Eaves, placed second (21:09) for Lakeland Christian, which won the team title ahead of George Jenkins and Lakeland.
Phoebe Ferguson from Lakeland finished third (22:21).
On the boys' side, senior Mark Mutz brought home the individual title for the Vikings.
Mutz, who finished in 10th place in the state tournament in Class 1A last season, ran a 16:45 to pick up his first city title.
Ra Renman, from All Saints, placed second with a 17:50 and Chad Kirkman had an 18:01 for Lakeland to take third.
"Ra always runs a good race," Mutz said. "At the end I had a good lead on him but I didn't know how close he was to me and I was a little concerned."
To prepare for the season, Mutz put in extra miles each week over the summer. And he got the chance to view amazing scenery while doing so.
During a family vacation in Europe, Mutz ran along the Berlin wall. On a mission trip to China, he got a few chances to run 12,000 feet above sea level in smaller areas of the Himalayas.
Lakeland Christian finished sixth overall in the team standings behind Lake Gibson, Kathleen, Lakeland, McKeel and George Jenkins, which won its 12th city title in a row.
Weasley Trussel was the highest finisher for the Eagles. He placed fourth with a time of 18:06.
Lakeland City Meet
1. George Jenkins (GJ) 43, 2. McKeel (M) 71, 3. Lakeland (L) 111, 4. Kathleen (K) 120, 5. Lake Gibson (LG) 134, 6. Lakeland Christian (LG) 139, 7. All Saints (AS) 163, 8. Santa Fe (SF) 171, 9. Tenoroc (T) 224, 10. Sonrise Christian (SC) 255
1. Mark Mutz (LCS), 16:45; 2. Ra Renman (AS), 17:50; 3. Chad Kirkman (L), 18:01; 4. Wesley Trussel (GJ), 18:06; 5. Casey Bradly (M), 18:20; 6. Jonathan Hulzebos (L), 18:27; 7. Landon Schneider (GJ), 18:44; 8. Jared Fuller (LCS), 18:46; 9. Jonathan Schrader (GJ), 18:53; 10. Lief Heunkson (M), 19:04; 11. Daniel Wolf (GJ), 19:15; 12. Ryan Codd (GJ), 19:20; 13. Braudeu Bower (LG), 19:23; 14. Zach Rhoden (GJ), 19:41; 15. Fred Capel (K), 19:44; 16. Jack McHugh (SF), 19:49; 17. Dustin White (M), 19:62; 18. Caleb Reyes (GJ), 20:00; 19. Clay Logsden (M), 20:20; 20. Mitch Gulifer (M), 20:28.
1. Lakeland Christian (LCS) 28, 2. George Jenkins (GJ) 61, 3. Lakeland (L) 68, 4. Santa Fe (SF) 112
1. Mallory White (LCS), 20:26; 2. Rebecca Eaves (LCS), 21:09; 3. Phoebe Ferguson (L), 22:21; 4. Katie Pantoja (GJ) 23:15; 5. Ashton Heninkson (M), 23:26; 6. Jessica Fuller (LCS), 23:31; 7. Erin Ginn (GJ), 23:46; 8.Hannah Warren (LCS), 23:47; 9. Ashley Linderman (K), 24:04; 10. Kelly Jackson (SF), 24:09; 11. Mary Lanzino (LCS), 24:19; 12. Briana Sklavanek (LCS), 24:40; 13. Caroline Madden (L), 24:41; 14. Melanie Turquia (GJ), 25:49; 15. Ceara Riley (GJ), 25:50; 16. Holly Whitten (L), 26:24; 17. Emily Davis (L), 26:28; 18. Shelby Bridges (M), 26:29; 19. Aliyah Sauter (L), 26:30.