Schneider, 3 Polk Teams Head To State Cross Country Meet
Fri. November 16, 2012 at 1:00 a.m. | By Nathan Halverson
By NATHAN HALVERSON
LAKELAND | George Jenkins runner Landon Schneider qualified for the Class 3A state cross country meet being held in Tallahassee at Apalachee Regional Park on Saturday.
It was the first time as an individual Schneider qualified. He's happy he made it, but a bit sad he will be running without his teammates.
"It's a little bitter sweet," Schneider said. "It was a personal goal this year, but I would still like the team to be up there with me."
"We ran our hardest and it just wasn't enough this year," Schneider added.
Schneider qualified in Class 3A with a time of 16:43.58 placing him 15th in the region meet. The top 15 individuals advance to the state meet..
"That was one of my best times," Schneider said.
In Schneider's freshman year the team qualified for state at the Little Everglades Ranch in Dade City. He finished with a time of 18:58.62 and placed 165th out of 187 runners, while the team finished 22nd out of 24 teams.
Schneider is hoping to get a time under 16 minutes.
"He is a hard worker," George Jenkins coach Dan Snell said.
The McKeel boys team along with Eagles runner Schneider will be heading for state. The Wildcats finished second in the Class 1A, Region 3 meet last Saturday in Melbourne to qualify.
Casey Brady, Dustin White, Leif Henrikson, Ducan Lippincott, Dakota Jones, Dylan Sadowsky, and Caleb Brady will be competing as a team for the Wildcats in hopes of winning state.
Class 3A boys will be starting at 9:15, while Class 1A boys will start at 10:55 in the morning.
For the girls, George Jenkins and Lakeland Christian both qualified for the state meet, the Eagles in 3A and the Vikings in 1A and will be starting at 10:05 a.m.
Seven girls will be running for George Jenkins: sophomore Ruby Lewis, Theresa Trentham, Heather Meskimen., twins Avory and Makenzie Baker, Casey Johnson and Gina Aulisio.
"There is slight chance we will win it," girls cross country coach Dale Meskiman said. "Estero is the cream of the crop in Class 3A. Our goal is to crack the top 12."
The Eagles are seeded No. 16.
Lewis and Trentham are eaching aiming to to run under 20 minutes, while the other girls want to set a personal record.
"They have done very well this year," Meskiman said. "They worked hard. We set three goals this year win county, district and qualify for state."
The Eagles have certainly done that.
"We are really pumped," Meskiman said. "No pressure on us. At the beginning of the season, we weren't on anybody's radar. I am just very proud of the way they worked. Its truly a team."
Senior Mallory White will be leading the Vikings girls team along with teammates Jessica Fuller, Brittany Lewis, Breanna Skladanek, seventh grader Kennedy Lewis, Mary Lanzino, and Hannah Warren in hopes of capturing the Class 1A title.