The cross country season ended for the Marco Island Charter Middle School with a strong showing at the Celtic Invitational at St. John Neumann High School last week.
In a very competitive meet, the girls finished just two points out of first to Canterbury School in Fort Myers.
The boys came in second to Belen Jesuit Preparatory of Miami, which turned in an outstanding score of 22, with all seven runners in the top 10.
Rosie Poling finished the season the way she started, winning the event in a course record 12:28 for the two-mile run, one minute, 20 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. The top six runners were in the top 12.
Madison Bonfitto raced to seventh, Julia Cartwright, eighth, Emma Fernandez, 10th, Kelsey Halaschak, 11th, and Hannah Hegarty, 12th.
Those six, along with Adrianna Marroquin, have qualified to run in the Florida State Middle School Championships at Lakeland on Saturday. A year ago an experienced team finished seventh. This year there are no eighth graders.
“It will be a field stocked with outstanding runners,” coach Roger Raymond said. “It will be a challennge for the girls and a great experience.”
At the Celtic Invitational Josh Wagner continued his good running, finishing second in a boys school record 11:48.
Kole Bartos ran strong, finishing 11th, followed by Santiago Ruiz, 15th, Kyle Bartos, 17th, Cody Demalavez, 21st and Andrew Sprankle, 24th.
Raymond looks forward to next year when the boys and girls teams return all runners.