Middle school sports: Big day for Marco Charter runners at Eagle Invitational

Roger LaLonde Staff
They're off. The boys start their race with 77 runners leaving the line in the  Eagle Invitational on Saturday at Marco Island. Eleven schools competed, with the Manatee boys and Gulfview girls winning the team events.

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Roger LaLonde Staff They're off. The boys start their race with 77 runners leaving the line in the Eagle Invitational on Saturday at Marco Island. Eleven schools competed, with the Manatee boys and Gulfview girls winning the team events.

— In a steady rain the Manatee Middle boys and Gulfview girls won their events in the Eagle Invitational at Mackle Park in Marco Island on Saturday.

The day featured races among the top seven best from each school. Marco Island Charter Middle School’s Rosie Poling and Josh Wagner each won their races, but the stronger depth of other teams left each Marco team in fourth place in the final counts.

“It was a great day for racing,” said Roger Raymond, cross country coach at Marco Island Charter Middle School. “The temperature was good (70 degrees) and we saw some excellent runners.”

For the boys, Manatee Middle School came in first with five runners that counted for team points finishing in the top 15.

Jose Rodriguez and Luis Rubio raced to second and third, Rudge Hippolite, sixth, Yosdany Rodriguez, seventh and Sam Martinez, 15th.

In the girls race, Oakview won with five girls in the top 18. Rebecca Shakour was sixth, Meredith Price, seventh, Angela Caldwell, 11th, Madison Weeks, 12th and Chloe Bryant, 18th.

Wagner won the boys in a time of 10:46 and Poling in 11:17 on a distance of 1.83 miles.

The top seven races each had 77 competitors. Another 150 runners, who did not run in the top seven contest, competed, but the times were unofficial and only kept by each team.

For the boys teams, following Manatee were East Naples, in second, Gulfview, Marco Charter, North Naples, Oasis Middle, Golden Gate, Pine Ridge, LaBelle, Oak Ridge and First Baptist Academy.

For the girls, Oasis was second followed by North Naples, Marco, First Baptist, Oak Ridge, East Naples, Manatee, Pine Ridge, La Belle, and Golden Gate.

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