When Golden Gate runner Alejandro Pedraza sets the pace for a race there aren’t many runners who can keep up.
He wasn’t about to let a state title slip away.
After finishing behind Immokalee’s Leonel Delacruz in both the district and regional championship meets, Pedraza made sure to run the race on his terms as he captured the 2A state title in the 3200 meter run.
“He was focused on his race instead of what kids are doing around him,” Titans coach Jordan Erickson said.“The last couple of weeks he has been letting Delacruz set the pace and I think that actually slowed him down.”
Pedraza pushed the tempo throughout the race and outkicked the gassed competition, including Delacruz, on the final lap to finish in 9:33.67.
“I felt it was my night deep down,” Pedraza said. “I always try my hardest in the state tournament.”
Leonel Delacruz, Immokalee track — Finished second in the 1,600- and 3,200-meters at 2A state finals.
Dan Paul, Community School track — Placed second at the 1A state finals in the discus.
Hayden Platt, Naples baseball — Went 4-for-4 with four RBIs to lead Naples to a district title.
Will Watkins, First Baptist baseball — Gave up three hits, struck out 10 to lead Lions to second straight district championship.