A season’s worth of hard work culminated Thursday afternoon in a district title for Evangelical Christian School sophomore Sarah Candiano.
Candiano led from the first minute of the race and easily won in the Class A-11 district girls cross country meet at First Baptist Academy in Naples. Candiano and a strong performance by senior Sarah McBeath helped the Sentinels to a berth in next week’s region meet.
Candiano finished at 19 minutes, 33 seconds, 24 seconds ahead of Community School freshman Lindsay Tomaini, who was second. McBeath was third at 20:15.
Community School won the meet. St. John Nuemann was second, Canterbury was third and ECS finished fourth. The top four teams and 13 indivudal runners will now run on to the region meet next Saturday in Melbourne.
“My plan was to push Sarah as much as possible so we could both get to the region,” said Candiano. “The wind was hard today, but except for that everything went well. This season hadn’t started the way I wanted, but I feel I’m peaking at the right time.”
Canterbury was led by sixth-grader Kendall Flaharty, who came in seventh at 22:16. Junior Katie Flaharty was 11th overall with a time of 23:10.
“I’m proud of myself, because this was one of the harder courses we’ve run on,” Flaharty said.