Estero girls XC wins District 3A-12

Estero girls XC wins District 3A-12


Estero girls XC wins District 3A-12


Estero's cross country teams captured good performances at District 3A-12 Thursday.

Estero’s cross country teams captured good performances at District 3A-12 Thursday.

Estero High’s cross country teams left the District 3A-12 championships at Palmetto Ridge on Wednesday with more than a few successes.

The girls won their first district title since realigning out of 3A-11, the boys finished third and each qualified for the Region 3A-3 meet in Holloway Park in Lakeland on Oct. 30.

“Overall, it wasn’t pretty but we got the job done,” Estero head coach Ben Pignatone said. “As a coach, you’re never satisfied. I’m happy and I’m proud of them for the effort.”

Junior Arye Beck captured his first district championship by leading the boys field in 16:37, a personal record by 10 seconds. It was also his first win since 2013 and arguably the biggest of his career. Senior Jake Dorn was seventh overall in 17:17.

“That’s huge for his momentum going into the region,” Pignatone said. “He’s been having some great workouts and he’s a big team player. Hopefully he’ll get even faster.”

In the girls race, senior Daley Cline clinched her first district title, too, stepping over the finish in 19:37, just one second off her personal best in 2015.

It came after a second-place performance in 2014 and a third-place outing in 2013. She was followed by teammate Megan Giovanniello, who timed in at 19:47. Freshman Alayna Goll was seventh in 21:04.

“I’m really proud of all of our girls,” Pignatone said. “Our fourth girl (Abigail Barroso) PR’ed by a lot. That will all help in the future when everyone gets to regions and states. I’m hoping these girls roll on and get faster.”

FHSAA District 3A-12
Boys Results
1. Arye Beck, Estero, 16:37
2. Nick Kamen, Gulf Coast, 16:49
3. Zoltan Hepp, Naples, 16:58
4. Cooper Back, Gulf Coast, 16:58
5. Oscar Rodriguez, Naples, 17:10
6. Jack Matute, Palmetto Ridge, 17:11
7. Jacob Dorn, Estero, 17:17
8. John Amaya, Gulf Coast, 17:17
9. Chris Reynolds, Gulf Coast, 17:22
10. Chris Davis, Naples, 17:26

Boys Team Results
1. Gulf Coast, 34
2. Naples, 47
3. Estero, 60
4. Barron Collier, 121
5. Palmetto Ridge, 130

Girls Results
1. Daley Cline, Estero, 19:37
2. Megan Giovanniello, Estero, 19:47
3. Sofia Wajner, Palmetto Ridge, 19:55
4. Adrian Pascotto, Barron Collier, 20:11
5. Andrea Vargas, Palmetto Ridge, 20:36
6. Rebecca Shakour, Naples, 20:57
7. Alayna Goll, Estero, 21:04
8. Trinidy Huges, Palmetto Ridge, 21:07
9. Camille Strackbein, Gulf Coast, 21:18
10. Abigail Barroso, Estero, 21:23

Girls Team Results
1. Estero, 32
2. Palmetto Ridge, 37
3. Naples, 65
4. Gulf Coast, 84
5. Golden Gate, 145


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