Satellite came into the state cross country meet hoping to end Trinity Prep’s three-year reign as 3A boys champs.
Unfortunately, Trinity Prep’s streak continues as the Scorpions settled for third place with 66 points behind Bolles (64 points) and winner Trinity Prep (50 points).
Satellite was led by senior John Cacciatore, who set a personal record by more than 20 seconds with a time of 15 minutes, 36 seconds.
“I have mixed emotions right now,” Cacciatore said. “I’m happy that I set a PR (personal record), but we didn’t quite get the state title, so I’m a little disappointed.”
The top local individual finisher was Holy Trinity’s Samantha Folio, who was second in the Class 1A girls race, running an 18:34.23.
But this was supposed to be Satellite’s year. The Scorpions came into the race with a senior-laden team and ranked second in the state just behind Trinity Prep. Cacciatore, Trevor Kattenberg (16:04), Egan Kattenberg (16:16) and Michael Wilson (16:19) will all graduate, but Cacciatore is confident the next generation of Scorpion runners will pick up right where they left off.
“We’ve got some really talented young guys, though, so I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do in the future.”
Conversely, the Satellite girls team was thrilled with its third-place finish in 2A. All seven Satellite runners finished in the top 52, and their top five were separated by only 44 seconds.
The Scorpions were led by junior Sara Towers, who placed 30th with a time of 19:36 — a 36-second personal record. Marie Groppel and Lana Rukab followed suit, coming in 37th and 38th respectively.
“I’m very happy with both of our teams,” said Doug Butler, who is coaching in his second year at Satellite. “We came to compete. Our boys came to win, so I was a little disappointed that we couldn’t pull it off. There are four seniors on this year’s team, so they were hoping to go out on top, but we gave it what we had. Hats off to Trinity Prep and Bolles, they ran phenomenally.”
Titusville senior Mason Jones helped carry the pace in the blistering boys 2A race, placing sixth with a time of 15 minutes, 45 seconds.
Amanda Beach finished out her cross-country career at Melbourne Central Catholic finishing in fifth with a time of 18 minutes, 9 seconds.
“I was hoping to finish in the top two or top three, but it just wasn’t my day.” Beach said. “I’m used to pushing the pace, but there was a girl from Gulliver Prep that took over, so I had to just follow her.”
State cross country
Apalachee Regional Park, Tallahassee
Class 1A boys
Top Brevard individuals: 23. Luke Blanchard, BH 17:19.35; 47. Hunter Tyler, BH 17:41.51.
Team results: 1. Westminster Academy 111; 8. Brevard Heat 265.
Class 1A girls
Top Brevard individuals: 2. Samantha Folio, HT 18:34.23; 43. Abigail McHenry, HT 20:57.19.
Team results: 1. Oak Hall 61; 5. Holy Trinity 198
Class 2A boys
Top Brevard individuals: 4. John Cacciatore, S 15:36.00; 6. Mason Jones, T 15:45.82; 11. Troy Smith, R 15:59.20; 14. Trevor Kattenberg, S 16:04.67; 18. Egan Kattenberg, S 16:16.49; 19. Walker Hirsch, S 16:17.16; 22. Michael Wilson, S 16:19.39; 41. John Padilla, S 16:51.50; 44. Matthew Cummings, S 16:53.33; 46. Charlie Dickinson, S 16:54.74.
Team results: 1. Trinity Prep 50; 2. Bolles 64; 3. Satellite 66; 7. Titusville 289; 12. Cocoa Beach 353; 14. Rockledge 358.
Class 2A girls
Top Brevard individuals: 5. Amanda Beach, MCC 18:09.70; 13. Hannah Flemming, A 19:04.00; 30. Sara Towers, S 19:36.16; 37. Lana Rukab, S 19:47.63; 38. Marie Groppel, S 19:49.55.
Team results: 1. Pine Crest 29; 2. Bolles 50; 3. Satellite 156.
Class 3A boys
Top Brevard individuals: 15. Austin Camps, WS 16:14.85; 31. Bradyn Ricca, MI 16:43.60; 38. David Quigley, MI 16:50.24.
Team results: 1. Creekside 93; 15. Merritt Island 380; T19. Viera 477; 21. West Shore 499.
Class 3A girls
Team results: 1. Niceville 63; 19. Merritt Island 472.
Class 4A girls
Top Brevard individuals: 29. Natalie Bress, M 19:26.54; 46. Carli Etrick, M 19:57.40.
Team results: 1. Steinbrenner 82; 22. Melbourne 486.