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Edwards leads Wave to state in 3A cross country

Estero girls, Fort Myers boys capture team titles at Region 3A-3 cross country meet


12:00 AM, Nov. 10, 2012 EST

Battling a cold for about a week Fort Myers junior Emily Edwards knew what she had to do, take care of business.

Just a year ago she finished 22nd and missed going to the Class 3A state meet but Edwards wouldn't let this cold keep her from the Nov. 17 finals in Tallahassee.

Her time (18:37.3) made her the only girl to dip under 19 minutes, winning her first regional meet to go along with district and county individual titles earlier in the season.

"I think I just went in with a lot more confidence and just knowing to run my own pace," Edwards said. "Just take it out with whoever comes with me or if I'm by myself just push it on my own. Just run with confidence."

The Region 3A-3 team title went back to Estero for the second consecutive year senior. Kacy Smith (19:07.0) placed second and senior Katy G. Solis (19:15.4) was right behind her in third. Estero had six girls finish in the top 15 Friday for 39 points.

Fourth-place Fort Myers will be joining Estero in Tallahassee as well as Cypress Lake, which finished in sixth for the final spot to advance to the state meet.

On the boys side the meet record of 16:25 was taken down by the top three finishers, Carlos Miranda (16:08.2) of Palmetto Ridge and Fort Myers' Aesop Brown (16:13.9) and Tyler Bennett (16:18.4).

This was Miranda's third regional title in a row and a bit of a surprise after coming in third behind Bennett and Brown at the District 3A-12 meet.

"I had a little sickness going in, I didn't have enough iron or protein in my body," Miranda said.

Fort Myers brought home the team title for the second consecutive year but it wasn't as decisive as the 2011 15-point victory over Estero. The Wave won by eight points over Naples 46-54 with a key eighth-place finish by sophomore Dean McGregor (17:04.1) to go along with 2-3 finishes from Brown and Bennett.

Estero will also be making the drive to Tallahassee with a third place finish of 79 points, Jose Cartagena was their top finisher (16:48.5) coming in eighth.

 

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