XC Enjoys Excellent Showing at Mac Invitation

Elisa Williamson

Blue & Gold Staff Writer

The Gulf Breeze cross country competed in the J.D. Mac Invitational on Saturday, September 28 and it turned out to be the team’s best meet. Gulf Breeze’s runners were against up to 22 schools, but nothing could stop them from doing as amazingly as they did.

The varsity girls ran first and most were able to get a personal record (PR). Three of the girls from Gulf Breeze were even able to place in the top fifteen. Sophomore Elisa Williamson placed fifth with a time of 21: 31. Only one person behind her, junior Mira Helms was seventh place with a 21:38. Delaney Williams, a sophomore, placed eleventh with a time of 22:02 and junior Kendall Helms, Mira Helms’ sister, was fourteenth place with a time of 22:11. All four of them got their best times of the season and overall, the varsity girls took first place out of 14 other teams. Williams said, “It was a really fast and fun race and getting first place for girls varsity was super cool.”

The boys' team did just as spectacular. The varsity boys were up against 18 other school, but they did not stand a chance against Gulf Breeze. Junior, Finn Youberg got a time of 17:03 and only .49 of a second behind him, was Cade Seeber, also a junior. Together, the two boys placed fifth and sixth. Javier Lorenzo Arroyo, a sophomore, was also in the top 15 and got eleventh place with a time of 17:34. Through all their hard work, the Gulf Breeze boys were second place out of all the other teams.

The last race was JV, who kept up the winning streak. Oscar Garcia-Villa, a sophomore, finished in second place with a time of 19:06. Garcia said, “The race was really good overall. I thought the team did well and performed better than the last few weeks.” Zach Giovanini, a freshman, came after him in fifth place with a time of 19:20. As for the girls, freshman Amie Birk had a time of 22:59 and was the first girl to cross the finish line. Mariah Casson, also a freshman, was the second girl to finish and she had a 24:09. This was a personal best for both girls.

In the end, the Gulf Breeze cross country team did amazing at the meet and made an ever-lasting impact. Coach Scott Gordon thought that this was the team’s meet because “not only because we took home two trophies, but the team is really pushing each other to get better.”