Coming into October we are seeing that athletes are starting to get into really good shape for the championship season.  The FSU Invitational / Pre-state meet was a great arena to showcase fitness as we saw meet records drop in both the middle and high school races.

On Friday night, Cheyenne Thomas of the Red Sea Running Club ran a middle school meet record of 10:28 for 3k, a time that would have placed her in the top 5 in the middle school boy’s race. On Saturday, the high school boy’s meet and course record went down as Patrick Koon of Leon High school dropped a 14:50. The previous record of 14:59 was held by Sukhi Khosla, a Leon high school alumni. In the same race, we saw 8th grader Marcelo Mantecon run 15:45. He is currently the top 8th grader in the country and #10 all-time on the national lists.

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The Contenders

Brett Peveto (Emerald Coast Middle School)

 Peveto won a very competitive FSU Middle School boys race in a timeof 10:15. Peveto’s win helped his Emerald Coast Middle School boys claim the team title.

Charlotte Sikes (Swift Creek Middle School)

This 6th grader from Swift Creek Middle School won the LCS MS XC Championships in a very quick 11:20 for 3k. Her time was 32 seconds faster than the next best competitor and was also a meet record.

Cheyenne Thomas (Red Sea Running Club)

Thomas led her Red Sea Running Club to a team victory with her record-breaking win in the Middle School Girls Race at the 2022 FSU Invitational. Thomas’ time of 10:28 was a meet record and currently ranks as the fastest time run by a middle school girl this year.

Jack Koon (Fairview Middle School)

The 8th grader from Fairview Middle School took the top spot at the LCS MS XC Championships. His time of 10:15 was 5 seconds faster than the next fastest athlete in the race.

Marcelo Mantecon (Belen Jesuit)

Mantecon is rewriting the record books with the phenomenal 8th year he has had so far. Mantecon followed up on his 15:48 at the Southern States Showcase with a 15:45 at the FSU Invitational. 15:45 is the fastest cross-country 5k ever run by a Florida 8th grader and number 10 on the all-time national list.

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