The girls private school division promises to be one to watch as state meet record holder Annabelle Tomasic will look to defend her title from last year. This 6th grader from The Christ School was a surprise winner in 2021 beating a very good Eliana Black. Tomasic’s closest competition looks to be the Bolles 6th grader, Sofia Stam.
The Favorites: Bolles
High school state championship teams are built when the kids are in middle school. This is apparent when you look at the top ranked private schools in both the middle and high school levels. The Bolles girls squad is the top ranked high school team in the state of Florida and they are there in part because they also produce some of the top ranked middle school teams. This year’s squad is no different as they boasts a top 4 that have run under 12 already this season. Bolles number 5, Elise Sumner, has only run 12:50 this season but she has a 3k xc pr of 12:13 and has been running predominately 5ks this season. If she can close the gap to number 4, this team will be hard to beat. They are going for 5 in a row.
Top Contender: Assumption Catholic
Fate would have that the 2nd ranked team in the state resides about 4 miles away from the race favorites. The girls from Assumption are lead by 6th grader Graziana Gowdy who has a season pr of 11:40. Theses girls will be hoping to improve on their 4th place finish from last year.
Chase Pack: Episcopal and Providence
Turns out the girls don’t need to travel too far to see good competition. Episcopal and Providence are both located within 10 miles of Bolles and happen to be the next two ranked teams by time. Add in the fact that Club Team Favorites, No Excuses, is also from the area and you see that Jacksonville might be the number 1 area for girls distance in Florida. Both Episcopal and Providence will be looking to put their top 5 under 13 in the private school division race.