Buchholz teams sweep Bobcat Classic

Buchholz's Riley Smith (103) and Evan Fleming (79) finished first and second in the boys 5K cross country race and Eleanor Whisler (136) topped the girls race on Saturday in the Bobcat Classic.
Buchholz's Riley Smith (103) and Evan Fleming (79) finished first and fourth, respectively, in the boys 5K cross country regionals race and Eleanor Whisler (136) finished 11th to lead the first-place Bobcats.
File photos by Seth Johnson

Riley Smith and Eleanor Whisler topped their respective races and led the Buchholz boys and girls cross country teams to wins at the 23rd annual Bobcat Classic on Saturday.

The Buchholz boys team finished with 33 points for first place, beating second-place Mandarin who had 69 points. St. Francis Catholic took third with 100 points.

Smith ran the 5K race in 16 minutes, 34.8 seconds. Buchholz teammate Evan Fleming took second at 16:36.8.

Other area runners to finish in the top 10 included Sam Stone (St. Francis Catholic) with a fourth-place time of 16:56, Clement Weiler (Gainesville) at sixth place in 17:12.2, Samuel Freas (Buchholz) at seventh in 17:17.2 and Gino Palazollo (Buchholz) at 10th in 17:51.1.

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On the girls side, Buchholz won with 28 points ahead of Mandarin’s 56 total points.

Whisler won the 5K race in 19:41.4 and teammate Kaitlyn Goslinga took third in 20:06.7. Buchholz runners Ashley Hamilton placed seventh in 21:18.9, Karsyn Goslinga was eighth at 21:39.1 and Maggie Whisler took ninth in 21:41.4.

The Bobcat Classic was run at Santa Fe College in Gainesville.

BOYS TEAM SCORES: 1. Buchholz, 33; 2. Mandarin, 69; 3. St. Francis Catholic, 100; 4. West Port, 103; 5. Columbia, 138; 6. Belleview, 163; 7. Baker County, 200; 8, Gainesville, 203; 9. St. John Lutheran, 227; 10. Eastside, 231; 11. Santa Fe, 235; 12. Newberry, 284; 13. University Christian, 381.

GIRLS TEAM SCORES: 1. Buchholz, 28; 2. Mandarin, 56; 3. St. John Lutheran, 90; 4. Gainesville, 123; 5. Eastside, 150; 6. St. Francis Catholic, 152; 7. Belleview, 165; 8. Santa Fe, 196; 9. Columbia, 200.

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