On Saturday, November 10, the Circle Girls Cross Country Team achieved a rare accomplishment in high school athletics in winning back-to-back State Championship Titles. This years win marked the third Cross Country Team Title (2015, 2017, 2018) over the last four years to go along with a State Runner-up in 2016.
On a cool morning in Tallahassee on the 5000 meter Appalachee Regional Cross Country course, the girls toed the line against the top 24 teams in the state and gave their best team performances of the season. The girls total team score of 70 points (the finishing place of each teams top 5 runners) was 20 points better that runner-up Oak Hall from Gainesville who would finish with 90. Holy Trinity from Melbourne, behind State Champion Carly McNatt would finish in 3rd place with 149 points. The Circle teams collective times of the scoring top 5 averaged 19:41 setting a new school record for 5000 meters (3.1 miles) eclipsing last years record. The team was lead by Sophomore Sinkenesh Parker who would finish 2nd overall for the second year in a row with a time of 18:41 and Junior Brooke McEwen running 19:05 and finishing in 7th place. This was the fourth consecutive year for Sinkenesh and the third for Brooke to finish as one of the Top 10 individuals, making it to the Awards Podium, and being selected First Team All-State. The third finisher for the Centurions was Sophomore Archike Parker who would finish in 14th place running a personal best (PR) time of 19:46 followed by Junior Mulu Parker running 20:16 for 27th place. The final scorer for the team was Freshman Caroline Spivey who would finish 45th in a time of 20:50. Spivey was followed close behind by fellow Freshman Anagrace Fagot running in her first State Championship running a personal best time of 20:54 and finishing in 48th place while 7th grader Grace DeJesus rounded out the teams finisher placing 50th with a time of 20:56. This was the lowest point total for Circle at the State Championships and was the first time they had all 7 runners finish in the top 50.
For next season, all of the top runners return along with a number of additional talented runners who will be pushing for top varsity spots helping the team improve and progress. Through it all, the girls look to continue to strive for excellence utilizing the gifts and talents each has received from God for His Glory. Congratulations Girls! Circle is so proud of you!