The Blaney sisters continue to excel at running on the collegiate level. On Saturday, Anne-Marie and Catherine Blaney competed on opposing college teams at the 2013 UF Mountain Dew Invitational, in Gainesville Florida.
Anne-Marie, a sophomore at UCF, placed 3rd overall in the collegiate women’s 6k with a UCF record time of 21:20. As a Belleview Rattler, Anne-Marie, was a three-time Ocala Star Banner Runner of the year and a multiple time top-10 state finisher. Anne-Marie came into national prominence her senior year after winning the UF Florida Relays 3200m in a time of 10:35. She followed up her great 3200m time with a 10:29 2-mile and 16:59 5k at the New Outdoor National Championships.
Catherine , Anne-Marie’s younger sister and a Freshmen at USF, placed 28th overall in the collegiate 6k with a time of 22:29. Catherine’s squad managed to beat that of her older sister’s by 44 points. As a runner for Belleview, Catherine was a force on both the county and state level. Catherine capped off her senior year with a 4th and 5th place finish in the 3200m and 1600m at the Florida 3A State track meet.
Also on hand at the 2013 Mountain Dew Invitational were a few local high schools from Marion County.Both high school girls and high school boys ran a 5k race. Below are the top 5 team and individual places from our local runners.
Top 4 Marion County Girls Teams at UF (Only 4 local teams scored)
45th – Belleview 1388 Pts
49th – Forest 1413 Pts50th – North Marion 1449 Pts
55th – Trinity Catholic 1522 Pts
Top 5 Marion County Female Individuals at UF
The top performer from Marion County was North Marion’s Freshmen Sensation , Leigha Torino. Leigha toughed out the hot conditions and rolling hills, running a 21:04.
78th – Leigha Torino (NMHS) – 21:04
158th – Keely Pisczek (BHS) – 22:31
189th – Kayla Zehnder (WPHS) – 23:02
231st – Brooke Banner (TCHS) – 23:44
236th – Sabrina Yser (FHS) – 23:54
Top 5 Marion County Teams at UF
41st – Forest 1066 Pts
46th – Trinity Catholic 1364 Pts
47th – North Marion 1392 Pts
49th – Belleview 1469 Pts
51st – Westport 1518 Pts
Top 5 Marion County Male Individuals at UF
The top male performer was, Senior, Ben Waller of Trinity Catholic High School. Ben ran an impressive 16:59, improving on his performance at the Lecanto Panther XC Invitational by 44 seconds!
52nd – Ben Waller (TCHS) – 16:59
116th – Cristian Cobb (FHS) – 17:44
181st – Nick Berardi (WPHS) – 18:36
206th – Moises Herrara (NMHS) – 18:52
212th – Joryan Hernandez (BHS) – 18:54