McNatt lowers nation’s best time as Tigers win girls district title

Holy Trinity boys finish fourth


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Holy Trinity eighth grader Carly McNatt (left) ran a blistering time of 17:13 to win the Class 1A District 11 championship on Saturday. Teammate Matthew Allen was the top boys finisher for the Tigers, coming in 13th.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

Holy Trinity’s Carly McNatt was already able to lay claim to the title of being the nation’s fastest eighth grade cross country runner.

But on Saturday morning, McNatt lowered the bar even more.

Running on her home course in the Class 1A, District 11 championship race, McNatt finished the 5K race in a time of 17:13, or 11 seconds faster than her previous best.

Of the 12 district final race results listed on flrunners.com, not only was McNatt’s time by far the best of any girl, it would have been the winning time in five of the boys races as well – including her own district.

McNatt wasn’t the only Tiger to have a good day as Holy Trinity placed six runners among the top seven finishers.

Senior Alesa Wiechecki Vergara finished second in a time of 20:52, while seventh grader Braelyn Wahy was third (21:34), seventh grader Ivy Knight was fifth (21:49), freshman Julia McNatt was sixth (21:52) and eighth grader Gabriela Shenbaum was seventh (22:24).

Junior Charlotte Varnes made it seven runners in the top 10 with her time of 22:03.

Junior Amelia Anello came in 14th (24:20) and sophomore Isabella Weiner was 16th (25:03).

On the boys side, sophomore Matthew Allen was Holy Trinity’s top finisher with a time of 20:01, which was good enough for 13th place.

Eighth grader Ryan Henderson finished 15th for Holy Trinity (20:12), which finished fourth as a team.

Other runners for the Tigers included sophomore Jackson Riggs (21:38); sophomore Gregory Bouyoucas (25:48); senior Arturo Pagan (26:09) and junior Brandon Assam (28:35).

Next up for the Carly McNatt and the Holy Trinity girls will be the Class 1A, Region 3 meet on Friday at Holloway Park in Lakeland.