The Lakewood Ranch High girls cross country team made history this morning, capturing the school’s first regional title.
The Lady Mustangs finished with 32 points — 25 points ahead of Fort Myers who finished second — to win the Class 3A-Region 3 cross country meet at the Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte.
Freshman Kristin Zarrella crossed the finish line first for Lakewood, finishing third overall in 19:15.63. Freshman Olivia Ortiz finished fifth in 19:25.19 followed by sophomore Devin McDermott (sixth) in 19:35.17; freshman Ashley Platt (ninth) in 20:02.21; and freshman Natalie Novak (11th) in 20:12.42. Junior Emily Wray finished 35th in 21:42.54.
Braden River freshman Bridget Lanier led the way for the Lady Pirates, finishing 18th in 20:39.78, followed by freshman Madison Daunt (21st) in 20:57.57. The Lady Pirates finished 11th overall with 255 points.
Lakewood will return to action Nov. 21 in the FHSAA Cross Country Finals at Little Everglades Ranch in Dade City.
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Coats for kids
Knights of Columbus Councils are helping children in need by providing coats to children in their communities through the order’s Coats for Kids program.
Santa and his elf made a surprise stop Dec. 13, at WineStyles, in San Marco Plaza, by Harley-Davidson motorcycle, during the store’s weekly Friday night wine-tasting event.
Members and guests of the Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club ventured Dec. 4 to Orlando, to view holiday decorations at the Grand Floridian and to have lunch at Downtown Disney.