Tavares Red Sea Running Club Boys and Girls cross-country teams put on an outstanding performance at the 2023 MileSplit Middle School Cross-Country National Championship, securing the runner-up spots in both the boys’ and girls’ divisions.
The Red Sea Girls team, fresh off their Florida Cross-Country State Championship victory, showcased their talent by amassing 89 points in the 4K national championship race. They were narrowly edged out by Colorado’s Summit Ridge Middle School, who secured the national championship with 81 points. In third place, the Taylor Road Middle School from Georgia, the state championship team out of Johns Creek, finished with 95 points.
(The girls team finished as runner-up at Nationals.)
On the boys’ side, the Tavares Red Sea Boys continued their impressive run, placing 2nd in the entire nation. After capturing the Florida Cross-Country State Championship just a week earlier, they accumulated 81 points, trailing only behind Miwok Middle School, the California state champion from Sacramento, who scored 43 points. Indianapolis’ Franklin Central Junior High, the Indiana state championship team, took third place with 93 points.
(The boys team finished runner-up at Nationals.)
The Red Sea Running Club also celebrated the remarkable achievement of Aliana Alvarez, an elementary runner who clinched the 21st position in the K-5 elementary race, despite being only a 2nd grader.
In the girls’ division, notable results included Isabella Neal (44th place), Laken Hartley (49th place), Jimena Nava-Garcia (53rd place), Sophia Maldonado (64th place), Lindsey Mishler (69th place), and Helen Robertson (94th place).
Among the boys, standout performers included Liam Ilea (31st place), Nick Alvarez (57th place), Eric Chen (60th place), Emiliano Lozano (80th place), Navid Lozano (81st place), Omar Castillo (92nd place), Nate Meloy (108th place), Seth Manion (112th place), and Tahjier Neal (113th place).
The elementary division featured impressive performances by Aliana Alvarez (21st place), Arieyahna Neal (26th place), and Avery Maldonado (57th place).
Tavares Red Sea Running Club’s remarkable showing at the national championship solidified their position as one of the premier cross-country programs in the entire country. The entire Tavares community is immensely proud of their exceptional achievements. Congratulations to the Red Sea Boys and Girls teams on their stellar season!
Photo Credit – Kevin Von Maxey