The fall season of Orange Belt Conference fall championships ended last Wednesday with the OBC boys and girls cross country meet at St. Cloud High School.

While senior Bulldog Zach Cloud won the boys race in 16:06 by a healthy 33 seconds over senior teammate John-Anthony Hernandez, the race for the team championship was as close as possible, with St. Cloud (40 placement points) beating out second-year Tohopekaliga (41). All totaled, Bulldogs and Tigers made up 14 of the first 25 boys finishers.

The girls race was the opposite. Harmony sophomore Alanie Rivera (19:19) outkicked teammate Brooke Mullins by just six seconds, but Longhorns Brynn Magner (20:25) and Claire Darin (21:20) followed right behind as HHS (18) won the team tally in a runaway from Celebration (56) and St. Cloud (64).

Madison Burkhalter (23:13) was eighth for Harmony. In between and earning All-Conference honors where Celebration’s Gabriella Macedo (fifth, 21:26) and Olivia Fabbiani (seventh, 22:02) and St. Cloud’s Gabriella Lugo-Pardo (sixth, 21:27).
Osceola (128), Gateway (141) and Tohopekaliga (150) rounded out the girls teams.
On the boys side, Tohopekaliga’s Jerdary Ayala (16:53) and Adolfo Castro (17:10) were third and fourth, followed by Poinciana’s Omar Windett (17:19), Celebration’s Jared Falchook (17:21), Harmony’s Stephen Romer (17:22) and St. Cloud’s Frank Cordovez (17:25) to round out the All-Conference team.

Celebration (78), Harmony (99), Osceola (128), Poinciana (157) and Gateway (186) followed in the boys team race.

Overall in the fall, St. Cloud shined brightest, winning three of seven team OBC titles; the Bulldogs added boys and girls golf to Wednesday’s race win, and were second in volleyball.

Four other schools won one title each: Osceola claimed volleyball, Gateway and Celebration won girls and boys swimming and Harmony won girls cross country.
Next up: the winter. Teams compete for OBC titles in basketball, soccer, boys wrestling and girls weightlifting.