Boys cross country: 5 to watch
Creekside: They’re coming off two state titles, part of an extraordinary run of success that’s made St. Johns County history. There’s a lot of speed to replace: Top runners Matthew Clark, Nick Deal and Jackson Storey have all graduated and now run in college. But the Knights always find fresh talent. This year, that means it’s time for Matt Ortiz and a promising new crop to shine.
Creekside: The speedy Openshaw sisters are set to strike again for the Knights. Claire Openshaw is a sophomore, Tara Openshaw is a senior, and between the two, they should give Creekside a powerful 1-2 punch at the top.
Top Returnees: The girls will rely on the Openshaw sisters as well as Karson Gruber and Lydia Karl to qualify for state for a 10th straight year. Claire Openshaw finished sixth at the Class 3A state championships as a freshman. Tara Openshaw, a senior, is the only holdover from the 2014 team that won the state title. The boys face the gargantuan task of replacing three runners who finished in the top 10 at the state meet. Senior Riley Strauch, junior Matt Ortiz and sophomore Ian Smith will be tasked with leading the team this fall.