The Riverview High School cross country team is now competing in meets and has currently attended two. The team has run in the East Hillsborough invite in Plant City as well as the Jim Ryan Invitational at Holloway Park in Lakeland.
At the East Hillsborough Invite on Tuesday, August 22, the Riverview girls varsity placed second overall. Sophomore runner Alyssa Hendrix won the meet with a time of 20:14. Other placing female runners include Julia Rohm, who placed fifth with a time of 22:01 and Adrianna Hagel, who placed 11th with a time of 24:04.
Following the East Hillsborough Invite, Riverview participated in the Jim Ryan Invitational last Saturday. At this meet, Hendrix won with a time of 18:47; this time is now recorded as the fourth-fastest time in the history of running events at Holloway Park. Rohm also took a medal for Riverview at 13th place. The team placed 10th overall of 43 schools.
The Riverview varsity boys team also placed in the East Hillsborough meet at fourth overall. Ricardo Perez placed 14th with a time of 20:11, Nick Franklin placed 18th with a time of 20:51, and Eli Davila placed 21st with a time of 21:11. At the Jim Ryan Invitational, the boys team placed 25th among 66 schools. With their improved times, three boys- James Gordon, Eli Davila, and Nick Franklin- are currently all sub-20 runners. The difference in times between the two first meets signifies an improvement for both male and female Riverview runners according to Riverview head cross country coach Mary Lichtenberger.