PHSC Cross Country Runner D’Angelo breaks school records

Today, Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) women’s cross country team was ranked 8th in the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) National poll, the highest ranking in school history.

“We entered the race ranked No. 1 in Florida College System Activities Association/National Junior College Athletic Association (FCSAA/NJCAA) Region 8,” said Jacki Wachtel, PHSC women’s cross country head coach. “I’m pleased with the outcome of our first four races and confident we have the work ethic to defend our reign as Region 8 Champions.” Under the direction of head coach, Jacki Wachtel, PHSC consistently ranks nationally in the top 25 and has won the NJCAA Region 8 cross country championship in 2016 and 2017.

“The goal is to stay in the top 25,” said Wachtel, of the 8th nationally ranked team who will travel to Tallahassee to race in the FSU Invitational on October 12. 

Runner Olivia D’Angelo broke the college’s 5K and 6K school records. D’Angelo, a freshman from Steinbrenner High School, Lutz, Fla., finished the 5K race at the University of Florida Mountain Dew Invitational on Saturday, September 22, 2018 in 18:48.4 (60th overall) to set a new school record, previously held by PHSC alumna Samantha Greenlee (19:24 in 2013). The Bobcat’s team averaged 20:06 on the UF golf course. Top runners also included: Isabel Oliveto (19:44.8), Grace D’Angelo (19:54.8), Quincy Mayer (20:20), and Megan McDowell (21:43.4). 

            “You know Olivia has put in the summer miles and worked hard when she breaks two school records in two weeks,” said Wachtel. D’Angelo broke the 6K school record on September 15 at the Gil Dodd International race, again surpassing Greenlee’s 6K record of 24:08 set in 2012. She also finished second in the Invitational women’s 5K in Lakeland, last weekend.

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