Devin Crews, a sophomore at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School, ran a 17:37.01 over the three-mile course to finish second among area runners during the state cross country championships at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee.

Devin Crews, a sophomore at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School, ran a 17:37.01 over the three-mile course to finish second among area runners during the state cross country championships at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee.

Crews finished 40th overall out of 186 runners, second among area runners behind Garry Barnes of Cottondale, who finished 24th.

The time was a personal best for Crews.

Kanon Martin of Port St. Joe finished in 18:07.99 for 68th.

“Devin did great,” said Coach T.C. Brewer. “Kanon was a little dejected, but he ran a great time.

“Everybody worked hard all season. I am already looking forward to next season.”

The Tiger Sharks return all but one runner from this year’s team.

The Port St. Joe girls qualified as a team for the state meet and ended up finishing last among the 24 teams in Class 1A.

However, it is worth noting that all the teams in front of the Lady Tiger Sharks hailed from private schools.

“I am not making excuses, but that is what we had to compete against,” said Coach Sandy Quinn, Jr. “The girls ran well. The course was great and we competed well. We definitely thought the girls did a fantastic job.”

Emily Lacour finished 81st out of 175 girls in a time of 21:56.76 with Autum Kotelman 91st in a time of 22:16.14.

Zoe Gerlach (22:16.14) was 118th, Genavieve Rocha (24:08.10) was 152nd, Savannah Burkett (24:58.30) was 166th and Quinci Elphinstone (25:18.94) was 169th.

None of those girls is a graduating senior.