Different meet, same story.
A Niceville sweep. A Kambry Smith win.
Bolstered by two top-five finishes and four top-10 showings in both races of Saturday’s Pace Patriot Invitational, the boys featuring a 20-team field and the girls 16 teams, the Eagles added to their collection of first-place finishes on the season.
And so did Smith, the reigning Daily News Runner of the Year.
The Fort Walton Beach junior’s finish of 18 minutes, 29.08 seconds obliterated the girls’ field.
The nearest runner? Niceville’s Lillian Holtery in 19:43.54.
Smith’s dominant showing helped guide the Vikings to a 45-point runner-up finish to the Eagles, who had 35 points and remain undefeated this season.
Following Holtery was teammate Erin Converse in fifth (20:46.09), Elizabeth Segars in seventh (21:04.01), Sophia Dedmore in 10th (22:00.36) and Abigail Vestel in 11th (22:01.70).
For the Vikings, Colby Orcutt was sixth in 20:58.63 and Jensen Shonk was eighth in 21:29.34.
Pacing third-place Choctaw, which finished with 82 points, Chloe Fernandez led the way in fourth in 20:44.84. Crestview finished seventh with 216 points, while Navarre placed ninth with 234 points.
In the boys’ race, won by Pace’s Francisco Ramirez in 16:33.74, Niceville cruised with 39 points to runner-up Choctaw’s 99.
Finn Hodge’s fourth-place 17:11.13 paced the Eagles, who got a fifth-place finish from Jake Dever (17:12.34), a seventh-place showing by Kaden Levings (17:14.88), a ninth-place showing from Todd Wendel (17:33.74) and a 14th-place effort from Dane Dickerson (17:51.83).
Pacing Choctaw was Darius Johnson, who finished sixth in 17:13.62.
Fort Walton Beach, which featured a 10th-place finish by Luke Bilger in 17:39.72 and an 11th-place showing by Ryan Sloan in 17:42.01, was fifth with 123 points. Navarre placed ninth with 294 points and Crestview was 14th with 393 points.