LARGO -- The biggest meet of Grace Casagrande's season was run on a balmy Friday morning with temperatures hovering in the low 70s.
Consequently, the Cardinal Mooney senior had no complaints about the conditions at Taylor Park during the Class 1A-District 10 meet.
"At counties, we ran at like 4 o'clock, so it was so hot," she said. "So compared to that, it was perfect."
She had no complaints with the result, either.
Casagrande took first while establishing a district record with a time of 18 minutes, 21 seconds, beating runner-up Alexandra Eaton of St. Petersburg Shorecrest Prep by seven seconds.
"I just wanted to use it as training for regional and eventually, for state," said Casagrande, a district champ for the first time. "Just go out there and push it, and I think I did. I'm happy with it."
It has been a banner year thus far for Casagrande, who is ranked first in Class 1A by flrunners.com. Next up is the Region 3 meet at 10 a.m. Nov. 2 in Melbourne.
Casagrande took 13th during last year's state meet.
"Just keep training," Casagrande said of her postseason strategy, "and trying to train so I can peak right for state."
The top four teams and top 15 individuals clinched a berth for region. Joining Casagrande next week will be Saint Stephen's Lauren Csubak, who took fifth (20:21). Csubak's performance helped the Falcons lock up a team bid by taking third with 102 points.
Caroline Pierce took 23rd (23:05), and Alexandra Howe took 24th (23:06) for Saint Stephen's.
Out-of-Door Academy qualified as a team, finishing fourth with 105 points. Chloe Rupper finished 10th (21:26) for the Thunder, which also got a 20th-place finish from Carling Landeche (22:47).
The Cougars were fifth (105).
Cardinal Mooney swept the individual titles when Cal Davidson-Turner took first on the boys side with a time of 16:14. The Cougars qualified as a team by finishing fourth with 95 points.
Mooney had five runners finish in the top 25 -- Davidson-Turner, Adam Sage (21st, 18:53), Liam Hudson (22nd, 18:57), Gerald Thompson (24th, 19:02) and Mitchell Gannon (25th, 19:04).
Also qualifying was Saint Stephen's Henry Howell, 12th with a time of 18:04.
The Falcons took seventh (170), and Out-of-Door Academy was 10th (253).