LARGO -- After what Lakewood Ranch's volleyball team accomplished Wednesday night, Ande McDonald was too amped to go home and get right to sleep.
So McDonald, the team's sophomore libero, got home at around 9:30 p.m. from the Mustangs' victory over Tarpon Springs East Lake in a region match and stayed up until after midnight.
At about 5:30 a.m., she was getting in her morning swim in at a local pool. And not long after that, McDonald was jogging down the home stretch at Eagle Lake Park, where she took fifth in Thursday's Class 3A-District 10 cross country meet.
"I feel really good, actually," McDonald said after completing the course in 19 minutes, 58 seconds, to secure a berth at the Region 3 meet Nov. 7 in Estero. "It's just really nice out right now. On the way back, I plan on falling asleep."
McDonald said she was looking forward to running Eagle Lake's course. If she wasn't, McDonald acknowledged it would have been hard to get going on such little rest.
"It's fast and it's paved," McDonald said. "You're on flat, downhill cement, and then we go down trails that are just shells ... back there (the back stretch), there's grass. And it's hard and it's compact and it's just easy to run on."
Lakewood Ranch also qualified as a team, finishing with 49 points to take second behind Sarasota (17). The top four teams and 15 individuals made the region meet.
"I was trying to break 20 (minutes). I did, but last year I ran a faster time as a freshman," McDonald said. "I haven't been focusing on cross country as much this year, so I expected my times to be slower this year, so my times were a little off. But I was just hoping to break 20, and I did."
Sarah Fazio, Mackenzie Malone and Shaleyia Lee took ninth, 10th and 11th for Lakewood Ranch, while Emma Fazio was 14th.
Ranch's boys enjoyed a similar finish, clinching a region bid with 52 points to take runner-up behind Sarasota (32).
"The boys ran really well," Lakewood Ranch coach Bryan Thomas said. "It's nice to leave here with one of those brown trophies. They're not easy to get."
The Mustangs' advancement out of the district meet was much more dramatic last year, when they finished tied for the last team berth with Seminole Osceola. They were awarded fourth place on a tiebreaker and eventually made it to state.
This year's state meet is Nov. 15th at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee.
"That's their goal," Thomas said.
Kyle Wray took fourth for the Mustangs with a time of 16:32, just ahead of teammate John Rivera (16:37). Read Corley (12th) and George Dabbiero (13th) also cracked the top 15 for Ranch.
Palmetto's boys took seventh with 195 points. Its top finisher was Steven Neumann, who came in 31st with a time of 18:21. Braden River was 11th with 282 points and received a 41st-place finish from Mitchell McCormick (18:53).
On the girls side, Braden River was seventh with 178. Leading the way for the Pirates was Sofie Leto in 22nd with a time of 22:13.
Palmetto was eighth with 184. Bridget Ambrose was 20th (22:08).