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Portland, Oregon - On race day, anything can happen. The team that manages best, manages a win. For the tenth annual Nike Cross Nationals, teams for both genders were some of the most evenly matched ever, with individual field equally as deep with talent.
IMG Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Loren Seagraves discusses the school's plan for a state of the art track and field complex and cross country course. The new facilities are part of the school's mantra of "Be More."
Miami Sunset junior Nick Diaz was the lone Florida qualifier for this weekend's Nike Nationals in Portland, Oregon. Diaz punched his ticket after a ninth place finish at the Nike Southeast Regional. Due to a great team performance by the Brentwood High School team, the junior bumped up four spots into that fifth and final position. He landed in the Pacific Northwest on Thursday and will be giving us updates of his weekend so we can go along for the journey as well. Stay tuned to flrunners.com and milesplit.com for the latest in coverage from NXN including results, photos, videos, and a complete recap of all the action.
Now that the 2013 Foot Locker South Regional is in the books, our stats guru Ricky Quintana takes a look at the results and winners from a historical perspective.
With close to 200 girls on the Lyons Township cross country team, runners have plenty of company. He laughs about it now, but three years ago Lyons Township High School girls cross country coach Stetson Steele was convinced his team was too big. "I'll be honest," he says. "With so many kids I thought it would be hard to have success." (via Runner's World)
In this series we take a look at state championship and runner-up coaches, their outlook on the team, the season, and 2014. Eric Pino has been coaching since 2005 spending six years as an assistant at Columbus High School. He then took a year off before taking the head coaching position at Coral Reef two years ago. In his first stint, Pino was coach for four podium finishes by Columbus including three state championships from 2008-2010 and a runner-up finish in 2005. In 2013, he lead Coral Reef to the 4A runner-up trophy.
#1 CBA comes in riding a wave of success, but Fay-Man boys have been here 6 times before and came close to winning three times! Here we go!
Gemini Elementary School third grader Adrian Rupp’s goal was to run 100 miles in the Morning Mile program. (via www.floridatoday.com)
With the 2013 cross country season coming to a close we take a sneak peek at 2014. Who will the top returners be? Who are the top teams? In 2A, will Julia Montgomery pick up her third title in three years or will Mackenzie Wilson finally get her shot. In the boys race, a ton of youngsters line the top spot. Which one will win their first state championship?
It's that time of year where many athletes are making verbal commitments to Colleges prior to the February signing.
Emily Headley relinquished the lead with about 300 meters to go in the Jim Ryun Invitational, an early-season cross country meet in Lakeland. (via Orlando Sentinel)
In this series we take a look at state championship and runner-up coaches, their outlook on the team, the season, and 2014. Pine Crest coach Paul Baur has been coaching boys and girls cross country for ten years. He spent his first seven at Westminster Academy and the last three at Pine Crest. In that time he has guided the girls cross country team to back to back podium finishes in 2012 and 2013.-3
Former Cocoa Beach runner Cory Sayyeau is enjoying the college experience at Embry Riddle. Back home for the holidays, Sayyeau had a chance to catch up with one of his best friends Costa Stathis who attends UNF. The two bonded over what else, but a run and captured the action on Cory's Go Pro camera like the good old times.
With the 2013 cross country season coming to a close we take a sneak peek at 2014. Who will the top returners be? Who are the top teams? In 1A, can Julie Wollrath win her fourth straight title and can Franco Martins make it two in a row?
Aaron Templeton ripped up the Foot Locker South course and Grant Fisher came up big for the win in the Foot Locker Midwest. A shake-up in the rankings awaits you after the break. (Photo by John Olson)
In this series we take a look at state championship and runner-up coaches, their outlook on the team, the season, and 2014. Holy Trinity Coach Doug Butler is in his 14th year coaching the boys and girls cross country teams at Holy Trinity. In 2013, with a young, but experienced squad, the boys picked up their 7th state championship in school history.
Last year's meet attracted talent from Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and even Michican to compete against NC's best.
A cross country standout at Sebring is certainly something to be proud of, but doesn't guarantee success at the next level - especially when that next level is as an NCAA runner for the University of Florida. (via www.newssun.com)
Why do a list like this? Simply, first, the 2 Mile, than later becoming the 3200 in 1989, is the track event that best transcends distance between cross country and track. After all it once was the distance for the Florida State Cross Country Meet during much of the early days of the sport. A kind of traditional throw back, a nod to once was, so to say.
Caroline Alcorta (VA) ripped up the McAlpine Park course to the tune of 16:55! Many more dominate performances as well as a few surprises. (Photo by Mary Ann Magnant)
Keeping it's streak alive, Florida will send two runners to Foot Locker Nationals in San Diego, California. Both Tyler Bennett of Fort Myers and Karen Xiang of Nease ended their senior seasons on a high note, both setting new personal bests. Bennett was 20th at last year's Foot Locker South Regional and improved on that performance with a 7th place showing and time of 14:52.00. For Xiang, a University of Pennsylvania committment, she snuck in with the tenth and final spot and a time of 17:20.00. As always, MileSplit was on hand will full coverage including results, photos, race video, and interviews with a majority of the top ten!
Several of Florida's top individuals and teams headed to Cary, North Carolina the site of the Nike Southeast Regional. Thanks to a little help from his friends Nick Diaz who finished 9th individually, was the fifth highest finisher on a non qualifying team. The result earned him a plane ticket to Portland, Oregon for Nike Nationals next weekend. On the girls side, Estero was the highest team finisher from Florida with a fifth place finish, while Pine Crest looked good with it's two youngsters Yared and Montgomery. The Winter Park boys competed in the open division and came away with a runner-up finish.
In part four of our interview, Jenny talks about her career length, Puddles the duck doll and her chance meeting with Mary Decker.
In this series we take a look at state championship and runner-up coaches, their outlook on the team, the season, and 2014. Coach Jeff Sommer has been at Estero since it has opened and has been coaching girls for cross country the last ten years. This year the Wildcats picked up their fourth consecutive state championship cementing themselves as one of the most dominant programs in the state.
Several of Florida's top teams and individuals will head to North Carolina and the Wake-Med Sports Complex, site of the NXN Southeast Regional. The top two teams and five individuals (not on qualifying teams) will punch their ticket to Nike Nationals in Portland. Oregon.
Hey Flrunners! It's been a while since my last blog, but it's just been such a crazy two weeks that I haven't had time to do anything. I hope everyone ended their season with some PR's and great finishes at the state meet. Great job to everyone who ran, whether for your team or as an individual! Now, let's get started.
We are in the midst of what many call the second running boom. I prefer to call it the running fitness boom. These days people are a bit hesitant to tell you that they are “runners.” Some purists of the sport of distance running may argue that there isn’t a great show of strength and promise for the continued growth of the sport, but I argue that it is the evolution of our sport into an even smarter, healthier and stronger future. (via healthymagazine.com)
In this series we take a look at state championship and runner-up coaches, their outlook on the team, the season, and 2014. Coach Frankie Ruiz has been the leader of a powerhouse Belen Jesuit program for the last twelve seasons, and was an assistant for four before that. In his time the Wolverines have won seven cross country championships including their most recent this year.
With 32 girls under 18:00 minutes for the season, the 10 qualifying spots will be up for grabs Saturday in the 34th running of the Foot Locker South Regional meet.
- Jimmy Carnes Indoor Youth Meet 2014
- NXN 2013 Info
- North Port Cross Country Invitational 2014
- ESTERO DDD INVITATIONAL AUGUST 2014
- Article Comment: Howell Becomes Gators First Cross Country Commitment From Class Of 2014 Boys
- FIU track and field complex?
- Age limit
- Article Comment: Nick Diaz Takes Us Along On His NXN Journey
- Manatee County Middle School XC Invitational 2013
- Article Comment: STATastic: Foot Locker South Edition
- Foot Locker Nationals
- Manatee County Middle School XC Championship
- USATF National Junior Olympics XC Championships
- Indoor Alumni Age Group Invitational - Track Clubs Welcome
- Miami Junior Varsity MS Invitational
- Jimmy Carnes Indoor Youth Meet
- Kentucky Invitational
- West Kendall MS Invitational
- Rod McCravy Memorial
- 2014 Embry Riddle Challenge
- Kendal Williams to Florida State University
- Thomas Howell to University of Florida
- Mitch Arnold to University of Tampa
- Katherine MacNeal to University of Mississippi
- Jabari Hill to University of Florida
- Noah Kemp to University of Portland
- Christina McKinney to University of North Florida
- Tyler Bennett to University of North Florida
- Karen Xiang to University of Pennsylvania
- Cameron McCutcheon to Troy University