Sarasota appears to have a large lead on Seabreeze with a strong top two of Angelina Grebe and Sage Lyons, but a win for the Sailors would mean knocking off powerhouse Estero. Although they are seeded 11th and Coach Sommer says it's not the best year, I've learned to never count out the Wildcats. There is a reason they have won four consecutive state titles! On the boy's side, Belen Jesuit has won seven of the last eight cross country crowns, but their might be a new sherrif in town. After finishing second behind Belen in 2013, the Timberwolves are hoping they can add their fourth championship since 2003.
For the 12th year Gainesville Buchholz will host it's All Comers Time Trial Jamboree Fun Run at Santa Fe College. This year seventeen teams are entered in the meet, which although it says fun run, will be the first competition for many of these athletes. In addition to local Gainesville High Schools, Father Lopez of Daytona Beach, and Steinbrenner from Tampa will be making the trek up.
The Fort Walton Beach girl's cross country wrapped up 2013 with conference and district championships, a regional runner-up finish, and a fifth place showing at the 3A. Cross Country Finals. The Vikiings will have junior Emma Rudman lead the charge this year. Rudman was fourth at last year's state meet and comes in as the top returner after the top three graduated. She told us earlier this month in her summer training log that she has been training with the boys and logging hundreds of miles as well as combining swimming and cross training into her daily workouts. She ran a season best of 18:19.81 last year and after an incredible track season that saw her post times of 10:50.96 for 3,200m (3A state champion) and 4:53.36 for 1,600m (2nd at 3A state championship), she has goals of going sub 18 minutes this fall.
USA’s 2011 world champion Jennifer Simpson produced one of the performances of the night to win a brutally hard, talent-stacked women’s 1500m in cold and damp conditions at IAAF Diamond League meeting in Stockholm on Thursday (21). (via iaaf.org)
Seven points is what our rankings says will be the difference between Bolles and Pine Crest come November. The 2A defending champion Lady Bulldogs have six girls in the top twenty, while Pine Crest has five. However, they boast the two time state champion in Julia Montgomery. Every point matters in this one! The boys race looked like a lock for Trinity Prep who made the jump to 2A last year and claimed their first title in that classification. However, we recently found out Tristan Rhodes has transferred making the chase for the crown a lot closer with McKeel Academy! Check out the top five girls and boys teams in 2A and a link to their complete rankings.
Coach Simpson started at North Port High School as a volunteer in 2007. After four year's as the Bobcats head coach he has accepted a position as the Head Cross Country/Triathlon and Assistant Track and Field coach at Webber International University in Babson Park. Simpson says leaving the high school level to make this jump was one of the hardest decisions he's ever had to make.
Daley Cline has been a part of Estero's last two state championships and will be one of the top returners for the Wildcats as they enter the 2014 cross country season. Cline finished sixth at the 3A Cross Country Finals last year and is coming off a track season where she was fifth in the 1,600m at the state meet. See what the junior has to say about her training, why she loves running, and much more in this XC Spotlight.
2014 has been a dream season for the young star from Hallandale "Hurdle" High School. Kimani Rushing's journey began no different than any other high school student. As a freshman in 2012, Kimani competed as a 100m and 200m sprinter. During that time, track and field was a hobby to her, not a passion. After getting a taste of high school track and field, she considered her freshmen year a disappointment.
We kick off our team rankings in 1A, the state's smallest classification. On the girl's side Oak Hall and Holy Trinity have gone head to head the past four years. In 2010, the Tigers and Eaglest went 1-2. In 2011, Oak Hall edged out Holy Trinity for the second podium spot. 2012 saw Oak Hall once again win, this time by 15 points, to hoist the 1A title. Last year, the opposite happened as Holy Trinity won by 14 points. Who will take round five? Oak Hall leads our composite rankings and look to be a slight favorite after the Tigers lost 3x state champ Julie Wollrath. The good news for Coach Butler is that his boys are a clear favorite. Can they go back to back and win their eighth title in school history? Check out the top five girls and boys teams in 1A and a link to their complete rankings.
When you look at the 4A rankings, Winter Park girl's cross country team comes in at number eight. However, the list doesn't take into account transfers and incoming freshman so you can throw those numbers out the window, as the Wildcats last year's 4A Cross Country Finals runner-up will be a definite title contender in 2014 along with South Florida power St. Thomas Aquinas. Juniors Katherine Kuhn and Emily Nix will be joined by sophomore Hana Herndon, Michigan transfer Elizabeth Jenkins and Lake Highland Prep transfer Maddison Larabee, as well as perhaps the top incoming freshman in the state Rafaella Gibbons to form one of the deepest teams in the state. We caught up with Coach McWilliams to get the scouting report on the 2014 Winter Park Wildcats.
Avery Bartlett was the number two runner for Chiles last year as a junior helping the Timberwolves to a 3A runner-up finish. On the track he scored valuable points to help the team win the 3A title. Bartlett hopes he can lead Chiles to a cross country crown this fall. See how he first started out in the sport, his favorite course to run on, and more in this XC Spotlight.
This fall, Kyle Butler enters his junior year at Florida Southern College, where, at 26, he is older than his coach. His first attempt at college ended abruptly. A 9:46 2-miler in high school, he was part of three Florida cross country state championships. After earning a partial scholarship to Florida Atlantic University, he joined the cross country team in 2007, quickly became the No. 2 runner and over the course of the next year cut down his 8K PR down to 26:07. He didn't put that same kind of effort into his homework, however, and was kicked out of school his sophomore year. (via Runner's World)
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Here at flrunners.com we take charity very seriously. After being called out first by former Fort Myers runner and current UNF freshman Tyler Bennett, we accepted the challenge. Check out the video below. We are also making a $100 donation on behalf of the site to fight ALS, also known as Lou Gherigs disease. Todd is calling out Derek Veilleux, Jimmy Stevenson, and Ryan Fenton.
The Seabreeze girl's cross country team was ranked 35th coming into the 2013 season. The Sandcrabs won all their dual meets, were 8th at the UF Mt. Dew Invitational and finished tenth in the flrunners.com Girls Race of Champions. In the post season they claimed a district title and regional runner-up trophy, and were third in a very competitive 3A Cross Counfy Finals.
Sarasota junior Adam Bradtmueller is one of the top returners in 3A. Bradtmueller, showed he was consistent in 2013, breaking sixteen minutes six different times. He was 9th at the flrunners.com Invitational Race Of Champions and 17th at the 3A Cross Country Finals. See how he started out in the sport, his biggest accomplishments to date, his goals for 2014, and more.
Our preseason rankings have shown us how each top returner would fare in their respective classifications, but who are the top ten girls overall? These rankings are based on season bests from 2014. Join us as we count them down from 10-1 in this new slideshow feature on flrunners.com and follow us all season long for the best coverage of cross country in the state of Florida. From rankings, photos, videos, interviews, and articles we are your one stop shop!
Plant senior Jack Guyton finished 13th at last year's 4A Cross Country Finals, but after winning both the 1,600 and 3,200m 4A state titles this spring is definitely one to watch for. We caught up with Guyton to see how his training is going, his goals for the 2014 season, and much more!
The Lake Mary boy's cross country team escaped the Region of Death in 2013, by clinching the fifth of six spots to advance to the Cross Country Finals. Picked as the ninth best team in their REGION, they finished ninth at the Cross Country Finals, the best finish in school history. This year the Rams return four of their top five from that team including a powerful 1-2 punch in seniors Ryan DeGale and Christian Amans who were 17th and 42nd at the state meet in 2013.
Hello again! Now that I have finally gotten back home to South Florida, the heat index may be high, but the excitement is even higher! Although I enjoyed my time running through woods, over hills, along cliffs, and on beaches up north, it is comforting to be situated at home and I am eager to get back into consistent training at a high level. With this past week being the start of official practices and meetings, it has been a blast getting the team back together, running, joking, and plotting the season ahead. With that being said, I would like to take one last look back on a great summer and go into a bit more detail as to how I tackled my training.
Brevard HEAT senior Emily Chapman is one of the top runners in the state and a contender for the 1A Cross Country Finals champion. Chapman was sixth at last year's state meet and is coming off a runner-up finish in the 3200m at the 1A state meet where she posted a time of 11:05.70. She has logged over 500 miles this summer and says this off season has been one of her most intense training wise of her career. Find out how she started out running, her plans for the 2014 season, and much more.
This year's Crusader Gallop 5k was once again held at Sydney Dover Trails. Always known as a tough course this year was no different. This year there were even more challenges to the course. There have been wild boar tear up a good bit of the starting field so runners had to maneuver through a narrow start. Runners this year had to navigate up a 150 meter long hill, once at the start and again just before the 2 mile mark. The back part of the course a 1k loop proved most difficult. After heavy rains most of the day Friday there were many parts of that section under water or just down right muddy. The course is hill, sandy in parts and uneven.
Runners in Southwest Florida took part in a tune-up before the cross country season gets underway. The Estero Fast Cat 5K put on by the 3D Running Club, allowed runners of all ages, but it was two high school seniors, Sarah Candiano and Dean McGregor, that came away with overall victories.
Our preseason rankings have shown us how each top returner would fare in their respective classifications, but who are the top ten boys overall? These rankings are based on season bests from 2014. Join us as we count them down from 10-1 in this new slideshow feature on flrunners.com and follow us all season long for the best coverage of cross country in the state of Florida. From rankings, photos, videos, interviews, and articles we are your one stop shop!
New coach Reginal (Reg) Hay will take over the boys cross country coach at McKeel Academy. Although he may be a new face, the Wildcats only graduated one runner from a 2013 team that finished fifth in 2A. A majority of the team has been together for the past three years and have that one last shot mentality to finish out their high school careers on a strong note. The varsity seven consists of Casey Brady, Caleb Brady, Thomas Good, Leif Henrikson, Dakota Jones, Duncan Lippincott, and Dylan Sadowsky.
Vaulters from as far as Canda will head to Jacksonville for the Street Vault held this year the Jacksonville landing. You've seen pole vault at track meets, maybe even at the beach, but this another awesome avenue to showcase this event. Making it a vibrant meet their will be an dj, announcer, as well as music. Every participant receives a T-shirt and championship trophies will be given out to the overall winners along with medals to the top three in each category. Flrunners.com will have pictures, videos, results, and a recap of all the action!
Hey Flrunners! With less than a week left of my summer I realize how close the start of the cross country season is. I really have taken my training to a new level by logging more than three times last year's miles and adding core, swim, and circuit training. Here is an overview of my training schedule.
The 2014 cross country season is less than a month away and teams across the state are already preparing. Some are building from the beginning, others fine tuning and bonding with their teammates. At Evangelical Christian School in Fort Myers, the Sentinels are ready to go. The team returns their top five from a 2013 group that was district runner-up, fourth at the regional meet, and seventh at the Cross Country Finals.
Hello everyone! My name is Alexa Cruz and I am going to be a junior at St. Thomas Aquinas. I hope everyone had a very fun and safe summer, filled with lots of miles and good training. Before I start talking about how my summer went, I’d just like to give Flrunners a BIG thank you for letting me blog throughout my upcoming season. I’m super excited and can’t wait to see what this season has in store! Now, let’s get started.
Tennesse transplant Zach Weaver has plans to shake up class 2A. Weaver moved from Greeneville, Tennessee to Pasco High School in Dade City for his senior season. While in the Volunteer State he finished fourth at the 2013 TSSAA State Track and Field Championships in the 3200m and runner-up in 2014, On the cross country course, Weaver was fifth at the state meet as a junior and finished 55th at Foot Locker South. He was also a part of three Greeneville High School state championship teams (cross country 2011, 2012 and track in 2014). See how his training is going and his outlook on the upcoming season.
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