In her 13th and final season as the girls cross country coach at Fort Myers High School, Kelly Heinzman-Britton guided the Green Wave to their best showing in school history, a 3A runner-up finish. Heinzman-Britton talks about the season and this group of girls.
On Wednesday, the sixth female and sixth male were named to collegiate track and field's most prestigious group, Bowerman winners. The award named after the legendary Oregon coach, and visionary of the sport, Bill Bowerman is our equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. For this edition of Throwback Thursday, we go back to 2009 and the awards first female winner Jenny Barringer (Simpson), a Florida alum! Jason Byrne had the honor of being with Jenny, family, and close friends on her special day.
Going The Extra Distance: XC Runners Compete In Road Races, Half Marathons, and Marathons In Between Seasons
Matt Connor never finished first in a cross country race this season. As a matter of fact, the Palmetto Senior High School juniors top showing was 9th at the Venice Invitational. That race was the first time he cracked 18 minutes, running a new personal best of 17:54.20, but for Connor and several other runners they are finding their love for distance running, not on a cross country course, but in road races, half marathons, and marathons.
Holy Trinity Academy has found their next head track and field coach and the hire comes from within. Marc Bailey who has been an assistant under Doug Butler for the past three years will take over the helm after Butler was dismissed from the program last month.
I have been extremely fortunate to have experienced BOTH Nike Nationals (Portland, OR) and now Foot Locker Nationals (San Diego, CA) during my short nine year coaching career. More importantly I was able to experience both races with outstanding people like Nick Diaz and my wife Mary.
With the 2014 cross country season officially in the books we wanted to take a look at who had the most improvement over the past year. To do this we took the top 500 times from 2014 and compared them with their season bests from 2013. It is interesting to see which runners had the biggest leaps, but also how some of the top performers improved in that time frame as well. Note: Runners who did not improve were not included in this list.
All you need to know from Foot Locker as the cross country season comes to a close
With the 2014 cross country season officially in the books we wanted to take a look at who had the most improvement over the past year. To do this we took the top 500 times from 2014 and compared them with their season bests from 2013. It is interesting to see which runners had the biggest leaps, but also how some of the top performers improved in that time frame as well.
When I found out I qualified to footlocker nationals, along with Steven Cross, I couldn't believe I was going to fly out of Florida again for a second time to get the chance to meet professional athletes and race amongst the top high school athletes in our nation. Coming from Nike Nationals last year, I had a lot of expectations of Foot Locker and I couldn't wait to see what they had in store for everyone.
Hey Flrunners, I just wanted to share with you a little bit of my experience out at footlocker, due to how phenomenal it was. Getting off the plane in San Diego they had me feeling like a professional athlete from the start. Being escorted from the terminal to a charter bus to take us to Hotel Del Coronado just made me feel special. Looking up at the massive hotel, and walking in to receive a bag-full of 'goodies', so we could properly represent Asics, made me at a loss for words. This was just the first hour in San Diego, we had two and half days of this.
Dear Doc, over the past few months, I have felt more tired than usual. It’s harder to wake up in the mornings for school and I feel like I can’t recover from running. I have not changed my training and we are entering the off season but no matter what I try, I still feel so tired. I thought that maybe it was my diet, so I stopped eating meat several months ago but it seems to be getting worse. What can I do to feel better?
Week two of the indoor season took place around the country. See how Florida alumni fared at the next level for the week of December 8 - December 14, 2014.
Watch MileSplit's extensive race footage of the boys race from the 2014 Foot Locker Nationals.
Watch MileSplit's extensive race footage of the girls race from the 2014 Foot Locker Nationals.
Miami Sunset senior Nick Diaz and Merritt Island junior Steven Cross continued the tradition of Floridians at Foot Locker Nationals. Diaz, a University of Florida signee was 36th while Cross crossed the line in 29th place. Watch the highlights of the race as well as post-race interviews from our MileSplit coverage team.
Photo galleries from the 2014 Foot Locker Nationals.
Complete results of the boys race from the 2014 Foot Locker Nationals.
Complete results of the girls race from the 2014 Foot Locker Nationals.
Watch the 2014 Foot Locker Nationals live on MileSplit starting at 8 AM PST (11 AM EST) on Saturday.
On the eve, of arguably the toughest race of their high school careers, MileSplit's Jimmy Stevenson talks with Merritt Island's Steven Cross and Miami Sunset's Nick Diaz. The two are members of the forty runner field for the 2014 Foot Locker National Championships in San Diego. Cross and Diaz advanced out of the Foot Locker South Regional after finishing 8th and 9th respectively in personal best times of 15:01.
Doug Butler took about 16 days to find a new job.(via www.floridatoday.com)
Sarasota High School senior Zack Summerall wanted to run outside of Florida. Although he considered in-state programs UNF and UF, high school coaching ties to Eastern Tennessee State University, and the scenic running of Johnson City led him to join the Buccaneers program.
The 2015 FACA Track & Field Clinic will take place January 8th-10th at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort. Chairman Dave Halliday has lined up an incredible schedule for the weekend including the state championship coaches panel, HOF induction ceremony, and some of the brightest minds in the sport including featured guest, Clyde Hart, the Director of Track and Field at Baylor University. Check out the complete schedule as well as list of all speakers and topics for the weekend.
For this rendition of Throwback Thursday, we take a look at the top times at Foot Locker Nationals by Florida athletes. The Sunshine State will be represented by two athletes this year in Miami Sunset senior and UF signee Nick Diaz and Merritt Island junior Steven Cross. See which boys and girls were the best of the best on the national stage!
Steven Cross had a spectacular junior season finishing first or second in all of his in-state races. The Merritt Island standout was second at the 3A Cross Country Finals and continued his season at the Foot Locker South Regional where he ran a new personal best time of 15:01 and finished 8th to advance to this weekend's Foot Locker Nationals.
Miami Sunset senior and University of Florida signee Nick Diaz will make his second straight trip to a national meet. Last year, he qualified for Nike Cross Nationals and opted to give Foot Locker a try this year. After finishing 9th in a new personal best time of 15:01, he will join Merritt Island's Steven Cross at Foot Locker Nationals in San Diego. We caught up with Diaz to talk about the last month, training, and what he is looking forward to most about this weekend.
The 2015 Florida track and field season is just around the corner, and the Gator track and field program -- which owns a combined six national championships -- will kick off the indoor season January 9-10 at the UAB Blazer Invitational in Birmingham. (via www.gatorzone.com)
MileSplit ranks the boys field of 40 for the 2014 Foot Locker Nationals!
Trey LaNasa almost missed the deadline for the Wendy's High School Heisman application. The Fort Walton Beach senior learned about the prestigious award from his high school guidance counselor at the beginning of the year. From that point on, he spent countless hours perfecting his application and with a week until due date sent it to his principal for one final review. He says that is when a slight problem occurred.
Cross country ended with the NCAA D2 Nationals while the indoor track season officially kicked off this past week. Check out how our Florida alumni fared in meets across the country for the week of December 1 - December 7, 2014.
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