Barron Collier's Devin Molloy was one of the top freshman in 2013 finishing 11th at the 3A Cross Country Finals. Molloy was 6th this track season in the 3,200m and is looking forward to a special sophomore season. See how she got started in the sport, her favorite accomplishment thus far in her young career, what she loves most about the sport, and more in our XC Spotlight.
Hey flrunners! My name is Zack Bias and I am a senior at Creekside High School in Saint Johns, Florida. For starters I would like to thank Todd for giving me the opportunity to blog for you guys this season. Before I get into all the running stuff I want to tell you all a bit about myself. Like many other cross country runners, I am an incredibly weird person. I have a wardrobe of flashy pajama pants that I like to wear to school from time to time. I am known to blast some boy band music from my car to get amped up before practices and of course I also have one of the weirdest hobbies out there... running!
One day after earning top-ranked preseason standing in the NCAA South Region by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), the Florida State men’s and women’s cross country teams are among the top 30 in the preseason national rankings. (via Seminoles.com)
The 2014 Cross Country Finals are 81 days away! Though that may seem like a long time to some, the meet will be here before we know it. Teams spent the summer logging quality miles and attending running camp. This week marks the official start of team practices for many with pre-season meets taking place this weekend and the main events the first week in September. As we continue our rankings, we count down the top ten girls teams regardless of class. Did your team make the list? Find out!
Family. Coach John Stevenson says no matter how much talent his Sarasota girl's cross country team has, they have to believe in each other and support each other. That was the key take away from a 2013 season that saw the Sailors capture the 3A runner-up trophy and fall just 13 points shy of knocking off Estero. The only person that doesn't return from that squad is Emily Harding, who has graduated and is now running for the University of South Carolina.
A year after finishing third at the 3A Cross Country Finals behind Belen Jesuit and Chiles, Fort Walton Beach will have a tough road ahead of them if they want to compete at that level in 2014. The Vikings proved you don't need a front runner to dominate, but instead used a pack running philosophy to post the fastest 1-5 split in the class of 22 seconds. Unfortunately, the team loses four runnerse from that team and will rely on senior Trey LaNasa who was 22nd at last year's state meet to carry the load.
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The 2014 Cross Country Finals are 82 days away! Though that may seem like a long time to some, the meet will be here before we know it. Teams spent the summer logging quality miles and attending running camp. This week marks the official start of team practices for many with pre-season meets taking place this weekend and the main events the first week in September. As we continue our rankings, we count down the top ten boys teams regardless of class. Did your team make the list? Find out!
2007. That was the last year the Bolles girls cross country team didn't make the podium. From 2008 - 2013 they have tallied three state titles and three runner-up finishes and have finished in the top five the last TWENTY years.The Bulldogs look to make it three state titles in a row in 2014 and will have their top four runners back, plus a plethora of talent behind them. Junior Mackenzie Wilson has made five Cross Country Finals appearances dating back to when she was a sixth and seventh grader at the Geneva School and as an 8th grader at Episcopal. She has finished in the top thirty everytime. In 2012 she was the 2A runner-up and in 2013 finished fourth. Behind her is a corp of young, but experienced runners.
Junior Katie Kuhn is one of the leaders of a loaded Winter Park squad. Kuhn, was 40th at the 4A Cross Country Finals, but was 14th at the FSU Invitational/Pre-State where she posted a very impressive 18:32.67. If the Wildcats are to win the team title, she will definitely play a large role. See what her training has been like, why she loves this sport, and more in our XC Spotlight.
Florida assistant track and cross country coach Paul Spangler met with the media on Monday to preview the 2014 season and the Gators' season-opening meet at the Western Carolina Invite on Friday, Aug. 29. (via www.gatorzone.com)
Fort Walton Beach senior Trey LaNasa was 22nd at last year's 3A Cross Country finals. LaNasa, will be one of the top returners for the Vikings this year and owns a personal best of 15:48.73. Last year, we had the privilege of findnig out what was happening int he Panhandle in his weekly blog series. See what Trey has been up to this summer, how he started out in the sport, the low down, and more in this XC Spotlight.
I will never forget the nerves in the pit of my stomach as I removed my sweats and was overcome by the brisk, frigid wind which pierced my jersey as I stood on the line in Tallahassee. The dead silence which cut through the air, despite more than 300 people standing in a crowded row of boxes preparing for the race of their lives. As the gun is raised, not a single breath in pure anticipation of what is to come. Two months of racing in preparation for this moment and now it is time. Bang! And the adrenaline rush replaces the previous anxiety, as the body moves on autopilot, following the stampede of a plethora of other athletes. The rest is a jumbled, blurred collage of brief recollections before the race is over. Just like that. Quickly, briefly, and utterly exhilarating.
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The ladies of St. Thomas Aquinas have won the last two 4A Cross Country Finals. The Raiders boast defending champion Alexa Cruz and two other top five returners in Margaret Schloss and Brianna Rischar. Although, they sit at number one on our list, I am going to pull a not so fast! Winter Park is seeded eighth, but the Wildcats have Michigan transfer Elizabeth Jenkins who had a great track season, as well as the state's top incoming freshman in Rafaella Gibbons. The Wildcats won the championship in 2009 and were runner-up last year. A podium finish is a definite, but Coach Kristin McWilliams knows this group is special and second place won't cut it. On the boy's side, they have the same mentality of winning it all. It's a very deep group, much like the girls, that in addition to a great distance base, have great track speed as well.
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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