Over forty-five former Belen Jesuit runners came out to the school's cross country course for the annual Glory Mile. Paco Ruiz, class of 1973 and the father of current coach Frankie Ruiz, was the oldest of the former Wolverines to come out. While his son won his age group, it was class of 2014's Michael Magoulas who won the overall title in a time of 4:58.
The 8th Annual Jimmy Carnes Track and Field Meet is a little more than a month away (1/23 and 1/24), but that hasn't stopped countless athletes from entering already. Check out the latest entry lists for Florida's only indoor contest.
The opportunity to defend a pair of Atlantic Coast Conference Championships at home as well as compete against the nation's top programs in elite meets - both indoors and outdoors - highlight the Florida State track & field schedule in 2015.(via Seminoles.com)
Time for MileSplit to select 21 freshmen boys as part of the Future Stars of XC Team presented by Hoka One!
Time for MileSplit to select 21 freshmen girls as part of the Future Stars of XC Team presented by Hoka One!
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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!
- New Location for State XC Meet?
- Jimmy Carnes Indoor Meet 2015
- UCF Fun Run & USATF Championship 5K
- Larry Wooten Invitational 2015
- Jimmy Carnes Indoor Meet Schedule
- Old State Meet Results
- 2014-15 Georgia Track/XC Coaches Association Annual Clinic registration link/information
- Article Comment: Coaching Teams To The Podium: Kelly Heinzman-Britton - Ft. Myers Girls
- Kowboy Invite hosted by Kissimmee-Osceola
- Article Comment: Going The Extra Distance: XC Runners Compete In Road Races, Half Marathons, and Mar
- Indoor Alumni Age Group Invitational - Track Clubs Welcome
- Moore Haven Bridge Run
- Youth Grand Prix Meet #1( Alabama Striders Indoor Classic)
- 2015 FACA Track & Field Clinic
- 1st Annual Jingle Bell Sprint
- Miami Junior Varsity MS Invitational
- Kentucky Invitational
- KYA High School Indoor Classic
- Embry-Riddle Indoor/Outdoor Challenge
- West Kendall MS Invitational
- Thomas Howell to Florida A & M University
- Emily Headley to Clemson University
- Zack Summerall to East Tennessee State University
- Jethro St. Hubert to Notre Dame College
- Katherine Stoll to South Florida State College
- Cali Gumpel to South Florida State College
- Julia Soto to South Florida State College
- Bobbi LaBrant to Mississippi College
- Ebony Luster to University of Florida
- Morgan Lucey to Princeton University