• 1A Team Rankings: Oak Hall Girls, Holy Trinity Boys Look Strong Heading Into Season

    Todd Grasley - 14 Hours Ago - 2 Comments
  • Scouting Reports: Winter Park Girls

    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.

    Todd Grasley - 18 Hours Ago - Comment
  • XC Spotlight: Avery Bartlett - Chiles High School

    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.

    Todd Grasley - 22 Hours Ago - Comment
  • Kyle Butler's Second Shot

    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)

    Todd Grasley - 24 Hours Ago - Comment
  • Coaches: how to build your schedule on your team page

    Filling out your schedule on MileSplit is simple to do. And doing so helps your parents and athletes to more quickly access information about meets.

    Alan Versaw - Yesterday - Comment
  • Flrunners.com Takes On ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    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.   

    Todd Grasley - Yesterday - 2 Comments
  • Scouting Report: Seabreeze Girls

    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. 

    Todd Grasley - Yesterday - Comment
  • XC Spotlight: Adam Bradtmueller - Sarasota High School

    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.

    Todd Grasley - Yesterday - 3 Comments
  • Florida's Elite 10 XC Girls Countdown

    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!

    Todd Grasley - 3 Days Ago - Comment
  • XC Spotlight: Jack Guyton - Plant High School

    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!

    Todd Grasley - 3 Days Ago - Comment
  • Scouting Reports: Lake Mary Boys

    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.

    Todd Grasley - 3 Days Ago - 1 Comments
  • In His Own Words: Nic Jacobsen - Summer Training Log Plus Bold Season Predictions

    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.   

    Nic Jacobsen - 4 Days Ago - 2 Comments
  • XC Spotlight: Emily Chapman - Brevard HEAT

    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.

    Todd Grasley - 4 Days Ago - Comment
  • Two Fast Cats: Candiano, McGregor Tune Up For Season With Victories At Fast Cat 5K

    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. 

    Todd Grasley - 5 Days Ago - 0 Comments
  • Florida's Elite 10 XC Boys Countdown

    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!

    Todd Grasley - 6 Days Ago - Comment
  • Scouting Report: McKeel Academy Boys

    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. 

    Todd Grasley - 6 Days Ago - Comment
  • JAC Street Vault Performance Lists

    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!

    Todd Grasley - 6 Days Ago - Comment
  • Autumn Bartlett's Summer Training Log: Summer Runs in the Sun

    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.

    Autumn Bartlett - 7 Days Ago - Comment
  • Scouting Reports: Evangelical Christian School Girls

    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.

    Todd Grasley - 7 Days Ago - Comment
  • In Her Own Words: Alexa Cruz - Summer Fun

    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. 

    Alexa Cruz - Last Week - Comment
  • 2A Meet Zach Weaver: Tennessee Transplant Has Plans Of Taking Over

    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.

    Todd Grasley - Last Week - Comment
  • Morgan Lucey's Summer Training Log: 504 Miles, 1505 Cross Training Minutes, The Measure Of A Beast

    As I’m writing this post, I’m sitting at my desk surrounded by textbooks, binders, and stacks of blank notecards. It’s beginning to hit me: tomorrow is the first day of my senior year.  It seems like I’ve been waiting for senior year forever, so why does it feel so strange now? I feel like this milestone is a perfect time to look back on the past and start to get excited about the future. So when Todd suggested sharing my training log, I jumped on the idea. What better way to look towards the running that’s coming than to look back on how I prepared this summer? 

    Morgan Lucey - Last Week - Comment
  • Scouting Report: West Orange Girls

    West Orange girl's cross country team accomplished one of their best seasons in school history in 2013. Junior Jayden Davila-McClary became the first runner in nearly thirty years to advance to state for the Warriors. The was 11th at the regional championship and just 22 points shy of qualifying for state.

    Todd Grasley - Last Week - Comment
  • Top XC Returners: 4A Girls - Cruz Control

    Alexa Cruz looked like she had turned on the "Cruz control" at the 2013 Cross Country Finals. The St. Thomas Aquinas standout and runner-up the previous fall, ran away from the field to win the championship in 18:02.26, the fastest time of any returner. Cruz had a very successful outdoor track and field season winning the 3200m state championship and posting season bests of 5:07.03 (1600m) and 10:43.79 (3200m at Texas Relays).  She headlines the 4A leaderboard. Standing in her way will be Emily Headley. The Olympia senior was second as a freshman, fourth as a sophomore, and third as a junior. The only place she hasn't finished is first. Is this her year?

    Todd Grasley - Last Week - Comment
  • Daniels, Sparling, Spaulding Take Part In Nike Elite Sprint Camp

    Three of Florida's top sprinters Teahna Daniels, Krystal Sparling, and Diamond Spaulding were recently invited to attend the Nike Elite Sprint Camp at Nike Headquarters in Portland, Oregon. The camp which is in it's first year, and runs in conjunction with the distance elite camp, consisted of fifteen of the fastest high schoolers in the country. The camp not only gave the athletes the opportunity to hone their craft, but also get advice from some of the top coaches and professional athletes in our sport. When they weren't on the track, they were competing in challenges, sightseeing, and getting to know their idols on a more personal level. See what Daniels and Spaulding had to say about their trip.

    Todd Grasley - Last Week - Comment
  • Scouting Report: Ocala Vanguard Girls

    After a two year drought of not qualifying for the Cross Country Finals the ladies of Ocala Vanguard won a regional championship (3A-2) and finished 9th at the state meet in 2013. For many of the girls it was their first experience running. Another year experience should give their top five the boost they need to improve and finish in the top five or higher. The Knights have a potent 1-2 punch in seniors Audrey Carpenter and Elizabeth Mulford. The duo placed 29th and 31st respectively last year and have the 9th and 14th fastest times coming into the season.

    Todd Grasley - Last Week - Comment
  • Top XC Returners: 4A Boys - Diaz, Zentmeyer Part Two Or Can Coral Reefsters Crash Party?

    Nick Diaz and James Zentmeyer went down to the wire at last year's 4A Cross Country Finals. Diaz won by hundredths of a second in 15:22.90 and went onto place ninth at the Nike Southeast regional to advance to Nike Nationals in Portland where he was79th. During the 2014 track season he posted a personal best time of 4:16.11  for 1600m earning him a silver medal at the state meet. Zentmeyer focused primarily on the 3200m where he was fifth at state.

    Todd Grasley - Last Week - 2 Comments
  • Scouting Report: Winter Park Boys

    Lucky number seven. The Winter Park boys' cross country program has won six state championships including a run of five in six years (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2006). After an eight year drought atop the podium, Coach Will Anguish feels confident about this year's team and their chances. The Wildcats looked in control for the first 500 meters last year, but unfortunately it's 5,000 meters and not 500 as they finished in 11th. They will return their top fifteen runners from last season. Talk about depth of a team.

    Todd Grasley - Last Week - Comment
  • Kaylin Whitney & Kendal Williams voted as US HS T&F Athletes of the Year

    After a total of 493 tweet outs, 2,550 facebook likes/shares, 14,485 votes, and 32,409 page views over the past week, the high school track & field community has spoken. Kaylin Whitney of East Ridge High School and Kendal Williams of Stanton Prep, both sprinters from Florida, have been fan selected as MileSplit's 2014 US High School Track & Field Athletes of the Year. 

    Brandon Miles - Last Week - Comment
  • Boomer Sooner: Bennie Wesley Selects University of Oklahoma

    The 2014-2015 school year is right around the corner. For Winter Haven class of 2014 sprinter Bennie Wesley his college decision came down to the final bell. With time ticking, the four-time state qualifier, chose the University of Oklahoma. See what he has to say about the recruiting process and his decision to join the Sooner nation.

    Todd Grasley - Last Week - Comment
  • Top XC Returners: 3A Girls - Rudman's Year After Two Top Ten Finishes

    3A was arguably the most difficult classification for girls last cross country season. Five of the top six girls graduated making the fight for the top spot a tad easier. That lone returner is Fort Walton Beach junior Emma Rudman who was tenth as a freshman and sixth in 2013. Rudman is coming off a fantastic track season winning the 3A state championship in the 3200 (10:55.52) and finishing as the state runner-up in the 1600m (4:53.46). If it comes down to a kick, advantage Rudman.  

    Todd Grasley - Last Week - Comment

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