Fort Myers senior Tyler Bennett finished seventh at the Foot Locker South Regional in a new personal best time of 14:52.00. Last year, Bennett was 20th at Foot Locker South and says he is glad the hard work over the past year has finally paid off. See how he plans to attack the steep hill at Balboa Park, his race strategy, and his thoughts on being one of the top runners in the country.
Florida, currently the hottest area of the widely-chilled contiguous United States, will also be the hotbed of track & field and cross country next week as the JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fla., plays host to the annual U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Convention from Monday, Dec. 16, through Thursday, Dec. 19. (via USTFCCCA)
In this series we take a look at state championship and runner-up coaches, their outlook on the team, the season, and 2014. St. Thomas Aquinas coach Trish Butler lead both the boys and girls teams to state titles in 2013. It marked the second consecutive for the Lady Raiders which relied on a strong core of returning runners.
In 2012, it was a race to remember for the Midwest at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships.
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This week, I want to tackle, those little, weird things that happen to runners. These often leave us asking, “What is that all about”? Let’s dive in.
Colleen Quigley and Karen Harvey claimed ACC Performer of the Year and Coach of the Year honors as the Seminole women's cross country program continued their league dominance. (via www.seminoles.com)
In this series we take a look at state championship and runner-up coaches, their outlook on the team, the season, and 2014. Kevin Curran is in his seventh year coaching and third as the head coach of the Bishop Kenny boys. The 2013 marks his fourth podium finish overall. Curran was an assistant Bishop Kenny when the boys won the state title in 2009, and was the head coach when the boys were second in 2011, state champs in 2012, and second this year.
Visit Jacksonville, the city's destination marketing organization, along with the USA Track and Field (USATF) Florida Association and the University of North Florida (UNF), successfully bid against two other cities to bring the USATF National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships to Jacksonville in the summer of 2015. (via www.unfospreys.com)
Cross country season is finished and it is now time for the college athletes to hit the indoor track. See how Florida alumni fared in college meets around the country for the week of December 2 - December 8, 2013.
It's that time of year where many athletes are making verbal commitments to Colleges prior to the February signing.
With the 2013 cross country season coming to a close we take a sneak peek at 2014. Who will the top returners be? Who are the top teams? In 4A defending champions, Alexa Cruz and NIck Diaz return looking for another state title to add to their trophy collection.
Jenny Simpson and Brenda Martinez, two of the brightest middle-distance stars in America, kick off a roster of top athletes set to compete in the 2014 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, organizers announced today. (via www.nbindoorgrandprix.com)
At the beginning of the month University of Southern California Coach Caryl Gilbert Smith convinced one of the Sunshine State's top sprinters Deanna Hill to head out west. Now, the former UCF coach is at it again, this time nabbing the top 400 meter runner in the state; Kendall Ellis. The St. Thomas Aquinas star has won the 4A 400 meter crown the past three years and is an integral part of a powerhouse Raider team. Recently, Ellis discussed the recruiting process and her decision to be a Trojan.
In this series we take a look at state championship and runner-up coaches, their outlook on the team, the season, and 2014. In 2013, Winter Park coach Kristin McWilliams picked up her second podium finish in her thirteen year coaching career, and her first with the Wildcat girls.
With the 2013 cross country season coming to a close we take a sneak peek at 2014. Who will the top returners be? Who are the top teams? In 3A, six of the top seven girls graduate leaving the door open for Fort Walton Beach's Emma Rudman. On the boys side, five of the top eight graduate. Leon standout Sukhi Khosla went undefeated in 2013 and picked up his first state championship. Can anyone stop him in 2014?
The Florida State Seminole's sprint factory just got some new thoroughbreads in their stable with committments from Kendal Williams (FL) and Trentavis Friday (NC).
Mac Macoy verbally commits to the University of Florida. The Vestavia distance runner finished the 2013 XC season with the fastest time in the state.
In this series we take a look at state championship and runner-up coaches, their outlook on the team, the season, and 2014. Holy Trinity Coach Doug Butler is in his 14th year coaching the boys and girls cross country teams at Holy Trinity. In 2013, the girls picked up their third state title in five years and seventh in school history.
After the first week of invitations, the athlete list already looks strong, and more are expected to join up this week.
Thirteen athletes from the Central Florida Gliders Cross Country team, led by Coaches Antonio Burgos and Craig Wise, joined their national competitors at the 2013 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) National Cross Country Championship held December 7 in Fort Gordon, Georgia. Fourteen-year-old Joseph Fitzpatrick and Alexander Boucher received individual gold and silver medals in the Boys Youth Division 4K race. (via PitchEngine)
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Portland, Oregon - On race day, anything can happen. The team that manages best, manages a win. For the tenth annual Nike Cross Nationals, teams for both genders were some of the most evenly matched ever, with individual field equally as deep with talent.
Thomas Howell, one of the top runners in the state of Florida for the class of 2014, has verbally committed to the University of Florida. Howell, was the 3A cross country champion, 3200m outdoor state champion, and Gatorade Florida Runner of the Year as a junior. He will join a deep Gator roster that finished second at the SEC Championship and has a slew of Florida natives on their roster.
IMG Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Loren Seagraves discusses the school's plan for a state of the art track and field complex and cross country course. The new facilities are part of the school's mantra of "Be More."
Miami Sunset junior Nick Diaz was the lone Florida qualifier for this weekend's Nike Nationals in Portland, Oregon. Diaz punched his ticket after a ninth place finish at the Nike Southeast Regional. Due to a great team performance by the Brentwood High School team, the junior bumped up four spots into that fifth and final position. He landed in the Pacific Northwest on Thursday and will be giving us updates of his weekend so we can go along for the journey as well. Stay tuned to flrunners.com and milesplit.com for the latest in coverage from NXN including results, photos, videos, and a complete recap of all the action.
Now that the 2013 Foot Locker South Regional is in the books, our stats guru Ricky Quintana takes a look at the results and winners from a historical perspective.
With close to 200 girls on the Lyons Township cross country team, runners have plenty of company. He laughs about it now, but three years ago Lyons Township High School girls cross country coach Stetson Steele was convinced his team was too big. "I'll be honest," he says. "With so many kids I thought it would be hard to have success." (via Runner's World)
In this series we take a look at state championship and runner-up coaches, their outlook on the team, the season, and 2014. Eric Pino has been coaching since 2005 spending six years as an assistant at Columbus High School. He then took a year off before taking the head coaching position at Coral Reef two years ago. In his first stint, Pino was coach for four podium finishes by Columbus including three state championships from 2008-2010 and a runner-up finish in 2005. In 2013, he lead Coral Reef to the 4A runner-up trophy.
#1 CBA comes in riding a wave of success, but Fay-Man boys have been here 6 times before and came close to winning three times! Here we go!
- Weeki Wachee Track Meet
- Fr. Luis Ripoll S.J. Relays 2013
- Sunshine State Conference News
- Article Comment: Final Middle School XC Rankings: The Future Looks Bright For These Youngsters
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- Land O' Lakes' Hallie Grimes Heads North to UNF next Fall
- North Port Cross Country Invitational 2014
- Nichols and Stahl will run for UNF
- Article Comment: Hodges Stadium to Host 2015 Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships
- North Port XC Invitational presented by Warrior Running Camps 2014
- Foot Locker Nationals
- Manatee County Middle School XC Championship
- USATF National Junior Olympics XC Championships
- Indoor Alumni Age Group Invitational - Track Clubs Welcome
- Miami Junior Varsity MS Invitational
- Jimmy Carnes Indoor Youth Meet
- Kentucky Invitational
- West Kendall MS Invitational
- Rod McCravy Memorial
- 2014 Embry Riddle Challenge
- Tyler Stahl to University of North Florida
- Travis Nichols to University of North Florida
- Kendall Ellis to Southern Cal
- Kendal Williams to Florida State University
- Thomas Howell to University of Florida
- Mitch Arnold to University of Tampa
- Katherine MacNeal to University of Mississippi
- Jabari Hill to University of Florida
- Noah Kemp to University of Portland
- Christina McKinney to University of North Florida