Want to punch your ticket to the state meet? It's never too early to start looking at the competition. Leading up to the start of the outdoor season we will break down each classification. Take a look at our 1A region by region virtual meets and previews.
Colleen Openshaw has developed a reputation as one of the top runners in the state. She has been an integral part of the Creekside girls cross country success over the past few years. Outside of the competitive running scene, Colleen has also excelled in the classroom, and was recruited by some of the top academic schools in the country. She ultimately decided to attend the University of South Carolina and participate in the honors program.
Since 1976, the FHSAA Cross Country Finals have only been held four times before November 10th. Assuming the 2015 Cross Country Finals stay at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahasseethe date is becoming clear, and we could see number five.
Baylor Director of Track & Field Clyde Hart gets instructional with the 2015 FACA T&F Clinic attendees. To start off the afternoon session, Coach Hart has a little fun by "loading them up" and then breaking down their resistance, before introducing some tips, and drills.
Northeast High School senior Camora Sanders finished first in six of her eight meets last season and threw the shot put over 41 feet in seven meets. The 4A runner-up and Golden South runner-up comes in with the second farthest throw of returners for 2015 with a mark of 42'6.75" trailing only Tayler Smith of Sebastian River who launched the implement 43'2" at the Bill Wilson Invitational.
More all-stars continue to rise as we hit the middle of the season
West Florida Tech senior Dane Stolsig and Miami Central senior Aaron Hanna are the only two boys shot put returners who have thrown over 55'0. Both athletes finished runner-up in 2A and 4A respectively, but head into 2015 as the ones to beat.
The first regular season edition of the NCAA Division I National Team Computer Rankings are in, and they feature a new men's No. 1 and a women's top-five shakeup. The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released the rankings on Monday afternoon.
See how former Florida standouts competed in collegiate action around the country for the week of January 19 - January 25, 2015.
The Bolles girls edged out Hallandale by ONE point in 2014 to win the 2A state championship. This year the Lady Bulldogs should have an easier task as they return a majority of that squad. The cross country state champions will use their distance prowess to their advantage in the 4x800m relay, 800, 1,600 and 3,200m events. Miami Jackson, Ransom Everglades, Pine Crest, and Hallandale should all compete for the runner-up spot. See our top 2A girls teams heading into the 2015 season.
West Florida Tech. They are the team to beat in 2015? The Jaguars located in Pensacola, Florida return 2A's top thrower in senior Dane Stolsig, a Rice signee, as well as hurdler Valentinoa Espinosza and the runner-up 4x800m relay from 2014. South Florida powers Booker T. Washington and Hallandale who finished 1-2 last year look to battle it out for the runner-up spot on the podium.
Andy Warrener said it best in his recap article from 2014, "The girls Class A team title was never in doubt. The Holy Trinity girls were heavy favorites coming in and their studs delivered." The Tigers are one of the top teams again this year, but they will be without twins Daryth and Gabby Gayles who are running at Stanford.
Over the coming weeks leading up to the start of the track season we will take a look at the top individuals and teams. We start off with our 1A boys projected team scores where it looks to be a battle between Holy Trinity who was fourth in 2014 and defending champion Westminster Academy.
Age is just a number and a trio of girls proved that Saturday at the Jimmy Carnes Indoor Meet. Sixth grader Tamari Davis and seventh graders Briana Williams and Trinity Flagler posted age group times that would have ranked them among the best sprinters in the whole meet! See the girls combined results from the 2015 Jimmy Carnes Indoor Meet.
The Jimmy Carnes Indoor Meet is an age group meet. However we wondered how it would play out if it was run as one big meet so we combined the results. Seneca Milledge, only an 8th grader, scored the top time in the 55m dash and second best leap in the long jump regardless of age. In addition he also tallied the 17th fastest time of the day in the 200m dash. Check out how the boys would fare in the 2015 and final installment of Florida's only indoor meet!
It's a sad day in the Florida running community as we learn of the passing of longtime Land O'Lakes coach Kris Keppel. Keppel who coached for over two decades with the Gators lost his two year battle with cancer on Sunday afternoon.
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UF signee Sharrika Barnett out of Oak Ridge High School won a loaded girls 17-19 400m dash in 55.39. Barnett said after the race, it was a special moment because not only was she running in Gainesville, but she had finished runner-up in this event in 2012 and 2013. Her time is the fastest all-time at the Jimmy Carnes Indoor Meet and currently the third best time in the country for 2015.
Nicole Carroll, two-time 2A state champ in the pole vault, set a new meet record clearance of 13 feet, the 7th best vault in the US and third all-time ever in Florida behind Erica Sergeant (13'2.5") and Lacy Janson's 13'1.75. Check out the video by Zack Bias!
Relive all the action of the 2015 Jimmy Carnes Indoor Meet with over 300 race videos/interviews from the two day event!
Jeff Adams took nearly 3,000 photos of all the action from the 2015 Jimmy Carnes Indoor Meet. Check out all the awesome images plus the rest of our on-site coverage which includes over a hundred race video, dozens of interviews and a complete recap of all the action!
Teahna Daniels, Ryan Clark & More Carry Out Jimmy Carnes Indoor Meet With Nationally Ranked Performances
2015 marked the final year for the Jimmy Carnes Indoor Track & Field Meet, but the Saturday performances left the eight year event going out on a high note with some nationally ranked performances. Our team was on-site with over 100 videos/interviews, over 2,500 photos, and a recap of all the action!
Ten year old Ani Velcheva runs 10:58.17 for 3000m. Velcheva is the age group world record holder in the 5k which she set in 2014. Check out the youngster's race and her next level kick in the final meters!
Watch former Boone/FSU standout Marvin Bracy, now running professionally for Adidas post a WL 55m time of 6.09s. The mark is one one-hundredth off of the high school national indoor record time of 6.08s he ran in 2012.
The 2015 and final Jimmy Carnes Indoor Meet kicked off Friday morning with the collegiate and open competition. The highlight of the day former Boone/FSU and current Adidas sprinter Marvin Bracy opened up his indoor season with a world leading mark of 6.09 second in the 55m dash. His time was one one hundredth off the 6.08 he ran in 2012 at this meet to set the high school indoor national record.
Over 1,000 athletes will hit the track Saturday at the O'Connell Center for day two of the Jimmy Carnes Indoor Meet. Want to know what heat you are in? We have the latest heat sheets for your viewing pleasure!
Looking over the names on this list should excite any sprint fan. Current UF Gator Shayla Sanders posted two US#1 times as a senior at Boyd Anderson when she ran 6.85 in the 55m dash and 23.89 for 200 meters in 2012. Check out the all-time bests in the sprint/hurdle events at the Jimmy Carnes Indoor Meet.
Arguably the best race ever at the Jimmy Carnes Indoor Meet was Marvin Bracy's 6.08 in which he claimed the 55m dash high school national record. Looking at the names on the all-time sprints/hurdles list below, one assurance of the meet over the years is that it will be fast and bring nationally ranked times!
Former Fort Myers standout Emily Edwards had hopes of breaking Stephanie Strasser's one mile record (5:04.16) set at Jimmy Carnes in 2010, but fell just short with her 5:04.98. Edwards who is now at the University of Alabama ranks eighth on the all-time list in the 3000m as well. See the top all-time marks in the boys distance events set at the Jimmy Carnes Indoor Meet.
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