Hi again everyone, again first off congrats to everyone who ran this past weekend as some stellar times were run thorough the state. With two big weekends coming up at FLrunners and Pre-State I look forward to the whole state competing together and hopefully whoever hasn’t yet, can run the time they hoped for these next few weekends. Today I wanted to target the “younger” runners and talk about my experiences so far (as they are far from over) with the recruiting process. Here’s a list of important things in no order or just general advice I'm either glad/wish I did.
The end of September marks the half-way point on the road to compete at the FLYRA Middle School Cross Country State Championship on a real cross country course at Holloway Park in Lakeland. September saw middle school runners from all parts of the state running impressive times over different courses. Unlike high school runners, the middle school athletes compete on courses of varying nominal length: 3000m, 2 miles/3200m and 2.1 miles (limited to Miami-Dade County).
Sunday marked the last day for entries and our meet staff has been busy getting things ready! Here are the team entries for this years varsity races.
Ocala Vanguard freshman Joey Fitzpatrick came into high school highly touted after a very impressive middle school career. Fitzpatrick has lived up to those expectations this fall finishing third or better in his first three meets. His personal best of 15:54.80 at the Spikes & Spurs Classic is the fastest freshman time in the state and currently ranks him eighth nationally for the class of 2018. Find out more about this Hoka One One Future Star.
John I. Leonard junior Ilio Sanchez likes his weeks jam packed, running two meets and training in between. The strain hasn't gotten to his legs as Sanchez continues to win area meets and place highly in others including the Cobra XC Invitational and Spanish River Invitaitonal. We caught up with him recently to see how he started in the sport, his favorite courses to run on, goals for 2014, and much more in this XC Spotlight!
See how former Florida athletes fared in collegiate action around the country for the week of September 22 - September 28, 2014.
The 2014 Spanish River Cross Country Invitational separated the large schools from the small schools running a 3A/4A and 1A/2A race. However, we wanted to see who were the best teams regardless of class. We combined the results and scored the meet. The outcome? A Ferguson Falcon sweep. See the top twenty teams on both the girls and boys side as well as where the individuals would place. Not in the top 20? Don't worry click the complete list to see where you and your team would have fared?
Check out the top sophomore boys XC performers nationally from the first month of cross country below split into a first, second, and third team of Future Stars.
Hi FLRunners! First I want to thank Todd for letting me share some of my experiences with all of you and I want to congratulate all Florida runners on a great start to the season. For those of you that don't know me, my name is Sinclaire and I am currently a junior at Lake Brantley High School.
In researching the well-traveled Connor Vaughan, of Wolfson High School in Jacksonville, I found it difficult to locate his times on the flrunners website, not because I could not find his name, but because I found his name too many times.
Leon's Sukhi Khosla, the defending 3A Cross Country Finals champion, posted the fastest time of the weekend. His 15:37.60, was the 7th fastest in the state this year and helped guide the Lions to a dominating win at the Bale-n-Trail Cross Country Original. Check out all the results, performances, and coverage for the week of September 22 - September 28, 2014. It's our Week In Review.
The 32nd Annual Spanish River Invitational kicked off on Saturday morning with a few changes to the usual routine, but the tradition of one of the biggest and longest standing South Florida competitions continued successfully...
High school and college programs from the southeast region made the trek to the Escambia Equestrian Center in Pensacola for the 2014 Gulf Coast Cross Country Stampede. Jeremy Danzie was on-site for flrunners.com taking photos of all the athletes and the fun festivities at the event. Check out over 1,000 images of all the action!
Teri Bernhardt-Rodriguez was on hand for all of the action at the 32nd Annual Spanish River Invitational. Check out her album which features over 1,000 photos from all six race divisions and awards presentations! (via MileSplit)
Mike Leary was on-site at one of the largest meets in the state this weekend the Bale-n-Trail Cross Country Original in Jacksonville. Check out over 1,000 photos with images from every race including this of girls varsity winner Mackenzie Wilson of Bolles.
We were on-site at Central Wind Parks for the Overbay-Monte Carlo Invitational hosted by Winter Springs High School. Check out all the race videos, plus interviews with girls varsity winner Autumn Bartlett of University, boys varsity winner Franco Martins of Windermere Prep, and Winter Springs coach Ocky Clark who talks about the meet, their plans to host a future Cross Country Finals, and his Strides For Students Campaign.
Chiles invaded Georgia and swatted the competition winning the Championship team title scoring 34 points sweeping 3 of the top 4 places led by sr Avery Bartlett's 15:55. Heritage-Catoosa's Girls ran very well winning the Girls team title even though not having a runner in the top 10 Overall. Pelham (AL) runner jr Mary Grace Strozier was flawless in 18:08 taking the Individual title.
Trinity Prep seventh grader Audrey McAnally and Cypress Creek senior Kaley Schmick battle it out at the 1st Annual Lions Prowl 5k. Raul Ramirez was on-site at Lake Nona High School to capture this photos and a total of 570 images from this meet!
The 2014 Fleet Feet Invitational in Stuart was one of the largest meets on the calendar this weekend. Heavy rains Friday night caused meet organizers to consider cancelling the event due to a flooded course. However, the coaching staff, members of Elite Timing, and others worked countless hours to prepare an "alternate course" so that the 25 girls teams, 18 boys teams, and several hundred athletes could compete. The course measured just shy of three miles, but kudos to everyone for even getting this meet off the ground!
Coral Reef's Carlin Berryhill emerges victorious at the Fleet Feet Invitational despite the muddy conditions and altered course. Toni Gariano was on-site and braved the elements to come away with over 750 photos of all the action!
A sea of orange jerseys was a common site during the Lemon Bay Invite as the host Mantas and nearby ladies of Sarasota battled it out during the girls varsity race. Tom Connor was on-site and captured over 1,000 photos from the days events!
A total of 14 different teams traveled to St. Cloud Saturday morning for the annual St. Cloud Invitational. They were treated to comfortable fall weather, hometown winners, and a puddle riddled course. Rain altered practice for several teams this week, but it gave the course some added challenges.
All of Osceola County was in attendance for the St. Cloud Invitational as well as some out of area schools. Of course our Donald Lamb was on-site taking photos of all the action. Nearly 900 for your viewing pleasure including this one of the girls team champions from Timber Creek.
Jeff Adams was on-site at Sydney Dover Trails the site of the Seffner Christian Invitational and snapped over 2,000 pictures including this one at the start of the girls varsity race. Check out all the awesome images!
Teams from around North Florida will head to the campus of Bartram Trail for their annual Bale-N-Trail Classic. On the girl's side Bolles and Creekside will battle it out for the team title while the Bulldogs Mackenzie Wilson and Fletcher sophomore Kayley Delay continue their heated rivalry. On the boy's side, can anyone stop 2013 3A Cross Country Finals champion Sukhi Khosla and will this be the race he slips into the state lead? Can Khosla's Lions roar loudest and take home the team trophy? Zack Bias and Connor McClure give us their picks for the Bale N Trail Cross Country original. Also, check out how our computers think the meet will play out in our Virtual Meet feature.
South County Regional Park in Boca Raton, Florida will play host to sixty-five teams for the 32nd Spanish River Invitational. The meet will consistA of six races, the large school 3A/4A race, the small school 1A/2A race, and the junior varsity all classes race. The action kicks off at 8:15 a.m. and concludes with the awards ceremony at 12:00 p.m. Flrunners.com will be on-site with photos, results, and a complete recap of all the action. Take a look at our virtual meet for the girls and boys large school race as well as the girls and boys small school races.
South Fork High School in Stuart will be blazing on Saturday morning as the top teams from South Florida and the surrounding areas, as well as Sarasota High School, will attend the 2014 Fleet Feet Invitational presented by Saucony. Flrunners.com will be on-site with photos, results, and a complete recap of all the action. Familiarize yourself with the athletes and see how we think the meet will play out with our meet preview and virtual meet.
Hey FLRunners! Congratulations to those who have run in the past three weeks. I hope everyone is starting their season out well. Personally I am very pleased with the start of my season and look forward to what is to come.
Hello FLRunners! I was super excited to be asked to write the Ask The Doctor and Fit Runners series. I’ll have a new post every other week. As a runner for the last twenty years and the mother of two high school runners, it’s my life! I’ve run all distances from a 5K to a 100-mile race (with 50-mile races being my favorite) and on many continents from flat roads to Florida trails to mountains. During the day, I work as a physician and on some nights, I teach yoga.
Every week we get thousands of photos from fans, volunteers, and contributors. Each week we are going to feature these photos to show our appreciation for the hard work and support you give to flrunners.com. Do you take photos at meets? Do you want your photos featured. All you need to do is go to the meet page, upload photos, and you can have your very own albums on our site as well!
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