As a MileSplit Insider you have the capability to run a virtual meet/scenario of every meet. With conference and county championships across the state this week we wanted to utilize this feature to give you insight on how we think each event will play out. Combine that with our meet preview and you're ready to go! Let's take a look at the Wednesday meets which include the Collier County Athletic Conference Championships, Metro East Cross Country Championships, and St. Lucie County Championships.
Yes, that is Pine Crest 7th grader Tsion Yared running in a tutu. Not just jogging, or playing around, but actually doing a workout; in a tutu. The Panthers were in the midst of homecoming week and Yared thought she'd get in on the action.
Jimmy gives the low down on all the XC action across America.
Florida alumni were competing all across the country and at the largest invitationals of the weekend. See how they fared in our Alumni Report for October 13-October 19,2014.
Coach Spangler and the University of Florida men's cross country program added another Sunshine State talent this weekend with the addition of Miami Sunset's Nick Diaz. Diaz, the 2013 4A Cross Country Finals champion, joins fellow South Florida distance runner Ryan Rodriguez of Belen Jesuit as the latest commitments to the Gators. We caught up with him to talk about the recruiting process, his decision, goals for the 2014 season, and beyond.
If you're looking for an easy course and quick time, the Mount Dora Bible Invitational isn't for you. Former coach Nathan Means, called it the toughest course in the state. Merritt Island junior Steven Cross tested his skils this weekend and came away with a new course record. Mustang's coach Bill Buonanni says he and Cross discussed the old record of 16:12 set by Melbourne's Brian Atkinson in 2010, the morning of the race.
It's Saturday mornings where Land O'Lakes cross country coach Kris Keppel and his Gators shine, but Friday night was Keppel's moment. In front of a packed house at the school's football game, Keppel was presented with a plaque and a street outside the school was named "Keppel Way." Keppel who is battling cancer is a true inspiration not just to the running community, but to everyone he comes in contact with. From hosting the LOL Gator Invitational every year, to showing us what true perserverance really means, he always has a smile on his face. Check out photos by Jeff Adams of this awesome ceremy for a very deserving individual.
Don't a miss a minute of the action. Meet coverage, results, performances. We have you covered. Check out our Week In Review for October 13 - October 19, 2014.
On an early morning in mid-October, Middleburg, Florida provided the perfect conditions for the Bronco Classic/St. John’s River Conference. With no wind, no humidity, clouds overhead, a relatively cool 50 degree temperature, and a completely flat course, the stage was set for blazing times. As the plethora of various colored jerseys crowded the line, each coach barked at their athletes to get out quick in order to avoid the tight bottleneck after 200 meters. Once race instructions were given, a quick gun signaled the start of the varsity race, and a battle to gain position before the bottleneck, two-person wide first half mile.
It does not appear that the Florida State men’s cross country team will be sitting out the NCAA Championship meet for a second consecutive year.
Cedric Gillette was in Fernandina Beach for the 3rd Annual Amelia Island Pirate Invitational and took over 1,000 photos of all the races from the middle school to the high school varsity action. Check out all the awesome images!
Shelby Smith of host Holy Trinity crosses the line in 18:05.00, the fourth fastest time this year in the state. Andrew Cacciatore wins the boys race and the Tigers sweep the team titles.Check out 1,275 photos from all the action from the Holy Trinity Fall Classic by Doug Carroll.
Donald Lamb was out in Winter Garden this morning at the West Orange Invitational. Check out over 1,000 photos including this one of girls varsity winner Skye Zeller of Space Coast.
As the sun came up over West Orange High School in Winter Garden, over 30 teams prepared to toe the line for the West Orange Invitational. Despite, some of the top teams and top runners opting to take this weekend off, the Warriors still put on a top notch meet with top notch competition. Space Coast junior Skye Zeller and host West Orange came away with trophies on the girl's side while Franco Martins cruised to victory as well as the Liberty boys.
The Sarasota Riverview girls went 1-2 at the Venice Invitational and the boys followed doing the same thing right after! Tom Connor was on-site and took over 1,200 photos total from all the races.
Teri Bernhardt-Rodriguez was on-site at the Junior Orange Bowl Invitational and took over 600 photos including this one of the Ferguson Falcon army. Check out all the awesome images and make sure to tag yourself!
Franco Martins is the top individual in the field at the West Orange Invitational. See how Franco does along with the rest of runners across the state. Check out our on-site coverage and follow us all weekend long on Twitter @flrunners for live updates!
Lindsey Porter came out of retirement for the St. Petersburg City Championships. Not only did he manage to get a bunch of Shorecrest Prep photos, but several hundred of the rest of the field as well. Check out these awesome images and it's great to have Lindsey's photos back on the site!
Dozens of teams and hundreds of athletes will head to Winter Garden for the West Orange Invitational. After back to back intense competition with the likes of the flrunners.com Invitational 15 and FSU Invitational/Pre-State several of the top entrants for this meet will not be running including Autumn Bartlett, the top seven Winter Park girls, a majority of the Trinity Prep boys and the top nine Winter Park boys. Despite that their will still be some great competition. Check out a virtual meet of the top individuals and teams as well as a complete list of all the competition. Flrunners.com will be on-site with photos, results, and a complete recap of all the action!
Holy Trinity will play host to it's fall classic on campus this weekend and welcome over three dozen schools from around the state. After a strong showing at Pre-State, both of Coach Butler's squads look poised to bring home team titles in mid November, and should win very comfortably on Saturday. See how our virtual meet has this one playing out both on the individual and team front. Also, make sure to check out complete coverage from the meet including photos by Doug Carroll, results, and a complete recap of all the action!
It isn't everyday a frosh puts up the fastest times in the state. Rafaella Gibbons of Winter Park is special having run sub 18 minutes in back to back weekends at Great American and winning the 2014 FSU Invitational/Pre-State. Gibbons and Kayley Delay of Fletcher ran side by side for a majority of the race, before Gibbons sped by. Those two along with defending state champ Alexa Cruz have all broke 18 minutes. On the boy's side, defending champion Nick Diaz is looking to repeat, but will have guys like Guyton, Zentmeyer, and runners from Lyman and Coral Reef hoping to change that. Check out the top individuals in 4A as well as a complete list!
The Winter Park girls were 4A runner-up in 2013 behind St. Thomas Aquinas. Both teams look different in 2014 with the Raiders losing several seniors in their top five. The Wildcats on the other hand inherited some key transfers along with incoming freshman Rafaella Gibbons, who holds the states fastest time this season. Both teams will give it their all, but Winter Park's deeper roster should propel them to a state title. On the boy's side St. Thomas Aquinas is the defending champion, but watch out for Lyman as well as Coral Reef who was without Kurt Convey at Pre-State. Check out the top teams in 4A as well as a complete list of all teams!
Now that we're halfway through this 2014 cross country season, here's some information pertaining to one of Florida's most prestigious events of the year, the Florida Athletic Coaches Association's Senior All-Star Meet!
You can’t accuse Florida State cross country coaches Karen Harvey and Bob Braman of dodging quality competition, certainly not after Friday’s Wisconsin adidas Invitational, which will include 22 nationally-ranked women’s teams and 19 more on the men’s side. (via Seminoles.com)
A majority of South Florida teams will be at Larry & Penny Thompson Park in Miami tomorrow for the Junior Orange Bowl Invitational. Fifty-eight high schools will be in action, but not every squad will be fielding their "A" team. One of the top girl's individuals Alyssa Pujals isn't racing and Rachael Osman of Coral Reef is pacing a teammate leaving Aylwyn Hernandez a clear favorite. The Coral Reef boys will be without their top five including Kurt Convey and Carlin Berryhill. The individual battle should be between Nick Diaz and Ryan Rodriguez who have seen plenty of each other this season. Belen Jesuit is the favorite in the team standings. See how are virtual meet has the meet playing out!
Creekside's Colleen Openshaw comes in with the fastest time of the 3A field, but 3x 1A Cross Country Finals champion Julie Wollrath is now in the mix and is a serious contender every year. She is heating up at the right time and getting back to form each and every week. On the boy's side the general concensus isn't who will win, but who will finish second behind Leon senior Sukhi Khosla. After posting his second sub 15 minute time at the ARP and second Pre-State win, and is a sure fire pick come the Cross Country Finals to win his second 3A crown.
Approximately 11 miles separates Chiles High School and Leon High School. The Timberwolves and Lions boys are the top two teams in 3A. At Apalachee Regional Park this week at Pre-State they proved just that with Chiles winning by TWO points. In less than a month, they will meet again for a state title. Looking at the numbers, Belen Jesuit looks out of the running for a podium finish, but they've won 7 out of 8 state titles and are always in the mix. See the list of the top boys teams in 3A as well as which girls programs have a shot at the championship trophy. Creekside is the current favorite, but Sarasota, Vanguard, and Fort Myers all have the potential to be in the mix on any given Saturday!
For the second straight week, two Florida athletes have made their way onto the MileSplit National Performer of the Week poll. Last week it was Tsion Yared and Ryan Rodriguez for their performances at the flrunners.com Invitational 15, this week Pre-State champions Rafaella Gibbons and Sukhi Khosla get their spotlight. Hurry up and get your vote in. Voting closes tonight at 8 p.m.!
Just like that we are in the final month of XC 2014. A large round of invitationals await teams this week, before conference championships begin. The conference titles might not seem like a big deal in the scheme of things, but they can help build the momentum teams needs as they begin the playoff push toward the state series. I love playoffs in every sport. It pushes everybody to be at your best, or you might be watching your rivals take home season accolades that you so despearatley wanted yourself. The OBC schools were all over Florida this week, lets see how they fared.
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