They say home is where the heart is and that couldn't be more true than for Baylor freshman hurdler T.J. Holmes. Holmes selected the Bears over the University of Florida coming out of high school in 2013 and was reunited with childhood friend and teammate Trayvon Bromell. He finished fourth at the NCAA Championships in the 400m hurdles and as the second leg of the schools 7th place 4x400m relay and concluded his season with a gold medal at the USATF Junior Nationals and a bronze at the 2014 IAAF World Championships. Recently, he announced that he wanted to be closer to home for the remainder of his college career.
Coach Alex Armenteros has built one of the most dominant track and field programs in Florida and nationwide down in South Florida. This year his team's won both the girls and boys 4A state titles. Armenteros' sixth state championship with the guys earned him the NHSCA 2014 Boys Track and Field National High School Coach of the Year honors.See how he found out about the award, his thoughts, and what this means for his team and program.
Hello FLRunners! Wow, where does the time go? My senior year starts in just a little under two weeks and it's hard to believe that I have just one more year of high school. I am getting so excited for the upcoming season and I cannot wait to start racing.
For this week's Throwback Thursday we turn to our former intern Amy Simpson who shares her internship experience. Are you interested in sports journalism and want to hone your skills in writing, video production, photographer, or on camera broadcasting? Do you have a passion for marketing or social media? We want to hear from you. Send me an email Todd.Grasley@flocasts.com and join the team!
Kaylin Whitney had more medals than most countries at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships. At only 16, the East Ridge High School rising junior brought back gold medals in the 200m dash and as a member of Team USA's 4x100m relay. She also took bronze in the 100m dash. The three medals were the cherrry on top of one of the best seasons for a high school female sprinter we've ever seen. Her performance at World Juniors earned her a second USATF Athlete of the Week honor.
The most successful track & field coach in Atlantic Sun history is sure to call Jacksonville University home for several more years as Director of Cross Country/Track & Field Ron Grigg was signed to a contract extension (via judolphins.com)
Hi, my name is John-Paul Vitucci a junior at Titusville High School. Recently, I went to the Nike Smoky Mountain Running Camp in North Carolina at the UNC-Asheville college campus and it was definitely the best week of my life.
As the summer track season is coming to a close there's only one meet left, the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. One of Florida's very own is going to make the trip all the way across the world to compete for his country. Andrew James, a recent Cardinal Gibbons transfer will be running the 400m and representing the USA at this prestigious meet.
We live in a metric world, even if Americans don’t see it on a daily basis. One simple case in point are the running tracks that one sees at almost every high school and college. Because the international standard (and every Olympics) is in meters, runners today more easily identify with 5K runs than three-milers. And while we still drive our cars in ‘miles’, everyone else thinks in kilometers, 1000 meters. 1000 meters, such a nice round number. Back in the day, the 1-Mile race was big, because it was a standard everyone knew and understood.
Hi FlRunners! It’s Autumn. As the 2014 cross country season grows nearer every day an excitement and hope for a successful season also grows.
The fastest returning girls runners within the Foot Locker South Region for the upcoming 2014 cross country season between the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
The fastest returning boys runners within the Foot Locker South Region for the upcoming 2014 cross country season between the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
All eyes will be on one of the fastest high school sprinters EVER Kaylin Whitney as she embarks on her junior season in 2015. Can she set the all-time lists even lower? Will Miami Northwestern's Timetria Mitchell add more state titles to her list? Take a look ahead at the top returners for the 2015 outdoor track and field season!
American High School's Ari Cogdell fell short of a state title in the 400m dash in 2014. Cogdell returns for his senior year and looks to go out on top, while Sukhi Khosla looks to continue his dominance in the distance events. Take a look ahead at the top returners for the 2015 outdoor track and field season!
The 2013-2014 school year has provided some great highlights in both cross country and track across the Sunshine State. In the coming weeks many of our seniors will head out to start their college careers both athletically and academically. We wanted to salute them one more time in this special feature and say thank you for your support over the years.
Rafaella Gibbons isn't afraid of competition. She won the middle school state championships in cross country two years and picked up an outdoor middle school state title on the track running a record time of 10:10.50. Other than the state meet, the incoming Winter Park freshman had to compete unattached against older runners, high school age, and even some collegiates. This past weekend, she headed out west to Humble, Texas the site of the USATF National JO Track & Field Championships where she finished runner-up in the 3000m for the 13-14 year old age group. Winter Park coach Kristin McWilliams, says with little preparation, Gibbon's performance was impressive.
It was basketball that led, quite literally, to Aubrey West’s track and field commitment to Troy University. (via www.varsitysportswest.com)
It is with a heavy heart that we must announce that Andrew Jackson (Jacksonville) and University of Georgia alum Torrin Lawrence was killed today in an auto accident. Lawrence was one of the all-time greatest 200/400 meter stars in Florida, graduating high school in 2008.
Team USA ran the fastest 4x400m relay time in the prelims, a world junior leading 3:23.73, and didn't disappoint as the favorites headed into the final day of competition at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships. Shamier Little led off for the Americans with Olivia Baker second and University of Miami freshman and former Dillard star Shakima Wimbley getting the baton as the third leg. Kendall Baisden brought it home for the foursome, in 3:30.42, an improvement on their world junior leading time set the day before.
Watch the American team of Shamier Little, Olivia Baker, Shakima Wimbley, and Kendall Baisden take on the World's best and come through as the champions at meet end in the 4x400 meter relay finals with a World Junior leading time of 3:30.42. Race video above and post-race video interview below with the U.S. quartet after their victory at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships.
From preparation to race to victory laps around historic Hayward Field with the American flag draped over you, Florida athletes experienced it all. Check out these awesome images from Saturday's competion which saw several Floridians experience gold in the women's and men's 4x100m relays!
With arguably the most talented relay that the United States has ever assembled for a World Junior Championships between Trentavis Friday, Trayvon Bromell, and Kendal Williams completed by opening leg Jalen Miller, the team nearly flirted with a World Junior record. The US team did accomplish the main goal. Watch their gold medal race video and post-race interview.
The quartet of Teahna Daniels (FL), Ariana Washington (CA), Jada Martin (GA), and Kaylin Whitney (FL) brought home gold for the United States in the first relay finals of the World Junior Championships with a World Junior leading time of 43.46. Watch their gold medal winning race video above and post-race video interview below.
Add two more medals to the Team USA bank as both the women and men's 4x100m relay teams pulled the golden sweep. Both teams had a Florida flare with Teahna Daniels leading off for the ladies and Kaylin Whitney on anchor. The men's team featured 100m gold medalist Kendal Williams and silver medalist Trayvon Bromell with incoming FSU Seminole Trentavis Friday, the 200m gold medalist bringing it home. Also, in action Shakima Wimbley on the women's 4x400m relay and Daeshon Gordon competing in the 100m hurdle semifinals.
Like the last installment in this series about requesting online registration, adding an image to a meet page or to the forum never requires Insider status. To add an image to a meet page, however, does require team admin/coach status for the host school.
Kaylin Whitney records her second medal of the World Junior Championships; a golden token for the USA's new golden girl. Baylor freshman TJ Holmes takes home bronze and the 4x100m relay teams advance to the finals. Check out all the photos from day four!
A bronze in the 100 finals and near false start prior to the 200 finals, Kaylin Whitney of East Ridge High School in Florida put all that behind as she stormed down the straightaway at Hayward Field to a 22.28 gold medal victory in the women's 200. Watch her race above and video interview.
Day four definitely provided fireworks especially for Floridians! The morning session saw Daeshon Gordon, running for Jamaica, advance to the semis the 100m hurdles. For UF freshman Andres Arroyo the year came to an end after a disappointing 800m prelim. However, it was the night cap where our stars shined the most. The girls 4x100m relay team set a new world junior leading time with Teahna Daniels leading it off. The boys 4x1 ran the second fastest time of the meet with Trayvon Bromell and Terry Jernigan running second and third. Capping off the night was a bronze medal showing in the 110m hurdles by T.J. Holmes and the second medal of the week for Kaylin Whitney, a gold in the 200m to go with her bronze in the 100!
Check out these awesome images from day three of the World Junior Championships!
Online registration is an enormous time saver for meet management. If you've never before requested online registration for your meet--or just need a refresher course--here is how you make the request.
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- UCF Black and Gold Cross Country Invitational 2014
- summer XC practice
- JAC Final Countdown Last Chance Meet
- Jacksonville Street Vault
- Buchholz 12th Annual All Comers Time Trial Jamboree Fun run
- Lake Nona Running With The Lions 3rd Annual 5K
- School Rules Two Miler and Half Mile Fun Run
- Second Annual School Rules Two Miler and Half Mile Fu
- Covered Bridge Open
- FAU Invitational
- 2014 XC 5k Challenge
- 34th Mike Gibson Summertime Run
- Kyle Drollette to USC Upstate
- Aubrey West to Troy University
- Deron Gordon to Barton County Community College
- Justin Cromartie to Barton County Community College
- Sebaston Barrett to Barton College
- Brandon Bejarano to University of Maryland Baltimore County
- Dion Taylor to Iowa Western Community College
- Edquisha Alvin to University of South Florida
- Tierra Lacey to University of South Florida
- Joshua Tracey to University of North Florida