FACA State Series XC State Rankings *Update2*


As we head into the State Series, here are the penultimate set of FACA cross country state rankings! Some of the volunteer pollsters took it upon themselves to do District and Region previews, so there is a lot of great content in this article. We'll be back in two weeks for the final set of rankings on the season, the Pre-State Championship rankings. Good luck and have a great championship season everyone!

Update: 4A Boys has been added.

Update2: 1A Boys has been added.

GIRLS STATE RANKINGS

1A Girls State Series Rankings

by Sue O'Malley-Father Lopez Catholic High School somalley@fatherlopez.org

Team Rankings:

Commentary: Fall is in the air and cooler weather is hopefully upon us finally but the heat as be turned up as we enter the post season with district meets this week and region meets the following week! Let's see who is ready!

Rank. (Previous Rank) School = Comments

1. (1) Citrus Park Christian = Won the Hillsborough County XC Championships with a team average of 20:00. This team will have no problem winning the district 6 championship and their region championship.

2. (2) Circle Christian = Won the Amelia Island Pirate Invitational with a team average of 20:06. The Centurions will have no problem in their District 9 championship and the region meet.

3. (4) Oak Hall = Grace Blair will lead the eagles into district and region titles for sure.

4. (3) Maclay School = Has run tough all season. Their biggest post season competition will come in the region meet when they will go against the number #5 and #6 ranked schools of Providence and St. Joseph Academy! This will make for a great me3rd at the GCAC Championships to watch and see who is ready for states.  

5. (6) Providence = Moves up one spot from two weeks ago. Mustangs gaining speed! Placed second to Circle Christian at the Amelia Pirate Invitational with a team average of 21:29. This district meet could be a one point difference between them and St. Joseph Academy! The #1's and #5 runners will determine the champion! Then in the region meet there is a 4 point difference between the two teams for the runner up spot to move onto states!

6. (5) St. Joseph Academy = Very persistent team and has worked really hard all season. Now it's time for this team to put it all together in post season with some really exciting racing with some of the best teams in the state.

7. (8) 1st Academy = Dropped to spots but don't count this team out. Ran on the very challenging Mt. Dora Christian Bible course last weekend for their tune up entering post season. District meet will be against them and Lakeland Christian. A 5 point spread will be tight and a great race. Then this team will move onto a very competitive region 3 and will battle Lakeland Christian, Holy Trinity and Father Lopez for a runner up spot to Circle Christian.

8. (9) Out of the Door Academy = Moving up one spot, Won the Brandeton Runners club Championship with a tem average of 21:59. Region 2 and region of death! Will race against the #1, #2 and #8 team in the state. Should move out to states.

9. (11) Canterbury School (Ft. Meyers) = Moves up 4 spots. Cougars are slowing gaining on their predators. Competed at the Annual Lely Trojan Invitational last week. Placed 3rd at the GCAC Championships this past weekend. Should easily win their district but will go up against the # and #2 teams in the state in their region. This team is very competitive and will finish 4th in the region meet to move on but some fantastic racing will be seen in this region.

10. (7) Lakeland Christian = Team has stayed in this top 7 spot all season. Can they move up in the post season.  A well-coached team for sure. District is a tough one with 1st Academy in the way their way for a team title, their #5 has a good race could be the 5 point swing difference! Will have to battle 1st Academy, Holy Trinity and Father Lopez at the region meet for a runner up spot.

11. (NR) King's Academy = This team been knocking on the door of the top 15 all season and roaring to the #11 spot. This team took a bit out of their competition at the Sebastian River Shark Invitational and finished 3rd with a team average of 22:02 at the Palm Beach Championships this weekend. Five points will be make the difference of a team title for this team. They will face the challenge of John Paul II for the team title with both #5 runners possibly determining the outcome. This too could be the case in their region meet with an 8 point swing either way.

12. (10) Holy Trinity = Finished 4th at the Sebastian River Shark Invitational. This team should win their district and will battle for the runner up spot in the very competitive region 3.

13. (NR) Baker Senior High School = Team is led by one of the top runners in the state Maya Espinosa. The team finished 3rd at the Okaloosa County Championships this weekend. Can't tell what meets they ran must have run a lot of dual and quad meets. The team should easily win their district and in another region of death-Region 1. Will probably finish 4th behind Maclay, Providence and St. Joseph Academy to move onto the state meet.

14. (12) Father Lopez = Drop two spots but finally put together a nice race at Mt. Dora Bible Christian Invitational to finish 3rd in the team standings. Beat 1st Academy of Orlando. This team is well coached and inspired everyday by the intercession of the saints. Now it is time for this team to really show what they have.

15. (13) Indian Rock Christian = Dropped two spots but still hanging with the top guns! Team finished 2nd at the Clearwater Catholic Championships this week with a team average of 22:59. This team may have had to go in taper mode early! District with Citrus Park Christian and Tampa Bay HEAT. Will try and beat the HEAT for runner up title. Then moving on to regions. This region 2 is almost a mini state meet! Will go against CPC, Oak Hall, Out of Door and Canterbury to finish 5th in the region meet to move out to states! Would love to be at this region meet!

Other teams to watch out for:

(14) Tampa Bay HEAT, (15) St. John Paul II

Individual Rankings:

Commentary: Things will certainly get heated up as teams and individuals go head to head in districts and especially in the region meets. Region 2 looks like the region of death and a small mini state meet! Best wishes to all the teams and individuals!

Rank. (Previous Rank) Name, Grade - School = Comments

1. (1) Jacqueline Abanses, 9 - Citrus Park Christian (CPC) = Will win her district meet and finish runner up to Grace Blair of Oak Hall for region title.

2. (2) Grace Blair, 12 - Oak Hall = Grace will go out in style her senior year by winning the triple crown of xc-District, Region and State title!

3. (4) Sinkenesh Parker, 9 - Circle Christian = Won the Amelia Island Pirate XC Invitational with a new PR of 18:50.1. Watch for her to win both District and Region titles and go for top 3 at states! She was district champion and region runner up last season.

4. (3) Lydia Friedman, 10 - Citrus Park = She will place 2nd at districts and 3rd in the region.

5. (5) Brooke Santiesteban, 12 - Citrus Park = She will finish 3rd in the district and 3rd in the region meet.

6. (NR) Jessica Edwards, 9 - Canterbury Ft. Meyers = Set a new PR at the Celtic Invitational. Will win the district and finish 5th in the region of death (Region 2).

7. (6) Josie Garba, 11 - Tampa Prep = Will place 4th in the district and 6th in the Region 2 of death and will be the only one representing her team at the state meet.

8. (7) Jasmine Hincapie, 10 - Westminster Academy = Will win both district and region titles. She won both titles last season too!

9. (8) Brooke Mcewen,10 - Circle Christian = She will place 2nd in the district and 2rd in the region meet. Will add the 1-2 punch for Circle Christian at the region meet.

10. (9) Carly McNatt, 7 - Holy Trinity = She will win the district and finish 3rd at the region meet.

11. (NR) Mia Rodriguez,7 - The King's Academy = She will win the district and will have to battle Jasmine Hincapie for the region title. Three seconds separate the two runners from the PR'S.

12. (10) Sydnee Calder, 8 - Boca Raton Christian = She will battle Mia Rodriguez for a district title and finish 3rd in the region meet. But 8 seconds separates the top three-Calder, Rodriguez and Hinacapie!

13. (11) Jansen Mayer, 10 - Citrus Park = She will place 6th in both the district and region meet.

14. (12) Alivia Bienz, 12 - John Carroll HS = Will try and win a district title as a senior but will face her own teammate Lauren Macon and Carly McNautt from Holy Trinity. Will place 4th in the region. Will be hopeful to take two form their team to states as individuals.

15. (13) Lauren Macon, 12 - John Carroll HS = Will have to have a great race to win a district title but could do it! Will place 5th in the region to go ot states with teammate Alivia Bienz.

Other individuals to watch out for:

(14) Kemper Reback, 11 - Jupiter Christian

(NR) Audrey Woods, 11 - Providence School

Elizabeth Wetmore 11th Evangelical Christian

Sentimental favorite Claire McDonnell 10th FLCHS


2A Girls State Series Rankings

by Carlos Maymi, St. Brendan HS / St. Thomas University, maymicarlos@yahoo.com

Team Rankings:

Commentary: Our team rankings were based on Virtual Rankings, Course Difficultly, and head to heads. 1-3 teams are solid. It is district week and there will be some tough races before regional and state championship.  With 10, 9, 7 all separated by less than 10 points.

Rank. (Previous Rank) School = Comments

1. (1) Pine Crest HS = this team has won every big invitational they have entered this year. they have been going through 2A no problem this year beating some of our top ten teams handily. With Schawartz and Lawlor about to break into 19's this season this team is deep in talent on the varsity squad. 

2. (2) Montverde Academy = an extremely solid performance at Minneola, this young team should be in the mix when it comes to the state meet. Solid 1, 2 punch with Henne and Cardwell.  

3. (3) Bolles HS = this team has been hard to place over the last couple of weeks, with a noticeable absence of Collier and lack of results. What it comes down to is this is bolles, and this is a team that is well coached. So, I still have doubts they are 3rd they still might be #2. As the state series unfolds we shall see.

4. (4) Trinity Prep = Didn't run all out at Dora, but I think is a team primed and ready to rock and roll over the next few weeks.   

5. (5) Satellite HS = Cape Coast Conference champions and the best pack running team among any of the top ten teams.

6. (6) St. Brendan = Placed 3rd in a highly competitive race at Minneola losing to (3) Montverde but beating (10) Lake Highland prep.  

7. (7) Rockledge HS = Third in the select race at pre state. Team time was better than Holy Name (raced Elite)

8. (14) Lake Highland Prep = Narrowly missed STB, seems to be gaining more ground every week. This team will go as far as Cisneros takes it.

9. (9) Bishop Kenny = this team has shown it has the goods at pre state, so for that they stay in the top ten.

10. (12) Tavares = I feel like I may have been sleeping on his team. It is hard to see results, but this team will be a top ten team at states I can feel it

11. (10) Episcopal School of Jacksonville

12. (8) Holy Names

13. (11) West Florida Tech

14. (13) Cardinal Gibbons

15. (15) Titusville

Other teams to watch out for:

(NR) Oxbridge, (NR) Ransom, (NR) South Walton, (NR) Berkeley and (NR) Carrolton   

Individual Rankings:

Commentary: Here are the individual state rankings!

Rank. (Previous Rank) Name, Grade

1. (1) Caitlin Collier, 12 - Bolles HS

2. (3) Nicole Matysik, 11 - Key West HS

3. (4) Natalie Varela 10 - Gulliver Prep HS

4. (2) Mahdere Yared, 9 - Pine Crest HS

5. (8) Maya Beleznay, 10 - Pine Crest HS

6. (5) Tsion Yared, 10 - Pine Crest HS 

7. (6) Rebecca Clark, 11- The Villages HS

8. (13) Alexandra Cisneros, 11 - Lake Highland Prep

9. (10) Kendyl Cardwell, 9 - Montverde Academy

10. (7) Lily Henne, 8- Montverde Academy

11. (11) Emily Faulhaber, 10- Pinecrest

12. (NR) Kheli Phillips, 9- Lake Highland Prep

13. (NR) Noemi Kerjean, 10- St. Brendan

14. (NR) Marisa Ashley, 9 - Arnold HS

15. (NR) Nicole Meers, 9 - Montverde Academy

Other individuals to watch out for:

(NR) Audrey McAnally, (NR) Sydney Avery, (NR) Maddison Welch


3A Girls State Series Rankings

by Steve Farnsworth, Lecanto HS, farnsworthfarm@yahoo.com                

Team Rankings:

Commentary:  The rankings are now based on times and performances since October 10th in order to keep the rankings as current as possible.  The preponderance of county and conference meets in this cycle can make things difficult as many meets are held on little-known courses or teams don't run all out to rest up for Districts.  Region 3 is becoming difficult to predict as many top teams alternate good and bad meets. This poll lists the top six teams in each region, plus the next best team as a wild card.  This format will leave out some teams that are top-25, but get bumped out by being in a tough region.  Team averages are given for reference only and are not the only basis for rankings, and do not follow them completely - course conditions, head to head competition, and team depth is also considered.  Times from known or suspected fast and slow courses have had time added or deducted to prevent ranking skew. 

Rank, (Previous Rank), Team, Region, Team Average/Comments

1. (1) Chiles, 1,  19:45.  The Timberwolves didn't run hard in winning their lightly-attended home meet.

2. (2) Creekside, 1,  20:05.  The Knights topped the Bronco Classic/SJRAC meet field fairly easily.

3. (3) Niceville, 1,  20:07.  The Eagles won the Okaloosa County championships, but were not pushed.

4. (5) Ponte Vedra, 1,  20:07 (+20).  The Sharks captured their home meet on what appears to be a fast course.

5. (4) Osceola (Seminole), 3,  20:23 (+20).  The Warriors won the Pinellas County championships on a known fast course.

6. (7) Ft. Myers, 3,  21:03 (-20).  The Green Wave claimed the Lee County title on the tough Estero course.

7. (6) Ft. Walton Beach, 1,  20:52.  The Vikings finished well behind Niceville at the Okaloosa County championships.

8. (9) Leon, 1,  21:22.  The Lions were second behind Chiles at the Red Hills XC Invite.

9. (11) Matanzas, 2,  21:22.  The Pirates took second at the Bronco Classic.

10. (10) Nease, 1,  21:20.  The Panthers were right behind Matanzas at the Bronco Classic and hang on to the wild card slot over Gulf Breeze and Lincoln.

11. (12) Cape Coral, 3,  21:45 (-20).  The Seahawks placed second behind Ft. Myers at the Lee County championships.

12. (19) Miami Northwestern, 4,  21:48 (-20).  The Bulls get better every meet, and took second in the GMAC Championships.

13. (13) Land O'Lakes, 2,  ?.  The girls' varsity results for the Pasco County championships were not posted, but there is no reason for the Gators to slip in the polls.

14. (16) Ocala Vanguard, 2,  21:45.  The Knights were third at the lightly-attended Florida Horse Park meet.

15. (18) Viera, 4,  21:47.  The Hawks finished fourth at the Cape Coast Conference meet.

Other teams to watch out for:

16. (NR) Estero, 3,  22:01 (-20).  The up-and-down Wildcats get back in the rankings with a third-place finish at the Lee County championships.

17. (20) Reagan/Doral, 4,  22:17 (-20).  The Bison were fourth at Junior Orange Bowl and third at GMAC.

18. (22) Harmony, 2,  21:41 (+20).  The Longhorns win the Orange Belt Conference meet on a fast course.

19. (17) Robinson, 3,  21:42 (+20). The Knights placed sixth in the Hillsborough County championships.

20. (8) Naples, 3,  22:22.  The Eagles won the Collier County championships and were fifth at Lely Trojan.

21. (14) South Fork, 4,  22:57 (-20).  The Bulldogs took second at Mt. Dora Christian on a slow, tough course.

22. (24) West Shore, 4,  22:41.  The Wildcats were second at Sebastian River and seventh at the Cape Coast Conference meet.

23. (NR) Merritt Island, 4,  22:48.  The Mustangs claim the last spot in Region 4 as Mater Academy struggles to field a full team.

24. (23) Sunlake, 2,  ?.  The girls' varsity results from the Seahawks' county meet (Sunshine Athletic Conference) were not posted.

25. (25) Ocala Forest, 2,  22:50.  The Wildcats were fourth at the rescheduled and lightly-attended Florida Horse Park meet.

Individual Rankings:

Commentary: The last two weeks' times and the course adjustments are being used in the same way as in the team rankings.  Two-week season bests are listed, but are not the sole factor in rankings - head to head competition, and consistency in times is also considered.  

Rank, (Previous Rank) Name, Grade, Team, 2 Week SB / Comments

1. (1) Ana Wallace, 12, Chiles, 19:00.  Won her lightly-attended home meet but didn't need to run hard.

2. (2) Natalie Abernathy, 11, Land O'Lakes, ?.  The girls' varsity results from her county meet (Sunshine Athletic Conference) were not posted.

3. (4) Claire Openshaw, 10, Creekside, 18:45.  Won Bronco Classic/St. John's River conference meet.

4. (3) Taylor Stone, 10, Osceola (Seminole), 18:32 (+20).  Captured Pinellas County championship race on a fast Taylor Park course.

5. (5) Valerie Lastra, 10, Mater Academy, 18:55.  Second at King of the Hill, won Junior Orange Bowl meet.

6. (15) Alayna Goll, 12, Estero, 19:25 (-20). Won Lee County championships at tough Estero Park course.

7. (7) Lillian Holtery, 9, Niceville, 19:11.  Claimed the top spot at the Okaloosa County championships.

8. (6) Emily Culley, 11, Chiles, 19:18.  Finished second at the Red Hills XC Invitational.

9. (8) Caitlyn Wilkey, 10, Chiles, 19:28.  Placed third at the Red Hills XC Invitational.

10. (9) Claire Moritz, 12, Ponte Vedra, 19:08 (+20).  Won her rescheduled home meet on a fast course.

11. (NR) Chelsea Oliver, 12, Riverdale, 19:32.  Up-and-down runner took third at Lely Trojan meet.

12. (NR) Fiona Kurland, 12, Ft. Myers, 19:52 (-20).  Broke out of a mid-season slump to take second at the Lee County championships.

13. (11) Kambry Smith, 9, Ft. Walton Beach, 19:40.  Took second at Okaloosa County championships.

14. (12) Erin Phelps, 12, Chiles, 19:51.  Finished fourth at Red Hills XC Invitational.

15. (19) Parker Valby, 10, East Lake, 19:33 (+20).  Won Pinellas County championships on a fast course.

Other individuals to watch out for:

16. (NR) Caroline Mackenzie, 11, Ft. Myers, 19:27 (+20).  Finally starting to run the way she was expected to at the start of the season.

17. (10) Claire Coger, 12, Niceville, NT.  Did not run during this polling cycle.

18. (14) Hannah Schneidewind, 12, Niceville, 19:55.  Finished third in the Okaloosa County championships.

19. (NR) Vanessa Bolen, 11, Harmony, 19:36 (+20).  Gets back in the rankings with a nice win at the Orange Belt Conference meet.

20. (16) Ashley Iliff, 9, Creekside, 19:57.  Finished third in the Bronco Classic/SJRAC meet.

21. (21) Ella Swigler, 12, Mosley, 19:57.  Was the runner-up in the Bay County championships.

22. (NR) Bridget Morse, 12, Columbia, 20:00.  Took the fourth spot in the Bronco Classic.

23. (20) Jillian Dempsey, 10, Naples, 20:02.  Finished fifth at the Lely Trojan meet.

24. (NR) Reagan Darrah, 12, Ponte Vedra, 19:52 (+20).  Took second at her home meet.

25. (18) Hannah Spooneybarger, 11, Gulf Breeze, 19:54 (+20).  Won Esca-Rosa championships on a fast course.


4A Girls State Series Rankings

by Paul Opitz, Sarasota Riverview HS, paul.opitz65@gmail.com                

Team Rankings:

Rank. (Previous Rank) School = Comments

1. (1) Winter Park = won Metro East

2. (2) Newsome = close over Jenkins 2nd at Hills county, 20:02 avg

3. (3) George Jenkins = won Polk County Champ, two sub 19 girls, Senter and Alicia Ruiz   nice job

4. (4) G Holmes Braddock = won Lely Invite, led by Maria Fernandez 1st place finish.

5. (6) Winter Springs = 1st place finish at the competitive champ race at Seminole State college, avg 20:20

6. (9) Lake Brantley = 2nd at Champ race, 20:17 avg

7. (10) Wharton = 3rd Hills champ, 20:55 avg

8. (7) HB Plant = 4th Hills champ, 20:43 avg

9. (5) Steinbrenner = 5th Hills champ, missing 3rd girl?

T-10. (15) Spruce Creek= 3rd Champ invite, avg 20:36

T-10. (8) St Thomas = won BCAA title, 20:34 avg

12. (13) Lake Minneola = 2nd at own invite, two sub 19 girls, Rowe and Kunze, impressive

13. (NR) Hagerty

14. (11) Lakewood Ranch

15. (NR) Oviedo

Other teams to watch out for:

16. (T-15) OLOL

17. (T-15) Ferguson

18. (NR) PHU

19. (NR) Wiregrass Ranch, led by Coach Don Howard

District Championships Preview, Teams & Individual Champions:

District 1 = Fletcher. Individual win Liberty Pigg of Fletcher

District 2 = 2nd Toughest District, 4 strong teams, Winter Springs close over Lake Brantley. Looks like Klingenberg is back, looks fast enough for Individual win

District 3 = Lake Minneola for the win over Olympia and Windermere Prep. Close race Rowe over Kunze for the individual district win.

District 4 = Ready for a shocking pick? Not here. Rafaella Gibbons and Winter Park for the win. Although Isabella Bartczak of Dr Phillips should finish in top ten at the state meet

District 5 = George Jenkins Anna Senter with a close win over fellow Jenkins teammate Alicia Ruiz. ST Cloud should grab 2nd

District 6 = HB Plant over Steinbrenner, or Steinbrenner over Plant. Wharton for 3rd. With a good Wiregrass Ranch staying home. What a shame. Strauman of Steinbrenner for the individual win

District 7 = Newsome for the win, then the other Riverview. Individual win Bailey over Alyssa

District 8 = Lakewood Ranch, close battle for the next four spots between Palm Harbor U, Sarasota Riverview, Manatee, St Petersburg and Sarasota. Top runner should be Julianna Lazzari of PHU, with a shot of going sub 19

District 9 = Melbourne over Vero Beach. Natlie Bress of Melbourne for the individual win

District 10 = Jupiter over PB Central.   Alexandra Del RE for the individual win

District 11 = Spanish River for the win making coaching legend Rick Rothman proud. Rylee Pustilink for the individual win

District 12 = Boca Raton for the win. Surprising Freshman Pia Beaulieu of Boca Raton for a comfy individual win

District 13 = Cypress Bay for the win. Summer Steere of CBay for individual win

District 14 = St Thomas for the win. Bridget Alex for the Individual win

District 15 = OLOL for the win. Alana Batista for individual win

District 16 = Holmes Braddock for the win over Ferguson. Maria Fernandez for individual win

Individual Rankings:

Commentary: What a list possible 20 girls at the state under 19. Great seasons ladies and coaches. You  know they put the miles in over the summer

Rank. (Previous Rank) Name, Grade - School = Comments

1. (2) Alyssa Hendrix, 10 - Riverview = 2 big wins in 5 days. Seffner Christian Invite and Hills County at Al Lopez. Running her first sub 18, I think. Congrats that is way fast.

2. (1) Bailey Hertenstein, 12 - Newsome = 2nd at the Hills county champ

3. (3) Rafella Gibbons, 12 - Winter Park = won Metro East

4. (10) Ashley Klingenberg, 10 - Lake Brantley = won Champ Invite 18:26

5. (11) Anna Senter, 10 - George Jenkins = won Polk County Champ 18:28

6. (12) Mya Bodrato, 09 - Lake Mary = 2nd champ invite 18:32

7. (4) Isabella Bartczak, 12 - Dr Phillips = won Metro west 19:43

8. (NR) Pia Beaulieu, 9 - Boca Raton = New comer with big win at Boca Champ 18:47, by the way another amazing freshman

9. (5) Rylee Pustlink, 10 - Spanish River = 2nd at Boca Champ 19:04

10. (9) Camryn Cooney, 12 - Spruce Creek = 3rd at champ race 18:35

11. (7) Maria Fernandez, 12 - Braddock = 19:11 won Lely invite

12. (15) Alica Ruiz, 09 - George Jenkins = 2nd at Polk County 18:48

13. (NR) Cadi Rowe, 11 - Lake Minneola = won LMinn invite 18:30

14. Elle Kunze, 10 - Lake Minneola = 3rd at own invite 18:36

15. (6) Alexander Del Re, 10 - Jupiter

Other individuals to watch out for:

16. (8) Mackenkzie Czurak, 10 - Winter Springs = 4th at the champ race 19:06

17. (NR) Juliana Lazzari, 12 - Palm Harbor Univ. = 2nd Pinellas County 19:02, school record

(13) Natalie Bress, 12 - Melbourne

(14) Melanie White, 12 - Winter Park

(NR) Emma Noel, 09 - Winter Park

(NR) Alexandra Strauman, 11 - Steinbrenner

(NR) Emma Solis - Newsome


BOYS STATE RANKINGS

1A Boys State Series Rankings

By Anonymous, Ghost Writer HS, ryanraposo@gmail.com

Team Rankings:

Commentary: Sorry for the delay, but got busy organizing District meets.

Rank. (Previous Rank) School = Comments

1. (1) Mount Dora Christian = Ran to a very comfortable District win with a top 5 average of 17:41. Should have more information after Regionals next week

2. (2) Citrus Park = No District result yet, but still a formidable Top 5 average of 16:56 on the season.

3. (8) King's Academy = 17:38 Top 5 average (no District result yet)

4. (3) Providence = Ran to an impressive District title in great weather on a speedy course -- Top 5 average of 17:29, with a 49 second split

5. (6) Northside Christian = No district result yet -- 17:48 Top 5 average

6. (5) Maclay = Waltzed to an easy District win, appearing to hold back for Regionals (17:59 average at Districts and 17:43 average on the season)

7. (10) Bishop Snyder = Notched a mild upset, defeating St. Joseph's by 3 points at Districts -- Top 5 average down to 17:42

8. (4) St. Joseph's = Nipped for second by 3 points at Districts (see above) but averaged 17:41 in the process.

9. (13) Blountstown = Comfortable District win with a 17:56 average

10. (7) PK Yonge = Won a close one over Oak Hall at Districts -- 18:09 average and impressive 37 second split

11. (14) Oak Hall = 2nd in District (see above) -- fantastic 1-2 punch; need to tighten 3-5 a bit

12. (9) Palmer Trinity = Have not seen District results yet -- 18:15 average on season

13. (NR) St. Stephens = Have not seen District results yet -- 18:21 average on season

14. (15) Westminster Academy = No District Result Yet -- 18:25 average on season            

15. (11) Circle Christian = 18:56 Top 5 average at Districts (18:24 on season)

Other teams to watch out for:

(12) Father Lopez

Individual Rankings:

Commentary: Here are the individual state rankings!

Rank. (Previous Rank) Name, Grade -- School = Comments

1. (1) Trevor Foley, 12 - Citrus Park = Easily won Hillsborough County Championships in 16:05

2. (2) Ryan Szklany, 12 - Highlands Christian = Getting faster every week -16:05 to win Districts .. could threaten Foley at State

3. (3) Sean Snyder, 12 - St. Joseph's Academy = 16:22 for District win on fast Cecil Field course

4. (4) Reed Legg, 10 - Citrus Park = 16:47 for 8th at Hillsborough County Championships

5. (NR) Junious Brown IV - Maclay = Outstanding 16:26 to win the District Meet for Maclay

6. (5) Josh Skielnik, 12 - Jupiter Christian = 17:02 to finish 2nd to Szklany at the Pine Invitational

7. (6) Austin Montini, 9 - Oak Hall = Easy win at Districts with a 17:11

8. (NR) Joseph Aymonin - St. John Paul II = solid 16:44 to finish 2nd at Districts behind Szklany

9. (NR) Aldren Biala - Bishop Snyder = PRs two weekends in a row -- 16:42 at Districts to finish 2nd behind Sean Snyder

10. (8) Gabriel Curtis, 11 - Mount Dora = District champ with a strong 16:57

11. (7) Jackson Pruim, 11 - Mount Dora = 2nd in District to Gabriel Curtis

12. (NR) Cameron Dunn, 10 - The King's Academy = 16:48 for 3rd place in Districts behind Szklany and Aymonin

13. (9) Mitchell Curtis, 9 - Mount Dora = nipped by team-mate Pruim finishing 3rd at Districts

14. (11) Paul McKenzie, 10 - Seffner Christian = 16:39 bested twin brother by 5 seconds at Districts

15. (NR) John McKenzie - Seffner Christian = 16:44 to finish 3rd at Districts behind twin brother (both behind champ Reed Legg)

Other individuals to watch out for:

16. (10) Cooper LaBrant, 12 - Indian Rocks Christian = 5th at Districts with a 17:04

17. (12) Philip Henderson, 10 - Admiral Farragut = 17:12 to win District

18. (NR) Ethan Batt - Citrus Park = 17:07 at Districts

19. (NR) Justin Bridgewater, 12 - The King's Academy = 17:05 at Districts

20. (NR) Jesse Boyd, 12 - Blountstown HS = Lead team to 1-2-3 sweep at Districts with a comfortable 17:06


2A Boys State Series Rankings

by Carlos Maymi, St. Brendan HS / St. Thomas University, maymicarlos@yahoo.com

Team Rankings:

Commentary: This is one of the most exciting times of the season. The district championships will shake out some really good teams in tough districts. 

Rank. (Previous Rank) School = Comments

1. (1) Bolles HS = great showing in NY this team is led by two of the best coaches in the state, I don't think they will lose any momentum anytime soon.    

2. (2) Satellite = Power is in the pack for this team.

3. (3) Bishop Kenny = still slightly in front of trinity but just slightly because of the head to head win.

4. (4) Trinity Prep = interchangeable with Kenny, it's going to be a battle

5. (5) South Walton = led by a strong front 3, this is a team that will continue to improve through the state series.

6. (6) Cocoa Beach = A tight pack of under 40 seconds I believe that this team can easily break into the top 5.  

7. (7) Lake Highland Prep = Best 1-5 split only .01 slower than Cocoa it's going to be a good fight between 6-8. (10)  Titusville = 3rd in the cape cost but narrowed out astronaut by 10 pts

9. (8) Astronaut = 4th in the cape coast right behind Titusville.

10. (11) Rockledge = With Smith at the helm followed by a solid 2-3 this team picks up the back half slightly and is a solid top ten team.

11. (9) Lake Wales

12. (11) Immokalee

13. (12) Tavares

14. (13) Ransom everglades

15. (14) Episcopal Jacksonville

Other teams to watch out for:

(NR) Bishop Moore, (NR) West Florida, (NR) Wakulla HS

Individual Rankings:

Rank. (Previous Rank) Name, Grade - School

1. (1) Charles Hicks,11 - Bolles

2. (2) Paul Stafford, 12 - Lake Wales

3. (3) Nathan Jubran, 12- Bishop Kenny

4. (4) Trent Turbyfill, 12- Trinity Prep

5. (5) Chase Rivera, 11- Bolles

6. (6) Antonio Gomez, 12- Frostproof

7. (7) Troy Smith, 11 - Rockledge

8. (8) Sean Leider, 12 - Trinity Prep

9. (9) Jacob Hensley, 11- Citrus

10. (10) Richard Woodruff, 11- Trinity Prep

11. (11) Owen Allen, 11- Key West

12. (12) John Browers 12- Bolles

13. (13) Nathaniel Basford, 10 -Satellite

14. (14) Walker Hirsch, 11- Satellite  

15. (15) Charlie Dickinson, 12 - Satellite

Other individuals to watch out for:

(NR) Rahul Koshy, (NR) Alexander Hastings, (NR) Jacob D'Aleo


3A Boys State Series Rankings
by Kerry Mowlam, Ponte Vedra High School, kmowlam@yahoo.com                   

Team Rankings:

Commentary: Now it's time to perform.

Rank. School (Previous Rank) (Region) - Comments

1. Ocala Vanguard HS (1) (R2) -- They still holding tight. No real competition for past few weeks but earned top spot with great mid-season performances

2. Chiles -- (2) (R1) Getting closer to the No.1 as each meet passes. Runners 3-5 hold the key to State victory. Seconds will be the difference  

3. Belen Jesuit (3) (R4) -- Can skip thru regions and be primed for Finals. Is this the year they claim that top spot they haven't had for 5 years. If their 2nd runner can get closer to top, they will be there

4. Creekside (4) (R1) -- There is huge leap to make top 3 that I just don't think they can make this year. But they have never won Regions but still win States. That's a team that knows how to peak at right time

5. Estero -- (5) (R3) -- Will be in the mix for top 5, with teams 6-10 vying for that spot. See Estero keeping them at bay

6. Fort Myers (6) (R3) -- A second or two from a few runners has them in top 5 at States. Been strong all season and getting better every meet

7. New Smyrna Beach (7) (R2) -- A great team performance at The Championship, may have them peaking at the right time. Could warranted a leap back to 4th, but have  them holding steady for now…..

8. Niceville (8) (R1) -- Excellent win at Okaloosa County Championship with 1-8 runners within 40 secs. Could be 4th at States, could be 9th. Insane how close the top 4-10 teams are.

9. Gulf Coast (9) (R3) -- Been very quiet since FSU, which makes me once again very nervous on how to rank them. Always known to hit post season to make a mark. Don't see it different this season either

10. Bartram Trail (10) (R1) -- Just seconds behind Creekside at Middleburg meet. Always in every top 10 ranking every year.

11. Robinson HS (9) (R3) -- Another solid performance, this time at Hillsborough County race. Once again staking their claim to be one of best in State this season

12. Naples (13) (R3) -- haven't ran since Oct 6, but don't see that being a factor. 3A rankings has them shown lower but I am sticking to this team previous ranking

13. Ponte Vedra (15) (R1) -- Good home meet win with nice results on a fast course. Team is getting faster at the right time of the year.

14. Fort Walton Beach (12) (R1) -- 2nd place at Okaloosa County Championship, right behind Niceville, and again with very tight pack effort. That's the way they roll….

15. Harmony (NR) (R2) -- Great results at Orange Belt has them top 15 for first time this year. Good time to start making a statement

Teams in Regions vying for the top 6 to get to States (shows region ranking):

Region 1

Lincoln (7th) (16th in the State may not get you to big dance in this region), Gulf Breeze, (8th), Stanton Prep (9th)

Region 2

Gainesville (4th), Seabreeze (5th), Land O Lakes, (6th), Sunlake and Mantanzas (trying to get into 6th spot)

Regions 3

Osceola (6th), Tampa Jesuit (7th but need to make up over 40 points in region race to get to the show)

Region 4

Viera (2nd), West Shore (3rd), Merritt Island (4th), South Fork (5th), Doral Academy (6th) Dwyer and Okeechobee are close behind

Individual Rankings:

Commentary: Everyone has been quiet since early October. So guess this is what they mean by "calm before the storm".  Kept all rankings same with one change for 15th place

Rank. Name, Grade (Previous Rank) -- School = Comments

1. Michael Phillips, 12 (1) -- Chiles

2. Joey Fitzpatrick, 12 (2) -- Ocala Vanguard

3. Joshua Collins, 12 (3) -- Belen Jesuit  

4. Diego Lavieri-Sosa, 12 (4) - Ocala Vanguard

5. Matthew Newland, 12 -- (5) Chiles

6. Aidan O'Gorman, 11 (6) - New Smyrna Beach

7. Hugh Brittenham, 11 (7) -- Estero

8. Ethan Geiger, 10 (8) -- Robinson

9. Kyle Skinner, 10 (9) -- Fort Myers

10. Alejandro Michel, 12 (10) -- Freedom

11. Payne Myer, 11 (11) - New Smyrna Beach

12. Logan Horning, 12 (12) - New Smyrna Beach

13. Paul Reyna, 12 (13) - Ocala Vanguard

14. John Robbins, 12 (14) -- Tampa Jesuit

15. James Hasell, 12 (NR) -- East Lake  = Great win at  Pinellas County meet. The only mover and shaker in this week's rankings.


4A Boys State Series Rankings

by Ryan Lowe, Lake Nona High, ryan.lowe@ocps.net                                

Team Rankings:

Commentary: Finally, the State Series is upon us.  This is when all of those early mornings of getting up in the summer and running in the heat, or rain, will hopefully pay off.  Unfortunately, some teams will see their seasons come to an end while others will feel the joy of making the trip to Tallahassee.  It looks like Regions 1 and 2 will have some very strong teams staying home but that is what makes sports so exciting.  Good luck to everyone over the next few weeks!

Rank. (Previous Rank) School = Comments

1. George Steinbrenner (2) = they keep getting better with each race.

2. Plant (5) = 47 second split puts them right in the mix for a title.

3. Oviedo High (1) = edged out Lake Mary for the SAC title.

4. St. Thomas Aquinas (3) = won the Junior Orange Bowl Invitational with 16:54 average.

5. Lake Mary (6) = their team average keeps getting lower.

6. St. Cloud (15) = 3-5 runners are running better, helping them win the Orange Belt.

7. Newsome (9) = 68 second split will be key to qualifying for State.

8. Sarasota (4) = we know their #1 will be up there, will the rest of the team do their job?

9. Columbus (8) = history says they'll be higher.

10. Lyman (7) = #5 keeps improving to help them secure a spot.

11. St. Petersburg (12) = they will need their best to qualify out of the toughest region.

12. Wharton (14) = I have them on the outside looking in for the state meet.

13. Lake Minneola (11) = team average really dropped after their last race, they seem to peaking.  

14. Fleming Island (13) = another team looking to ride early season momentum for a berth in Tallahassee.

15. Spanish River (10) = cream of the crop in Region 3.

Teams I think will qualify for State from each Region:

Region 1 -- Oviedo, Lake Mary, Lyman, Lake Minneola, Fleming Island, Dr. Phillips

Region 2 -- Steinbrenner, Plant, St. Cloud, Newsome, Sarasota, St. Petersburg

Region 3 -- Spanish River, Palm Beach Central, Coral Springs, Boca Raton, Martin County, Coral Glades

Region 4 -- St. Thomas, Columbus, Ferguson, Braddock, Coral Reef, Coral Park

Individual Rankings:

Commentary: There was not much movement here because most of the guys won their conference races and/or put in good showings as they concluded the regular season.  Now it comes down to which guy is going to be able to put together a few good races in November. 

Rank. (Previous Rank) Name, Grade -- School = Comments

1. (1) Benjamin Hartvigsen, 11 - Sarasota = has been steady through each of his four races this season.

2. (2) Tristan Montalvo, 12 -- St. Cloud = a man on a mission, worse finish was 4th place at FSU.

3. (3) Bryce Bell, 12 -- Lyman = won the SAC Championship with a 15:57.

4. (4) Canaan St. Lewis, 11 -- Lake Mary = runner-up finish to Bell at SAC.

5. (5) Andrew Miller, 12 -- Fleming Island = 16:10 at FSU which was good enough for a top-10 finish.

6. (6) Timothy Doyle, 12 -- Freedom (Orlando) = easily won the Metro Conference Championship.

7. (7) Deshay Fernandes, 12 -- Columbus = won the GMAC in 16:21, good to see him healthy this post-season.

8. (11) Noah Quintana, 12 -- Lake Minneola = ran an impressive 15:46 at his home meet.

9. (NR) Austin Redondo, 12 -- Coral Reef

10. (10) Nicholas Rischar, 12 -- St. Thomas 

11. (NR) Juan Moscoso, 11 -- Lake Brantley

12. (12) Nehemiah Rivers, 11 -- Wharton

13. (13) Kyler Hodges, 12 -- Lyman

14. (NR) Garrett O'Malley, 12 - Hagerty

15. (NR) Tyson Harper, 12 -- Oviedo

Other individuals to watch out for:

Eliseo Torres, 12 - Braddock

Cavan Wilson, 12 -- Coral Gables

Justin Czurak, 12 -- Winter Springs

Isaias De La Puente, 11 -- Forest Hill

Mamush Galloway, 10 -- Oviedo

Hunter Dobbs, 12 -- Coral Reef

Brady Zimmerman, 11 -- George Jenkins

Evan Fuller, 12 -- Fleming Island

Zachary Cloud, 10 -- St. Cloud

Devin Boyle, 12 -- Lake Mary

Walker Thomas, 12 -- Plant

Kayamo Galloway, 10 -- Oviedo


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- Please remember that all of these rankings are done by volunteer coaches and are meant to increase the overall enjoyment of the sport for athletes, coaches, parents, and fans. They are just for fun and should not have a lot of weight put on them. But if you have issues (such as a missed athlete or team), please email the individual pollster for your classification & gender.

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