FACA Pre-State XC State Rankings *Update2*


With the XC State Championship just a few short days away, let's see who are the top contending teams and individuals! And a huge THANK YOU goes out to all of our volunteer pollsters for putting together these rankings all season long! It's a long and tedious process, but your many hours of service has helped contribute to everything that is Florida cross country. You're helping our sport through and through, and for that we thank you! Until next year, here are the final rankings...
Update: 2A Girls Rankings have been added.
Update 2: 2A Boys Rankings have been added.

GIRLS STATE RANKINGS

1A Girls State Championship Rankings

by Sue O'Malley-Father Lopez Catholic HS, somalley@fatherlopez.org

Team Rankings:

Commentary: Hard to believe 5 months of hard work, dedication and commitment will reach its climax on Saturday at the state meet! Congrats to all 24 teams who advanced out of their region meet to make it to the big one! Region 2 and Region 3 are highly competitive regions. Both regions have 5 teams advancing from these regions! I want to wish all of the teams and individuals the best of luck! We have all worked hard and deserve this moment .It has been fun for me to these rankings! After this weekend see everyone on the track!

Rank. (Previous Rank) School = Comments

1. (1) Citrus Park Christian = This team has been the top dog all season and looks like they are ready to win their first state title as a brand new school.

2. (2) Circle Christian = This team has been strong all season long. They won both the district title and region title and are peaking at the right time! They are my sentimental favorite to win!

3. (3) Oak Hall = Grace Blair will lead the Eagles into the state meet. The Eagles won their district and finished runner-up to Citrus Park Christian in the region meet.

4. (4) Maclay School = Scored a perfect 15 points at their district meet and nearly beat Providence by 3 points at the region meet.

5. (5) Providence = Very tough team to race against well coached and knows how to be ready for the big meets. They won their district and lost to Maclay for the region title.

6. (7) 1st Academy = Won their district and finished runner up in the highly competitive Region 3 meet.

7. (6) St. Joseph Academy = Team was second in their district and third in a very competitive region. Team is very solid!

8. (9) Canterbury School (Ft. Meyers) = Ready to pounce on their prey! Panthers won their district and finished 3rd in the Region of death-Region 2!

9. (10) Lakeland Christian = The Vikings finished 2nd to 1st Academy in the district meet and finished a strong 3rd in the Region 3 meet.

10. (14) Father Lopez = The Green wave finished 2nd in the district and a 5th place showing in their region. Will be led by Sophomore Claire McDonnelll who keeps getting faster and faster each week and learning how to compete in the big meets.

11. (12) Holy Trinity = Under their first year coach Sully won a district title and finished 4th in the region. Look for their number one 7th grader Carly McNatt to make some noise this weekend!

12. (8) Out of the Door Academy = Made lots of thunder at their district meet by winning it and finished 4th in the Region of death to advance.

13. (NR) Miami Country Day = Won both their district and region meet.

14. (11) King's Academy = Lions roared to a win for a district title and finished 2nd in their region to Miami County Day.

15. (15) Indian Rock Christian = Team finished 3rd in their district and squeezed it out of the Region 2 Meet. Tough team and showed they can compete with the best.

Other teams to watch out for:

(NR) St. Stephen's, (NR) Westminster Academy, (13) Baker Senior High School

Individual Rankings:

Commentary: Best wishes to all the teams and individuals! Lots of new faces in the top 15! The new young ladies were behind the scenes throughout the season and saved their best for last at their district and region meets. Grace Blair will again win another state title! Who will follow in her running shoes the next couple of years will be determined on Saturday! May all the girls run 2/3 of the race with their feet and head and that last 1/3 with their hearts!

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

1. (2) Grace Blair, 12 - Oak Hall = Grace will go out in style her senior year by winning her second straight state title and close out an amazing high school cross country career!

2. (3) Sinkenesh Parker, 9 - Circle Christian = This young lady dominated the district and region meets and will show what she really is made of at states by finishing as runner-up as a Freshman! Placed 3rd last year!

3. (1) Jacqueline Abanses, 9 - Citrus Park Christian (CPC) = Won the district and finished 2nd to Grace Blair at the region meet.

4. (6) Jessica Edwards, 9 - Canterbury Ft. Meyers = 2nd in the district meet and strong 3rd place finish in the Region of death (Region 2). Won both district and region title. Region course was a slow course

5. (8) Jasmine Hincapie, 10 - Westminster Academy = Won both district and region title.  This young lady is very competitive and will hang with the best.

6. (10) Carly McNatt, 7 - Holy Trinity = Won district title and runner up in the region meet! This young lady is the real deal!

7. (NR) Claire McDonnell, 10 - Father Lopez = Sentimental favorite of Coach O'Malley! Has cut 6 minutes off of her time since her freshman year! Finished 3rd in both district and region meets. Region meet she set her PR of 19:59!  Beginning to have confidence and learn how to race in the big meets.

8. (12) Sydnee Calder, 8 - Boca Raton Christian = Ran her PR of 19:03 at the district meet to win it and finished 2nd in the region meet behind Jasmine Hincapie. Placed 10th last year!

9. (4) Lydia Friedman, 10 - Citrus Park = 2nd in the districts and 4th in the region meet.

10. (5) Brooke Santiesteban, 12 - Citrus Park = 3rd in Districts and 5th and the region. Will be the third CPC runner in the top 15 to help the team win the state title.

11. (NR) Audrey Wood, 11 - Providence = Very tough competitor. Won both the district and region meets. Possibly sneek into the top 10!

12. (9) Brooke Mcewen, 10 - Circle Christian = Runner up in the district meet and 4th in the region. This young lady will possibly sneek into the top the 10! Placed 7th last year!

13. (NR) Laura McGaffic ,7 - Miami County Day = First year runner making some noise this season! Won the district title and placed 3rd in the region meet.

14. (NR) Laura Jones,8 - Chiefland = Finishes 2nd t Grace Blair in the district meet and turns around this past weekend to set a new PR of 20:02 at the region meet to finish 6th. She is one of 5 runners on her team.

15. (NR) Olivia Watt, 12 - Marco Island = Won the district title and 7th in region 2 meet to advance.

Other individuals to watch out for:

(NR) Emma McLaughlin ,11 - Tampa Bay

(NR) Viola Barquilla, 8 - Providence

(NR) Caroline Crist, 12 - First Academy


2A Girls State Championship Rankings

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

Team Rankings:

Commentary: Good luck to all the teams at states! Sorry for the late post but Family First.

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 = has racked up a win against some tough competition throughout the year, and beat trinity Prep at regionals. I think this team could give pine crest a good run.

3. (3) Bolles HS = Easy win at regionals, without their leader running (don't know if she is or not) it will be hard to get the top two contenders.

4. (5) Satellite HS = Got second just in front of St. Brendan without one of their better runners.  The pack is tight and gives them a narrow edge over trinity prep and STB.

5. (4) Trinity Prep = 2nd to Montverde, but beat Tavares by 40 pts. Well coached and definitely have a strong closing mile by the front two in any race I've seen so far.

6. (6) St. Brendan = Placed 3rd in a highly competitive region 4. Just behind satellite.  With a strong showing from #5 could have a chance at top 5 finish

7. (15) Cardinal Gibbons = first I would like to apologize, I slept on you. Great race at regions finishing less than 10 points behind STB. Could upset some people

8. (13) Tavares = Placed 3rd in the region. Could be in the hunt but the split from needs to be lower than it has been throughout the year

9. (NR) Berkeley Prep = Regional champion by tie breaker over Holy names, Good job to the number 6-7 for running hard and getting the W.

10. (16) Holy Names = lost by a heart break but if Hughes runs the way I believe she will could easily be #8 on this list.

11. (NR) Ransom Everglades

12. (11) West Florida Tech

13. (7) Rockledge HS

14. (14) Lake Highland Prep

15. (9) Bishop Kenny

Other teams to watch out for:

16. (10) Episcopal School of Jacksonville

17. (NR) Lely

18. (NR) Frostproof

19. (NR) Citrus

20. (NR) South Walton

Individual Rankings:

Commentary: Here are the individual state rankings!

Rank. (Previous Rank) Name, Grade - School

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. (NR) Maddison Welch 12 - Lemon Bay

11. (11) Emily Faulhaber, 10 - Pine Crest

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

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

14. (14) Marisa Ashley 9 - Arnold HS

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


3A Girls State Championship Rankings
by Steve Farnsworth, Lecanto HS, farnsworthfarm@yahoo.com                

Team Rankings:

Commentary:  The rankings are now based on times and performances at the four regional meets since many district meets were on little-known and/or very fast courses, producing unreliable times.  Regional times will be adjusted as follows to prevent ranking skew:  Region 1, 2, and 4 - times for these regions fell in the expected range and will not be adjusted.  Region 3 -- Estero Park is a normally slow course and 20 seconds will be deducted from these times.  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.   

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

1. (1) Chiles, 1,  19:05.  It's hard to envision anyone beating the Timberwolves for the top spot, especially since the state meet is held on their home course.

2. (2) Creekside, 1,  19:45.  The Knights rely on three somewhat inconsistent freshmen, so catching Chiles is not likely.  They have beaten Niceville in all three meets they ran against the Eagles, so they should claim the runner-up spot.

3. (3) Niceville, 1,  19:58.  The Eagles have a veteran core from last year's championship squad and a top freshman, but have sleep-walked through the season and don't seem to have the fire in the belly needed to win championships.  They could go higher than third, but it's not likely.

4. (4) Ponte Vedra, 1,  20:14.  The Sharks have a pretty solid grip on the fourth spot, but don't have the horses to move higher.

5. (5) Osceola (Seminole), 3,  20:48 (-20).  The Warriors won Region 3 and are pretty solid for the fifth spot.

6. (7) Ft. Walton Beach, 1,  20:19.  The Vikings ran a great race to take fifth at Region 1, but it's not clear if they can repeat that performance at state.

7. (9) Matanzas, 2,  21:06.  The Pirates won Region 2 using a tight front pack of three and look good heading into the state meet.

8. (10) Nease, 1,  20:54.  The Panthers were the surprise in Region 1, knocking off Leon to claim the last spot. 

9. (14) Ocala Vanguard, 2,  21:11.  The Knights ran well taking second in the Region 2 meet.

10. (20) Naples, 3,  21:06 (-20).  The inconsistent Eagles have put together two good meets in a row, and could make the top ten with another good meet.

11. (NR) Charlotte, 3,  21:28 (-20).  The up-and-down Tarpons took third at the Region 3 meet, but could also finish outside the top 15 at State.  

12. (7) Ft. Myers, 3,  21:22 (-20).  The Green Wave have been a mystery for most of the season, so this is the best guess for them.

13. (21) South Fork, 4,  21:19.  The Bulldogs looked good winning the Region 4 meet.

14. (11) Cape Coral, 3,  21:42 (-20).  The Seahawks placed fifth behind Ft. Myers at the Region 3 meet.

15. (12) Miami Northwestern, 4,  21:41.  The Bulls have slipped a little in the last two meets and were second in the Region 4 meet.

Other teams to watch out for:

16. (24) Sunlake, 2,  21:53.  The Seahawks looked impressive winning the District 7 meet, but drifted backward at the Region 2 meet.

17. (NR) Gulf Coast, 3,  21:57 (-20).  The Sharks have been on the verge of being ranked all year, and finally got it by knocking off Estero and Robinson at the Region 3 meet.

18. (18) Harmony, 2,  21:45.  The Longhorns went out hard and held on for the fourth spot in Region 2.

19. (13) Land O'Lakes, 2,  21:34.  The Gators have a strong 1-2 punch, but a weak 3-4-5 limit how high they can finish at State.

20. (15) Viera, 4,  21:58.  The Hawks finished third in the Region 4 meet.

21. (22) West Shore, 4,  22:01.  The Wildcats' dependence on middle schoolers limit how high they can finish.

22. (NR) Mater Academy, 4,  22:02.  Weak 4 and 5 runners limit the Lions' chances of finishing higher.

23. (NR) Mitchell, 2,  22:20.  The Mustangs also have a weak 4 and 5 and are not likely to finish higher.

24. (NR) Dillard, 4,  22:10.  The Panthers were the surprise of Region 4, upsetting higher-ranked Merritt Island and Reagan/Doral.  They may be set up for a bit of a letdown at State.

Individual Rankings:

Commentary: The regional meet times and the course adjustments are being used in the same way as in the team rankings.  The regional meet time is listed, but is not the sole factor in rankings - head to head competition, and consistency in times is also considered.  

Rank, (Previous Rank) Name, Grade, Team, Regional Time / Comments

1. (1) Ana Wallace, 12, Chiles, 18:07.  Barring injury or illness, she will be the next 3A girls champion.  Look for her to let others set the early pace, then take control of the race at the halfway point.

2. (2) Natalie Abernathy, 11, Land O'Lakes, 18:44.  The Region 2 champ likes to go out fast and lead her races.  Look for her to lead early, but get caught and passed by a surging Wallace.

3. (5) Valerie Lastra, 10, Mater Academy, 18:34.  Last year's runner-up has steadily improved after a late start recovering from an injury.  Expect her to run with Abernathy and possibly hang in with Wallace much longer than expected.

4. (3) Claire Openshaw, 10, Creekside, 18:45.  The Region 1 runner-up will be among the leaders.

5. (6) Alayna Goll, 12, Estero, 19:14 (-20).  The Region 3 champ should improve on her Pre-State time.

6. (10) Claire Moritz, 12, Ponte Vedra, 18:56.  Fourth at Region 1, and is a fairly consistent runner.

7. (13) Kambry Smith, 9, Ft. Walton Beach, 18:55.  Third at Region 1, but has had freshman consistency issues.

8. (8) Emily Culley, 11, Chiles, 19:05.  Expect her to run well on her home course.

9. (4) Taylor Stone, 10, Osceola (Seminole), 19:10 (-20).  Second at Region 3 and could finish higher at State.

10. (7) Lillian Holtery, 9, Niceville, 19:14.  Has plateaued after a fast early-season start.

11. (9) Caitlyn Wilkey, 10, Chiles, 19:14.  Finished seventh at the Region 1 meet.

12. (NR) Alivia Davis, 12, Stanton, 19:17.  Has come on strong in her last two races and a medal is not out of the question.

13. (NR) Lindsay James, 9, Chiles, 19:28.  The freshman has had two good races in a row and a top-15 finish is possible.

14. (14) Erin Phelps, 12, Chiles, 19:29.  The Timberwolves could have 5 runners in the top 15.

15. (NR) Josephine Gregory, 10, Pace, 19:29.  Took eleventh in Region 1 and could get a top-15 finish.

Other individuals to watch out for:

16. (19) Vanessa Bolen, 11, Harmony, 19:37.  Came from behind to take second in the Region 2 meet.

17. (NR) Jensen Shonk, 9, Ft. Walton Beach, 19:39.  Has been on the verge of being ranked all season, and finally got it with a twelfth-place finish at the Region 1 meet.

18. (11) Chelsea Oliver, 12, Riverdale, 20:00 (-20).  Finished third at the Region 3 meet.

19. (NR) Blake Petrick, 9, Creekside, 19:40.  Inconsistent runner gets back in the rankings with a fourteenth-place finish in the Region 1 meet.

20. (NR) Estefania Acosta, 11, Land O'Lakes, 19:46.  Gets back into the rankings with a nice third-place finish at the Region 2 meet.

21. (NR) Naila Etique, 9, Nease, 19:46.  Gets into the rankings with strong end-of-season races.

22. (20) Elizabeth Iliff, 9, Creekside, 19:46.  Finished fourteenth in the Region 1 meet.

23. (15) Parker Valby, 10, East Lake, 20:11 (-20).  Took fourth in the Region 3 meet.

24. (NR) Zoe D'Antonio, 10, Naples 20:14 (-20).  Finished fifth in the Region 3 meet.

25. (NR) Isabel Oliveto, 12, Mitchell, 19:59.  Gets back into the rankings with a fourth-place finish in the Region 2 meet.


4A Girls State Championship Rankings

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

Team Rankings:

Commentary: I think it's going to be close, here goes…

Rank. (Previous Rank) School

1. (2) Newsome

2. (1) Winter Park

3. (5) Winter Springs

4. (3) George Jenkins

5. (6) Lake Brantley

6. (12) Lake Minneola

7. (8) HB Plant

8. (T-10) St Thomas

9. (T-10) Spruce Creek

10. (4) G Holmes Braddock

11. (9) Steinbrenner

12. (16) OLOL

13. (7) Wharton

14. (NR) St. Cloud

Individual Rankings:

Commentary: I believe there are 17 girls with pr under 19, AMAZING

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

1. (2) Bailey Hertenstein, 12 - Newsome = going for 3 in a row, a feat rarely accomplished

2. (1) Alyssa Hendrix, 10 - Riverview

3. (4) Ashley Klingenberg, 10 - Lake Brantley

4. (3) Rafella Gibbons, 12 - Winter Park

5. (16) Mackenkzie Czurak, 10 - Winter Springs 

6. (7) Isabella Bartczak, 12 - Dr Phillips

7. (5) Anna Senter, 10 - George Jenkins

8. (6) Mya Bodrato, 09 - Lake Mary

9. (8) Pia Beaulieu, 9 - Boca Raton

10. (9) Rylee Pustlink, 10 - Spanish River

11. (10) Camryn Cooney, 12 - Spruce Creek

12. (12) Alica Ruiz, 09 - George Jenkins

13. (NR) Alexandra Strauman, 11 - Steinbrenner

14. (NR) Melanie White, 12 - Winter Park

15. (17) Juliana Lazzari, 12 - Palm Harbor Univ.

Other individuals to watch out for:

16. (NR) Elayna Bahr, 10 - Winter Springs

17. (13) Cadi Rowe, 11 - Lake Minneola

18. (NR) Emma Noel, 09 - Winter Park

19. (NR) Bridget Alex, 12 - St Thomas

20. (11) Maria Fernandez, 12 - Braddock  

21. (NR) Kaleigh Scallon, 9 - Newsome

22. (NR) Cassie Highsmith, 12 - Plant City

23. (NR) Emma Solis - Newsome

24. (NR) Sarah Magee, 11 - Steinbrenner

25. (14) Elle Kunze, 10 - Lake Minneola

26. (NR) Natalie Bress, 12 - Melbourne


BOYS STATE RANKINGS

1A Boys State Championship Rankings

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

Team Rankings:

Rank. (Previous Rank) School = Comments

1. (1) Mount Dora Christian = Class of the State -- barring disaster, should win State title -- hungry after finishing 2nd last year

2. (2) Citrus Park = Solid pick for 2nd at State -- but huge drop off from 5th to 6th man -- so no room for error

3. (4) Providence = running well -- great pack with 49 second 1-5 split -- solid team winner of Region 1

4. (6) Maclay = great end of season team -- 2nd to Providence in Region 1

5. (5) Northside Christian = surprisingly strong team this fall -- much improved over last year's team (19th at State)

6. (9) Blountstown = probably the biggest surprise in 1A at Regionals -- took 3rd in Region 1, defeating Top 10 ranked teams St. Joseph's Academy and Bishop Snyder

7. (7) Bishop Snyder = perennial Top 10 team -- running well last 2 weeks -- led by seniors Aldren Biala and Jack Randall

8. (8) St. Joseph's = good season but a little off last 2 weeks (missing Luke Lemaire at Regionals)

9. (12) Palmer Trinity = Fairly easy win at Regionals with a 51 second 1-5 split

10. (3) King's Academy = Finished 24th place team at State last year... much, much improved

11. (NR) Marathon = 3rd at State meet last year -- not quite as good as 2016 but should be Top 10 team Saturday

12. (11) Oak Hall = won tiebreaker with cross-town Gainesville rival PK Yonge for 3rd in Region 2

13. (10) PK Yonge = Solid team much improved over last year's team which placed 20th at State

14. (NR) Seffner Christian = McKenzie brothers put them on the map -- but lacking depth behind #3 runner

15. (NR) Indian Rocks = No big stars, but a good pack and chance for a Top 10 team finish

Other teams to watch out for:

16. (NR) St John's Country Day School -- Good solid young team running better every weekend -- great coach in Jay Birmingham

17. (15) Circle Christian

18. (NR) The Pine School

19. (NR) 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 = Ran just hard enough to win Region 2 in a comfortable 16:18

2. (2) Ryan Szklany, 12 - Highlands Christian = jogged through Region 4 win with a 17:24... could threaten Foley at State (but only if Foley is off)

3. (3) Sean Snyder, 12 - St. Joseph's Academy = Solid 16:30 for Region 1 win on slow course

4. (4) Reed Legg, 10 - Citrus Park = 16:36 for 2nd at Region 2 (behind team-mate Foley)

5. (5) Junious Brown IV - Maclay = 16:47 for 2nd at Region 1

6. (7) Austin Montini, 9 - Oak Hall = 3rd at Region 2 with a 16:48

7. (16) Cooper LaBrant, 12 - Indian Rocks Christian = Solid 4th at Region 2 with a 16:52

8. (NR) Ben Kailes, 11 = St. Johns Country Day = Impressive at Region 1 with a surprising 3rrd in 17:03 on slow course

9. (9) Aldren Biala - Bishop Snyder = 4th at Region 1 in 17:05 on slow course

10. (10) Gabriel Curtis, 11 - Mount Dora = Easy Region 3 win in 17:03

11. (11) Jackson Pruim, 11 - Mount Dora = 2nd in Region 3 to Gabriel Curtis in 17:09

12. (13) Mitchell Curtis, 9 - Mount Dora = finished 3rd at Region 3 with a 17:20

13. (14) Paul McKenzie, 10 - Seffner Christian = 117:06 bested twin brother by 11 seconds at Region 2

14. (NR) Collin Kane, 12 - Oak Hall = 17:08 at Region 2 for 6th on a warm day

15. (NR) Peter Charles, 12 - Seacrest Country Day = 17:14 at Region 2 for 7th  on a warm day

Other individuals to watch out for:

16. (15) John McKenzie - Seffner Christian = 17:16 to finish 7th at Region 2 behind twin brother

17. (NR) Aydan Child, 11 - Marathon = 2nd at slow Region 4 meet in 17:51

18. (NR) Jonathan Pitchford, 9 - Marathon = 3rd at slow Region 4 meet  in 18:02

19. (12) Cameron Dunn, 10 - The King's Academy = 4th at Region 4 in off day with an 18:03


2A Boys State Championship Rankings

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

Team Rankings:

Commentary: Sorry for the late post. Good Luck to all 

Rank. (Previous Rank) School = Comments

1. (1) Bolles HS = with a :56 1-5 split at regionals and a win over two good teams in the region this team is my pick to win.

2. (2) Satellite = best pack running in the state, and probably the most consistent team In the state.

3. (4) Trinity Prep = The tail end of the group is slightly stronger than Kenny just putting them on top.

4. (3) Bishop Kenny = With a break out run from anyone in the pack behind Jubran this team could get as high as second.

5. (5) South Walton = Narrowly on top of Wakulla, if they can bring the pack a bit closer together this team can defiantly hold their top 5 status.

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 of :39 at regions, beating a good Tavares team.

8. (12) Tavares = 3rd in region 2 if 4-7 can bring the group together could climb up quickly.

9. (13) Ransom Everglades = Improving every week, a strong pack after Cusack.  A hard team to place because of they have the potential to be higher. Can they reach the potential?

10. (NR) Wakulla = Just narrowing out episcopal at regionals, with another good performance they could be top ten.

11. (14) Immokalee

T-12. (11) Lake Wales

T-12. (15) Episcopal Jacksonville

14. (NR) West Florida

15. (NR) Port Orange Atlantic

16. (NR) Key West

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. (6) Antonio Gomez, 12- Frostproof

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

6. (5) Chase Rivera, 11- Bolles

7. (7) Troy Smith, 11 - Rockledge

8. Robert Pedroza, 10 - Key West

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

10. (9) Jacob Hensley, 11 - Citrus

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

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

13. (NR) John Jessup, 11 - Gulf

14. (12) John Browers 12 - Bolles

15. (14) Walker Hirsch, 11- Satellite  


3A Boys State Championship 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. Chiles (2) (R1) -- I made the switch as the 11th hour to Chiles winning. Why? All 3 top teams had dominant victories at Regions. What can I say, Chiles has been here every year that I can remember and that experience is the difference? The 5th runner may be the key holder once again for win or 2nd place

2. Ocala Vanguard HS (1) (R2) -- Only reason for perhaps the drop from pole position is the October schedule. Easy victories every race all way thru Regions. Will lack of high end competition hurt or hinder them? Really your guess is as good as mine…..

3. Belen Jesuit (3) (R4) -- Have them as solid 3rd, perhaps 2nd if their 2-3 runners align with top 2 teams. Been most consistent team all season with tight splits but will it be enough to crack the podium on Saturday.

4. Niceville (8) (R1) -- 2nd place in Region 1 warrants 4th place in State meet. As said previously 4th-8th is seconds apart. Great team all season and always runs well at end of year

5. Creekside (4) (R1) -- This team always seems to cruise thru Regions and then peak perfect for States. This year will be no difference. Could knock on top 3 door 

6. Fort Myers (6) (R3) -- Won in a very strong Region 3 with their tight pack. And could also jump to 4th very easily.  

7. Estero -- (5) (R3) -- Exact same average as Myers in Region race. If their 5th runner can run with 4th then they jump to 5th. It's so close and so exciting

8. New Smyrna Beach (7) (R2) -- Very impressive mid to late season results with another consistent performance in Region. 3-5 runners need to make that move up charts all way to 4th

9. Bartram Trail (10) (R1) -- Another State meet, another visit by Bartram. They need to book the hotels for this weekend for next 10 years.

10. Ponte Vedra (13) (R1) -- 3rd place in Region 1 just 2 seconds behind Niceville. Been getting faster all year long and snuck into top 10 for final rankings. Will they justify their spot with host of teams right behind them.

Other teams going to big dance:

Region 1 - Fort Walton Beach

Region 2 - Gainesville, Land O Lakes, Seabreeze, Harmony

Region 3 - Gulf Coast, Naples, Robinson, Tampa Jesuit

Region 4 - Viera, West Shore, Doral Academy, South Fork. Merritt Island

Individual Rankings:

Commentary: Last race of 3A season. Good luck to all athletes. Here is the list of final top 10 with more runners looking in wanting to get that State final medal

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

1. Michael Phillips 12 (1) -- Chiles

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

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

4. Matthew Newland 12 -- (5) Chiles

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

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

7. Hugh Brittenham 11 (7) -- Estero

8. James Hasell 10 (15) -- East Lake

9. John Robbins 12 (14) - Tampa Jesuit

10. Matthew Ortiz 11 (NR) - Creekside

Other individuals to watch out for:

Payne Myer, Alejandro Michel, Kyle Skinner, Ryan Von Brock, Logan Horning, John Broling, Ethan Geiger, Paul Reyna, Alex Normandia


4A Boys State Championship Rankings

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

Team Rankings:

Commentary: There are so many story lines heading into the final race of the season -- will the champion come from one of the season long favorites or will a different team put together a great run and surprise everyone?  Is the tight pack of Steinbrenner going to be enough to overtake the front runners from Oviedo or will the defending State Champions from St. Thomas Aquinas stay atop the podium? Regardless of what happens this Saturday, all of the teams that made it to Tallahassee are to be commended for a fantastic season.  I wish everyone has safe travels, great weather, and an even better race! 

Rank. (Previous Rank) School = Comments

1. George Steinbrenner (1) = got beat at region but their tight pack should be enough for a title.

2. Oviedo High (3) = they are all coming together at the right time and will push Steinbrenner.

3. St. Thomas Aquinas (4) = the defending champs are always tough this time of year.

4. Newsome (7) = Region 2 Champion will need another great effort to get on the podium.

5. Sarasota (8) = Lowest team average in the toughest region race puts them in a good position.

6. Lyman (10) = 1-2 punch helped them improve from the district race.

7. Lake Mary (5) = had their worst race of the season at region, they can make some noise this week.

8. Plant (2)

9. St. Cloud (6)

10. Columbus (9)

11. Dr. Phillips (NR)

12. Windermere 

13. Wharton   

14. Ferguson 

15. Spanish River

16. Lake Nona 

17. Braddock

18. Palm Beach Central 

19. Coral Reef 

20. Coral Springs

21. Coral Park

22. Boca Raton

23. Martin County

24. Vero Beach

Individual Rankings:

Commentary: I have had the pleasure of watching most of these guys run during the season and the beauty of this week is that anybody on this list is capable of winning the title.  Hartvigsen has been dominant for most of the season but so has numerous other guys.  With so many quality boys in one race it is going to make for one great race to end the day on Saturday.

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

1. (1) Benjamin Hartvigsen, 11 - Sarasota = seems to be the guy everyone else will be chasing.

2. (NR) Kayamo Galloway, 10 -- Oviedo = lead the region race from start to finish. 

3. (2) Tristan Montalvo, 12 -- St. Cloud = has put together a solid senior season.

4. (8) Noah Quintana, 12 -- Lake Minneola = stride for stride with Galloway at region.

5. (3) Bryce Bell, 12 -- Lyman

6. (NR) Isaias De La Puente, 11 -- Forest Hill

7. (7) Deshay Fernandes, 12 -- Columbus

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

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

10. (6) Timothy Doyle, 12 -- Freedom (Orlando)

11. (NR) Jonathan Reid, 11 -- Lakewood Ranch

12. (NR) Luis Ortiz, 12 -- Dr Phillips

13. (4) Canaan St. Lewis, 11 -- Lake Mary 

14. (NR) Hunter Dobbs, 12 -- Coral Reef

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

Other individuals to watch out for:

Cavan Wilson, 12 -- Coral Gables

Justin Czurak, 12 -- Winter Springs

Tyson Harper, 12 -- Oviedo

Mamush Galloway, 10 -- Oviedo

Zachary Cloud, 10 -- St. Cloud

Roberto Castro, 12 -- Lake Nona

Walker Thomas, 12 -- Plant

Garrett O'Malley, 12 -- Hagerty

Andrew Miller, 12 -- Fleming Island


Reminder:

- 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.

- Please direct any major concerns to Site Administrator / FACA Rankings Representative: Ryan Raposo @ ryanraposo@gmail.com


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