Every week we have coverage teams across the state to get the best race videos, interviews, and photos from South Florida to the Panhandle and in between. For our district championships, we were on-site at 12 meets and uploaded over three dozen (44) videos. We narrowed it down to our ten must watch races,and linked to all the footage below. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!
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The FLYRA Middle School State Championship is right around the corner as athletes will take to the Holloway Park Course at the end of the month. Which athletes have the best shot at the state title? We take a look at the middle school rankings for both 3k and 2 miles.
The early signing period beings November 9th and for many Florida seniors they will dot their NLI's and make the most important decision they can make as to which college or university they will spend the next four years. We break down the top 50 senior boys and girls in EVERY event.
The next stop on the road to state are the regional championships. Four regionals in all four classes for a total of sixteen meets starting on Thursday and going through the weekend. We break down each class region by region using our virtual meet feature and both 2016 season bests and district results.
Damion Thomas ranked as the #2 110mH in the class of 2017 announced a final four of North Carolina, South Carolina, Southern Cal, and LSU and gave his thoughts on each one of the prospective suitors.
Hagerty senior Nicolette Worrell was 16th at last year's Cross Country Finals and is hoping to improve on that finish in 2016. Recently, the Huskies standout made her college decision when she committed to Jacksonville University and head coach Ron Grigg. We caught up with Worrell to talk about the college recruiting process, why she chose the Dolphins, and much more.
Sixty four district meets marked the start of the road to state for athletes and teams around Florida. We took our Who Won The Week series to another level this time. We wanted to find out the 500 best times for both girls and boys by classification. Where do you stack up against your peers in 1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A as we head into regionals.
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The early signing period beings November 9th and for many Florida seniors they will dot their NLI's and make the most important decision they can make as to which college or university they will spend the next four years. We break down the top 50 senior girls in EVERY event.
The early signing period beings November 9th and for many Florida seniors they will dot their NLI's and make the most important decision they can make as to which college or university they will spend the next four years. We break down the top 50 senior boys in EVERY event.
4A Region 1 is called the Region Of Death for a reason. On the girl's side five of the top six times from districts that make up 4A-1 were the best of the week. Defending state champion Bailey Hertenstein posted another sub 18 minute time to take 4A District 7 with ease. Luckily, for those to the north, Hertenstein is in Region 2. On the boy's side Buchholz senior Calum McFetridge was the 4A 1 champion after finishing third in 2015, and runner-up in 2014. We take a look at the top 500 times state wide for class 4A to see who won the week.
Ponte Vedra junior Claire Mortiz helped the Sharks take a bite out of the competition and win 3A District 4. Moritz was one of three runners on the day to run under 19 minutes (18:26.70) joining Lauren Stanford (18:34.50), and Creekside's Claire Openshaw (18:47.10). A total of 16 girls broke 19 during districts. On the boy's side, six guys broke 16 minutes led by state leader Matthew Clark of Creekside who won 3A-4 in 15:43.64. We take a look at the top 500 times state wide for class 3A to see who won the week.
The fastest district of them all seemed to come from Mills Pond Park as the Pine Crest girls dominated the field at 2A-15. Freshman Tsion Yared ran 18:00.03 for the district title and first of her running career. On the boy's side Charles Hicks of Bolles continued his sophomore season by capturing the 2A District 4 crown in 15:53.99, joining John Cacciatore (15:57.10) and Trevor Foley (15:59.34) as the only three under 16 minutes. We take a look at the top 500 times state wide for class 2A to see who won the week.
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1A, the state's smallest classification paved their road to state this week during district week. The Westminster Academy girls (shown above) brought home the 1A District 14 Championship with Jasmine Hincapie taking individual honors. Her time of 20:34.54 ranks as the 17th best of the week. Samantha Folio of Holy Trinity clocked an impressive 18:34.18 to win 1A-11 while Drew De Armas of The First Academy ran sub 17 minutes (16:51.00) to defend his 1A-10 crown. We take a look at the top 500 times state wide for class 1A to see who won the week.
Sixty four districts dotted the calendar this week with middle school qualifiers across the state also taking place. We take a look at all the photos, videos, results, elite performances, and more from around the state and see who advanced to the regional championships coming up.
At the recent 3A District 10 Championship we had the honor of catching up with one of the winningest cross country coaches in state history, former Largo coach Brent Haley. Haley, who is volunteering with the Northeast program won ten state titles and had eight runner up finishes at the helm for the Packers, but ask him how many titles he won and he'd tell you one and that was in New Hampshire back in his high school days, the other ten he credits to the young men he coached.
The Panhandle area of the state showcased the future of the sport at the Destin MS Invitational. Chris Shonk was on-site and uploaded over ONE THOUSAND photos of the boys and girls varsity races as well as the open race. The top middle school athletes will compete Saturday for the title of state championship at the FLYRA MS Championship in Lakeland.
As the District results roll in, this article will be updated with the meet links. As for the FACA Rankings, our pollsters will be back with their Pre-Region and Pre-State rankings in the two upcoming weeks. Also, FACA Senior All-Star Watch List #3 will be released post-Region and the final Watch List will be after the State Finals. Also, don't forget to check out our district by district virtual meet coverage all part of our Road To State series.
In what seemed like a repeat of last week's Metro Conference Championship the Winter Park girls once again dominated while Freedom's Timothy Doyle was the boys winner at the 4A District 4 Championship at Seminole State College in Oviedo. Billy Simpson was on-site and captured all the race video as well as interviews.
Lyman junior Bryce Bell picked up the individual win at the 4A District 2 Championship and helped the Greyhounds to a runner-up trophy behind Winter Springs. Speaking of the Bears, freshman Elayna Bahr picked up her first district crown while Lake Brantley captured the team title. Billy Simpson was on-site and has all the race videos and interviews.
Lincoln freshman Alyson Churchill continued her fantastic season by winning her first district championship at the 3A-3 meet in Tallahassee. Churchill's time of 18:28.87 was more than a minute and a half faster than her nearest competitor. Matthew Cashin of Leon won the boys race while Chiles swept both team trophies. Chris Tucker was on-site and snapped over 400 photos of all the action.
Creekside senior and UF commit Matthew Clark led a trio of boys to go under 16 minutes at the 3A District 4 Championship joining teammate Nick Deal and Matthew Neeley of Bartram Trail. The girl's race was equally exciting with Claire Moritz winning in 18:26.70 ahead of Lauren Stanford and Claire Openshaw who also clocked times under 19 minutes. The Creekside boys and Ponte Vedra girls won the team titles. North Florida correspondent Jacob Fuller was on-site with all the race video and interviews.
Buchholz senior Calum McFetridge clocked his second sub 16 minute time of the season to win the 4A District 1 Championship, but it was Mandarin who put them in a race that saw each team score an identical 54 points. On the girl's side Fletcher senior Kayley Delay and freshman Liberty Pigg went 1-2 to give their squad the team title over Mandarin with 33 points. Ricky Quintana was on-site and recaps the day's events.
Jupiter's Ali Del Re didn't toe the line for this week's 4A District 16 Championship. Instead, Del Re, ranked third in 4A, and the fourth best freshman in the state of Florida was on the sidelines, wearing a boot on her right foot, and cheering on her teammates after a stress fracture in her right ankle caused her to cancel her postseason plans.
After finishing second in 2015, Ferguson junior Guillermo Rojas claimed his first district title by winning the 4A-16 Championship in a PR of 16:29.91. Teri Bernhardt-Rodriguez was on-site and captured this special moment and a total of 305 pictures from the heart of the "305" Larry and Penny Thompson Park in Miami.
The Boyd Anderson Cobras might be known more for their track prowess then on the cross country course, but things are changing. Coach Spann's squad swept both the team titles at the 3A District 15 Championship at Mills Pond Park. It marked the second in the row for the boys and the first for the girls under her tenure. South Florida correspondent Eddie Romero was on-site and has all the race video and interviews.
Tsion Yared and the Pine Crest Panthers showed why they are one of the best teams in 2A and the state and one of the top underclassmen squads in the country. Coach Baur's squad took the top seven spots with the top five four freshmen and one eighth grader. On the boy's side Calvary's Danny Ferro edged out Michael Kennedy of Pine Crest for the win as the Panther's swept team titles. Watch all the race videos & interviews.