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Florida Track & Field and Cross Country News
Wow. Wow. Wow. What a past few days it has been. As many of you guys know, our team qualified, for the first time ever, to NXN. I really do not know where to start. Every ten minutes it hits me how surreal the experience was. I am truly speechless and in awe of what happened.
Gear up for track season with drills demonstrated by some the best athletes in the world.
Ever wonder how many high school boys cross country runners compete in the state of Florida? Well we don't have that exact number for you, but pretty close as we can tell you that we can generate a Florida boys 5K top times list that is 5,000 runners deep from the 2015 cross country season!
Ever wonder how many high school girls cross country runners compete in the state of Florida? Well we don't have that exact number for you, but pretty close as we can generate a Florida girls 5K top times list that is 5,000 runners deep from the 2015 cross country season!
Coach Joe Hazera guided the St. Thomas Aquinas Raider boys to their second 4A Cross Country state championship since 2013. We caught up with Hazera to talk about this 2015 season, the road to the title, and what next year has in store for the Raiders.
The Davis girls move into the top three after nearly defeating Great Oak at CIF State Finals. View the final pre-NXN Girls XC Team Rankings!
The 9th Annual Jimmy Carnes Indoor Track and Field meet will be contested in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center on Saturday, February 6, 2016. The meet is conducted under the auspices of the Gainesville Sports Commission. This will be the last track meet contested on the storied 35 year old O'Connell Center track which has seen numerous World, USA professional, high school, and age group records and national leaders. Later this year, the "O'Dome" renovations begin which include removing the track.
2A Cross Country Finals champion Alyssa Pujals of Pine Crest clocked the fastest time of any Florida girl at Foot Locker South. Pujals, an University of Florida signee, was 14th in the girls seeded race in 17:56.00. We combined the results from every race. See where your time ranks.
Where are your favorite squads ranked heading into nationals?
Calvary Christian sophomore Danny Ferro (pictured below) who was 6th at the 2A Cross Country finals won the boy's sophomore race at the Foot Locker South Regional in a new personal best and sub 16 minute time of 15:59.00. Ferro's time was the 8th best of any race of the day for a Floridian, and fastest not including the seeded race. Check out the top 500 boys times overall and see how our Sunshine State standouts stacked up against one another.
The Avery Creek Running Club (Trinity Prep) became the fourth boys team to ever qualify for NXN while Park XC Club (Winter Park) sophomore Rafaella Gibbons finished third to make a return trip to Portland. We have a complete recap of all the Florida action from NXNSE.
Florida will be sending two runners to San Diego, with Lyman's Joshua Jacques and Merritt Island's Steven Cross taking eighth and tenth, respectively, to secure their berth to nationals. Jacques finished in 15:21 with Cross finishing only a few seconds behind in 15:24. Check out a recap of all the action from the Foot Locker South Regional.
Watch Lyman senior Joshua Jacques and Merritt Island senior Steven Cross nab the final spots to Foot Locker Nationals in San Diego. The pair finished 8th and 10th at Foot Locker South respectively. For Jacques it is his first trip to Nationals while Cross is making his second trip after finishing 8th at the regional last year.
Watch as the Avery Creek Running Club (Trinity Prep) finishes runner up at the 2015 NXNSE Regional. The team is the fourth boys team ever to qualify for NXN in Portland, Oregon joining the 2005 Winter Park boys, 2009 Columbus boys, and 2011 Belen Jesuit boys.
Watch as Park XC Club (Winter Park) sophomore Rafaella Gibbons fights her way to a third place finish at NXNSE and her second trip to NXN in Portland, Oregon.
Your one stop shop for all Florida coverage from the Nike Cross Nationals Southeast Regional.
Florida's top individuals are in Charlotte, North Carolina for the 2015 Foot Locker South Regional. The championship races will take place 10:00 and 10:40 a.m. with the girls starting first. The temperature at McAlpine Greenway Park is slated for a comfortable 60 degrees at that time. Our MileSplit coverage team is on-site and will be providing live updates, photos, videos, interviews, and a recap of all the action! Stay tuned to the site throughout the day for everything from the Foot Locker South Regional. In the meantime, check out all the pre-meet coverage!
Several of the top individuals and teams from the state of Florida will head to Cary, North Carolina for the NXN Southeast Regional. The top two teams will receive an automatic bid to NXN in Portland, Oregon while the other teams will be in the running for an at-large bid. On the individual side, the top five not on a qualifying team punch their ticket to Portland. Check out which of our Sunshine State standouts have the best chance at making it. Also, be sure to tune in all weekend for live updates from our MileSplit on-site coverage team as well as videos, interviews, photos, and a recap of all the action.
Bridget Blake competed in the Foot Locker South Regional during her junior and senior year's at Dr. Phillips High School. Blake placed 7th and then 6th to qualify for the national meet in San Diego both years. We caught up with the current junior at Florida State to talk about her time at Foot Locker South and what she's been up to since.
Former Leon standout Matt Mizereck competed in the Foot Locker South Regional all four years of his his high school career. He ran 14:51 at the 2009 Foot Locker South Regional to finish fourth a year after finishing one spot out in 11th in 2008. As a senior, Mizereck would finish 10th out of the 40 top runners at Foot Locker Nationals in San Diego. We caught up with him to talk about those races, his college career, and what he is up to these days.
The Foot Locker South Regional and NXN Southeast Regional are just days away! Florida has sent both individuals and teams to the finals of both events in the past decade, but who will punch their tickets on Saturday? We want to know what you think. Vote for the number of individuals you think will advance from Charlotte and head to San Diego for Foot Locker Nationals and the amount of individuals/teams you think will leave Cary, North Carolina en route to Portland, Oregon for NXN.
And so it begins-a week of anticipation that will culminate in 10 athletes from four different regions being sent to the sunny San Diego, CA for the granddaddy of them all, the Foot Locker National Cross Country Championships. And who wouldn’t want to go? The weekend is set to backdrop of the storied Hotel Del Coronado( Marilyn Monroe’s “Some Like it Hot”) and Balboa Park which has seen so many great high schoolers clash to earn bragging rights as the nation’s top high school athlete.
Christa Benton competed in the Foot Locker South Regional three times while in high school at Keswick Christian and was the first Floridian to win an individual title when she accomplished that feat in 2000. The trip marked Benton's second consecutive year attending Foot Locker Nationals. We caught up with her to talk about those memories and what she's been up to the last fifteen years.
Rafaella Gibbons of Winter Park made Florida history when she became the first female individual qualifier from the state of Florida to advance to NXN in Portland, Oregon. Gibbons finished sixth overall and was the only runner from the Sunshine State to ever run under 18 minutes on the Wake Med course when she clocked a 17:39.40! See the fastest times ever by FL athletes at NXNSE.
Sukhi Khosla ran the fastest time ever by a Floridian at NXNSE last year when he finished runner-up in 14:56.00. Only two other Sunshine State standouts Elliot Clemente (2012 champion) and Franco Martins (2015) have broken 15 minutes on the Wake Med course during this meet. Check out the state's fastest times at NXNSE!
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In one of the best races for Florida girls at Foot Locker South Holy Trinity alumni Kayla Hale just misses out on the title and edges out fellow Sunshine State runners Emilie Amaro and Brittany Koziara for the runner-up spot. Amaro and Koziara would all run under 17 minutes as well, the only three Florida runners to ever break that barrier at Foot Locker South. Only three other girls ever in Florida history have achieved times under 17 minutes. Their times rank 5th,6th, and 7th respectively ever at the FL South Regional. We take a look at the top 500 times by Florida girls.
Entries have been released for the Nike Cross Nationals Southeast Regional. A good number of Florida teams and individuals will be making the trip to down to WakeMed Soccer Complex in Cary, North Carolina to race on Saturday. MileSplit will be on-site with coverage!
Ashley Brasovan is one of a handful of Florida athletes to qualify for Foot Locker Nationals in San Diego two times while at Wellington High School. Her time of 17:07 set in 2007 as a junior is the fifth fastest ever by a Floridian at Foot Locker South. Brasovan ran in one of the best Foot Locker South races for Floridians when she finished sixth behind Brittany Koziara (4th), Emile Amero (3rd), and Kayla Hale (2nd). As a senior, she was 4th earning her spot among the nation's best.