Unpredictable weather is par for the course in Florida. If it's raining in one town, it could be dry in the next. If it's raining one minute, it might be clear the next. The course at Crescent Lake Park in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday was just that. An overcast start gave way to bouts of torrential rainfall, forcing meet officials to cancel the awards ceremony.
Florida Track & Field and Cross Country News
We are only one week into the cross country season, but it's never too early to look at the top teams in each classification. We rank the top ten girls teams in all four classifications, as well as the top ten overall. Where do you stack up and how will list this change over the next two months? November will be here before we know.
We are only one week into the cross country season, but it's never too early to look at the top teams in each classification. We rank the top ten boys teams in all four classifications, as well as the top ten overall. Where do you stack u and how will list this change over the next two months? November will be here before we know.
St. Petersburg High School sophomore Matthew Wohlwend looks to defend his 2015 Green Devil Invitational title. The meet will take place at Crescent Lake Park in St. Petersburg, the team's home course and training grounds. Osceola (Seminole) makes the trip from Pinellas County and looks to sweep both the boys and girls championships after strong showings last week at the Jim Ryun Season Opener. Freshman Taylor Stone was 6th in the girls race with a time of 20.30.50. Not bad for her first race. We run our virtual meet to see how this event will play with on-site coverage by Andy Warrener coming later tonight!
Plant senior Laura Jones picked up the first win of her cross country career against a competitive field at the Jim Ryun Season Opener. Jones, made her move over East Lake senior Jen Lima midway through the race and crossing the finish line at Holloway Park in a new personal best 19:37.70. Which performance do you think was the best of week one? You decide. Voting ends Thursday at 11:59 p.m.
Bolles sophomore Charles Hicks clocked the fastest time of the week and in the state of Florida this year when dropped a 15:44.28 to win the the Spikes and Spurs Classic. Was that impressive enough to be our performance of the week? You decide. Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday!
The 2016 Cross Country Finals are less than three months away at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee. We looked at the top returning girls individuals and teams in every classification and ran virtual meets for 1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A to see who had the best shot of taking home the hardware.
The 2016 Cross Country Finals are less than three months away at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee. We looked at the top returning boys individuals and teams in every classification and ran virtual meets for 1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A to see who had the best shot of taking home the hardware.
Riverview junior Bailey Hertenstein picked up where she left off as the 2015 4A state champion winning her second meet of the year. This time Hertenstein demolished the field with a state leading time of 18:09.97. We merged the results of EVERY meet across the state to find the top 500 girls times and see who won the week.
Bolles sophomore Charles Hicks 15:44.28 from the Spikes and Spurs Classic was the fastest time in the state this week, while Eliot Chalfin-Smith and Logan Locascio who went 1-2 at the Ridgeview Bob Hans Invitational with times of 16:03.92 and 16:05.54 had the third and fourth best marks. We merged the results of EVERY meet across the state to find out the top 500 boys times and who won the week.
Dustin Fletcher caught up with the legendary Jim Ryun at the Jim Ryun Season Opener at Holloway Park. Ryun, the first high schooler to break the four minute mile barrier, and a silver medalist in the 1,500m at the 1968 Olympic Games, talks about the meet named in his honor, the status of American distance running, and more.
Week one of the cross country season is in the books and we've already seen some stellar performances from across the state. Our coverage team was out in full force from the east coast of Florida to central Florida to Jacksonville and Tallahassee. Check out dozens of race videos and interviews, thousands of photos, results, recaps, and much more!
Nothing but sunshine and fast times at this year's Fleet Feet Invitational presented by Saucony. Saturday morning teams from all over the southeast of Florida showed up bright and early to race at South Fork high school. With 39 teams and a few unattached runners, the trip to this invite was worth the drive.
Lincoln high school freshman Alyson Churchill is quickly making a household name for her after winning her second straight cross country race the Cougar XC Challenge in Tallahassee. Chris Tucker was on-site and snapped this photo of her in action and just shy of 600 for the days' events.
What was suppose to be a night to remember under the lights was sadly cancelled due to heavy thunder storms. Only four races were able to finish at the Martin County Under The Lights Invitational before heavy downpours came rolling in. Even though the meet didn't go as planned, we were able to see some great performances from both the middle school and JV races.
Watch as the Ponte Vedra girls and Gainesville boys win the team titles at the Ridgeview Bob Hans Invitational.
Cedric Gillette was on-site at the Ridgeview Bob Hans Invitational and snapped over 1,000 photos of the races including the girl's varsity competition where Ponte Vedra's Claire Moritz brought back individual honors and led her team to the title as well.
At the Jim Ryun Season Opener athletes from elementary school to high school hit the Holloway Park course for some competition. Eric Kidd was on-site and snapped over 1,000 photos of all the action including this battle for a top ten finish in the girls middle school race.
Watch ALL the races and interviews from the Jim Ryun Season Opener a Holloway Park which featured over 75 teams from around the state!
Maynard St. John was on-site at the Lemon Bay Invitational and caught all the race action and the pure emotion that comes out of the most competitive athletes as witnessed in this cover photo.
Hillsborough County powerhouse Steinbrenner made a resounding statement at the Wesley Chapel Wildcat Invitational on Saturday, pushing four runners into the top six and all seven runners into the top 10 and scoring a razor thin 20, easily out-pacing runner up Land O' Lakes with 43. Sunlake girls took third with 76.
Donald Lamb was on-site at the Fleet Feet Invitational presented by Saucony at South Fork High School and captured over 800 photos of all the action including this one of girls varsity champion Rylee Pustilnik from Spanish River.
Donald Lamb was on-site at the Martin County Under The Lights Invitational and snapped over 700 photos of the JV races before mother nature crashed the party and forced an early ending to the meet.
The week everyone across the state has thought about for over a month is finally here, RACE DAY! The regular season kicks off with some MASSIVE invitationals Make sure you follow all weekend for LIVE updates and the best meet coverage including, photos, race videos, interviews, recaps, results, and more. Send us your meet photos and updates from your meet via social media!
This year is the 52nd anniversary of Jim Ryun becoming the first high schooler to break four minutes in the mile. Jim Ryun will be there to present the awards for what look to be some great races in Lakeland that a massive 85 teams will be competing in. The meet kicks off with the varsity girls at 7:30 a.m. followed by the varsity boys at 8:00. The JV races start at 8:20 with the middle school races starting an hour later. The AAU race for athletes under the age of nine begin at 10:00. Our virtual meet feature gives us a chance to see how the meet might play out based on season bests from last year. Todd Grasley, Eric Kidd and Billy Simpson will be on-site with LIVE updates photos, race videos, interviews, recaps, results and more!
Over two dozen teams will head to Wesley Chapel for the Wesley Chapel Wildcats Invitational on Saturday. Andy Warrener breaks down all the action and then takes a look at how our virtual meet preview sees this meet playing out! Don't forget to tune into Flrunners.com after the meet for videos, interviews, recaps, and results of all the action!
The Friday night lights aren't just reserved for football as over 40 teams will head to Halpatiokee Regional Park in Stuart for the Martin County Under The Lights Invitational. The event will feature eight races with the middle school athletes starting at 5:30 p.m. and the elite races going off at 9:00 p.m. We used our virtual meet feature to see how the high school races will play out! Donald Lamb and South Florida correspondent Eddie Romero of Flrunners.com will be on-site with LIVE updates photos, race videos, interviews, recaps, results, and much more!
Action will be under way this weekend in Orange Park for the 20th annual Bob Hans Invitational hosted by Ridgeview High School. 22 teams will compete from all over Jacksonville and the north Florida area. Teams are excited to open the season of competition and see how they stack up.
It's cross country time! Here are fifteen signs you know the season is here. Check out our list and feel free to add your own in the comments section.
Ryan Fenton caught up with Jenny Simpson over Skype after she won the first U.S. Olympic medal in the 1500m.