Blast From The Past! Florida’s Foot Locker South Regional History

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(Jimmy Clark and Kathryn Fleuhr completed the Foot Locker South sweep in 2010)

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.

Florida's history in the meet stems from the very beginning. Fresh off a stunning defeat of Basil Magee of Largo at the 1979 FHSAA 4A State Championships, Keith Brantly of Winter Haven finished second to Dwight Stephens of T.C. Williams(famed movie "Remember the Titans was based on this school) to qualify for the finals.  Basil Magee was sixth that year and also qualified. There is even a video with Keith (and I think Basil sitting next to him) in it on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jI87ye5pew0 . He's the one at the beginning on the school bus 18 seconds into the video. Subsequent accomplished by Keith were a bronze medal at the World Junior Cross Country Championships in 1981, just 3 seconds out of first and with a cast on his hand which he hit on a post during the meet and a place on the 1996 US Olympic Team in the marathon. So maybe these nationals championships were a catalyst.

For the girls, Sandra Braasch of Orange Park was Florida's first qualifier. She finished sixth at the 1980 regional to earn her trip. Sandra was a member of the 9:03.42 4 x 800m relay team that won the USATF Jr. Olympics in 1983. Her sister, Sonja was on that team and they both ran for the University of Florida in college.

Floridians have had a lot of success in both genders in the 33 years of the  Southern regional meet- girls have won four times and the boys five times. In 1979 and 1980 there were five regions and seven qualifiers out of each.

NOTE: This article has been updated from it's original posting in 2013.

Girls

Year

Place

Time

First

Last

Grade

School

2000

1

17:56

Christa

Benton

12

Keswick Christian

2003

1

17:27

Jennifer

Barringer

11

Oviedo H.S.

2004

1

17:27

Jennifer

Barringer

12

Oviedo H.S.

2010

1

17:06

Kathryn

Fluehr

12

Community School of Naples


Boys

Year

Place

Time

First

Last

Grade

School

1982

1

14:57.6

Brian

Jaeger

12

Winter Park

1983

1

15:12

Greg

Green

12

Dillard

1989

1

14:57.6

Teddy

Mitchell

12

Lyman

1992

1

15:26.5

Brian

Good

11

Washington

2010

1

14:55

Jimmy

Clark

12

Creekside

 

Near Misses have come as well- the boys have finished second five times and the girls have finished second six times.

Girls

Year

Place

Time

First

Last

Grade

School

1991

2

18:02.7

Kathi

Ward

11

Lincoln

1992

2

17:39.9

Kathi

Ward

12

Lincoln

1993

2

18:19

Ramona

Saradakis

10

John I Leonard

2000

2

18:03

Kara

Scanlin

11

Episcopal

2007

2

16:56

Kayla

Hale

11

Holy Trinity

2009

2

17:09

Kathryn

Fluehr

11

Community School of Naples

2010

2

17:10

Erika

Fluehr

12

Community School of Naples


Boys

Year

Place

Time

First

Last

Grade

School

1979

2

15:05.6

Keith

Brantly

12

Winter Haven

1980

2

15:30

Fred

Carley

10

Niceville

1981

2

15:22.0

Brian

Jaeger

11

Winter Park

1982

2

15:10.9

Billy

Convey

12

Ransom Everglades

1986

2

15:11

Michael

LeValle

12

Boyd Anderson

 

So, you may be wondering, what Florida kid qualified the most times. Well here you go- a list of all the girls and boys qualifiers and the years they qualified.

Girls

No. of Times

Year

First

Last

School

3

2006, 2007, 2008

Kayla

Hale

Holy Trinity

2

1980, 1981

Sandra

Braasch

Orange Park

2

1982, 1983

Donna

Combs

Episcopal

2

1991, 1992

Kathi

Ward

Lincoln

2

1993, 1995

Ramona

Saradakis

John I Leonard

2

1996, 1997

Caroline

Annis

HB Plant

2

1999, 2000

Christa

Benton

Keswick Christian

2

2000, 2001

Kara

Scanlin

Episcopal

2

2003, 2004

Jennifer

Barringer

Oviedo H.S.

2

2004, 2005

Kelly

Parrish

Vanguard

2

2006, 2007

Emilie

Amaro

Cypress Bay

2

2007, 2008

Ashley

Brasovan

Wellington

2

2009, 2010

Erika

Fluehr

Community School of Naples

2

2009, 2010

Kathryn

Fluehr

Community School of Naples

2

2011, 2012

Bridget

Blake

Dr. Phillips

1

1982

Karol

Dorsett

St. Petersburg Catholic

1

1982

Carmen

Gardner

Spruce Creek

1

1984

Kimberly

Bovis

Winter Park H.S.

1

1984

Kathy

Schaefer

Buchholz H.S.

1

1985

Grace

Labelle

Pope John Paul II

1

1989

Gina

Derks

Gulliver Prep

1

1990

Jessica

Scafidi

Leon

1

1990

Viva Janica

Tiainen

East Bay

1

1992

Aimee

Kagel

South Fork

1

1992

Beth

Rooks

HB Plant

1

1993

Brianne

Harrington

St. Petersburg Catholic

1

1999

Mason-Marie

Cathey

Bishop Kenny

1

1999

Hilary

White

Buchholz H.S.

1

2001

Jessica

Hellender

Cooper City

1

2003

Laura

Bowerman

King H.S.

1

2005

Bona

Jones

Estero

1

2009

Shelby

Hayes

Winter Park H.S.

1

2010

Shelby

Davidson

Cocoa Beach

1

2011

Olivia

Ortiz

Lakewood Ranch

1

2011

Lily

Williams

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Boys

No. of times

Years

First

Last

School

3

1987,1988,1989

Teddy

Mitchell

Lyman

2

1987,1988

Nick

Radkewich

Lyman

2

1981,1982

Brian

Jaeger

Winter Park

2

1992,1993

Brian

Good

Washington

2

2

2004,2005

2014, 2015

Justin

Steven 

Harbor

Cross

Flagler Palm Coast

Merritt Island

1

1979

Keith

Brantly

Winter Haven

1

1979

Basil

Magee

Largo

1

1980

Fred

Carley

Niceville

1

1982

Ken

Cheeseman

Lake Howell

1

1982

Billy

Convey

Ransom Everglades

1

1983

Greg

Green

Dillard

1

1984

Thomas

Tissell

North Fort Myers

1

1986

Kenneth

Gamber

Winter Park H.S

1

1986

Michael

LeValle

Boyd Anderson

1

1989

Chris

Wilson

Niceville

1

1990

Danny

Harrell

Jackson

1

1991

Luiz

Prestes

Miami Beach

1

1991

James

Sellers

Leto

1

1998

Edward

Acosta

Belen Jesuit

1

1998

Alexander

L'Heureux

Palm Beach Gardens

1

1999

John

Jefferson

Atlantic

1

1999

Sean

Jefferson

Atlantic

1

2000

Mike

Swope

Winter Park

1

2002

Ryan

Deak

Maclay

1

2002

Steven

Hassen

Vanguard

1

2004

Andy

Biladeau

Jesuit

1

2006

Michael

Anderson

P.K. Yonge

1

2009

Brian

Atkinson

Melbourne

1

2009

Colin

Barker

Bishop Kenny

1

2009

Matthew

Mizereck

Leon H.S.

1

2010

Jimmy

Clark

Creekside

1

2010

Eliot

Clemente

Belen Jesuit

1

2010

Ryan

Pickering

John I Leonard

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And lastly, you may be wondering which school has had the most number of qualifiers.

Girls

School

No. of Qualifiers

Years

First

Last

Community School of Naples

 4

2009, 2010

Erika

Fluehr

 

 

2009, 2010

Kathryn

Fluehr

Episcopal

4

1982, 1983

Donna

Combs

 

 

2000, 2001

Kara

Scanlin

HB Plant

3

1996,1997

Caroline

Annis

 

 

1992

Beth

Rooks

Holy Trinity

3

2006, 2007, 2008

Kayla

Hale

Lincoln

2

1991, 1992

Kathi

Ward

Orange Park

2

1980, 1981

Sandra

Braasch

Oviedo H.S.

2

2003, 2004

Jennifer

Barringer

St. Petersburg Catholic

2

1982

Karol

Dorsett

 

 

1993

Brianne

Harrington

Vanguard

2

2004, 2005

Kelly

Parrish

Wellington

2

2007, 2008

Ashley

Brasovan

Winter Park H.S.

2

1984, 2009

Kimberly

Bovis

 

 

2009

Shelby

Hayes

Keswick Christian

2

1999, 2000

Christa

Benton

Cypress Bay

2

2006, 2007

Emilie

Amaro

Dr. Phillips

2

2011, 2012

Bridget

Blake

Buchholz H.S.

2

1984

Kathy

Schaefer

 

 

1999

Hilary

White

Cooper City

1

2001

Jessica

Hellender

East Bay

1

1990

Viva Janica

Tiainen

Estero

1

2005

Bona

Jones

Gulliver Prep

1

1989

Gina

Derks

John I Leonard

1

1993

Ramona

Saradakis

King H.S.

1

2003

Laura

Bowerman

Lakewood Ranch

1

2011

Olivia

Ortiz

Leon

1

1990

Jessica

Scafidi

Pope John Paul II

1

1985

Grace

Labelle

South Fork

1

1992

Aimee

Kagel

Spruce Creek

1

1982

Carmen

Gardner

Bishop Kenny

 1

1999

Mason-Marie

Cathey

Boone

 1

2007

Brittany

Koziara

Cardinal Newman

 1

1995

Ramona

Saradakis

Chiles

 1

2011

Lily

Williams

Cocoa Beach

 1

2010

Shelby

Davidson


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Boys

School

No. of Qualifiers

Year

First

Last

Lyman

6

1987, 1988, 1989

Teddy

Mitchell

 

 

1987, 1988
2015

Nick

Joshua 

Radkewich

Jacques

Winter Park

4

1981, 1982

Brian

Jaeger

 

 

2000

Mike

Swope

 

 

1986

Kenneth

Gamber

Washington

2

1992

Brian

Good

 

 

1993

Brian

Good

Niceville

2

1980

Fred

Carley

 

 

1989

Chris

Wilson

Atlantic

2

1999

John

Jefferson

   

1999

Sean

Jefferson

Belen Jesuit

2

1998

Edward

Acosta

   

2010

Eliot

Clemente

Flagler Palm Coast

Merritt Island

2

2

2004, 2005

2014, 2015

Justin

Steven 

Harbor

Cross

Bishop Kenny

1

2009

Colin

Barker

Boyd Anderson

1

1986

Michael

LeValle

Creekside

1

2010

Jimmy

Clark

Dillard

Ft. Myers 

1

1

1983

2013

Greg

Tyler

Green

Bennett

Jackson

1

1990

Danny

Harrell

Jesuit

1

2004

Andy

Biladeau

John I Leonard

1

2010

Ryan

Pickering

Lake Howell

1

1982

Ken

Cheeseman

Largo

1

1979

Basil

Magee

Leon H.S.

1

2009

Matthew

Mizereck

Leto

1

1991

James

Sellers

Maclay

1

2002

Ryan

Deak

Melbourne

1

2009

Brian

Atkinson

Miami Beach

Miami Sunset

1

1

1991

2014

Luiz

Nick

Prestes

Diaz

North Fort Myers

1

1984

Thomas

Tissell

P.K. Yonge

1

2006

Michael

Anderson

Palm Beach Gardens

1

1998

Alexander

L'Heureux

Ransom Everglades

1

1982

Billy

Convey

Vanguard

1

2002

Steven

Hassen

Winter Haven

1

1979

Keith

Brantly


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