NXN By The Numbers: Florida Edition

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We take a statistical look at the both the Florida individual and team qualifiers in the history of Nike Cross Nationals. Also, make sure to check out our meet preview of Florida athletes and stay tuned to coverage all weekend long including photos, race videos, interviews, recaps, results and more!

The Qualifiers

Over the course of the 13 years of the event (dating back to 2004 Nike Team Nationals) six teams have qualified and a total of 35 individuals. Here is the breakdown of that list.

Girls Teams



Girls Individuals

Rafaella Gibbons of Park XC Club (Winter Park) is the only female from Florida to qualify twice for Nike Cross Nationals and she's only a sophomore!



Boys Teams 


Boys Individuals

  • 2008 - Brian Atkinson (Melbourne)  16:06.80 - 58th
  • 2010 - Armando DelValle (Miami Columbus) -  17:46.40 - 100th (DelValle also qualified with his NXN team in 2009 and finished 14th overall earning All-American honors)
  • 2013 - Nick Diaz (Miami Sunset) - 16:04.00 - 79th
  • 2014 - Sukhi Khosla (Leon) - 15:59.00 - 35th 
  • 2014 - Franco Martins (Windermere Prep) - 131st

Powerhouse Regions


  • Central Florida has produced two of the five boys qualifying teams in Park Pride (Winter Park) and Avery Creek Running Club (Trinity Prep) which is also located in Winter Park. Speaking of the city, Rafaella Gibbons the only girls individual qualifier and two time qualifier on the girl's side also hails from Winter Park. Franco Martins of Windermere Prep is 30 minutes west of Winter Park and in the heart of city beautiful. Brian Atkinson of Melbourne is just outside of the Central Florida cone, but for argument's sake we'll consider him.
  • Bolles joins Episcopal as the only two teams from North Florida to make it to NXN. The Bulldogs sent Caitlin Collier as an individual in 2016.


  • South Florida has sent two teams in the 2009 Columbus boys and 2011 Belen Jesuit boys. Columbus' standout AJ (Armando) Delvalle also qualified as an individual making him the only make two compete in NXN twice. Tsion Yared (pictured above) of Pine Crest located in Fort Lauderdale made the trip to Portland in 2016.

NOTE: Atkinson and Diaz both qualified for both NXN and Foot Locker Nationals in their high school careers as did Elliot Clemente who was the NXNSE champion in 2011 was the number one runner for team champion Belen Jesuit. 

Fastest Floridians At NXN All-Time


Columbus standout AJ Delvalle competed at NXN two times and had his best showing in 2009 when he earned All-American honors and a 14th place showing. His time of 15:34.30 is only one of three to break 16 minutes joining Elliot Clemente (15:43.58 in 2011), and Sukhi Khosla last in 2014 who ran 15:59.00 and was 35th. Clemente is the only other male to earn All-American honors.

Fastest FL Boys At NXN

RANKTIMEATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATE PLACE
115:34.30
Christopher Columbus HS
2018
215:43.58
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School
2012
315:59.00
Leon HS
2015
416:04.00
Miami Sunset HS
2015
516:06.80
Melbourne HS
2010
616:39.59
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School
2014
716:41.72
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School
2012
816:45.40
Christopher Columbus HS
2011
916:46.00
Windermere Prep
2015
1016:46.60
Christopher Columbus HS
2010
1116:47.68
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School
2014
1216:48.30
Winter Park HS
2006
1316:54.70
Christopher Columbus HS
2010
1417:09.36
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School
2013
1517:21.60
Winter Park HS
2005
1617:29.50
Christopher Columbus HS
2011
1717:36.39
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School
2014
1817:40.60
Winter Park HS
2005
1917:40.90
Christopher Columbus HS
2010
2017:41.80
Winter Park HS
2005
2117:45.00
Christopher Columbus HS
2011
2217:55.03
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School
2013
2317:59.50
Winter Park HS
2005
2418:55.30
Winter Park HS
2005
2519:15.00
Winter Park HS
2006


Fastest FL Girls At NXN

On the girls side the list is short. Rafaella Gibbons and the girls of the 2005 Episcopal team plus 2016 qualifiers Tsion Yared and Caitlin Collier. Gibbons 18:17.00 was good enough for 27th in 2014 just shy of becoming an All-American. She improved that mark in 2015 with a time of 18:03.90 to finish 40th. Yared, placed one spot better in 2016, 39th, with an impressive 18:34.40 as a freshman.


5,000 Meter Run

RANKTIMEATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE
118:03.90
Winter Park HS
2018
218:34.30
Pine Crest HS
2020
319:05.70
Bolles HS
2018
421:13.45
Episcopal School of Jacksonville
2008
521:36.15
Episcopal School of Jacksonville
2008
621:51.47
Episcopal School of Jacksonville
2009
722:05.52
Episcopal School of Jacksonville
2010
822:21.75
Episcopal School of Jacksonville
2010
922:56.98
Episcopal School of Jacksonville
2007
1023:51.10
Episcopal School of Jacksonville
2007


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