Natalie Varela

Natalie Varela

Gulliver Prep HS Class of 2020 Pinecrest, FL, USA
  • Total Results 110
  • Total Events 14
Personal Records
  • 400m - 1:01.14
  • 800m - 2:14.84
  • 1500m - 4:48.59
  • 1600m - 4:54.79
  • 3200m - 10:51.47
  • 2 Mile (xc) - 12:20.85
  • 2.1 Mile (xc) - 12:23.00
  • 5K (xc) - 17:46.53
  • 200m - 28.49
  • 3000m (xc) - 11:05.00
  • 3000m - 10:34.67
  • 4K (xc) - 14:25.75
  • 3 Mile (xc) - 18:27.00
  • 5K (road) - 19:00.00

Articles with Natalie Varela

What Does It Take To Be #1? Girls & Boys Leaderboards Todd Grasley Feb 17, 2017

The first OFFICIAL weekend of the track and field season kicks off Friday & Saturday with meets from South Florida to the Panhandle and everywhere in between. We have already seen amazing performances across the state. See who has the top spots... for now. What does it take to be number one? Check out our girls and boys leaderboard.

Gulliver Prep Freshman Natalie Varela Talks Vision For 2017 Season Todd Grasley Jan 26, 2017

Gulliver Prep freshman Natalie Varela is no stranger to success. As an 8th grader she won the FLYRA Middle School State Championship in both the 800 and 1,500m and was the 2A runner-up behind Caitlin Collier in both the 1,600 and 3,200m. On the cross country course she was 4th at the state meet and ran a personal best of 17:46.53 at the Invitational Race of Champions. Jesus Batista caught up with her to talk about her plans for the 2017 track season.

Track & Field Top 100: Girls 3,200m Run - Delay, Gibbons, Hertenstein All Under 10:45, Oh My Todd Grasley Jan 13, 2017

One of the best 3,200m races all year had to be the for the 4A state championship. Kayley Delay, Rafaella Gibbons, Bailey Hertenstein all head to head for eight laps. The result three times under 10:45 including Delays state leading 10:30.30, a race one college coach in attendance said was the best he'd seen in a long time. Take a look at the top 100 girls returners in the 3,200m for the 2017 season.

Track & Field Top 100: Girls 1,600m Run - Five Sub Five Todd Grasley Jan 12, 2017

Ft. Myers senior Krissy Gear is one of the top uncommitted distance runners in the state of Florida. Gear is the defending 3A state champion in the 1,600m and comes into 2017 with the third fastest returning time of 4:57.01 from her runner-up performance at the FSU Relays. Five girls have run under the five minute barrier. Will that change this season? We take a look at the top 100 returners.

2016 All Girls Cross Country Team - First Team Todd Grasley Dec 22, 2016

The moment you have all been waiting for. With the 2016 cross country season over and the year coming to a close we announce the last installment of our All Cross Country Team, our first team girls selections. Congratulations to all those selected and the whole running community for making this season such a success!  

Freshmen Girls Rankings: Lake Minneola's Ellie Kunze Part Of Talented 2020 Class Todd Grasley Nov 29, 2016

Lake Minneola's Ellie Kunze (far right) along with Ashley Klingenberg (#499), and Rylee Pustilnik (#1190) are three of the top freshmen in the state of Florida. Four members of the class of 2020 have broke 18 minutes including Tsion Yared who recently qualified for Nike Nationals with a time of 17:42.40, Natalie Varela (17:46.53, Alyson Churchill (17:55.20), and Elayna Bahr (17:59.30). We rank the top 500 girls times for the freshmen class.

Fastest Freshmen Girls At State: 12 Class Of 2020 Standouts Under 19 Minutes Todd Grasley Nov 8, 2016

If the 2016 Cross Country Finals was any indication the talent in Florida will be around for years to come. Freshmen girls excelled at all four classifications including an individual state championship in 3A from Lincoln's Alyson Churchill and 2A runner-up Tsion Yared who both set PR's under 18 minutes. A total of 12 girls including Creekside's Claire Openshaw (pictured above) went under 19 minutes. Take a look at the best performances from the class of 2020 girls.

Who Won The Week? Girls Cross Country Finals Results Merge: Hurricane Hertenstein Unleashed Todd Grasley Nov 7, 2016

Riverview junior Bailey Hertenstein defended her 4A Cross Country Finals championship with the fastest time of the day of 17:40.36. A total of four girls broke 18 minutes including 2A state champion Caitlin Collier (17:44.20), 3A state champion Alyson Churchill (17:55.22), and 2A runner-up Tsion Yared (17:59.49). We merged the results of all four classifications to find out the top 500 girls times and who won the week.

2A Recap: Pottorff/Hicks Dominate Across All Classes, Pine Crest Girls De-Throne Bolles Andy Warrener Nov 6, 2016

2A was one of the most exciting classifications of the day. On the girl's side Caitlin Collier revenged her heartbreaking loss from 2015 while the Pine Crest girls finally defeated Bolles after four years in a row as the runner-up. On the boy's side, Caleb Pottorff and Charles Hicks battled it out for 5,000 meters with Pottorff winning his first XC title. The team trophy came down to the narrowest margin as Trinity Prep took their fourth straight 2A crown. Andy Warrener recaps all of the 2A races.

2A Preview: Epic Team Battles Include Bolles V. Pine Crest Girls, Trinity Prep V. Satellite Boys Todd Grasley Nov 3, 2016

Across the board 2A might be the most competitive classification. On the girl's individual front, three of the top five runners in the whole state, Natalie Varela, Amanda Beach and Tsion Yared go head to head with 2015 runner-up Caitlin Collier. Yared's Pine Crest Panthers look to end the four year title streak by Collier and the Bolles Bulldogs. Speaking of streaks, the Trinity Prep boys have won four in a row and are looking to make it five, but Coach Butler one of the winningest coaches in state history and his Satellite Scorpions have other plans. We preview the class 2A state meet.

October Rankings | The Past Month's Scary Fast Times Todd Grasley Nov 1, 2016

There were plenty of chances to run fast in October with Championship season all month long. Here are the top 500 boys and girls times for the month headlined by Riverview junior Bailey Hertenstein and Creekside senior Matthew Clark. Hertenstein set her state leading mark at the Invitational Race of Champions on October 1st with her time of 17:32.14, while Clark also wasted no time running his FL#1 time of 15:14.40 at Great American in North Carolina on the 1st of the month as well. 

Who Won The Week? Class 3A Districts Results Merge - Lastra, Clark, Lead And Don't Look Back Todd Grasley Oct 24, 2016

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.

In Her Own Words: Natalie Varela - Preparing For Districts Todd Grasley Oct 19, 2016

So here we are less than a week before district at Larry & Penny park. I had pretty much planned  to go easy, get a win and conserve energy for what promises to be the toughest region in the states. No such luck. I happened to catch the 305 Classic there last Thursday. I've been avoiding this park all year.

Rankings Explosion! Top 5,000 Girls 5K Times - 123 Under 20 Minutes Todd Grasley Oct 11, 2016

Liberty Pigg might just be the next big star to come out of Fletcher High School in North Florida. The freshman owns a PR of 19:58.65 from the UNF XC Invitational where she finished 6th and is ranked 121st in the state regardless of class. To show the true depth of our MileSplit database we ranked the top 5,000 girls 5k times so far this season.

Head Of Class Freshmen Girls Rankings: Five 18:05 Or Under Todd Grasley Oct 4, 2016

Freshmen Valerie Lastra and Ali Del Re battle it out at Invitational 17 during the Race of Champions which saw the class of 2020 take four of the top six spots. Gulliver Prep's Natalie Varela and Pine Crest's Tsion Yared ran the 2nd and 4th fastest times of 17:46.53 and 17:52.84 respectively, while Lastra and Del Re finished 5th and 6th in the race crossing the line in 18:00.64 and 18:04.38. We look at the top 500 times by freshmen girls this season.

FLR 17 Girls ROC Preview: 10 Of Top 15 In State Go Head To Head Ryan Raposo Sep 28, 2016

If there is one particular race I am looking forward to the most at this year's Invitational 17 it's the girls Race of Champions. The field includes ten of the top fifteen girls in the state, plus two of the top teams in 2014 and 2015 4A state champions Winter Park, and Pine Crest the 2A runner-up the past four years. We take a look at both the individual and team battles.

Fear The Freshmen: Four Girls Who Can Contend For ROC Crown Todd Grasley Sep 28, 2016

The main event at Invitational 17 will be both the boys and girls Race of Champions.  The girl's race will feature ten of the top 15 ranked girls in the state of Florida including #1 Amanda Beach and #2 Bailey Hertenstein. Beach, a senior at Melbourne Central Catholic, and the state leader will be tested up front by defending 4A state champion and meet champion Hertenstein, as well as 2015 4A state champion Rafaella Gibbons of Winter Park who is making her Invitational debut. However don't count out four South Florida freshmen who are out to shake up the field. Meet Ali Del Re, Tsion Yared, Valerie Lastra, and Natalie Varela.

Rankings Explosion! Top 5,000 Girls 5K Times - 51 Girls Under 19:30 Todd Grasley Sep 26, 2016

Two girls added their names to the sub 18 club in 2016 with Bailey Hertenstein and Kayley Delay running 17:54.30 and 17:55 respectively, but none is faster than the 17:47.60 from Melbourne Central Catholic's Amanda Beach. Fourth through eighth in the rankings belong to freshman, while 51 girls have run under 19:30 this season. We have pulled out massive amounts of data to showcase the top 5000 boys 5K times of the 2016 season in the state of the Florida. Where do you rank now and where will you end up at season's end?

South Florida's Fast Five From Week 4: Ali Del Re, Deshay Fernandes, Dismantle Fields At Spanish River Inv. Eddie Romero Sep 21, 2016

South Florida is loaded with young talent. Alexandra Del Re of Jupiter High School proved she belongs in the conversation among the state's best after running a FL#4 18:11.05 to win the Spanish River Invitational 3A/4A race, while Columbus junior Deshay Fernandes got revenge on rival Joshua Collins who beat him at King of the Hill in the final seconds, by winning this past weekend's Spanish River Invitational 3A/4A race.) Our South Florida correspondent Eddie Romero picked the five best performances from the week in a feature we call South Florida's Fast Five.

Future Stars: Top 500 Underclassmen Girls - All Freshmen In Top Five Todd Grasley Sep 20, 2016

The 3A/4A girls varsity race at the Spanish River Invitational proved to be a coming out party for the freshmen class in the state of Florida. Jupiter's Ali Del Re was first in 18:11.05 with Mater Academy Charter's Valerie Lastra (pictured above) right behind her in 18:15.94. Alyson Churchill of Lincoln is the fastest underclassmen on the list with her SB of 18:05.97. The top five athletes on the list are all freshman while the top eight have all run under 19 minutes. We rank the top 500 girls from the class of 2020 and 2019.

In Her Own Words: Natalie Varela - Training To Be Your Best On Your Worst Day Todd Grasley Sep 20, 2016

Today, I was running on fumes. Saturday we competed in the St. Thomas Invitational hosted by St. Brendan. I was a little hesitant and worried going into the race. I’m never one to lack confidence, but Wednesday night I came down with a stomach virus. I was absent from school on Thursday so my parents could monitor my food intake. But as the saying goes you train to be the best you can on your worst day.

Rankings Explosion! Top 5,000 Girls 5K Times Todd Grasley Sep 19, 2016

MileSplit has the most comprehensive high school XC stats in the country. Our stats team has already put over 585,00 performances in the database this season across the country! We have pulled out massive amounts of data to showcase the top 5000 girls 5K times of the 2016 season in the state of the Florida. Where do you rank now and where will you end up at season's end?

South Florida's Fast Five From Week 3: Varela, Collins Can't Be Stopped Eddie Romero Sep 14, 2016

Gulliver Prep freshman Natalie Varela and Belen Jesuit's Joshua Collins were two of the most impressive performers in South Florida from week three. Varela, broke the King Of The Hill meet record set last year by Brittney Gill of Dillard in a FL#3 time of 18:29.16, while Collins won the same meet, to pick up his 4th win in five meets. Our South Florida correspondent Eddie Romero picked the five best performances from the week in a feature we call South Florida's Fast Five.

VOTE: Girls Performance Of The Week Todd Grasley Sep 14, 2016

Ft. Myers senior Krissy Gear performed well at her home meet, the Ft. Myers Hoptar Invitational winning easily with a time of 19:36.60. Can the 2015 3A runner-up with your vote for performance of the week? You decide. Voting closes Friday at 11:59 p.m.

In Her Own Words: Natalie Varela - Mission Accomplished Todd Grasley Sep 13, 2016

Gulliver Prep freshman Natalie Varela faced a tough task at this week's King Of The Hill meet in Miami. Not only did Varela win the race with a 2A leading time of 18:29.16, but she also set a new meet record, breaking the old one set by Dillard's Brittney Gill last year by close to 40 seconds. She opens up about her race in this week's blog and calls it "Mission Accomplished".

Chasing The Leaders: MCC's Beach Only Girl Under 18 Minutes Todd Grasley Sep 12, 2016

Melbourne Central Catholic senior Amanda Beach cemented herself as one of the best in the state of Florida and after shattering the field at the Holy Trinity Cross Country Classic. Beach's time of 17:47.60 is the only mark under 18 minutes by a Sunshine State girl for 2016 and the state leader by 22 seconds. We rank the top 500 girls regardless of class. Where do you stack up?

Who Won The Week? Girls All-State Results Merge Todd Grasley Sep 12, 2016

Bolles junior Caitlin Collier was one of three girls at the Florida Horse Park Invitational to run under 19 minutes and one of ten throughout the state of Florida to accomplish that feat. For another week Melbourne Central Catholic senior Amanda Beach had the top time with her 18:19.60 from the Astronaut Invitational. We merged the results from EVERY meet across the state to determine the 500 fastest girl times and who won the week. 

Meet Preview: Who Shall Be Crowned King Of The Hill? Eddie Romero Sep 8, 2016

Someone will be crowned the king and the queen at Friday's King of The Hill race down in Miami. The race will be at Tropical Park starting with the girl's JV race at 3:45 p.m. and finishing up around 6:15 p.m. with awards for the top runners/teams. If the weather holds up, over 50 teams will be competing. If you're looking to watch some fast runners, several of south Florida's top performers from last week will be at this meet.

Head Of The Class XC Rankings: Top 500 Freshmen Girls In Florida Todd Grasley Sep 6, 2016

This year's freshmen class is very talented. Three girls have already run under 19 minutes and eight have gone sub 20. Spanish River's Rylee Pustilnik owns the fastest time with her 18:43.04 at the Park Vista Cobra XC Invitational. Pustilnik has finished first in the first two meets of her high school career. Lincoln's Alyson Churchill has also won her first two meets and is only three seconds back of Pustilnik with a SB of 18:46.87 from the Cougar XC Challenge. We rank the 500 fastest freshmen girls so far this season.

In Her Own Words: Natalie Varela - First Race Sub 19, Grade B- Todd Grasley Aug 30, 2016

Race week. This weekend I ran my first race as a high schooler at the Maverick Stampede. I was kind of bummed at first because i wanted to run the Martin County Under the Lights meet, to test myself against Nicole Matysik and Tsion Yared, but as luck has it that race was canceled due to weather conditions so we headed out to Archbishop  McCarthy for the race.

VOTE: Girls Performance Of The Week Todd Grasley Aug 30, 2016

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.

The Favorites: Cross Country Finals Top Returning Girls Todd Grasley Aug 24, 2016

The lone state champion returner from 2015 on either the boys or girls side is Riverview junior Bailey Hertenstein. Hertenstein's 17:32.55 is the fastest time regardless of class on the Apalachee Regional Park course in November. 2014 state champions Tsion Yared (2A) and Rafaella Gibbons (4A) also return for another ring. See the top 500 returning times from the 2015 Cross Country finals and which girls have the best shots at bringing back the crown.

Freshmen Girls Rankings: 2014 State Champ Tsion Yared Yearns For Another Title Todd Grasley Aug 16, 2016

It seems like Tsion Yared has been running on the high school scene for years, and it's because she has. The Pine Crest standout was sixth at the 2A Cross Country Finals and was the state champion as a 7th grader in 2014. Yared was off to a bright start in 2015, before the injury bug struck right before the postseason. She comes in as the top freshman returner with her time of 18:17.80 from the Invitational where she was third, but her success hinges on her health. A healthy Yared is a dangerous one. We look at the top 100 freshman girls in the state. 

2A Top 100 Fastest Returning XC Girls: Bolles Collier Favorite To Win After Awful Fall In 2015 Todd Grasley Jul 29, 2016

Bolles sophomore Caitlin Collier was INCHES away from claiming her first cross country state championship. Collier collapsed right before the line and saw her closest competitor Alyssa Pujals of Pine Crest cruise in for the victory. The Bulldog sophomore is coming off a stellar track season where she won the 800, 1,600, and 3,200m titles. Her PR of 17:41.80 from NXNSE Region is the only time in 2A under 18 minutes. Take a look at the top 100 girls returners for the 2016 season.

Final Rankings: Girls 3,200: Delay Dazzles With 10:30.30 To Win First Ever State Title Todd Grasley Jun 10, 2016

One college coach at the FHSAA State Finals called Kayley Delays 3,200m run one of the best he'd ever seen. Delay claimed her first ever state title winning the race in an amazing 10:30.30 and guide two other runners under 10:45. A total of 11 athletes ran under 11 minutes including eighth graders Natalie Varela and Alexandra Del Re. Fellow class of 2020 standout Valerie Lastra was right at 11 minutes. Take a look at the top 500 girls 3,200m times for the 2016 season.

Final Girls Middle School Rankings: Distance Events Todd Grasley May 21, 2016

Alexandra Del Re and Valerie Lastra proved why they are two of the top distance standouts in our girls middle school rankings. Both ran FLYRA Middle School State Championship meet records in the 3,000 (10:04.16) and 1,500m run (4:40.56) respectively. See the top 50 middle school girls in EVERY distance event.

Who Won The Week? Top 500 2A Girls Todd Grasley Nov 2, 2015

For the second straight week Caitlyn Collier of Bolles has posted the fastest time of the postseason for 2A. Her 18:28.30 to win 2A Region 1 was over seven seconds faster than Alyssa Pujols of Pine Crest who ran 18:35.51 to win 2A Region 4. See the top 500 girls times in 2A for the week and see where you stack up?

Virtual Meet: Junior Orange Bowl Invitational Todd Grasley Oct 7, 2015

Sixty plus teams will make their way to Larry & Penny Thompson Park in Miami Thursday for the Junior Orange Bowl Invitational. The meet will start 10 a.m. with the middle school junior varsity and varsity races and resume at 2:30 p.m. with the high school junior varsity and varsity races. Stay tuned to flrunners for coverage and results of all the action. In the meantime, see how we see the girls and boys invitational races playing out!

FLR 16 Featured Photo Album By Jeff Adams - Over 7,000 Photos Todd Grasley Sep 26, 2015

Jeff Adams was on-site all weekend long at FLR 16 as part of our extensive coverage team and snapped over 7,200 photos! from both days including this one of girls invitational winner, Gulliver Prep 8th grader Natalie Varela who set a new PR with a time of 18:44.20. Check out all the photos and make sure to tag yourself!

Pine Crest Girls, Belen Boys Battle At Pine Crest Invitational Todd Grasley Sep 16, 2015

The 2015 Pine Crest Invitational is the largest one yet over the meets four year history. Over 45 teams will make their way to Mills Pond Park in Ft. Lauderdale. See what individuals and teams have the best shot at winning in our virtual meet/ will have on-site coverage as well as results, and a recap of all the action following the meet!

King Of Hill Marquee Matchup: Natalie Varela Vs. Rahyah Andressohn Todd Grasley Sep 10, 2015

The future of cross country in South Florida and the state will be on display as 8th graders Natalie Varela of Gulliver Prep and Rahyah Andressohn of Mater Academy Charter go head to head for the second straight week this time at the King of the Hill CC Invitational. We used our compare athlete feature to see how these have fared against each on the track and on the cross country course!

Middle School Rankings: Top 20 Girls In Each Event Todd Grasley Oct 30, 2014

With the FLYRA Middle School State Championships this weekend we take a look at the top twenty times in each four events that the middle school age group competes in. Which one of these girls will cross the line first? Each year the FLYRA Middle School State Championships creates a new star. The past several years Rafaella Gibbons was the name to beat, who will be this years? Isabella Pawloski? Rahyah Andressohn? Natalie Varela? The list is long which should make for an exciting meet!