Eddie Romero

3A State Meet Preview: Freshmen Churchill, Lastra Lead Girls Field Eddie Romero Nov 3, 2016

Florida sees its fair share of freshmen talent every year and 2016 is no different. In the 3A girls race two of the state's best will be on display in Lincoln's Alyson Churchill and Mater Academy's Valerie Lastra. On the boy's side it will be yet another duel between UF commitment Matthew Clark of Creekside and Michael Phillips of Chiles. Add in Joshua Collins of Belen Jesuit and this race will be fast with major team implications on the line. Belen Jesuit has been missing from the podium the last two years and Collins can change that. The girls team battle is one-sided with Niceville, the best regardless of class, leading the way. We preview all the action of class 3A.

1A Preview: Can Grace Blair Get Oak Hall Back On Podium? Eddie Romero Nov 3, 2016

Grace Blair of Oak Hall was third at last year's Cross Country Finals and the Eagles finished 4th. It marked the first time in a long time that Coach McTureous' program failed to make the podium. Is 2016 the year Blair and the rest of the girls win another title? Will Chase Hyland of the Pine School end his high school career with a championship? We answer these questions and more in our 1A preview.

South Florida's Fast Five From Week 5: Yared, Collins Capture Top Honors Eddie Romero Sep 29, 2016

Pine Crest freshman Tsion Yared picked up her second win of the season in a new SB time of 18:18.11 at the Pine Crest Cross Country Invitational, a meet she's either won or been runner-up in the past FOUR years. On the boy's side Belen Jesuit junior Joshua Collins was once again on fire. Collins ran arguably his best race of the year at the UF Mt. Dew Invitational to win his 5th of seven meets in a new PR of 15:44.76 Our South Florida correspondent Eddie Romero picked the five best performances from the week in a feature we call South Florida's Fast Five. 

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.

Spanish River Inv. Recap: Fernandez Kicks Past Collins, Del Re, Pottorff, STA Shine Eddie Romero Sep 19, 2016

The 34th annual Spanish River Invitational was back again this year and with a huge field of runners. There were 80 teams that showed up bright and early to compete this past Saturday morning. With a few times under 16 minutes for boys, several talented freshmen girls running the top times, and a defending state champion team winning their race, it was definitely a great cross country day. 

Spanish River Invitational: Race By Race Virtual Meets Eddie Romero Sep 16, 2016

Freshman Rylee Pustilnik of host Spanish River will go head to head with fellow class of 2020 standout Valerie Lastra of Mater Academy in the girls 3A/4A race at the 34th Annual Spanish River Invitational. The meet will be divided into four varsity according to classification and two JV all classification races with awards at the conclusion of the event. South Florida correspondent Eddie Romero will have you covered with all the race videos, interviews, recaps, and social media, while Bill Lenahan is making the 2.5 hour drive from Naples to capture tons of photos! See how our virtual meet has this one playing out.

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.

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.

Meet Recap: Park Vista Cobra Country XC Invitational Eddie Romero Sep 4, 2016

Besides some heavy showers, the Park Vista Cobra Country XC Invitational was a great success. The invite was held at South County Regional Park which is where the traditional 5k Spanish River course is held. The race for people who don't know is a two loop course with a hill at the end and a nice straight finish.

Southridge's Andressohn, Columbus' Fernandes Crowned Champs At Miami Dade Youth Fair Eddie Romero Sep 2, 2016

While the northern part of Florida was unfortunately being hit with hurricane Hermine, south Florida was in the clear and remained the sunshine state. Thankfully the weather was sunny and made the Miami Dade County Fair HS championship a success. Over 50 schools arrived Thursday afternoon at the Larry & Penny Thompson Park ready to compete even though it was a hot day. Besides the heat, the meet had some great season openers, rewards for the top finishers/top teams, and even a famous NBA basketball player in attendance.

Meet Preview: South Florida Standouts Kick Off Season At Miami-Dade Youth Fair Eddie Romero Aug 31, 2016

The time has come for the traditional Miami-Dade County Youth Fair HS Championship and this year the race is stacked. The meet has 48 high schools registered, all ready to compete against some of south Florida's best. Consisting of four races, the first one to start will be the girl's JV at 3:30 p.m. Check out our virtual meet feature to get a heads up on who to watch out for on race day. Lastly, as your south Florida correspondent of Flrunners.com, I will be on-site. Look out for LIVE updates, videos, interviews, results, and a recap of the event!

Freshman To Watch: Jupiter's Alexandra Del Re Eddie Romero Aug 31, 2016

Over the past three years, Alexandra Del Re has been making a name for herself on the track. Del Re, who goes by Ali, had a stellar performance at both the middle school state meet and the USATF Junior Olympics. Not only did she win her 3000 meter race at the state meet, but she also broke the middle school state record running 10:04.16. This fall she makes her cross country debut as a freshman at Jupiter High School. Del Re is expected to not only make noise in Palm Beach County, but in a loaded class 4A. We caught up with Ali to talk about how she started in the sport, her summer training, goals for 2016, and much more.

Race Recap: Mother Nature Messes With Martin County Under The Lights Eddie Romero Aug 28, 2016

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.

Annie Allmark, Josh Skielnik Best Fields At Benjamin School Meet Eddie Romero Aug 24, 2016

Seven area schools kicked off the 2016 season at the Benjamin School in West Palm Beach. Teams started off on the football field, circling baseball fields, and finally finishing on the track. Suncoast senior Annie Allmark picked up her first win of the season as did Jupiter Christian's Josh Skielnik who was in his second race of the year.