This is the last meet on the storied O'Dome track before renovations begin on the O'Dome later this year that include removing the track.
This is the last meet on the storied O’Dome track before renovations begin on the O’Dome later this year that include removing the track.
The 7th Annual Jimmy Carnes Indoor Track & Field Meet kicksoff Friday with the college and open divisions. The youth will compete all day on Saturday and will showcase the state's top talent.
Now that the 2013 Foot Locker South Regional is in the books, our stats guru Ricky Quintana takes a look at the results and winners from a historical perspective.
In part four of our interview, Jenny talks about her career length, Puddles the duck doll and her chance meeting with Mary Decker.
With 32 girls under 18:00 minutes for the season, the 10 qualifying spots will be up for grabs Saturday in the 34th running of the Foot Locker South Regional meet.
After last year’s scintillating record run of 14:28 by Sean McGorty(Chantilly, Fairfax, VA), it would seem there would be lull before someone could challenge the record again. But, in recent years the hallowed ground of 14:30s is not so sacred anymore and the talent keeps coming in waves. (Photo by Chris Kane)
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.
Jenny talks about how she structures the upcoming year’s racing goals, her life as a regular person, her wedding anniversary, her husband, Jason and marathoning in her future.
Ever since I began running in 1977, I have been in the midst of history. Growing up in Gainesville, home of the Florida Track Club, it wasn’t unusual to see Marty Liquori, Barry Brown, Jimmy Carnes and Dr. Cade. My first age group coach was Bruce Carpenter, the guy who is on the cover of “Once a Runner” by John L. Parker. My brother Julio got me involved in running with the FTC and would take me to meetings. There at the Camelot Apartment Clubhouse, at the corner of 34th and 2nd Ave (You probably see it each time you come into Gainesville. It is right near the golf course), I would hear Dr. Cade speak about his latest research amongst a group of college aged guys aspiring to make the Olympic team.
Jenny Simpson is one of the top female middle distance runners in the United States and her accolades speak for themselves. Our Ricky Quintana spoke with Simpson recently about everything from her 2013 season, to her coaching change, and even her duck toy named Puddles. We will be featuring this EXCLUSIVE interview in four installments over the next four weeks and making it for our subscribers only. So if you don't have a subscription yet, this is definitely worth the price of admission, and if you are already a subscriber thank you so much for your continued support!
It comes down to this….Four weeks from the state meet on this same course, the top ranked individuals and teams on the boys side and all but one of the top ranked girls, Karen Xiang, and the top ranked teams on the girl’s side gather for their last top level race before they are propelled into the state series. Throw in some talented teams from Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina, some expected temperatures in the low 60’s and we have the makings of a very special set of races.
An anticipated matchup between Lyman and Buchholz in the boys’ race never materialized on Saturday as only one Greyhound, Cameron McCutcheon, made it to the starting line. The Bobcats steamrolled the field placing five in the top eight to score 28 points and win by 44 points. Though none of the Bobcats ran personal bests on the muggy morning, they used a 22 second spread between their top runners to secure the victory.
Buchholz Coach Ron Norris has been running meets longer than I have been running. …. that is a long time. In the early 80’s while at Newberry High School, he was one of the first to stage a large invitational of 25 or more teams. Offering ribbons and medals to the top 25 and then 50 individuals, his meets valued the hard work and effort that the kids had put into the sport he loves so much. Then, with the move to Buchholz in 2001, he continued with his Bobcat Classic which grew in numbers.
Ricky Quintana caught up with Leon star Sukhi Khosla in this exclusive interview. The junior talks about his state leading run of 15:08 at Alligator Lake, staying injury free, and what the rest of the season has in store.
This week’s “big meet” will be on The Mark Bostick Golf Course on the University of Florida campus which is known to be challenging given the softer grass and multiple hills which are spread throughout. 72 teams are entered on the girl’s side and 69 on the boys teams will gather on a predicted steamy 90+% humidity and 75+ degree morning. Conditions have been dry this week, so the course surface may be more firm for better footing and performances across the board. Flrunners will be on-site with results, race video, video interviews, thousands of photos, and a complete recap of all the action.
Jacksonville- Several running clichés echoed through the windy night air after Saturday night’s Katie Caples’ Elite races: 1) summer training is the crux of a successful cross country season; (2) it takes five runners to secure a win and (3) racing is the true barometer of the quality of a team…..all conjecture is thrown out the door once the team line up.
The Katie Caples Invitational attracts some of the top talent from across the state and individually. The 2013 edition will be no different. Ricky Quintana and Mike Leary will be on-site with a complete recap, race video, interviews, and hundreds of photos from the event.
A muggy morning greeted runners and spectators Saturday morning at Bob Hans Invitational in Orange Park. That didn’t prevent some solid times and convincing wins on the individual and team side to open up the Florida cross country season.
Some of you may know that Jimmy Carnes has been battling cancer over the years. Well, it is with great sadness that I report that the disease that has ravished his body has finally won. On Saturday, around noon, Jimmy passed away with his family at his side.
Here are top entries in the Jimmy Carnes Track and Field Meet scheduled for January 30 and 31 at the O'Connell Center on the University of Florida Campus as of Wednesday, January 20.
Gainesville, FL- The 2nd Annual Gainesville Sports Commission Indoor Meet will take place this Saturday, February 7 in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center on the University of Florida campus. This year's meet has been named in honor of Jimmy Carnes. Carnes was the founder of the Florida Track Club, Florida Gator's Track and Field Head Coach, past President of the Governing Body of USA Track and Field and 1980 Olympic Track and Field Head Coach. Carnes was named to the United States Track and Field Association Hall of Fame in December and is a long time resident of Gainesville, FL.
The field is looking even stronger than reported last week. Stars from throughout the indoor track & field deprived Southeast are heading to Gainesville, Florida as we speak for tomorrow's big meet. The Innagural Gainesville Indoor Classic will start at 9AM at the O-Dome on Saturday. State champions in various events from Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama are on the entry list, along with many others. Olympic hopeful and Palm Bay alum, Xavier Carter, who has been training in Gainesville under Coach Mike Holloway, will be there as well signing autographs. Jamaica olympian Novlene Williams will also be signing autographs for fans.Flrunners will be on site with a team of four to bring you photos, vidoeos, results, summaries, and interviews!
Several state champions and competitors ranging from 8 to 64 years old highlight over 200 entrants in the inaugural 16 event Gainesville Sports Commission Indoor Track and Field meet scheduled for February 2, 2008 in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on the University of Florida campus.
State champs Jenny Barringer, Nicole Schappert, Jackie Areson, and Laura Bowerman square off in the mile Saturday night at the RunFlorida All-Comers meet at Oak Hall School in Gainesville, FL. Meet preview by Ricky Quintana.
2003 NIKE Indoor Mile Champion, Sarah Bowman, has her sights set on being more than just another runner. She wants to be a role model that everyone aspires to be.
Lincoln is the defending NCAA 3000 meters steeplechase champion which also included taking third in the 5,000 meters. Looking ahead to the 2002 NCAA Cross Country Championships and the 2003 track seasons, Lincoln looks for more hardware to bring home for Arkansas.
Gill surprised everyone at the NCAA Cross Country Pre-Nationals with her victory in the white race. Her time of 19:54.8 was the fastest time of the day as well. With the cross country nationals just around the corner, Gill looks for another fast time.