Fort Myers senior standout, Fiona Kurland, has committed to continue her distance running career at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
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The words team player and Krissy Gear seem synonymous. Ally Woodard catches up with the former Fort Myers standout.
We caught up with Gear to talk about her NCAA experience.
Robert Brown was on-site at the Lee County Athletic Conference Championship and captured over 300 photos of all the action including this one of the girls from Fort Myers.
We announce our first round of girls and boys teams in our FLRunners.com Invitational Race of Champions.
We spotlight Fort Myers senior Fiona Kurland who finished 16th at last year's 3A Cross Country Finals.
We take a look at the 25 best 3A girls teams heading into the 2017 season.
We take a look at the individual and team battles for the 3A championship.
Lisa Ringer was on-site at the 56th Annual Fort Myers Edison Relays and captured over 500 photos of all the action.
Fort Myers senior Krissy Gear didn't rush the recruiting process opting to sign this Wednesday instead of the November early signing period. Gear, a three-time state champion, winning the 1,600 m in 2015, and the 1,600m and 3,200 in 2016, decided to continue her running career at Furman University. We talked to her about the recruiting process, what sold her on becoming a Paladin, and her plans for 2017.
The Miami Northwestern Lady Bulls continued their dynasty in Florida track and field with their 9th straight state championship. Coach Carmen Jackson's squad tallied 157 points over 100 more than runner-up Northeast. They are the clear favorite in class 3A with 2016 runner-up Northeast a near lock to repeat in that position as well.
43 points was all the Chiles' boys track team needed to win their third straight 3A state championship. The Timberwolves lose thrower Cole Upthegrove to graduation but return both Jordan Poole and James Hansen as well as a talented group of distance runners. Creekside and Miami Northwestern should also be in the mix, but don't count out Miami Norland who now have transfer Tyrese Cooper's, one of the most dangerous sprinters in the country.
Prior to the 2016 Nike Southeast Regional, only one female athlete has qualified for NXN and that was Rafaella Gibbons in 2014 and 2015. However, the Wake Med Course was generous to our Sunshine State girls as both Tsion Yared of Pine Crest and Caitlin Collier of Bolles punched their tickets to Porland, Oregon for NXN. On the boy's side, Trenton Mandato and his Trinity Prep teammates came up shy of a repeat trip to the Pacific Northwest. Complete Florida recap.
Only the Episcopal girls have advanced to Nike Cross Nationals, but that was before the days of the regional qualifiers. We went back and took the results dating back to 2007 to see who the top Florida programs at NXNSE were over that time. Our legacy scores form an "all star" team for each school and score each.
As part of our Saucony Flo 50 rankings series, we take a look at the top 25 boys and girls individuals as well as the top 25 boys and girls teams and rank them. Here are the top girls teams after the cross country state championship.
As part of our Saucony Flo 50 rankings series, we take a look at the top 25 boys and girls individuals as well as the top 25 boys and girls teams and rank them. Here are the top boys teams after the cross country state championship.
The Pine Crest girls broke the streak of runner-up finishes after finishing behind Bolles the past four years. This year, the Panthers defeated the Bulldogs running an 18:41 team average, the 4th best team average in Florida State Finals history, scoring 29 points (8th lowest in State history). We merged the results of every classification to find out the top girls teams regardless of class. Where does your squad stack up?
The Trinity Prep boys notched their fourth straight 2A championship scoring 50 points and boasting a team average of 15:56.17 and a 1-5 split of 45.50s. The Saints edged out Bolles (64) and Satellite (66 points) to win the trophy and rank number one in our boys combined team scores. The Bulldogs and Scorpions were the second and third best teams regardless of class, meaning 2A was LOADED this year. We merged the results from every classification to see which teams were the best of the best.
Ft. Myers senior Krissy Gear and fellow Greenwave senior Evan Babatz brought back individual championships at the 3A Region 3 meet at Estero. Maynard St. John was on-site and captured close to 500 photos from both the girls and boys race.
The Niceville girls are undefeated this season in competition, while Pine Crest's lone loss came against our third best team, Winter Park, and without one of their top runners Simone Vreeland. Unfortunately for fans across the state, two of the top squads will not face off as the Eagles are in 3A and the Panthers in 2A. Our XC team scores show an all classes battle would give Niceville a three point advantage.
The Ft. Myers girls and Bolles boys are two of the top teams in the state of Florida and their respective classifications and both squads have impressive sophomores dotting their lineups. We take a look at the best sophomore boys and girls teams in the state of Florida.
As part of our Saucony Flo 50 rankings series, every week we will subjectively rank the top 25 boys and girls individuals as well as the top 25 boys and girls teams. Take a look at the top girls teams halfway into the cross country season.
Tyler Copeland was on-site at the flrunners.com Invitational 17 and snapped over 750 photos from day one including this picture of the Ft. Myers boys who dominated the JV team race.
At Belen Jesuit they have a tradition of winning and excellence and that starts at the middle school level with coach Victor Arrieta to the junior varsity and varsity programs under head coach Frankie Ruiz. The reason why the Wolverines have been one of the most dominant teams in the last decade is because the athletes are constantly motivated to see what their predecessors have done before them. See which squads made our list of the top boys JV teams so far this season.
Three tenths of a second separated Yoan Prado of Labelle, the Ft. Myers Hoptar Invitational, and runner-up Joshua Wagner of Lely. Talk about a fight to the finish. Ray Romero was on-site and has the race footage to prove it along with interviews from the top athletes.
The Bolles girls have been the best program in the state of Florida over recent years, tallying the last four cross country state championships. Coach Ryan's Bulldogs are also the best team according to our composite rankings which takes into numerous criteria for yet another year. If you pull up the XC Team Scores page, you'll see a link to "Composite" scoring. This is a type of scoring that gives a team a rank on a number of different categories, with different weights on each.
St. Thomas Aquinas is the best of our boys teams according to our composite rankings which takes into numerous criteria. If you pull up the XC Team Scores page, you'll see a link to "Composite" scoring. This is a type of scoring that gives a team a rank on a number of different categories, with different weights on each.
The Fort Myers boys came up short of a podium finish in 2015, finishing third. The team returns six of seven from last year with five of those being seniors. Evan Babatz (8th) and Josh Kennedy (18th) finished in the top 20 for the Green Wave and look to improve on those finishes in 2016. The bad news for Coach Yancey Palmer's squad is that 3A might be the most competitive classification on the boys side out of all four classes. We get the scouting report on this year's team.
The Fort Myers girls fell just short of a podium spot in 2015, coming in third behind Niceville, and Chiles. The Green Wave return six of their top seven and have nearly twice that many girls that could contend for a varsity roster spot this season. 3A individual runner-up Kristlin Gear, who is coming off an excellent track season, leads the way for the team. We caught up with Coach Rob Strong about the 2016 squad, their goals, and much more!
The Niceville girls finished as the 3A runner-up in 2015, but return six of their top seven from that team with Hannah Schneidewind, Claire Crist, and Erin Eubanks a solid 1-3. Fort Myers has top ranked Krissy Gear, the 3A individual runner-up at the helm for the Green Wave, while mainstay Chiles, the defending champions are ranked third. We take a look at the top ten girls teams in 3A.
Creekside and Chiles finished 1-2 at the 3A state meet last year and look to be positioned for the same showing this fall. Creekside will rely on a skilled and experienced senior laden team while the Timberwolves have three runners capable of placing in the top 25. We take a look at the top 10 teams in 3A as we head into the 2016 season.
With track season ending we bridge the gap to the start of cross country by using our extensive stats database. to take a look at the top 50 boys cross country teams based on 1,600m track times. The top three teams in our list come from North Florida with Bolles, Chiles, and Creekside. Chiles and Creekside went at it in 3A last year and look to duplicate that rivalry in 2016.
The 2015-2016 school year has provided some great highlights in both cross country and track across the Sunshine State. In the coming weeks many of our seniors will head out to start their college careers both athletically and academically. We wanted to salute them one more time in this special feature and say thank you for your support over the years.
Sarah Spann (who now goes by her first/middle name Sarah Grace) was the 2010 3A Cross Country Finals state champion running 17:50.43 for 5k. Spann graduated from Fort Myers High School and attended the University of Florida. Since graduating she has been working on a book titled Chasing Freedom. We caught up with her to talk about it's release and what she's been up to since her high school days.
Coach Roy Harrison's Plant Panthers finished 6th at the 4A Cross Country Finals guided by six out of seven junior class runners. The squad was our top team from the class of 2019, followed right behind by Sarasota and Fort Myers by only ten points! Plant, Sarasota, Winter Park, and North Port all members of 4A are four of the top five teams. That experience should make for one fun state meet next November!
3A state champions Creekside have the top junior team score in the state. Five of the Knights top seven were from the class of 2017 making them the favorite to repeat and sit atop the podium. Fort Myers, Satellite, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Viera round out the top five. Where does your squad stack up?
Our Lady of Lourdes has a plethora of young talent waiting in the wings lead by Elizabeth McCann, the only class of 2019 runner to make the varsity roster in 2015. The Bobcats have three girls under 21 minutes including McCann, Isabelle Areces, and Gabriela Garcia-Linares putting them at number one in our freshman class team scores.
We combined the results of all four classifications to find out who was the best team overall and where do the rest of the squads stack up? 3A champion Chiles and 4A champion Winter Park would have a dog fight on their hands, but the advantage would go to the Timberwolves who have a slower 1-5 split but better average time at 19:12.69 (just under ten seconds) and total time by 49 second. See where your team ranks among the top teams in the state!
Trinity Prep completed its undefeated season with their third straight 2A state championship. After merging the results from every classification, the Saints were the best team with a 44 second 1-5 split and team average of 16:16.94 lead by individual state champion Chas Cook. 3A champion Creekside was followed by 3A runner-up Chiles as the top three teams. Check out the complete list and see where your squad ranks!
The culmination of the Florida cross country season will take place Saturday, November 7th at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee with state championship titles for both individuals and teams on the line. Leading up to the meet we will preview each classification with in-depth analysis as well as by seeing how our virtual meets think the races will play out. Today, we look at the 3A classification who will compete in the first (7:30 a.m.) and third (8:20 a.m.) races of the morning with the girls and boys respectively.
The Fort Myers Green Wave swept the team competition while junior Krissy Gear was the girls individual champion in 3A Region 3. Andy Warrener has a recap of all the action.
Check out all the race highlights and interviews from the 3A Region 3 Championship.
The start of the postseason for varsity runners often means the end to a successful regular season for our JV athletes (numbers 8-14). One can tell a lot about a program's future by seeing what talent is waiting in the wings. We look at the top junior varsity teams in the state. Where does your squad rank?
We've done our girls ROC and boys ROC previews for the Flrunners.com Invitational 16. We've run the virtual meets. Now we know want to know who YOU think is going to win! Our prediction contest will run now through Friday night at midnight. Simply reply in the discussion topic your picks and tune in Saturday morning to see how good you are!
The 2015 Cross Country Finals are a month and a half away at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee. We wanted to see how EACH CLASSIFICATION would play out if we scored the meets using season bests at this point in the season. Check out our virtual meet and analysis in this slide show!
8th grader Tsion Yared looks repeat as an individual and help the Panthers go back to back in the girls Race of Champions. We preview all the action!
Two dozen teams made their way to Veterans Park in Ft. Myers for the Ft. Myers Optimist Invite. Tyler Stowell was on-site and has a recap of all the action!
The 2015 Estero DDD Invite will have a special meaning this year. Prior to the start of the meet the Village of Estero will proclaim September 5th as Jeff Sommer Day. Coach Sommer who passed away at the state track meet in May was the patriarch of the Wildcat family. His 3D mantra of dedication, discipline, and desire will live on Saturday at Estero Community Park as over 45 teams make the trek to South Florida! Flrunners.com will be in full force for our meet of the week with photos, race videos, interviews, results, and a complete recap of the day!
Dillon McGee was on-site at the Riverdale Invitational providing video coverage of all the action. Drones, Go Pro, regular video camera, we've got the races covered from in the air and on the ground!
The Fort Myers girls cross country team finished 2014 as the 3A Cross Country Finals runner-up. This year the Green Wave hope to ride their depth and experience to a state title. We caught up with first year head coach Rob Strong to talk about the upcoming season in this Scouting Report and analyze the team's chances for 2015.
The Bolles girls list our list of top JV squads with a team average of 21:07.97. Check out the top girls JV squads in the state!
Racing season is approaching quickly and Fort Myers High School decided to shake the rust off as a complete unit at Lakes Park this morning. Coach Rob Strong arrived early to map out the half mile loop that was completed four times.
We broke down the top teams in each classification, but we’re throwing that all out the window. We want to know who is the best of the best, regardless of class. Check out our top fifty girls XC teams!
The Fort Myers Green Wave were 3A runner-up in 2014 and are hoping to finish one spot higher with a deep and talented roster. Coach Gowan's Chiles team will prove to be the biggest threat. Check out our complete 3A rankings.
For the first time since 2005, Belen Jesuit did not make the podium. This year they will go head to head with Creekside. Check out our 3A boys team rankings!
With track season ending we bridge the gap to the start of cross country by using our extensive stats database. Take a look at the top girls cross country teams based on 1,600m track times.
The top talent in Southwest Florida headed to Charlotte High School for the 3A District 11 Championship. Cory Mull was on-site and has a recap of all the action!
It was boys night at the Fort Myers Edison Relays. Ida Baker edged out host Fort Myers for the team title. Cory Mull has a recap of all the action!
The 3A team battles are always competitive and 2015 should be no different. Fort Myers was the 2014 runner-ups, but you can't count out Chiles and Sarasota. On the boy's side can Belen Jesuit bounce back after not making the podium for the first time in a long while? Creekside made noise in 2014 and should challenge the Wolverines for the top spot. Check out our top five teams for 2015.
In her 13th and final season as the girls cross country coach at Fort Myers High School, Kelly Heinzman-Britton guided the Green Wave to their best showing in school history, a 3A runner-up finish. Heinzman-Britton talks about the season and this group of girls.
Leon senior Sukhi Khosla won the FSU Invitational/Pre-State and the 3A District 3 Championship. His Leon Lions lost the boys team title by two points and five points to Chiles in those respective meets. Round three is Saturday at Sunnyhill Farms in Tallahassee the host of the 3A Region 1 Championship. We preview all the regionals in 3A. Take a look at our virtual meets and get in the game!
Fort Myers senior Dean McGregor has made his college decision. McGregor, who was 29th at the 3A Cross Country Finals in 2013 and placed 11th this springin the 1,600m at the outdoor state championships, picked Florida Southern College in Lakeland. We talked to Dean about his choice to become a Moc, the recruiting process, and his goals for the future.
Three dozen teams from south Florida and southwest Florida will head to Golden Gate Park in Naples for the Celtic Invitational/GCAC Championship. The question with conference meets and meets on the brink of the state series is who exactly will run. Check out our meet preiew and get the insight of who is in and who is out as well as how our virtual meet thinks this will play out!
We wanted to see who the top teams were regardless of class and score it as a meet. The Holy Trinity girls were second at the Astronaut Invitational and behind Winter Park in the standings at Carrollton, but based on season bests the Tigers have an average time of 19:24.44 compared to Winter Park's 19:36.64. Pine Crest who is up for MileSplit's Girls National Team of the Week after their strong showing at the UF Mt. Dew Invitational comes in at number two.
Belen Jesuit come in at number one on our top ten teams regardless of class. The Wolverines have proven why they are a powerhouse program (seven state titles in eight years) year in and year out winning their first four meets of the season with relative ease. They took home the team trophy at the Estero DDD Invitational, Pine Crest Cross Country Invitational, Miami-Dade County Youth Fair, and recently at the UF Mt. Dew Invitational where the squad posted a 16:15 team average on a quick Mark Bostick Golf Course in Gainesville. Senior Ryan Rodriguez is the team's number one runner and the leader of a squad that relies on a bevy of juniors.
North Port High School will host one of the largest meets this weekend as teams from across the state and southwest Florida compete in the North Port XC Invitational. The event which had 52 teams entered this year will up the ante with 60 squads toeing the line throughout the course of the morning. The girls elite race will start at 7:30 a.m. followed by the boys, then girls and boys invitational and girls and boys junior varsity races. Flrunners.com will be on-site with coverage including race video, interviews, photos, and a complete recap of all the action. Scout the competition and check out a virtual meet for the elite races that includes the top 25 individuals and top ten teams or click on the complete list to view all the entrants!
Veterans Park in Lehigh Acres played host to the annual Ft. Myers Optimist Invite. Tyler Stowell and Ryan Stafford of The Elite Runner running store pulled double duty also helping out our coverage team this week. Check out Tyler's recap, as well as, Ryan's race videos (coming later) and interviews. Special thanks to Ed Guttery for the awesome images!
Hey flrunners! I think it's safe to say that we are all pumped that the 2014 season is finally underway. My season won't officially start until this Saturday, but it's still exciting to see all of the stats and times pile in from across the state.
Fort Myers senior Dean McGregor turned from track mode to cross country training. Over the last two months he has been putting in the work logging 400 miles with his Green Wave teammates. McGregor, who finished 29th at last year's Cross Country Finals, is one of the top returners in 3A and gives us a break down of his training leading up to the start of the season!
Sometimes all you need is a wake-up call. That one moment where your mind tells you “snap out of it.” That one moment that forces you to re-focus and continue on what you set out to do. That wake-up call came to me on my run Friday night. I was by myself, and chose to listen to music for once, and this is when I started thinking.
Hey Flrunners! I cannot believe the bulk of season has already passed and it is down to the home stretch. This part of the season is personally my favorite because everyone is done experimenting with different events and we start to see main focuses. However, a lot has happened in the past few weeks, some big meets and very fast times!
Hey Flrunners! The season is well under way and there have been some big meets and fast times. I always enjoy following everyone across the state in all events! Last weekend the team and I competed at the USF track meet.
A sixty-four team field will head to the campus of the University of South Florida for the 5th Annual USF/Steinbrenner Invitational. We will be on-site with thousands of photos and a complete recap of all the action courtesy of Jeff Adams and Andy Warrener. Get a sneak preview of how the meet is predicted to play out based on 2014 season bests!
Hello, flrunners! First of all, thank you to Todd for giving me the opportunity to blog for track season as well. Track is my favorite time of the year, so I plan on enjoying every second of my last high school season. Meets are already under way and fast times have been filling up the rankings. Congrats to all on a great first few meets!
Fort Myers' standout Emily Edwards capped off her senior season with a state championship at the 3A Cross Country Finals. For her spectacular season, Edwards was awarded the Gatorade Florida Girls Cross Country Runner Of The Year. We caught up with Emily to talk about the 2013 season, what the award means to her, and what the future holds.
Fort Myers senior Tyler Bennett finished seventh at the Foot Locker South Regional in a new personal best time of 14:52.00. Last year, Bennett was 20th at Foot Locker South and says he is glad the hard work over the past year has finally paid off. See how he plans to attack the steep hill at Balboa Park, his race strategy, and his thoughts on being one of the top runners in the country.
Keeping it's streak alive, Florida will send two runners to Foot Locker Nationals in San Diego, California. Both Tyler Bennett of Fort Myers and Karen Xiang of Nease ended their senior seasons on a high note, both setting new personal bests. Bennett was 20th at last year's Foot Locker South Regional and improved on that performance with a 7th place showing and time of 14:52.00. For Xiang, a University of Pennsylvania committment, she snuck in with the tenth and final spot and a time of 17:20.00. As always, MileSplit was on hand will full coverage including results, photos, race video, and interviews with a majority of the top ten!
Fort Myers senior Tyler Bennett became the latest runner to join the University of North Florida cross country program. Bennett who was the 3A runner-up at the Cross Country Finals, shares his thoughts on the recruiting process, why he chose the Ospreys, and what he is looking forward to the most.
Hey Flrunners! I apologize for not blogging in a while; it’s been a crazy past few weeks! Congratulations to everyone that competed at States this past weekend! It was great to watch all of the races and watch the best of the best compete all in one place.
The college decision is in for Fort Myers senior Emily Edwards. Edwards finished fifth at the Cross Country Finals as a junior and won the 1600 meter state championship, picked the University of Alabama over FSU, and the University of Florida. See what factored into her decision and what she is looking forward to the most about running for the Crimson Tide.
Hello flrunners! I apologize that it has been a while since my last blog. It has been an overwhelming past few weeks with school. I can’t believe the state-series meets are coming up. Time sure does fly by. I hope everyone has enjoyed the season thus far and has run some PRs!
Fort Myers senior Emily Edwards and Miami Sunset junior Nick Diaz are this week's Athletes of the Week. Edwards finished second in the Girls Race of Champions, showing true guts and grit in the final meters of the race to secure that spot. Her time of 18:04.40 is second statewide and a new season best by 31 seconds. Diaz continued to dominate the competion, winning his fourth of the year at the Flrunners.com Invitational Boys Race of Champions, and remaining undefeated. His fight with fellow Nick, Nick Morken of Niceville was an epic battle to the finish. His time of 15:15.60 was the second fastest in the state for the year and a new personal best.
Hello Flrunners, Congratulations to every athlete so far this season. It is always fun to check out all of the race coverage each weekend.
Holy Trinity junior Julie Wollrath and Fort Myers senior Tyler Bennett are this week's Athletes of the Week. Wollrath bested a very competitive field at the UF Mt. Dew Invitational, winning by over ten second, and won for the second time on the year. Bennett also picked up his second win of the season, at the same meet. His time of 15:24.29 was just two seconds off of a personal best, and puts him number three on the all-time meet list behind Jason Heatherly of Hernando (1983 - 4:47.00) and AJ DelValle (2010 - 15:18.69).
It was a hot humid morning at Veterans Park in Lehigh Acres for the Fort Myers Optimist Invitational. A new and improved course saw athletes starting on soccer fields, running on baseball fields, up and down hills, and ultimately through the finish. When the tough course was completed Estero's Araceli Leon and Fort Myer's Tyler Bennett came out victorious. Al "JJ" Delgalo was on-site with over 1000 awesome photos to recap all the action.
Hello Flrunners! Now that the season is officially underway, I hope those who raced had a great opener. I have seen some fast times already recorded, which is awesome. It makes me even more excited for the meets to come.
Fort Myers senior Emily Edwards joins our list of bloggers for the 2013 cross country season. Emily has one of the fastest 5k times in the state and will be a contender for the 3A cross country championship. She finished fifth last year and 18th at the Foot Locker South Regional. Follow along as Emily takes us stride for stride into her senior season.
Want to know how teams prepare in the summer for the upcoming cross country season? Check out this fartlet workout from the Fort Myers cross country team produced by class of 2013 standout Ace Brown.
Sarah Spann rounded out her high school running career with a cross country state championship. She signed with the University of Florida, but decided running wasn't in the cards shortly after she arrived on the Gainesville campus. The former Ft. Myers star says she was always interested in living a healthy lifestyle. Recently, she decided to start a website entitled freshfitnhealthy.com which focuses on fitness and nutrition.
It was a great 2012-2013 in both cross country and track across the Sunshine State. Many of our seniors will soon be on their way to start their college careers both athletically and academically so we wanted to salute them one more time in this special feature.
In her first year at Fort Myers as a sophomore Emily Edwards wasn’t running like her usual self. Workouts left her feeling empty and her times reflected that. At last season’s end she went to see her doctor to check if there was a problem. There was, she was diagnosed with an iron deficiency.(via www.news-press.com)
Fort Myers senior Ace Brown spent his Friday evening chasing down competition in the 1600 meters at the 52nd Annual Fort Myers Edison Relays He finished second with a new personal best time of 4:27.15. Thirteen hours later he was racing again, but not in his Green Wave uniform. Brown headed to Estero for the Susan G. Komen Southwest Florida Race For A Cure. It was his seventh time running the event in seven years. He says he started as a 6th grader when he attended Canterbury.
Fort Myers senior Ace Brown took his time with the college recruiting process. During his official visits to USF, UNF, UF, FSU, and SCAD and unofficial visits to Appalachian State and South Carolina Upstate, Brown had the opportunity to meet a variety of coaches, campuses, and fellow runners. With six offers in hand, Brown says the final decision came down to which school he felt the most at home.
Fort Myers junior Tyler Bennett had a breakout cross country season placing second at the class 3A state finals and leading his team to a 3rd place finish. Tyler ran a season best 16:21.58 last year and lowered his PR to a 15:22.00 this year at Footlocker South where finished 20th. Find out what drives Tyler to work his hardest every day and become the best he can be, plus much more!
The East team swept both All-Star championships, beating out the West in both rounds. On the boys side, that team battle came down to just one point! Ace Brown of Ft. Myers won the boys title, while Ellyn Snider of Spanish River was the first place girl.
Fort Myers senior Ace Brown and Holy Trinity sophomore Julie Wollrath are this week's Warrior of the Week winners. Brown capped off his cross country career as the top Florida finisher at Foot Locker South crossing the line in 19th place and a new personal best time of 15:21.00. A week removed from winning her second straight cross country state championship Wollrath finished 20th at Foot Locker South in a time of 17:59.00.
Twenty runners have broken sixteen minutes this year and four have gone under 15:30 making 3A one of the hardest classifications of all. Can Avery Lopez follow in the footsteps of last year's champ Elliot Clemente and give Belen another individual title? Is it the year of Palmetto Ridge senior Carlos Miranda or will a member of Fort Myers or Niceville's dynamic duos take home the honors? Will nationally ranked Belen be tested? If so, is it the tight pack of Fort Walton Beach or Fort Myers led by Bennett and Brown? This will shape up to be one of the best races of the day.
Take a beautiful, cool SW Florida morning and mix in a flat, short grass field, a nine meter tall man-made hill, a soccer field, a sugar sand / gravel jeep trail, some woods, a three net sand volleyball pit, three 180º switchbacks and run it twice, hard, and you have the 3A Region 3 meet at Estero Community Park.
Hi FLRunners! Sorry it’s been a while since my last post. A lot has been going on so I will try to break it down quickly.My team went to the Lely Invite on October 20th, but coach held back the top five guys so we would be rested for the conference meet on the following Wednesday.
The 3A District 12 course is the same modified triple looper around the soccer and baseball fields of North Collier Regional Park that was the site of the inaugural Barron Collier Invite earlier this season. With its deep Bermuda grass, slightly long measure, and redundant trek it has proven to be a tough-to-PR course. That said, the weather conditions on this day were excellent to buck that notion and see some fast times.
A new course, windy / warm conditions and late afternoon race start times did nothing to level the playing field at the LCAC meet nor did it bode well for anyone looking to PR. Hosted by Mariner HS in Cape Coral, FL. At 3:00pm a fast moving shower cooled the day’s high temperature from 88º to around 84º, and with the sun lowering in the sky an offshore wind picked up, gusting up to 15 knots.
Hi, FLRunners! It is that time of the season when conference championship meets start rolling around with the state series not far behind. Being a senior this year I have a lot of mixed feelings about all that.
Hi FLrunners. Another big cross crounty meet this past weekend in Tallahassee for my Green Wave team. The FSU / Pre-State Invite at Apalachee Regional Park was so cool. The course was epic, the weather was cooler than we were used to, and the competition was tough.
Palmetto Ridge senior Carlos Miranda and Fort Myers junior Emily Edwards are this week's Warrior of the Week Winners. Miranda cemented his spot as one of the top runners in the state by winnining the flrunners.com Invitational Race of Champions in a new personal best and state leading time of 15:07.90. Edwards won the girls Race of Champions in a new state leading time and personal best time as well crossing the line in 17:43.80.
Hey Flrunners. Wow, what a weekend! The Flrunners.com Invitational was just as fantastically glorious as always.
Fort Myers junior Tyler Bennett and Pine Crest freshman Julia Montgomery are this week's Warrior of the Week winners. Bennett is off to an incredible start this season finishing in the top three in all four races he's been in. He recently won the North Port Invitational with a new course record/meet record and state leading time of 15:27.80. Montgomery won her first high school race at the Martin County Invitational and has won two more since, including two last week, highlighted by her 19:13.40 to win the Fleet Feet Invitational.
A mismatch of running styles meant a rethinking of strategy for the Fort Myers High School boys cross country team. (via USA Today High School Sports)
Hello again! With two races under my belt things are beginning to look great. The Barron Collier Invite that took place last Saturday was an eden of luscious Bermuda grass, insane humidity, and the regular Florida heat. It proved itself to be a tough course along with the conditions and definitely thrust toughness upon those who took part in the 3.1 mile, triple-looper. Despite the solid training during the week leading up to the race, I felt like I wasn’t in the game mentally. I suppose I just needed a bit of a wake up call to get things going.
The 2011 Ft. Myers Optimist Invitational saw Olivia Ortiz and Carlos Miranda put on a preview of how the season would play out. Ortiz went on to claim the state championship in 3A and Miranda placed 3rd in state behind UF recruit Elliot Clemente and FSU bound Max del Monte. Carlos SAT out of the season opening Barron Collier Invite and Olivia is out for the season still recovering. Who on the girls side who will step up from the deep field to take the crown? Will Miranda return to reclaim the top spot after missing most of track season with a foot injury? Robert Brown breaks down all the action.
Hey! I’m Ace Brown. I will be a senior this year at Fort Myers High School. As a junior, I finished 11th in the state for cross-country. I’ve been presented with the fine honor of sharing my running experiences from southwest Florida with everyone here on Flrunners. I can’t wait to see how it goes.
The Fort Myers Green Wave boys' cross country team is looking to make a big splash in 2012. Last year, the team placed fifth at states, four points behind Palmetto Ridge. Coach Yancey Palmer loses his number three and five runners, but returns Ace Brown for his senior season. Brown finished 11th at the 3A Cross Country finals a year ago.
As a runner you couldn’t ask for much better weather. Low humidity, not to bright out, and in the upper 70s. The 3A D-12 meet would on virtual meet played out about the way it did in real life with Palmetto Ridge junior Carlos Miranda and Fort Myers senior Rachel Petrik coming out on top.
Fort Myers High cross-country runner Brendan Shearman, who had never won a race in his life, had his chance Saturday. (via The News-Press)
Emily Edwards has medaled at the state cross country meet since her sixth-grade season at The Canterbury School. (via saxo.highschoolsports.net)
Thirty-four schools and 932 athletes entered this night time meet that has become a big one for the greater Treasure Coast area. Most of the top teams in the area will be there, giving us a great off the bat look at their head-to-head strength.
We see Estero and Lakewood Ranch TIED through five runners, with Estero coming out on top on #6. There are a lot of VERY strong looking teams coming back this year.
Scoring the 3200 and 1600 meter season best track times from the spring, minus the class of 2011, shows that we're likely to see more battling for state supremacy between Chiles and Lakewood Ranch. HB Plant and Our Lady of Lourdes are knocking on the door.
Fort Myers' Coach Kelly Britton has confirmed that Canterbury's Emily Edwards has transferred to the school for her sophomore season. As a freshman she placed sixth in the 1A Cross Country Championships. On the track she placed second in the 800 and third in the 1600.