Eddie Romero recaps all the action from 4A Region 4.
Articles with Our Lady of Lourdes Academy
We preview all of the action from the South Florida triple regional at Tradewinds Park.
See how our virtual meets have both the individual and team battles playing out.
The Youth Fair Championship kicked off yesterday afternoon in the typical Miami heat and humidity, and at the difficult course at Larry & Penny Thompson Park.
The 2017 cross country season kicked off in north Miami yesterday at the first ever Under the Lights/Twilight kickoff at St. Thomas University.
South Florida Harriers will start the 2017 cross country season on Friday night at the Under The Lights/Twilight Kickoff hosted by Ferguson High School.
We take a look at the top 25 4A girls teams headed into the 2017 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 girls cross country teams based on 3,200m track times.
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.
The top five returning teams from the 2016 Cross Country Finals all made the podium including top ranked Pine Crest in 2A and Niceville in 3A (pictured above). The Panthers lose only one girl in their top five that ALL placed in the top 20. That group consisted of three freshmen and one 8th grader! Niceville loses two seniors, but will rely heavily on roster that includes three seniors, a junior, and a sophomore in 2017. Chiles, Bolles, and 4A champion Steinbrenner round out the top five. Take a look at the top 25 as well as a link to the complete list. Where do you and your team rank?
Freshman Jordan Shapiro of Miami Palmetto lead a 1-2-3 sweep for the class of 2020. Shapiro clocked a PR time of 19:02.58 on a tough Larry & Penny Thompson Park course to win her first race of the year and first ever regional title in 4A-4. Ferguson edged out Lourdes 44-59 for the team title.
The varsity athletes get most of the love, but we wanted to see who were the top JV athletes and teams around the state. Power programs like Niceville, Bolles, and Winter Park are loaded with depth, but it's the Eagles, who own the top spot in our team scores with their #8-14 runners averaging a time of 21:01.66 and a 1-5 split of just 36 seconds!
Teri Bernhardt-Rodriguez was on-site at Tropic Park as South Florida athletes tackled the tough terrain to see who would be crowned king of the hill. Over 850 photos of the action as well as awards photos, and candids.
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.
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.
Winter Park claimed the last two 4A crowns and lose only two of their seven athletes from that championship squad. Rafaella Gibbons, an NXN qualifier, and 2014 individual state champion, will lead the Wildcats that have a team average under 19 minutes and will benefit from Dr. Phillips' transfer Charis Ivey. Sarasota and Wharton who finished second and third last year will battle for that second podium spot. We look at the top ten teams in the state's largest classification.
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.
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?
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!
The second annual King of the Hill Cross Country Invitational took place again in Miami's Tropical Park and it was another great event, even better than last year! From live music, to original awards, to the fantastic atmosphere provided in the venue, this looks to be a large South Florida meet that will continue to grow in the future!
The Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo, along with the Miami-Dade Youth Sports Championship Program, came together this year for the second year in a row to put on another great Dade County Youth Fair Cross Country Championship. Featuring close to 40 high schools for this nearly 40 year old competition, this county meet wasn't anything other than hot, humid, and extremely draining in typical Miami and Larry & Penny Thompson Park fashion.
Winter Park and St. Thomas Aquinas duked it out in 4A last year with the Wildcats coming out on top. This year's squad is another year experienced and the most dominant team from top to bottom regardless of class.
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 3,200m track times.
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.
South Florida athletes kicked off their 2015 outdoor track and field seasons at the Ripoll Relays at Belen Jesuit. Teri Bernhardt-Rodriguez on-site and snapped over 1,000 photos of all the action including this one of the Lourdes girls.
Very similar to last year's 4A Region 4 Championship where there were many of the top individuals and teams from the State all going head-to-head with each other, this year's version of the same meet followed in the exact same suit...
A majority of South Florida teams will be at Larry & Penny Thompson Park in Miami tomorrow for the Junior Orange Bowl Invitational. Fifty-eight high schools will be in action, but not every squad will be fielding their "A" team. One of the top girl's individuals Alyssa Pujals isn't racing and Rachael Osman of Coral Reef is pacing a teammate leaving Aylwyn Hernandez a clear favorite. The Coral Reef boys will be without their top five including Kurt Convey and Carlin Berryhill. The individual battle should be between Nick Diaz and Ryan Rodriguez who have seen plenty of each other this season. Belen Jesuit is the favorite in the team standings. See how are virtual meet has the meet playing out!
The 2014 South Florida cross country season kicks off this September 4th on the familiar grounds of Tropical Park. It has been quite some time since Tropical Park hosted a high school cross country invitational. but after some persistence from the running community in Miami, the parks department has stepped up and created a true cross country course. 750 athletes and 29 teams will welcome back the park into the Miami running scene. Don't expect fast times though, this is a true XC course--mulch, packed shells, grass, roots, and Miami's only hill.
Our Lady of Lourdes Academy in Miami has been a major staple for girls cross country in the state of Florida. They're currently riding a 15 year streak of top ten finishes at the Cross Country Finals and 2013 looks to continue adding to that streak.
"Exciting, inspiring, and a little bit nerve-racking." That is how Our Lady of Lourdes Academy senior Courtney FIlliben described the recruiting process. Filliben recently ended her recruitment with a commitment to the University of Southern Mississippi. She took an official visit there as well as Samford University in Homewood, Alabama and says visiting the two schools was an experience she won't forget.
Perenial powerhouse Our Lady of Lourdes returns all but one of their varsity team from last year's 4A fifth place team.
Victor Arrieta was on-site at the Belen Tri Meet and uploaded over 250 photos from this meet.
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.
This past Friday at Larry & Penny Thompson Park in Miami, two young faces that are making names for themselves in the South Florida running community came together for a little Question & Answer session. That day there were three consecutive District Championship going on at the park (3A-D8, 4A-D7 and 4A-D8) and these guys sought out some of the winning individuals and coaches for a quick interview. This article tags off of The 10-Day Recap of Miami XC article that has the results of those meets. So without further ado, here's what they came up with...
Jason has been looking for more South Florida XC coverage this season and due to the lack of interest I decided I would try to put a few articles together for everyone. And seeing as how I was without a computer last week I figured I would put together a 10-Day Recap of what’s been going on with cross country here in Miami-Dade County. (I really wanted to put together a nice write up of the GMAC Championship last week, so I’ll start off with that and lead into the various district championships from this past week). Now without further delay, here’s what’s been happening down south…
This weekend a couple thousand of runners, including many of the best in the state of Florida, will be headed to an out-of-the way ranch in dimly populated North Pasco County. Down the small dirt, wooden path they will venture, hoping their bus does not get stuck. And then finally over the railroad tracks, the woods open up and they will see it: the beautiful Little Everglades Ranch. Some hate the course, some love it. But there is no denying it is one of the most beautiful spaces of authentic Florida that you will find. No tourists. No urban sprawl. Just a serene natural setting filled with the greenest grass, wetland ponds, blue herons and other water birds, along with a few hundred head of cattle! 2096 athletes and 80 schools are entered, coming from as far away as Key West and Fort Walton Beach. Some of them are perennial powers. Others are small but developing programs. All coming together for this preview of the season culminating state championship meet just over a month from now. Here is your first look at the competition.
Will it be Our Lady of Lourdes or Bartram Trail for the state title? Which of 11 great teams will get the six state births out of the 4A-1 "Region of Death"? Can Vero Beach hold off Melbourne in Region 2? How much will the Lauren Ross transfer help Stoneman Douglas in Region 3? Can Braddock or Ferguson upset South Dade for second place in Region 4?
Our Lady of Lourdes Academy coach talks about his foundation of a cross country dynasty. The team has won five of the last seven FHSAA cross-country championships in its class.
Great action shots of the Our Lady of Lourdes dominated race.