Schools from around Osceola County headed to St. Cloud High School the host of the 2015 Orange Belt Conference Championship. St. Cloud swept the team competition and proved nobody was getting away with the hardware on their home turf.
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Donald Lamb was on-site at Harmony High School for the 3A Region 2 Championships and snapped over one thousand pictures of the action including this one of Liberty's Rogelio Araiza who qualified for state in four events! Check out all the photos as well as a few video interviews from the meet!
The Liberty Chargers were on the brink of a state title run in 2014 and could be in the hunt in 2015 with a lot of depth in the sprints. Donald Lamb gives us an inside look at the program.
Liberty senior Devarius Turner posted a new state leading time of 21.22 in the 200 and the second fastest time of the year 10.53 in the 100. See the top twenty-five boys in each event!
This week marked the start of the state series as Osceola County teams competed in district competition. We take a look at how they fared as well as what else has been happening around Osceola in the recent weeks.
As the sun came up over West Orange High School in Winter Garden, over 30 teams prepared to toe the line for the West Orange Invitational. Despite, some of the top teams and top runners opting to take this weekend off, the Warriors still put on a top notch meet with top notch competition. Space Coast junior Skye Zeller and host West Orange came away with trophies on the girl's side while Franco Martins cruised to victory as well as the Liberty boys.
Dozens of teams and hundreds of athletes will head to Winter Garden for the West Orange Invitational. After back to back intense competition with the likes of the flrunners.com Invitational 15 and FSU Invitational/Pre-State several of the top entrants for this meet will not be running including Autumn Bartlett, the top seven Winter Park girls, a majority of the Trinity Prep boys and the top nine Winter Park boys. Despite that their will still be some great competition. Check out a virtual meet of the top individuals and teams as well as a complete list of all the competition. Flrunners.com will be on-site with photos, results, and a complete recap of all the action!
Just like that we are in the final month of XC 2014. A large round of invitationals await teams this week, before conference championships begin. The conference titles might not seem like a big deal in the scheme of things, but they can help build the momentum teams needs as they begin the playoff push toward the state series. I love playoffs in every sport. It pushes everybody to be at your best, or you might be watching your rivals take home season accolades that you so despearatley wanted yourself. The OBC schools were all over Florida this week, lets see how they fared.
In all my years of watching sports, this was one of the most exciting weekends I can remember. Most of us spent the morning in Titusville at the FLRunners Invite and then hopefully found some time to watch some great college football afterwards. The Race of Champions set some teams apart, as some rose to the challenge and others couldn’t overcome the mud. It was a thrilling race to watch as Ryan Rodriguez joins the cast of Belen stars as the ROC champ. The ladies are watching a potenial dynasty in the making as Pine Crest takes the title and are led by a middle schooler in Tsion Yared. Now on to what happened here in Osceola County.
All the area teams met up for Bulldog Palooza (St. Cloud Invitational) in St Cloud on a wet course. The ladies, except Grace Miller of St. Cloud who finished first, got to see a top tier Timber Creek girls team dominate, while the boys watched an equally impressive Liberty team do virtually the same thing. Many Central Florida teams had to adjust practice due to the typical afternoon thunderstorms that seem to hit right about this time. Most coaches will claim they enjoy the sloppy conditions, feeling that it might give someone an edge.
A total of 14 different teams traveled to St. Cloud Saturday morning for the annual St. Cloud Invitational. They were treated to comfortable fall weather, hometown winners, and a puddle riddled course. Rain altered practice for several teams this week, but it gave the course some added challenges.
It’s back for year two! Runners across the state are now in full gear. However, many are still trying to find the groove of where their team stands. From the coaches standpoint, many runners are likely still out of shape and not quite ready for the next month that will determine who runs for a title and who stays home. Here is your school by school breakdown for our seven schools in the Orange Belt Conference.
Bright House Sports Networks has begun a tradition of honoring athletes in each county along the I-4 corridor with its annual “Breakfast of Champions”. The 5th annual edition for Osceola County was Wednesday morning at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club, just outside of the Walt Disney World Resort.
According to our virtual meet only three of the seventeen events do not have Miami Northwestern's Lady Bulls scoring points. That is pretty impressive and shows the depth and versatility of Coach Carmen Jackson's squad! On the boy's side, the nation's top sprinter Kendal Williams is looking like his normal self after regional victories, and should post some fast times in the sprints. Speaking of fast times, can Sukhi Khosla and Nick Morken do one better and beat their marks of 4:06 and 4:07? Lastly, will anyone stop Miami Northwestern from sweeping the team titles. Four to five teams should battle for the top two spots.
Lake Minneola has hosted several postseason meets this season. The final edition for the track season was Wednesday when it played host to the 3A Region 2 championships. Sitting atop a scenic hilltop, the track action was just as awesome as athletes throughout central Florida attempted to punch their ticket to the state championships next weekend in Jacksonville.
For class 3A and 4A it's regional finals time and then the state meet in less than two weeks. We wanted to see how the top team's stacked up in our 3A Super 25 Power Rankings. These rankings were calculated by scoring the rankings as a meet. We scored 25 deep for individuals and 25 deep for relays.For example, for individuals 1st place received 25 points for their team, on down to 1 point for 25th place. (Rankings as of 4/20/2014.)
Playoffs? Playoffs? It's here my friend and ohh how exciting they are. Just take a second to listen to the famous words of former Colts coach Jim Mora. District week begins the road to state. The big schools have almost completed the district round as the smaller schools finish regional competition.
We are on the brink of the playoffs for track season. Schools are trying to get in those last tune ups before the state series begins and legacies get established. Osceola County held its conference championships Tuesday evening at St. Cloud.
Zach Arguello has been helping Donald Lamb all season long get videos and photos from around Osceola County and Central Florida. He was at it again at the 2014 Orange Belt Conference Championships at St. Cloud High School. Check out over 600 photos from "TheZacAttack".
Every coach starts to analyze the upcoming season well before it even comes close to starting. The new season begins pretty much the day the previous one ends. You do some evaluating of why you are not standing on the podium in Jacksonville, or why you don’t have athletes competing at the state meet in the first place. The state meet might be a tall task for some, maybe regional champ or even district champ seems more feasible.
We are getting into the heart of the season. The state championship is less than two months away. We wanted to see which teams would have the best shot at podium finishes if we crunched the numbers today. We scored 10 deep for individuals and ten deep for relays with first place receiving ten points for their team on down to one point for tenth place. Rankings as of 3/13/2014.
Florida has some big meets. For those familiar with the track circuit, Bob Hayes Invitational, Louie Bing Classic, & Sam Burley HOF are some of the biggest meets around. The colleges step up and offer Steinbrenner (USF), Florida Relays & the FSU Relays to the mix as well. Go ahead and add the Kowboy Invite to the “big FLA meets” list too. Attracting some of the best Central Florida has to offer, in addition to the some west coast teams as well, this invitational is getting larger and more competitive each year.
Liberty has dominated Orange Belt Conference boys track the past four seasons, and Osceola was dominant in winning the conference girls title last year. (via www.aroundosceola.com)
The season is full swing now, and most teams have a few meets under their belts (and some marks in the Milesplit database). Coach Kevin Harkema of St Cloud HS welcomed 25 teams to its friendly confines for the 2nd annual St Cloud Invitational. After hosting several championship meets, this event is already double what is was last year. March got started with gorgeous weather that made for a great day at the track.
Liberty High School could make history at the 3A state championship. The Chargers are looking for their first boys' team championship ever with a strong showing the first week of May at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville. Leading the way is junior sprinter Devarius Turner and two of the top jumpers in the state Marion Brown and Joshua Wilson. Gainesville is also strong, but will be without stud Tony James who will be 19 and too old to compete. Boyd Anderson also loses their star athlete, hurdler Deron Gordon who has transferred to Northeast High School (Oakland Park). Can Gainesville overcome the loss of James and improve on their third place finish? This could be one of the closest team battles of the weekend!
Poinciana High school played host the 2013 edition of the OBC championship. Bragging rights are on the line as a precursor to the state series begin for most teams next week. The weather was perfect and the course was finally dry enough to see quality racing.
The OBC championships are finally here, and the state series begins very shortly as well. It's playoff time! Team by team weekly recaps to follow.
All of our local teams were in action this week, most of them at the St. Cloud invitational. There were 25 teams who competed at St. Cloud this weekend, mostly schools from Orange, Osceola, and Brevard counties, but a team from Georgia joined in the fun as well.
The season is just over halfway done. Only a few more regular season weekends remain before the conference championships start. Following that is the always exciting state series as teams make their march toward Tallahassee. A simple chance to run at the state meet is a goal for some schools, while others expect to be there and leave with a trophy. The final month lies before us all, stay healthy and enjoy the ride.
The cross country season is in high gear as we are a mere four days away from the biggest races this season (thus far) at FLR 14. This past week had some nice meets as well as a precursor to the next few weekends ahead.
Donald Lamb headed out to Poinciana on Wednesday for a small meet. Check out over 250 photos of the action! (via MileSplit)
There were a few meets this past week which featured OBC schools. First up was the Poinciana Invite on Wednesday, September 11th, held on campus at Poinciana High school, also site of the OBC championships in October. Liberty, Poinciana, Osceola, and St. Cloud competed in this weekday meet.
Donald Lamb was on-site at the Poinciana Invitational with over 300 photos. Check out all the great images from the meet! (via MileSplit)
This past weekend, five area teams traveled to Trotters Park for the Edgewater Invitational. In total there were more than 30 teams from all over Central Florida that made the trek to the greater downtown Orlando area for a Friday evening race in the second weekend of the cross country season.
Flrunners.com photographer Donald Lamb is also an assistant coach for Liberty High School and an Osceola County resident. He decided to come up with a weekly blog on what is happening in cross country action from around the county. See how area schools fared for the week of August 26-August 31, 2013.
It’s the beginning of the playoffs for track & field in Florida. As the 1A & 2A schools are looking at Regional meets, class 3A & 4A are just getting started with their respective district meets. 3A District 5 took place Thursday afternoon at St. Cloud High School; which did an awesome job hosting, their hospitality makes this a great venue to host top notch meets throughout the season. Twelve local teams took to the track to battle for the right to represent their schools in Tampa next week.
Athletes across the state and from the southeast headed to the Mouse House, Disney's Wide World of Sports, for the Disney Track & Field Showcase. It was a beautiful afternoon for running and a bunch of local athletes left the event with some shiny medals around their necks.
Liberty sophomore Rogelio Araiza and St. Cloud senior Karissa Solorzano of St. Cloud captured conference crowns at the Orange Belt Conference Championships. Donald Lamb and Jeffrey Surran were on-site with photo and video coverage. Check out all the action!