The grounds of the Polo Club in the Villages will be buzzing this weekend, but not with horses. Thoroughbreds of a different breed from across Central Florida will compete in the VHS Early Bird Invitational. Our Donald Lamb will be on-site providing photos of all the action. Also, stay tuned to for flrunners for results and a recap of all the action.
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Emily English leads the ladies of George Jenkins at the Polk County Championships at Ridge Community High School in Davenport. On the boy's side Casey Brady of McKeel Academy is the favorite to take home the individual title and guide his team to an easy win. We crunch the numbers in our virtual meet!
The 2014 Cross Country Finals are 82 days away! Though that may seem like a long time to some, the meet will be here before we know it. Teams spent the summer logging quality miles and attending running camp. This week marks the official start of team practices for many with pre-season meets taking place this weekend and the main events the first week in September. As we continue our rankings, we count down the top ten boys teams regardless of class. Did your team make the list? Find out!
New coach Reginal (Reg) Hay will take over the boys cross country coach at McKeel Academy. Although he may be a new face, the Wildcats only graduated one runner from a 2013 team that finished fifth in 2A. A majority of the team has been together for the past three years and have that one last shot mentality to finish out their high school careers on a strong note. The varsity seven consists of Casey Brady, Caleb Brady, Thomas Good, Leif Henrikson, Dakota Jones, Duncan Lippincott, and Dylan Sadowsky.
Storm clouds beset the Class 2A Region 3 meet before it ever began. Hours prior to the race, a storm front moved in and drenched the course at Anclote High School in Holiday. Precipitation held on into the start and for the duration of the race, bogging down runners and times. Still some runners were able to shine through the mud and moisture. On the girls side, the Academy of the Holy Names shone brightest.
We are less than two weeks away from the state meet in Tallahassee. Regional competition starts Thursday with class 2A Region 4 and will continue through Saturday morning. Over the course of the week we will take a look at the road to state for each class. Sit, back, relax, and enjoy our meet previews and virtual meet exclusively for MileSplit Insiders. If you don't have a subscription now is the time to get one!
On Saturday October 19, 2013, Polk County cross country began several new traditions. The first was running in Lakeland at Holloway Park, a course known by many as one of the toughest ones in the county. Holloway Park would end up being the perfect venue for Saturday’s meet as Polk County would also have their first ever middle school 3K championship. The course for the 5K and the 3K were no different than any of the other meets that were held at the park earlier that year.
The story line coming in was the Estero Wildcat girls sending shockwaves through the cross-country community. After dominant performances at the Flrunners.com Invitational in Titusville a week ago and at the North Port Invitational a week before that, the Estero girls were not just favored to win, they were favored to sweep the top four spots or at least take four of the top five spots.
The 5th Annual Jim Ryun Invitational had a different flare to it this year. After running last year, on the inaugural Holloway Park course, the meet once again returned, but instead of the standard varsity and junior varsity races, Meet Director Paul White decided on a wave format. Never been done in Florida for a high school race (we believe), each team had their number ones run against each other, two's, three's, all the way down to the number sevens. We have video coverage of every race, every winner, and over 1000 photos of all the action!
Casey Brady ate his American cheese instant grits Thursday morning to fuel his body before the Class 1A, District 9 meet at Holloway Park. The night before, McKeel Academy teammate Dustin White held a carb party where the team filled up on plenty of pasta to get ready. (via PolkPreps.com)
It was a beautiful Thursday afternoon at the Sydney Dover Trails in Brandon for the Seffner Christian Invitational. Nearly a dozen teams made the trip to the course which they ran backwards for this race. They started off in a nice open field before testing their toughess on the sugary sand trails and mini hills the course threw at them. Jeff Adams was on-site with over one thousand photos!
Several of Polk County's top returners made their fall 2008 debut at 5000 meters. The top two returners from Kathleen, McKeel Academy, and Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic were among the 146 participants at the Faster with Fitniche 5K at Lakeland's Lakeside Village. The top high schooler was Roland Caldwell, the junior number two returner for Kathleen, his time of 17:12 is just two seconds off of his 17:10 PR from the state meet last year. Not a bad place to start. He was second place overall to Florida Southern and Ridgeview alum Tyrone Bell (15:29). The biggest improvement shown was McKeel's Chris Meadows whose time of 17:13 is a full minute improvement of his top performance from last season! His brother Josh, also a senior at McKeel, came in at 17:40. Katleen's #1 returner Adam Kinloch (picutred left) was next in 17:47 Santa Fe seniors Micahel "Skip" Allsopp and Neil Coffman followed at 17:51 and 18:10, respectively. The top female high schooler was Ariel Muiselaar, who Lakeland will be counting on to step it up as their number five after the transfer of Sydney Devore. Ariel put up a time of 23:19--already improved over her 2007 top time of 23:39. Great job, all!