With 3 days till the cross country season officially begins, here is the scouting report for the 3A boys.
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We wanted to know which boys team you think performed the best this year.
Coach Ruiz talks about the season and the Wolverines journey back to the top.
We take a statistical look at the both the Florida individual and team qualifiers in the history of Nike Cross Nationals.
We caught up with Frankie Ruiz to learn more about the 2011 Belen Jesuit squad that made it to Nike Nationals.
Blaine Thomas recaps the 3A girls and boys races at the FHSAA Cross Country Finals.
Ricky Quintana previews all of the individuals and team battles in class 3A.
Andy Warrener recaps the 2017 FLYRA MS XC State Championship.
Over 100 teams and one thousand athletes will make the trip to Lakeland. We take a look at the girls and boys individual and team battles in the championship races which are set to go at 9:00 and 9:30 a.m. respectively.
See our list of the best underclassmen boys teams.
We decided to take a look at which girls and boys programs have the best #8 - #14 runners in the Florida. JV team rankings.
See how our virtual meets have both the individual and team battles playing out.
See who are virtual meet predicts will conquer the course and end up with the crowns.
We preview the boys elite race at the 2017 FSU Invitational/Pre-State.
We announce our first round of girls and boys teams in our FLRunners.com Invitational Race of Champions.
We rank the top girls and boys teams in 3A. Where do you and your squad stack up?
We preview the Embry Riddles Asics Classic which features nearly three dozen teams including high school and collegiate athletes.
We breakdown the top 25 boys teams in each classification as well as the 25 best overall regardless of class. See where your squad stacks up.
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 Fleet Feet Invitational at South Fork High School is one of the larger invitationals this weekend.
We project the top JV boys cross country squads in the state of Florida based on the season best times from last year of the #8-14 returning runners.
Learn more about Joshua Collins who was 4th as an individual last season in 3A and is the senior leader of top ranked Belen Jesuit.
Five team's from last year's Race of Champions field return to the 2017 FLRunners.com Invitational. We break down each squad and see who has the best chance to take home the hardware at Holloway Park.
The 2017 FLRunners.com Invitational is less than two months away, but it's never too late to check out our virtual meet feature and see which athletes and teams entered have the best shot at winning.
We take a look at the top 100 boys cross country teams regardless of class as they head into the 2017 season.
Belen Jesuit has been a staple on the state championship podium, but were third last year behind Creekside and Chiles.
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.
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 3,200m track times.
2016 was a good year for Floridians at NXNSE. For the first time in the meet's history, the Sunshine State sent two individual qualifiers to the national meet in Portland, Oregon. Pine Crest freshman Tsion Yared finished 4th overall while Bolles junior Caitlin Collier nabbed the final spot as the 5th best individual not on an advancing team. As the duo looks to make their marks this weekend, we take a look at Florida's history at NXN.
The Belen Jesuit boys won NXN Southeast in 2011, but they aren't the top team in our legacy team scores which takes all athletes from a given program and forms an "all star" squad. Trinity Prep, combining their top runners from both the 2011 team and 2015 team that finished as runner-up, edged out Belen by just 9 points. Columbus who also punched their tickets to Portland in 2010 rounded out the top three.
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 Bolles boys finished the 2016 season as the 2A runner-up edging out Satellite by two points. Good news for Coach Rivera and the Bulldogs is that they bring back six of their top seven. They are our top returning team from the 2016 Cross Country Finals followed by Belen Jesuit, Chiles, Bishop Kenny, and a young South Walton team. Take a look at the top 25 as well as a link to the complete list. Where do you and your team rank?
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.
Florida sees its fair share of freshmen talent every year and 2016 is no different. In the 3A girls race two of the state's best will be on display in Lincoln's Alyson Churchill and Mater Academy's Valerie Lastra. On the boy's side it will be yet another duel between UF commitment Matthew Clark of Creekside and Michael Phillips of Chiles. Add in Joshua Collins of Belen Jesuit and this race will be fast with major team implications on the line. Belen Jesuit has been missing from the podium the last two years and Collins can change that. The girls team battle is one-sided with Niceville, the best regardless of class, leading the way. We preview all the action of class 3A.
Abraham Lincoln Middle School 7th grader Ani Veltcheva set the FLYRA Middle School State Championship meet record with a 3k time of 10:38.67. Veltcheva adds the middle school state title to a long list of national and world age group records and championships. Adrian Bichara won the boys race while Tavares Middle School and Emerald Coast Middle School took home the boys and girls team trophies. All race videos and interviews.
The Satellite Scorpions will try to sting the Trinity Prep Saints and end their state championship run in 2A. Don't get it twisted though a majority of Coach Butler's squad knows about the successes of the squad less than an hour to their east. The two programs are the best in the state regardless of class and the top spot on the podium could come down to their number five runners. We rank the top 25 teams according to our XC team score rankings.
Teri Bernhardt-Rodriguez was on-site at 3A District 16 and captured nearly 250 photos including the start of the boy's race that was dominated by the boys of Belen Jesuit who scored a perfect 15 points led by individual winner Joshua Collins. On the girl's side Valerie Lastra dropped a new course record and the ladies of Miami Northwestern edged out Lastra's Mater Academy Charter team.
The postseason begins this week and the state meet will be here before we know it. Since the beginning of the fall we've look at the top teams and who has the best chance to win THIS YEAR. However, why not take a peek into the future? We rank the best underclassmen girls and boys squads in the state, those that will be on the podium for the next 3-4 years and that list starts with the likes of Pine Crest and Belen Jesuit.
When you look at the Ponte Vedra girls and Belen Jesuit boys the core nucleus of their team is comprised of juniors. Four of the top five in the Shark's lineup are class of 2018 standouts while Belen Jesuit has one of the top juniors in the state in Joshua Collins as their leader. We take a look at the best junior girls and boys squads in the state of Florida.
It's never to early to look to the future of our sport. 2016 has been a successful year for freshman girls around the state and the team with the top class of 2020 girls squad is Pine Crest. Coach Baur is loaded with young talent that also has major meet experience as the Panthers have been runner-up at the state meet the past four seasons while Belen Jesuit is loaded with depth from their middle school level that have matured into high school freshmen. See which girls and boys squads have the best freshman classes.
Tallahassee avoided Hurricane Matthew and that means we were able to get stellar coverage from the 2016 FSU Invitational (Pre-State) in the state capital. North Florida correspondent Jacob Fuller captured all of the Friday race video in addition to Saturday's high school races while he and Ricky Quintana teamed up on interviews as well. Don't miss a minute of the action!
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 boys teams halfway into the cross country season.
Legacy team scores look at a team's best seven runners from the past ten years at a specific meet, in this case the flrunners.com Invitational. By compiling the fastest seven times run by any runner in that time period, we then score those athletes against each other. The Estero girls and Belen boys have won the most Race of Champions titles than any other team and that makes it no surprised they are number one in both rankings.
Lincoln Park Academy senior Caleb Pottorff pulled away from hometown Titusville senior Mason Jones in the final 800m to win the boys Race of Champions title in a new state leading time of 15:30.11
This Saturday will feature the 16th running of the middle school division at the FLR Invitational. For those of us who grew up in the twentieth century, "middle school distance running" meant watching the better part of your PE class walk 600 yards as part of the Presidential Physical Fitness test. The kids in this race are not those kids. They are fast - not just fast for middle schoolers, but fast for adults. The top finishers would all be varsity-level high school runners, and some would even be in the mix in a state championship. We've come a long way, baby.
The Flrunners.com Invitational boys Race of Champions will feature sixteen of the top teams and individuals in the state of Florida with 2A power Trinity Prep and 3A power Belen Jesuit leading the way along with Woodstock who makes the trek down from Georgia. On the individual front, only three runners in the field have broken sixteen minutes in Caleb Pottorff, Joshua Collins, and Mason Jones. We take a look at what fans can expect to see on both the team and individual fronts come Saturday morning.
Saturday on the Mark Bostic Golf Course on the University of Florida, hot and humid conditions made the UF Mt. Dew Classic a test of wills and physiological fortitude. On the girls side, Melbourne Central Catholic's senior Amanda Beach as well as the Steinbrenner girls dominated the seeded race, while Joshua Collins of Belen Jesuit won the individual title and guided his Wolverines to the team championship. Ricky Quintana recaps all the action.
Calum McFetridge of hometown Buchholz looked like he had a shot to win the UF Mt. Dew Invitational seeded race, but collapsed less than a 100 meters from the finish. His misfortune helped Joshua Collins and Mason Jones, who ran brilliant races as well, finish 1-2 with sub 16 minute times of 15:44.76 and 15:57.46.
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 boys teams one month into the cross country season.
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.
The defending 4A state champion St. Thomas Aquinas boys opened up their season at the Spanish River Invitational and picked up a statement win. Bill Lenahan was on-site and caught this photo of the Raiders in action as well as over 650 more photos from all six races at South County Regional Park in Boca Raton.
Gulliver Prep's Natalie Varela and Belen Jesuit's Joshua Collins were crowned champions at King Of The Hill in Miami. Varela's time of 18:29.16 was the fastest of the freshman who finished 1,2,3. Our South Florida correspondent Eddie Romero was on-site to capture all the exciting race video.
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.
Watch Belen Jesuit's Joshua Collins defend his title at the 3D Sommer Invitational. Collins clocked a time of 17:05 on one of the hardest courses in the state, Estero Community Park, in rain soaked conditions.
Nothing but sunshine and fast times at this year's Fleet Feet Invitational presented by Saucony. Saturday morning teams from all over the southeast of Florida showed up bright and early to race at South Fork high school. With 39 teams and a few unattached runners, the trip to this invite was worth the drive.
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.
Every morning Coach Joey Scott brings his Tru Fit Athletics group of professionals to the Belen Jesuit track. It's the same place Scott can be found later in the day working with the school's sprinters and hurdlers. He's been a member of the Wolverines program for eight years and working with elites since 2009. Coach Scott says a typical day at the school is long with the pros training from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. then the Belen sprinters and hurdlers hitting the track at 3:15, but the end result is all worth it.
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.
We've seen the depth of Belen Jesuit in our team scores by grade feature all week long, but how about LaBelle. The boys rank second behind Belen and finished 4th at the 2A Cross Country Finals with the help of four seniors including Omar Figueroa who finished 11th and Enrique Jimenez who was right behind in 12th. Who had the best teams based on the class of 2016? We rank them all!
Depth is everything. Who will the state championship teams of tomorrow be? We break down our team rankings by scoring each team with ONLY sophomores in their line up. Belen Jesuit had the top freshmen and also has the top runners based on the class of 2018 lead by Joshua Collins, but don't count out Bolles they are only eight points back.
Rodrigo Madiedo and Sebastian Roa are part of the future of Belen Jesuit's success along with Henrique Souza, Lucas de la Hoz, and Giancarlo Benitez. We scored every team in the state based on their freshman. Where would your squad stack up with just runners from the class of 2019?
The Trinity Prep boys went undefeated all the way to the Cross Country Finals claiming their third 2A state title in a row. We RANK EVERY boys team regardless of class. See where your squad stacks up.
The Trinity Prep boys haven't lost a meet all season. Competing under the name Avery Park Running Club, Coach Vinal's squad will head to Cary, North Carolina one week after winning a small school national championship in Lexington., Kentucky. The group is currently seeded 4th in the Nike Southeast Regional and will need to finish in the top two to earn an automatic bid to Oregon for Nike Nationals. Teams that don't automatically qualify have a chance to earn an at large bid. Check out the top teams!
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 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!
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 Belen Jesuit boys have won all four meets they’ve competed in this year including most recently at the UF Mt. Dew Invitational. They are the top team regardless of class and look like they are well on their way to another state championship. Check out the top 50 as well as a link to the complete list.
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!
St. Anthony's NY looks to break a five-year win streak of Belen Jesuit. Steven Cross looks to defend his crown as the state's best runner.
Check out our boys team rankings for EVERY classification. The list goes 100 teams deep and in some classes even longer! Where do you stack up against the competition and check back to see if you've climbed up the rankings all season long!
The 2015 Pine Crest Invitational is the largest one yet over the meets four year history. Over 45 teams will make their way to Mills Pond Park in Ft. Lauderdale. See what individuals and teams have the best shot at winning in our virtual meet/ Flrunners.com will have on-site coverage as well as results, and a recap of all the action following the meet!
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!
For the second week in a row, the Belen Jesuit boys are the top team in the state. The Wolverines won the Estero DDD Invitational with an impressive thirty points, placing three in the top eight spots and all five in the top twenty. Check out the top teams after week two!
Watch ALL the race videos & interviews from the 2015 Estero DDD Invitational and make sure to check out over 1,700 photos from Tom Connor!
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!
We asked you the running community who had the best performance of the week and the votes are in! Congrats to Key West freshman Nicole Matysik and Belen Jesuit sophomore Joshua Collins on winning their respective races and starting the 2015 season off on the right foot!
The Belen Jesuit boys kick started their 2015 season with a convincing win at the Park Vista Cobra XC Invitational. The Wolverines who the favorite in 3A won with 21 points and had three runners under 16:30 led by sophomore Joshua Collins who ran 16:01.63. Check out the top fifty teams in the state after week one! (Photo by Victor Arrieta)
It's no wonder Trinity Prep and Belen Jesuit are two of the top programs in the state. DEPTH. The Wolverines (pictured above) like the Saints are both private schools and start their runners out from the middle school level. Check out the top boys JV teams in the state!
Trinity Prep tops our list of 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 new 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.
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 boys XC teams!
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!
Take a look at the top 100 fastest returning boys cross country runners for the 3A classification in the state of Florida. Note: This list does account for incoming freshman and transfers.
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 boys 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 boys cross country teams based on 1,600m track times.
2014 2A state champions Trinity Prep finished 22nd at last year's NXN SE Regional. The Saints are projected to finish 7th this year. See where Florida teams are projected to finish within the top fifty!
South Florida will be broken up by three meets this weekend, one of the largest being the Archbishop McCarthy Big Blue Invitational in Southwest Ranches. The meet will feature the Miami Northwestern girls and boys, as well as the Coral Reef and Belen Jesuit boys. Check out our virtual meet and take a look at the venue and meet records!
Fast track, fast individuals, fast times. Check. The 2015 Louie Bing Classic at the Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar has the makings to set the standards for the state and national leaderboards! Check out our virtual meet!
In addition to our amazing photo coverage of the Ripoll Relays we also have all the race videos and interviews you want couresty of Peter Cabrera! Check them out and make sure to tag yourself and your friends. Nothing like relay goodies and traditional field events to jump start the season!
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.
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.
Over forty-five former Belen Jesuit runners came out to the school's cross country course for the annual Glory Mile. Paco Ruiz, class of 1973 and the father of current coach Frankie Ruiz, was the oldest of the former Wolverines to come out. While his son won his age group, it was class of 2014's Michael Magoulas who won the overall title in a time of 4:58.
A stress fracture to Melbourne senior Julie Wollrath opens up the door for other state title contenders. Can Jessica Taylor and the Openshaw sisters lead Creekside to a team title? On the boy's side, Khosla eyes a state meet record and its doable after his 14:52 at regionals at 14:59 at Pre-State in October. Chiles and Leon duke it out for the fourth and final time with everything on the line.
South Fork High School in Stuart played host to the 3A Region 4 Championship. Teams from South Florida and the coast all came together for their final chance to punch their tickets to the Cross Country Finals. Ryan Rodriguez edged out Steven Cross at the line in the fourth match up between these two while Belen Jesuit cruises to the team title.
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!
What a memorable morning of racing at the 2014 FLYRA MS Cross County State Championships! Dominating victories by new MS State Champions? Check. FLYRA MS XC State Meet record? Check. Emerging young talent? Check. Surprise top ten finishers? Check. Massive numbers of XC 3k PR’s? Check. Holloway Park was in pristine condition; the loose sand in the final 300 meters present in past years has been replaced with a thick carpet of close cut grass over the final few hundred meters. The MS athletes too were primed and ready and ran an amazing number of personal best times over the 3K cross country distance. All ten of the top ten girls set XC 3k personal bests and seven of the top ten boys set personal bests.
On Saturday, November 1st, a record field of over 1,000 middle school and elementary school athletes will descend upon Lakeland’s Holloway Park to compete at FLYRA’s Middle School Cross Country State Championship Meet. As in past years, middle school athletes will be coming from all corners of the state: Miami to Pensacola and Naples to Jacksonville. This year’s event will feature a number of new and fresh faces as five of last year’s girls top ten have graduated and eight of last year’s boys top ten have graduated.
The 2014 FLYRA Middle School State Championship promises to showcase the future stars of tomorrow. For the youngsters of Belen Jesuit they have a host of mentors to look up to being part of one of the top programs in the state. The middle school athletes run a range of distances throughout their season, but no matter whether its 3k, 3,200m , 2 miles, or 2.1 miles, the Wolverines are represented in the top twenty in every distance. Check out the top 20 individuals in all four events.
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!
Teri Bernhardt-Rodriguez was on-site at the Junior Orange Bowl Invitational and took over 600 photos including this one of the Ferguson Falcon army. Check out all the awesome images and make sure to tag yourself!
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!
You want a highlight video we have you covered. David Armstrong took it to the next level bringing in ten cameras, Go Pros, and more. Watch Sukhi Khosla of Leon crush the competition at the ARP and dip under 15 minutes or the second year in a row at Pre-State. If you love what you see and even want your own custom highlight video check out David's RunFlix page for the meet!
The college athletes will kick off the 2014 FSU Invitational/Pre-State on Friday with the top high schoolers in the state and several from Georgia and Alabama coming to run the Florida state meet course at Apalachee regional park. The boys Elite Race will start promptly at 7:40 with the girls to follow right after. Flrunners.com will be on-site with EXTENSIVE video coverage consisting of ten fixed cameras, two Go Pro's and more. Athletes can view the race videos and if interested purchase a full length custom video from our friends at RunFlix. In addition to videos, we will have dozens of interviews, thousands of photos, results, and a complete recap of all the action. Take a look at how the computers think each of the elite races will play out in our virtual meet.
Pine Crest ended the Estero dynasty in the girls ROC and were the best team of both days. Combining all the results the Panthers are still number one, but the battle for second between Lake Mary and Oak Hall might have ended differently. Belen Jesuit won the boys Race of Champions, but we wanted to see what the team race would be like if we combined all the races. Trinity Prep ran Friday due to the Jewish holiday and was third last year. If the Saints would have been able to compete Saturday they could have contended with Lyman for a runner-up finish. See the top twenty teams and complete list!
The largest meet in Florida took place this past weekend as the best of the best headed to Chain of Lakes Park in Titusville. Saturday morning Race of Champions pitted those top athletes together in the mud and the muck, to see who would come out on top. Pine Crest seventh grader Tsion Yared proved that size and age don't mean a thing as she ran away from the competition in a time of 18:33.07, leading her team to the ROC championship trophy as well.
Our computers crunched the numbers and have Chiles as the top team in the state with an average time of 16:12.80 and a 1-5 split of 54.78 seconds. 3A foes Creekside, Leon, and Belen Jesuit round out the top four making the road to state and the Cross Country Finals even more exciting! See if your team cracked the top ten and click the complete list to see all the team rankings!
Saturday marked the final day of competition at the flrunners.com Invitational at beautiful Chain of Lakes Park in Titusville. Athletes were in for a true cross country experience as the mother nature had her way previous night, dumping rain on the course, and making for a series of mud-filled 5k's.Pine Crest 7th grader Tsion Yared and Belen Jesuit senior Ryan Rodriguez (pictured above) navigated their way to victories in the Race of Champions and helped guide their teams to the championship as well. Check out over 6,500 photos, race videos, interviews, and a recap of all the action from day two!
Through a muddy and water attraction that was Chain of Lakes 5K course on Saturday for the flrunners.com Invitational, watch the race video replay of the Boys Race of Champions with individual winner Ryan Rodriguez (15:39) amphibiously guide his Belen Jesuit squad to a runaway team victory.
Donald Lamb was scouring the course and also the awards stage and came away with over 1,000 photos from day two of the flrunners.com Invitational 15. Check out all the awesome images!
The top 24 girls teams and 21 boys teams along with select individuals will compete in the prestigious Race of Champions Saturday morning at flrunners.com Invitational 15. The goal is to see how many girls can break 19 minutes and how many guys can break 16 on this fast Chain of Lakes Park course. We take a look at the individual match ups as well as team battles and see what the computers think in our virtual meet feature.
The 2014 Fleet Feet Invitational in Stuart was one of the largest meets on the calendar this weekend. Heavy rains Friday night caused meet organizers to consider cancelling the event due to a flooded course. However, the coaching staff, members of Elite Timing, and others worked countless hours to prepare an "alternate course" so that the 25 girls teams, 18 boys teams, and several hundred athletes could compete. The course measured just shy of three miles, but kudos to everyone for even getting this meet off the ground!
Coral Reef's Carlin Berryhill emerges victorious at the Fleet Feet Invitational despite the muddy conditions and altered course. Toni Gariano was on-site and braved the elements to come away with over 750 photos of all the action!
South Fork High School in Stuart will be blazing on Saturday morning as the top teams from South Florida and the surrounding areas, as well as Sarasota High School, will attend the 2014 Fleet Feet Invitational presented by Saucony. Flrunners.com will be on-site with photos, results, and a complete recap of all the action. Familiarize yourself with the athletes and see how we think the meet will play out with our meet preview and virtual meet.
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.
The Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo along with the Miami-Dade Youth Sports Championship Program came together this year to help put on one of the best Dade County Youth Fair Cross Country Championships that has been seen in Miami in a long time...
Who are the best runners and teams in Dade County? That question will be answered when over forty teams and 500 high school athletes will compete at the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair Championship held at Larry and Penny Thompson Park in Miami. The event also features middle school junior varsity and varsity races which take place in the morning, with the high school runners starting at 3:30 p.m. Check out our virtual meet based on 2014 season bests as well as a complete schedule of all the events. Flrunners.com will be on-site with photos and a complete recap of the days events!
As the teams arrived to Mills Pond Park in Ft. Lauderdale for the Pine Crest Invitational on September 11, 2014, the energy of the teams raised excitement for the varsity races. The sky was overcast with the occasional drizzle; seemingly perfect conditions for a fast time. The varsity boys’ race consisted of 253 boys and the varsity girls’ race contained 188 girls.
More than two dozen schools will attend the Pine Crest Cross Country Invitational at Mills Creek Pond on Thursday. The event kicks off at 3:30 with the girls middle school race followed by the boys and then the start of the varsity 5k's. Pine Crest the 2013 2A Cross Country Finals runner-up and host school could sweep the girl's race while Belen Jesuit, who has won seven of the last eight state titles looks poised to post a very low score on the boy's side.
The 2014 cross country season is upon us with much excitement and anticipation. The runners in southwest Florida were welcomed to one of the toughest courses in the state of Florida along with hot, humid conditions that is traditional for September. Estero’s coach, Jeff Sommer, prides himself on running a first class meet and making the Estero Community Park “one of hell of a course.” Runners are greeted with climbing a hill twice and the famous sand pit that they have to navigate twice as well.
Forty-six teams and nearly 900 athletes will make their way to Estero Community Park for the Estero DDD Invitational. The course which has been used for district and regional meets in the past, contains short cut grass with a long hill and a sand pit. Newly added this year is a double bump on the backside of the hill. One coach described this race as, "hell on Earth and the toughest course in the state." A strong contingent from southwest Florida is entered along with one of the top boy's teams in the state Belen Jesuit.
Belen Jesuit has been a powerhouse in boy's cross country over the last decade. The Wolverines have won seven of the last eight state titles, including 2013 where they beat by runner-up Chiles by 30 points. Coach Frankie Ruiz's squad loses three of it's top four, but brings back Ryan Rodriguez, who has experience being on previous state title teams, and will lead a group of juniors, which Ruiz calls the strength of this team. The team will face a tough test in November from the likes of Chiles and Leon who both have very skilled teams. Find out more about Belen and their quest for number eight in our Scouting Report.
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!
Sarasota appears to have a large lead on Seabreeze with a strong top two of Angelina Grebe and Sage Lyons, but a win for the Sailors would mean knocking off powerhouse Estero. Although they are seeded 11th and Coach Sommer says it's not the best year, I've learned to never count out the Wildcats. There is a reason they have won four consecutive state titles! On the boy's side, Belen Jesuit has won seven of the last eight cross country crowns, but their might be a new sherrif in town. After finishing second behind Belen in 2013, the Timberwolves are hoping they can add their fourth championship since 2003.
As we transition into the 2014-15 school year and shift from track & field back to cross country, it's fun to utilize the flrunners database to see just what teams dominated distance races on the track and what happens if you scored those events as a cross country meet. This is by far one of my favorite features. Here's what the database tells us...
Belen Jesuit senior Fabian Tomas has been an instrumental part of the Wolverines four consecutive cross country state championships. He boasts personal bests of 4:25.49 for 1,600 meters, 9:27.31 for 3,200 meters, and 15:39.34 for 5,000 meters. With numbers like those and a winning pedigree, it is no surprise that Tomas will continue his running career at the next level. Recently, he announced he will be headed to the pacific northwest to run for the University of Portland. We caught up with him to talk about the recruiting process and his future plans in a Pilot's uniform.
Born and raised in Miami, Frankie Ruiz has been running Miami literally since the first day he went out for a run with his Dad when he was ten years old. Since that day, he’s never looked back and lives his life true to his now famous slogan of “don’t stop”. Although running has always been a part of Frankie’s life, having run cross country in high school, and track and field at FIU where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Master’s degree in Public Administration, it is not the only thing that defines him. He has transformed his love of health and fitness as well as his entrepreneurial spirit into a bona fide career doing what he loves. (via www.runsouthflorida.com)
At the beginning of the month we took a look ahead at the top individuals returning for the 2014 cross country season. Now we take a look at the top teams. With the year coming to an end and another successful cross country season in the books it is never too early to take a look at the competition for next year! The rankings show a new wave of teams coming through. The Belen boys and Estero girls have ruled the roost for a long time and usually end up reloading rather than rebuilding. Coach Sommer let me hear about it for counting the girls out last year and I am not ready to make that mistake again. We will have to wait and see what happens!
In a tradition rich program such as Belen Jesuit you never forget where you came from. This point is evident when runners from decades past converge with current Wolverines in an annual event called the "Glory Mile". Coach Frankie Ruiz says 75 runners came out this year to tackle the mile long course which is mainly run on the team's cross country course.
In this series we take a look at state championship and runner-up coaches, their outlook on the team, the season, and 2014. Coach Frankie Ruiz has been the leader of a powerhouse Belen Jesuit program for the last twelve seasons, and was an assistant for four before that. In his time the Wolverines have won seven cross country championships including their most recent this year.
Belen Jesuit coach Frankie Ruiz isn't just winning state championships with his team he is also making a difference in the Miami/South Florida running community. He has opened a running store called Sole Runners and formed the Brickell Run Club which meets every Tuesday. The group started out with a handful of people and has now grown to over 700 in the group. Recently, Ruiz joined the prestigious TED Talks in Miami. See what has to say on the topic of "Running To Join A Miami Movement".
The people asked for it and here it is. We combined all four classes into one race to see where each individual and teams would place. Take a look at our Boys All-Class State Meet results.
What team is the best regardless of classification? We crunched the numbers to find out. First we take a look at the traditional team rankings which are based on season's bests. Next we will look at the composite rankings which calculates numerous factors team average and 1-5 spread. Lastly, we put the top six teams in each class into a virtual meet to see how that would play out. One team was consistently at the top of each list and that team was Belen Jesuit!
Coach Rick Rothman of Spanish River sent me a list of the winningest cross country coaches in the state's history. After both the Holy Trinity boys and girls won their seventh state titles each, Coach Doug Butler remains at the top of the list with 14 total championships in his coaching career. Take a look at who moved up the list after picking up state titles in 2013!
The individual and team battles in 3A are going to be epic. Sukhi Khosla ran a course record at Pre-State going 14:59. Can he duplicate that success and pick up his first individual honor. With so much talent on the girls side, who will win their first title? Will Belen and Estero, two powerhouse programs, remain at the top of the team standings? We break down the individual and team battles plus crunch the numbers using our rankings and virtual meets!
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!
The Estero girls look to be a lock in 3A. They have won every meet this year including victories at the flrunners.com Invitational Race of Champions and at Pre-State, and have won three consecutive state titles. On the boys side, it appeared Belen Jesuit was the clear favorite much like every year. The Wolverines have won six of the last seven state championships, but proved they are vulnerable after Chiles defeated them at Pre-State. Coach Gowan's squad is predicted as a ONE POINT favorite. Want to talk about slim margins? Everyone has to be on their "A" game.
At flrunners.com we are always looking at new innovative ideas, new features, new rankings, etc. Our team rankings allow you to see how your team stacks up whether it be by conference, district, region, or class, and numerous other ways. Cross country is a sport where depth plays an integral part. After the varsity seven, what is next in line? We take a look at the top junior varsity teams based on season bests of the number eight to number fourteen runners.
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.
Belen Jesuit has won three state titles in a row and six out of the last seven. According to our team rankings they look to be a lock for yet another trophy. Can you say dynasty? On the girls side, Estero is forming one of their own with three state titles in the last three years, the last two coming in 3A. Coach Sommer's group is predicted to place four girls in the top ten and collect championship number four.
Belen Jesuit, Holy Trinity, Oak Hall, and Bishop Kenny made the trek up to Cary, North Carolina this weekend to compete at the Great American Festival. All in all the teams did okay, with Holy Trinity's girls finishing 8th and Oak Hall girls and Belen Jesuit boys finishing 9th in the Race of Champions.
Who are the top teams and individuals looking to bring home the flrunners.com 14 Invitational Race of Champions trophies? Let's see what the numbers tell us for this season!
For over 30 years the Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo. has helped organize and establish one of the biggest cross country meets in South Florida. Commonly referred to as the "Youth Fair", this meet has traditionally always been the one big invitational in Miami...
The weather was hot and humid and the course for the Estero DDD Invitational wasn't exactly a walk in the park. In the end, Fort Myers senior Emily Edwards and Belen Jesuit senior Fabian Tomas came away with individual honors, while host Estero and Tomas' Belen Jesuit squad were team champions. Al Delago and Coach Alonso of Carrollwood were on-site to provided us with some awesome coverage. Special thanks to Coach Jeff Sommer of Estero as well for a race recap.
Signs of a Belen Jesuit dynasty slowing down isn't likely. In 2012, the Wolverines captured their seventh state championship; the sixth in the last seven years and finished fifth at the Nike Cross Nationals Southeast Regional. They return five of their top seven after losing Avery Lopez (FSU) and Diego Rojo to graduation.
Belen Jesuit is a mile ahead of the field, according to our computer algorithm. Can anyone else surprise?
Avery Lopez has been a key compontent in one of the top boy's cross country programs over the past four years, Belen Jesuit. Lopez has claimed three team titles with the Wolverines and has been a part of the 2011 cross country team that made it to Nike Nationals in Portland. He finished fourth at the 3A Cross Country Finals and is looking to improve on his fourth place and second place showing in the 3200 and 1600 meter runs from the 2012 outdoor season. Recently, Lopez ended his college recruitment when he announced he will be running for Coach Bob Bramam and the Florida State Seminoles.
After his boys won the state championship in 2012, Coach Doug Butler picked up his twelfth team title as a coach, making him the winningest coach in state history. Last year, Butler passed legends Roy Harrison, Gary Droze, and Brent Haley with number eleven.
Flrunners is reaching out to interview and recognize all of the head coaches from the victorious cross country state championship teams to give them the opportunity to reflect and share their feelings and thoughts on their team's successful fall seasons culminating with state team titles. Coach Frankie Ruiz has guided Belen Jesuit to one of the most dominant boys programs in state history. The Wolverines have won six teams titles in the last seven years.
Belen Jesuit ran with extremely good-looking depth, but lacked the firepower up front to make a return visit to NXN Nationals. John Lindsey of Winter Park and Kelly Fahey of Trinity Prep were the top individual finishers from Florida.
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.
Top-ranked Belen is seeking its sixth title in the past seven years, and there doesn’t seem to be anyone that can catch the Wolverines (via The Miami Herald)
Schools from across Dade County headed to Larry and Penny Thompson Park for the Dade County Youth Fair Championships. Host Ferguson came away with the individual champion Katrina Santiago. as well as, team title on the girls side.Belen was near perfect on the boys side lead by individual champion Avery Lopez.
Powerhouse program, dynasty. Those are words that can be used to desciribe the Belen Jesuit cross country program. The team has won five state championships (three in 2A, two in 3A) and has had one runner-up finish (2009) in the past six years. 2011 could have been the best year of them all.
Victor Arrieta was on-site at the Belen Tri Meet and uploaded over 250 photos from this meet.
One of the state's top distance runners Elliot Clemente has committed to the Florida Gators. The Belen senior becomes the latest in a line of commitments headed to Gainesville most recently Charlotte half miler Ryan Schnulle. Clemente is the 2011 3A State Champion, and Foot Locker and Nike National finalist.
Todd Grasley of flrunners.com/MileSplit interviewed Elliot Clemente, the NXN Southeast champ from Belen Jesuit, on Friday afternoon. He talks about tomorrow's big race. Stay tuned here and on MileSplit for the latest. And the meet will be streamed live tomorrow.
After winning championships at last weekend's state meet, four coaches ascended higher on the all-time winning most coaches list maintained by former FACA XC Chair and Spanish River coach Rick Rothman.
Frankie Ruiz, head cross country coach at Belen Jesuit Prep School in Miami, has led his team since 2002 and had pushed his team into the top ten in the national cross country team standings. Although Ruiz has made such tremendous contributions to the success of the Belen Jesuit Prep cross country program, his contributions to the sport of running have gone much further.
A region-by-region preview of what to look for at the regional championship this weekend and who we're likely to see at the state meet.
A few years ago it was the "Belen 6-pack" and in 2010 they put together a perfect score 1-7, so why should this year be any different for a strong Belen team built on a rich tradition?
Three Florida teams made the NHSCA Top 50 Rankings, released in conjuction with XCNation.com. On the guys side, Belen Jesuit continues to move up the ladder from tenth to sixth with the site calling them perhaps one of the best teams in Florida history! Columbus drops two notches to numbe 50. On the girls side Estero also maintains a strong position at number twenty-two, two spots higher than they were in the last edition.
Most of Dade County ventured over to Larry & Penny Thompson Park for the Cross Country Youth Fair. Ferguson Coach Ryan Raposo guarantees it to be a good time for all ages from middle school to high school. The boys varsity race was the Belen Jesuit show. A week after dominating at Pre-State Elliot Clemente and company bring their "A" game once again and tell not just the state of Florida, but the rest of the nation why they are a team to be reckoned with.
Belen Jesuit went 1-2-3-4-6 to dominate the field at Larry & Penny Thompson Park with 16 points and a 16:24 average. The girls side was much similar with 1-3-4-5-6 for 19 points and a 20:19 average for the ladies of Ferguson.
Elliot Clemente of Belen Jesuit tore it up again with a state leading 15:27 at Spanish River. Vanessa Valentine laid down a stellar 19:08 course record at hilly Mt. Dora Bible, perhaps the best performance of any girl so far this season.
Belen Jesuit pack a punch this season! Four of their top five return with plenty of firepower to fill in the gap and then some. Elliot Clemente will lead the way (likely for the entire state) with his 15:03 season best from last year, pacing Belen to a 15:58 team average. Colonial and Estero ring in at a somewhat distant but certainly not insurmountable #2 and #3 position in our computer rankings.
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...
One week after successfully defending his Florida 4A state title in record time at Little Everglades Ranch, Melbourne junior Brian Atkinson powered his way to the NXN Southeast Regional championship.
Brian Atkinson had a fantastic day to won the race in 15:11 by three seconds. Melbourne upset Belen Jesuit to place as the top Florida boys team in 8th place, Tampa Jesuit was 11th, and Belen Jesuit 12th. Chiles girls were 7th place and Community School Girls 8th place. Erika Fluehr is top Florida girls finisher in 10th place with 18:11. While no Florida teams advance, Brian Atkinson can move on to the national meet in Portland. This is the first year NXN is accepting individuals as well was teams.
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.
Belen Jesuit may be favored on paper, but a little reality check shows it's much closer. Tampa Jesuit may have its leader back afterall and give rise to the Tigers' title hopes to upset Belen. That is if Bishop Kenny doesn't upset them both! It's going to be a hot one!
It is with great sadness that I report to you that our dear friend and beloved member of the coaching community, Art Foster, passed away last night. Art has been battling stomach cancer for much of the past year. Art was the head coach at Miami Belen Jesuit Prep and founder of Miami's Alpha Omega Track Club. He did wonderful things for the youth in South Florida at both the high school and age group levels. This upstanding man fought for what was best for the kids, was a staunch supporter of this web site, and pioneer the expansion of the middle school state track & field championship series in the southern half of this state. He leaves behind his wife Tammy, son Austin, his daughter Char, and a great legacy of thousands of kids he has had an impact on over the years as a coach and meet director. Tammy is an elite 800 meter athlete. Char is perhaps the finest high school hurdler in the history of Florida. We will miss you, Art. Please leave your thoughts, prayers, and memories as comments to this article and we will pass it on to Art's family. Update from one of his athletes: Coach Foster's family is in great need of contributions to assist for their family's economic situation, considering the fact that the medical expenses have posed a tremendous toll on the family. Contributions to assist Foster's family would be greatly appreciated. Coach Foster was not only an incredible coach, but a mentor and idol in every sense of the word. More importantly he was a caring and loving father and husband.. If you wish to send a check towards Austin's Educational Trust Fund, please put a memo line on the check "For Austin Foster", make it out to: Palmer, Palmer, Mangiero, P.A. Trust Account 12790 South Dixie Hwy Miami, Florida 33156 Thank you, and God Bless