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Leon's Matthew Cashin Commits To The Ospreys Blaine Thomas Feb 14, 2017

The newest commit of the 2017 graduating class, comes out of Leon High School in Tallahassee, FL. Matthew Cashin, who finished 8th in 3A at the FHSAA Cross Country Finals, will be heading down I-10 to run for the University of North Florida.  We caught up with Cashin to talk about his high school career and what the future holds.

T&F Team Scores - 3A Boys - Chiles Timberwolves Tackling Run At 4th Straight Todd Grasley Jan 25, 2017

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. 

NXNSE: Florida Boys Legacy Team Scores - Belen Won In 2011, But They Aren't #1 On Our List Todd Grasley Nov 24, 2016

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.

3A District 3 Featured Photo Album: Lincoln's Churchill Takes Off, Doesn't Look Back Todd Grasley Oct 22, 2016

Lincoln freshman Alyson Churchill continued her fantastic season by winning her first district championship at the 3A-3 meet in Tallahassee. Churchill's time of 18:28.87 was more than a minute and a half faster than her nearest competitor. Matthew Cashin of Leon won the boys race while Chiles swept both team trophies. Chris Tucker was on-site and snapped over 400 photos of all the action.

Bobcat Classic Lives Up To Billing In Coach Ron Norris' Final Hurrah Ricky Quintana Oct 2, 2016

In his last year of 42 years of coaching, Buchholz Head Coach Ron Norris is putting together quite a string of memories. At last week's Mtn Dew Classic, he saw his top runner, Calum McFetridge fall and then crawl to the line to finish 27th. And this week, at his own Buchholz Bobcat Classic-his 16th at Buchholz to go along with 20 at his former school, Newberry- he had to disqualify a runner for interference during Saturday's race.

Foot Locker South's Fastest Floridians: Matt Mizereck Todd Grasley Nov 27, 2015

Former Leon standout Matt Mizereck competed in the Foot Locker South Regional all four years of his his high school career. He ran 14:51 at the 2009 Foot Locker South Regional to finish fourth a year after finishing one spot out in 11th in 2008. As a senior, Mizereck would finish 10th out of the 40 top runners at Foot Locker Nationals in San Diego. We caught up with him to talk about those races, his college career, and what he is up to these days.

3A District 3 Featured Photo Album Todd Grasley Oct 24, 2015

Chris Tucker was on-site at the 3A District 3 Championship and captured over 300 photos of all the action including this one of Leon's Matthew Cashin and Adam Wallenfelsz who went 1-2 and lead the Lions to a runner-up finish.

WATCH: Morse, Rice, Tucker Take Alligator Lake XC Race Down To Wire, Separated By Tenths Todd Grasley Sep 28, 2015

One of the best races of the weekend was at the Alligator Lake XC Invitational as Emma Tucker of Chiles, Bridget Morse of Columbia, and Maggie Rice of Newberry went stride for stride until the last 100 meters of the race and crossed just tenths of a second within each other. Tucker was first in 19:01.27 with Morse and Rice behind her in 19:01.49 and 19:01.92. Watch the finish courtesy of Dusty Smith and B3R Promotions.

Cougar XC Challenge Featured Photo Album Todd Grasley Aug 30, 2015

Teams from north Florida and Georgia headed to the Sunshine State's capital of Tallahassee for the Cougar XC Challenge. The two states battled it out all meet long including the boys varsity race where Lowndes' Chance Row and Leon's Matthew Cashin fought for second place. Our Jeremy Danzie was on-site and captured just shy of 1,000 photos of all the action!

3A Boys Team Scores: BA Is Back Todd Grasley Feb 3, 2015

Ten points separated champion Chiles from fourth place Miami Central at the 3A state championship last year. Boyd Anderson was third in 2014 and looks to be the team to beat lead by mid-distance standout Javon Patterson. Leon, the 3A Cross Country Finals runner-up boasts the states top distance runner in Sukhi Khosla. See the top boys teams in 3A.

Gibbons, Khosla Garner Gatorade Florida XC Runner Of The Year Honors Todd Grasley Jan 18, 2015

When picking the top two cross country runners in the state it's hard to look much further than Winter Park freshman Rafaella Gibbons and Leon senior Sukhi Khosla. Both competed undefeated seasons in the state of Florida culminating in the 4A and 3A Cross Country Finals championships respectively. The two went onto represent the Sunshine State at the national level. In addition to being named our All Flrunners.com Cross Country Runners of the Year, they have been recently named the Gatorade Florida XC Runners of the Year adding to their impressive accolades from the 2014 season.

Still On The Board: Top Unsigned Boys Cross Country Runners Dec 27, 2014

Leon senior Sukhi Khosla is the gem of the 2015 class and has yet to make a college decision. Khosla, a two-time 3A Cross Country Champion and Nike Cross Nationals Finalist (35th) has narrowed his choices to FSU and Oklahoma State for a majority of the recruiting process. His 14:52.60 at the 3A Region 1 meet is the 12th fastest time in the U.S. in 2014. See what other boys cross country runners are still uncommitted!

WATCH: Khosla Clocks 4:13 1600m In Pre-NXN Track Workout Todd Grasley Dec 5, 2014

It's no secret that Leon senior Sukhi Khosla prefers track to cross country. So what does the two-time 3A Cross Country Finals do to prepare for Nike Cross Nationals, but a track workout of course! If his 4:13 in this 1,600m time trial at the Leon track is any indication of what he can do this weekend, look for Khosla who is predicted as the 17th best individual in the field, to crack the top ten.

Gibbons, Martins, Khosla Punch Tickets To Portland For NXN Todd Grasley Nov 29, 2014

Never before had two Florida boys or a Florida girl qualified for NXN in Portland, Oregon. The 2014 Nike Southeast Regional changed that as Sukhi Khosla (2nd), Franco Martins (4th), and Rafaella Gibbons (6th) will all advance after some of the best cross country performances in their high school careers.

In His Own Words: Sukhi Khosla: The Decision To Run NXN SE/Week Workout Log Sukhi Khosla Nov 28, 2014

Leon senior Sukhi Khosla has been unbeatable in Florida over the last year and a half. As a junior he won his first 3A Cross Country Finals championship and was 19th at the Foot Locker South Regional. In 2014, Khosla ran sub 14:59 at the FSU Invitational/Pre-State for the second straight year and picked up his second consecutive 3A Cross Country Finals individual title. The Lions were runner-up behind rival Chiles. It was a devastating loss and the chance to go out on top was the ultimate decision that led him to choose to run in NXN SE. He talks about that decision and the workouts leading up to this weekend's main event.  

Top 25 Boys Teams In NXN SE Region: Leon Out, No Official Word On Chiles Todd Grasley Nov 24, 2014

Leon and Chiles battled it out all season long for the best team in Tallahassee and the state as well. Chiles took three out of four match ups including the 3A Cross Country Finals team title. Coach Gowan said after the meet, he didn't want to face them again anytime soon, and it doesn't look like that will happen. Leon is the top ranked team in the NXN Southeast Regional (based on season bests), but Khosla will run at Foot Locker and Chiles isn't running in the postseason as a team. Belen Jesuit and Creekside are also on this list, as well as Trinity Prep, the 2A state champions. The Saints usually run in Nike and will once again this year. 

3A Preview: Wollrath Out, Khosla Sets Sights On State Record, Leon Vs. Chiles Round Four Todd Grasley Nov 13, 2014

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. 

Combined Results: All 3A Regionals Todd Grasley Nov 10, 2014

The Creekside girls scored a 3A Region 1 victory as did the Leon boys. See what happened when we combined the results from all four regionals and presented it as team scoring. Both squads sit atop the rankings, but how does the rest of the top ten fare? Click to see the top teams and individuals as well as a link to the full rankings.

Khosla Blazing: State Leading, US#10 14:52.39, Leads Lions To 3A-1 Championship Brian Miller Nov 9, 2014

Tallahassee Leon cross country star Sukhi Khosla has had minimal opportunities to be challenged. When you've already run sub-15 minutes twice before on the state course, that tends to happen.  Racing for just his second time on Tallahassee's Sunny Hill Farms course, last year's 3A state cross country and 1600- and 3200-meter track champion posted a stunning new career best to win the Region 1-3A championship.  Khosla crossed in  a state leading and US#10 time of 14:52.9— just six seconds away from an all-time Florida high school best — and Leon's next three runners all had PRs, leading the Lions to a regional title ahead of Tallahassee Chiles.   

3A Region By Region Virtual Meets Todd Grasley Nov 6, 2014

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!

3A District By District Virtual Meets Todd Grasley Oct 28, 2014

The temperatures across the state are starting to drop, but the competition is just heating up as the state series gets underway with district competition. We take a look at ALL 64 districts breaking down each class district by district. The 3A boys race should be one of the most competitive in Tallahassee, but if you want a taste, check out the 3A District 4 team battle between Chiles and Leon. The Timberwolves beat the Lions by two points at Pre-State. They will battle this week and then again at regionals before it really matters on November 15th.

3A Team Rankings: Chiles, Leon Look For City Bragging Rights With State Title On The Line Todd Grasley Oct 16, 2014

Approximately 11 miles separates Chiles High School and Leon High School. The Timberwolves and Lions boys are the top two teams in 3A. At Apalachee Regional Park this week at Pre-State they proved just that with Chiles winning by TWO points. In less than a month, they will meet again for a state title. Looking at the numbers, Belen Jesuit looks out of the running for a podium finish, but they've won 7 out of 8 state titles and are always in the mix. See the list of the top boys teams in 3A as well as which girls programs have a shot at the championship trophy. Creekside is the current favorite, but Sarasota, Vanguard, and Fort Myers all have the potential to be in the mix on any given Saturday!

FSU Invitational (Pre-State) Elite Races Virtual Meet Todd Grasley Oct 10, 2014

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.

Elite 10: Top Boys Teams Regardless Of Class Todd Grasley Oct 6, 2014

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!

Week In Review: Khosla Back To Business, Posts FL#7, Fastest Time Of Weekend Todd Grasley Sep 29, 2014

Leon's Sukhi Khosla, the defending 3A Cross Country Finals champion, posted the fastest time of the weekend. His 15:37.60, was the 7th fastest in the state this year and helped guide the Lions to a dominating win at the Bale-n-Trail Cross Country Original. Check out all the results, performances, and coverage for the week of September 22 - September 28, 2014. It's our Week In Review.  

Bale-N-Trail Cross Country Original Meet Preview/Virtual Meet Todd Grasley Sep 26, 2014

Teams from around North Florida will head to the campus of Bartram Trail for their annual Bale-N-Trail Classic. On the girl's side Bolles and Creekside will battle it out for the team title while the Bulldogs Mackenzie Wilson and Fletcher sophomore Kayley Delay continue their heated rivalry. On the boy's side, can anyone stop 2013 3A Cross Country Finals champion Sukhi Khosla and will this be the race he slips into the state lead? Can Khosla's Lions roar loudest and take home the team trophy? Zack Bias and Connor McClure give us their picks for the Bale N Trail Cross Country original. Also, check out how our computers think the meet will play out in our Virtual Meet feature.

Vote Khosla For Boys National Performer of the Week Todd Grasley Sep 17, 2014

Leon senior Sukhi Khosla  recently defended his title at the Carrollton Orthapedic Invitational in Georgia. Khosla dominated the competiton on the Peach State's state course winning in 15:53.35, three tenths faster than his 15:53.65 in 2013. Equally as impressive as his time, was how far back the rest of the field was. Holy Trinity's duo of Andrew Cacciatore and Trevor Kattenberg were nearly fifty seconds behind coming n second and third respectively. That performance earned him a spot in this week's National Performer of the Week Poll. Voting ends on Thursday, September 18 at 8 PM ET.  

Carrollton Orthopedic Summary- Sukhi Khosla Shines, Lindsay Billings Delivers Bruce Taylor Sep 14, 2014

69 schools competed at the rejuvenated Carrollton Orthopedic Invitaional from as far south (or more) as Melbourne Florida. Some incredible racing occured, but Ga.MileSplit was unable to be onsite for this event and reports as to what transpired have been non-existent on the Discussion Board. A few things are certain, Lindsay Billings ran great winning the Championship Girls Overall title and Leon County (FL) Sukhi Khosla was untouchable as he dominated with a season best time of 15:53. 

Carrollton Orthopedic Invitational Preview Bruce Taylor Sep 11, 2014

After maybe having a few less teams attend than in the past, the Carrollton Orthopedic Invitational is 67 HS teams strong again and should have over 2000 runners registered for action Saturday. Many of the top programs in Georgia will run their entire squads and a few will hold out their top runners for another day... The Sunshine State has  arguably three of the best boys teams in the state, two of the best girls teams in the state , the top freshman in the state on the girls side, and a potential foot locker finalist in Sukhi Khosla on the boys side lacing it up with our state's student-athletes. Its a star studded event that could turn into a barnburner depending on what teams from Ga choose to run in the Championship race....

Elite 10: Top Boys Teams Regardless Of Class Todd Grasley Aug 25, 2014

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!

3A Team Rankings: Chiles' Boys Seek 4th State Title, Will Have To End Belen Dynasty Todd Grasley Aug 22, 2014

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. 

XC Raw Data: Boys Top Returning Teams Based On Track Times Ryan Raposo Aug 2, 2014

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...

Secrets To Success: The EXCLUSIVE Sukhi Khosla Training Log Todd Grasley Jun 13, 2014

Leon High School coach Andrew Wills isn't one to talk strategy or give away training tips, but I figured I would ask anyways. So when he told me he'd fill us in on senior to be Sukhi Khosla's preparation for the Dream Mile it came as quite the surprise. Khosla's 4:05.96 is the fastest true 1600 meters in the country this year, and fourth fastest if you factor in mile conversions. He posted that blistering time at the 3A State Finals, a week after winning the 3A Region 1 Championship in a time of 4:06.45. See how the  3A Cross Country State Finals, 1600 and 3200 meter state champion prepares for one of the biggest meets in his high school career and the chance to make history in the mile.

Khosla Lands Dream Mile Invite: The Quest For Sub Four Is On Todd Grasley Jun 5, 2014

Sukhi Khosla waited for the moment his invitation to the Adidas Dream Mile would come. He checked his mail several times a day, pacing back and forth waiting f or his ticket to New York City to arrive. He had seen the Twitter posts from other athletes around the country, he watched the latest lists of invitees, until it finally arrived. The nation's fastest 1600 meter runner, Khosla, says he would have been offended if he had not received an invite.

Front Running Works for Sukhi Khosla Todd Grasley May 23, 2014

With the nation’s fastest 1600m time this season and his state meet already behind him, Sukhi Khosla of Florida has a number of weeks to focus solely on training as he waits and hopes for an invitation to next month’s adidas Grand Prix Dream Mile in New York. After winning his regional race on April 24 in 4:06.45, and then the state title on May 3 in a nation leading 4:05.96, Khosla, a junior at Leon High School in Tallahassee, is as good a candidate as any for the elite event, scheduled for Icahn Stadium on June 14. (via Runner's World)

Watch Sukhi Khosla run US #1 4:05 1600 at Florida State Meet Brandon Miles May 4, 2014

Leon junior Sukhi Khosla (pictured above by Donald Lamb) had previously held the US #1 time in the 1600 meter run for a short period of time over a week ago when ran a 4:06.45 PR at his regional meet in Florida, but then found out that Garrett Corcoran had just beat his time later on the same day at the Orange County Championships with a 4:06.00 performance. Despite racing on a water-logged track at the University of North Florida after a rain-soaked Florida Outdoor State finals for two days in Jacksonville, Kholsa was able to outperform his regional race and best Corcoran's time to take back the US lead in the event with a 4:05.96 victory in the 3A state race.

VIDEO: Khosla, 4:06.45, Morken 4:07.12 US#1 & 3 Times At 3A Region 1 Todd Grasley Apr 26, 2014

Leon junior Sukhi Khosla and Niceville senior Nick Morken proved they are worthy of being mentioned with the nation's top 1600 meter runners. Duking it out at the 3A Region 1 Championships both runners saw new personal bests as they crossed the line in 4:06.45 and 4:07.12, the first and third fastest times in the country for 2014. According to the flrunners.com database Khosla's time is the sixth fastest all-time, while Morken's ranks ninth. Flagler Palm Coast's Sammy Vasquez has the fastest time ever recorded by a Floridian with a 4:02.46 converted that he ran in 2005 at the Adidas Outdoor Championships.

Athletes of the Week: Whitney, Khosla Post Nation Leading Times Todd Grasley Mar 19, 2014

East Ridge sophomore Kaylin Whitney and Leon junior Sukhi Khosla are our Athletes of the Week. Whitney clocked a US#1 times in both the 100 (11.59) and 200 (23.58) at the Lake Highland Track & Field Elite Classic and improved on that one week later at the Bob Hayes Invitational with wind-aided marks of 11.36  (US#1 all-conditions) and 23.45 (US#2 all-conditions). Khosla scored the distance double at the Bolles Bulldog Classic with a US#1 win the 1600 (4:13.02) and following it with a  then US#2  and current US#9 time of 9:11.70 in the 3200.

2014 A Look Ahead: 3A Top Returning Teams - Are The Belen & Estero Dynasties Dying Out? Todd Grasley Dec 25, 2013

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!

Look Ahead To 2014: Top 3A Returners Todd Grasley Dec 9, 2013

With the 2013 cross country season coming to a close we take a sneak peek at 2014. Who will the top returners be? Who are the top teams? In 3A, six of the top seven girls graduate leaving the door open for Fort Walton Beach's Emma Rudman. On the boys side, five of the top eight graduate. Leon standout Sukhi Khosla went undefeated in 2013 and picked up his first state championship. Can anyone stop him in 2014?    

Khosla, Headley Number One In The Class Of 2015 Todd Grasley Nov 23, 2013

Olympia's Emily Headley and Leon's Sukhi Khosla recorded the fastest times in the class of 2015 this season. Headley ended the season with a third place finish at the 4A state meet while Khosla picked up his first state title winning the 3A crown. Where do you stack up against your peers?

3A Individual Rankings: Xiang, Barlow Should Be Great Battle, Can Anyone Catch Khosla? Todd Grasley Oct 23, 2013

Sukhi  Khosla hadn't run in a ton of meets leading up to Pre-State and hadn't run against a majority of the state's top competition. However, when the time came Khosla dominated running 14:59 and setting a new meet and course record, cementing him as not just one of the top runners in 3A, but in the whole state. Nease senior Karen Xiang was the first runner to dip under 18 minutes going 17:52.20 at the flrunners.com Invitational Race of Champions.

Scouting Report: Leon Boys Todd Grasley Aug 27, 2013

The Leon boys cross country team finished sixth in 2012 and look to crack the top five in 2013. The Lions return five of their top seven from last year. It is a group that includes mostly juniors, headlined by Sukhi Khoshla. Khosla placed 13th at the Cross Country Finals and put up incredible numbers on the track. The youngster went 4:24.43 for 1600 meters and 9:16.73 for 3200 meters; both of which rank him among the top sophomores in the country.

Where Are They Now? Will Stanford Todd Grasley Jan 14, 2013

Former Leon High School standout Will Stanford remembers his high school career like it was yesterday. The athletic honors starting from when he placed 12th at the 3A State Cross Country meet (the highest finish for a freshman)and his team won overall in 2007. Then the cross country season of 2008 where he was the individual runner-up and Leon won another title.  In 2009, he picked up a state title outdoors by winning the 3200 meters. He came back to help Leon win a third straight cross country championship, but he was nowhere near 100 percent. Stanford had contracted the H1N1 Virus otherwise known as the "Swine Flu".

Where Are They Now? Matt Mizereck Danny Duncan Jan 7, 2013

Former Leon standout Matt Mizereck had an incredible high school career winning six individual state championships, one runner-up title, a third place finish, and three team state championships. Along with dominating the state competition, Matt also took his talents up to North Carolina and won a national championship in the 5k at New balance Outdoor Nationals his senior year as well as being a Foot Locker Finalist in cross country. Mizereck chose to compete for the University of Florida and represent the Gators. Find out what he has been doing along with his future plans.

Where Are They Now? John Hazelton Todd Grasley Dec 4, 2012

Former Leon standout John Hazelton has great memories of running in North Florida. As a current freshman at USC Upstate he has taken his talents even further north to Spartanburg, South Carolina. We caught up with Hazelton to talk about his high school memories and what he has been up to over the past year.

District 3A-2: Zimmerman Edges Khosla By A Hair, Givens Golden, Chiles Takes Home Hardware Todd Grasley Nov 4, 2012

Nine high schools, 18 teams, and 131 athletes took to Appalachee Regional Park for the 3A District 2 Championship. Runners graced the Tallahassee course as their journey to the state meet got one step closer. In the girls race it was all Rachel Givens of Chiles while the boys race came down to a photo finish between Cade Zimmerman of Chiles and Sukhi Khosla of Leon. Chiles swept the team titles as well.

Tallahassee is a Distance Running Hotbed Bob Thomas Nov 14, 2008

There is a uniqueness to Tallahassee that separates it from the rest of the Florida when it comes to distance running. Couple an extraordinary network of running trails, an active and supportive community track club, a county-wide middle school cross country program more than 300-strong with a collection of the state’s most accomplished coaches and you have the blueprint for sustained success. You could make a compelling argument - without the benefit of lobbyists - that the Capital City is the state seat for high school cross country running, per capita, at least since 1997.

Showdown at the Ranch, Pre-State Meet is Tomorrow Jason Byrne Oct 17, 2008

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.

3A Girls Region Previews Jason Byrne Sep 2, 2008

Will it be Leon or Chiles in a tightly locked Region 1?  Can anyone touch a recharged Wharton in Region 2?  Who will fill the vacuum created by a depleted Seminole team in Region 3?  How will St. Thomas bounce back from Lauren Ross transfer?  Can Satellite 4-Peat at state?

3A Boys Region Previews Jason Byrne Aug 10, 2008

Can anyone catch Leon and Mizereck? Can Plant upset George Jenkins in Region 2? Can Seminole find the bodies to fill out its top five or will Ida Baker roll in Region 3? Will it be Satellite or 'Chobee in the title bout in Region 4? I don't know all the answers, but here's how it looks going in...