With one day till the cross country season officially begins, here is the scouting report for the FHSAA 4A boys.
Articles with George M. Steinbrenner HS
The George M. Steinbrenner HS boys cross country team is the top contender for 4A boys in the preseason rankings. Coach Allison Ennis-Szponar gives us the scouting report for the "Boss Cross."
We look at the deepest distance squads in the 800, 1,600, and 3,200m.
We wanted to know which boys team you think performed the best this year.
Blaine Thomas recaps the 4A girls and boys races at the 2017 FHSAA Cross Country Finals.
Ricky Quintana previews all the individual and team match ups in class 4A.
Andy Warrener recaps the 4A Region 2 Championship at Holloway Park.
Andy Warrener recaps all of the action from 4A District 6
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.
Andy Warrener was on-site at the Hillsborough XC Championships and captured over 500 photos of all the action including this one of the boys team champions from Steinbrenner High School.
Andy Warrener recaps all the action from the Hillsborough County Championships.
We preview the boys elite race at the 2017 FSU Invitational/Pre-State.
Trevor Foley and Alyssa Hendrix both had impressive days winning the elite races at the North Port XC Invitational. We recap all the action.
We announce our first round of girls and boys teams in our FLRunners.com Invitational Race of Champions.
We rank the best girls and boys teams in 4A.
Andy Warrener recaps the 2017 Lecanto Invitational.
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.
We take a look at the top 25 4A girls teams headed into the 2017 season.
We take a look at the top 25 4A boys teams returning in 2017.
With track season ending we bridge the gap to the start of cross country by using our extensive stats database to take a look at the top 50 girls cross country teams based on 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 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.
We take a look at the best girls 4x800m relay performances from the 2017 season.
Andy Warrener recaps the 2017 Steinbrenner Invitational.
Andy Warrener recaps the Hillsborough County Championships.
Steinbrenner freshman Ken'naria Gadson has shown her range early in the season running the 200, 400, and 800m. Gadson's personal bests of 25.32 and 56.01 at the George Jenkins Invitational and 2.19.83 Broward Elite Athletic Club Indoor/Outdoor Preseason Showcase have her ranked fourth, first, and second respectively in those events. We look at the top 50 girls in EVERY event for the class of 2020. Where do you stack up against your peers?
The Southridge girls finished just six points behind 4A state champions Lakewood Ranch in 2016. It's an impressive feat when you take into account they didn't come in first in any event. Of the point scorers on that squad, they return all but two members, including sprinters Symone Mason, Shaniya Williams, and Kayla Johnson, as well as jumper Courtney Gibson and are the favorites to bring home the title.
The Embry Riddle Challenge on Saturday will give several high school athletes from around the state the opportunity to compete with and against college athletes. The meet schedule boasts indoor events on the school's outdoor track.
The United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has announced their Cross Country Coaches Of The Year for the state of Florida earning the honor on the girl's side is Ladd Baldwin of 4A state champion Steinbrenner, while Ken Vinal and Mike Hill picked up the award on the boy's side for coaching Trinity Prep to their 4th straight 2A state championship.
Steinbrenner sophomore Alexandra Straumann (#1214) was an integral part to the Warrior's 4A team title. Straumann set a new personal best of 18:54.73 on the biggest day of the year. She became one of only six girls from the class of 2019 to break 19 minutes on the year. We rank the top 500 girls sophomore times for the 2016 cross country season.
As part of our Saucony Flo 50 rankings series, we take a look at the top 25 boys and girls individuals as well as the top 25 boys and girls teams and rank them. Here are the top girls teams after the cross country state championship.
The Creekside boys won their second straight 3A Cross Country Finals championship beating Chiles by ten points, and a team average of 16:15 Was their performance the best by a team at state? YOU DECIDE. Voting closes September 15th at 11:59 p.m.
The top five returning teams from the 2016 Cross Country Finals all made the podium including top ranked Pine Crest in 2A and Niceville in 3A (pictured above). The Panthers lose only one girl in their top five that ALL placed in the top 20. That group consisted of three freshmen and one 8th grader! Niceville loses two seniors, but will rely heavily on roster that includes three seniors, a junior, and a sophomore in 2017. Chiles, Bolles, and 4A champion Steinbrenner round out the top five. Take a look at the top 25 as well as a link to the complete list. Where do you and your team rank?
The Pine Crest girls broke the streak of runner-up finishes after finishing behind Bolles the past four years. This year, the Panthers defeated the Bulldogs running an 18:41 team average, the 4th best team average in Florida State Finals history, scoring 29 points (8th lowest in State history). We merged the results of every classification to find out the top girls teams regardless of class. Where does your squad stack up?
Bailey Hertenstein and Kayley Delay came into the 4A Cross Country Finals with the top two times regardless of class. In the end it was Hertenstein who came away with her second straight title. On the team front, Steinbrenner ended a two year run by Winter Park at the top of the podium. Matt Doyle of Winter Springs won his first state title to end his senior cross country season, while St. Thomas Aquinas took their third team trophy in four years. Andy Warrener recaps the class 4A meet.
In the state's largest classification 4A, three of the four state champion individuals and teams from 2015 have a good chance to repeat in 2016. The easiest perhaps is in the team races where the Winter Park girls are looking for their third straight while the St. Thomas Aquinas boys are favorites to go back to back with their core nucleus. Bailey "Hurricane" Hertenstein is the reigning girls champion, is ranked number one, and has lost one race in her whole career as a junior. On the boy's side the title is up for grabs with a group of runners all relatively close in time and skill. We take an in-depth look at the 4A meet.
Bailey Hertenstein smashed the Holloway Park course record in a time of 18:13.83 with freshman teammate in second place with a time of 18:58.22. On the boy's side it came down to a sprint to the finish with Jordan Gonzalez of Sarasota giving the Sailors a regional champion for the second straight year. Steinbrenner girls dominated with 46 pts. while the Lakewood Ranch boys edged out Newsome by four points 85 to 89. Andy Warrener recaps all the action from 4A Region 2.
Riverview junior Bailey Hertenstein is one of only three girls to ever break 19 minutes on the Holloway Park course. Hertenstein's 18:40.70 was the top ranked mark, but she crushed that at the 4A Region 2 Championship winning in a time of 18:13.18. Equally impressive was freshman teammate Alyssa Hendrix who added her name to the best times in course history with a sub 19 mark of 18:58.22 as the runner-up. Due to their success, the Sharks claimed the sixth and final spot as a team for the state meet.
It's regionals week! 4A, Florida's largest cross country classification, will kick off the road to state at the regional level as athletes head to South Florida on Thursday for 4A Region 4. We preview all four regionals in addition to seeing how our virtual meets see things playing out. It's going to be a crazy ride as the top individuals and teams hope to advance to Tallahassee for the Cross Country Finals on November 5th.
The Niceville girls are undefeated this season in competition, while Pine Crest's lone loss came against our third best team, Winter Park, and without one of their top runners Simone Vreeland. Unfortunately for fans across the state, two of the top squads will not face off as the Eagles are in 3A and the Panthers in 2A. Our XC team scores show an all classes battle would give Niceville a three point advantage.
Having already asserted themselves at the Hillsborough County meet a week ago and all but one meet they competed in this season, the Steinbrenner Warriors swept both boys and girls titles at Al Lopez Park in Tampa.
Teams from Hillsborough County met at the 4A District 6 Championship at Al Lopez Park. Wharton, Plant, and Steinbrenner have seen each other numerous times this season and the rivalry extended with a trip to regional on the line. Andy Warrener was on-site and snapped over 300 photos including this one of the Steinbrenner boys who won the team title.
On the nicest day of the cross country season and the fastest course in Hillsborough County, the county cross country championships at Al Lopez Park in Tampa, made for some eye-popping times and the Tampa powerhouse Steinbrenner swept both varsity races and both JV races.
Riverview junior Bailey Hertenstein clocked her 4th sub 18 minute time of the season, running a new state leading time of 17:30.7, and defend her Hillsborough County Championship crown. Watch all the race videos and interviews to see the best of the best from the Tampa area.
District tiles are great, regional titles, are nice too, but there is something about a county championship that screams bragging rights. Andy Warrener caught this photo of the boy's varsity race at the Hillsborough County Championships as runners go all out from the gun. This photo plus over 800 more from the meet.
Over three dozen teams will head to Al Lopez Park in Tampa for the site of the Hillsborough County Championships. County pride is on the line as is an undefeated win streak for Riverview's Bailey Hertenstein, and a battle of four girls teams ranked in our latest Flo 50 rankings. On the boy's side Haftom Fliegelman of Durant looks to break 16 minutes and improve on his 4th place showing from 2015 while Steinbrenner and Newsome duke it out for the team title. We preview all the action and don't forget to stay tuned to flrunners.com for race videos, interviews, photos, recaps, and results of this meet.
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 girls teams halfway into the cross country season.
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.
The 20th Annual Land O' Lakes Gator Invitational, recently renamed the Keppel Invite after late Gator coach Kris Keppel went off on Saturday at Crews Lake Park in Spring Hill. The course was a familiar one for many teams, starting down a grass straightaway before hitting pavement, then circling clockwise around the open starting area.
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.
Melbourne Central Catholic senior Amanda Beach continued her fantastic season by jumping out front in the girls seeded race at the UF Mt. Dew Invitational and never coming close to being challenged as she ran away from the field. Her time of 18:28.80 was over 25 seconds better than runner-up Leigha Torino of North Marion, and Jen Lima of East Lake who both broke 19 minutes as well.
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 girls teams one month into the cross country season.
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.
The varsity athletes get most of the love, but we wanted to see who were the top JV athletes and teams around the state. Power programs like Niceville, Bolles, and Winter Park are loaded with depth, but it's the Eagles, who own the top spot in our team scores with their #8-14 runners averaging a time of 21:01.66 and a 1-5 split of just 36 seconds!
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.
Holloway Park hosted over 75 teams for the 2016 Seffner Christian Academy Invitational. We were on-site and captured over 3,000 photos in addition to all the race videos including the girls elite race which saw seven girls run under 20 minutes on one of the toughest courses in the state. 4A Cross Country Finals state champion Bailey Hertenstein, ranked #1 in our Saucony Flo 50 rankings was the champion with a time of 18:40.70.
Hillsborough County powerhouse Steinbrenner made a resounding statement at the Wesley Chapel Wildcat Invitational on Saturday, pushing four runners into the top six and all seven runners into the top 10 and scoring a razor thin 20, easily out-pacing runner up Land O' Lakes with 43. Sunlake girls took third with 76.
This year is the 52nd anniversary of Jim Ryun becoming the first high schooler to break four minutes in the mile. Jim Ryun will be there to present the awards for what look to be some great races in Lakeland that a massive 85 teams will be competing in. The meet kicks off with the varsity girls at 7:30 a.m. followed by the varsity boys at 8:00. The JV races start at 8:20 with the middle school races starting an hour later. The AAU race for athletes under the age of nine begin at 10:00. Our virtual meet feature gives us a chance to see how the meet might play out based on season bests from last year. Todd Grasley, Eric Kidd and Billy Simpson will be on-site with LIVE updates photos, race videos, interviews, recaps, results and more!
The Bolles girls have been the best program in the state of Florida over recent years, tallying the last four cross country state championships. Coach Ryan's Bulldogs are also the best team according to our composite rankings which takes into numerous criteria for yet another year. If you pull up the XC Team Scores page, you'll see a link to "Composite" scoring. This is a type of scoring that gives a team a rank on a number of different categories, with different weights on each.
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.
Winter Park claimed the last two 4A crowns and lose only two of their seven athletes from that championship squad. Rafaella Gibbons, an NXN qualifier, and 2014 individual state champion, will lead the Wildcats that have a team average under 19 minutes and will benefit from Dr. Phillips' transfer Charis Ivey. Sarasota and Wharton who finished second and third last year will battle for that second podium spot. We look at the top ten teams in the state's largest classification.
Of all the classifications nobody is favored to win more than the boys of St. Thomas Aquinas. The 2015 4A state champions return five of their top seven and have an incredible 1-5 split of 21.89s! The real battle will be for second place where Lakewood Ranch, North Port, Sarasota, and Newsome all have a shot to make the podium and will rely on the back end of their line up to get there. We take a look at the top ten boys teams in 4A.
With track season ending we bridge the gap to the start of cross country by using our extensive stats database. to take a look at the top 50 girls cross country teams based on 3,200m track times. The Chiles girls hope their success on the track parlays into more state titles for the Timberwolves cross country program. Ana Wallace's 11:05.19 is the top returning time in the state for 3,200m and gives the team three girls under 11:25.
The look of victory on the Steinbrenner runners face says it all while the rest of the field battles it out for second! This photo plus over 1,350 more from the 2016 Steinbrenner Invitational.
Team honors went to the host Warriors on Saturday at Steinbrenner High School in Tampa but the Wharton girls, even without Aria Tate send a resounding statement as they swept the 400m, going 1-2-3 and then took first and third in the 200m.
Set your alarm clocks and get ready for the 7th Annual Steinbrenner Invitational. Formerly the USF-Steinbrenner Invitational, the meet has since been pared down from some years over 70 teams to the 32 slated to compete on Saturday morning. The meet schedule kicks off early with some field events starting as early as 8am and can be seen LIVE on MileSplit.
Inclement weather nearly torpedoed the Vernon Korhn Hillsborough County Track and Field Championships Tuesday. The 4x800m got off and a few field events got scored before a deluge and lightning forced everyone indoors. Meet officials elected to postpone the meet until later in the evening and run timed finals. It proved to be the right call as the weather relented and the rest of the meet ran smoothly.
Andy Warrener was on-site at the 2016 Hillsborough County Championships at Jefferson High School and captured over 200 photos of all the action including this one of your team champions from Steinbrenner High School who swept both the girls and boys titles!
There's a lot of history in the 54th Annual Ed Wells Kiwanis Invite. Meet records still hold from the mid-90s, even some from the 70s and 80s. A few meet records fell on Friday at Clearwater High School, albeit on the girls side with a shorter meet history.
Jim Weber was on-site at the Wharton Wildcat Invitational and snapped over 2,000 photos of all the action including this photo of the boys from Steinbrenner High School who claimed the team title.
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.
The 4A District 6 cross country meet pitted Hillsborough County's finest against each other and even brought in the Pasco County champs (Wiregrass Ranch boys) and the Pasco County runners up (Wiregrass girls). It had to be one of the tougher district meets from top-to-bottom in the region. Still, it was the Hillsborough County champions, Plant boys and Wharton girls that held on to win district titles.
The Seffner Christian Invitational will have a new home in 2015 after moving from Sydney Dover Trails to Holloway Park in Lakeland. With the change of venue comes a record number of OVER SIXTY teams for Saturday. We preview all the action and take a look at both the girls and boys virtual meet. Stay tuned to flrunners.com for on-site coverage of the meet including ALL race footage, interviews, thousands of photos, results, and a recap from one of our featured meets of the week!
Check out our virtual meet and preview of the 2015 Jim Ryun Season Opener Celebration the largest meet in the state in week one!
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.
For the Hillsborough boys, it came down to the last event and the last two laps to eke out a nail-shredding victory over a hard-charging Steinbrenner team. The Terrier boys, typically dominant through the field events, took the early lead.
Brandon High School will play host to over two dozen teams, many from the Hillsborough County area, for the Don Bishop Invitational. Newsome senior Emily Zwijacz has finished in the top four in three of her four meets and was 30th at the UF Mt. Dew Invitational with a time of 19:46.32. Look for Newsome and a solid Wharton team to battle it out for the team championship. On the boy's side Noah Perkins of Seffner Christian is coming off a win in the invitational race at the flrunners.com Invitational race and will face off against Robinson's Jack Rogers who has a nearly identical season best. On the team front, Newsome will go for the sweep, but have Steinbrenner and Robinson standing in their way. Flrunners.com will be on-site with photo coverage by Jeff Adams, plus results, and a recap of all the action!
Of the eleven teams entered in the Green Devil Cross Country Meet, ten were from Pinellas County. Steinbrenner from nearby Hillsborough came to crash the party though. Hannah Brookover was equally impressive in the girl's race as the action went down at scenic Crescent Lake Park in St Petersburg. Andy Warrener has the recap of all the action.
No one besides Plant, Hillsborough and Wharton has won the Vernon Khorn Hillsborough County track championships, boys or girls, for the last three years. Tuesday at Jefferson ushered in a changing of the guard as the Steinbrenner girls comfortably out-paced the field with 91.5 to second-place Wharton with 78. Freedom girls were third with 61.
A sixty-four team field will head to the campus of the University of South Florida for the 5th Annual USF/Steinbrenner Invitational. We will be on-site with thousands of photos and a complete recap of all the action courtesy of Jeff Adams and Andy Warrener. Get a sneak preview of how the meet is predicted to play out based on 2014 season bests!
While most of the state was running at the FSU Invitational/Pre-State, seventeen boys teams, and fourteen girls teams headed to Picnic Island in Tampa for the Millard Shumate Invitational hosted by Robinson High School. Jeff Adams and Tom Connor were on-site snapping photos for flrunners.com Over THREE THOUSAND photos total. Special thanks to Jack Rogers, the boys individual champion from host Robinson for helping me out with the meet recap.
At some point in her athletic career, Lauren Garris knows she likely will have to make a decision between the two sporting loves of her life, soccer and distance running. But for now, she is determined to continue excelling in both — as long as her legs can hold out. (via TBO.com)