The North Port boys finished 18th at last year's state meet and return six of their top seven from 2015 and will rely on their pack running and 1-5 split of 32 seconds to make the podium. Our current 4A rankings have them ranked second behind clear favorite and defending state champions St. Thomas Aquinas. The Bobcats won't have it easy as nearby teams Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota, and Newsome will all be in the hunt. We talked with coach Phu Nguyen about this year's team.
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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.
Coach Roy Harrison's Plant Panthers finished 6th at the 4A Cross Country Finals guided by six out of seven junior class runners. The squad was our top team from the class of 2019, followed right behind by Sarasota and Fort Myers by only ten points! Plant, Sarasota, Winter Park, and North Port all members of 4A are four of the top five teams. That experience should make for one fun state meet next November!
Over 65 teams will head to southwest Florida and the campus of North Port High School for the North Port XC Invitational. We break down EVERY single race in our virtual meets as well as take a look at some of the highlight's from last years meet with our photos, race videos, and interviews! Flrunners.com will be on-site for the 2015 edition with photos, videos, results and a complete recap of all the action!
Winter Park and St. Thomas Aquinas duked it out in 4A last year with the Wildcats coming out on top. This year's squad is another year experienced and the most dominant team from top to bottom regardless of class.
Who punched their ticket to the state finals from 4A Region 2 in Tampa? Andy Warrener has the complete recap of all the action!
Tom Connor was on-site at the 5th Annual Marcus Freeman Memorial Invitational and took over 2,000 photos of all the action! Check out the awesome image and make sure to tag yourself!
4A Region 1 is considered the region of death. The Lyman boys and Winter Park girls look to be the the top teams, but the question is who are the next five teams to advance to the Cross Country Finals? Will the eventual state champions come out of 4A-1 or will they be from 4A-4 who raced earlier this week? The St. Thomas Aquinas girls are peaking at the right time and Columbus, Coral Reef, and STA are all running well. On the individual side, Jack Guyton and James Zentmeyer have a rivalry going on and are back at it again in 4A Region 2. Check out our region by region virtual meets!
Day one of the flrunners.com Invitational 15 kicks off with our JV Blue girls race at 3:20. The small school and large school girls race will come next followed by the boys small school and large school races. The day will conclude with the college men and women. Here is a taste of what to expect from the small school and large school races.
We've checked out the top individuals, the top teams, and now we go one step further breaking down all four classes by region. If you haven't used this tool yet it's great to get an idea of who is running in each meet, your competition, and where you and your team stack up. Check out our 3A region by region virtual meets for both boys and girls. We feature the top fifteen individuals and top ten teams, but you can see the complete list. Note: This list does not include freshman or transfers, but you have the ability to customize your own virtual meet!
Coach Simpson started at North Port High School as a volunteer in 2007. After four year's as the Bobcats head coach he has accepted a position as the Head Cross Country/Triathlon and Assistant Track and Field coach at Webber International University in Babson Park. Simpson says leaving the high school level to make this jump was one of the hardest decisions he's ever had to make.
In 2012, Northport High School had a team of five girls and didn't have enough points to score at districts. In 2013, the goal was to have enough athletes to compete and score at invitationals. A large group of incoming freshman and a few surprise gave the Bobcats several impressive team performances including a win at the Manasota Track Club Invite, the team's first district championship (4A-8) and a 4A-2 regional runner-up trophy. Coach James Simpson hopes that youth and potential is on display once again this year with a core group that returns all but one senior from last year's fifth place team. Maddie Krstec returns for her sophomore season as the top finisher for North Port at the state meet, where she came in 21st, and boasting a personal best of 19:12.60.
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...
tIn 4A Region 2 action, the Wharton girls dominated, winning with 86.5 points to Steinbrenner's 58 with George Jenkins in third with 56. On the boys side, North Port hung on to a tenuous lead to win the meet with 60.33 to Countryside's 59. The Countryside boys won the 4x400m to end the night but North Port's runner-up finish in the event preserved the team win.
Thirteen teams gathered for the 8th annual Bobcat Relays at North Port High School for what is always a great meet. With very windy conditions early in the meet moving to cold and calm conditions at night, some fast times were still produced. Many great performances were put out for relay teams including the throwers 4x100m relay by Sarasota Riverview. Many meet and school records were set including the boys and girls 4x1600m and distance medley relays racked up by Sarasota high school.
No one could have hoped for a more beautiful race morning than the one delivered this Saturday for the Manasota Track Club Invitational. Near flood conditions earlier in the week had kept Coach Jason Means and his team from Sarasota-Riverview High School busy for days, adjusting the course to allow a safe and challenging event. The combination of their efforts and the spectacular weather resulted in a great race that saw everyone leaving with a smile on their face and mud on their shoes.
It was a great 2012-2013 in both cross country and track across the Sunshine State. Many of our seniors will soon be on their way to start their college careers both athletically and academically so we wanted to salute them one more time in this special feature.
When he was a sophomore, Ro’Derick Spears was running pretty good times in his hurdling events. But his older brother, Roderick, was getting all his stats, courtesy of a mistake on flrunners.com, a website that tracks the times of every high school runner in Florida. (via HT Preps)
When Ro'Derick Spears and Robenson Saintard were introduced to track in middle school they had no idea where the sport would bring them. Together, the two have made quite the name for themselves and everyday they run for the same reason. That reason being, their good friend and teammate Marcus Allen Freeman. Freeman passed away in March 2011 due to an automobile accident. The duo says they will never forget that day and will always remember Marcus.
It was a beautiful Thursday afternoon at the Sydney Dover Trails in Brandon for the Seffner Christian Invitational. Nearly a dozen teams made the trip to the course which they ran backwards for this race. They started off in a nice open field before testing their toughess on the sugary sand trails and mini hills the course threw at them. Jeff Adams was on-site with over one thousand photos!