The Region of Death certainly lived up to its billing Saturday morning at Sante Fe College in Gainesville, FL. There was both happiness and sadness, great performances and some shocking performances. Overall, it didn't play out as expected which left this author with mixed emotions on how cruel and exhilarating the entire qualifying process can be.
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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.
Every week we have coverage teams across the state to get the best race videos, interviews, and photos from South Florida to the Panhandle and in between. For our district championships, we were on-site at 12 meets and uploaded over three dozen (44) videos. We narrowed it down to our ten must watch races,and linked to all the footage below. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!
Buchholz senior Calum McFetridge clocked his second sub 16 minute time of the season to win the 4A District 1 Championship, but it was Mandarin who put them in a race that saw each team score an identical 54 points. On the girl's side Fletcher senior Kayley Delay and freshman Liberty Pigg went 1-2 to give their squad the team title over Mandarin with 33 points. Ricky Quintana was on-site and recaps the day's events.
Stanton Prep's Alivia Davis and Buchholz senior Calum McFetridge came away with wins at the Amelia Island Invitational while McFetridge's Bobcats and the Matanzas girls won the team title. North Florida correspondent Jacob Fuller was on-site as well as Cedric Gillette to provide all the race videos and interviews from the morning's events.
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.
It's a situation no athlete or coach wants to be involved in. Running a 5k is hard enough, but add in the sweltering Florida heat and humidity, and it can be flat out dangerous. I've witnessed numerous distance runners fall victim to dehydration, fatigue, and collapse at various points in the course, including seconds away from the finish. That very instance happened at the UF Mt. Dew Invitational in the boy's seeded race when hometown Buchholz senior Calum McFetridge took the lead after the two mile mark and says he felt decent before everything came tumbling down.
David Armstrong takes us on an inside look at Buchholz pole vaulter Dallas Hampton as she prepares for the 2015 Avenues Mall Vault and the upcoming outdoor season. If you enjoy these types of videos become a MileSplit Insider as we plan to do more video features than ever before!
For the 12th year Gainesville Buchholz will host it's All Comers Time Trial Jamboree Fun Run at Santa Fe College. This year seventeen teams are entered in the meet, which although it says fun run, will be the first competition for many of these athletes. In addition to local Gainesville High Schools, Father Lopez of Daytona Beach, and Steinbrenner from Tampa will be making the trek up.
Ron Norris can remember well the fall of 1974 when he considered walking on to the Florida cross country team, but a different opportunity came his way. (via Gainesville.com)
County championships, conference championships, as Donald Lamb would say it's playoff time. Districts, regionals, are right around the corner and states is looming, and will be here befoere we know it. This week we will peek into our database and see how our virtual meets have these events playing out. Remember, our virtual meet section is a VALUABLE TOOL in which you can adjust teams, athletes, and even performances. Do you know someone isn't running? Do you think someone will run faster than they are predicted. Fix it, change it, make your own scenarios!
An anticipated matchup between Lyman and Buchholz in the boys’ race never materialized on Saturday as only one Greyhound, Cameron McCutcheon, made it to the starting line. The Bobcats steamrolled the field placing five in the top eight to score 28 points and win by 44 points. Though none of the Bobcats ran personal bests on the muggy morning, they used a 22 second spread between their top runners to secure the victory.
Buchholz Coach Ron Norris has been running meets longer than I have been running. …. that is a long time. In the early 80’s while at Newberry High School, he was one of the first to stage a large invitational of 25 or more teams. Offering ribbons and medals to the top 25 and then 50 individuals, his meets valued the hard work and effort that the kids had put into the sport he loves so much. Then, with the move to Buchholz in 2001, he continued with his Bobcat Classic which grew in numbers.
Veteran high school cross country and track and field coach Ron Norris has been thinking about retirement for the last few years. (via Gainesville.com)
David Armstrong made this awesome video capturing the essence of the 2012 Buchholz Cross Country season. Great work. Make sure you check it out!
Gainesville Buchholz senior Chris Godwin decided to leave his hometown when he picked Florida State over offers from UF, and USF. Godwin capped off his cross country career with a second place finish at the 4A meet and an 11th place finish at the Foot Locker South regional.
Flrunners.com has just been informed by Foot Locker meet personnel that Buchholz senior Chris Godwin will be making the trip to San Diego after North Carolina runner Mark Blackmon (finished 9th at Footlocker South) could not compete in Saturday's event. Godwin finished in 11th at Foot Locker South in a personal best time of 15:10, one spot out of qualifying, and thought his cross country career had ended on that note.
A year ago, the Buchholz boys and the Oak Hall girls cross country squads cruised to the team titles at the Bobcat Classic. Chris Godwin of Buchholz and Brittney Olinger of Oak Hall also claimed the boys and girls individual titles, respectively, with relative ease at last year’s event.(via Gainesville.com)
Sun correspondent Cliff Olsen sits down with Buchholz runner Chris Godwin. (via Gainesville.com)
Buchholz senior Chris Godwin and Lakewood Ranch junior Olivia Ortiz are this week's Warrior of the Week. Godwin won the Ridgeview Bob Hans Invitational in a season best time of 15:48.77. Ortiz ran a gutsy performance at the 2011 Deja Vu Invitational on a mud soaked course. She finished just three-tenths of a second behind winner Kacy Smith in 18:26.30.
Buchholz's Chris Godwin is picking up where he left of in 2010. Godwin finished 10th at the state meet and has started off his senior year with a bang running 15:52 at the 11th Annual Bobcat Time Trial Jamboree. Godwin talks about his favorite course, goals for the year, and more in this Cross Country Q&A.