Ricky Quintana previews all of the individuals and team battles in class 3A.
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The Spikes & Spurs Classic might not have the quantity of other meets, but it sure has quality with state championship teams, and national caliber individuals.
The highlight of the 2015 Katie Caples Invitational will be the girls and boys elite races held under the lights Saturday at Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville. Take a look at our virtual meet to see which individuals and teams have the best shot at winning!
The UNF Golf Course provided the perfect back drop for the 2015 UNF XC Invitational. Teri Bernhardt-Rodriguez was on-site and captured over 500 photos of all the action!
Nease senior Jonathan Jackson is one of the top returners in 3A with a personal best of 15:49.77. Jackson was 33rd last year at the state meet and hopes to improve on that finish in 2015. See how he started out in the sport, how his summer training is going, goals for the season, and more in this XC Spotlight.
The Fort Myers Green Wave were 3A runner-up in 2014 and are hoping to finish one spot higher with a deep and talented roster. Coach Gowan's Chiles team will prove to be the biggest threat. Check out our complete 3A rankings.
On an early morning in mid-October, Middleburg, Florida provided the perfect conditions for the Bronco Classic/St. John’s River Conference. With no wind, no humidity, clouds overhead, a relatively cool 50 degree temperature, and a completely flat course, the stage was set for blazing times. As the plethora of various colored jerseys crowded the line, each coach barked at their athletes to get out quick in order to avoid the tight bottleneck after 200 meters. Once race instructions were given, a quick gun signaled the start of the varsity race, and a battle to gain position before the bottleneck, two-person wide first half mile.
Ceo Ways, a UNC freshman who has already run some of the fastest 200- and 400-meter times in school history, has Olympic aspirations. (via www.newsobserver.com)
I don’t even know where to begin. Footlocker was an incredible experience that I will never forget. I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to participate in the 2013 Foot Locker Cross Country Championships, not only because it was like a vacation for a weekend in CALIFORNIA, but because I had the privilege to race the best high school runners in the country and make friendships that will last forever. I want to say a huge THANK YOU to all the people who put so much work into making this an unforgettable experience for all of us!
After finishing third at the 3A Cross Country Finals, Nease senior Karen Xiang was back to business at the Foot Locker South Regional. The University of Pennsylvania commitment nabbed the tenth and final spot to San Diego in a new personal best time of 17:20.00. We caught up with her before the big race to find out her strategy, her excitement level, and much more!
Keeping it's streak alive, Florida will send two runners to Foot Locker Nationals in San Diego, California. Both Tyler Bennett of Fort Myers and Karen Xiang of Nease ended their senior seasons on a high note, both setting new personal bests. Bennett was 20th at last year's Foot Locker South Regional and improved on that performance with a 7th place showing and time of 14:52.00. For Xiang, a University of Pennsylvania committment, she snuck in with the tenth and final spot and a time of 17:20.00. As always, MileSplit was on hand will full coverage including results, photos, race video, and interviews with a majority of the top ten!
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.
Nease standout Karen Xiang placed 22nd in last season's Cross Country Finals and 8thin the state during the outdoor track season. She is currently undefeated taking down a state champion and some of the top girls in the state in recent years. This cross country season she has run a personal best of 18:30 and won three big meets. Xiang is very humble about the way she is running right now/ We caught up with her to talk about the 2013 season and the success she is having.
It was a beautiful day for a race in Jacksonville. Sunny and dry in the early morning races. Perfect conditions for some great times at the Mandarin Mustang Invitational. Karen Xiang continued to tear up the competition as she picked up her third win in as many meets. Cade Zimmerman of Chiles proved why they will be contenders in the postseason, taking individual honors and guiding his team to the team trophy as well. Mike Leary was on-site with over 900 photos of all the action.
Nease senior Karen Xiang and John I. Leonard sophomore Illio Sanchez are this week's Athlete of the Week winners. Xiang picked up her second win of the season at the Katie Caples Invitational. She beat a field of state champions including 1A's Julie Wollrath and 2A's Julia Montgomery in a time of 18:52.00, the second time she has gone under 19 minutes. Sanchez got his miles in this week racing in three meets and picking up three wins. Most impressive was a nine second victory Friday night at the Martin County Under the Lights meet, and then less than 12 hours later edging out Anthony Deleva by three tenths of a second to capture the title at the TKA Lions Invitational.
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.
Ceolamar Ways was used to running the 400. Until the 2013 season it was his marquee event. The Nease High School senior decided to work on his versatility and focus on the shorter sprints, the 100 and 200 meter dash. He hoped it would culminate in a state title and a ticket to the Dream 100 in New York City.
Hallandale senior Regine Williams and Nease senior Ceolamar Ways are this week's Athletes of the Week. Two weeks after a serious car accident, Williams claimed district titles in the 100 and 200, and finished third in the long jump. She set new personal bests of 11.70 and 23.76 in the 100 and 200. Her 200 mark is the sixth fastest high school time in the U.S. for 2013. Ways has spent 2013 focusing on the shorter sprints and has put up some very impressive times. His 20.93 set at the 3A District 3 Championship was the third fastest time in the nation behind two other Floridians Kendal Williams and Trayvon Bromell. All three will battle it out in the 100 and 200 meter next weekend at the 3A State Finals.
Nease junior Ceolamar Ways and Cocoa Beach senior Shelby Davidson are this week's Warrior of the Week. Ways finished with three new personal bests in the 100, 400, and long jump at the Bolles Bulldog Classic. He won the 400 and finished second in the 100 and long jump. Davidson ran an impressive 10:40.03 for two miles at New Balance Indoor Nationals in New York City. The senior placed ninth which was the highest finish of any Florida girl in any event.
Nease standout Mac Reynolds has committed to the University of Florida. He admits the recruiting process was hectic at first, but after a while things settled down. He chose the Gators over Auburn. He says he knew early on that Gainesville was the place for him.
The odds of a high school athlete earning a college scholarship in his or her respective sport are small. Mandarin’s Mary Kate Ponder and Nease’s Mac Reynolds beat those odds, just as they have hundreds of competitors this past season on the cross country paths of Northeast Florida. (via jacksonville.com)
Nease senior Mac Reynolds set a course record for the second consecutive week this time at the 3A District 7 meet where he won in 15:44.97. Belleview senior Anne-Marie Blaney is peaking again at the right time running a new personal best 17:39.10 on a fast McKethan Lake course in Brooksville to win the 3A District 6 championship.
Nease senior Mac Reynolds spent the first part of his adolescent life living in Indiana. The summer of his freshman year he moved down to Florida, but the Sunshine State wasn't the only knew thing in Mac's life. It was the first time he would ever run cross country.