As the regular season starts to come to a close and the championship season is upon us, we take a look at our preseason scouting reports to see what teams and individuals have proved us wrong so far this season.
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Rebecca Clark and Gabriel Curtis are not new to the Florida running scene. The two seniors started their competitive high school careers as middle schoolers and, since the beginning, have become top names in the state year after year.
XC team scores rankings and the top ranked team for every region in the state of Florida.
The Mount Dora Christian Academy Boys cross country team is the reigning 1A team champion. Coach White gives us the scouting report on this year's squad.
The Jacksonville storms were present hours before the Cecil Field Preseason classic. The muddy conditions made for an exciting preseason race.
With 7 days till the cross country season officially begins, here is the scouting report for the FHSAA 1A boys.
Mt. Dora Christian Academy brothers Gabriel and Mitchell Curtis brought back medals from the 2018 Carifta Games in the Bahamas.
We take a look at the top returning boys teams in 1A.
We wanted to know which boys team you think performed the best this year.
We caught up with coach Zach White to talk about this year's team and their journey to the top.
Blaine Thomas recaps the 1A girls and boys races at the 2017 FHSAA Cross Country Finals.
Ricky Quintana takes an in-depth look at the 1A individual and team battles.
Tyler Copeland was on-site at the MDCA Invitational and captured nearly 900 photos of the meet including this one of the Bulldogs' Jackson Pruim and Gabriel Curtis who finished 1-2 in nearly identical times.
We rank the top girls and boys teams in 1A. Where do you and your squad stack up?
The Fleet Feet Invitational at South Fork High School is one of the larger invitationals this weekend.
Coach Zach White gives us the Scouting Report on his MDCA boys team.
We take a look at top 25 1A boys teams heading into the 2017 season.
We breakdown the best boys individuals and teams in 1A with the state meet less than two months away.
Grace Blair led the Oak Hall Eagles back to the top of the podium after a 4th place team finish last year. Blair picked up individual honors as well to win her first state title. On the boy's side Mt. Dora Christian Academy's Gabriel Curtis won and helped the Bulldogs place second as a team behind Westminster Academy who won for the first time in over three decades. Andy Warrener recaps all of the 1A races.
Grace Blair of Oak Hall was third at last year's Cross Country Finals and the Eagles finished 4th. It marked the first time in a long time that Coach McTureous' program failed to make the podium. Is 2016 the year Blair and the rest of the girls win another title? Will Chase Hyland of the Pine School end his high school career with a championship? We answer these questions and more in our 1A preview.
The Mt. Dora Christian Academy (Bible) boys' cross country team is currently ranked third going into this weekend's 1A Cross Country Finals. The Bulldogs have won their last four meets in a row with sophomore Gabriel Curtis leading the team to a first place district and regional finish. Last year, he was the lone representative for the school in Tallahassee where he crossed the line in 8th place. We caught up with Coach Zack White to talk about the teams road to state.
Holy Trinity and Oak Hall have finished in the top three at the 1A state meet the past two years. Oak Hall was third in 2014 while Holy Trinity added another title to their storied program. Last season, it was the Tigers missing out on the podium and the Eagles soaring to a runner-up finish. These two rivals look to battle it out again this spring.
With a PR of 16:33.30, Mount Dora Bible freshman Gabriel Curtis is already turning heads in the running community. Currently, he's the fourth fastest freshman out of all divisions in the state, and out of all grades in his 1A classification, but it wasn't always that way.
Mt. Dora Bible freshman Rebecca Clark won the Hagerty Invitational in the fastest 1A time of the year. See her thoughts on the race in her latest blog!
Hey everybody! My name is Rebecca Clark. I am a freshman this year and I will be running for Mount Dora Christian Academy. I am very excited for this cross country season!This summer I have been focusing on miles. I average about 35-45 miles per week. Most of my runs during the week are between five and seven miles.
At Thursday's Lake-Sumter County Championships timing of a different sort proved to be everything.
If you're looking for an easy course and quick time, the Mount Dora Bible Invitational isn't for you. Former coach Nathan Means, called it the toughest course in the state. Merritt Island junior Steven Cross tested his skils this weekend and came away with a new course record. Mustang's coach Bill Buonanni says he and Cross discussed the old record of 16:12 set by Melbourne's Brian Atkinson in 2010, the morning of the race.
The 2013-2014 school year has provided some great highlights in both cross country and track across the Sunshine State. In the coming weeks many of our seniors will head out to start their college careers both athletically and academically. We wanted to salute them one more time in this special feature and say thank you for your support over the years.
Santa Fe College was the host of the 1A Region 2 Championships. After all was said and done, Britney Olinger and the Oak Hall took home individual and team honors. Troy Clark, the lone entry from Mount Dora Bible bested the field to finish first in 16:07.00. The Geneva School overcame some disqualifications and still managed to win the team competition.
Cardinal Mooney senior Grace Casagrande has had a spectacular season. After a third place finish at the FSU Invitational/Pre-State and a new personal best time of 18:07.61 Casagrande became an instant contender for the 1A state championship. She beat defending two-time champion Julie Wollrath by four seconds in the race. It marked the first time the two have met head to head this season. On the boys side, Troy Clark of Mt. Dora Bible has been working on his home course, one of the toughest in the state on a weekly basis. The hard work has paid off as Clark is looking for his first state championship.
The small schools started the postseason this past weekend as district competition got under way. Mark Winz and Darrell Laxton were on-site at Montverede Academy for the 1A District 7 meet. Check out their awesome photos as well as the elite performances.
We all have a purpose. We all have dreams and desires and no matter how big or how they small they might seem, we all want something. Some people fall in love with football, dancing, or writing, but me, I fell in love running. Don't ask me why, but I just love what I do. Like most normal runners, I was definitely not amazingly gifted or talented. I was a tall, average built, dorky freshman who got roped into running cross country by her best friend.
I did almost all of my long summer runs here and the Mount Dora Bible course has to be one of the hardest in the state. It's hills are grueling and seem to be placed in the worst places. Knowing you have to do two loops of it for it to be a full 5K, is almost as mentally exhausting as it is physically. Thankfully, Saturday at the 39th Mount Dora Bible Invitational the weather was absolutely beautiful with the temperature at a comfortable 75 degrees for both the girls and boy's varsity as well as JV races.
It was a great 2011-2012 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.