We caught up with him recently to talk about that transition, his recent success, and the upcoming Miami Marathon.
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Kayla Atkinson's (formerly Hale) first attempt at the full marathon resulted in hitting the Olympic Trials B standard of 2:45.
Watch this great kick from the girls select race at the FSU Invitational.
We take a look at the top 25 1A girls teams heading into the 2017 season.
The Holy Trinity girls are no stranger to the 1A podium and were the runner-ups in 2016. Giana Gayles returns as the 100mH and long jump champion while Samantha Folio gives the Tigers much needed points in the distance events. We caught up with Coach Marc Bailey for a scouting report on this year's team.
The Lakewood Ranch girls won the 4A state championship in 2016. Can they repeat in 2017? Will Miami Northwestern win their 9th title in a row and what will the point spread be? We rank EVERY team in EVERY classification using our track and field team scores feature.
Oak Hall ended the 2016 track and field season as the 1A state champions after finishing third in 2014, and runner-up in 2015. The Eagles return a majority of their squad as does 2016 runner-up Holy Trinity with the likes of Giana Gayles, Elizabeth Bacon, and Samantha Folio. We take a look at the top 1A girls teams heading into the 2017 season.
Samantha Folio has been a fixture of 1A power Holy Trinity since she was 43rd as a 7th grader in 2011. The next four years she finished in the top 25, and ended her senior cross country season as the state runner-up. Recently, the Tigers standout announced she will continue her athletic and academic journey at Georgia Tech. We caught up with her to talk about the decision, her time at Holy Trinity, the upcoming track season, and much more.
Only the Episcopal girls have advanced to Nike Cross Nationals, but that was before the days of the regional qualifiers. We went back and took the results dating back to 2007 to see who the top Florida programs at NXNSE were over that time. Our legacy scores form an "all star" team for each school and score each.
The Belen Jesuit boys won NXN Southeast in 2011, but they aren't the top team in our legacy team scores which takes all athletes from a given program and forms an "all star" squad. Trinity Prep, combining their top runners from both the 2011 team and 2015 team that finished as runner-up, edged out Belen by just 9 points. Columbus who also punched their tickets to Portland in 2010 rounded out the top three.
Lincoln's freshman Alyson Churchill vs Valerie Lastra of Mater Academy is one of the top matches in 3A. We take a look at the eleven best head to head battles on individuals and team front for the 2016 cross country state finals.
Holy Trinity senior Samantha Folio has made the state meet for the Tigers since she was a 7th grader. In the past six years, Folio placed in the top 25, five times, and was a part of multiple state title teams. On the track, she was fifth this spring in both the 1,600 and 3,200m at the 1A state meet. We caught up with the 1A state leader to talk about her summer training, the 2016 season, what Holy Trinity has meant to her, and much more.
Holy Trinity senior Samantha Folio is off to a 2-0 start in 2016 after wins at the Wickham Park Cross Country Jamboree and last weekend's Deland Invitational. Folio was fourth at the Holy Trinity Cross Country Classic in 2015 and is the favorite to win the race on Saturday. We preview the action using our virtual meet rankings. See which individuals and teams are projected to do well and stick with flrunners.com for on-site coverage by Jason Beede and Billy Simpson
No mud and water at this year's Wickham Park Jamboree make winning easier for Titusville's Mason Jones and Holy Trinity Academy's Samantha Folio.
Rick Andrews was on-site at the Wickham Park Cross Country Jamboree and captured over ONE THOUSAND photos of all the action including this one of Rockledge senior and girls runner-up Dominique Coriell who finished with a time of 20:17.00.
Trevor Kattenberg and his Satellite Scorpions will be one of over two dozen teams competing in the Wickham Park Cross Country Jamboree. We crunched the numbers using our virtual meet feature to predict the top individuals and teams for Saturday's pre-season contest. Flrunners.com will be on-site with photos, recaps, and results of all the action!
We've checked out the top individuals, the top teams, and now we go one step further breaking down all four classes by region. Utilizing our virtual meet feature. 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 region by region virtual meets for both boys and girls. We feature the top twenty-five individuals and top five 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!
The Oak Hall girls have been a podium mainstay of the 1A Cross Country Finals the past few years, but finished fourth in 2015 after winning the 1A Region 2 Championship. The Eagles are coming off a state title in track and have one of the most experienced squads in 1A. However, this year might be one of the closest team battles with Westminster Christian, Oak Hall, and Maclay separated by 5 points, and defending state champion Circle Christian returning five of their top seven.
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.
The Atkinson household has a total of four Foot Locker Nationals appearances between Brian and his wife Kayla (Hale). Hale, is the lone Floridian to make it to San Diego three times (2006-2008) while her husband made the trip in 2009. Isabel Hanewicz has the story of The Atkinsons: Foot Locker Finalists and married couple.
Our Lady of Lourdes has a plethora of young talent waiting in the wings lead by Elizabeth McCann, the only class of 2019 runner to make the varsity roster in 2015. The Bobcats have three girls under 21 minutes including McCann, Isabelle Areces, and Gabriela Garcia-Linares putting them at number one in our freshman class team scores.
The culmination of the Florida cross country season will take place Saturday November 7th at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee with state championship titles for both individuals and teams on the line. Leading up to the meet we will preview each classification with in-depth analysis as well as by seeing how our virtual meets think the races will play out. We start with the smallest classification 1A who will compete in the 5th (9:10 a.m.) and 7th (10 a.m.) races of the morning.
We merged the results of all four regionals to see who the top teams were as we close in on the Cross Country Finals on Saturday. Check out the top teams in 1A.
Regional week! We take a look at each class region by regional with our meet previews and virtual meets. Although, 1A is the smallest classification in Florida, that doesn't mean it lacks talent! Where do you and your team stack up against the competition? Find out.
The state meet is right around the corner and we are almost at the halfway point in the season. Over the next two days we will look at each classification to this point and run a virtual meet! Check out or breakdown of the state's smallest classification 1A.
We've done our girls ROC and boys ROC previews for the Flrunners.com Invitational 16. We've run the virtual meets. Now we know want to know who YOU think is going to win! Our prediction contest will run now through Friday night at midnight. Simply reply in the discussion topic your picks and tune in Saturday morning to see how good you are!
The 2015 Cross Country Finals are a month and a half away at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee. We wanted to see how EACH CLASSIFICATION would play out if we scored the meets using season bests at this point in the season. Check out our virtual meet and analysis in this slide show!
8th grader Tsion Yared looks repeat as an individual and help the Panthers go back to back in the girls Race of Champions. We preview all the action!
Check out our girls team rankings for EVERY classification. The list goes 100 teams deep and in some classes even longer! Where do you stack up against the competition and check back to see if you've climbed up the rankings all season long!
We've checked out the top individuals, the top teams, and now we go one step further breaking down all four classes by region. We start off in 1A utilizing our virtual meet feature. 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.
We broke down the top teams in each classification, but we’re throwing that all out the window. We want to know who is the best of the best, regardless of class. Check out our top fifty girls XC teams!
Oak Hall and Holy Trinity have been the top two teams in 1A for a long while. The Tigers have won the last three meetings at state. Is 2015 Oak Hall's year? Check out the top ten girls teams in the state's smallest class.
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 girls cross country teams based on 1,600m track times.
2014 4A state champions Winter Park were 9th at last year's NXN SE as a team and advanced then freshman Rafaella Gibbons. Will Gibbons and her teammates make the trip to Portland in 2015?
2014 2A state champions Trinity Prep finished 22nd at last year's NXN SE Regional. The Saints are projected to finish 7th this year. See where Florida teams are projected to finish within the top fifty!
The 2015 FHSAA Outdoor State Finals kicks off Friday in Jacksonville with class 1A/2A. Ricky Quintana gives us a preview of the state's smallest classification.
First Academy senior and University of Texas signee already owns the fastest 55m time in the nation of 6.93s set at the Jimmy Carnes Indoor Meet. Saturday she added another US#1 to her accolades, sprinting past the field at the David Oliver Classic in North Carolina in a time of 7.39s. Daniels is the reigning 1A state champion in the 100 and 200m and one of the top sprinters in the country!
Andy Warrener said it best in his recap article from 2014, "The girls Class A team title was never in doubt. The Holy Trinity girls were heavy favorites coming in and their studs delivered." The Tigers are one of the top teams again this year, but they will be without twins Daryth and Gabby Gayles who are running at Stanford.
Over the coming weeks leading up to the start of the track season we will take a look at the top individuals and teams. We start off with our 1A boys projected team scores where it looks to be a battle between Holy Trinity who was fourth in 2014 and defending champion Westminster Academy.
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Thursday the state-by-state winners of its inaugural High School Cross Country Coach of the Year.(via USTFCCCA)
The Holy Trinity girls and boys swept the 1A Cross Country Finals in 2014 and return a majority of runners from both teams. With this plethora of talent the Tigers are poised to repeat on both sides in 2015. However, with legendary Coach Butler now at Satellite High School, will the runners stay at HT and who will fill his shoes as coach? We take a look at the top teams heading into the 2015 XC season.
Holy Trinity Academy has found their next head track and field coach and the hire comes from within. Marc Bailey who has been an assistant under Doug Butler for the past three years will take over the helm after Butler was dismissed from the program last month.
Eileen O'Connor, a grandmother of three students who are running or have run cross country for Holy Trinity, held a sign and stood on the edge of Pineda Causeway early Monday morning, expressing her disappointment in the firing of longtime coach Doug Butler. (via www.floridatoday.com)
Tuesday morning, long time Holy Trinity Coach Doug Butler was relieved of his duties and dismissed from the school. Butler, is the winningest cross country coach in state history after both the boy's and girl's programs picked up their 8th state titles this year to give him 16 total to go with four in track. Over his fifteen year span, he has coached numerous state champions, sent dozens of kids to college on running scholarships, and served as a mentor and role model to thousands. Although specific details for his release are unknown, current and former athletes, parents, and the running community are speaking out in support of Butler and the positive effect he has had. Here are just some of the messages being posted on social media networks.
Coach Rick Rothman updates the list of the winningest cross country coaches in the state's history. After both the Holy Trinity boys and girls won their eighth state titles each, Coach Doug Butler remains at the top of the list with 16 total championships in his coaching career. Take a look at who moved up the list after picking up state titles in 2014!
The Holy Trinity girls and boys look to be shoe ins for their 8th respective titles and numbers 15 and 16 as a school. Will they also have the 1A individual champion to go with the team trophies?
The Holy Trinity boys captured their 11th regional title in 15 years while the girls recently captured their 14th. We scored all the regionals together to give us a glimpse as to what we can expect for the Cross Country Finals coming up! No surprise, the Tigers are the clear favorites on both sides with Andrew Cacciatore of HT and Sarah Candiano of Evangelical Christian posting the top times in regionals. See the top ten team scores along with the complete list!
Andrew Cacciatore has been a part of three cross country title teams at Holy Trinity. As a sophomore, Cacciatore was 9th at the 1A Cross Country Finals and followed that up with a runner-up finish in 2013. On the track, he was third this past spring at the outdoor state meet in the 3,200m. Recently, he announced he will be attending the College of William and Mary to run for the Tribe.
Regional week! We take a look at each class region by regional with our virtual meets and meet previews. Although, 1A is the smallest classification in Florida, that doesn't mean it lacks talent! Holy Trinity is the winningest program in the state and looks to continue that tradition in the postseason! Where do you and your team stack up against the competition? Find out.
Shelby Smith of host Holy Trinity crosses the line in 18:05.00, the fourth fastest time this year in the state. Andrew Cacciatore wins the boys race and the Tigers sweep the team titles.Check out 1,275 photos from all the action from the Holy Trinity Fall Classic by Doug Carroll.
Holy Trinity will play host to it's fall classic on campus this weekend and welcome over three dozen schools from around the state. After a strong showing at Pre-State, both of Coach Butler's squads look poised to bring home team titles in mid November, and should win very comfortably on Saturday. See how our virtual meet has this one playing out both on the individual and team front. Also, make sure to check out complete coverage from the meet including photos by Doug Carroll, results, and a complete recap of all the action!
The Holy Trinity girls and boys are the clear favorites to win the 1A Cross Country Finals a month from now in Tallahassee. The girls are looking for their third championship in five years, while the boys are looking to go back to back and win their eighth title in school history. Check out the top five teams according to our team scores based on season bests and click on the complete list to see every team in the state's smallest classification!
We wanted to see who the top teams were regardless of class and score it as a meet. The Holy Trinity girls were second at the Astronaut Invitational and behind Winter Park in the standings at Carrollton, but based on season bests the Tigers have an average time of 19:24.44 compared to Winter Park's 19:36.64. Pine Crest who is up for MileSplit's Girls National Team of the Week after their strong showing at the UF Mt. Dew Invitational comes in at number two.
Belen Jesuit come in at number one on our top ten teams regardless of class. The Wolverines have proven why they are a powerhouse program (seven state titles in eight years) year in and year out winning their first four meets of the season with relative ease. They took home the team trophy at the Estero DDD Invitational, Pine Crest Cross Country Invitational, Miami-Dade County Youth Fair, and recently at the UF Mt. Dew Invitational where the squad posted a 16:15 team average on a quick Mark Bostick Golf Course in Gainesville. Senior Ryan Rodriguez is the team's number one runner and the leader of a squad that relies on a bevy of juniors.
69 schools competed at the rejuvenated Carrollton Orthopedic Invitaional from as far south (or more) as Melbourne Florida. Some incredible racing occured, but Ga.MileSplit was unable to be onsite for this event and reports as to what transpired have been non-existent on the Discussion Board. A few things are certain, Lindsay Billings ran great winning the Championship Girls Overall title and Leon County (FL) Sukhi Khosla was untouchable as he dominated with a season best time of 15:53.
After maybe having a few less teams attend than in the past, the Carrollton Orthopedic Invitational is 67 HS teams strong again and should have over 2000 runners registered for action Saturday. Many of the top programs in Georgia will run their entire squads and a few will hold out their top runners for another day... The Sunshine State has arguably three of the best boys teams in the state, two of the best girls teams in the state , the top freshman in the state on the girls side, and a potential foot locker finalist in Sukhi Khosla on the boys side lacing it up with our state's student-athletes. Its a star studded event that could turn into a barnburner depending on what teams from Ga choose to run in the Championship race....
Running is a family affair for Holy Trinity sophomore Trevor Kattenberg. Older brother Tristan was a standout for the Tigers, while twin brother Egan, and little sister Anique are current members of the team. Kattenberg was fourth at the 1A Cross Country Finals as a freshman and is coming off of an outdoor track season where he ran 9:39.33 in the 3,200m (4th at state) and 4:30.93 for 1,600m. In his first two meets of the season, he has finished second and fourth and posted sub 16 minute times of 15:52 and 15:59.80. His 15:52 is the fastest sophomore time in Florida and US#12.
Mud puddles, humidity, no problem. Just a typical Saturday morning in the Sunshine State. The conditions weren't ideal at the Astronaut Invitational, but that didn't stop the over three dozen team from kicking off the 2014 cross country season with a bang. Freshman Rafaella Gibbons led 4A favorite Winter Park to the team title after winning the first race of her high school career. On the boy's side Merritt Island's Steven Cross stayed closer to home this weekend and picked up his second win of the year. Lyman's trio of Jordan Armstrong, Joshua Jacques, and freshman Bryce Bell guided the Greyhounds to a team title that may have surprised some people, upending 1A favorites Holy Trinity by four points, and 4A contender Winter Park.
The Astronaut Invitational has been a staple on the Space Coast for years. Last year's edition was rainy, misty, and didn't make for the best running conditions. Forty-three teams from around Central Florida and the coast will make the trek to Titusville and Chain Of Lakes Park (also the site of flrunners.com Invitational 15). The girl's race will feature two of the top teams in the state in 1A favorite Holy Trinity and 4A favorite Winter Park. In 2013, the Wildcats had five in the top eight to win with 25 points. Those same two boys' teams, also state title contenders in their respective classes, will battle it out as well. Olympia which has a well-rounded program too should finish in the top five in both races.
David Kilgore. Does that name ring a bell? Some people may remember him from his days as a state champion in the 1600 meters and 5000 meters as a talented distance runner for Holy Trinity. Others may recall his impressive 14:27 5K and 24:18 8K at Colorado where he was a reserve runner on the 2013 PAC 12 National Champion Buffalo cross country team. Kilgore identified this as his best running memory stating, “Just being on the national winning team was pretty exciting.” Despite all this success at Colorado, something was missing, and Kilgore will be representing the University of Florida this fall.
The most recent list of top 100 boys cross country times in the nation contains three Florida athletes. Brandon Marquez makes his debut on the list in a tie for fourth after posting a 15:23 in what he calls a "rust buster" at the Wickham Park Jamboree. Holy Trinity teammates Andrew Cacciatore (seen above) and Trevor Kattenberg also make the list coming it at number 45 and 51 with their recent showings of 15:50 and 15:52 respectively.
Brandon Marquez called his 2014season opener at the Wickham Park Jamboree a "rust buster". Marquez, a junior at Timber Creek who has decided to compete this season unattached, definitely didn't have any rust this weekend. The 2012 4A Cross Country Finals runner-up sprinted out to the front of the group and never looked back, dismantling the field in a new meet record of 15:23 and posting the fourth fastest time in the country (tie with Levi Thornett of Alaska).
Nearly 600 runners competed in the Wickham Park Cross Country Jamboree in Melbourne. Flrunners.com photographer Doug Carroll was on-site and captured close to 1,500 photos of all the action including some great candids and excellent finish line shots! Check it out and tag yourself in your photos!
The 2014 cross country season kicks off this weekend and there will be no shortage of runners at Wickham Park in Melbourne. The Wickham Park Jamboree hosted by Holy Trinity will welcome in nearly 600 runners and more than two dozen teams. The event kicks off with the girls at 7:30 a.m. followed by the boys. On the girl's side Julie Wollrath returns for the fifth year, but this time in a Melbourne uniform while Emily Chapman of Brevard HEAT hopes she can be the new sheriff in 1A, and the HT girls begin their quest for team title number eight. On the boy's side, Brandon Marquez kicks off his season, but like track it will be as an unattached athlete. He will be challenged by Holy Trinity's duo of Kattenberg and Cacciatore as well as Garrett Camps of Melbourne. Flrunners.com will be on scene with photos, results, and a complete recap of all the action!
The 2014 Cross Country Finals are 81 days away! Though that may seem like a long time to some, the meet will be here before we know it. Teams spent the summer logging quality miles and attending running camp. This week marks the official start of team practices for many with pre-season meets taking place this weekend and the main events the first week in September. As we continue our rankings, we count down the top ten girls teams regardless of class. Did your team make the list? Find out!
The 2014 Cross Country Finals are 82 days away! Though that may seem like a long time to some, the meet will be here before we know it. Teams spent the summer logging quality miles and attending running camp. This week marks the official start of team practices for many with pre-season meets taking place this weekend and the main events the first week in September. As we continue our rankings, we count down the top ten boys teams regardless of class. Did your team make the list? Find out!
We kick off our team rankings in 1A, the state's smallest classification. On the girl's side Oak Hall and Holy Trinity have gone head to head the past four years. In 2010, the Tigers and Eaglest went 1-2. In 2011, Oak Hall edged out Holy Trinity for the second podium spot. 2012 saw Oak Hall once again win, this time by 15 points, to hoist the 1A title. Last year, the opposite happened as Holy Trinity won by 14 points. Who will take round five? Oak Hall leads our composite rankings and look to be a slight favorite after the Tigers lost 3x state champ Julie Wollrath. The good news for Coach Butler is that his boys are a clear favorite. Can they go back to back and win their eighth title in school history? Check out the top five girls and boys teams in 1A and a link to their complete rankings.
2013 Country Finals champion Franco Martins returns for his senior season. Martins posted a 15:44.23 last year at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee to win the first of three state titles he would capture during his junior year (1600,3200 in track. Runner-up Andrew Cacciatore of Holy Trinity and sophomore teammate Trevor Kattenberg also return and should be contenders as well. Those three runners are the only ones who have broken the sixteen minute barrier. See the top 20 boys returners in 1A and the complete list as well!
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...
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...
A list of the top 25 fastest returning girls cross country teams within the states of the NXN Southeast Regional including Alabama, DC, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
When sisters Gaby and Daryth Gayles debuted with Holy Trinity track and field five years ago as seventh-graders, they probably would have been the last two people to predict where their path has led them. (via www.floridatoday.com)
In this series we take a look at state championship and runner-up coaches, their outlook on the team, the season, and the future of the program. Coach Doug Butler is in his 13th year at Holy Trinity and 8th as the track and field coach for the Tigers. On the track, his team's have won six state championships including the fourth for the girls which they achieved this year.
The Gayles twins have made names for themselves in their high school careers. As they both head off to Stanford this fall, they could not have asked for a much better send off.
For class 1A and 2A it's two weeks of grinding and sweat-filled practices with the state meet closing in on Friday May 2, 2014. We wanted to see how the top team's stacked up in our 1A Super 25 Power Rankings. These rankings were calculated by scoring the rankings as a meet. We scored 25 deep for individuals and 25 deep for relays.For example, for individuals 1st place received 25 points for their team, on down to 1 point for 25th place.
There was no stopping the Holy Trinity Leviathan Thursday at Calvary Christian in Clearwater for Class A Region 3 track. It was not a huge surprise, the Tigers are defending state champs for the boys and were runners-up in Class A a year ago. They easily out-paced the field on both sides, boys and girls. On the boys side, the Tigers scored 115 to runner-up Indian Rocks Christian with 59. On the girls side, the Tigers scored 133.5 to Evangelical Christian’s 67.5.
Stanford bound seniors Gaby and Daryth Gayle lead class 1A in three categories. Gaby is first in the 200 and 400 while Daryth is the favorite in the long jump. Brittany McGee of Admiral Farragut looks to sweep in the hurdles and distance standout Sarah Candiano is the best in the1600m after her performance at the Florida Relays. On the boys side, First Academy is loaded in the sprints boasting three top relays and invididual leaders in the 100m dash and 300m hurdles. Westminster Academy has their fair share of studs too makign that title bount even more competitive come May!
We are getting into the heart of the season. The state championship is less than two months away. We wanted to see which teams would have the best shot at podium finishes if we crunched the numbers today. We scored 10 deep for individuals and ten deep for relays with first place receiving ten points for their team on down to one point for tenth place. Rankings as of 3/12/2014.
Holy Trinity senior and Stanford bound Daryth Gayles has the top time in 1A for both the 100 (11.87) and long jump (19-3.5). Gayles is also a member of the Tiger's 4x100 meter relay that clocked a leading time of 49.24 at the Phillip Dummer Elite Classic. See if you have the leading time/mark in your event and where you stack up against the top athletes in 1A!
Gemikal Prude has the perfect body for an athlete - if that athlete is a point guard on a basketball team. During his junior year in high school another sport started to capture his interest. (via LipscombSports.com)
After six years of running competitively, Holy Trinity junior Julie Wollrath has decided to take a break from the sport. Wollrath started competing as a 6th grader for Covenant Christian where she was 57th at the 1A Cross Country Finals in 2008. As a 7th grader she started attending Holy Trinity, where she has racked up five individual state titles in track and field and cross country and helped the Tigers to numerous team championships. Rather than tying up her running shoes, Wollrath will be tying the laces on her lacrosse stick. She says she decided to play the sport this spring over track because she felt like running was no longer a joy and starting to feel more like a job.
Holy Trinity looks like the clear favorite to take the 1A state championship and add some more hardware to the school's rich history. The Tigers finished second behind Maclay in 2013, but look very balanced and are loaded with experience. They should receive a large number of points from Julie Wollrath and Samantha Folio in the distance events, sprinters Daryth and Gaby Gayles who are headed to Stanford as well as Mckenzie Kilborne, the reigning 1A champion in the high jump. Can Maclay stay on the podium once again or will Calvary Christian claim the second spot?
Last year's champion Holy Trinity looks to add another title to their trophy case, while runner-up First Academy reloads with transfer talent. Can speedster Andrew James bolster Westminster's Academy to an improvement from their fourth place finish a year ago? See how the computer ranks the boys competition in 1A.
Holy Trinity’s Julie Wollrath captured her third consecutive individual Class 1A cross country title and helped lead a loaded Tigers squad to a team championship in November. (via www.floridatoday.com)
Two of the state of Florida's top athletes just happen to be sisters and happen to be twins. Holy Trinity seniors Daryth and Gaby Gayles have been inseparable most of their lives and will continue their college careers together at one of the most prestigious academic and athletic institutions in the country; Stanford University. Daryth says the recruiting process was both hectic and overwhelming at the beginning.
In 2013,both the Holy Trinity boys and girls took home team titles, while Julie Wollrath picked up her third straight individual crown. The championships marked number thirteen and fourteen for the program under the direction of Coach Doug Butler. Butler's 14 team titles make him the winningest coach in Florida history. Check out this awesome video by Holy Trinity parent John Pavlakos to commemorate the incredible 2013 season!
At the beginning of the month we took a look ahead at the top individuals returning for the 2014 cross country season. Now we take a look at the top teams. With the year coming to an end and another successful cross country season in the books it is never too early to take a look at the competition for next year! Can Holy Trinity repeat and sweep both the girls and boys titles? Oak Hall is young as well and should pose a challenge once again.
In this series we take a look at state championship and runner-up coaches, their outlook on the team, the season, and 2014. Holy Trinity Coach Doug Butler is in his 14th year coaching the boys and girls cross country teams at Holy Trinity. In 2013, the girls picked up their third state title in five years and seventh in school history.
With the 2013 cross country season coming to a close we take a sneak peek at 2014. Who will the top returners be? Who are the top teams? In 1A, can Julie Wollrath win her fourth straight title and can Franco Martins make it two in a row?
In this series we take a look at state championship and runner-up coaches, their outlook on the team, the season, and 2014. Holy Trinity Coach Doug Butler is in his 14th year coaching the boys and girls cross country teams at Holy Trinity. In 2013, with a young, but experienced squad, the boys picked up their 7th state championship in school history.
In our final installment of Head Of The Class we take a look at the top freshman. Miami Jackson's Daesha Rogers and Holy Trinity's Trevor Kattenberg top our lists. Where do you rank in the class of 2017?
The people asked for it and here it is. We combined all four classes into one race to see where each individual and teams would place. Take a look at our Girls All-Class State Meet results.
Coach Rick Rothman of Spanish River sent me a list of the winningest cross country coaches in the state's history. After both the Holy Trinity boys and girls won their seventh state titles each, Coach Doug Butler remains at the top of the list with 14 total championships in his coaching career. Take a look at who moved up the list after picking up state titles in 2013!
The 2013 Cross Country Finals are rapidly approaching. In the days leading up to the event we will preview all four classifications. The 1A girls will be the first race of the morning and it should be a battle both on the individual side between Julie Wollrath and Grace Casagrande, as well as, on the team site with defending champion Oak Hall and Holy Trinity who is looking for their seventh state championship in school history. On the boy's side Troy Clark of MDB will be tested by a pair of Holy Trinity runners in Andrew Cacciatore and Trevor Kattenberg. The duo look to lead the Tigers to back to back boys titles and their seventh in the last ten years.
We are less than two weeks away from the state meet in Tallahassee. Regional competition starts Thursday with class 2A Region 4 and will continue through Saturday morning. Over the course of the next four days we will take a look at the road to state for each class starting with 1A Regions 1-4. Sit, back, relax, and enjoy our meet previews and virtual meet exclusively for MileSplit Insiders. If you don't have a subscription now is the time to get one!
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.
In the last two head to head matchups between the Oak Hall and Holy Trinity girls it is the Tigers that have come out on top. Oak Hall is looking for their second straight state title while Holy Trinity is looking for their third title in five years and seventh total. The virtual meet has Holy Trinity as an eighteen point favorite. On the boys side, Holy Trinity looks to make it seven state titles in the last ten years. They should win easily. Can you say dominant?
At flrunners.com we are always looking at new innovative ideas, new features, new rankings, etc. Our team rankings allow you to see how your team stacks up whether it be by conference, district, region, or class, and numerous other ways. Cross country is a sport where depth plays an integral part. After the varsity seven, what is next in line? We take a look at the top junior varsity teams based on season bests of the number eight to number fourteen runners.
It comes down to this….Four weeks from the state meet on this same course, the top ranked individuals and teams on the boys side and all but one of the top ranked girls, Karen Xiang, and the top ranked teams on the girl’s side gather for their last top level race before they are propelled into the state series. Throw in some talented teams from Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina, some expected temperatures in the low 60’s and we have the makings of a very special set of races.
In the last decade, the Holy Trinity boys and girls have been the winningest teams in the state. According to the latest virtual team rankings the Tigers look to be the team team to beat in 2013 as well. On the girls, side it should be a tight battle with defending champion Oak Hall. The boys should face a test from Maclay , but look poised to take home their third straight trophy.
Belen Jesuit, Holy Trinity, Oak Hall, and Bishop Kenny made the trek up to Cary, North Carolina this weekend to compete at the Great American Festival. All in all the teams did okay, with Holy Trinity's girls finishing 8th and Oak Hall girls and Belen Jesuit boys finishing 9th in the Race of Champions.
Holy Trinity junior Julie Wollrath and Fort Myers senior Tyler Bennett are this week's Athletes of the Week. Wollrath bested a very competitive field at the UF Mt. Dew Invitational, winning by over ten second, and won for the second time on the year. Bennett also picked up his second win of the season, at the same meet. His time of 15:24.29 was just two seconds off of a personal best, and puts him number three on the all-time meet list behind Jason Heatherly of Hernando (1983 - 4:47.00) and AJ DelValle (2010 - 15:18.69).
This week’s “big meet” will be on The Mark Bostick Golf Course on the University of Florida campus which is known to be challenging given the softer grass and multiple hills which are spread throughout. 72 teams are entered on the girl’s side and 69 on the boys teams will gather on a predicted steamy 90+% humidity and 75+ degree morning. Conditions have been dry this week, so the course surface may be more firm for better footing and performances across the board. Flrunners will be on-site with results, race video, video interviews, thousands of photos, and a complete recap of all the action.
Jacksonville- Several running clichés echoed through the windy night air after Saturday night’s Katie Caples’ Elite races: 1) summer training is the crux of a successful cross country season; (2) it takes five runners to secure a win and (3) racing is the true barometer of the quality of a team…..all conjecture is thrown out the door once the team line up.
The Katie Caples Invitational attracts some of the top talent from across the state and individually. The 2013 edition will be no different. Ricky Quintana and Mike Leary will be on-site with a complete recap, race video, interviews, and hundreds of photos from the event.
Holy Trinity has been one of the premier girls cross country programs in the state for the past decade. The Tigers made it ten podium finishes in eleven years after finishing second in 2012 behind Oak Hall. Two time state 1A cross country champion Julie Wollrath, is the front runner of this team. Joining her this year is transfer Shelby Smith who comes from East Grand Rapids High School in Michigan along with sister Sydney.
Throwback Thursday is a new feature we are showcasing on flrunners.com. Going back into the archives is fun and can turn up interesting and relative content. Being July 4th, Independence Day, I found this article on Holy Trinity alumni Kyle Butler, who is not only serving our country, but also continuing his running and leading Fort Bliss in the Army 10 miler in 2011. Thank you to all those who have served this country. Celebrate the day. Eat a hot dog. Watch some fireworks. America.
Holy Trinity coach Doug Butler and coach Danny Weed of Flagler Palm Coast have been named two of the twenty-five finalists for the Brooks 2013 Most Inspiring Coach of the Year award. The were chosen out of thousands of nominees from around the country.
Holy Trinity must have still been smarting from a runner-up finish at states last year; at least the girls team, the boys were already defending their state title coming in. Both teams cruised to dominant wins. The girls team scored 106 to second place Evangelical Christian with 66. On the boys side, Moore Haven scored 98 to give Holy Trinity a good run but as soon as it got to the 3200m, the bell had tolled for Moore Haven’s upset aims.
Holy Trinity senior Alex Brown, is the reigning 1A Cross Country Finals Champion, and has been an integral part of the Tigers' success over the past few years. Recently, Brown followed in the footsteps of another HT alumni, Kyle Cooke, when he decided to continue his running career at Columbia University.
Holy Trinity junior Daryth Gales and Winter Park senior Brylan Slay are this week's Athlete of the Week winners. Gayle kicked off 2013 with impressive wins at the Eagle Invitational in Jacksonville. She took the long jump in a state leading 18-6.75. Slay won the 400 meter dash at the UK Invitational in a US #5 time and personal best of 48.24. Two days later he claimed titles in both the 300 and 600 meter runs at the Wildcat Open.
If once was nice and two was a big confidence booster ... could three and four be there for the taking? (via www.floridatoday.com )
Alex Brown has been going to the state cross country meet since he was in the seventh grade. (via www.floridatoday.com)
I believe the most overlooked aspect of youth sports is the mental side of the game. I have a passion for all youth sports and this fueled my desire to get my advanced degree in Sports Psychology. (via htacademy)
After his boys won the state championship in 2012, Coach Doug Butler picked up his twelfth team title as a coach, making him the winningest coach in state history. Last year, Butler passed legends Roy Harrison, Gary Droze, and Brent Haley with number eleven.
Daniel Moore was a part of the success at Holy Trinity in both track and field as well as cross country. Over his four years he won four state titles, one as an indidivual in the 3200 meters , and three team titles, two in cross country, and one in track and field. Moore is now a freshman at Duke University and just completed his first cross country season as a Blue Devil.
Flrunners is reaching out to interview and recognize all of the head coaches from the victorious cross country state championship teams to give them the opportunity to reflect and share their feelings and thoughts on their team's successful fall seasons culminating with state team titles. Coach Doug Butler has the most overall state titles of any coach and he continued that trend in 2012 when he picked up his 12th overall and sixth boys state championship.
Fort Myers senior Ace Brown and Holy Trinity sophomore Julie Wollrath are this week's Warrior of the Week winners. Brown capped off his cross country career as the top Florida finisher at Foot Locker South crossing the line in 19th place and a new personal best time of 15:21.00. A week removed from winning her second straight cross country state championship Wollrath finished 20th at Foot Locker South in a time of 17:59.00.
Holy Trinity senior Alex Brown and Dr. Phillips senior Bridget Blake are this week's Warrior of the Week winners. Brown won the 1A state championship in a new personal best time of 15:37.69 and led Holy Trinity to the team championship. Blake won her third consecutive 4A state championship in 17:53.04.
The Holy Trinity cross country team left Tallahassee with more gold on Saturday morning. (via www.floridatoday.com)
Daniel Salas is a big favorite individually, but his Trinity Prep team will have their hands full with their arch rivals from Holy Trinity yet again.
Julie Wollrath and Holy Trinity will be favored going in, but the ladies of Oak Hall are determined to spoil the fun.
Although the schools are small, there is no bigger rivalry in the state of Florida than 1A’s Holy Trinity and Trinity Prep. Well, except maybe Florida vs. Florida State. It’s hard to look past the domination of 1A cross-country over the last decade by the boys from Holy Trinity and Trinity Prep. One of the two teams has won the last eight 1A state championships, and the dominance has even increased in the last five years. Since 2007, one of the two schools has won every 1A state title, and the other school has finished runner-up each time.
David Kilgore had a stellar career at Holy Trinity. During his time he was the 2009 1A cross country runner-up, and 2010 1A cross country state champion. Kilgore also won the 1600 meter state championship in both 2010 and 2011. He his currently a redshirt freshman at the University of Colorado. See what David has been up to in this feature we call Where Are They Now?
Several Florida squads headed north to Cary, North Carolina to compete against top teams from across the country at the Great American Cross Country Festival.
Day two of the 2012 Jim Ryun Invitational kicked off at Holloway Park in Lakeland and the general consensus among runners was that the course was tough with the hills and sand scattered throughout. The times might not have been record shattering, but hey this is Florida, and these runners weren't used to a "real" cross country course. Mike HIll and Chris Kail of Elite Timing had the meet on track and rolling along great. Meet director Paul White described the event as a success and thanked God for the great weather. The racing was great as well as two runners won for another week, while several others had breakthrough performances.
Holy Trinity has become accustomed to making the podium the past several years. The Tigers won the 1A state tile in 2009 and 2010, and finished third in 2011. The squad is led by 2011 individual champion Julie Wollrath. She leads a program that returns six of it's top seven from a year ago.
In the past five years, the Holy Trinity boys cross country team has finished either first or second. It had been a fight with Trinity Prep for the top spot in 2009 and 2010, but the Tigers got the job done in 2011. The team placed four of it's top five runners in the top nine. Numbers five and six finished 17th and 21st. Coach Butler's squad loses three members of the state championship squad to graduation, but has a strong four-some of seniors leading this year's group.
Some time ago, while driving through Los Angeles with his wife, Doug Butler saw a billboard that bore words that would become his motto: “You can rest when you die.” So he believes, and the veteran runner and running coach is living it again this steamy summer.(via Florida Today )
Todd Grasley interviewed Holy Trinity coach Doug Butler about keeping runners motivated over the summer. Butler is the winningest high school coach in state history.
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.
Holy Trinity Academy, Florida Division 1A State Champions!!
With four consecutive Class 1A state titles in girls cross country, Kayla Hale’s name likely will never disappear from the Florida High School Athletics Association record book. (via spacecostdaily.com)
The waiting game is over for Holy Trinity's Joey Castagnaro. The senior will walk on at Florida State University and dawn the garnet and gold. It was a tough decision that came down to two in state schools, but once his times came around, he says the Seminoles shined bright.
Holy Trinity head cross country coach Doug Butler has more state titles than any other coach in Florida, but that's not the bottom line. (via FLORIDA TODAY)
Over the course of winning six state team cross country championships, Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy has always had a bellwether. This past season was no different as Daniel Moore led the Tigers to a sensational 2011. (via FLORIDA TODAY)
Maybe you are at the beginning of your high school career, and you’re fixated on how to do your hair for state (gotta love the Holy Trinity medusa hair), perhaps you’ve begun to think about what running in college might be like, or maybe you’re full force in the middle of confusion.
After winning championships at last weekend's state meet, four coaches ascended higher on the all-time winning most coaches list maintained by former FACA XC Chair and Spanish River coach Rick Rothman.
Ryan Gousse of Trinity Prep upsets for the individual title, but Holy Trinity notches yet another team state championship.
After a breakout performance at Great American Holy Trinity senior Daniel Moore saw his college value increase dramatically. Moore's new course record and sub 15 minutes had colleges calling that he had never dreamed of including Duke University. Moore made it official the end of October and says the opportunity to be a part of the Blue Devil family was something he couldn't pass up.
Another meet, another dominating performance by Holy Trinity Academy, and this time it went straight across the boards. (via FLORIDA TODAY)
Every year, Holy Trinity Academy honors its senior cross country runners in ceremonies during the HTA Fall Classic, which features some of the best runners in Florida. Every year, the Tigers also excel at their meet. (via FLORIDA TODAY)
Holy Trinity senior Daniel Moore remained unbeaten on the year breaking a course 10 year old course record at Great American set by Alan Webb. Moore ran a sub fifteen, 14:57 to beat out nationally ranked Jacob Burcham of West Virginia in the final stretch of the race. Chiles senior Lily Williams also remained unbeaten and set a course record of her own. Williams busted out a 17:29 at the Jesse Owens Classic in Alabama to get the win and lead her team to a title as well.
Several Central Florida teams made the trip to Cary, North Carolina for the Great American Cross Country Festival and several came home with new personal bests. The Boys Race of Champions featured a battle between Holy Trinity senior Daniel Moore and nationally ranked Jacob Bucham of Cabell Midland High School in West Virginia. Before the cross country season, Coach Doug Butler said Moore had the potential to re-write the Holy Trinity record books and be one of the best in school history.
Holy Trinity swept its preseason home opener today with freshman Julie Wollrath and senior Daniel Moore winning their respective individual girls and boys titles.
"It's the strongest team I've had." That is how Doug Butler describes this year's crop of cross country runners at Holy Trinity. In twelve years of coaching he says he's never had a group this deep.
We see Estero and Lakewood Ranch TIED through five runners, with Estero coming out on top on #6. There are a lot of VERY strong looking teams coming back this year.
Scoring the 3200 and 1600 meter season best track times from the spring, minus the class of 2011, shows that we're likely to see more battling for state supremacy between Chiles and Lakewood Ranch. HB Plant and Our Lady of Lourdes are knocking on the door.
Belen Jesuit pack a punch this season! Four of their top five return with plenty of firepower to fill in the gap and then some. Elliot Clemente will lead the way (likely for the entire state) with his 15:03 season best from last year, pacing Belen to a 15:58 team average. Colonial and Estero ring in at a somewhat distant but certainly not insurmountable #2 and #3 position in our computer rankings.
Not unexpectedly, Kayla Hale dominated the race from nearly the start. Under muddy conditions the Holy Trinity senior opened her season with a time of 18:56. Her closest competitor was Juliana Stern of Satellite, almost a minute back at 19:49. Although it is an unofficial, non-scored meet Holy Trinity dominated the female race going 1-3-4-5-7 (Hale, Teresa Ristow, Melissa Jones, Brianna Wahy, Savannah McKendree). It should be noted that Satellite did not run with all their guns blaring today. On the boys side the race was perhaps more competitive, and Holy Trinity was similarly impressive--especially up front. The Tigers' took first and second with excellent opening times from Bret Butler (16:24) and David Kilgore (16:27). James Stern of Satellite was third in 16:41. The rest of Holy Trinity's top five were Tyler Truitt 16:56, Joey Castagnaro 17:26, and Alex Brown 18:57. They were without normal number five Adam Cooke. Watch the Video!
The Wickham Jamboree showed why Brevard County is being considered by some the new hub of cross country in Florida with Holy Trinity, Melbourne, Astronaut, and Satellite looking great. And on the other side of the state, Tampa Jesuit showed itself to again be one of the best and deepest boys teams in the state.Holy Trinity girls and Tampa Jesuit boys could deserve a look for the next release of the NTN South Rankings. Read the full story.
Kayla Hale and Alex Wills win at the Holy Trinity Fall Classic. Race highlights video set to music, produced by Barry Jones.
The Wickham Park Jamboree on Saturday was the last of the preseason meets before the regular season begins this week. In case you missed it, meet host Holy Trinity was very impressive on both the boys and girls sides.
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