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.
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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.
Mandarin class of 2013 graduate Lucas Shannon has come home to the Mustang's as their coach following the retirement of longtime coach James Schmitt. The squad is coming off their 10th straight Gateway Conference championship and is hoping to make some noise in the postseason. North Florida correspondent Jacob Fuller caught up with Shannon and the members of the Mandarin senior class to talk about the conference win, coaching changes, program traditions, and much more.
Last year's girls invitational race produced one of the ten best times of the whole weekend by Natalie Varela. These athletes and teams are hungry after just missing the cut off for the Race of Champions. Lemon Bay's Maddison Welch was 20th in last year's Race of Champions and comes in as one of the favorites to win on Saturday in this division. We take a look at the top individuals and teams in the field.
Entering the 2015 season the girls of Fort Walton Beach knew this would be their best shot at a podium finish with four experienced seniors at the front of the lineup. The Vikings, who ended up 7th at the Cross Country Finals lead our team scores for the class of 2016. See where your squad stacks up?
We've seen the depth of Belen Jesuit in our team scores by grade feature all week long, but how about LaBelle. The boys rank second behind Belen and finished 4th at the 2A Cross Country Finals with the help of four seniors including Omar Figueroa who finished 11th and Enrique Jimenez who was right behind in 12th. Who had the best teams based on the class of 2016? We rank them all!
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. Today, we look at the 4A classification who will compete in the second (7:55 a.m.) and fourth (8:45 a.m.) races of the morning with the girls and boys respectively.
Both the Mandarin boys and Winter Park girls escaped the region of death (4A Region 1). The Mustangs accomplished the feat with a team average of 16:41.69 while the defending state champion Wildcats were guided with individual champion Rafaella Gibbons who set a new state leading time of 17:27.15 giving the team an average of 18:51.44. They top our list of teams at the 4A Regionals. See where your squad ranks!
In the grand scheme of things, Cross country is a sport that is all about timing. From that first step in August, to the last in October--if one is so blessed--it should last 12 weeks, give or take a few days. It is those few days that a potentially successful season could be circumscribed.
Ralph Epifanio was on-site at the 4A Region 1 Championship AKA the Region Of Death and gives us a quick recap before his in-depth story hits the site tomorrow!
Mandarin senior Trenton Liberty was 13th at the 4A Cross Country Finals in 2014 and has the 7th fastest time coming into the 2015 season. See what he had to say about training, goals for this year, and much more in our XC Spotlight.
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 boys cross country teams based on 1,600m track times.
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....
The 2014 Cross Country season got an early start for a few teams as Bartram Trail, Flagler Palm Coast, Mandarin, and Vanguard toed the line in a quad meet the last weekend of August. Unlike most races, this meet had one race for the men and one race for the women with the men’s race going first.
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.
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.
John Weaver of Mandarin picked a great time to set a new personal best. The senior won the 4A-1 District Championship at the Flagler County Fairgrounds in 15:51.78. FPC's Thomas Carroll coming off a great performance at the Five Star Conference Championship finished second in 16:01.39.
While Eric Tallbacka and Danielle Van Liere earned much deserved individual conference championships, it was the Mandarin Mustangs who cleaned house, winning every team championship of the evening.
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.
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)
For Mandarin senior Mary Kate Ponder the college selection process has come to an end. Ponder narrowed her final three down to the University of Florida, University of North Florida, and University of Kentucky. Friday she made her decision and Saturday she made an official announcement at the Cross Country State Championships after finishing 10th.
Mandarin senior Mary Kate Ponder talks about her senior season and her preparation for the 4A Cross Country State Championships.
Nutrition, strength and core training. Those three factors are what sets Mandarin's Mary Kate Ponder apart from her peers. The senior says she is had her best summer yet and has transitioned right into cross country training following a successful track season in which she placed second in the 1600 and fourth in the 3200.
This is going to be a fun year to watch in the 4A! Can Melbourne fight off the depth of Columbus? Will Winter Park pull of another successful reload or will Mandarin or Bartram Trail take what is oft called the "Region of Death"? Can Sarasota surprise Melbourne in Region 2? Can anyone catch Park Vista in Region 3? Will Coach Raposo be with or without the 'stache in Region 4? Only time will tell, but get a first look here!