New Braddock Senior High School coach Alex Shaw decided to take his cross country runners to their own camp. Joining with fellow South Florida schools Coral Park, Miami Sunset, and Doral Academy, the team headed north for the 2015 Ocala Running Camp for a seven day trip. Shaw, shares the highlights of the camp both running and non running-related!
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After nine years as the head coach at Miami Sunset, Alex Shaw is leaving to take over the program at Braddock High School. Shaw decided to leave after this graduating class.
It seems like every week Carlin Berryhill of Coral Reef and Nick Diaz of Miami Sunset are going at it. The GMAC Championships were no different as Berryhill (4:18.80) beat out the UF signee by tenths of a second (4:19.50) in the 1,600m run. Watch our Tasty Race of the Week!
The finish of the boys 3200m invitational race literally came down to the tape. Teammates Kurt Convey and Carlin Berryhill were running neck and neck the final mile of the race.
I have been extremely fortunate to have experienced BOTH Nike Nationals (Portland, OR) and now Foot Locker Nationals (San Diego, CA) during my short nine year coaching career. More importantly I was able to experience both races with outstanding people like Nick Diaz and my wife Mary.
When I found out I qualified to footlocker nationals, along with Steven Cross, I couldn't believe I was going to fly out of Florida again for a second time to get the chance to meet professional athletes and race amongst the top high school athletes in our nation. Coming from Nike Nationals last year, I had a lot of expectations of Foot Locker and I couldn't wait to see what they had in store for everyone.
Miami Sunset senior Nick Diaz and Merritt Island junior Steven Cross continued the tradition of Floridians at Foot Locker Nationals. Diaz, a University of Florida signee was 36th while Cross crossed the line in 29th place. Watch the highlights of the race as well as post-race interviews from our MileSplit coverage team.
On the eve, of arguably the toughest race of their high school careers, MileSplit's Jimmy Stevenson talks with Merritt Island's Steven Cross and Miami Sunset's Nick Diaz. The two are members of the forty runner field for the 2014 Foot Locker National Championships in San Diego. Cross and Diaz advanced out of the Foot Locker South Regional after finishing 8th and 9th respectively in personal best times of 15:01.
Miami Sunset senior and University of Florida signee Nick Diaz will make his second straight trip to a national meet. Last year, he qualified for Nike Cross Nationals and opted to give Foot Locker a try this year. After finishing 9th in a new personal best time of 15:01, he will join Merritt Island's Steven Cross at Foot Locker Nationals in San Diego. We caught up with Diaz to talk about the last month, training, and what he is looking forward to most about this weekend.
Very similar to last year's 4A Region 4 Championship where there were many of the top individuals and teams from the State all going head-to-head with each other, this year's version of the same meet followed in the exact same suit...
Coach Spangler and the University of Florida men's cross country program added another Sunshine State talent this weekend with the addition of Miami Sunset's Nick Diaz. Diaz, the 2013 4A Cross Country Finals champion, joins fellow South Florida distance runner Ryan Rodriguez of Belen Jesuit as the latest commitments to the Gators. We caught up with him to talk about the recruiting process, his decision, goals for the 2014 season, and beyond.
The spectacular showings by Alexa Cruz and Nick Diaz at the UF Mt. Dew Invitational have earned them Athlete of the Week as well as a nomination for MileSplit Performer of the Week. Make sure you vote and show our Sunshine State standouts some love. Voting ends on Thursday, September 25 at 8 PM ET.
Miami Sunset’s Nick Diaz is a returning senior coming off a monstrous junior year. He was the 4A Cross Country Finals champion and posted a personal best of 15:07.93. Diaz was 9th at the Nike Cross Nationals Southeast regional and advanced to Nike Nationals in Portland, Oregon where he was 79th. On the track, the Sunset standout went 4:16.11 to finish as the 4A runner-up in the 1,600 meters. Overcoming the setback of an injury during his track season, he looks to defend his cross country title, as well as lead his team to the podium. Diaz can be described as humble, dedicated, talented, and loving of his family, friends, and team. In order to get to know the relatively quiet Nick Diaz, we asked him in a few questions in our XC Spotlight.
Miami Sunset junior Nick Diaz won the 4A Cross Country Finals for his first state championship. He follow that up with a great postseason that sent him to Nike Nationals in Portland, Oregon. Recently, Diaz was named the Gatorade Florida Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year. We caught up with Nick to talk about the season, what the award means to him, and his goals for the 2014 track season.
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 4A defending champions, Alexa Cruz and NIck Diaz return looking for another state title to add to their trophy collection.
Miami Sunset junior Nick Diaz was the lone Florida qualifier for this weekend's Nike Nationals in Portland, Oregon. Diaz punched his ticket after a ninth place finish at the Nike Southeast Regional. Due to a great team performance by the Brentwood High School team, the junior bumped up four spots into that fifth and final position. He landed in the Pacific Northwest on Thursday and will be giving us updates of his weekend so we can go along for the journey as well. Stay tuned to flrunners.com and milesplit.com for the latest in coverage from NXN including results, photos, videos, and a complete recap of all the action.
Several of Florida's top individuals and teams headed to Cary, North Carolina the site of the Nike Southeast Regional. Thanks to a little help from his friends Nick Diaz who finished 9th individually, was the fifth highest finisher on a non qualifying team. The result earned him a plane ticket to Portland, Oregon for Nike Nationals next weekend. On the girls side, Estero was the highest team finisher from Florida with a fifth place finish, while Pine Crest looked good with it's two youngsters Yared and Montgomery. The Winter Park boys competed in the open division and came away with a runner-up finish.
On a typical hot and humid day at Larry & Penny Thompson Park, the 4A Region 4 Championship was anything but typical as most teams, and many individuals, had what can only be described as just a very strange meet.
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 week we will take a look at the road to state for each class. 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!
St. Thomas Aquinas sophomore Alexa Cruz finished runner-up at last year's 4A Cross Country Finals behind Bridget Blake. Blake has since moved onto FSU opening the door for a new champion. Cruz has the fastest time coming in, but finished a disappointing 27th at Pre-State. Since then she has won both county and district championships. Will she be ready for November 9th? On the boys side the battle for first is HEATED. In their only head to head matchup of the year Diaz edged out Marquez by less than a second at Pre-State. Great news for cross country fans everywhere, Diaz is just a junior and Marquez only a sophomore!
The Greater Miami Athletic Conference (GMAC) kicked off on Friday afternoon with your typical hot and humid Miami weather at Larry & Penny Thompson Park...
The Junior Orange Bowl Invitational became a much larger affair for the 2013 cross country season as many event sponsors helped make this competition a better and more memorable experience for all of the participants.
Fort Myers senior Emily Edwards and Miami Sunset junior Nick Diaz are this week's Athletes of the Week. Edwards finished second in the Girls Race of Champions, showing true guts and grit in the final meters of the race to secure that spot. Her time of 18:04.40 is second statewide and a new season best by 31 seconds. Diaz continued to dominate the competion, winning his fourth of the year at the Flrunners.com Invitational Boys Race of Champions, and remaining undefeated. His fight with fellow Nick, Nick Morken of Niceville was an epic battle to the finish. His time of 15:15.60 was the second fastest in the state for the year and a new personal best.
The boys’ cross-country team knows how many state titles have been won by the school (28), but the Knights want to earn the first in their sport. (via The Miami Herald)
2012 was a year of history for the Miami Sunset boys cross country team. The team finished fourth last year lead by Nick Diaz and Kenny Castro who finished fifth and seventh respectively. The duo is back again this year for a Knight's squad that wants to continue to rewrite history. Coach Alex Shaw says his guys learned a lot from last year both good and bad, but feel the best is yet to come in 2013. Diaz, Castro, as well as senior Ronny Greenup, and junior Malik Gunter will be in the top four, with a huge battle between four to give guys for that fifth and final spot.
Miami Sunset is looking to make a splash in 4A this year after a 15th place finish in 2011. The team returns four of their top five from last year including sophomore team captain Nick Diaz and a pair of transfers.
Jason has been looking for more South Florida XC coverage this season and due to the lack of interest I decided I would try to put a few articles together for everyone. And seeing as how I was without a computer last week I figured I would put together a 10-Day Recap of what’s been going on with cross country here in Miami-Dade County. (I really wanted to put together a nice write up of the GMAC Championship last week, so I’ll start off with that and lead into the various district championships from this past week). Now without further delay, here’s what’s been happening down south…