We take a look at the Florida athletes and teams competing this weekend at the Great American XC Festival in Cary, NC.
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Melbourne senior Natalie Bress is off to a fast start in 2017
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.
The kids on the coast get together tomorrow for the Cape Coast Conference Championship at Chain of Lakes Park. See how our virtual meet sees this one playing out!
Former Melbourne standout Brian Atkinson made a name for himself during his high school career. He accumulated three state titles in track and cross country, was a Foot Locker Finalist, and named Gatorade Florida Cross Country Runner of the Year twice. Now a junior at Duke University, Atkinson talks about his college days and what he remembers most about running for Mel High.
For some people, the thought of running (if not being chased) sends chills up their spine - and not in a good way. For others, running comes naturally and serves as an outlet for stress and an opportunity to build strength and stamina. Rachel Greer is definitely in this second category of runners. (via Hometown News)
Melbourne senior Vanessa Valentine has ended her college search. Valentine has selected Vanderbilt University as her home for the next four years. Former coach T.J. Woodbury says she is a great fit for the reigning SEC Champions.
Elliot Clemente of Belen Jesuit tore it up again with a state leading 15:27 at Spanish River. Vanessa Valentine laid down a stellar 19:08 course record at hilly Mt. Dora Bible, perhaps the best performance of any girl so far this season.
Melbourne High School cross country coach T.J. Woodbury has been a fixture on the running scene in Brevard County for over a decade. It’s where he first found the sport and where he would retire from that love.
One week after successfully defending his Florida 4A state title in record time at Little Everglades Ranch, Melbourne junior Brian Atkinson powered his way to the NXN Southeast Regional championship.
Brian Atkinson had a fantastic day to won the race in 15:11 by three seconds. Melbourne upset Belen Jesuit to place as the top Florida boys team in 8th place, Tampa Jesuit was 11th, and Belen Jesuit 12th. Chiles girls were 7th place and Community School Girls 8th place. Erika Fluehr is top Florida girls finisher in 10th place with 18:11. While no Florida teams advance, Brian Atkinson can move on to the national meet in Portland. This is the first year NXN is accepting individuals as well was teams.
This weekend a couple thousand of runners, including many of the best in the state of Florida, will be headed to an out-of-the way ranch in dimly populated North Pasco County. Down the small dirt, wooden path they will venture, hoping their bus does not get stuck. And then finally over the railroad tracks, the woods open up and they will see it: the beautiful Little Everglades Ranch. Some hate the course, some love it. But there is no denying it is one of the most beautiful spaces of authentic Florida that you will find. No tourists. No urban sprawl. Just a serene natural setting filled with the greenest grass, wetland ponds, blue herons and other water birds, along with a few hundred head of cattle! 2096 athletes and 80 schools are entered, coming from as far away as Key West and Fort Walton Beach. Some of them are perennial powers. Others are small but developing programs. All coming together for this preview of the season culminating state championship meet just over a month from now. Here is your first look at the competition.
Will it be Our Lady of Lourdes or Bartram Trail for the state title? Which of 11 great teams will get the six state births out of the 4A-1 "Region of Death"? Can Vero Beach hold off Melbourne in Region 2? How much will the Lauren Ross transfer help Stoneman Douglas in Region 3? Can Braddock or Ferguson upset South Dade for second place in Region 4?
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!
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.