Middle-distance standout, Alex Kay, recently committed to pursue his academic and athletic careers at the University of Tennessee following graduation.
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XC team scores rankings and the top ranked team for every region in the state of Florida.
We rank the best boys 4x800m relay performances in Florida for the 2018 season.
Ally Woodard recaps all of the action from the 2018 Bolles Bulldog Classic.
Which boy had the best performance of the week? You decide.
Ricky Quintana previews all of the individuals and team battles in class 3A.
We rank the top girls and boys teams in 3A. Where do you and your squad stack up?
We rank the top girls and boys individuals in 3A.
We merged the results from around the state to find out the 500 fastest boys times and who won the week.
We breakdown the girls and boys individuals and team battles at the Buffalo Invitational.
We breakdown the top 25 boys teams in each classification as well as the 25 best overall regardless of class. See where your squad stacks up.
After qualifying for state on the track this spring, he's fully healthy, and at a new school.
We score the 50 best boys teams after week one.
Ocala Vanguard senior Diego Lavieri-Sosa pulled off a post season trifecta winning conference, districts, and regionals before finishing 14th at the 3A Cross Country Finals.
We merged the results from across the state and ranked the 500 best boys performances from the week.
The Jim Ryun Invitational has been one of the standout meets of the cross country season and 2017 proves to be no different.
The Vanguard girls and boys have been racking up county championships and district titles over the last two decades. Coach James Travieso has been at the helm for 22 seasons and fills us in on this year's squads in our Scouting Report.
As part of our Saucony Flo 50 rankings series, we take a look at the top 25 boys and girls individuals as well as the top 25 boys and girls teams and rank them. Here are the top girls teams after the cross country state championship.
Land O' Lakes sophomore Natalie Abernathy and Vanguard junior Diego Lavieri-Sosa brought home their first regional championships by taking the 3A-2 crown at Holloway Park in times of 19:17.37 and 16:13.20. On the team side, Vanguard and Matanzas finished 1-2 while Logan Locascio and the Gainsville boys won by 18 points over New Smyrna Beach. Andy Warrener recaps all the action.
The Niceville girls finished as the 3A runner-up in 2015, but return six of their top seven from that team with Hannah Schneidewind, Claire Crist, and Erin Eubanks a solid 1-3. Fort Myers has top ranked Krissy Gear, the 3A individual runner-up at the helm for the Green Wave, while mainstay Chiles, the defending champions are ranked third. We take a look at the top ten girls teams in 3A.
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!
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 boys XC teams!
For the first time since 2005, Belen Jesuit did not make the podium. This year they will go head to head with Creekside. Check out our 3A boys team rankings!
The Ocala Vanguard girls and boys cross country teams headed to the mountains of North Carolina for the Appalachian State XC Camp. Senior Teig Hennesy gives us an inside look at their running camp experience.
Elizabeth Mulford is the reigning 3A Cross Country Finals Champion and one of the top distance runners in the state. Dustin Fletcher caught up with her to talk the 2014 cross country season, her decision to sign with Liberty University, and rounding out her high school career on the track.
Donald Lamb made the trip up to Marion County for the MCIAC Championships and snapped over 750 pictures of all the action including this one of Ocala Vanguard's Audrey Carpenter who had a successful day on the track!
Friday night was buzzing in Jacksonville with over 50 teams making the trek to Bolles for the annual Bulldog Classic. Despite the cold weather and misty conditions, there were some notable performances across the board.
Coming into high school, Vanguard's Elizabeth Mulford had never thought about winning a state championship. (via Ocala.com)
It didn't take long for Vanguard freshman Joey Fitzpatrick to make an impact on the state cross country scene. (via Ocala.com)
With the 2014 cross country season officially in the books we wanted to take a look at who had the most improvement over the past year. To do this we took the top 500 times from 2014 and compared them with their season bests from 2013. It is interesting to see which runners had the biggest leaps, but also how some of the top performers improved in that time frame as well. Note: Runners who did not improve were not included in this list.
We went all out with the video coverage at the triple regional at Hal Brady Sports Complex in Alachua. Check out race footage from David Armstrong. We're talking ten cameras, multiple angles, graphics, the whole nine yards. Adding to our coverage was Donald Lamb who managed to grab a bunch of interviews while also taking over a thousand photos from the three meets. Sit back, grab some popcorn, relax, and enjoy the videos!
With a pair of back-to-back, 30+ team invitationals in the Tampa area, Saturday's Land O'Lakes Gator Invite was almost a mirror image of the Mitchell Invitational the week before. Ocala Vanguard carried both team titles. Sickles' James Zentmeyer edged Vanguard's Joey Fitzpatrick for the boys title and Vanguard's Audrey Carpenter beat Mitchell's Emily Kerns for the girls title in a near carbon copy from last week.
FLR15 wasn't the only meet this weekend. Down in Pasco County, Land O' Lakes hosted the Gator Invitational. Jeff Adams was on-site and took over 2,800 pictures of all the action including this one of girls varsity winner Audrey Carpenter of Ocala Vanguard.
Ocala Vanguard freshman Joey Fitzpatrick came into high school highly touted after a very impressive middle school career. Fitzpatrick has lived up to those expectations this fall finishing third or better in his first three meets. His personal best of 15:54.80 at the Spikes & Spurs Classic is the fastest freshman time in the state and currently ranks him eighth nationally for the class of 2018. Find out more about this Hoka One One Future Star.
Ocala Vanguard senior Audrey Carpenter is part of a powerful 1-2 punch for the Knights this season. Carpenter was 9th at the 3A state meet in the 1,600m (5:14.25) and has put in the base work this summer to have a successfull fall. She has won two of her first three meets including the Bartram Trail Early Bird and Florida Horse Park Invite. The lone meet she hasn't won was the Spikes and Spurs Classic where she posted a season best of 18:57.34, only the second time in her career she's dipped under 19 minutes. We caught up with the class of 2015 standout to talk about her start in the sport, the 2014 season, and much more.
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.
Never before in the history of flrunners.com have we had race video from as many angles and aerial coverage. David Armstrong of RunFlix teamed up with us to give unprecedented video of the Florida Horse Park Invitational including 10 fixed Sony Cameras, two Go Pros, and more. Do you like what you see? What's even cooler is that with his site you can create custom videos. Highlights of you running that can be added to your flrunners.com profile. For more information on ordering them visit runflix.com/20flhopa.html. We look forward to working with David on creating high level video coverage as well as a way for our viewers to give each race a personal twist!
Vanguard freshman Joey Fitzpatrick nips Chile's Avery Bartlett at the line 16:01.67 to 16:01.77 for the first won of his high school career. Check out this awesome image of the finish by Darrin DeTorres and the rest of the photo album (732 images) from the Florida Horse Park Invitational. It's all part of our on-site coverage that also includes, race videos, and a complete recap of the action!
Last Saturday marked the first weekend of invitationals for the FHSAA cross country season. With many teams opening their seasons on very challenging courses, it is tough to know where exactly to rank teams coming in. This weekend we should have a better idea as many teams will be traveling to more forgiving courses with stiffer competition. A good number of teams in Florida will be taking a trip to Ocala for the Inaugural Florida Horse Park Invitational, hosted by Vanguard high school. Flrunners.com will be on-site with our most extensive video coverage ever, plus photos, and a complete recap of all the action!
A slight breeze swept across the Flagler County Fairgrounds on a beautiful Saturday morning in September. The weather conditions of around 70 degrees and overcast set the perfect atmosphere for what turned out to be an extremely competitive race on a blazing course. Nearly 367 boys and 331 girls spread across 20 teams turned out for their first official meet of the season.
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.
Sarasota appears to have a large lead on Seabreeze with a strong top two of Angelina Grebe and Sage Lyons, but a win for the Sailors would mean knocking off powerhouse Estero. Although they are seeded 11th and Coach Sommer says it's not the best year, I've learned to never count out the Wildcats. There is a reason they have won four consecutive state titles! On the boy's side, Belen Jesuit has won seven of the last eight cross country crowns, but their might be a new sherrif in town. After finishing second behind Belen in 2013, the Timberwolves are hoping they can add their fourth championship since 2003.
After a two year drought of not qualifying for the Cross Country Finals the ladies of Ocala Vanguard won a regional championship (3A-2) and finished 9th at the state meet in 2013. For many of the girls it was their first experience running. Another year experience should give their top five the boost they need to improve and finish in the top five or higher. The Knights have a potent 1-2 punch in seniors Audrey Carpenter and Elizabeth Mulford. The duo placed 29th and 31st respectively last year and have the 9th and 14th fastest times coming into the season.
There was a storyline Saturday that might have flown under most people's radar. It was that of Lecanto senior Matt Giardino and Vanguard junior Joey Gibbs. Lecanto and Gibbs are the only adaptive athletes on their team, thus the team titles rested with the outcomes of the head-to-head, individual competition. In 2013, Giardino won the shot put, going 23-2 and Gibbs was third at 10-8.75. Giardino won the 800m last year in 2:53.30 to Gibbs' second place finish in 3:11.35. Gibbs won the 200m by the narrowest of margins, 38.304 to Giardino's 38.308. Giardino scored 28 for the Lecanto team and Gibbs racked up 24.
Coming into this season, Vanguard junior Audrey Carpenter wasn't sure how things would go after battling through a foot injury last year. (via Ocala.com)
When asked what makes David Rood stand out compared to other top Vanguard High School cross country runners, Knights coach James Travieso was quick to point out the effort and intensity given by his senior standout. (via Ocala.com)
Lake Nona High School played host to the 3A Region 2 Championships. The top fifteen individuals and six teams advanced. Springstead sophomore Amber Philpott her fifth win of the year, taking home individual honors in 18:53.80. Ocala Vanguard edged out Seabreeze for the team championship. In the boys race, Land O'Lakes showed their prowess lead by Travis Nichols and Tyler Stahl who crossed the finish in near identical times 16:05.10 and 16:05.30. The Gators won the team trophy easily with 66 points. ,
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!
The story line coming in was the Estero Wildcat girls sending shockwaves through the cross-country community. After dominant performances at the Flrunners.com Invitational in Titusville a week ago and at the North Port Invitational a week before that, the Estero girls were not just favored to win, they were favored to sweep the top four spots or at least take four of the top five spots.
For years, the Vanguard High School cross country program has dominated the county like no other local program in any team sport. (via preps.ocala.com)
As he was getting ready to take the track for his opportunity in the FHSAA Class 3A State Track and Field Meet earlier this month in Jacksonville, the bad weather in the area cleared for Vanguard's Joey Gibbs. (via Ocala.com)
Elizabeth Mulford knew exactly where she wanted to put her athletic focus in when she entered high school in 2011. (via Ocala Preps)
In just a short period of time, Vanguard junior David Rood has shown just how good he can be in the sport of cross country. via Ocala Preps)
From the opening gun of the boys’ varsity race to the final finisher of the open 5k, Ridgeview High School proved once again why Bob Hans is among the best early season invitationals in the Jacksonville area. The Ridgeview course underwent several recent changes, however the course was well marked, and times were fast across all races. For many schools, Bob Hans serves as that final preparation before taking on the likes of the best in the state, however even with this in mind, the competition should not be taken lightly. The field was highlighted by traditional powers such as Bartram Trail, Nease, Bishop Kenny, Chiles, and Mandarin, while up-and-comers like Stanton Prep, St. Augustine, and Bishop Snyder would let their presence be known.
Vanguard senior Emery Ramaswami knows how to handle pressure. (via Ocala.com)
The Ocala, Fla., native recorded her first individual win this weekend at the Azalea City Classic held at Brookley Gulf Pines Golf Course. The junior outpaced the field of 39 for a majority of the race and took the tape on the 6k course in 22:52.28. (via University of South Alabama)
Ocala Vanguard\'s Kelly Parrish proved she was one of the nation\'s top high school distance prospects last spring and this fall she is entertaining offers from all corners of the collegiate world. In an flrunners.com exclusive, Kelly reveals her final five.
Vinny Ambrico won the mens race and Jackie Wachtel won for the women, as Hurricane Dennis loomed on the horizon. Over 200 photos have now been posted.
Steven Hassen lets his true colors shine through: Orange and Blue. He has made a decision to go to the University of Florida. We sat down to talk with Steven about this decision, nutrition, shoes, and 80's movies!