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FHSAA 4A Outdoor
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4A District 15 CC M
4A Region 4 Outdoor
4A District 15 Outdoor M
4A Region 4 CC
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Miami Columbus senior Humberto Freire is one of the top runners in 4A and is coming off a state championship on the track in the 800m run. See how he started in the...
St. Thomas Aquinas look to add another 4A cross country title to go with their 2013 trophy. Check out the top 4A boys cross country teams!
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...
4A Region 4 at Larry and Penny Thompson Park in Miami kicked off the regional championships across the state. Teri Bernhardt-Rodriguez was on-site and snapped over 350...
The 2014 edition of the GMAC Championship was an affair at Larry & Penny Thompson Park, featuring better weather that usual, but the same athletes and teams vying...


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cfhosford wrote
at March 05, 2014 11:57 EST
Frank Lagotic passed away in February 2014. Frank was a terrific miler, and a breakthrough athlete in the early 1960s in Florida. Previously, most mile runs at the state high school level were won in the 4:30s, often slower, with a few dipping below that slightly. As a high schooler, Frank drove this down to 4:21.6 in 1963, just edging out another fine miler from Miami Edison, Farnum Smith, a few tenths back. Smith was state mile champ for big schools, and Frank was mile champion for smaller schools, but on this occasion Frank nailed Farnum at the tape at the Coral Gables Invitational. Frank was a teammate of mine at both Christopher Columbus HS as well as the Univ of Florida. I was fortunate to beat him a few times at 1 or 2 miles, but he was a formidable competitor and achieved strongly in the SE conference at UF. I will add one negative thing about those days, that hurt Frank and many others: Frank could have been MUCH better than only a 4:07 miler. There was ignorant coaching in those days at the Univ of Florida, and perhaps at many other colleges, that ran all us boys ragged in brutal training sessions day in and day out, and we having to compete in three hectic seasons in 9 months ... XC, indoor track, and outdoor track. This schedule was insane, and caused multiple breakdowns. The coaches then (their names are known to many, and includes a U.S. Olympic "coach"), had no idea how to develop athletes slowly and surely. A few succeeded, but many were discarded and broken. I believe Frank, a superior talent, only scratched the surface of his ability. I remember those days fondly for other reasons, including Frank's friendship. May he rest in peace.
hellion3 wrote
at October 27, 2008 00:22 EDT
make me proud boys -Cugno