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4A District 16 CC M
4A District 16 Outdoor M
4A Region 4 Outdoor
4A Region 4 CC
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Greater Miami Athletic Conference
Miami-Dade

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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...
The 2014 South Florida cross country season kicks off this September 4th on the familiar grounds of Tropical Park. It has been quite some time since Tropical Park hosted...
Christopher Columbus High School in Miami was a cross country powerhouse from 2008-2011 winning the 4A title three times before coming in second in 2011. Since then...
A spectator at a recent track meet asked me if I was Amir Rasul. Being cautious I asked him why does he ask? By this time, a few friends had caught up with me so I felt...
For the past two months my family had been praying for my uncle, Rudy Cambridge, Jr., to recover from a severe stroke. However, on March 28, my uncle passed away. His...

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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