Pine Crest's Yared, Bolles' Collier Add Names To Florida NXN History Books


2016 was a good year for Floridians at NXNSE. For the first time in the meet's history, the Sunshine State sent two individual qualifiers to the national meet in Portland, Oregon. Pine Crest freshman Tsion Yared finished 4th overall while Bolles junior Caitlin Collier nabbed the final spot as the 5th best individual not on an advancing team. As the duo looks to make their marks this weekend, we take a look at Florida's history at NXN.


Girls History

Only one team has made it to Portland, Oregon and that was the 2005 Episcopal girls who earned an invitation when the meet was still called Nike Team Nationals.



Before 2016, the only girl to advance as an individual was Winter Park junior Rafaella Gibbons who was 6th at NXN Southeast in 2014 and 3rd in 2015. Gibbons finished 27th at NXN and 40th in those years. 



All-Time Bests By Florida Girls At NXN

RANKTIMEATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE
118:03.90
Winter Park HS
2018
218:17.00
Winter Park HS
2018
321:13.45
Episcopal School of Jacksonville
2008
421:36.15
Episcopal School of Jacksonville
2008
521:51.47
Episcopal School of Jacksonville
2009
622:05.52
Episcopal School of Jacksonville
2010
722:21.75
Episcopal School of Jacksonville
2010
822:56.98
Episcopal School of Jacksonville
2007
923:51.10
Episcopal School of Jacksonville
2007


Boys History

The boy's have had more success making it to the national meet. Much like Episcopal in 2005, the Winter Park boys were invited to Portland back in 2004 when the event was still called Nike Team Nationals. In 2009, Armando DelValle and his Columbus teammates made the trip to Portland while Elliot Clemente guided Belen Jesuit in 2011. Recently, the Trinity Prep Saints finished as the 2015 NXNSE runner-up.


On the individual side, five athletes have paved their way to Portland based on their success at Wake Med. Brian Atkinson and Nick Diaz accomplished the double making it to Nike Nationals and Foot Locker Nationals in their high school careers.


Armando DelValle made the trip twice, once with his Explorers teammates, and once as an individual. Franco Martins and Sukhi Khosla punched both their tickets to in Portland in 2014.

All-Time Bests By Florida Boys At NXN

RANKTIMEATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE
115:34.30
Christopher Columbus HS
2011
215:43.58
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School
2012
315:59.00
Leon HS
2015
416:04.00
Miami Sunset HS
2015
516:06.80
Melbourne HS
2010
616:21.00
Trinity Prep
2016
716:22.70
Trinity Prep
2017
816:39.59
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School
2014
916:39.90
Trinity Prep
2017
1016:41.72
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School
2012
1116:42.00
Trinity Prep
2020
1216:45.40
Christopher Columbus HS
2011
1316:46.00
Windermere Prep
2015
1416:46.60
Christopher Columbus HS
2010
1516:47.68
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School
2014
1616:48.30
Winter Park HS
2006
1716:54.70
Christopher Columbus HS
2010
1816:58.60
Trinity Prep
2016
1917:09.36
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School
2013
2017:14.40
Trinity Prep
2020
2117:21.60
Winter Park HS
2005
2217:29.50
Christopher Columbus HS
2011
2317:36.39
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School
2014
2417:40.60
Winter Park HS
2005
2517:40.90
Christopher Columbus HS
2010
2617:41.80
Winter Park HS
2005
2717:45.00
Christopher Columbus HS
2011
2817:46.40
Christopher Columbus HS
2011
2917:55.03
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School
2013
3017:59.50
Winter Park HS
2005
3118:05.50
Trinity Prep
2017
3218:55.30
Winter Park HS
2005
3319:15.00
Winter Park HS
2006


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