Former FHSAA cross country and track state medalist, UCF standout, and now a Hansons-Brooks professional athlete, Anne-Marie Blaney, is taking the half marathon distance by storm and will try her hand at the marathon distance in February. She raced a 1:12:33 at the Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon to qualify for the event.
High School PR's: 5:00.63 (1600m), 10:32.50 (3200m), 17:39 (XC 5k)
Joanna McCoy was a multi-time state medalist in both cross country and track during her tenure at Gulliver Prep. She went on to compete for South Alabama in college while studying to become a psychiatric nurse. In 2019, McCoy not only raced a 2:43:47 at the Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City, Michigan, but she set the course record -- all in her debut of the marathon.
High School PR's: 2:24.11 (800m), 5:07.93 (1600m), 11:10.99 (3200m), 18:13.88 (XC 5k)
Erika Fluehr was a multi-time state champion and state medalist in both cross country and track, dominating the 1A scene with her twin sister, Kathryn. During her college career, she competed for both Princeton and Michigan and in 2019 she ran a 2:42.17 at the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon to qualify for the trials.
High School PR's: 2:23.80 (800m), 4:54 (1600m), 10:29.09 (3200m), 16:54.58 (Indoor 5k), 17:08 (XC 5k)
Back in 2003, Kerry Allen, as a young sophomore finished second against Jenny Barringer at the 4A girls FHSAA Cross Country State Championship with a time of 18:09. She went on to compete for Duke after graduation, but stepped away from the sport. She found the marathon distance and regained her love for the sport. She qualified for the trials in 2018 at the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon and holds a PR of 2:41:33 for the distance.
High School PR's: 5:07.07 (1600m), 10:51.56 (3200m), 18:06.00 (XC 5k)
Ashley Brasovan's name is written all over the Florida cross country record books. Her 2007 Foot Locker Cross Country Championship win over Jordan Hasay remains the top Florida performance at any cross country national championship to date. Following graduation in 2009, she went on to compete for Duke. While at Duke she battled multiple stress fractures and was told she would not run again. In 2016 she qualified for the Olympic trials -- focusing solely on trail racing that year. She's now added trail national champion to her running resume.
High School PR's: 4:55.97 (1600m), 10:13.45 (3200m), 16:18 (Outdoor 5k), 16:41 (XC 5k)
Morgan Hull is one of those runner's who story is one of true persistence. Hull, who had a 5k PR of 19:10 her senior cross country season didn't compete in her senior track season due to injury. In fact she headed off to the University of Florida with a goal of walking onto the team. In 2018, she made that dream a reality after training for years on her own. Over the course of a few seasons with the Gators she took that 19:10 in high school down to a 16:36 5k Indoors and a 34:59 10k outdoors for a top 15 finish at the SEC Championships. She qualified for the trials in her marathon debut at the the California International Marathon in December with a 2:43:24 finish time.
High School PR's: 2:29.94 (800m), 5:14 (1600m), 11:46.25 (3200,), 19:10.10 (XC 5k)
Sydney DeVore comes into the trials this weekend with the fastest time amongst this group of ladies with her 2:32:38 marathon qualifier. She competed for the University of Florida for a brief time after quitting the team after injury. She rediscovered her love for running through the Lakeland Runners Club where she raced a 5k years later after quitting running cold turkey. Now she is a professional runner for Brooks pursuing her Olympic dreams.
High School PR's: 5:28.83 (1600m), 11:18.85 (3200m), 18:10 (XC 5k)
Adriana Piekarawicz ran a time of 2:44:55 at the Museum of Aviation Marathon in 2020 just one month ago and this week she will line up to compete in the Olympic Trials. As a Tallahassee native, she was key runner for Maclay's numerous state title top two podium finishes in cross country. After suffering from stress fractures and torn tendons, Piekarewicz is happy to be back to doing what she loves and inspiring those to do the same.
High School PR's: 5:13 (1600m), 11:41 (3200m), 19:06 (XC 5k)
Holly Davis won the 2018 Jacksonville Bank Marathon with a time of 2:49.39. Her goal that day was to run sub 2:45 and qualify for the trials. She then raced the Grandma's marathon and missed the qualifying time by 17 seconds. Coming away hungrier than ever after those two marathons, Davis came back in 2019 to run a 2:44:15 at the California International Marathon in December to qualify for the trials. Davis capped her high school career off with a fifth place finish at the state meet in the 1600m with a time of 5:17 and then went off to compete for the University of Central Florida.
High School PR's: 5:14 (1600m), 12:29 (3200m), 18:25 (XC 5k)
Others who qualified, but scratched from competition: