Dear Florida MileSplit community,
The past three years have been a wild ride. We've seen this community grow, succeed, and flourish even amidst the toughest of times.
We've seen a multitude of cross country and track and field records fall, not to mention 3 of our own go pro within their high school days!
It's been my pleasure to get to celebrate, watch, and cover the success of you all in these short few years. So, it is very bittersweet to announce today that I will be stepping down as the Florida MileSplit/ FLRunners editor and will be moving into a new role in media rights acquisition at FloSports, MileSplit's parent company.
I often reflect on how special this community is and am reminded of a distinct moment that captures what the sport of track and field and cross country are.
Amidst the noise - the chaos of the cross country state meet a few years ago - I watched a huddle form.
Two powerhouse teams who shared the longest state meet rivalry in Florida history gathered together, congratulating and hugging one another after a hard fought battle.
As medals clank, the words, "Girls, those of you that are here, in years to come will be carrying on this tradition -- you have a great coach, a great program, and a great tradition here. Continue with what you are doing," are confidently spoken.
Moments like this one remind me that this sport as much as it is about winning, being the best you can be, and breaking records - is more about growing tradition.
We see Florida's tradition of excellence continue with our talented alumni as they begin their track and field careers at the collegiate level, professional level, and even come back to coach the next generation!
Today, I'm excited to introduce the next editor who will continue Florida's tradition of excellence when it comes to track and field coverage.
Florida, meet Brandon Miles.
Some of you may recognize the name as he's getting a jump start covering all your pre-season success. But, Brandon is no stranger to being a trailblazer in the track and field community.
Back in December of 2000, the Midlothian, VA native, turned his love of the sport into "MileStat.com" - Virginia's premier source for all things cross country and track and field.
MileStat.com joined Jason Byrne in the ever-growing MileSplit network that we know today, back in 2001.
Since then MileStat.com and FLRunners.com have been two of the most powerful forces in the MileSplit Network.
Brandon brings a love of cross country and track and field coverage from the smallest of dual meets to the largest of historic invitationals and will continue to elevate the way we cover our sport here in the state of Florida.
Coaches, athletes, parents, fans, if you have any story ideas and topics that are important to you or if you would like to introduce yourself and say hello, Brandon would love to hear from you.
His email inbox is always open. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you all for the opportunity to share all the special finish line and award moments with you, it's been a great joy to spend every season with you all!
Wishing you all the best of luck this track season!
- Adair Lyden