FACA XC State Rankings #3

About halfway through the cross country season and it's time for the third edition of the 2021 FACA XC State Rankings!


1A Girls Rankings

By Sue O'Malley (FLCHS) somalley@fatherlopez.org

Team Rankings:

Commentary: We are now at the tail end of our regular season and these teams look like they are just warming up. The past two weeks have brought out some fantastic meets with some unbelievable performances. Another week with Pre States on the 16th will really tell the story as we enter the postseason. Let's keep it rolling ladies and best wishes to finish strong at the end of this regular season!

Rank. (Previous Rank) School: Comments

1. (1) Cambridge Christian:  18:33 TEAM AVERAGE   The Lancers have 43 seconds on 2nd place Oak Hall's team average. Could this squad have a perfect score come states time? The Lancers made a last minute trip to the Great American XC Festival Race this past weekend and finished 2nd in the elite race losing by only 3 points! I am predicting the Lancers to win the Pre state meet in another week! This team is the ranked #! In all classifications for the state!

2. (5) Oak Hall: 19:17 TEAM AVERAGE  The Eagles soar to the #2 spot up 6 spots. The Eagles finished 7th at the Katie Caples in the elite race two weeks ago. They will be soaring high coming into the Pre States!

3. (2) Circle Christian: 19:57 TEAM AVERAGE   The Centurions placed 6th at the Katie Caples Invite in the Elite race behind Lauren Jones strong 2nd place finish! Next stop is Pre States!

4. (4) Pensacola Christian Academy: 19:57 TEAM AVERAGE   The Warriors won the JD Mac XC Meet 2 weeks ago and over the next two weeks will compete in local championships!

5. (3) Maclay: 20:21 TEAM AVERAGE  Team won the FSU Invite 2 weeks ago.    

6. (BOLO) Holy Trinity 21:25 TEAM AVERAGE Welcome to the rankings for the first time! This team is really racing well. The team made a road trip to NC for the Great American XC Festival Race. The next race will be Pre states.

7. (6) South Florida Heat: 21:23 TEAM AVERAGE   This team turned on the heat this past weekend at the Hoka Flrunners Invite on Friday night with their 4th place finish. The Heat will compete in some local xc meets the next two weeks.

8. (7) Benjamin School: 21:41 TEAM AVERAGE   Team Orange and Blue finished 2nd as a team on Friday night at the Hoka Flrunners Invite. The Blue and Orange will compete in a local championship meet this weekend/

9. (8) Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart: 21:39 TEAM AVERAGE   The Tornadoes finished 2nd at the Larry Wooton XC Invite 2 weeks ago. The Tornadoes will compete in local XC meets the next 2 weeks.

10. (9) Lakeland Christian: 22:06 TEAM AVERAGE   The Vikings competed in the Jason Bryne Championship race at the Hoka Flrunners XC Invite this past weekend. The Vikings will compete in a local xc race a championship Invite the next 2 weeks.

11. (10) Community School of Naples: 22:25 TEAM AVERAGE  4th place in the small school division at the North Port XC Invite

Other teams to look out for:

(BOLO) Tampa Bay Heat, Providence, Bishop Snyder, The First Academy

Individual Rankings:

Commentary: Cambridge Lancer Girls hold the #1-2-3-6 positions in the third round of rankings! These girls are keeping their fire lit and making noise in the state! Five new faces have made their way into the rankings! We are closing in on the 2 mile marker of our season now and with hopes of cooler weather coming soon the next two weeks should be some exciting races with Pre-state meet just a week away! Some of these girls are just getting warmed up!

Rank. (Previous Rank) Name, Grade School = Comments

1. (1) Mary Ellen Eudaly 12th Cambridge Christian School = 17:51, Mary Ellen places 18th at the Great American Race this past weekend in the Race of Champions to help the team place 2nd just three points out of 1st!

2. (2) Caroline Lehman 12th Cambridge Christian = 17:59, Caroline dropped her time by 6 seconds to place 13th at the Great American Race to also help the team to their 2nd place! Caroline and Mary Ellen 1-2 punch under that 18:00 barrier

3. (3) Elaina Black 8th Cambridge Christian = 18:05 PR, What an amazing season this young lady has had! She drops her PR! Elaina finished 14th at the Great American Race! This race was one big confidence booster for thus young lady and her teammates!

4. (NR) Lauren Jones 12th Oak Hall = 18:23, Lauren finishes 2nd at the New World Spectacular and must be starting her charge into the end of the regular season and beginning of her post season. She was only 3 seconds shy of her PR. Lauren flys into the top 5 for the first time all season.

5. (4) Ava Pouich 11th Evangelical Christian School = 18:28, Ava still running strong. She placed 6th at this weekend's meet at Hoka Flrunners Invitational

6. (5) Madeliene Gear 10th Cambridge Christian School = 18:48 PR, Madeline finishes 35th and runs an amazing time and new PR!

7. (15) Sydney Miller 11th Oak Hall = 19:07 PR, Sydney soars from 15th to #7! Sydney finished 9th at the New World Spectacular Race this weekend!

8. (8) Raeanne Tutton 10th Pensacola Christian Academy = 19:10 PR, RaeAnne wins the 16th Annual J.D. Mac XC Invitational with her new 19:10 PR

9. (10) Jaimee Tutton 8th Pensacola Christian Academy = 19:10 PR, Jaimee the sister of RaeAnne finished 2nd to her sister at the D.D. Mac Invitational XC Meet. Jaimee sets a new PR by more than 30 seconds!

10.  (NR) Alivia Dragstedt 9th Oak Hall School = 19:14 PR, Alivia finished 11th at New World Fall Spectacular to set her new PR! This young lady was running in the 21:00's last season! Let's see what she can do for the rest of the season with a strong weekend!

11. (BOLO) Susan Grace Koeppel 10th MaClay = 19:21, Susan placed 19th at the Alexander / Asics Invitational this past weekend to set her new PR.

12. (NR) Laci Watford 12th University Christian School = 19:22, Lacci moves into the top 15 for the first time this season with her 13th place finish at the New World Fall Spectacular. Looks like Laci starting her journey for post season!

13. (6) Andrea Montaner 10th Carroltton School of the Sacred Heart = 19:25 PR, Andrea wins the Larry Wooton XC Invite on 9/30!

14. (12) Grace DeJeus 10th Circle Christian = 19:25 PR, Grace races to her new PR at the Katie Caples Invite on 9/25 where she finishes 7th in the elite race.

15. (7) Sarah Rudolph 12th Circle Christian =19:32 PR, Sarah places 25th at the Katie Caples Elite race

Others to watch out for:

(9) Elizabeth Poe 12th Tampa Bay Heat = 19:38 PR

(11) Addison Dempsey 10th Cardinal Mooney = 19:39 PR

(13) Katie Beam 11th Baptist Academy = 19:41

(14) Gabriella Santucci 11th Canterbury School (Fort Myers) = 19:44.7

Reagan Smith Pensacola Christian Academy = 19:35

Mary Clayton Soto Maclay School = 19:38

2A Girls Rankings

By David Suarez, Gulliver Prep, dsuarez@gulliverprep.org      

Team Rankings:

Commentary: Round 3 of FACA State XC Rankings for the girls! This week there will be big shifts after seeing the best of the best mix it up at the FL Runners Invitational. Individuals and teams will be moving around. Holloway park is a legitimate XC course which I can get a lot out of in terms of how teams are performing. Here we go!

Rank. (Previous Rank) School = Comments

1. (1) Bolles HS = The Bolles girls traveled to Georgia for the Alexander / Asics invitational. Jillian Candelino, 11, took the win in another blazing 17:40 to lead the way for them. They then put their #2-6 all under 20 minutes. Once again the Bulldogs are heavy favorites for the state title this year and it looks like it will take a miracle to beat them.

2. (4) St. Brendan HS = St. Brendan girls had a phenomenal showing at FL Runners this weekend finishing as the first 2A school in the ROC.. Emma Hencock, 11, ran 19:09 for 8th place to lead the pack. Followed by their #2 and #3 both under 20 minutes and their #3 under 21 they've got the same top 4 performing and progressing as they have been all season. Their #5 is still a worry but I think the strength and consistency of #1-4 gets them ranked at #2.

3. (11) Bishop Kenny HS = Bishop Kenny girls we're another team to travel as they went to North Carolina for the Great American XC Festival. Great American is a fast course as we know. With their top 3 under 21 and #4 and #5 not too far behind creating a 1:06 1-5 spread. They've got a great pack but lack the front runner that St. Brendan has. Depending on how they progress and run on different courses this season they look to remain in the fight for the podium.

4. (5) Gulliver Prep = Finishing as the second 2A team in the ROC while missing our #5 due to the SAT, our girls moved up 1 spot this week. Very similar squad to Bishop Kenny at the moment with a great pack 1-5 but lacking a true front runner. How far up the pack moves up in big meets will determine how well they do and if we have a chance at the podium. Some runners still need catching up to do in terms of returning to last season's form for the team to be very competitive.

5. Mount Dora HS (7) = Mount Dora girls had a great finish in the ROC this weekend at FL Runners. Finishing just behind the Gulliver Prep girls by 4 points. With a great 1-2 punch continuing to prove their worth this season in Noelle Vu, 10, and Hannah Douglas , 9, they score low points for the team and as long #3 and #4 can progress and their #5 can avoid scoring too low, they can be a top 5 team.

6. Berkeley Prep (3) = Berkeley Prep girls were the 5th 2A school in the ROC finishing just behind Pine Crest girls. Because they were missing their #3 Kylie Stephens ,11, I'll keep them ranked ahead of the other schools as they would've ended up finishing higher. Lacking a #5 at the moment but very close in quality to the teams ranked just ahead of them.

7. Satellite HS (2) = The Satellite girls move down the rankings after the last couple weeks of races. They lost to Berkeley Prep at Katie Caples and did not race this past weekend. With the Doug Butler factor, I keep them higher in the rankings as I think the young squad will bounce back from what I think was an off day for them.

8. Episcopal School of Jacksonville (Unranked) = Episcopal girls made big leaps in the past couple weeks. They finished just in front of Satellite at Katie Caples but behind Berkeley Prep. They also ran at Great American this past weekend. Lucrezia Gowdy, 9, continues to be a consistent front runner for them who will score low points at big meets after running 19:12 this weekend. Their #4 and #5 are a little far behind and need some work to do if they want to keep moving up the rankings but we'll be keeping an eye on how they progress and run on different courses.

9. Academy of Holy Names (Unranked) = Academy girls were a sleeper team who came out of nowhere. They had a great showing at the TRC Rogers park invitational. Their #1 Elizabeth Williamson, 9, ran 18:54 for the win against some very legitimate competition. Need to see how they run on different courses but they are definitely ones to watch this season as we continue to enter the important races.

10. Pine Crest HS (8) = Pine Crest girls ran well this past weekend finishing 13th in the ROC and holding their own. With Brooker Hooper, 10, being a consistent front runner in big meets they will continue to score low points there. If they can progress their #2-5 a little more going into championship season, they will be a top 10 team.

11. Bishop Verot (6)

12. Lake Highland Prep (13)

13. Clearwater Central Catholic HS (12)

14. Montverde Academy (15)

15. American Heritage MS/HS Boca DelRay (9)

Other teams to look out for:

South Walton HS

The Kings Academy

Cardinal Gibbons HS

Tocoi Creek High School

Florida High School

Individual Rankings:

Commentary: Round 3 of rankings will cause lots of power shifts in the rankings.

Rank. (Previous Rank) Name, Grade -- School = Comments

1. (1) Jillian Candelino, 11 - Bolles HS = Candelino ran another fast race in 17:40 at the Alexander Asics Invitational. She is the undisputed favorite for the 2A title as no one else looks close to touching her.

2. (3) Emma Hencock, 11 - St. Brendan HS = Emma gets the 2 spot after a great race at FL Runners, she was just outside the top pack after the first mile but moved up well throughout the race ending in 8th in 19:09, time will tell when she finally runs under 19.

3. (4) Lucrezia Gowdy, 9 - Episcopal School of Jacksonville = Lucrezia gets the nod at the 3 spot this week. She's been consistently running in the low 19's. Still need to see how she'll be running at bigger meets with more competition but she looks to be a great top runner.

4. (8) Avery Frontrath, 10 - The Kings Academy = Finishing 12th in the ROC this past weekend with  a season best of 19:15, Avery looks to be hitting great form at the right time.

5. (Unranked) Paige Jaszczak, 11 - Titusville HS = 16th in the ROC in 19:26. Hitting fine form at the right time and looked very strong in that race. We'll be keeping an eye on her as she runs more big meets.

6. (2) Brooke Hooper, 10 - Pine Crest HS = 19:27 for 18th place in the ROC, looked like an off day for her where she was out of reach from the girls in front of her but still remaining consistently under 19:30.

7. (5) Elizabeth Csikai, 11 - Bolles HS = Elizabeth ran 19:18 at the Alexander / Asics Invitational. As we know Bolles runners start running faster right around this time of the year so I'm expecting big things in the coming weeks from her and the rest of the bulldogs.

8. (6) Ella Mickler, 9 - Bolles HS = The freshmen ran another great race in 19:31 at the Alexander / Asics Invitational. Let's see how she continues to run in other big meets in Florida this season.

9. (11) Noelle Vu, 10 - Mount Dora HS = 19:40 for 20th place in the ROC this weekend. Continuing to progress well as the season goes along.

10. (Unranked) Elizabeth Mcclure, 9 - Bolles HS= The 4th Bolles runner in the top 10 shows why they are so dominant. 19:28 at the Alexander / Asics Invitational this weekend and still also a freshman.

11. (Unranked) Madison Carr, 9 - Astronaut HS

12. (10) Gabriela Page, 9 - St. Brendan HS

13. (15) Hannah Douglas, 9 - Mount Dora HS

14. (Unranked) Leila Bata, 10 - Bolles HS

15. (Unranked) Hannah Kowkabany, 10 - Episcopal School of Jacksonville

Other individuals to watch out for:

Braelyn Wahy, 10 - Satellite HS

Emma Flowers, 11 - Berkeley Prep

Carlyn Bobo, 11 - Lake Placid HS

Kaycie Aquilino, 10 - St. Brendan HS

Mackenzie De Lisle, 9 - Bishop Verot HS

3A Girls Rankings

by Bonnie Fleming, The Pine School, bfleming@thepineschool.org            

Team Rankings:

Commentary: The last couple of weeks we have seen big performances from both new and old faces, which is making for some exciting movement within the rankings. Teams are coming together, finding confidence and building needed momentum as they move into the last few critical weeks of the regular season. For our next set of rankings, it will be important to analyze each region to get a better understanding of which teams we might see on the starting line in Tallahassee!

Rank. (Previous Rank) School = Comments

1. (2) Our Lady of Lourdes Academy- OLL stepped up to take runner-up in the ROC at FLRunners with an average of 20:04; these young ladies closed the gap on Osceola over the last two weeks, beating them in head to head competition

2. (1) Osceola HS- fourth place in the ROC with an impressive 20:21 average in Lakeland

3. (5) Ponte Vedra HS- Big performances over the last two weeks, beating out Leon HS at both Katie Caples and New World; great momentum heading into these last few weeks on regular season

4. (4) Dillard HS- 20:32 team average in Lakeland shows their determination to prove themselves as a contender for a podium spot

5. (3) Winter Springs HS- 21:07 team average at Kowboy without stud, Caroline Wells; solid group here!

6. (9) Bishop Moore HS- 4th at New World

7. (10) St. Augustine HS- 20:22 at New World, finally passing Leon for the first time this season

8. (8) Naples HS- beat out Naples head to head at FLRunners with 21:00 average

9. (6) Leon HS- 20:49 at New World

10. (7) St. Thomas Aquinas HS- 21:26 team average to take home the trophy in the Jason Byrne Invite at FLRunners; 21:11 to win South Fork meet; this team will be ready for the post season

11. (15) Estero HS- Solid performances and a 21:29 average at FLRunners to move up the rankings!

12. (12) Sunlake HS- 21:37 at FLRunners, running some of their best races of the season on the tough Lakeland course

13. (16) Fleming Island HS- 21:02 average at Wingfoot; would like to see more head to head locally in the coming weeks

14. (13) Choctawhatchee HS- fast times at J.D. Mac for second place as a team with a 20:51 average

15. (11) Fort Myers HS- 21:59 average at FLRunners moves this team down the rankings

Other teams to watch out for:

(14) Ocala Vanguard HS; (17) St. Petersburg HS; (18) Seabreeze HS; (19) Robinson HS; (20) Cape Coral HS; (NR) Wakulla HS; (NR)Fort Walton Beach HS; (NR)Gulf Breeze HS; (NR)Lake Minneola HS

Individual Rankings:

Commentary: Exciting to see so much head to head competition over the last two weeks! Many runners are stepping up and holding their own as we move towards the last few weeks of the regular season. I see confidence building in many new faces amongst the 3A girls, as they start to feel the positive effects of their hard work.

Rank. (Previous Rank) Name, School = Comments

1. (1) Caroline Wells, Winter Springs HS- 16:40! Just WOW! What a treat for the FL running community...everyone is cheering for Caroline, as the fastest across all classifications and in the history of the state!

2. (4) Christiana Coleman, Dillard HS- 18:56.70 at FLRunners; she has been able to step up to the competition all season

3. (5) Ashley Fitzgerald, American Heritage HS- Did not compete at FLRunners, but beat Boyer in head to head competition at the South Fork meet.

4. (6) Addison Boyer, South Fork HS- 19:09.20 at FLRunners

5. (2) Lily Henne, Lake Minneola HS- 19:13.79 at FLRunners

6. (3) Olivia Fraga, Our Lady of Lourdes- 19:17.51 at FLRunners

7. (8) Reilly Barber, St. Augustine HS- 19:03.00 at Katie Caples

8. (NR) Sophia Bushkell, Ponte Vedra HS- 19:03.00 at Katie Caples; won the New World Fall Spectacular

9. (15) Abigail Clements, Osceola HS- 19:26.26 at FLRunners

10. (NR) Ellie Mortiz, Ponte Vedra HS- 19:22 at Katie Caples

11. (11) Lillee Tang, Leon HS- 19:30 at Katie Caples; finished third at New World

12. (12) Samantha Lorey, Bishop Moore HS- 5th at New World in 18:59

13. (14) Paige McCaul, Bishop Moore HS- 19:01 at New World

14. (NR) Belicia O'Grady, Fort Walton Beach HS- won the Jason Byrne Invite at FLRunners in 19:35

15. (NR) Amelia Tackling, Ponte Vedra HS- 19:30 at Katie Caples

Other individuals to watch out for:

(7) Lily Moore, Leon HS; (9) Grace Finneran, St. Thomas Aquinas HS; (10) Johanna Diez, Our Lady of Lourdes; (13) Kennedy Downey, Osceola HS; (NR) Cristal Gomez, Lake Wales HS; (NR) Avery Latto, Osceola HS; (NR) Stella Lewis, Ponte Vedra HS; (NR)Tara Watkins, Naples HS;(NR) Olivia Rodriguez, (NR) Our Lady of Lourdes; (NR) Amelia Jones, Naples HS

4A Girls Rankings

by Dylan Hermelee, Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, coachhermelee@gmail.com    

Team Rankings:

Commentary: Hello all, and welcome back to the third edition of the 2021 4A Girls Rankings! We are now halfway through the season and have a much better picture of how 4A is looking. This weekend saw many of the top 10 teams face off head-to-head at the Hoke FL Runners Invite and New World Fall Spectacular which caused several teams to make some major jumps in the rankings. As always, if you have any additional information that you'd like me to use for next round's rankings, let me know!

Rank. School = Comments

1. Newsome HS = Newsome is good. Like REALLY good. This years FL Runners Race of Champions was stacked on the Girls side and Newsome won the meet convincingly over Our Lady of Lourdes, IMG and Osceola. I'm a big fan of saying not all courses are created equally, and a team average of 19:53 at Holloway Park is very impressive. I can't wait to see Newsome square off against the next team on this list.

2. Buchholz HS = Last week I said, "Maybe I should call Buchholz 1(b)" and I guess I'm saying it again this week. Buchholz finished second at the Katie Caples Invite last week, losing to Ponte Verdra by only 2pts and defeating some of the best teams in the state like Bolles, Niceville, Leon, Circle Christian, and Oak Hall by over 80 points.  It's hard giving them a #2 ranking, but that's where they stay for another round.

3. Timber Creek HS = Timber Creek stays at #3 this round. They had an impressive win over Olympia and West Orange two weeks ago at the West Orange Invite. Equally impressive, lead runner Amber Schultz had her season break through at the Kowboy XC Invite, running a 18:19 for the win, which is the fastest time in 4A and her fastest time of the season by over 35 seconds. With 6 runners under 20:48, Timber Creek looks like a lock for the top 3 at the State Meet.

4. Niceville HS = Niceville had a strong showing at Katie Caples where they finished 4th place as a team (only 1pt out of 3rd) and sported a 20:13 team average. The one thing great about Niceville is that they have amazing depth with their entire top 7 running under 20:55.

5. Creekside HS = Creekside makes a HUGE jump from 20th to 5th in this round's rankings. They finished 18th at Katie Caples only 2 weeks ago, however, they shocked the field (and me) with a 5th place finish at a stacked New World Fall Spectacular race. I have yet to see them have the same top 5 runners in back-to-back meets, so I'm excited to see what they do for the rest of the season.

6. G Holmes Braddock = Another team on the rise this week. They finished 5th over all in the ROC at FL Runners this weekend. They sported a 20:28 team average on the tough course and they had solid contributions from everyone in their top 5.

7. Olympia HS = Olympia stays put at 7 this round after an 8th place finish in the ROC at FLR this weekend. The titans were led by freshman Emily Knopfle who finished 5th overall in the race. Their top 4 looked great, but they need help from that #5 runner if they are going to move up.

8. Flagler Palm Coast HS = Flagler compete at New World this weekend and finished 8th place as a team while beating several other ranked 4A teams like Viera and Nease. They had a 20:27 team average at the meet.

9. HB Plant HS = HB Plant won the TRC Rogers Park Invite two weeks ago, but didn't seem to run their full squad. They have only competed in 3 races so far this year, so it's difficult to gauge where they are right now. They are ranked 9th this round, but I wouldn't be surprised if they finish much higher come November.

10. Lakewood Ranch HS = Lakewood Ranch falls to 10 this week. They ran a solid race at FL Runners, finishing 12th in the ROC. However, they only ran 5 runners, and they weren't all the usual top 5. This is another team that's hard to gauge, but they stay in the top 10 for another round.

11. Spanish River = Spanish River traveled to Cary North Carolina to run at the Great American Cross Country festival. Lead runner Zoe Pustilnik ran a season best 18:55 in the elite race while here teammates finished 8th as a team in the seeded race.

12. Park Vista = Park Vista moves up to 12 this week after finishing 2nd overall at the South Fork Bulldog invite and beating 4A rival Spanish River by 5pts in the process.

13. Wharton HS = Wharton slips back to 13th this round even thought they had a strong showing at TRC Rogers Park Invite two weeks ago, where they finished 3rd place and only 18pts behind HB Plant.

14. Winter Park HS = Winter Park narrowly makes the list again after traveling to Cartersville GA to compete at the Wingfoot Classic. They finished 12th in the Championship Race.

15. Viera HS = gets the final spot in the top 15 this round after a strong 8th place showing at New World. 

Other teams to watch out for:

16. Dr. Phillips

17. Mandarin HS

18. Bartram Trail HS

19. Sarasota HS

20. Evans HS

21. West Orange HS

22. Windermere HS

23. Nease HS

24. George Jenkins HS

25. Palm Harbor Univ HS

Individual Rankings:

Commentary: We have some new names this week with lots of movement in the rankings. With lots of recent head-to-head battles between 4A teams, don't count on fast times to keep you in the top 15!

Rank. Name, Grade -- School = Comments

1. Amber Schulz, 12 -- Timber Creek HS -- I thought about moving her down after last round's rankings but I'm glad I held firm. She was the preseason #1 and showed us why at the Kowboy Invite running the fastest time in 4A this season only weeks before the state series beings.

2. Kate Drummond, 11 -- Buhholtz HS -- Holds strong at #2 with an impressive win at Katie Caples two weeks ago. If anyone might challenge Schultz for the individual title, its probably Drummond.

3. Brooke Reif, 12 - Wharton HS -- Reif is ranked 3rd again after her impressive 2nd place finish at the TRC Rogers Park Invite two weeks ago.

4. Kendall Houghes, 12 -- Newsome HS -- I'm giving Hughes the bump up the rankings this week after an impressive 3rd place finish at FL Runners this weekend.

5. Penelope Sosa, 12 -- Coral Park -- Last year's 4th place finisher at the state meet made her season debut this weekend with a 4th place finish and 18:58 season opener at FLR.

6. Emily Knopfle, 9 -- Olympia -- Knopfle makes a big jump in the rankings after winning the West Orange Invite in 18:46 and finishing 5th overall in the ROC at FLR this weekend.

7. Haley Thornton 11 -- Palm Harbor -- Thornton falls to 7th this round after a disappointing showing at FLR. She's had an amazing season, and this is just a bump in the road. She will look to bounce back at Land O Lakes and FSU Pre State in the next 2 weeks.

8. Megan Wells 12, Newsome HS -- Wells holds strong at 6 after a strong 7th place finish at FLR.

9. Annabella Cardona, 10 -- G Holmes Braddock HS = makes the big leap into the top 8 after a huge 10th place finish at FLR this weekend and improving her PR to 19:12 on the tough course.

10. Grace Marston 12- Lakewood Ranch -- Finished 14th in the ROC at FLR this weekend. She ran well but was beat by several 4A girls.

11. Zoe Pustilnik, 12 -- Spanish River -- Sneaks into the top 10 after improving her PR to 18:55 at the Great American Cross Country Festival.

12. Jada Williams, 11 -- Flagler Palm Coast HS = Jada finished 4th overall at New World and set a new PR of 18:59.

13. Megan Dolan, 11 -- Boone HS -- Finished one second behind her teammate at the JT Memorial XC Race whish was good for 2nd place and 19:14 and finished 3rd at the Kowboy Invite.

14. Brooke Gerrits, 10 -- Viera HS -- Finished 10th overall at New World and ran a 19:13 PR.  

15. Hannah Foley, 11 -- Boone HS -- She recently won the JT Memorial XC race in 19:13 and finished 5th at the Kowboy Invite.

Other individuals to watch out for:

16. Lucy Voss, 10 -- Buchholz HS

17. Catalina Edwards, 11 -- Celebration HS

18. Julianna Courville, 12 -- Venice HS

19. Hannah Clayton, 11- Dr Phillips HS

20. Isa Bella Narvaez, 11 -- Viera HS

21. Kayla McCarthy 10 -- Lake Brantley HS

22. Ella Klyce, 10 -- West Orange HS

23. Delaney Stephens, 11 -- Spruce Creek HS

24. Audrey Singletary, 12 -- Nease HS

25. Samantha Sadorf, 12 -- Spanish River HS


1A Boys Rankings

By Paul Opitz, Out of Door Academy, paul.opitz65@gmail.com

Team Rankings:

Commentary: Here are the third state rankings for your 2A boys! Some changes this week. I really think these 3 teams will be close all year. The new number 1 is…

Rank. (Previous Rank) School = Comments

1. (2) Indian Rocks Christian = ran 6th at Flrunners ROC avg  16:48, improved on team avg from the Seffner Christian invite from a couple weeks ago, Luna is a beast,plus they got at least two sophomores running well. Mr. Griffin and Mr. LaBrant, the latter must be listening to his dad on some good running tips.

2. (3) Oak Hall = 6th at Katie Caples avg 16:58, 5th at New (fast) World 16:44 avg

3. (1) Circle Christian = 8th at Katie Caples avg 16:53

These two teams seem pretty close also

4. (4) Cambridge Christian = 12th at Flrunners ROC avg 17:31

5. (6) Pensacola Christian = won JD Mac invite avg 17:02, won JR Miller invite in Alabama without JT Tutton

6. (7) St. Francis Catholic = 17th at Katie Caples avg 17:58, 9th at New (fast) World 17:32 avg

7. (11) SW Fla Christian = 6th in Jason Byrne div, at Flrunners in avg 18:07

8. (8) Out of Door Academy = didn't run full team in Jason Byrne div, at Flrunners, I heard they shredded a hill workout, on Monday, good job gentlemen

9. (NR) St. Johns Country Day = 11th at New (fast) World avg 18:21

10. (5) Seffner Christian = mixed team results from Flrunners, I am sure they will move back up in the polls in the next couple weeks

Other teams to watch out for:

(9) Maclay

(10) Palmer Trinity

Individual Rankings:

Commentary: The third individual state rankings for 1A boys!

Rank. Name, Grade -- School = Comments

1. (1) Matthew Stratton, 12 - St Johns Country Day = Still holding the top ranking after some impressive racing. Won the Embry Riddle invite on tough course got 4th at the New (fast) World invite in 15:10

2. (3) Mateo Luna, 12 - Indian Rocks Christian = 6th at FLrunners ROC in 15:52

3. (2) Jack DeJesus, 11 - Circle Christian = 8th at Katie Caples in 15:53

4. (6) Jonathan Tutton, 12 - Pensacola Christian = 2nd at JD Mac invite in 16:16

5. (4) Tristan McWilliam, 12 - Out of Door Academy = 28th at FLrunners ROC in a course PR for him 16:21

6. (5) Christian Giller, 12 - Seffner Christian = 33rd at FLrunners ROC in 16:26

7. (7) Caden Montini, 11 - Oak Hall = 15th Katie Caples in 16:25

8. (BOLO) Andrew Brix, 11 - Pensacola Christian = 3rd at JD Mac invite in 16:18

9. (NR) Graham Myers, 10 - St. Johns Country Day = 16th at New (fast) World invite in 16:16

10. (NR) Asher Dorbin, 12 - Oak Hall = 30th at Katie Caples in 16:43, 18th at New (fast) World invite in 16:20 

Other individuals to watch out for (in no particular order):

Michael Kirwan, 12 - Circle Christian = 16:39

Jake Ciocca, 12 - Oak Hall = 16:53

(10) Hayden Tank, 11 - SW FL Christian = 16:43

(BOLO) Andrew Stowe, 12 - Seffner Christian = 16:41

Julian Bautista, 12 - St. Francis Catholic = 16:37

2A Boys Rankings

By David Suarez, Gulliver Prep, dsuarez@gulliverprep.org

Team Rankings:

Commentary: Round 3 for the boys rankings. Until the tops teams get some more head to head battles on, I'm convinced were in for a heck of a race on November 12th. Top 3 teams all look incredibly strong and I think it's going to be very exciting. After some fast races this week there will be some power shifts.

Rank. (Previous Rank) School = Comments

1. (1) Satellite HS =  Satellite boys keep their #1 spot based mostly off of their win at Katie Caples. They rested this past weekend but that win gives them the edge in this weeks rankings. 22 points separated the top 3 teams at that meet so we're in for a treat if those 3 race eachother at FSU Pre-State

2. (3) Bolles HS = Bolles boys get the #2 spot but this one was hard for me to choose. They beat Berkeley Prep at Katie Caples and ran some fast times on a fast Great American course this past weekend. 16:15 team average and a 41 second 1-5 split gives them the edge. They have real strength in their #4-7.

3. (2) Berkeley Prep = Berkeley Prep boys had a great race in the ROC this weekend at FL Runners finishing 2nd overall behind a ridiculously good Belen team and beating some more top teams. 16:25 team average on a difficult Holloway Park course and 1:20 1-5 split. While they have a strong pack. Their 4 and 5 are just out of reach from the top 2 teams 4 and 5 but I think if they can get into the 16:30-16:40 range they can contest with their strength at 1 and 2.

4. (8) Bishop Kenny = There's a significant drop off at the #4 spot for teams in 2A, but Bishop Kenny takes it this week. Racing at Great American they had a very solid 35 second 1-5 spread. They lack a true front runner but their strength is in the pack, so they get the nod this week as that will be crucial in big meets.

5. (7) Lake Highland Prep = Finished 2nd as a team at the Kowboy XC invitational #2. 17:36 average and a 1:05 1-5 split. Extremely similar squad to Bishop Kenny and I can see those two teams going back and forth on these rankings in the coming weeks.

6. (4) Calvary Christian Clearwater = Calvary boys have a great front runner in Zackary Florendo, 12, and a solid #2-3. They lack true strength at the #4-5 but they have been racing well so far this season and stepped up this weekend in the ROC at FL Runners.

7. (6) Montverde Academy = Montverde boys take the #7 spot this week. Riley Novack, 11, leads that team well and scores very low points for them. Significant drop off after that  but those low points make a big difference in the big meets.

8. (9) Mater Lakes Academy = Mater Lakes boys continue to be consistent this season. 25th in the ROC with a 18:12 team average and a 2:49 1-5 split. The spread is still too big but they are running consistently well in big meets this season.

9. (10) Clearwater Central Catholic = Clearwater boys finished right behind the Mater Lakes boys while mising their #4 and #5. Their #2-4 spread this season is 11 seconds so there is real potential in that pack. If those 4 guys can move up together they will move way up these rankings considering they have a great front runner in Dylan Nolan, 11.

10. (Unranked) West Shore HS = 17:44 Team average at the West orange invitational, I will say I am suspicious about the course after seeing how they ran in other races. 32 second 1-5 split is solid though.

11. (5) Bishop Verot HS

12. (Unranked) Nature Coast Tech

13. (12) The Kings Academy

14. (11) Pine Crest HS

15. (14) Miami Sunset HS

Other teams to look out for:

St. Andrews

Gulliver Prep

Sebring HS

Lemon Bay HS

South Walton HS

Individual Rankings:

Commentary: After seeing some of the boys in person this week at FL Runners and seeing how they have been racing the last couple weeks, I can make some more solidified judgement calls on these individual rankings.

Rank. (Previous Rank) Name, Grade -- School = Comments

1. (2) Ethan Lipham, 12 - Berkeley Prep = 15:42 for 4th in the ROC at FL Runners, I needed to be sure of it but Ethan is definitely my favorite for the individual title as of now. Consistent as heck and ran extremely well against great competition this past weekend.

2. (5) Nick Carpenter 12, Trinity Prep = 15:53 for 8th place in the ROC, looked very strong and showed great closing speed the last 200 meters of the race. This individual race is going to be a great one this season.

3. (1) Riley Novack 11, - Montverde Academy = 15:55 for 10th place in the ROc, did not close as well as the other two ahead of him but he was in the mix for the majority of the race. Finally got to see him run on a legit course this season.

4. (4) Kirin Karver, 11 - Berkeley Prep = 15:55 for 12th place in the ROC. Extremely consistent this season and looking to be in the mix for the state title later this year.

5. (11) Aidan Ryan, 11 - Bolles HS = 15:50 at the Great American XC Festival. Has ran well at each race this season and is leading the Bolles boys going into the important part of the season.

6. (3) Justin Wilson, 12 - Satellite HS = Has lacked some consistency this season but with his resume he still remains a challenger for the individual state title. Looked off at Katie Caples but I'm sure he'll bounce back.

7. (10) Dayton Law, 12 - Satellite HS = Did not race this past weekend but he's been running more consistently this season. Will look to keep an eye on him in future big meets as the crunch time part of the season arrives.

8. ( Unranked) Zackary Florendo, 12 - Calvary Christian Clearwater= 16:13 for 19th place in the ROC this weekend. Progressing very well this season and can mix in with the Satellite and Bolles packs.

9. (7) Tyler Wadsworth, 12 - Port Charlotte HS = 16:13 for 20th place in the ROC. I can see him continuing to run well in big meets this season and I'm sure he has his eyes on a sub 16 performance soon.

10. (Unranked) Colin Duhnoski, 12 Bolles HS = 16:14 at the Great American XC festival. Continuing to show the strength in the Bolles pack as a great #2. Will keep an eye on how he does in the coming weeks.

11. (8) William Romac, 12 - Saint Andrews HS

12. (9) Andrew Mahorner, 11 - Satellite HS

13. (Unranked) Daniel Delmonte, 11 - Bolles HS

14. (Unranked) Dylan Nolan, 11 - Clearwater Central Catholic

15. (6) Aidan Mason, 12 - Satellite HS

Other individuals to watch out for:

Logan Chapman, 11 - Space Coast HS

Andrew Mcgraw, 11 - Bolles HS

Jeshoua Osorio, 11 - Mater Lakes Academy

Liam Jordan, 9 - Berkeley Prep

Matthew Mcclure, 12 - Bolles HS

3A Boys Rankings

By "anonymous", ryanraposo@gmail.com

Team Rankings:

At this point in the season, injuries, illnesses, tired legs, and mental toughness are all playing a role in a team's performances in meets. Those teams who have the depth, health, properly managed workouts and mental toughness get through the mid-stage and are better prepared for the State Series than those without. Here is where the importance of smart coaching comes in to play to a great extent.

The Hoka FL Runners Invitational provided some answers to lingering questions regarding those teams who are legit in the rankings and those teams which may be "paper tigers." There were a few decent head-to-head matchups that helps us rank teams with greater confidence and accuracy than at any time in weeks past.

Rank. (last ranking) School, team avg based on avg times - Comments

1. (1) Belen Jesuit, 16:18 -- Belen did their job at FL Runners, taking advantage of unprecedented depth to win, well everything they entered (middle school, high school, high school elite), and each by a large margin. They have certainly "re-loaded" from the loss of many seniors from last year's squad and appear to be untouchable in FHSAA 3A.  

2. (2) Sunlake, 16:48 -- At FL Runners, Sunlake proved they are indeed one of the top 10 teams in the state at any classification. Their top two runners in Robbins and Pena either PRd or nearly did on a notoriously difficult course at Holloway. Head-to-head, they were over 100 pts in front of the next two teams on this list at FL Runners.

3. (5) Naples, 17:25 -- This team keeps squeaking by Fort Myers in head-to-head competitions recently. (North Port, and now FL Runners). We simply can't deny them a spot ahead of Fort Myers at this point. They don't yet have a lead runner who can consistently run in the low to mid 16s and will need to emphasize pack running to compete in the big meets.

4. (3) Fort Myers, 17:06 -- Fort Myers and Naples could be interchangeable in the rankings and when the state tournament begins, we just can't predict how things will turn out as they match up so closely. Ultimately, both Naples and Fort Myers are vulnerable to the following team on this list due to the lack of an elite no 1 runner. A luxury few teams have.

5. (4) Leon, 17:01 -- With that elite no. 1 runner in Koon and a strong no. 2, along with improving youth, Leon might actually be in a better position to leap frog into 3rd in this ranking when it matters.

6. (6) Ocala Vanguard, 17:27 -- Ocala Vanguard hasn't raced since The Villages Buffalo Invite in mid-September. We will see them this weekend at the Bobcat Classic in Gainesville.

7. (9) Ponte Vedra, 17:38 -- Looks like the entire squad PRd at New World. Lots of depth from the number 4 runner on down the list means coach can churn his top 7 and challenge the remainder to step up. Team may climb these rankings further as we get in to state tournament.

8. (7) Winter Springs, 17:43 -- Top 5 runners all under 18 consistently, but missing that stud front runner that the teams ranked higher have that help them in the big competitions.

9. (8) Dunbar, 17:53 -- A few PRd at FL Runners which means progression is good. Depth remains an issue as only 4 of top 7 are under 18.

10. (11) Ida S. Baker, 17:57 -- Only 5 under 18 at this point in season, but not yet consistently. (Which presents challenges).

11. (n/a) Fleming Island, 17:59 -- Team has some depth with top 7 at (or nearly under) 18, and this squad is young. They should make waves at the local level and as the season progresses. Next season could be a breakout season for this squad.

12. (n/a) Bishop Moore, 18:04 -- Another young team with some depth. Expect to see them make some strong showings and be higher ranked as season progresses, I expect this squad to be right back on this list in a potentially higher listing next season.  

Other teams to watch out for:

Osceola (Seminole), Cape Coral, Rockledge, Fort Walton Beach

Individual Rankings:

Commentary: Rankings are skewed a bit to consider the course difficulties raced and average race times (season to date). Racing consistently fast times is imperative for individual rankings.

Rank. (Previous Rank) Name, Season Average, Grade -- School -- Comments

1. (1) Adam Magoulas, 15:27, 12 -- Belen Jesuit -- Adam is un-beaten this season in 5 competitions.

2. (2) Patrick Koon, 15:29, 10 -- Leon -- Patrick has only lost to Harrison and Toppi this season thus far. He's young and hungry and has his team on the rise alongside teammate Jake Rogers.

3. (3) Colby Robbins, 16:06, 12 -- Sunlake -- A 30 second season PR (15:41) on FL Runners Holloway course is impressive. He deserves to be mentioned amongst the best in FL finishing 3rd in the Race of Champions Elite competition.

4. (6) Joshua Ruiz, 15:59, 10 -- Belen Jesuit -- Joshua getting closer and closer to teammate Adam Magoulas in these races and looking poised for continued improvement.

5. (5) Alex Pena, 16:09, 11 -- Sunlake -- Already recovered from a slight injury early in season at Holloway and got his vengeance on same course with a near season PR (15:55), and 11th place finish at FL Runners in Race of Champions.

6. (7) Zack Poekert, 16:15, 11 -- Cypress Creek -- A top 20 finish at FL Runners in the Race of Champions and has beaten and fallen victim to a few ranked ahead in this list.

7. (9) Kolten Pickard, 16:32, 12 -- Estero -- Raced to a 1st place finish in FL Runners Invitational and a season PR of 16:11. That bodes well for continued success for Kolten on similar courses, like the State course.

8. (10) Luke Larkin, 16:31, 12 -- Fort Walton Beach -- At an honest course (Holloway) Luke ran an impressive 16:39 and finished 44th in Race of Champions. 

9. (8) Jake Rogers, 16:17, 11 -- Leon -- Jake's best times have been at Cecil Field, a notoriously fast course, but regardless deserves placement on this list and he has a bright future being only a junior.   

10. (n/a) Evan Torres, 16:32, 10 -- Belen Jesuit -- Raced extremely well on difficult course at FL Runners.

Other individuals to watch out for: (to be considered, season avg should be under 17)

Cason Meyer, 16:44, 12 -- Sunlake

Ryan Livingston, 16:54, 12 -- Dunbar

Isaiah Barajas, 16:51, 12 -- Naples

Clayton Knight, 16:45, 11 -- Ocala Vanguard

Grant Doherty, 16:41, 12 -- Ponte Vedra

Colsen Palmer, 16:15, 12 -- Fort Myers

4A Boys Rankings

by Dylan Hermelee, Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, coachhermelee@gmail.com

Team Rankings:

Commentary: Hello all, and welcome back to the third edition of the 2021 4A Boys Rankings! We are now halfway through the season and have a much better picture of how 4A is looking. This weekend saw many of the top 10 teams face off head-to-head at the Hoke FL Runners Invite and New World Fall Spectacular which caused several teams to make some major jumps in the rankings. As always, if you have any additional information that you'd like me to use for next round's rankings, let me know!

Rank. School = Comments

1. Viera HS = Viera holds steady at #1 again this round. They traveled up to Jacksonville to take on other 4A power houses Nease and Creekside, edging Creekside out by 1 point. They were missing their usual #3 runner but still for the job done. With a 15:56 team average at New World and a 15:50 team average on the season, Viera is truly the team to beat.

2. Creekside HS -- Creekside jumps up to 2nd after an impressive 2nd place showing at New World. The team sported a 16:11 team average at the meet and put FIVE runners under 16:20 in the same race. They are definitely on pace to make the Podium.

3.  Nease HS  -- Ran an impressive 3rd place team finish at New World. Lead runner Rheinhardt Harrison looks to be in midseason form going 15:12 at Kate Caples and 14:45 at New World. He's followed by a strong pack of runners that sports 5 guys under 16:43. It will be interesting to see how they improve over the next 5 weeks leading up to the State Meet,

4. Bartram Trail -- They ran at FL Runners this weekend and finished an impressive 3rd place in the Race of Championship. More impressively, they ran a 16:34 team average on a tough Holloway Park course and had under a 60 second spread between 1 and 5. Put them on a faster course and they might have what it takes to make the podium this year.

5. Christopher Columbus HS = Columbus falls a bit to #5 this week after what seemed to be a difficult race for the Hellions. They finished 5th in the ROC had a very impressive 26 second split, but their lead runner was 4th for them at FLR and the finished about 66 points back from Bartram Trail. They have their work cut out for them if they are going to defend their State Title from last year.

6. Buchholz HS = They last competed at the Katie Caples invite where they finished 4th in a loaded field, defeating Bartram Trail, Chilles and Creekside in the process. It seems like some of those teams may have been resting runners that weekend, but one thing is for sure Buchholz is a team to worry about come November 12.

7. HB Plant HS = They recently won the TRC Rogers Invite, beating Alonso HS in the process. The have a solid top 3, but as the season progresses, other teams' 4 and 5 runners are dropping below the 17 minute mark, and Plant's 4 and 5 are still hanging around 17:15. 

8. Niceville HS = A solid 9th place finish in at deep Katie Caples field keeps them in the top 10 for this round of rankings. They have the depth to make some noise in November, but they will need some help up front to move up the rankings.

9. Spanish River HS = They jump two spots up the rankings to 9th this round. This weekend they made the trek to Cary North Carolina to run in ROC at the Great American XC Festival. They finished 17th in the Race of Champions on a very tough course. They will try to close out the season with a top 10 finish at the State Meet this year.

10. Newsome HS = Newsome had an impressive 7th place finish at the FL Runners ROC, defeating Chiles, Palmetto Ridge, Hagerty HS and Braddock in the process. That's just earn them a top 10 spot in this rounds rankings.

11. Chiles HS = Chiles just misses the top 10 this round. Their lease runner Ben Kirbo has been on a tear recently, finishing 3rd at Katie Caples and 2nd in the ROC at FLR. If their 4 and 5 runners can step up, they have the up-front fire power to make some noise.

12. Palmetto Ridge -- Not to sound like a broken record, but Palmetto Ridge has the fire power up from to be a top 10 in the state, but their 4 and 5 runners hurt them. They finished 13th in the ROC at FL Runners, but their #5 ran over 19 minutes. They need more if they are going to have a shot at the top 10.

13. Hagerty HS -- Welcome to the SHOW! Hagerty makes the top 15 his week after a 14th place finish in the FL Runner ROC. They are in a similar position as Palmetto Ridge. They have a terrific 1 and 2, but their 3-4-5 went 18:04, 18:13, and 18:55 at FLR. If they are going to get a top 10 finish in November, those 3-4-5 runners need to step up.

14. G Holmes Braddock -- They were 16th at FL Runners in the ROC race. They also need help with depth if they are going to make the top 10. 

15. Celebration HS -- The break into the top 15 this week. It looks like they only ran 4 runners in the FL Runners ROC. I wish they would've received a team score, because the 4 that ran seemed to do pretty well.

Other teams to watch out for:

16. Boca Raton HS

17. Bloomingdale HS

18. Tohopekaliga HS

19. Timber Creek HS

20. Melborne HS

21. Orange City HS

22. Olympia HS

23. Winter Park HS

24. Flagler Palm Coase HS

25. University HS

Individual Rankings:

Commentary: We have some new names this week with lots of movement in the rankings. With lots of recent head-to-head battles between 4A teams, don't count on fast times to keep you in the top 15!

Rank. Name, Grade -- School = Comments

1. Rheinhardt Harrison, 12 -- Nease HS = Stays put at #1 and for good reason. He's won every race he's entered so far this year and just ran the fastest time in the state (14:45) at New World last weekend.  

2. Michael Toppi, 12 -- Viera HS = He just finished 2nd to Harrison at New World and ran a blistering 14:55 in the process, which is good for the 2nd fastest time in all classifications.

3. Ben Kirbo, 12 -- Chiles HS = Kirbo leaps from 16th to 3rd this round, and for good reason. He finished 3rd at a loaded Katies Caples race two weeks ago and just finished 2nd in the ROC at FL Runners. He also ran a new PR of 15:38 at Holloway Park, which is not an easy course. 

4. Jonathon Leon, 10 -- Hagerty HS = Leon is making the list for the first time after running a huge race at FLR to finish 9th in the ROC. I want to say he came out of nowhere, but from checking his races from this season, we should've seen it coming. He was 4th at Astronaut Invite with a 16:33 and then finished 2nd to his teammate Seymour at the Hagerty Invite, where he ran 16:03. If he keeps up this progression, he might soon become the guy to beat in 4A.

5. Brayden Seymour, 11 -- Hagerty HS = He has been running fast all year with first place finishes in 3 of his 4 races. He recently finished 14th in the ROC at FLR while beating most of the 4A competition in the process.

6. Raekwon Hopkins, 12 - Alonso HS = He has been impressive all year, but needed a strong finish in a big race to move up the rankings. He got that this weekend finishing 13th in the ROC at FLR with a new 15:57 PR.

7. Jason Swartzlander, 12 -- Newsome = Started off the season with a ban but had a bit of a rough stretch. He ran well at FLR finishing 18th in the ROC, so it looks like he's bounced back strong. 

8. Wyatt Townsend, 11 -- Chilles HS = Two weekends ago he ran a 15:51 PR at Katie Caples and also got a 6th place finish in the process. He had a strong showing in the ROC at FLR with a 27th place finish.

9. Emerson Miller, 11- Buchholz HS = He hasn't matched his season opener time of 15:50, but he came close 2 weeks ago finishing 9th overall at a loaded Katie Caples race where he ran 15:54.

10. Ryan Maney, 12 - HB Plant HS = Coming in right behind his teammate Albert, Maney is the 10th runner on this list after edging his teammate by 3 seconds to take 2nd at the TRC Rogers Invite.

11. Albert Tawil-Brown, 11- HB Plant HS = Not much action from Tawil-Brown, only running 1 race in the last 3 weeks, but he has a solid 3rd place showing at the TRC Rogers Park Invite.

12. Cameron Raney, 11 -- Viera HS = He was 6th overall at New World while running a new PR of 15:54 in the process.

13. Sam Jaramillo, 12 -- Spanish River HS = He travelled to Cary North Carolina to race the South's best at the Great American XC Festival. He finished 44th overall and ran his second fastest time of the season in the process.  

14. Bernardo Barnhardt, 11 -- Palmetto Ridge HS = Bernardo ran fast early in the season but has cooled off a bit. He had a solid 26th place finish at FLR in the ROC, so he keeps his spot in the top 15.

15. Robbie Naberhaus, 12 -- Viera HS = Hasn't run since mid-September, but as the last man under 16 minutes in the rankings, he stays at 15th this round.

Other individuals to watch out for:

16. Mac William, 11 -- Creekside HS

17. Zack Zimmerman, 11 -- Fort Lauderdale HS

18. Gabriel Garcia, 12 -- G Holmes Braddock

19. Nicholas Invonnet, 12 -- Christopher Columbus HS

20. Noah Musselwhite, 11 -- Apopka HS

21. Jack Dravo, 11 -- Creekside HS

22. Jesse Benavides, 12 -- Creekside HS

23. Aedan Rendek, 11 -- Viera HS.

24. Branden McDonald, 12 -- Bartram Trail HS

25. Ryan Sarafoglu, 11 -- Coral Reef HS

Important Reminder:

- Please remember that all of these rankings are done by volunteer coaches and are meant to increase the overall enjoyment of the sport for athletes, coaches, parents, and fans. They are just for fun and should not have a lot of weight put on them. But if there is a concern, such as a missed athlete or team, please email the individual pollster for your classification & gender.

- Please direct any other issues to FACA Rankings Representative: Ryan Raposo @ ryanraposo@gmail.com