Ricky Quintana

Road To State: 2A Meet Preview Ricky Quintana Apr 29, 2015

Braxton Canady will be a key component if Paxon can win the boys 2A team title. Who will be the stars of this year's meet and what teams will hoist the championship trophy? Ricky Quintana gives us a preview!

Foot Locker South Boys Preview Ricky Quintana Nov 27, 2013

After last year’s scintillating record run of 14:28 by Sean McGorty(Chantilly, Fairfax, VA), it would seem there would be lull before someone could challenge the record again. But, in recent years the hallowed ground of 14:30s is not so sacred anymore and the talent keeps coming in waves. (Photo by Chris Kane)

Blast From The Past! Florida’s Foot Locker South Regional History Ricky Quintana Nov 27, 2013

And so it begins-a week of anticipation that will culminate in 10 athletes from four different regions being sent to the sunny San Diego, CA for the granddaddy of them all, the Foot Locker National Cross Country Championships. And who wouldn’t want to go? The weekend is set to backdrop of the storied Hotel Del Coronado( Marilyn Monroe’s “Some Like it Hot”) and Balboa Park which has seen so many great high schoolers clash to earn bragging rights as the nation’s top high school athlete.

STATastic Ricky Quintana Looks At FHSAA Cross Country Finals From A Historical View Point Ricky Quintana Nov 15, 2013

Ever since I began running in 1977, I have been in the midst of history. Growing up in Gainesville, home of the Florida Track Club, it wasn’t unusual to see Marty Liquori, Barry Brown, Jimmy Carnes and Dr. Cade. My first age group coach was Bruce Carpenter, the guy who is on the cover of “Once a Runner” by John L. Parker. My brother Julio got me involved in running with the FTC and would take me to meetings. There at the Camelot Apartment Clubhouse, at the corner of 34th and 2nd Ave (You probably see it each time you come into Gainesville. It is right near the golf course), I would hear Dr. Cade speak about his latest research amongst a group of college aged guys aspiring to make the Olympic team.

Jenny Simpson Exclusive Interview: Part 1 - 2013 Season & Training Under Coach Wetmore Ricky Quintana Oct 31, 2013

Jenny Simpson is one of the top female middle distance runners in the United States and her accolades speak for themselves. Our Ricky Quintana spoke with Simpson recently about everything from her 2013 season, to her coaching change, and even her duck toy named Puddles. We will be featuring this EXCLUSIVE interview in four installments over the next four weeks and making it for our subscribers only. So if you don't have a subscription yet, this is definitely worth the price of admission, and if you are already a subscriber thank you so much for your continued support!

Pre-State Preview: Tallahassee Hosts State's Top Talent Ricky Quintana Oct 11, 2013

It comes down to this….Four weeks from the state meet on this same course, the top ranked individuals and teams on the boys side and all but one of the top ranked girls, Karen Xiang, and the top ranked teams on the girl’s side gather for their last top level race before they are propelled into the state series. Throw in some talented teams from Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina, some expected temperatures in the low 60’s and we have the makings of a very special set of races.

Buchholz Bobcat Classic: Janson, Edens Excel, Spruce Creek Girls, Bobcat Boys Crowned Team Champions Ricky Quintana Oct 5, 2013

An anticipated matchup between Lyman and Buchholz in the boys’ race never materialized on Saturday as only one Greyhound, Cameron McCutcheon, made it to the starting line. The Bobcats steamrolled the field placing five in the top eight to score 28 points and win by 44 points. Though none of the Bobcats ran personal bests on the muggy morning, they used a 22 second spread between their top runners to secure the victory.

Buchholz Bobcat Classic Meet Preview: Can Sarah Eden Defend The Home Turf? Ricky Quintana Oct 4, 2013

Buchholz Coach Ron Norris has been running meets longer than I have been running. …. that is a long time. In the early 80’s while at Newberry High School, he was one of the first to stage a large invitational of 25 or more teams. Offering ribbons and medals to the top 25 and then 50 individuals, his meets valued the hard work and effort that the kids had put into the sport he loves so much. Then, with the move to Buchholz in 2001, he continued with his Bobcat Classic which grew in numbers.

UF Mt. Dew Invitational Preview: Tons Of Talent Heads To Gainesville Ricky Quintana Sep 13, 2013

This week’s “big meet” will be on The Mark Bostick Golf Course on the University of Florida campus which is known to be challenging given the softer grass and multiple hills which are spread throughout. 72 teams are entered on the girl’s side and 69 on the boys teams will gather on a predicted steamy 90+% humidity and 75+ degree morning. Conditions have been dry this week, so the course surface may be more firm for better footing and performances across the board. Flrunners will be on-site with results, race video, video interviews, thousands of photos, and a complete recap of all the action.

Katie Caples Invitational Preview Ricky Quintana Sep 6, 2013

The Katie Caples Invitational attracts some of the top talent from across the state and individually. The 2013 edition will be no different. Ricky Quintana and Mike Leary will be on-site with a complete recap, race video, interviews, and hundreds of photos from the event.

Ridgeview Bob Hans Invitational Coverage Ricky Quintana Aug 31, 2013

A muggy morning greeted runners and spectators Saturday morning at Bob Hans Invitational in Orange Park. That didn’t prevent some solid times and convincing wins on the individual and team side to open up the Florida cross country season.

Jimmy Carnes Passes Away Ricky Quintana Mar 5, 2011

Some of you may know that Jimmy Carnes has been battling cancer over the years. Well, it is with great sadness that I report that the disease that has ravished his body has finally won. On Saturday, around noon, Jimmy passed away with his family at his side.

Jimmy Carnes Indoor Classic Meet Preview Ricky Quintana Feb 3, 2009

Gainesville, FL- The 2nd Annual Gainesville Sports Commission Indoor Meet will take place this Saturday, February 7 in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center on the University of Florida campus. This year's meet has been named in honor of Jimmy Carnes. Carnes was the founder of the Florida Track Club, Florida Gator's Track and Field Head Coach, past President of the Governing Body of USA Track and Field and 1980 Olympic Track and Field Head Coach. Carnes was named to the United States Track and Field Association Hall of Fame in December and is a long time resident of Gainesville, FL.

Gainesvile Indoors Field Deepens: State Champs From FL, GA, SC, AL Ricky Quintana Feb 1, 2008

The field is looking even stronger than reported last week. Stars from throughout the indoor track & field deprived Southeast are heading to Gainesville, Florida as we speak for tomorrow's big meet. The Innagural Gainesville Indoor Classic will start at 9AM at the O-Dome on Saturday. State champions in various events from Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama are on the entry list, along with many others. Olympic hopeful and Palm Bay alum, Xavier Carter, who has been training in Gainesville under Coach Mike Holloway, will be there as well signing autographs. Jamaica olympian Novlene Williams will also be signing autographs for fans.Flrunners will be on site with a team of four to bring you photos, vidoeos, results, summaries, and interviews!