Ready or not, here it comes! There is a brand new cross country course springing up in Polk County and its potential is immense. The raw piece of land is starting to take shape, as its opening day quickly closes in. The Jim Ryun Invitaitonal will be held at the not-yet-opened private park on September 14-15, 2012.
Day two of the 2012 Jim Ryun Invitational kicked off at Holloway Park in Lakeland and the general consensus among runners was that the course was tough with the hills and sand scattered throughout. The times might not have been record shattering, but hey this is Florida, and these runners weren't used to a "real" cross country course. Mike HIll and Chris Kail of Elite Timing had the meet on track and rolling along great. Meet director Paul White described the event as a success and thanked God for the great weather. The racing was great as well as two runners won for another week, while several others had breakthrough performances.
Todd Grasley of MileSplit hosts the legend himself Jim Ryun and meet director Paul White in the studio.
University of Tampa swept the mens and womens' college races at the Jim Ryun Invitational.
Opening day at the new Holloway Park XC course is done. And Paul White reviews how it went and the trip to get to this point.
Freshman sensation, Denae Chapman is runner up at the Jim Ryun Invitational (9/15/12).
Travis Nichols of Land O Lakes HS is runner up at the Jim Ryun Invitational. Interviewed by Stephen Bain
Jim Ryun Invite Boys Varsity 5KMusic is a remix of The Police - Every Breath You Take
Girls Varsity finish at 9-15-12 Jim Ryun Invitational
Jim Ryun 2012 Boys Varsity
Jim Ryun 2012 Girls Varsity
Jim Ryun 2012 Girls Jr Varsity
Jim Ryun 2012 Boys Jr Varsity
The greatly expanded Jim Ryun Invitational goes off this weekend and it is opening day for the highly anticipated new Holloway Park course. Forty-six high schools, seven colleges, and nine middle schools will be competing in Lakeland on Friday and Saturday. It will be some of the top high school competition we have seen to date this season.
Jacob Thomson lets it out as he crosses the line well ahead of Jacob Burcham in KY! Arcadia is back and looking very solid while Kaylee Flanagan looks scary good in IL! (Photo by Jonathan Grooms)
The day finally came! After what seemed like forever--but really was only a few months--a new cross country course was born out of nothing. All summer we have covered the plans as they progressed at Central Florida's newest venue and out of an old phosphate mine that laid unused for forty years was born what will in time become one of the finest venues in the Southeastern United States. How did it live up to the hype?