The 2016 Cross Country Finals are less than three months away at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee. We looked at the top returning girls individuals and teams in every classification and ran virtual meets for 1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A to see who had the best shot of taking home the hardware.
The 2016 Cross Country Finals are less than three months away at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee. We looked at the top returning boys individuals and teams in every classification and ran virtual meets for 1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A to see who had the best shot of taking home the hardware.
The lone state champion returner from 2015 on either the boys or girls side is Riverview junior Bailey Hertenstein. Hertenstein's 17:32.55 is the fastest time regardless of class on the Apalachee Regional Park course in November. 2014 state champions Tsion Yared (2A) and Rafaella Gibbons (4A) also return for another ring. See the top 500 returning times from the 2015 Cross Country finals and which girls have the best shots at bringing back the crown.
Buchholz senior Calum McFetridge and Durant senior Hafton Fliegelman finished third and fourth at the 4A Cross Country Finals and will be the favorites come November. See the top 500 returning times from the 2015 Cross Country finals and which boys have the best shots at bringing back the crown
Coach Joe Hazera guided the St. Thomas Aquinas Raider boys to their second 4A Cross Country state championship since 2013. We caught up with Hazera to talk about this 2015 season, the road to the title, and what next year has in store for the Raiders.
Coach Eric Frank has been at Creekside since the school opened eight years ago. In 2015, the Knights won their first state championship in cross country, taking home the 3A team title. We caught up with Frank to talk about this year's team, the season, and the future for the program.
What a difference a year can make. Better health, better training, or a new mindset, a wide variety of circumstances can give you that boost you need. We compiled our list of the top 500 girls and top 500 boys from state and their YOY improvements, but we wanted to take a moment to feature some of those athletes who really stood out to us in this slideshow feature.
Coach Ryan of Bolles (pictured above with team) and Coach Gowan of Chiles moved up the all-time wins list after the 2015 Cross Country Finals. The Bolles girls picked up their fourth consecutive 2A crown giving him his 9th overall while the Chiles girls continued the rich tradition of the Timberwolves program and gave Gowan his 9th as well. Both coaches pass the late Jeff Sommer of Estero to move into a tie for fifth place.
In this series we take a look at state championship coaches, their outlook on the team, and 2015 season. Coach Sue O'Malley has been at Father Lopez for nine years, but is in her fourth as the boys coach. This year the team won their first ever district, regional and state titles.
Riverview sophomore Bailey Hertenstein set a new course record with her 17:32.55 to win the 4A state championship while the Creekside boys ousted defending champion Chiles in a very competitive class 3A at the Cross Country Finals. YOU the running community decided and picked those as our best individual and team performance from the state meet.
The 2015 Cross Country Finals was one of the best ever at the ARP. On the individual side we saw eight runners who won their first ever state titles in the sport while three teams repeated as champions.Which performances were most impressive? Vote in our individual and team polls below and let us know what you decide!
Every sporting event has their memorable moments. At the Cross Country Finals, Walker Thomas of Plant High School went down in the 4A race only to find his peer Luke Whitmore of Plant City do the unthinkable. He carried Thomas 200 meters to the finish line in an example of exemplary sportsmanship, which raises the question when do you help out and when do you continue on?
We combined the results of all four classifications to find out who was the best team overall and where do the rest of the squads stack up? 3A champion Chiles and 4A champion Winter Park would have a dog fight on their hands, but the advantage would go to the Timberwolves who have a slower 1-5 split but better average time at 19:12.69 (just under ten seconds) and total time by 49 second. See where your team ranks among the top teams in the state!
Trinity Prep completed its undefeated season with their third straight 2A state championship. After merging the results from every classification, the Saints were the best team with a 44 second 1-5 split and team average of 16:16.94 lead by individual state champion Chas Cook. 3A champion Creekside was followed by 3A runner-up Chiles as the top three teams. Check out the complete list and see where your squad ranks!
Our photographers took over 7,000 photos at the 2015 Cross Country Finals in Tallahassee! We wanted to highlight their photos in this Behind The Lens article and say thank you for all their hard work throughout the fall. Check out these awesome images!
Go along for the ride literally and figuratively as Winter Park junior Elizabeth Jenkins takes with the Wildcats as they ride from Central Florida to Florida's capital for the 2015 Cross Country Finals where they defended their 4A team title.
Brittany Gill of Dillard High School won her first cross country state title ever in her first season of the sport. Gill, took the 3A crown in the fastest time by any senior on the day, 18:06.84. Check out the complete list of times by the class of 2016 girls and see where you rank?
Merritt Island senior Steven Cross went out in style at the Cross Country Finals winning his first state title in a time of 15:30.63, the fastest on the day and fastest of any senior. Check out who followed the future Seminole as the top ranked seniors on the day!
Kayley DeLay of Fletcher was only one of two runners to break 18 minutes at the 2015 Cross Country Finals. DeLay’s time of 17:56.72 earned her a runner-up finish in 4A and the fastest time of any junior regardless of class. Check out the top times from the class of 2017. Where do you rank?
Calum McFetridge of Buchholz and Haftom Fliegelman of Durant finished third and fourth in the 4A boys race. Their times of 15:53.75 and 15:54.17 were the top junior times in any race! Check out the top times by junior boys!
Watch as Caitlyn Collier of Bolles collapses is in the final meters of the girls 2A race. Pine Crest senior Alyssa Pujals passes her for the win, but Collier is determined to finish and crossed the line as the runner-up.
Riverview's Bailey Hertenstein won her first state title in a course record time of 17:32.55, the fastest time of the day including the sophomore class. See how her peers stacked up on the day. Top class of 2018 times. (Photo by Jeremy Danzie)
Belen Jesuit's Joshua Collins dipped under 16 minutes hitting 15:55.66 on his way to a third place finish at the 3A championship. His time was fastest of any sophomore in any class. Check out the top times and see where you rank? (Photo by Cedric Gillette)
Bolles freshman Charles Hicks continued his spectacular season finishing 5th in 2A with a time of 16:07.39. His time was more than 25 seconds faster than the next fastest class of 2019 athlete teammate Chase Rivera. Check out the top freshman boys times from the 2015 Cross Country Finals. and see where you rank.
Rebecca Clark was the 1A runner-up with a time of 18:33.86, the fastest by any freshman on the day. Check out the top 200 times run by freshman girls at the 2015 Cross Country Finals and see where you rank!
Check out all the coverage from the 2015 Cross Country Finals that will go down as one of the most exciting at the ARP. We saw a new course record set by Riverview sophomore Bailey Hertenstein, an epic finish in the 2A girls race, and all eight individuals were first time cross country state champions. Over 7,000 photos, three dozen videos, recaps of EVERY race, results, performances and more are all here!
Chris Tucker captured over 1,000 photos from the 2015 Cross Country Finals including this neat angle of the start of the 3A girls race. Check all the images out and make sure to tag yourself!
Calum McFetridge of Buchholz and Haftom Fliegelman of Durant finished third and fourth in the 4A boys race. Their times of 15:53.75 and 15:54.17 were the top junior times in any race! Check out the top times by each grade!
The photo coverage from the 2015 Cross Country Finals continues with over 2,400 amazing images by Jeremy Danzie including this one of the 3A girls start. Check them out and make sure to tag yourself!
We were out in full force at the 2015 Cross Country Finals with three photographers to capture all the action! Check out over 3,700 photos from Cedric Gillette who snapped a majority of the days finish line shots including this one of 4A boys champion Adam Bradtmueller who capped off his senior season with a state title!
Niceville Eagles State 3A CHAMPIONS!