It's regionals week! 4A, Florida's largest cross country classification, will kick off the road to state at the regional level as athletes head to South Florida on Thursday for 4A Region 4. We preview all four regionals in addition to seeing how our virtual meets see things playing out. It's going to be a crazy ride as the top individuals and teams hope to advance to Tallahassee for the Cross Country Finals on November 5th.
The Region of Death certainly lived up to its billing Saturday morning at Sante Fe College in Gainesville, FL. There was both happiness and sadness, great performances and some shocking performances. Overall, it didn't play out as expected which left this author with mixed emotions on how cruel and exhilarating the entire qualifying process can be.
Timothy Doyle wasn't in the front at the beginning of the 4A-1 race, but that was just fine for the 4A 1,600m state champion. The Freedom junior picked up yet another winning the title in a new PR of 15:50 over Bryce Bell who also went sub 16. On the girl's side, it might have been the race of the week as Kayley Delay ran a new PR and FL#2 of 17:37.40 with freshman Elayna Bahr also joining the 17 minute club with a PR of 17:59.30. We merged results from every regional across the state to find out who won the week.
super run by Fletcher senior Kaylyn Delay...in 1-4A
Tyler Copeland was on-site at the 4A Region 1 Championship in Gainesville and snapped over 700 photos including this shot of the boys varsity runners heading into the morning glow of the sun at Santa Fe College.
Kayley Delay of Fletcher and Winter Springs freshman Elayna Bahr posted the second and seventh fastest times of the 2016 cross country season while Timothy Doyle beat Bryce Bell of Lyman by five seconds to win his second race of he postseason at the 4A Region 1 Championship. Winter Park girls and Timber Creek boys brought home team trophies. Watch all the race videos and interviews!