HB Plant and Bolles ladies won the team titles in their respective divisions today at the FHSAA state finals. They also happen to now have eleven team state titles which ties them for the most titles for a girls cross country team in the state of Florida.
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We recapped all 16 regions so you can stay in the know on the top storylines from this past week. Here are the recaps and takeaways from all the FHSAA 4A regional meets.
Take a look at the fastest teams heading into all 64 district championship meets to be held this week in Florida.
You voted, we listened. Here is this week's performer of the week!
Andy Warrener recaps the 2018 Berkeley Track and Field Invitational.
Andy Warrener recaps all of the action from 4A District 6
Andy Warrener recaps all the action from the Hillsborough County Championships.
We rank the best girls and boys teams in 4A.
We breakdown the top 25 girls teams in each classification as well as the 25 best overall regardless of class.
We breakdown the top 25 boys teams in each classification as well as the 25 best overall regardless of class. See where your squad stacks up.
We score the 50 best girls teams after week one. See where your squad stacks up.
We score the 50 best boys teams after week one.
Today we salute Plant senior Laura Jones. Jones was a three time state finalist in track in the 3,200m and twice in cross country. She placed 5th at the 2016 Cross Country Finals in the state's largest classification, 4A.
Today we salute Plant senior Nadia Stratton. Stratton was 15th at the 4A Cross Country Finals in her final high school season as well as a state qualifier in the 3,200m.
Andy Warrener recaps the 2017 Steinbrenner Invitational.
As a freshman, Plant's Laura Jones found herself an average runner on the above-average Plant team. Isabel Hanewicz shares her journey from 26 minutes to sub 19 and the leader of the Panthers.
The Pine Crest girls broke the streak of runner-up finishes after finishing behind Bolles the past four years. This year, the Panthers defeated the Bulldogs running an 18:41 team average, the 4th best team average in Florida State Finals history, scoring 29 points (8th lowest in State history). We merged the results of every classification to find out the top girls teams regardless of class. Where does your squad stack up?
Bailey Hertenstein smashed the Holloway Park course record in a time of 18:13.83 with freshman teammate in second place with a time of 18:58.22. On the boy's side it came down to a sprint to the finish with Jordan Gonzalez of Sarasota giving the Sailors a regional champion for the second straight year. Steinbrenner girls dominated with 46 pts. while the Lakewood Ranch boys edged out Newsome by four points 85 to 89. Andy Warrener recaps all the action from 4A Region 2.
Riverview junior Bailey Hertenstein is one of only three girls to ever break 19 minutes on the Holloway Park course. Hertenstein's 18:40.70 was the top ranked mark, but she crushed that at the 4A Region 2 Championship winning in a time of 18:13.18. Equally impressive was freshman teammate Alyssa Hendrix who added her name to the best times in course history with a sub 19 mark of 18:58.22 as the runner-up. Due to their success, the Sharks claimed the sixth and final spot as a team for the state meet.
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.
Having already asserted themselves at the Hillsborough County meet a week ago and all but one meet they competed in this season, the Steinbrenner Warriors swept both boys and girls titles at Al Lopez Park in Tampa.
Teams from Hillsborough County met at the 4A District 6 Championship at Al Lopez Park. Wharton, Plant, and Steinbrenner have seen each other numerous times this season and the rivalry extended with a trip to regional on the line. Andy Warrener was on-site and snapped over 300 photos including this one of the Steinbrenner boys who won the team title.
On the nicest day of the cross country season and the fastest course in Hillsborough County, the county cross country championships at Al Lopez Park in Tampa, made for some eye-popping times and the Tampa powerhouse Steinbrenner swept both varsity races and both JV races.
Riverview junior Bailey Hertenstein clocked her 4th sub 18 minute time of the season, running a new state leading time of 17:30.7, and defend her Hillsborough County Championship crown. Watch all the race videos and interviews to see the best of the best from the Tampa area.
District tiles are great, regional titles, are nice too, but there is something about a county championship that screams bragging rights. Andy Warrener caught this photo of the boy's varsity race at the Hillsborough County Championships as runners go all out from the gun. This photo plus over 800 more from the meet.
Over three dozen teams will head to Al Lopez Park in Tampa for the site of the Hillsborough County Championships. County pride is on the line as is an undefeated win streak for Riverview's Bailey Hertenstein, and a battle of four girls teams ranked in our latest Flo 50 rankings. On the boy's side Haftom Fliegelman of Durant looks to break 16 minutes and improve on his 4th place showing from 2015 while Steinbrenner and Newsome duke it out for the team title. We preview all the action and don't forget to stay tuned to flrunners.com for race videos, interviews, photos, recaps, and results of this meet.
As part of our Saucony Flo 50 rankings series, every week we will subjectively rank the top 25 boys and girls individuals as well as the top 25 boys and girls teams. Take a look at the top girls teams one month into the cross country season.
This year is the 52nd anniversary of Jim Ryun becoming the first high schooler to break four minutes in the mile. Jim Ryun will be there to present the awards for what look to be some great races in Lakeland that a massive 85 teams will be competing in. The meet kicks off with the varsity girls at 7:30 a.m. followed by the varsity boys at 8:00. The JV races start at 8:20 with the middle school races starting an hour later. The AAU race for athletes under the age of nine begin at 10:00. Our virtual meet feature gives us a chance to see how the meet might play out based on season bests from last year. Todd Grasley, Eric Kidd and Billy Simpson will be on-site with LIVE updates photos, race videos, interviews, recaps, results and more!
The Bolles girls have been the best program in the state of Florida over recent years, tallying the last four cross country state championships. Coach Ryan's Bulldogs are also the best team according to our composite rankings which takes into numerous criteria for yet another year. If you pull up the XC Team Scores page, you'll see a link to "Composite" scoring. This is a type of scoring that gives a team a rank on a number of different categories, with different weights on each.
Winter Park claimed the last two 4A crowns and lose only two of their seven athletes from that championship squad. Rafaella Gibbons, an NXN qualifier, and 2014 individual state champion, will lead the Wildcats that have a team average under 19 minutes and will benefit from Dr. Phillips' transfer Charis Ivey. Sarasota and Wharton who finished second and third last year will battle for that second podium spot. We look at the top ten teams in the state's largest classification.
Inclement weather nearly torpedoed the Vernon Korhn Hillsborough County Track and Field Championships Tuesday. The 4x800m got off and a few field events got scored before a deluge and lightning forced everyone indoors. Meet officials elected to postpone the meet until later in the evening and run timed finals. It proved to be the right call as the weather relented and the rest of the meet ran smoothly.
Plant senior and FGCU signee Quasan Markowski ran the fastest boys 800m time in the state this week with his 1:55.40 out of the third of four sections at the FSU Relays. We merged the results from EVERY meet across the state to find out the top 25 in EVERY event and who won the week!
Coach Roy Harrison's Plant Panthers finished 6th at the 4A Cross Country Finals guided by six out of seven junior class runners. The squad was our top team from the class of 2019, followed right behind by Sarasota and Fort Myers by only ten points! Plant, Sarasota, Winter Park, and North Port all members of 4A are four of the top five teams. That experience should make for one fun state meet next November!
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?
Held on the tough Holloway Park Course, 4A-2 will be part of Friday morning's triple regional (1A-2, 3A-3 and 4A-2) hosted by Tampa Bay HEAT. We take a look at both the girls and boys individual and team battles and see how our database thinks the meet will play out in our virtual meet feature. Also, remember to stay tuned to flrunners.com for on-site coverage, results, and a recap of all the action!
The 4A District 6 cross country meet pitted Hillsborough County's finest against each other and even brought in the Pasco County champs (Wiregrass Ranch boys) and the Pasco County runners up (Wiregrass girls). It had to be one of the tougher district meets from top-to-bottom in the region. Still, it was the Hillsborough County champions, Plant boys and Wharton girls that held on to win district titles.
Watch every race and interviews from the the 4A District 6 Championship which featured seven guys under 17 minutes and five girls under 20 minutes!
The state series is under way and we are your one stop shop for virtual meets, results, performances, and content! We take a look at all sixty-four districts in our virtual meet format. Take a look at 4A district by district!
Watch EVERY race video plus interviews from the 2015 Hillsborough County Cross Country Championship.
The Plant boys win by one point over Steinbrenner while Wharton girls add another team win to their resumes. On the individual side, Seffner Christian senior Noah Perkins and Riverview sophomore Bailey Hertenstein continued their impressive seasons with victories at the Hillsborough County Championships. Andy Warrener recaps all the action!
The Seffner Christian Invitational will have a new home in 2015 after moving from Sydney Dover Trails to Holloway Park in Lakeland. With the change of venue comes a record number of OVER SIXTY teams for Saturday. We preview all the action and take a look at both the girls and boys virtual meet. Stay tuned to flrunners.com for on-site coverage of the meet including ALL race footage, interviews, thousands of photos, results, and a recap from one of our featured meets of the week!
Plant High School senior Rob Leverone ran a new personal best of 16:16.80 to finish 19th at the 4A Cross Country Finals. Coming off a 7th place finish at the state track championships in the 3,200m, Leverone plans to give it his all in 2015.
Don't miss a minute of the action from the 2015 Jim Ryun Season Opener. Watch ALL race videos and interviews from our featured meet! Want even more coverage check out over 2,000 photos from the meet by Jeff Adams.
Check out our virtual meet and preview of the 2015 Jim Ryun Season Opener Celebration the largest meet in the state in week one!
With track season ending we bridge the gap to the start of cross country by using our extensive stats database. Take a look at the top boys cross country teams based on 3,200m track times.
With track season ending we bridge the gap to the start of cross country by using our extensive stats database. Take a look at the top boys cross country teams based on 1,600m track times.
Watch University of Florida signee and Plant senior Jack Guyton debut in the 1,600m with a then US#1 and current US#2 time of 4:13.16 at the USF/Steinbrenner Invitational. Also, make sure you watch over 100 other race videos from the meet!
4A Region 1 is considered the region of death. The Lyman boys and Winter Park girls look to be the the top teams, but the question is who are the next five teams to advance to the Cross Country Finals? Will the eventual state champions come out of 4A-1 or will they be from 4A-4 who raced earlier this week? The St. Thomas Aquinas girls are peaking at the right time and Columbus, Coral Reef, and STA are all running well. On the individual side, Jack Guyton and James Zentmeyer have a rivalry going on and are back at it again in 4A Region 2. Check out our region by region virtual meets!
The 2014 Run with the Bulls Invitational at Wiregrass Ranch High School resumed after a one-year hiatus on Saturday. The faces of the 2012 meet were nowhere to be found Saturday as a new host of victors took the stage. In 2012, the Land O'Lakes Gators dominated the boys. In 2014, it was Class 4A state champion in the 1600m and 3200m Plant senior Jack Guyton that stole the show. Guyton was flanked by familiar foes in the early going. Jack Rogers of Robinson and Noah Perkins of Seffner Christian both gave chase to Guyton early on.
Plant senior Jack Guyton finished 13th at last year's 4A Cross Country Finals, but after winning both the 1,600 and 3,200m 4A state titles this spring is definitely one to watch for. We caught up with Guyton to see how his training is going, his goals for the 2014 season, and much more!
While most of the state was running at the FSU Invitational/Pre-State, seventeen boys teams, and fourteen girls teams headed to Picnic Island in Tampa for the Millard Shumate Invitational hosted by Robinson High School. Jeff Adams and Tom Connor were on-site snapping photos for flrunners.com Over THREE THOUSAND photos total. Special thanks to Jack Rogers, the boys individual champion from host Robinson for helping me out with the meet recap.
Things got a little muddy at the Newsome Wolves Invitational, with many runners finishing with chipped-shoes in hand on Saturday in Lithia. The two loop course was great for spectators, as it wound around the campus sports fields.
When Mike Boza started coaching high school sports 30 years ago his dream was to become a head football coach at his alma mater Tampa Jesuit. He became the JV football coach in 1988 and began to teach there as well. In the spring of 1990, Boza began to coach track and started to discover the joy of coaching distance runners. He made the move from the gridiron to the trails and started coaching cross country in 1995. He says it was one of the hardest and smartest moves he's ever made.
Scarlett Fox wasn't always a runner. She played soccer for ten years before her dad urged her to give track a try during her sophomore year at Newsome High School. She quickly became close with the boys and girls team as well as Coach Greene, who she says sparked her passion for the sport. Following her sophomore season, she transferred to Plant High School and began to take running more seriously and ending her soccer career. She joined the cross country team and says thanks to Coach Harrison felt right at home.
When you're a coach who has guided 10 teams to state titles, second place may seem like a bit of a letdown. But after his girls squad finished second at Saturday's Class 4A state cross country championships at Apalachee Regional Park, Plant's Roy Harrison was all smiles. (via TBO.com)
Dr. Phillip's senior Bridget Blake is looking to go out with her third cross country state title. The team race was hotly contested last year with three teams within four points. This year looks like it could be just as competitive with a very strong Plant, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Ferguson, all vying for the team trophy once again.
Colonial senior AndresArroyo is one of the top runners in the nation and comes in as the favorite in 4A. Arroyo won the 4A state championship in 2011 and led the Grenadiers to their first team title in any sport in the schools existence. After a strong track season that saw him capture three more state titles, and a strong team once again, expect for both situations to repeat themselves.
At the gateway between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, you will find the small island of Barbados. The island nation is home to a little over 250,000 people, around a third of whom live in and around the capital of Bridgetown. While pockets of poverty exist today, the country has enjoyed growth over the past three decades fueled by tourism, banking, and manufacturing. As a child, Newsome coach Orlando Greene remembers the rural life he enjoyed there. Each day the former Olympian would run three or four miles to school with his fellow classmates, kicking a soccer ball along the way or simply racing.
Over two dozen Hillsborough County Schools made the trip to Lake Park in Tampa for the Hillsborough County Championships. Jeff Adams was on-site snapping away with his camera as he usually does. Four races, a couple of hours, and nearly two thousand images to capture all the moments from this event!
Coach Mike Boza is a well known and respected coach at Tamp's Plant HS and formerly Tampa Jesuit. His book "Run, Rinse, Repeat" was just released on Amazon and other bookstores online. We did a twenty minute interview with Mike on his journey and motivation/inspiration behind the book.
The Plant boys cross country team had a great season in 2011 after finishing third at the 4A Cross Country Finals. This year the Panthers will look a little different after losing their top four runners and five of their top seven.
Coach Roy Harrison has built a dynasty at Plant High School. The girls' cross country program has qualified for the state meet 25 years in a row and won ten team titles (most for a girls' team in state history) including back-to-back championships in 2010 and 2011. Last year the Panthers title run didn't come easy.Three teams were separated by six points. They lose two members of that team including number one runner Danielle Kissel who placed third at state and number four runner Kara Halfaker who placed 25th. The five returners are led by a pair of seniors Scarlett Fox and Julia Rodriguez.
There's just no stopping Riverview High's Faith Woodard, not on the basketball court or the track or at the annual Tampa Tribune Hillsborough County Parade of Athletes Banquet. (via TBO.com )
While recognizing the football and girls cross country teams at his cabinet meeting, the governor poked a little fun at both squads. (via TBO.com)
Danielle Kissel, Plant High’s No. 1 runner when it won the Class 4A state cross country title last fall, will not be participating in track this spring for the Panthers, Kissel told the Tribune on Thursday. (via www.tboblogs.com)
In the end, Plant senior Danielle Kissell said it came down to a choice between making another move or staying close to home. And on that score, the University of Tampa won out over St. Augustine’s Flagler College.(via www.tboblogs.com)
After winning championships at last weekend's state meet, four coaches ascended higher on the all-time winning most coaches list maintained by former FACA XC Chair and Spanish River coach Rick Rothman.
Dr. Phillips' junior Bridget Blake runs away with her second straight 4A title. Plant wins a heated battle for the team title with 73 points, two more than runner-up Ferguson, and four more than third place finisher St. Thomas Aquinas.
Roy Harrison says he doesn't view his runners as boys or girls. To him, they are athletes. And sometimes, athletes need a stern talk. Maybe even a scolding. (via TBO.com)
Tampa- In districts with six or fewer teams, only the top three teams and the first 13 individuals move on to the regional. In districts with seven or more teams, the first four placing teams and the top 13 runners qualify. (via TBO.com)
We see Estero and Lakewood Ranch TIED through five runners, with Estero coming out on top on #6. There are a lot of VERY strong looking teams coming back this year.
Scoring the 3200 and 1600 meter season best track times from the spring, minus the class of 2011, shows that we're likely to see more battling for state supremacy between Chiles and Lakewood Ranch. HB Plant and Our Lady of Lourdes are knocking on the door.
Belen Jesuit pack a punch this season! Four of their top five return with plenty of firepower to fill in the gap and then some. Elliot Clemente will lead the way (likely for the entire state) with his 15:03 season best from last year, pacing Belen to a 15:58 team average. Colonial and Estero ring in at a somewhat distant but certainly not insurmountable #2 and #3 position in our computer rankings.
Can anyone catch Leon and Mizereck? Can Plant upset George Jenkins in Region 2? Can Seminole find the bodies to fill out its top five or will Ida Baker roll in Region 3? Will it be Satellite or 'Chobee in the title bout in Region 4? I don't know all the answers, but here's how it looks going in...