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FACA Senior All-Star Classic: Boys Race Preview Adair Lyden Nov 16, 2018

On Saturday, many of the all-star seniors of the state of Florida will line up on the Holloway Park course. This race will mark the end of their high school cross country seasons for some, and others will use this race as a tune up before Footlocker and NXR next week. 

Estero Wildcats Winter Break Workout Todd Grasley Dec 24, 2016

Estero coach Ben Pignatone was so impressed with his kids work ethic during winter break he wanted to share this video with us. On Christmas Eve the group crushed this 3x4-400's workout. Special thanks to Adam Sommer for putting this together.

Boys XC Team Scores: Satellite Vs. Trinity Prep Setting Up To Be Epic Battle Todd Grasley Oct 25, 2016

The Satellite Scorpions will try to sting the Trinity Prep Saints and end their state championship run in 2A. Don't get it twisted though a majority of Coach Butler's squad knows about the successes of the squad less than an hour to their east. The two programs are the best in the state regardless of class and the top spot on the podium could come down to their number five runners. We rank the top 25 teams according to our XC team score rankings. Invitational Legacy Team Scores: Best Teams Of Last Ten Years Todd Grasley Oct 3, 2016

Legacy team scores look at a team's best seven runners from the past ten years at a specific meet, in this case the Invitational. By compiling the fastest seven times run by any runner in that time period, we then score those athletes against each other. The Estero girls and Belen boys have won the most Race of Champions titles than any other team and that makes it no surprised they are number one in both rankings.

Excuse The Mess: 1,100+ Photos From Muddy 3D Sommer Invitational Todd Grasley Sep 4, 2016

The Estero 3D Invitational was renamed the 3D Sommer Invitational in 2016 in honor of Coach Sommer who passed away last year. Sommer was never one to let his kids take the easy way out, pushing them to their limits. He was probably laughing from upstairs as the already challenging Estero Park Course was covered in mud and water, making it even more difficult. Bill Lenahan was one of two photographers on-site for and has 1,100+ photos of all the action!

3 D's Pay off as Estero's Daley Cline Commits to the Tide Isabel Hanewicz Oct 15, 2015

Discipline. Desire. Dedication. Those are the 3 D's that all the Estero High runners live by, and senior Daley Cline is no exception. With two state cross country team titles and two 4x800 titles, Cline's dedication to the 3 D's paid off as she recently announced her verbal commitment to the University of Alabama.

2015 Estero DDD Invitational Has Special Meaning: Virtual Meet/Preview Todd Grasley Sep 4, 2015

The 2015 Estero DDD Invite will have a special meaning this year. Prior to the start of the meet the Village of Estero will proclaim September 5th as Jeff Sommer Day. Coach Sommer who passed away at the state track meet in May was the patriarch of the Wildcat family. His 3D mantra of dedication, discipline, and desire will live on Saturday at Estero Community Park as over 45 teams make the trek to South Florida! will be in full force for our meet of the week with photos, race videos, interviews, results, and a complete recap of the day!

Scouting Report: Estero Girls Todd Grasley Aug 17, 2015

The Estero Lady Wildcats (pictured alongside the boys team) won four cross country state championships in a row from 2010-2013. See how we think they'll fare in our our 2015 Scouting Report.

Ben Pignatone the right hire for Estero XC Todd Grasley Jun 22, 2015

Some jobs are meant for certain people.The Estero boys' and girls' cross country position, held by the late Jeff Sommer, "was meant" for Ben Pignatone, who was hired last Friday by principal Clayton Simmons and athletic director David Burns.

Ten More Teams Makes ROC, FLR15 To Be Livestreamed Todd Grasley Sep 23, 2014

A total of ten more teams have been added to the presitigious Race Of Champions at the Invitational. The meet is just ten days away and runners and spectators are eagerly waiting in anticipation. This is the third round of teams to be announce with the newest teams at the bottom of each list. Four more slots will be awarded in the coming days to complete the field. In addition, to this exciting news both days of the meet will be livestreamed, so if you can't make the race or have family or friends that want to watch don't worry.

North Port XC Invitational Virtual Meet Todd Grasley Sep 19, 2014

North Port High School will host one of the largest meets this weekend as teams from across the state and southwest Florida compete in the North Port XC Invitational. The event which had 52 teams entered this year will up the ante with 60 squads toeing the line throughout the course of the morning. The girls elite race will start at 7:30 a.m. followed by the boys, then girls and boys invitational and girls and boys junior varsity races. will be on-site with coverage including race video, interviews, photos, and a complete recap of all the action. Scout the competition and check out a virtual meet for the elite races that includes the top 25 individuals and top ten teams or click on the complete list to view all the entrants! 

Bradtmueller, Candiano Finish First At Ft. Myers Optimist Invite Tyler Stowell Sep 14, 2014

Veterans Park in Lehigh Acres played host to the annual Ft. Myers Optimist Invite. Tyler Stowell and Ryan Stafford of The Elite Runner running store pulled double duty also helping out our coverage team this week. Check out Tyler's recap, as well as, Ryan's race videos (coming later) and interviews. Special thanks to Ed Guttery for the awesome images!

Candiano, Rodriguez Win Wire To Wire At Estero DDD Invite John Stevenson Sep 7, 2014

The 2014 cross country season is upon us with much excitement and anticipation. The runners in southwest Florida were welcomed to one of the toughest courses in the state of Florida along with hot, humid conditions that is traditional for September. Estero’s coach, Jeff Sommer, prides himself on running a first class meet and making the Estero Community Park “one of hell of a course.” Runners are greeted with climbing a hill twice and the famous sand pit that they have to navigate twice as well. 

Estero DDD Invitational Meet Preview/Virtual Meet Todd Grasley Sep 5, 2014

Forty-six teams and nearly 900 athletes will make their way to Estero Community Park for the Estero DDD Invitational. The course which has been used for district and regional meets in the past, contains short cut grass with a long hill and a sand pit. Newly added this year is a double bump on the backside of the hill.  One coach described this race as, "hell on Earth and the toughest course in the state." A strong contingent from southwest Florida is entered along with one of the top boy's teams in the state Belen Jesuit. 

Elite 10: Top Girls Teams Regardless Of Class Todd Grasley Aug 26, 2014

The 2014 Cross Country Finals are 81 days away! Though that may seem like a long time to some, the meet will be here before we know it. Teams spent the summer logging quality miles and attending running camp. This week marks the official start of team practices for many with pre-season meets taking place this weekend and the main events the first week in September. As we continue our rankings, we count down the top ten girls teams regardless of class. Did your team make the list? Find out!

3A Team Rankings: Chiles' Boys Seek 4th State Title, Will Have To End Belen Dynasty Todd Grasley Aug 22, 2014

Sarasota appears to have a large lead on Seabreeze with a strong top two of Angelina Grebe and Sage Lyons, but a win for the Sailors would mean knocking off powerhouse Estero. Although they are seeded 11th and Coach Sommer says it's not the best year, I've learned to never count out the Wildcats. There is a reason they have won four consecutive state titles! On the boy's side, Belen Jesuit has won seven of the last eight cross country crowns, but their might be a new sherrif in town. After finishing second behind Belen in 2013, the Timberwolves are hoping they can add their fourth championship since 2003. 

XC Spotlight: Daley Cline - Estero High School Todd Grasley Aug 21, 2014

Daley Cline has been a part of Estero's last two state championships and will be one of the top returners for the Wildcats as they enter the 2014 cross country season. Cline finished sixth at the 3A Cross Country Finals last year and is coming off a track season where she was fifth in the 1,600m at the state meet. See what the junior has to say about her training, why she loves running, and much more in this XC Spotlight.

Dedication, Determination Payoff For Estero Trio Todd Grasley Feb 13, 2014

Another year, another state championship, and another group of student-athletes headed to the next level for Estero High School Coach Jeff Sommer. Three of Summer's runners Araceli Leon, Katie Slater, and Bethany Jenkins, have pledged to FSU, and USF respectively. 

2014 A Look Ahead: 3A Top Returning Teams - Are The Belen & Estero Dynasties Dying Out? Todd Grasley Dec 25, 2013

At the beginning of the month we took a look ahead at the top individuals returning for the 2014 cross country season. Now we take a look at the top teams. With the year coming to an end and another successful cross country season in the books it is never too early to take a look at the competition for next year! The rankings show a new wave of teams coming through. The Belen boys and Estero girls have ruled the roost for a long time and usually end up reloading rather than rebuilding. Coach Sommer let me hear about it for counting the girls out last year and I am not ready to make that mistake again. We will have to wait and see what happens!

NXN Southeast Recap - Diaz Headed To Portland, Winter Park Boys Runner-Up In Open Division Todd Grasley Nov 30, 2013

Several of Florida's top individuals and teams headed to Cary, North Carolina the site of the Nike Southeast Regional. Thanks to a little help from his friends Nick Diaz who finished 9th individually, was the fifth highest finisher on a non qualifying team. The result earned him a plane ticket to Portland, Oregon for Nike Nationals next weekend. On the girls side, Estero was the highest team finisher from Florida with a fifth place finish, while Pine Crest looked good with it's two youngsters Yared and Montgomery. The Winter Park boys competed in the open division and came away with a runner-up finish. 

Coach Champions: Jeff Sommer - (Estero Girls) Todd Grasley Nov 29, 2013

In this series we take a look at state championship and runner-up coaches, their outlook on the team, the season, and 2014. Coach Jeff Sommer has been at Estero since it has opened and has been coaching girls for cross country the last ten years. This year the Wildcats picked up their fourth consecutive state championship cementing themselves as one of the most dominant programs in the state.

NXN Southeast Regional Florida Entrants As Of 11/29 Todd Grasley Nov 29, 2013

Several of Florida's top teams and individuals will head to North Carolina and the Wake-Med Sports Complex, site of the NXN Southeast Regional. The top two teams and five individuals (not on qualifying teams) will punch their ticket to Nike Nationals in Portland. Oregon.

NXN Southeast Regional Pre-Meet Team Rankings & Preview Brandon Miles Nov 25, 2013

Pre-meet team rankings and preview for the 2013 Nike Cross Southeast Regionals by Brandon Miles of, a MileSplit US affiliate. A list of the top 10 ranked teams going into this meet which are competing at WakeMed Soccer Complex in Cary, North Carolina. Rankings took in consideration several factors to determine order including state meet performances, head-to-head matchups, speed ratings, history of team's post-season performances in past years, and projecting a team score based on their team's runners and displacers from others.

Girls All Classification Team Rankings: Traditional Rankings, Virtual Meet Favor Estero Todd Grasley Nov 12, 2013

What team is the best regardless of classification? We crunched the numbers to find out. First we take a look at the traditional team rankings which are based on season's bests. Next we will look at the composite rankings which calculates numerous factors team average and 1-5 spread. Lastly, we put the top six teams in each class into a virtual meet to see how that would play out. Estero took the top spot in both the Traditional Rankings and Virtual Meet, but finished second behind Bolles in the Composite Rankings.

Holy Trinity Sweeps 1A Titles Giving Butler State Leading 14 Todd Grasley Nov 11, 2013

Coach Rick Rothman of Spanish River sent me a list of the winningest cross country coaches in the state's history. After both the Holy Trinity boys and girls won their seventh state titles each, Coach Doug Butler remains at the top of the list with 14 total championships in his coaching career. Take a look at who moved up the list after picking up state titles in 2013!

3A State Meet Preview: Billed As Best Two Races Of The Day Todd Grasley Nov 8, 2013

The individual and team battles in 3A are going to be epic. Sukhi Khosla ran a course record at Pre-State going 14:59. Can he duplicate that success and pick up his first individual honor. With so much talent on the girls side, who will win their first title? Will Belen and Estero, two powerhouse programs, remain at the top of the team standings? We break down the individual and team battles plus crunch the numbers using our rankings and virtual meets!

3A Regional Previews/Virtual Meets: Postseason Baby! Todd Grasley Nov 1, 2013

We are less than two weeks away from the state meet in Tallahassee. Regional competition starts Thursday with Class 2A Region 4 and will continue through Saturday morning. Over the course of the week we will take a look at the road to state for each class. Sit, back, relax, and enjoy our meet previews and virtual meet exclusively for MileSplit Insiders. If you don't have a subscription now is the time to get one!

3A Team Rankings: Estero Girls Look For Four-Peat, Can Chiles Boys Dethrone Belen Dynasty? Todd Grasley Oct 23, 2013

The Estero girls look to be a lock in 3A. They have won every meet this year including victories at the Invitational Race of Champions and at Pre-State, and have won three consecutive state titles. On the boys side, it appeared Belen Jesuit was the clear favorite much like every year. The Wolverines have won six of the last seven state championships, but proved they are vulnerable after Chiles defeated them at Pre-State. Coach Gowan's squad is predicted as a ONE POINT favorite. Want to talk about slim margins? Everyone has to be on their "A" game.

Edwards, Bennett Golden For Green Wave, Estero Locks Down Team Trophies At LCAC Todd Grasley Oct 16, 2013

Estero Community Park hosted the 2013 Lee County Athletic Conference Championships. It was a hot and humid afternoon for runners on a very tough course, that will also be the site of the district and regional championships. Fort Myers swept the individual honors with Emily Edwards and Tyler Bennett while host Estero took both the boys and girls team trophies. JJ Delago was on-site snapping photos of all the action! Special thanks to Emily, Tyler, and Coach Sommer for help with the meet recap.

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.

Athletes of the Week: Leon, Robertson Rule The Competition At Respective Meets Todd Grasley Oct 10, 2013

Estero senior Araceli Leon and Pensacola Booker T. Washington senior Mark Robertson are this week's Athletes of the Week. Leon scored her third victory of the year at the Land O'Lakes Gator Invitational and guided Estero to yet another team trophy. Robertson showed why he is one of the top runners in north Florida, besting a competitive field at the Panhandle Championships with a time of 15:40.90, and his third win of the year as well.

3A Team Rankings: Are Estero Girls Or Belen Boys Beatable? Todd Grasley Oct 9, 2013

Belen Jesuit has won three state titles in a row and six out of the last seven. According to our team rankings they look to be a lock for yet another trophy. Can you say dynasty? On the girls side, Estero is forming one of their own with three state titles in the last three years, the last two coming in 3A. Coach Sommer's group is predicted to place four girls in the top ten and collect championship number four.

McKeel, Estero Win 2013 Gator Invtiational Andy Warrener Oct 6, 2013

The story line coming in was the Estero Wildcat girls sending shockwaves through the cross-country community. After dominant performances at the Invitational in Titusville a week ago and at the North Port Invitational a week before that, the Estero girls were not just favored to win, they were favored to sweep the top four spots or at least take four of the top five spots. 

Blazing Times Set a High Standard at North Port Todd Grasley Sep 22, 2013

Coach Jim Simpson and his crew treated 50+ teams to another exceptional event at the 2013 North Port XC Invitational this Saturday. The field, which was split into Large and Small School Divisions, featured some of the state’s premier squads. From the moment Alina Hotchkiss broke into her powerful rendition of the National Anthem, there was no doubt it was going to be a great day of racing!

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.

Leon Gets Best Of Edwards, Bennett Beats Field At Fort Myers Optimist Invitational Todd Grasley Sep 7, 2013

It was a hot humid morning at Veterans Park in Lehigh Acres for the Fort Myers Optimist Invitational. A new and improved course saw athletes starting on soccer fields, running on baseball fields, up and down hills, and ultimately through the finish. When the tough course was completed Estero's Araceli Leon and Fort Myer's Tyler Bennett came out victorious. Al "JJ" Delgalo was on-site with over 1000 awesome photos to recap all the action.

Edwards, Belen, Estero, Flex Muscle At DDD Invitational Todd Grasley Sep 1, 2013

The weather was hot and humid and the course for the Estero DDD Invitational wasn't exactly a walk in the park. In the end, Fort Myers senior Emily Edwards and Belen Jesuit senior Fabian Tomas came away with individual honors, while host Estero and Tomas' Belen Jesuit squad were team champions. Al Delago and Coach Alonso of Carrollwood were on-site to provided us with some awesome coverage. Special thanks to Coach Jeff Sommer of Estero as well for a race recap.

Scouting Report: Estero Girls Todd Grasley Aug 26, 2013

After a three year run as cross country champions, the question in 2013 is can Estero hoist the trophy once again? The Wildcats lose two seniors who have been an integral part of the program in Kacy Smith (Ole Miss) and Katy G. Solis (Jacksonville University). Smith and Solis finished second and third respectively in 2012. 

Erick Montoya: From Elite Runner To American Hero Todd Grasley Dec 6, 2012

Today I have Erick Montoya with us, Erick was one of the top runners in the nation a few years back. Erick placed 5th at Nike outdoor nationals in the 1600 Meter with a time of 4:18.14, he was also an 8-time runner up in track and xc. Upon graduation Erick took his skills to Gainesville, Fl. where he competed with the Gators for one year. Now Erick is doing even bigger things, read and find out what this heroic young man is up to and accomplishing!  (via Danny Duncan's Personal Blog)

Coaching Champions: Jeff Sommer (Estero) Todd Grasley Dec 4, 2012

Flrunners is reaching out to interview and recognize all of the head coaches from the victorious cross country state championship teams to give them the opportunity to reflect and share their feelings and thoughts on their team's successful fall seasons culminating with state team titles. Coach Sommer has helped Estero become of the best girls teams in the state year in and year out. The Wildcats recently won their third state title in three years.

3A Girls State Meet Preview Todd Grasley Nov 15, 2012

Estero looks to repeat as 3A state champions and win their third team title in three years. Can number one runner Kacy Smith pick up her second individual state title in the process? The senior will be tested by Ft. Myers junior Emily Edwards and Wiregrass Ranch senior Nikita Shah who is headed to Harvard. This one could come down to a sprint to the finish.

Warrior Of The Week: Arroyo, Smith Todd Grasley Oct 10, 2012

Colonial senior Andres Arroyo and Estero senior Kacy Smith are this week's Warrior of the Week winners. Arroyo won the Boys Varsity Gold Race at the FSU Invitational/Pre-State meet beating one of the toughest fields of the year in a new course record time of 15:19.8. Smith was equally impressiv showing guts in the final stage of the Girls Varsity Gold Race at Pre-State to get the victory in 18:06.

Hotty Toddy! Kacy Smith Is An Ole Miss Rebel Todd Grasley Oct 8, 2012

In a exclusive story Kacy Smith tells Olivia Ortiz and the rest of the running community where she will spend the next four years of her running career. Smith recently won the FSU Invitational/Pre-State elite race on Saturday afternoon before heading off on her college visit. Congratulations to Kacy on a great weekend all around.

Scouting Report: Estero Boys Todd Grasley Aug 24, 2012

In 2011, Estero made the jump from 2A to 3A. The change didn't effect the girls team, but the boys delved into some unfamiliar territory. Jose Cartegenas and Alex Hernandez were members of the 2009 team that finished second in the state and were joined by Steven Briner, and Adam Sommer on the 2010 state championship squad. Coach Jeff Sommer returns five of his top seven from last year's third place team led by Jose Cartagenas.

Scouting Report: Estero Girls Todd Grasley Aug 17, 2012

Estero girl's cross country team placed 24th in 2008 before a resurgence of talent came sweeping through the halls. Led by freshman Kacy Smith, Katy G. Solis, and Maria Frank, the Wildcats finished third in 2009. In 2010, Estero placed their top five in the runners in the top twenty, including individual champion Kacy Smith, and beat runner-up Bolles by 83 points. Their team average was an outstanding 18:47. For an encore in 2011, the team upset three-time 3A champions Chiles to win their second consecutive team championship. Is a three-peat in 2012 in the cards?

In Her Own Words: Kacy Smith Kacy Smith Aug 15, 2012

Hello, I’m Kacy Smith from Estero High School! This is my 4th year running for Coach Sommer and it has been quite an adventure so far. I can’t wait to see what my final year has in store for me and the team, along with every other runner here in Florida. As the Cross Country season comes to a start I have been asked to share my experiences from races, practices, and my team. I’d like to thank the people at Flrunners for giving me this opportunity.

3A Region Previews Todd Grasley Nov 10, 2011

A region-by-region preview of what to look for at the regional championship this weekend and who we're likely to see at the state meet.

LCAC: Rojas, Smith Win Easily As Estero Sweeps Individual Honors Ray Romero Oct 27, 2011

The Lee County Athletic Conference, held for the first time ever at Dunbar HS went great last night.  The weather was hot to say the least which would indicate slow times to come right? Incorrect the times were as blazing as it was hot out. To no one’s surprise the girls race was all Kacy Smith from start to finish.  

Belen, Columbus Boys, Estero Girls Ranked In Top 50 By NHSCA/XCNation Todd Grasley Oct 24, 2011

Three Florida teams made the NHSCA Top 50 Rankings, released in conjuction with On the guys side,  Belen Jesuit continues to move up the ladder from tenth to sixth with the site calling them perhaps one of the best teams in Florida history! Columbus drops two notches to numbe 50. On the girls side Estero also maintains a strong position at number twenty-two, two spots higher than they were in the last edition.

Warrior of the Week: Miranda, Smith Todd Grasley Oct 18, 2011

Carlos Miranda's training has paid dividends the last two meets. The Palmetto Ridge junior ran sub 16 minutes for the first time this year when he placed third at the Invitational and then followed it up with a new personal best 15:17.71 at the Pre-State Invitational. Kacy Smith showed she is back as a contender. The Estero junior finished third at the Pre-State Invitational in a season best 17:47.21.

Cross Country Q&A - Aaron Rojas Todd Grasley Aug 23, 2011

Estero's Aaron Rojas is gearing up for his senior season and hoping to lead his squad to back-to-back state championships. The Wildcats move up to 3A for the 2011 season with the likes of Belen Jesuit, Tallahassee Lincoln, and Fort Walton Beach. See how Rojas and his teammates have been preparing, his goals for the season, and which former Estero runner inspires him in this Cross Country Q&A.

Smith Leads The Way As Estero Moves To 3A Todd Grasley Aug 8, 2011

Some people learn to embrace change while others shy away from it. Estero junior Kacy Smith knows the leap from 2A to 3A won't be easy, but it doesn't bother her one bit. Last year Smith won individual gold and led her team to a state cross country championship as well.

Belen Jesuit Leads Colonial, Estero as Top Returning Team Jason Byrne Aug 4, 2011

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. 

The Three D's Bob Cooke Sep 19, 2008

During his last 21 years at Estero High School, Coach Sommer's runners at Estero High have lived by 3 simple principles: DISCIPLINE, DESIRE, DEDICATION. The 3 D's, as they're known.The Wildcats live by those principles day in and day out because by the time most of us are probably entering our first REM cycle, Coach Sommer's runners have once again tested the meaning of his 3 D's. You see, Coach Somer is a morning Coach and his practices start at 5 am. Subtract out any of the 3 D's and you won't be long for his program. Non-morning types, need not apply.