Donald Lamb was on-site at the Orange Belt Conference Championship and captured over 600 photos including this one of boy's varsity winner Tristen Montalvo of St. Cloud.
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The Celebration girls and boys came away with a perfect score at their first ever home meet on Saturday.
Osceola High School hosted a mid-week tri meet with country foes Celebration and Poinciana. Donald Lamb was on-site and captured over 200 photos of all the action!
Donald Lamb was on-site at the Orange Belt Conference Championship at St. Cloud and captured nearly 600 photos of all the action! Check them out and make sure to tag yourself!
Donald Lamb was on-site at the 4A District 5 Championship at St. Cloud High School and took over 350 photos of all the action including this one of Osceola two sport standout Carlos Becker!
This week marked the start of the state series as Osceola County teams competed in district competition. We take a look at how they fared as well as what else has been happening around Osceola in the recent weeks.
Just like that we are in the final month of XC 2014. A large round of invitationals await teams this week, before conference championships begin. The conference titles might not seem like a big deal in the scheme of things, but they can help build the momentum teams needs as they begin the playoff push toward the state series. I love playoffs in every sport. It pushes everybody to be at your best, or you might be watching your rivals take home season accolades that you so despearatley wanted yourself. The OBC schools were all over Florida this week, lets see how they fared.
Former Celebration High School runner Quincy O'Connor is tapping into his full potential at Fordham University. The Rams junior recently was awarded one of six USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week honors. O'Connor was the NCAA D1 pick after his performance at the NYC Metropolitan Invitational at historic Van Cortlandt Park, beating the field by nearly twenty seconds in 25:51. We talked to Quincy this week about the race, his 2014 season, and his early transition from high school to college.
In all my years of watching sports, this was one of the most exciting weekends I can remember. Most of us spent the morning in Titusville at the FLRunners Invite and then hopefully found some time to watch some great college football afterwards. The Race of Champions set some teams apart, as some rose to the challenge and others couldn’t overcome the mud. It was a thrilling race to watch as Ryan Rodriguez joins the cast of Belen stars as the ROC champ. The ladies are watching a potenial dynasty in the making as Pine Crest takes the title and are led by a middle schooler in Tsion Yared. Now on to what happened here in Osceola County.
All the area teams met up for Bulldog Palooza (St. Cloud Invitational) in St Cloud on a wet course. The ladies, except Grace Miller of St. Cloud who finished first, got to see a top tier Timber Creek girls team dominate, while the boys watched an equally impressive Liberty team do virtually the same thing. Many Central Florida teams had to adjust practice due to the typical afternoon thunderstorms that seem to hit right about this time. Most coaches will claim they enjoy the sloppy conditions, feeling that it might give someone an edge.
It’s back for year two! Runners across the state are now in full gear. However, many are still trying to find the groove of where their team stands. From the coaches standpoint, many runners are likely still out of shape and not quite ready for the next month that will determine who runs for a title and who stays home. Here is your school by school breakdown for our seven schools in the Orange Belt Conference.
The Gators stayed local for part of their newest class, picking up Jhonny Victor of Celebration High School in Kissimmee, Florida. Jhonny has been one of the top high jumpers in Florida the past few years, reaching his best jump of 6-10 this past March at the St Cloud Invitational. He went over 6-6 twelve different times in the past two years, winning every meet he competed in as a junior & senior except one; the state championships.
We are on the brink of the playoffs for track season. Schools are trying to get in those last tune ups before the state series begins and legacies get established. Osceola County held its conference championships Tuesday evening at St. Cloud.
Zach Arguello has been helping Donald Lamb all season long get videos and photos from around Osceola County and Central Florida. He was at it again at the 2014 Orange Belt Conference Championships at St. Cloud High School. Check out over 600 photos from "TheZacAttack".
St. Thomas Aquinas junior Krystal Sparling and Celebration senior Jhonny Victor are this week's Athletes of the Week. Sparling was a part of three US#1 performances at the Sam Burley Hall of Fame Invitational. She started off the day with an 11.66 clocking in the 100 meters (tied US#1), then was a member of the nation leading 4x200 meter team which is nearly two seconds faster than anyone else. Sparling capped off her night with a new personal best and US#1 time of 23.73 in the 200 meters. Fresh off basketball season, Victor leaped a personal best 6'10" at the St. Cloud Invitational. His mark is currently tops in Florida and in a four way tie for third in the country!
The OBC championships are finally here, and the state series begins very shortly as well. It's playoff time! Team by team weekly recaps to follow.
All of our local teams were in action this week, most of them at the St. Cloud invitational. There were 25 teams who competed at St. Cloud this weekend, mostly schools from Orange, Osceola, and Brevard counties, but a team from Georgia joined in the fun as well.
The season is just over halfway done. Only a few more regular season weekends remain before the conference championships start. Following that is the always exciting state series as teams make their march toward Tallahassee. A simple chance to run at the state meet is a goal for some schools, while others expect to be there and leave with a trophy. The final month lies before us all, stay healthy and enjoy the ride.
The cross country season is in high gear as we are a mere four days away from the biggest races this season (thus far) at FLR 14. This past week had some nice meets as well as a precursor to the next few weekends ahead.
There were a few meets this past week which featured OBC schools. First up was the Poinciana Invite on Wednesday, September 11th, held on campus at Poinciana High school, also site of the OBC championships in October. Liberty, Poinciana, Osceola, and St. Cloud competed in this weekday meet.
This past weekend, five area teams traveled to Trotters Park for the Edgewater Invitational. In total there were more than 30 teams from all over Central Florida that made the trek to the greater downtown Orlando area for a Friday evening race in the second weekend of the cross country season.
Flrunners.com photographer Donald Lamb is also an assistant coach for Liberty High School and an Osceola County resident. He decided to come up with a weekly blog on what is happening in cross country action from around the county. See how area schools fared for the week of August 26-August 31, 2013.
Former Celebration standout Quincy O'Connor had a great senior year winning district and regional cross country championships before placing fifth at the state meet. Now, he is in his freshman year at Fordham University in the Bronx where he competed in six meets for the Rams. See how his first season went, what he remembers most about his high school days, and what the future has in store.
Celebration senior Quincy O'Connor has made his college decision. O'Connor who is originally from Buffalo, New York will head back to the Empire State and run for Fordham University. He says he chose the Rams the middle of last week over offers from a few Ivy League schools. and some smaller liberal arts schools. In the end Fordham was the best fit for O'Connor.
Hey Florida Runners readers, this will probably be the last blog on the site for me. So first off I would like to thank Todd and Jason for giving me the opportunity to write this fall. It has been a great experience, which I am thankful for!
Hello all! It has not been too long since my last article, but since then, I have put in a couple more days of great training, and ran my last regional cross country championship of my high school career; which went great. I arrived at the course midday Friday to practice on the course prior to the race Saturday morning, and was very excited for the race after walking and running the course.
Hello everyone! Another week has gone by, and it is incredible to be able to say that there are only a few short weeks left in my final season as a high school cross country runner. It will be bitter sweet in a few short weeks. This past weekend was the district championships.
Hey flrunners readers! Not a whole lot has been going on since my last blog a few weeks ago. I haven’t had too busy of a racing schedule in the past couple weeks so I have been focused on getting in some good workouts going into the championship season. I did run my conference meet this past Wednesday which went quite well.
Hey all, it has been another rough but rewarding week. After missing four days of school for a trip up to NY the week before, there was a lot of work to be made up. It never seems that I have an overwhelming amount of school work, but I guess when you pile four days of missed work on top of an already full load, it can get hectic. It was nice to get it all out of the way and then be able to end the week with a race.
Hello again all Florida running fans, it has been a crazy few days, all culminating in my racing at the Manhattan Invite in New York City on Sunday. This was my first trip back to the state of New York since moving more than a year ago; and let me say, it was great to be back. The race itself left quite a bit to be desired, however it great to be back and racing at Van Cortlandt.
Hello again everyone. This past week has been one of the best this season here in Celebration; both training and racing wise. The team traveled up to Gainesville for the Mt. Dew invitational at the University of Florida, and raced better than we have as a team in a long while. Our average time of 20:18 is the fastest that it has been since I began at Celebration, needless to say, it was a good weekend for the team.
Hey all Florida running fans, my name is Quincy O’Connor and I am just getting underway in my senior year at Celebration High School, right outside of Orlando. After a great summer of running and some fun, I am now getting my final XC season underway. My summer this year was nothing too crazy, just building mileage. I was lucky enough to be able to go to camp in Flagstaff, AZ, which for all those who like to travel, I would highly recommend. I have never been to a city more perfectly set up for runners than Flagstaff; and I cannot think of a better place to train.
Celebration's Quincy O'Connor is one of the top runners in Osceola County. Last year he moved to the Sunshine State from New York and finished 14th at the 3A Cross Country Championships. See what O'Connor has in store for his senior season, what he likes to do when he isn't running, and much more in this Cross Country Q&A.