With the competition pool decided, here is what went down last week across the state for each region in class 3A ahead of the state meet on Saturday.
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Check out the top 500 senior boys and girls thus far in the 2020 cross country season
Lake City hosted a total of four fast regions on Saturday. Here is the rundown.
Kambry Smith, Fransciso Ramirez, and both Niceville boys and girls teams added wins to this season's resume at the Pace Patriot Invitational.
Ally Woodard recaps the 2018 Seahawks Open.
Ricky Quintana previews all of the individuals and team battles in class 3A.
We announce our first round of girls and boys teams in our FLRunners.com Invitational Race of Champions.
We rank the top girls and boys teams in 3A. Where do you and your squad stack up?
Niceville won both the girls and boys team titles while Lillian Holtery and Jeremiah Dotter taking individual honors.
Chris Shonk recaps the 2017 Pace Patriot Invitational.
Only the Episcopal girls have advanced to Nike Cross Nationals, but that was before the days of the regional qualifiers. We went back and took the results dating back to 2007 to see who the top Florida programs at NXNSE were over that time. Our legacy scores form an "all star" team for each school and score each.
The Okaloosa County Championship is one of the smaller county meets in the state of Florida, but that didn't stop Dave Shelikoff from capturing nearly 700 photos including this one of the boys varsity lead pack and eventual champion Noah Lleva a junior at Choctawhatchee High School.
The Winter Park girls posted a state leading 9:13.69 in the 4x800m relay to win the 4A state championship. Lake Brantley and Miami Northwestern were right behind the Wildcats with the number two and three times on the year 9:15.61 and 9:15.76. We take a look at the top 500 girls 4x800m relay times for the 2016 season.
Chris Tucker was on-site at the 3A Region 1 Championship at FAMU in Tallahassee and snapped over 1,300 photo of all the action including this one of the girls 800m and Brooke Crane from Fort Walton Beach leading the group!
Entering the 2015 season the girls of Fort Walton Beach knew this would be their best shot at a podium finish with four experienced seniors at the front of the lineup. The Vikings, who ended up 7th at the Cross Country Finals lead our team scores for the class of 2016. See where your squad stacks up?
The culmination of the Florida cross country season will take place Saturday, November 7th at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee with state championship titles for both individuals and teams on the line. Leading up to the meet we will preview each classification with in-depth analysis as well as by seeing how our virtual meets think the races will play out. Today, we look at the 3A classification who will compete in the first (7:30 a.m.) and third (8:20 a.m.) races of the morning with the girls and boys respectively.
We combined all the results from the 2015 Disney Cross Country Classic to determine which teams were the best of the best regardless of race. See where your squad ranks on the list!
Watch Fort Walton Beach senior Maddie Fulmer record her third win of the year by beating an out of state field at the Disney Cross Country Classic in 19:15.00.
The 2015 Cross Country Finals are a month and a half away at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee. We wanted to see how EACH CLASSIFICATION would play out if we scored the meets using season bests at this point in the season. Check out our virtual meet and analysis in this slide show!
Fort Walton Beach is one of the top cross country programs on both the boys and girls side in northwest Florida. We caught up with coaches Jeff and Lissette Fields to talk about the upcoming season!
The host West Florida Tech boys won the West Florida XC Jamboree, while the Fort Walton Beach girls scored 16 points, just missing out on a perfect day! Coach Jeffrey Oliver recaps all the action!
The Fort Myers Green Wave were 3A runner-up in 2014 and are hoping to finish one spot higher with a deep and talented roster. Coach Gowan's Chiles team will prove to be the biggest threat. Check out our complete 3A rankings.
Ten points separated champion Chiles from fourth place Miami Central at the 3A state championship last year. Boyd Anderson was third in 2014 and looks to be the team to beat lead by mid-distance standout Javon Patterson. Leon, the 3A Cross Country Finals runner-up boasts the states top distance runner in Sukhi Khosla. See the top boys teams in 3A.
Trey LaNasa almost missed the deadline for the Wendy's High School Heisman application. The Fort Walton Beach senior learned about the prestigious award from his high school guidance counselor at the beginning of the year. From that point on, he spent countless hours perfecting his application and with a week until due date sent it to his principal for one final review. He says that is when a slight problem occurred.
Hey flrunners! Hope everyone is happy with the way their season has kicked off. Based on the times already run, it looks like it’s going to be a great season! For our first meet, our team went to a smaller meet in Panama City, the Dolphin Dash. As I’m sure most of the Florida meets have been, ours was miserably hot. It was a pretty low-key race to kick off the season. Last week was an off week for the FWB Vikings. This weekend we’re heading to Northport for the big meet there.
A year after finishing third at the 3A Cross Country Finals behind Belen Jesuit and Chiles, Fort Walton Beach will have a tough road ahead of them if they want to compete at that level in 2014. The Vikings proved you don't need a front runner to dominate, but instead used a pack running philosophy to post the fastest 1-5 split in the class of 22 seconds. Unfortunately, the team loses four runnerse from that team and will rely on senior Trey LaNasa who was 22nd at last year's state meet to carry the load.
Fort Walton Beach senior Trey LaNasa was 22nd at last year's 3A Cross Country finals. LaNasa, will be one of the top returners for the Vikings this year and owns a personal best of 15:48.73. Last year, we had the privilege of findnig out what was happening int he Panhandle in his weekly blog series. See what Trey has been up to this summer, how he started out in the sport, the low down, and more in this XC Spotlight.
The Fort Walton Beach girl's cross country wrapped up 2013 with conference and district championships, a regional runner-up finish, and a fifth place showing at the 3A. Cross Country Finals. The Vikiings will have junior Emma Rudman lead the charge this year. Rudman was fourth at last year's state meet and comes in as the top returner after the top three graduated. She told us earlier this month in her summer training log that she has been training with the boys and logging hundreds of miles as well as combining swimming and cross training into her daily workouts. She ran a season best of 18:19.81 last year and after an incredible track season that saw her post times of 10:50.96 for 3,200m (3A state champion) and 4:53.36 for 1,600m (2nd at 3A state championship), she has goals of going sub 18 minutes this fall.
Hello everyone! I am Emma Rudman and I will be going into my junior year at Fort Walton Beach High School. Hope everyone’s summer training is going well. This is about to be a good season! I’m sure all of you have been running a lot this summer, which isn’t easy in the Florida heat. Even though it’s pretty rough, it is still great preparation for the season.
“What’s your next adventure?” Niceville’s Nick Morken asked as we wrapped up the Daily News Track Athlete of the Year interview Thursday. (via www.varsitysportswest.com)
Emma Rudman’s versatility is limitless. The Fort Walton Beach sophomore can easily break 11 minutes in the 3,200-meter. She can post sub-18:20 5Ks. She can challenge the 5-minute barrier in the 1,600. And she can break 2:20 in the 800, a distance she covers as the anchor in the Vikings’ relay. And that’s not even taking into account her success in the swim lanes.(via www.varsitysportswest.com)
With the 2013 cross country season coming to a close we take a sneak peek at 2014. Who will the top returners be? Who are the top teams? In 3A, six of the top seven girls graduate leaving the door open for Fort Walton Beach's Emma Rudman. On the boys side, five of the top eight graduate. Leon standout Sukhi Khosla went undefeated in 2013 and picked up his first state championship. Can anyone stop him in 2014?
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!
Fort Walton Beach sophomore Emma Rudman and Lake Weir Middle School eighth grader Joey Fitzpatrick are this week's Athletes of the Week. Rudman might have had the most impressive regional performance knocking off top ranked and undefeated Karen Xiang of Nease. Fitzpatrick won the FLYRA Middle School State Championship in a new personal best of 9:48.30 for 3,000 meters, breaking both the course and meet records.
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!
It was a good day to be a runner from the state of Florida at the Mobile Challenge of Champions Cross Country meet held at Langan Park on Saturday. (via highschoolsports.al.com)
Last season was a special year for the Fort Walton Beach boys cross country team as they coasted through the postseason and finished as the 3A runner-up. The Vikings placed five of their top seven in the top forty and had a tremendous spread of less than twenty-five seconds. The bad news is they lose three of those five. Coach Jeff Fields says his squad was happy with last season, but also took away a very clear picture of what it takes to be the best.
2012 was a great year for the ladies of Fort Walton Beach. The girls cross country team finished second behind Estero and are poised for another successful season in 2013. The Vikings lose number one runner Ivy Chastain who will be a freshman at the University of South Alabama, but return the remaning six starters.
Fort Walton Beach senior Ivy Chastain finished off her cross country career with her second consecutive top ten finish at the 3A Cross Country State Championships. In 2012, she placed ninth to guide the Vikings to a runner-up team finish. Recently, Chastain made her college announcement. See where the northwest Florida standout will spend her next four years.
Heading into her senior season, Fort Walton Beach cross country star Ivy Chastain had concerns that someone would attempt to take her crown. After earning Daily News Runner of the Year recognition as a junior, Chastain had heard rumblings of a middle-school state champion, incoming freshman Emma Rudman, who was about to join the varsity at Fort Walton Beach. While Chastain was happy to have help on the way for team goals, she was still a little hesitant on handing over the reins as team leader to a freshman. (via www.varsitysportswest.com)
Athletes preparing for Saturday’s Okaloosa County Cross Country Meet awoke to windy, blustery conditions and then had to tackle one of the area’s hardest courses at Niceville’s Eglin Golf Course. (via www.varsitysportswest.com)
It was a cool crisp morning as most of North Florida met in Marianna for the Panhandle Championships. The top eight finishers in the boys and girls race were named to the All-Panhandle team. Doug Covert was on-site with tons of pictures as was our blogger Trey LaNasa who was running in the race for Fort Walton Beach and provided me with the play by play for the event.
Hey flrunners, another week down in panhandle racing. Two races captured most of the Panhandle runners, the Bay Invitational and FSU Pre-State/Invitational.
We had a couple meets on tap this weekend for the area, the JD Mac invite and the flrunners.com Invitational. It seemed to be a great overall weekend for the teams out of the Panhandle with a plethora of PRs and season bests coming from all teams.
Hey there again Flrunners! The panhandle is feeling great now that the temperature is now in the 80's instead of the 90's. The ramp up in training is palpable, the times are dropping faster, and competition is only getting better. There were two meets on the docket from this weekend, Gulf Coast Cross Country Stampede and Ram Run.
The Escambia Equestrian Center in Pensacola wasn't just home to horses on Saturday morning. Teams from Northwest Florida, Georgia and Alabama, put their thoroughbred runners on display at the 2012 Gulf Coast Cross Country Stampede. It was a great atmosphere as well as the event boasted t-shirt customization, a Running Wild retail area, a graffiti artist, customized spikes, a dance off, and a designated cool down zone!
Another great week down in the 2012 season of cross-country here in the panhandle. While many of the local teams went to the larger meets (Jim Ryun, Mt. Dew) There were two significant meets run in our region, the Lincoln Invite in Tallahassee and the Wildcat Invite in Pace.
What's up Flrunners? My name is Trey LaNasa and I'm a sophomore at Fort Walton Beach High School and Ill be showing you what it's like to live, run, and race in the Panhandle region.
Fort Walton Beach girls cross country team finished the 2011 season with a fifth place showing at the state meet. The Vikings return six of the top seven from last year including senior Ivy Chastain. Chastain led the team with a 9th place finish. Her season best time of 17:53 is one of the top returning times in 3A.
Fort Walton Beach is looking for a podium spot when November rolls around for the Cross Country Finals. Last year, the team finished 8th, but that number could be decieiving. Coach Fields' squad went undefeated during the regular season in 3A before the injury bug took a bite out of their state medal hopes. The team has a renewed sense of strength this offseason and are ready for the challenge of Belen Jesuit and the rest of the 3A.
It was a great 2011-2012 in both cross country and track across the Sunshine State. Many of our seniors will soon be on their way to start their college careers both athletically and academically so we wanted to salute them one more time in this special feature.
Thomas Howell and Marsel Mosley of Niceville claim individual honors, but it's not enough to lead their teams past Fort Walton Beach in the team standings.
Pembroke Pines Charter sophomore Andrew Iglesias is making a name for himself in South Florida. Iglesias ran a person best time of 15:39.79 to finish tenth in the boys elite race at the Pre-State Invitational and follows it up with his second sub 16 minute performance and a win at the BCAA Championship. Fort Walton Beach junior Ivy Chastain has quickly emerged as one of the top runners in the Panhandle after placing fourth at the Panhandle Championships with a time of 18:12.58. Although tiny in stature, her coach believes come November she will be on the podium at the state meet.
The best of the best from Florida's panhandle headed to Marianna for the Panhandle Cross Country Championships. The Fort Walton Beach boys and Chiles girls took the team trophies. Lily Williams of Chiles and Nicholas Morken of Niceville won individual honors.
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.
There was a lot of action this at this weekend's biggest meet and the FSU Relays in Tallahassee fortunately lived up the substantial hype it had built up. There were emotional highs and lows, like the Ft. Walton Beach boys 4x800 team. After running a would-be state pole position 8:06 last week at a small, unreported local meet they motivated to officially claim the #1 spot in the state with a big performance. After a good start, the baton was dropped and rolled into lane 5 seemingly dashing those hopes. But with a quick recovery and a quick leg, they pulled it off and claimed the position of new state leaders with a four second victory--the first sub 8 performance in Florida so far this year.
What an amazing Boys 3200 race that we just witnessed! 10 guys guy under 9:20, 6 under 9:10 with Barker and Mizereck battling it out the the final 200m all the way to the line. Mizereck Nips Barker @ FSU Relays 3200, 9:02.87 to 9:03.03. Pablo Alvarez, Kayla Parker, Ft. Walton Beach, Jana Stolting, and others also had some great showings. Check out the highlight summary in this article. Thanks to Doctor Bob for streaming this live, which many of us here got the benefit to watch who couldn't be there!