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FACA Senior All-Star Classic: Girls 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. 

What Does It Take To Be #1? Girls & Boys Leaderboards Todd Grasley Feb 17, 2017

The first OFFICIAL weekend of the track and field season kicks off Friday & Saturday with meets from South Florida to the Panhandle and everywhere in between. We have already seen amazing performances across the state. See who has the top spots... for now. What does it take to be number one? Check out our girls and boys leaderboard.

Scouting Report: Niceville Girls Todd Grasley Feb 16, 2017

The Niceville girls were 10th in at the 3A state track and field championships in 2016. The Eagles cross country team won the 3A Cross Country Finals and have a very talented distance group. Coach Todd Brigman and Jamie LaFollette share the head coaching duties and gave us an in-depth preview on this year's squad. 

Coaching Champions: Niceville Girls Todd Grasley Dec 9, 2016

After falling short of a podium finish in 2015, the Niceville girls took home the 3A Cross Country Finals title this year. Coach Jamie LaFollette gives us an inside look at the Eagles journey from summer training to a 4th place finish at NXNSE.

NXNSE FL Recap: Yared, Collier Advance, Three Teams Record Top 5 Finishes Todd Grasley Nov 26, 2016

Prior to the 2016 Nike Southeast Regional, only one female athlete has qualified for NXN and that was Rafaella Gibbons in 2014 and 2015. However, the Wake Med Course was generous to our Sunshine State girls as both Tsion Yared of Pine Crest and Caitlin Collier of Bolles punched their tickets to Porland, Oregon for NXN. On the boy's side, Trenton Mandato and his Trinity Prep teammates came up shy of a repeat trip to the Pacific Northwest. Complete Florida recap.

Pine Crest & Niceville Girls Pack Powerful Returning Teams From 2016 Cross Country Finals Todd Grasley Nov 14, 2016

The top five returning teams from the 2016 Cross Country Finals all made the podium including top ranked Pine Crest in 2A and Niceville in 3A (pictured above). The Panthers lose only one girl in their top five that ALL placed in the top 20. That group consisted of three freshmen and one 8th grader! Niceville loses two seniors, but will rely heavily on roster that includes three seniors, a junior, and a sophomore in 2017. Chiles, Bolles, and 4A champion Steinbrenner round out the top five. Take a look at the top 25 as well as a link to the complete list. Where do you and your team rank? 

Bolles Returns Top Boys Team From Cross Country Finals Todd Grasley Nov 14, 2016

The Bolles boys finished the 2016 season as the 2A runner-up edging out Satellite by two points. Good news for Coach Rivera and the Bulldogs is that they bring back six of their top seven. They are our top returning team from the 2016 Cross Country Finals followed by Belen Jesuit, Chiles, Bishop Kenny, and a young South Walton team. Take a look at the top 25 as well as a link to the complete list. Where do you and your team rank?

Cross Country Finals Girls Combined Team Scores: 29 Points, 18:41 Avg. For 2A Champ Pine Crest Todd Grasley Nov 7, 2016

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?

3A State Meet Preview: Freshmen Churchill, Lastra Lead Girls Field Eddie Romero Nov 3, 2016

Florida sees its fair share of freshmen talent every year and 2016 is no different. In the 3A girls race two of the state's best will be on display in Lincoln's Alyson Churchill and Mater Academy's Valerie Lastra. On the boy's side it will be yet another duel between UF commitment Matthew Clark of Creekside and Michael Phillips of Chiles. Add in Joshua Collins of Belen Jesuit and this race will be fast with major team implications on the line. Belen Jesuit has been missing from the podium the last two years and Collins can change that. The girls team battle is one-sided with Niceville, the best regardless of class, leading the way. We preview all the action of class 3A.

Girls XC Team Scores: Niceville, Pine Crest, Two Of Top Programs In State Todd Grasley Oct 25, 2016

The Niceville girls are undefeated this season in competition, while Pine Crest's lone loss came against our third best team, Winter Park, and without one of their top runners Simone Vreeland. Unfortunately for fans across the state, two of the top squads will not face off as the Eagles are in 3A and the Panthers in 2A. Our XC team scores show an all classes battle would give Niceville a three point advantage. 

WATCH: ALL Race Videos & Interviews From FSU Invitational (Pre-State) Todd Grasley Oct 9, 2016

Tallahassee avoided Hurricane Matthew and that means we were able to get stellar coverage from the 2016 FSU Invitational (Pre-State) in the state capital. North Florida correspondent Jacob Fuller captured all of the Friday race video in addition to Saturday's high school races while he and Ricky Quintana teamed up on interviews as well. Don't miss a minute of the action!

Ricky's Recap: Churchill, Phillips, Marist Boys & Niceville Girls Big Winners At FSU Invitational (Pre-State) Ricky Quintana Oct 9, 2016

Chiles junior Michael Phillips and Belen Jesuit junior Joshua Collins showed why they are two of the top boys in the class of 2018 duking it out in the elite race at Pre-State, with the hometown Timberwolve coming out on top in a FL#2 time of 15:27.80. On the girls side, Lincoln freshman Alyson Churchill continued her spectacular 2016 with the biggest win of her high school career. Team wise the Marist boys made the trip down from Georgia to defeat Chiles, while the Niceville girls proved why they are ranked number one in our Saucony Flo 50 team rankings.

Bobcat Classic Lives Up To Billing In Coach Ron Norris' Final Hurrah Ricky Quintana Oct 2, 2016

In his last year of 42 years of coaching, Buchholz Head Coach Ron Norris is putting together quite a string of memories. At last week's Mtn Dew Classic, he saw his top runner, Calum McFetridge fall and then crawl to the line to finish 27th. And this week, at his own Buchholz Bobcat Classic-his 16th at Buchholz to go along with 20 at his former school, Newberry- he had to disqualify a runner for interference during Saturday's race.

Girls JV Team Scores: Niceville's Depth Goes Beyond Top Seven Todd Grasley Sep 21, 2016

The varsity athletes get most of the love, but we wanted to see who were the top JV athletes and teams around the state. Power programs like Niceville, Bolles, and Winter Park are loaded with depth, but it's the Eagles, who own the top spot in our team scores with their #8-14 runners averaging a time of 21:01.66 and a 1-5 split of just 36 seconds!

Bolles Best In Girls Composite Team Rankings Once Again Todd Grasley Aug 25, 2016

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.

Scouting Report: Niceville Girls Todd Grasley Aug 10, 2016

The Niceville girls placed second at the 3A Cross Country Finals in 2015 and return six of their top seven from that team as well as a number of other runners that are waiting in the wings to make that varsity roster. The Eagles are first in our team rankings entering the season, but will face a tough test from defending champion Chiles and a very talented Fort Myers' squad. We caught up with Coach James LaFollette about his team, their training, and the upcoming season.

3A Girls Team Rankings: Niceville Not New To The Podium, Return 6 Of 7 Todd Grasley Aug 4, 2016

The Niceville girls finished as the 3A runner-up in 2015, but return six of their top seven from that team with Hannah Schneidewind, Claire Crist, and Erin Eubanks a solid 1-3. Fort Myers has top ranked Krissy Gear, the 3A individual runner-up at the helm for the Green Wave, while mainstay Chiles, the defending champions are ranked third. We take a look at the top ten girls teams in 3A.

Salute To Seniors: Jason Nodjomian - Niceville High School Todd Grasley Jul 13, 2016

The 2015-2016 school year has provided some great highlights in both cross country and track across the Sunshine State. In the coming weeks many of our seniors will head out to start their college careers both athletically and academically. We wanted to salute them one more time in this special feature and say thank you for your support over the years.

Girls Combined Team Scores: Timberwolves Top Team At State, Add Another Title To Storied Program Todd Grasley Nov 12, 2015

We combined the results of all four classifications to find out who was the best team overall and where do the rest of the squads stack up? 3A champion Chiles and 4A champion Winter Park would have a dog fight on their hands, but the advantage would go to the Timberwolves who have a slower 1-5 split but better average time at 19:12.69 (just under ten seconds) and total time by 49 second. See where your team ranks among the top teams in the state!

3A State Meet Preview: Merritt Island's Steven Cross In League Of His Own Isabel Hanewicz Nov 6, 2015

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.

Girls JV Team Rankings: Bulldogs Beyond Deepest Squad In State Todd Grasley Oct 20, 2015

The start of the postseason for varsity runners often means the end to a successful regular season for our JV athletes (numbers 8-14). One can tell a lot about a program's future by seeing what talent is waiting in the wings. We look at the top junior varsity teams in the state. Where does your squad rank?

WATCH: Morse, Rice, Tucker Take Alligator Lake XC Race Down To Wire, Separated By Tenths Todd Grasley Sep 28, 2015

One of the best races of the weekend was at the Alligator Lake XC Invitational as Emma Tucker of Chiles, Bridget Morse of Columbia, and Maggie Rice of Newberry went stride for stride until the last 100 meters of the race and crossed just tenths of a second within each other. Tucker was first in 19:01.27 with Morse and Rice behind her in 19:01.49 and 19:01.92. Watch the finish courtesy of Dusty Smith and B3R Promotions.

Top 50 Girls XC Teams - All State Team Scores Todd Grasley Sep 23, 2015

The Panthers have competed in three meets and won all three including the Martin County Under The Lights Invitational, Florida Horse Park Invitational, and Pine Crest Cross Country Invitational which they hosted. They are the top team regardless of class. Check out the top 50 and a link to the complete list!

Girls Teams Rankings: 100+ Deep In EVERY Class Todd Grasley Sep 16, 2015

Check out our girls team rankings for EVERY classification. The list goes 100 teams deep and in some classes even longer! Where do you stack up against the competition and check back to see if you've climbed up the rankings all season long!

VIDEO: Khosla, 4:06.45, Morken 4:07.12 US#1 & 3 Times At 3A Region 1 Todd Grasley Apr 26, 2014

Leon junior Sukhi Khosla and Niceville senior Nick Morken proved they are worthy of being mentioned with the nation's top 1600 meter runners. Duking it out at the 3A Region 1 Championships both runners saw new personal bests as they crossed the line in 4:06.45 and 4:07.12, the first and third fastest times in the country for 2014. According to the database Khosla's time is the sixth fastest all-time, while Morken's ranks ninth. Flagler Palm Coast's Sammy Vasquez has the fastest time ever recorded by a Floridian with a 4:02.46 converted that he ran in 2005 at the Adidas Outdoor Championships.

State Champions Howell, Morken Ink futures Todd Grasley Apr 10, 2014

John Hicks is a hard man to humble. But that’s the state of mind the head coach of Niceville’s powerhouse football program found himself in during Wednesday’s signing ceremony in the Niceville High School Auditorium. And of all people it was a long-distance runner who impressed Hicks. (via

FSU Relays Day One Featured Photo Album Todd Grasley Mar 21, 2014

Day one of the FSU Relays is in the books and we saw tons of awesome performances across the board. While you wait for our race videos/interviews to be uploaded check out our highlights recap as well as over 1100 photos from Randy Settle!  

Howell Becomes Gators First Cross Country Commitment From Class Of 2014 Boys Todd Grasley Dec 7, 2013

Thomas Howell, one of the top runners in the state of Florida for the class of 2014, has verbally committed to the University of Florida. Howell,  was the 3A cross country champion, 3200m outdoor state champion, and Gatorade Florida Runner of the Year as a junior. He will join a deep Gator roster that finished second at the SEC Championship and has a slew of Florida natives on their roster.

Swoop Swoop: Morken Becomes Ospreys' Second Pick Up Of Week Todd Grasley Nov 14, 2013

As the cross country season dwindled down for Niceville senior Nick Morken so did the recruiting process. Morken announced via Twitter Wednesday night that he had chosen the University of North Florida over UF, South Alabama, FSU, and Ole Miss. He says he picked the Ospreys for several reasons.

In His Own Words: Nick Morken - Postseason Plans, Looking Ahead To Track Nick Morken Nov 13, 2013

 Hello flrunners. Welcome back to the blog. I have gotten a lot of feedback saying they’ve enjoyed it so I will continue. Congratulations to all the runners who competed in the Cross Country Finals in Tallahassee this weekend. The 3A boys’ race started at 10a.m. on Saturday. I had woke up with a cough so I didn’t know how I’d feel. 

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!

In His Own Words: Nick Morken - Poised For Postseason Nick Morken Oct 25, 2013

To start this week off I would like to talk about something that will affect this year’s senior class… commitments. Congrats to all the recent commits like Emily Edwards, Connor Ferrentino, and Caroline Barlow (Roll Tide!). Before you ask I have no clue on where I would like to attend, but I would like any of the other runners who are interested in running for college to contact me via social media or at a meet. 

In His Own Words: Nick Morken Todd Grasley Sep 5, 2013

Welcome back to my blog. I hope everyone enjoyed their first race of the season as much as I did. I couldn’t have asked for a better start of the season from my team. As for the other teams around the state, I saw some impressive performances over the weekend and congratulations to ALL who competed.

Scouting Report: Niceville Boys Todd Grasley Aug 22, 2013

Niceville's Thomas Howell recorded the second fastest time of the 2012 Cross Country Finals (15:19.64) regardless of class. The 3A state champion made history winning the first individual cross country title for the school. His counterpart Nick Morken crossed the line in third showing the rest of the state the potent 1-2 punch.

Scouting Report: Niceville Girls Todd Grasley Aug 14, 2013

After finishing sixth in 2011, the Niceville girls cross country team went into 2012 with high hopes. Bad news broke in the summer, when they learned that their top runner Marsel Mosley would not be running and their number two Regan McAllister would be out with an injury and miss half the season. Coach Sherman Eller was hoping a front runner emerge, but that didn't materialize. The Eagles were able to keep the 1-5 split to 40 seconds, but it wasnt enough to advance out of a very tough region and advance to the state meet. The team returns six of their top seven including five seniors and one junior.

In His Own Words: Nick Morken Nick Morken Aug 9, 2013

Niceville's Nick Morken is one of the top returning cross country runners in 3A. Last year, he finished third at the state meet and is coming off a state championship win in the 1600 meters this outdoor track and field season. Follow along each week as Nick takes us on his final season on the trails.

Niceville’s Morken, Howell Claim State Titles Todd Grasley May 4, 2013

Nick Morken’s kick came late. Thomas Howell’s came early. But while contrasting, their long-distance strategies yielded the same result in Friday’s 3A State Track and Field Championships in Jacksonville: Gold. (via

Thomas Howell: Male Cross Country Runner of the Year Todd Grasley Jan 22, 2013

Here are some complaints floating around about Thomas Howell. The Niceville junior’s work ethic is too strong. He runs too far, too fast on days he’s supposed to rest his muscles. He doesn’t take losing well. His interview skills, according to him, could be more pol-ished. And, oh yeah, he cares too much about his teammates. (via

Warrior Of The Week: Shah, Howell Todd Grasley Nov 15, 2012

Wiregrass Ranch senior Nikita Shah and Niceville junior Thomas Howell are this week's Warrior of the Week winners. Shah won her third meet in a row claiming the conference, district, and regional championships. She has been consistently running in the mid 18's this year and will be a contender for the 3A titlet his weekend. Howell has been running very well in northwest Florida claiming a regional title as well in a new personal best time of 15:25.37.

Howell, Givens PR As Panhandle Champions Todd Grasley Oct 21, 2012

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.

FWB Boys Post 15 Seconds Split, Capture Stampede Team Title Todd Grasley Sep 23, 2012

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! 

Warrior of the Week: Morken, Cruz Todd Grasley Sep 19, 2012

Niceville junior Nick Morken and St. Thomas Aquinas freshman Alexa Cruz are this week's Warrior of the Week winners. Morken debuted at the Washington Wildcat Invitational dipping under sixteen minutes and beating some of the top runners in the Panhandle. Cruz competed in her second meet ever as a high schooler and destroyed the 274 runner field at the UF Mt. Dew Invitational crossing the line in a personal best 18:51.21

Thomas Howell: Pride of the Panhandle Todd Grasley Aug 23, 2011

Thomas Howell  remembers the first time he ran. It was the mile run in elementary school and it was for a grade. He knew he was quick and as a fifth grader posted the fastest time in the school. Needless to say I'm sure he received a good grade. In middle school his future as a distance runner became apparent when he began winning races his 7th grade cross country season. The Niceville sophomore says from there it was just a gradual climb.

Boys Warrior of the Week: Thomas Howell Todd Grasley May 17, 2011

Thomas Howell was used to leading races. It had been his strategy all throughout middle school to go out strong and hope he had some juice left in the tank at the end. It was in his seventh grade year when he came across Niceville coach Mike Warren. Warren saw potential in the youngster, but knew it would warrant changing his plan of attack on the cross country course.