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.
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Take a look at the fastest teams heading into all 64 district championship meets to be held this week in Florida.
The North Florida teams displayed their talents this weekend at the 2018 Big Bend Invitational. Hosted at the state meet course, these performances are great predictors of what is to come later on this season.
Check out the top 500 rising sophomore girls cross country runners from last cross country season.
We take a look at which girls and boys teams have the best hurdle squads.
We look at the deepest distance squads in the 800, 1,600, and 3,200m.
Ally Woodard recaps the 2018 Chiles Track & Field Relays.
Ally Woodard recaps the 2018 Seahawks Open.
We take a look at the top returning girls teams in 3A.
Blaine Thomas recaps the 3A girls and boys races at the FHSAA Cross Country Finals.
Ricky Quintana previews all of the individuals and team battles in class 3A.
We decided to take a look at which girls and boys programs have the best #8 - #14 runners in the Florida. JV team rankings.
We rank the top girls and boys teams in 3A. Where do you and your squad stack up?
We rank the top girls and boys individuals in 3A.
Niceville won both the girls and boys team titles while Lillian Holtery and Jeremiah Dotter taking individual honors.
We breakdown the top 25 girls teams in each classification as well as the 25 best overall regardless of class.
Chris Shonk recaps the 2017 Pace Patriot Invitational.
Coach Jamie LaFollette gives us the Scouting Report on both the girls and boys squads.
We project the top JV girls cross country squads in the state of Florida based on the season best times from last year of the #8-14 returning runners.
We project the top JV boys cross country squads in the state of Florida based on the season best times from last year of the #8-14 returning runners.
We learn more about the Niceville standout in this Spotlight Athlete feature.
Monday marks the first official day of cross country practice for athletes and teams around the state.
We take a look at the top 100 girls cross country teams regardless of class as they head into the 2017 season.
We take a look at the top 100 boys cross country teams regardless of class as they head into the 2017 season.
We take a look at the 25 best 3A girls teams heading into the 2017 season.
Jarez Parks of Sebastian River won his third straight 3A discus state championship in a state meet record of 210-5, but it didn't come without controversy.
Blaine Thomas recaps a very competitive 3A Region 1 Championship
Ready for the Mobile Challenge of Champions? Here are the top events and athletes to watch
Over 1,500 photos including this photo of West Florida Tech's Da'Quaris Gaines getting airborne in the boys long jump.
It was a day of a US #2 mark, 11 broken meet records, and it concluded with a throwers candy bar 4x100 relay race. The word thrilling doesn't do justice when referring to the 17th Annual Chiles Track and Field Championships, which was held at Chiles High School in Tallahassee, FL.
Chris Tucker was on-site as part of our coverage team at the 2017 Chiles Track & Field Championship s and captured just shy of 1,500 photos of all the events.
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.
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.
The Miami Northwestern Lady Bulls continued their dynasty in Florida track and field with their 9th straight state championship. Coach Carmen Jackson's squad tallied 157 points over 100 more than runner-up Northeast. They are the clear favorite in class 3A with 2016 runner-up Northeast a near lock to repeat in that position as well.
Until recently, the Air Force Academy and Niceville senior Alexis Sherwin didn't seem like a good fit. Then again, before 2016, running wasn't really on Sherwin's radar either.
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.
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.
Entries have been released for the Nike Cross Nationals Southeast Regional. A good number of Florida teams and individuals will be making the trip to down to WakeMed Soccer Complex in Cary, North Carolina to race on Saturday. MileSplit will be on-site with coverage!
The Pine Crest girls broke a streak of four consecutive 2A runner-up finishes behind Bolles, beating the Bulldogs, and hoisting the championship trophy in 2016. The Panthers ended the state series ranked as the number one team in our Saucony Flo 50 rankings and hope to keep that momentum heading into NXNSE this weekend in Cary, North Carolina.
As part of our Saucony Flo 50 rankings series, we take a look at the top 25 boys and girls individuals as well as the top 25 boys and girls teams and rank them. Here are the top girls teams after the cross country state championship.
The Creekside boys won their second straight 3A Cross Country Finals championship beating Chiles by ten points, and a team average of 16:15 Was their performance the best by a team at state? YOU DECIDE. Voting closes September 15th at 11:59 p.m.
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?
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?
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?
Freshmen Alyson Churchill and Valerie Lastra battled it our in the girls race as Niceville captured the team title. On the boy's side it was a rematch of regionals as Creekside edged out Chiles for the team trophy, but the Timberwolves crowned the individual champion in junior Michael Phillips. Andy Warrener recaps class 3A.
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.
Tyler Copeland was on-site at the 3A Region 1 Championship in Gainesville and captured nearly 500 photos of all the action including this podium shot of the Niceville girls who were nearly perfect with all seven girls in the top fifteen proving why they are not just the top team in 3A, but one of the best regardless of classification.
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.
The time to strike for junior and senior heavy teams is now. The Niceville girls and Satellite boys are loaded with upperclassmen talent and are two of the top teams in 3A and 2A respectively. We take a look at the top 25 girls and boys teams based on junior and senior athletes. See where your team ranks and don't forget to check out the complete list as well.
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.
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!
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.
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 halfway into the cross country season.
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.
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.
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!
What's up Panhandle? This runner from Pace High School had a quick minute during her race to say what's up to our photographer Dave Shelikoff and smile for a picture. Over 850 photos from all the races and days' events at the West Florida XC Classic in Pensacola.
The Niceville girls put on a clinic of how to race at the Pace Patriot Invitational placing ten runners in the top fifteen spots with a 1-2-3 showing from seniors Abbie Harrelson and Alexis Sherwin as well as freshman Jayden Horne. The Eagles showed why they are the favorites in 3A. Dave Shelikoff was on-site and snapped just shy of 1,500 photos of all the races.
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.
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.
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.
The Bolles girls picked up their fourth consecutive 2A crown in 2015 and are the favorites again for number five in 2016. Winter Park has a very strong team as well with a team average under 19 minutes (18:58.44). We rank the top 100 boys team regardless of class heading into the 2016. See where your squad stacks up.
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.
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.
The Niceville girls and boys track and field teams completed the sweep at the 3A District 2 Championships. We take a look at all the results, performances, and coverage from week one of district action around the state! Everything you need to know in our Week In Review!
Jeremy Danzie was on-site in Panama City Beach not relaxing, but capturing over 1,600 photos from the North Florida Invitational including this one of girls 1,600m champion Hannah Schneidewind whose Niceville squads swept both the girls and boys team titles.
Ponte Vedra High School girls are the top sophomore team in the state lead by Claire Moritz and her personal best 18:33.74 followed by twins Lydia and Sarah Reimer who are both capable of running under 20 minutes! See which squads rule the class of 2018 and where your team stacks up?
Rodrigo Madiedo and Sebastian Roa are part of the future of Belen Jesuit's success along with Henrique Souza, Lucas de la Hoz, and Giancarlo Benitez. We scored every team in the state based on their freshman. Where would your squad stack up with just runners from the class of 2019?
The Bolles girls captured their 4th consecutive 2A crown lead by runner-up Caitlyn Collier and top our list if girls teams in 2015. We RANK EVERY girls team regardless of class. See where your squad stacks up.
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!
wo of the most dominant individual performances of the day went down in the Class 3A races. The very first race of the day was the girls 3A race and Dillard's Brittany Gill set down a very memorable performance.
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.
The Niceville girls placed their top five runners in the top 21 spots to edge out Chiles for the 3A Region 1 Championship while Creekside claimed the 3A Region 1 boys title. Both teams were the best regardless of region in all of 3A. We take a look at all the teams. See where your squad stacks up!
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?
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.
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!
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!
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!
We broke down the top teams in each classification, but we’re throwing that all out the window. We want to know who is the best of the best, regardless of class. Check out our top fifty girls XC teams!
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.
For the first time since 2005, Belen Jesuit did not make the podium. This year they will go head to head with Creekside. Check out our 3A boys team rankings!
It was basketball that led, quite literally, to Aubrey West’s track and field commitment to Troy University. (via www.varsitysportswest.com)
Thomas Howell – the man, the myth, the legend of Niceville’s long-distance running scene for the last four years – is more than a bit peeved. (via www.varsitysportswest.com)
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 flrunners.com 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.
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 www.varsitysportswest.com)
Niceville was one of a handful of north Florida schools to make the trek to Mobile, Alabama for the Mobile Challenge of Champions at St. Paul's Episcopal High School. The Eagles showed the other state's in attendance how Florida does it. Coach Jamie LaFollette says they go to the meet each year for a number of reasons.
Meet recap and complete coverage from the 2014 Mobile Challenge of Champions in Alabama.
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!
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.
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.
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.
=Hello Flrunners. I hope everyone is doing well as we have reached the end of the season. It has flown by, but the state meet is this Saturday!
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!
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.
Hello again flrunners! Sorry it’s been awhile since my last post. Anyways, I can’t believe we are approaching Pre State already. This race signals the midpoint to the end of the season and it has flown by.
I’m back with another blog filled with racing and official visits. I hope everyone’s training is going well as we enter the large meets of the Flrunners Invitational and FSU Invite and good luck this weekend in any race you may be competing in.
Flrunners.com. How’s it been? For me last week was filled with a little bit of reading, twitter proposals, and a little cross country thrown in there. Also before I begin, if anyone has any constructive criticism for me, feel free to comment, except for Todd Grasley. Haha.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Magic had Kareem. M.J. had Scottie. Rice had Montana. Gehrig had Ruth. The hall-of-fame resumes of the aforementioned superstars were all bolstered by a partner in crime. On their own, each athlete represented the best and brightest of his sport. But pair them with a talented ally, and their careers reached another tier. (via www.varsitysportswest.com)
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 www.varsitysportswest.com)
The victory tour marches on for Thomas Howell. (via www.nwfdailynews.com)
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 www.varsitysportswest.com)
Poised, collected and displaying an air of confidence that resides only in the most elite and focused of runners, Thomas Howell entered Saturday’s 3A cross country state finals in Tallahassee relaxed and carefree. (via www.varsitysportswest.com)
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.