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Road To Rio: Former Colonial Grenadier, Florida Gator Andres Arroyo To Compete For Puerto Rico Todd Grasley Aug 10, 2016

Andres Arroyo idolized Roberto Clemente as a kid growing up. Like Clemente, the former Colonial Grenadier, dreamed of roaming the outfield in baseball's major leagues. As he entered high school, those dreams changed and track and field called his name. Now, at the University of Florida, Arroyo will compete in his first Olympic Games in the 800m, and represent his birthplace of Puerto Rico. We caught up with him to talk about his road to Rio, the Olympic Games, and much more.

Wallace Sails To Spot On Team USA At World Juniors In Poland Todd Grasley Jun 26, 2016

Armani Wallace has covered a lot of ground in his first season as a triple jump standout at Florida State, and the horizontal specialist isn't done yet. With a silver medal performance late Saturday night at the United States Junior Track & Field Championships in Clovis, Cal., the Orlando native earned a spot on Team USA for the IAAF World Junior Championships, July 19-24 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Winter Park Sweeps Metro East Conference Championship Todd Grasley Oct 23, 2014

They say that pictures can help illustrate a story. Raul Ramirez was on-site at the Metro East Conference Championships at Lake Nona and took over 750 photos including this one of individual champions Rafaella Gibbons of Winter Park and Joel Ortiz of Colonial. The Wildcats swept both the girls and boys team championships. We've selected some of our favorite images to show you how each race played out!

Arroyo All Set To Compete For Puerto Rico At World Juniors Todd Grasley Jul 11, 2014

Add another Florida native to those who will be competing at the 2014 World Youth Championships. Andres Arroyo, who had one of the greatest high school distance careers in Florida (1:47.79, 4:04.45, 8:51.47,14:59.18), won the CAC Championships in Mexico in the U20 800 meters. The University of Florida freshman will represent his native Puerto Rico. He says he had a great time representing his native land and racing against competition from other countries.

Colonial Student-Athletes Making A Difference In Local Community Jason Byrne Mar 25, 2014

Spring break is a time that most high school students spend goofing off with friends, headed to the beach, and generally trying to avoid anything resembling work. However, for students at Colonial High--including some 30 track & field athletes--they saw it as the perfect opportunity to give back to their local community.

Arroyo's 1:47 At Florida Relays Named Flotrack's Jaw Dropping Moment Of 2013 Todd Grasley Dec 28, 2013

We will have a look back at 2013 later in the week, but our friends at Flotrack came out with their list of top moments from the year. Capturing 2013's most jawdropping moment was former Colonial star Andres Arroyo laying down a 1:47.79 for 800 meters at the Florida Relays. The University of Florida would be his eventual college destination. At the time it was one of the fastest marks for ANY LEVEL runner in the country at that distance.

4A District 4: Marquez and Timber Creek Edge Colonial, Winter Park Girls Flex Their Muscle Todd Grasley Oct 26, 2013

A cool brisk morning welcomed runners to Baldwin Park for the 4A District 4 Championship. The Winter Park girls running on their home course ran away with the girls team trophy lead by sophomore Katherine Kuhn. On the boys side, it looked like it would be a battle between Brandon Marques of Timber Creek and Connor Ferrentino. Marquez separated at two miles and coasted to a time of 15:28.50. It was a big day for the Wolves as they placed three guys in the top four spots to win the team title by ONE point over Colonial.

Rene "Coach" Plasencia & Colonial Football Honored By OCPS Todd Grasley Oct 23, 2013

In late September, Rene "Coach P" Plasencia and Colonial High School football coach Michael Short saved a students life after he collapsed while running. Earlier tonite at 5:30PM, the Orange County School Board was set to honor Plasencia and Short for their efforts in saving the students life. Good to know that will all the bad going on, there are still instances like this that can make EVERYONE have more faith in our fellow man. (via

Edgewater Invitational: Boys Race To Crazy Finish, Lyden Looks Good Despite Sloppy Conditions Todd Grasley Sep 7, 2013

Sloppy conditions is an understatement to describe the 42nd Annual Edgewater Invitational. Pouring down rain and intermittent lightning strikes, postponed the start of the meet over an hour. The rain slowed and the lightning halted, but there was one more obstacle, daylight. As time was of the essence, they decided to run all athletes together: junior varsity, boys, and girls varsity which made for one bunched up start.

2013 Track & Field Athlete of the Year: Andres Arroyo - Boys Distance Events Todd Grasley Jul 18, 2013

There is no doubt Florida is one of the most talented states in the country when it comes to track and field. We wanted to honor the best of the best with our 2013 Track & Field Athlete of the Year awards. Andres Arroyo of Colonial High School is our winner in the Boys Distance Event category. The senior pulled off the distance triple by winning the 800,1600, and 3200 meters at the 4A state meet. The Grenadier star was ranked in the top ten nationally in all three events and will go down as one of the greatest distance runners the state has seen.

Andres Arroyo Discusses Dream Mile, Get To Know Andres Off The Track Todd Grasley May 24, 2013

Colonial superstar Andres Arroyo is coming off a senior season that saw him capture three state titles, and post some of the fastest times ever ran in the 800,1600, and 3200 that Florida has seen. This weekend he will compete against the top milers in the country in the Dream MIle in New York City. The goal: to break four minutes. We caught up with Andres before he flew out and asked him about his preparations and goals for the big race, and also found out what Andres is like off the track.

Colonial Star's Work Ethic Feeds Speed Todd Grasley May 24, 2013

Andres Arroyo, already regarded by many as the best all-around distance runner in Florida high-school history, hopes to add another crowning achievement to his legacy in Saturday's Adidas Golden Stripes Dream Mile in New York City. (via

The Decision Is In For Raul Ramirez: Taking Talents To Young Harris College Todd Grasley May 23, 2013

Colonial senior Raul Ramirez has a fantastic final season for the Grenadiers. Ramirez was a part of the schools' back to back state title run in cross country and finished second behind teammate Andres Arroyo at the state meet in the 1600 meters. Ramirez has decided to spend his college career at Young Harris College in Georgia. We recently caught up with him to talk about his decision.

Arroyo Honored At Governor's Cabinet Meeting Todd Grasley May 8, 2013

Colonial senior Andres Arroyo added three more state titles to his resume by winning the distance triple at the 4A State Championships. Those three golds brought Arroyo's total to six in track. He has also has two individual titles in cross country and two team titles to go along with them. For his accomplishments, he was honored by Governor Rick Scott at a recent state cabinet meeting at Nemours Childrens Hospital. Arroyo says it was a great feeling to be reocgnized by the governor.

Encore Encore: Arroyo Runs US#2 3200m 9:01.04 Two Days After Blazing 1:47.79 Todd Grasley Apr 6, 2013

Less than 48 hours after running 1:47.79 for 800 meters, Andres Arroyo was back on the track, and back to posting blazing times. The Colonial senior's time for the half mile at the Florida Relays was a US#1, second fastest by any American this year, and 8th fastest in the world. That was Thursday. Saturday morning, Arroyo ran at the Embry Riddle Spikes Classic and posted a 9:01.34 for 3200 meters.

Andres Arroyo: From Grenadier To Gator Todd Grasley Jan 22, 2013

In the past two years we have seen excellence from Colonial senior Andres Arroyo. As a junior he won the 4A cross country state championship and led Colonial to school's first team title in any sport. He followed that up with three rings in the outdoor season finishing first in the 1600, 3200 and anchoring the Grenadiers 4x800 meter relay team. Arroyo then capped off his cross country career with his second 4A state championship and guiding Colonial to their second team trophy. Recently, the Sunshine State standout announced his college choice in this exclusive interview.

Where Are They Now? Steven Fernandez Todd Grasley Dec 3, 2012

Colonial High School standout Steven Fernandez had a great four year career running for the Grenadiers. He graduated in 2010 and is currently in his junior year at the University of South Florida running for the Bulls. We caught up with Steven to talk about his high school days as well as how college running is going.

Coaching Champions: Rene Plasencia (Colonial) Todd Grasley Nov 27, 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. Rene Plasencia guided the Colonial Grenadiers to their first team title in any sport in the school's history last year. In 2012, he repeated that success with another 4A state championship.

4A Boys State Meet Preview Todd Grasley Nov 16, 2012

Colonial senior AndresArroyo is one of the top runners in the nation and comes in as the favorite in 4A. Arroyo won the 4A state championship in 2011 and led the Grenadiers to their first team title in any sport in the schools existence. After a strong track season that saw him capture three more state titles, and a strong team once again, expect for both situations to repeat themselves.

Arroyo, Blake Blast Fast Times At Region Of Death Jason Byrne Nov 10, 2012

It was a chilly morning in Gainesville as Santa Fe College hosted both the 4A Region 1 and 1A Region 2 Championships. Fast times were posted as Andres Arroyo went 15:12.61 and Bridget Blake of Dr. Phillips finished first in 17:56.18. Both runners won by over twenty seconds. Colonial edged Mandarin for the boys team title while Olympia beat out Hagerty for the girls team title.

Arroyo Cruises, Schmick Surges For District Championship Todd Grasley Nov 1, 2012

Colonial senior Andres Arroyo and Cypress Creek sophomore Kaley Schmick took home District 4A-4 titles. Arroyo cruised to an easy win while Schmick surged in the final meters of the race to edge out Emily Perkinson of Colonial. The Grenadiers swept both the boys and girls team trophies.

Marquez, Schmick PR At Metro East, Colonial Sweeps Team Titles Todd Grasley Oct 25, 2012

Blue Jacket Park in Winter Park played host to the Metro East Championships. Freshman Brandon Marquez of Timber Creek came away with a new personal best time of 15:38.90. Cypress Creek sophomore Kaley Schmick also came away with a new PR of 18:49.50. Colonial claimed both the boys and girls team titles. Todd Grasley was on-site with complete coverage.

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.

Ramirez Competes In 5K Road Race in Puerto Rico Todd Grasley Sep 12, 2012

Colonial senior Raul Ramirez returned home to native Puerto Rico this past weekend to attend a wedding, but he didn't take the week off though. While down there he found time to run in a local 5k race, El Amolao Bayamon. He says he really enjoyed running there, but the conditions made it a little harder than in Florida.

Spikes & Spurs Classic: Arroy-deo Ralph Epifanio Sep 8, 2012

  Colonial's Andre Arroyo (15:44) and Matanzas' Heather Loder (19:26) roped in the win at the FPC-hosted Spikes and Spurs Invitational. Held at the Flagler County Fairgrounds--home of their annual Cracker Day Rodeo--the race started with the crack of a rawhide whip, followed a tough, mud-slowed course and finished in front of the stands in the Main Arena. Colonial's Boys (28 points) and Bartram Trail's Girls (47 points) took team honors. Story and photos by "Cowboy Ralph."

Arroyo, Bartlett Take Home Top Prize At Ted Benz Jamboree Todd Grasley Aug 24, 2012

Colonial senior Andres Arroyo won the Ted Benz XC Jamboree for the second consecutive year in 16:04.20. The Colonial Grenadiers took the team title. On the girls side, University sophomore Autumn Bartlett disturbed a perfect score for Merritt Island by winning in a time of 20:16.40. The Mustangs scored 22 points to win the team championshionship.

Scouting Report: Colonial Boys Todd Grasley Aug 13, 2012

The Colonial High School boy's cross country team is coming off a state championship in 2011. The Grenadiers brought home the first team championship in any sport in the school's history. Junior Andres Arroyo won individual gold in 4A finishing in a time of 15:13.74. Coach Rene Plasencia returns five of his top seven from last year.

Salute To Seniors: JP Friday - Colonial Todd Grasley Jul 11, 2012

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.

Salute To Seniors: Cody Decker - Colonial Todd Grasley Jun 29, 2012

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.

Salute To Seniors: Jared Lopez - Colonial Todd Grasley Jun 19, 2012

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.

Salute To Seniors: Oriel Anu - Colonial Todd Grasley Jun 7, 2012

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.

Warrior of the Week: Arroyo, Williams Todd Grasley Mar 28, 2012

Colonial junior Andres Arroyo and Chiles senior Lily Williams are this week's Warrior of the Week. Arroyo started his week with a 1:51 split on Colonial's winning 4x800 relay team at the Metro Conference Championships. Two days later he blasted a state leading and US#2 time of 9:10.37. He capped the weekend off with a meet record, state leading and US#4 4:11.76 in the 1600 meters. Williams broke a new FSU Relays meet record with her state-leading and US#2 time of 10:30.53 in the 3200.

Bling Bling: Colonial Cross Country Receives Their State Championship Rings Todd Grasley Mar 14, 2012

The Colonial High School boys cross country team made history in 2011. Coach Plasencia's squad captured the 4A Cross Country State  Championship with an 86 to 103 victory over second place Miami Columbus. The title was the first for the Grenadiers in any sport. Raul Ramirez Sr. was on hand to capture the celebration as the team received their state championship rings.

All-Central Florida Boys Cross Country Team Todd Grasley Dec 6, 2011

RUNNER OF THE YEAR: Andres Arroyo Jr., Colonial The Buzz: The Class 4A state champion (15:13.74) ran state's third-fastest time and became first Central Floridian to go under 15 minutes with a time of 14:59.18.(via Orlando Sentinel)

Cross country Turns Into A Contact Sport For Andres Arroyo Of Colonial Todd Grasley Nov 28, 2011

Don’t try to convince Colonial junior Andres Arroyo that cross country is not a contact sport. Coming off a Class 4A state championship a week earlier and a solid contender to finish in the top-10 at the Foot Locker South meet, Arroyo ended up finishing 186th in a time of 17 minutes, 8 seconds, in Charlotte, N.C. (via Central Florida Varsity the Blog)

Arroyo, Colonial Boys Capture Metro East Crown Todd Grasley Oct 29, 2011

Colonial junior Andres Arroyo continues to be dominant. Arroyo won his first Metro Conference Championship and led the Grenadiers to the team title. Boone senior Heather Classe also won her first conference title and guided the Braves to a team championship as well.

Winter Park Girls, Colonial Boys Take Home Title At Metro Fresh/Soph Josh Cohen Oct 19, 2011

On a windy afternoon at Winter Park High School, the Metro area freshmen and sophomore runners took to the Showalter Field course battling the other competitors and the grueling chills from the wind. Both of the races would include fewer runners than a typical meet so entries were unlimited and only the top four from each school would score points for the team with the five, six, and seven runners taking points away from other teams.

Warrior of the Week: Arroyo, Grippo Todd Grasley Sep 27, 2011

Colonial junior Andres Arroyo continued his junior season with another impressive performance. For the second straight week Arroyo ran stride for stride with Belen Jesuit standout and Foot Locker finalist Elliot Clemente this time at the UF Mt. Dew Invitational finishing second in a season best 15:37.81. Gulf sophomore Kari Grippo proves she can hang with some of the best runners in the state by posting and 18:13.30 at the FSU Seminole Invitational finishing third behind Chiles senior Lily Williams and Holy Trinity freshman Julie Wollrath.

Grenadiers Fight For Schools First State Championship Todd Grasley Aug 15, 2011

When Colonial High School opened in 1958 President Eisenhower was in office, gas cost a quarter, and NASA was just being formed. Fast forward fifty-three years and history is once again at the forefront. The school is looking for their first state title in any sport and this year's cross country squad could be the one to do it. Coach Rene Plasencia, who is in his tenth season as head coach, says it's the team camaraderie that always makes the Grenadiers a force to be reckoned with.

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.