We were on site at "The Championship," a combined conference meet between the 5 Star conference and Seminole Athletic Conference.
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We use our virtual meet to see how both the girls and boys individual and team battles are predicted to play out.
Watch Lake Mary's Kennedie Reese sweep the hurdle events at the Royal Invitational plus EVERY SINGLE race video from the day's events.
Seminole County usually produces some of the top cross country athletes in Central Florida and in recent years, the state. That talent was on display at the SAC XC Championships with the likes of Bryce Bell leading the Lyman boys to victory and junior Daniela Urzua running 18:23.94 to overtake freshmen Elayna Bahr of Winter Springs and Ashley Klingenberg of Lake Brantley. Billy Simpson was on-site and captured all the race videos as well as an interview with boys champion Bryce Bell.
Tyler Copeland was on-site at the Seminole Athletic Conference XC Championship in Lake Mary to witness the areas top athletes go head to head and captured this photos of the start of the girl's varsity race as they headed from the start on the football field into the park for the majority of the race. This picture plus over 500 others in our SAC photopalooza.
The Mike Gibson Summertime Run has been a pre-season staple in Seminole County. Lyman junior Bryce Bell and Hagerty senior Nicolette Worrell came away with victories as the 2016 regular season is right around the corner.
Winter Park claimed the last two 4A crowns and lose only two of their seven athletes from that championship squad. Rafaella Gibbons, an NXN qualifier, and 2014 individual state champion, will lead the Wildcats that have a team average under 19 minutes and will benefit from Dr. Phillips' transfer Charis Ivey. Sarasota and Wharton who finished second and third last year will battle for that second podium spot. We look at the top ten teams in the state's largest classification.
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 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets reached into Florida for the second year in a row and signed a versatile distance standout of the Sunshine State. Last year, it was Chiles Avery Bartlett. This year, John Lyons of Lake Mary. Two athletes with a range from 800 meters to the 5k. Lyons says unlike most standout athletes that see the recruitment come to them, he had to initiate the initial conversations.
When things get serious, the serious get things done, and certainly that was the case with this race. With one eye on the competition, and the other on advancement, each athlete, and each team in turn, had a goal to extend their season at least one more week.
Lake Mary's Daniela Urzua and Lyman's Joshua Jacques were victorious at the 4A District 2 Championship while the Lyman boys and Lake Brantley girls captured team titles. Ralph Epifanio has the recap.
Check out our boys 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!
The Mike Gibson Summertime Run has been annual tradition at Lake Mary High School serving as a final tune up for teams around Central Florida. The meet, in its 35th year, named after the former Ram's coach, features eight area teams An open community race will start the morning at 7:30 a.m. followed by the girls (high school runners) and boys (high school runners) at 8:00 and 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Check out our virtual meet of all the action!
The 2014-2015 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.
Cross country in the Sunshine State is a lesson in survival. The heat and humidity of its first practices are mind-numbing in intensity, and as the weeks go slowly by, there seems to be no end to its suffocating, energy-draining effects. Far to the north, however, and almost exactly coinciding with that first team stretch, a few random, red-veined leaves begin to fall in New England. As the days shorten, autumn gradually gains momentum—first in the higher elevations and water-soaked lowlands—and as days turn into weeks, a fiery golden-orange glow spreads steadily southward over the landscape. It would seem that on November 8th, this aforementioned marathon-a-day march of the season had arrived with impeccable timing, and greeted the runners (and their entourage) with perfect running weather for Florida’s northernmost 4A Regional.
Lake Brantley junior Sinclaire Johnson blasted a new personal best time of 18:07.20 at the Seminole Athletic Conference Championships and in the process set a new school record, and sixth fastest time this year in Florida. Watch the race from start to finish!
Holy Trinity will play host to it's fall classic on campus this weekend and welcome over three dozen schools from around the state. After a strong showing at Pre-State, both of Coach Butler's squads look poised to bring home team titles in mid November, and should win very comfortably on Saturday. See how our virtual meet has this one playing out both on the individual and team front. Also, make sure to check out complete coverage from the meet including photos by Doug Carroll, results, and a complete recap of all the action!
Pine Crest ended the Estero dynasty in the girls ROC and were the best team of both days. Combining all the results the Panthers are still number one, but the battle for second between Lake Mary and Oak Hall might have ended differently. Belen Jesuit won the boys Race of Champions, but we wanted to see what the team race would be like if we combined all the races. Trinity Prep ran Friday due to the Jewish holiday and was third last year. If the Saints would have been able to compete Saturday they could have contended with Lyman for a runner-up finish. See the top twenty teams and complete list!
Lake Mary senior Ryan DeGale is ranked fourth in 4A and 11th in the state. After finishing 17th at last year's Cross Country Finals, DeGale is off to a hot start in 2014. The senior was second at the Mike Gibson Summertime Run, won the Spikes & Spurs Classic the following week, and recently was third at the Hagerty Invitational in his second sub sixteen minute performance of the season. We caught up with the Rams number one runner to talk about his start in the sport, the 2014 season, and much more.
At under five feet, Lake Mary's Fatema Jaffer might not be the tallest on the cross country course. However, the Rams standout, who was 24th at the 4A Cross Country Finals last year, can be seen at the front of most packs, or out front in the lead. After placing sixth in the 3,200m at state Jaffer has continued that success into the fall. She has finished second, second, and third in her first three meets of this her senior year; running under 19 minutes the last two meets. Her time of 18:36.83 from the Spikes and Spurs Classic was a 25 second personal best, and is the seventh fastest time statewide. Find out more about Jaffer in this XC Spotlight.
A slight breeze swept across the Flagler County Fairgrounds on a beautiful Saturday morning in September. The weather conditions of around 70 degrees and overcast set the perfect atmosphere for what turned out to be an extremely competitive race on a blazing course. Nearly 367 boys and 331 girls spread across 20 teams turned out for their first official meet of the season.
The Mike Gibson Summertime Run has been annual tradition at Lake Mary High School. The meet named after the former Ram's coach, features seventeen teams from in and around Central Florida. Races will be run in two divisions, girls (all runners) and boys (all runners) at 8:00 and 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Last year, the course was closer to three miles so Coach Corkins has made sure that it is an accurate 5k by adding a new part that leads to a back practice field near the school's portables and then lets out near the baseball backstop area at the middle school.Flrunners.com will be on-site with results, photos, race videos, interviews, and a recap of the day's events.
The Lake Mary boy's cross country team escaped the Region of Death in 2013, by clinching the fifth of six spots to advance to the Cross Country Finals. Picked as the ninth best team in their REGION, they finished ninth at the Cross Country Finals, the best finish in school history. This year the Rams return four of their top five from that team including a powerful 1-2 punch in seniors Ryan DeGale and Christian Amans who were 17th and 42nd at the state meet in 2013.
Erica Sergeant didn't need steep competition to push her to new heights in the pole vault. New heights meant breaking a state record that stood since 2001. Sergeant, a class of 2014 graduate from Lake Mary High School and Kennesaw State signee soared over 13 feet for the third time this season and on the third try went over the bar set at 13'2.25". The mark was the highest any Sunshine State vaulter has ever gone, a half an inch farther than Cardinal Mooney/FSU alumni and 2012 Olympian Lacy Jansen (13'1.75").
Lake Mary's Erica Sergeant, a three-time state champion, is shooting for all-time Florida record. (via Orlando Sentinel)
Lake Mary senior and Kennesaw State signee Erica Sergeant picked up her fourth straight regional championship with a 12"11 clearance in the girls pole vault. Sergeant is going for her third consecutive 4A state championship this weekend. Check out the winning vault which was one inch short of her personal best mark of 13"0.
Central Florida track & field got started big time today at Gateway High School for the return of the Panthers Classic on their brand new track the looks a lot like Georgia clay. Coach Cliff Branch (seen right with future football HOF'er Ray Lewis) has been anxiously awaiting the day to showcase the new facilities. Twenty nine teams descended upon Kissimmee to open up with the first big invitational. The weather was in a cooperating mood early, but some rain cells delayed things a bit. The competition was good all the way through to the bitter end.
Ten new athletes joined the indoor top 25 national rankings after solid performances at the Jimmy Carnes Indoor Meet. Teahna Daniels clocked a US#1 time of 6.94 in the 55 meter dash, to go with her US#7 in the 60m dash she set at the end of 2013, and her US#12 200 meter mark of 24.87 also run this past weekend. Rockledge senior and LSU commitment Danielle Phillips added her name to the list in both the 55m hurdles and long jump. Stacey Destin's mark of 5-7.75 in tthe high jump set at an age group meet in Alabama at the end of 2013, keeps her in the top ten, tied for seventh.
Lake Mary senior Erica Sergeant is looking for her third straight 4A state championship. She comes into the 2014 season as the top returner having gone 12'5 twice, 12'6, and a personal best 12'6.25 at AAU Club Nationals. On the boys side, only four have gone over 15'0. Evangelical Christian junior Drew McMichael went 15'6 at AAU Club Nationals and has the top returning outdoor time. However, watch out for Bolles senior Harry Glasser. He went 15'0 last year and recently cleared 16'0 at an indoor meet in North Carolina.
The Roman god Janus is a two-faced god; his gaze simultaneously fixed forward towards the future and back into the past (hence, his name being the root of our month of January). In Roman religion, it was this god that presided over beginnings and transitions, and was associated with motion, journeys, and passages. In Roman architecture, his presence is sometimes depicted as that of a door, either open or closed. If the door was open, it symbolized war; a closed door meant peace (hence a basis for the superstition that we should “close doors behind us,” and use of the term “close the door” on our competition).
The 5th Annual Jim Ryun Invitational had a different flare to it this year. After running last year, on the inaugural Holloway Park course, the meet once again returned, but instead of the standard varsity and junior varsity races, Meet Director Paul White decided on a wave format. Never been done in Florida for a high school race (we believe), each team had their number ones run against each other, two's, three's, all the way down to the number sevens. We have video coverage of every race, every winner, and over 1000 photos of all the action!
It was a hot and muggy Saturday morning at Seminole State College-Oviedo Campus home of the 2013 Hagerty Invitational. A flat and scenic course welcomed runners from across Central Florida in the third week of the season. Both Brandon Marquez of Timber Creek and Fatima Jaffer of Lake Mary picked up their second wins of the young season and leading their respective teams to victory.
Franco Martins of Windemere Prep and Fatema Jaffer of Lake Mary kicked off their seasons on the right note. Each won their respective races at the 33rd Mike Gibson Summertime Run at Lake Mary High School. Todd Grasley was on-site and has race video, interviews, photos, and more from the event.