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.
As the regular season starts to come to a close and the championship season is upon us, we take a look at our preseason scouting reports to see what teams and individuals have proved us wrong so far this season.
With her high school career now over and her collegiate career just beginning, here is Michael Gibbons Parent Survival Guide for parents of female high school distance runners.
With her high school career now over, it seems like a good time to try to offer an informal Parent Survival Guide for parents of female high school distance runners.
We look at the deepest distance squads in the 800, 1,600, and 3,200m.
We take a look at the top returning girls teams in 4A.
We caught up with Coach McWilliams to talk about her team's journey to the top of the podium.
We wanted to know which girls team you think performed the best this year.
We take a statistical look at the both the Florida individual and team qualifiers in the history of Nike Cross Nationals.
We spotlight the 2004 Winter Park boys who were the first team from Florida to make it to Nike Nationals.
Blaine Thomas recaps the 4A girls and boys races at the 2017 FHSAA Cross Country Finals.
Ricky Quintana previews all the individual and team match ups in class 4A.
We caught up with Gibbons to learn more about her college decision.
Winter Park's Rafaella Gibbons, the 2014 4A Cross Country Finals champion and 2x NXN qualifier, has committed to NC State.
Ana Wallace ran a blistering 17:26.50 to finish runner-up at Great American and pace the Timberwolves' girls to a second place team showing.
Watch Rafaella Gibbons win the 2014 FSU Invitational (Pre-State).
We take a look at the Florida athletes and teams competing this weekend at the Great American XC Festival in Cary, NC.
Check out some of the biggest meets hitting the cross country course this weekend.
We rank the best girls and boys teams in 4A.
We breakdown the top 25 girls teams in each classification as well as the 25 best overall regardless of class.
We score the 50 best girls teams after week one. See where your squad stacks up.
The Spikes & Spurs Classic might not have the quantity of other meets, but it sure has quality with state championship teams, and national caliber individuals.
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 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 25 4A girls teams headed into the 2017 season.
With track season ending we bridge the gap to the start of cross country by using our extensive stats database to take a look at the top 50 girls cross country teams based on 1,600m track times.
With track season ending we bridge the gap to the start of cross country by using our extensive stats database to take a look at the top 50 girls cross country teams based on 3,200m track times.
We take a look at the best girls 4x800m relay performances from the 2017 season.
A great Pic Collage from Atlanta Track Club's Wingfoot Mile by Daniel McCauley
Tyler Copeland was on-site at the 4A District 4 Championship at Showalter Field and captured over 750 photos of all the action.
Winter Park senior and Air Force signee Greg Skage has cemented himself in Florida pole vault history. The Air Force signee who cleared a FL#3 All-Time mark of 16'9 on Monday and barely missed attempts at 17'3 finally hit the mark at the Lake Brantley Invitational. Check out the best vault ever in Florida history.
There's something about pole vaulting on your home turf, familiarity with the runway and your surroundings. Just ask Winter Park senior and Air Force signee Gregory Skage. Last year, at the Bob Mosher Wildcat Open he opened up his season with a new personal best of 15'9. At the 2017 edition of the meet, Skage's second meet of the season, he upped his previous best by ONE FOOT, clearing 16'9.
If you want to be the best you have to beat the best. With that being said all roads run through Miami Northwestern. The Lady Bulls have won eight consecutive state championships and are an easy favorite to win number nine in May. We take a look at the top 25 teams regardless of class as we head into the 2017 season.
The Southridge girls finished just six points behind 4A state champions Lakewood Ranch in 2016. It's an impressive feat when you take into account they didn't come in first in any event. Of the point scorers on that squad, they return all but two members, including sprinters Symone Mason, Shaniya Williams, and Kayla Johnson, as well as jumper Courtney Gibson and are the favorites to bring home the title.
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.
We preview all the action in the girls race at the 2016 FACA Senior All-Star Meet.
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 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?
Bailey Hertenstein and Kayley Delay came into the 4A Cross Country Finals with the top two times regardless of class. In the end it was Hertenstein who came away with her second straight title. On the team front, Steinbrenner ended a two year run by Winter Park at the top of the podium. Matt Doyle of Winter Springs won his first state title to end his senior cross country season, while St. Thomas Aquinas took their third team trophy in four years. Andy Warrener recaps the class 4A meet.
In the state's largest classification 4A, three of the four state champion individuals and teams from 2015 have a good chance to repeat in 2016. The easiest perhaps is in the team races where the Winter Park girls are looking for their third straight while the St. Thomas Aquinas boys are favorites to go back to back with their core nucleus. Bailey "Hurricane" Hertenstein is the reigning girls champion, is ranked number one, and has lost one race in her whole career as a junior. On the boy's side the title is up for grabs with a group of runners all relatively close in time and skill. We take an in-depth look at the 4A meet.
The Region of Death certainly lived up to its billing Saturday morning at Sante Fe College in Gainesville, FL. There was both happiness and sadness, great performances and some shocking performances. Overall, it didn't play out as expected which left this author with mixed emotions on how cruel and exhilarating the entire qualifying process can be.
Kayley Delay of Fletcher and Winter Springs freshman Elayna Bahr posted the second and seventh fastest times of the 2016 cross country season while Timothy Doyle beat Bryce Bell of Lyman by five seconds to win his second race of he postseason at the 4A Region 1 Championship. Winter Park girls and Timber Creek boys brought home team trophies. Watch all the race videos and interviews!
It's regionals week! 4A, Florida's largest cross country classification, will kick off the road to state at the regional level as athletes head to South Florida on Thursday for 4A Region 4. We preview all four regionals in addition to seeing how our virtual meets see things playing out. It's going to be a crazy ride as the top individuals and teams hope to advance to Tallahassee for the Cross Country Finals on November 5th.
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.
Every week we have coverage teams across the state to get the best race videos, interviews, and photos from South Florida to the Panhandle and in between. For our district championships, we were on-site at 12 meets and uploaded over three dozen (44) videos. We narrowed it down to our ten must watch races,and linked to all the footage below. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!
In what seemed like a repeat of last week's Metro Conference Championship the Winter Park girls once again dominated while Freedom's Timothy Doyle was the boys winner at the 4A District 4 Championship at Seminole State College in Oviedo. Billy Simpson was on-site and captured all the race video as well as interviews.
Billy Simpson gives us an inside look at the Winter Park boys cross country team in this episode of workout Wednesday. Coach Anguish and the Wildcats did 16x400 at a nearby park. The squad looks to qualify for regionals this week as the road to state gets under way.
Every week we have coverage teams across the state to get the best race videos, interviews, and photos from South Florida to the Panhandle and in between. For our county and conference championships, we were on-site at 11 meets and uploaded over four dozen (53) videos. We narrowed it down to our ten must watch races, but and linked to all the footage below. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!
Tyler Copeland was on-site at the Metro Conference Championships and captured over 800 photos of all the action including this one of the West Orange girls who defended their home turf winning the west division with 45 points over Olympia (55) and Dr. Phillips (55).
Timothy "Flash" Doyle of Freedom ran away with the boys race at the Metro Conference east championship while the Winter Park girls and Rafaella Gibbons went 1-11 and 14th. WOW. On the west end, Cole Pruim of Ocoee and the Olympia boys were victorious while Isabella Bartczak of Dr. Phillips and the West Orange girls took home hardware as well. Watch all the race videos and interviews to see who the best in Central Florida is.
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.
Riverview junior Bailey "Hurricane" Hertenstein defends her flrunners.com Invitational Race of Champions title with a a time of 17:32.14 while leading four other girls to times at 18:00 or lower.
If there is one particular race I am looking forward to the most at this year's flrunners.com Invitational 17 it's the girls Race of Champions. The field includes ten of the top fifteen girls in the state, plus two of the top teams in 2014 and 2015 4A state champions Winter Park, and Pine Crest the 2A runner-up the past four years. We take a look at both the individual and team battles.
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!
Trinity Prep senior Trent Mandato guided the Saints to a 21 point team win and a 37 second 1-5 split at the Hagerty Invitational. Mandato edged out Winter Spring's Matt Doyle for the individual victory in 16:25.30. On the girl's side Samantha Folio of Holy Trinity picked up her third win of the season while the Winter Park girls won the meet with 65 points, an incredible feat seeing as their #1-4 runners did not compete. See how all the races went down.
The 2016 Hagerty Invitational returns to Seminole State College in Oviedo after UCF hosted the event in 2015. Over two dozen area teams including 2A powerhouse Trinity Prep who will run their complete varsity team, as well as 4A girls champion Winter Park who will showcase their depth with their #5 -60 runners in action. Our team of Billy Simpson and Jason Beede will be on-site providing race videos, interviews, photos, and a complete recap.
Another great meet from Marist, as the Coach Benson Double Dip meet had some very intense races for Individual and team titles.
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 Winter Park girls have finished on the podium the past three seasons including 4A state championships in 2014 and 2015. Coach Kristin McWilliams squad is once again LOADED with talent including NXN finalist and 2014 state champion, junior Rafaella Gibbons. McWilliams gives us a scouting report on this year's Wildcats.
The Winter Park boys had their season end earlier than expected last year by barely missing out on the state meet with a 7th place finish in 4A Region 1, AKA the Region Of Death. They are poised to make it back to the state meet and make some noise with the return of a healthy Alex Boucher. Coach Will Anguish gives us a scouting report on this year's team.
The two-time Cross Country Finals champion Winter Park girls and the Winter Park boys team headed out to Clermont for their weekly long run at the clay roads. Coach Will Anguish sent us these photos from the group's ten miler on Saturday.
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.
Of all the classifications nobody is favored to win more than the boys of St. Thomas Aquinas. The 2015 4A state champions return five of their top seven and have an incredible 1-5 split of 21.89s! The real battle will be for second place where Lakewood Ranch, North Port, Sarasota, and Newsome all have a shot to make the podium and will rely on the back end of their line up to get there. We take a look at the top ten boys teams in 4A.
With track season ending we bridge the gap to the start of cross country by using our extensive stats database. to take a look at the top 50 girls cross country teams based on 3,200m track times. The Chiles girls hope their success on the track parlays into more state titles for the Timberwolves cross country program. Ana Wallace's 11:05.19 is the top returning time in the state for 3,200m and gives the team three girls under 11:25.
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.
Nicole Breske won the 4A pole vault state championship with a personal best of 12'6. Prior to the meet she had cleared 12'0 six times this season. You'd think college coaches would be clamoring for Florida's best vaulter right? The Winter Park senior says the recruiting process wasn't exactly what she thought it would be.
The Winter Park girls not only clocked the fastest 4x800m relay time of the weekend, but set a new school record and state leading mark of 9:13.69. We combined the results from all four classifications to see who had the top 50 performances in EVERY event!
Miami Northwestern is looking for it's 8th straight girls state title. They are not just the top team in Florida, but one of the best in the entire country. The next three teams also hail from South Florida in Miami Southridge, Northeast (Oakland Park), and St. Thomas Aquinas. Winter Park who is in 4A with the latter three teams comes in at number five in our Super 25 girls team rankings. Where does your team stack up against the best in the state?
Winter Park High School sent five of their athletes to the prestigious Texas Relays at the University of Texas in Austin. The trip marked the first time the Wildcats have attended the meet. See how the 4x8 quartet, pole vaulter Gregory Skage, and newly turned pro Khalifa St. Fort of South Florida fared in the Lonestar State.
Winter Park senior Nicole Breske was third at the 4A state meet in 2015 and came away on a mission to finish with a gold in 2016. Breske having a PR of 11'7.75" in hand, quickly shot out of the gate with jumps of 12'1, and 12'2 in separate meets, before hitting 12'4" at the Brian Jaeger Elite Classic to cement herself at the top of the state rankings. We caught up with her to talk about how she got started in the sport, the 2016 season, and much more!
For the second time in three days, Winter Park pole vaulters Nicole Breske and Greg Skage posted new personal best and state leading vaults at the Bob Mosher Wildcat Open.
The Miami Northwestern girls are looking for their EIGHTH STRAIGHT state title and headline the Super 25 girls team scores which has four South Florida teams in the top four spots. Where does your squad rank?
St. Thomas Aquinas has a string of three straight state championships in 4A dating back to 2013. In 2012, the Raiders' girls were runner-up. According to our team scores, they are the favorites again to win it all, but not so fast. If you take out the 38 points slated for senior Khalifa St. Fort who is competing unattached this season and training under Olympian Ato Boldon, fellow South Florida teammate and 2015 runner-up Southridge is sitting in prime position to end the Raiders reign at the top.
The Winter Park Wildcats girls cross country team repeated as 4A team champions in 2015. Head coach Kristin McWilliams also received recognition as she was named the 2015 National Federation of State High School Association (NFHS) "National Coach of the Year in the sport of Girls Cross Country." Last year, McWilliams was recognized by the NFHS as the 2014 Florida State Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year. We caught up with her to talk about the award and what it means to her and the Winter Park program.
Who do you think peaked their team the best? Vote below among all of the championship winning coaches of this past season for Flrunners Girls XC Coach of the Year Award! Voting will close on Sunday, December 13th at 11:59 PM.
Two-time NXN qualifier Rafaella Gibbons of Park XC Club (Winter Park) gives us an inside look at her trip to Portland for the 2015 Nike Cross Nationals.
Coach Roy Harrison's Plant Panthers finished 6th at the 4A Cross Country Finals guided by six out of seven junior class runners. The squad was our top team from the class of 2019, followed right behind by Sarasota and Fort Myers by only ten points! Plant, Sarasota, Winter Park, and North Port all members of 4A are four of the top five teams. That experience should make for one fun state meet next November!
We preview all the action of Nike Cross Nationals from a Florida perspective. Can Park XC (Winter Park) sophomore improve on her 27th place showing from last year and earn All-American honors? Will Avery Park Running Club (Trinity Prep) have the best finish of any Florida team in meet history? Those questions and more answered!
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.
The Avery Creek Running Club (Trinity Prep) became the fourth boys team to ever qualify for NXN while Park XC Club (Winter Park) sophomore Rafaella Gibbons finished third to make a return trip to Portland. We have a complete recap of all the Florida action from NXNSE.
Watch as Park XC Club (Winter Park) sophomore Rafaella Gibbons fights her way to a third place finish at NXNSE and her second trip to NXN in Portland, Oregon.
Your one stop shop for all Florida coverage from the Nike Cross Nationals Southeast Regional.
Several of the top individuals and teams from the state of Florida will head to Cary, North Carolina for the NXN Southeast Regional. The top two teams will receive an automatic bid to NXN in Portland, Oregon while the other teams will be in the running for an at-large bid. On the individual side, the top five not on a qualifying team punch their ticket to Portland. Check out which of our Sunshine State standouts have the best chance at making it. Also, be sure to tune in all weekend for live updates from our MileSplit on-site coverage team as well as videos, interviews, photos, and a recap of all the action.
The Foot Locker South Regional and NXN Southeast Regional are just days away! Florida has sent both individuals and teams to the finals of both events in the past decade, but who will punch their tickets on Saturday? We want to know what you think. Vote for the number of individuals you think will advance from Charlotte and head to San Diego for Foot Locker Nationals and the amount of individuals/teams you think will leave Cary, North Carolina en route to Portland, Oregon for NXN.
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 Bolles girls won their fourth consecutive 2A state championship three weeks ago. Can the Bulldogs be the first Florida team to punch their ticket to Nike Nationals? They are one of three area teams inside the top 20 joining 4A defending champions Winter Park (16th) and 2A runner-up Pine Crest (18th). Bolls was 7th at NXNSE in 2014. Check out the top rankings here!
The 2015 Cross Country Finals was one of the best ever at the ARP. On the individual side we saw eight runners who won their first ever state titles in the sport while three teams repeated as champions.Which performances were most impressive? Vote in our individual and team polls below and let us know what you decide!
The Winter Park girls and Trinity Prep boys, two of the top distance programs in the state of Florida came together Friday night for a two-mile track workout as they prepare for the upcoming Nike Southeast Regional. Winter Park ran under the club name "Park XC Club" while Trinity Prep used "Avery Creek Running". Wildcat sophomore Rafaella Gibbons clocked a blazing fast PR of 10:27.00 to headline the field.
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!
Go along for the ride literally and figuratively as Winter Park junior Elizabeth Jenkins takes with the Wildcats as they ride from Central Florida to Florida's capital for the 2015 Cross Country Finals where they defended their 4A team title.
Riverview sophomore Bailey Hertenstein sets a new course record while Sarasota's Adam Bradtmueller wins his first state title as a senior. Winter Park girls repeat as 4A champs while STA boys adds another trophy!
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 4A classification who will compete in the second (7:55 a.m.) and fourth (8:45 a.m.) races of the morning with the girls and boys respectively.
Both the Mandarin boys and Winter Park girls escaped the region of death (4A Region 1). The Mustangs accomplished the feat with a team average of 16:41.69 while the defending state champion Wildcats were guided with individual champion Rafaella Gibbons who set a new state leading time of 17:27.15 giving the team an average of 18:51.44. They top our list of teams at the 4A Regionals. See where your squad ranks!
In the grand scheme of things, Cross country is a sport that is all about timing. From that first step in August, to the last in October--if one is so blessed--it should last 12 weeks, give or take a few days. It is those few days that a potentially successful season could be circumscribed.
Ralph Epifanio was on-site at the 4A Region 1 Championship AKA the Region Of Death and gives us a quick recap before his in-depth story hits the site tomorrow!
We merged the results for the individuals and now it's time to see which teams fared the best during district week! Check out the complete list of 4A girls and boys teams. Where does your squad rank?
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?
The Metro Conference Championship divided the east and the west part of the county. We wanted to know how the meet would play out if we combined the results. Check out the girls and boys team scores and see where your squad stacks up.
Ralph Epifanio gives us an inside look at all the action from the 2015 Metro Conference XC Championships.
Staged at the Westfield Country Club in Bithlo, 17 schools (in all or in part) divided up into an East-West competition that was a warm-up of the State Championship series. Ralph Epifanio recaps the action!
The 2015 Metro Conference Championship will feature the best of the best from Orange County split up into the east and west divisions battling it out at Wedgefield Golf Course. Take a look at the top 25 individuals and top five teams as well as a link to the complete virtual meet of all the action! Ralph Epifanio will be on-site capturing photos and a recap/feature from the day's events. So stay tuned for all the results and coverage!
For this episode of Workout Wednesday we head to Maitland Community Park and check in with the 4A defending state champion and one of the top teams in the country, Winter Park Wildcats. The girls are doing 3x1 miles along with bridge repeats to prepare them for the state series and postseason meets like Nike Southeast in Cary, North Carolina.
Watch as Winter Park super sophomore Rafaella Gibbons sets a new course record and state leading time of 17:44.60 in the girls elite race at the FSU Invitational/Pre-State.
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!
Marist Boys and Winter Park Girls Dominate at Coach Benson Double Dip..Pittman & Billings Untouchable..
The Pine Crest girls XC team debuted at the Martin County Under the Lights Invitational. The Panthers scored 23 points to win the 1A/2A race. They sit at number two on our list of top teams behind Winter Park who ran their JV squad at the Astronaut Invitational. Check out the top teams after week two!
Chain of Lakes Park, the site of the 2015 flrunners.com Invitational in three weeks, will host it's first major invitational of the season this weekend. We will be on-site with photos, race videos, interviews, results, and a complete recap of all the action!
The Winter Park girls dropped a near perfect score of 18 points in their season opener placing their top five in the top seven spots.. Wildcat sophomore Rafaella picked up where she left off in 2014. The reigning 4A state champion finished first in a state leading time of 18:13.00. Check out the top fifty teams in the state after week one!
Tyler Copeland was on-site at the DeLand Invitational and took just shy of 1,000 photos! Catch all the action plus interviews with girls champion Rafaella Gibbons, Winter Park girls coach Kristin McWilliams, and boys runner-up Andrew Stiver.
The 2015 Deland Invitational promises to be one of the best in the meet's history with over 20 teams including the Winter Park girls. We will have on-site coverage including photos, results, and a recap of all the action!
Bolles is the best of our girls teams according to our composite rankings which takes into numerous criteria. If you pull up the XC Team Scores page, you'll see a new 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 Bolles girls list our list of top JV squads with a team average of 21:07.97. Check out the top girls JV squads in the state!
Rafaella Gibbons, the All-American from Florida, blogs about her last week of training including a spike in mileage, a tempo run, ladder workout, slurpees, and some water slide fun
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!
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 boys XC teams!
Winter Park and St. Thomas Aquinas duked it out in 4A last year with the Wildcats coming out on top. This year's squad is another year experienced and the most dominant team from top to bottom regardless of class.
St. Thomas Aquinas look to add another 4A cross country title to go with their 2013 trophy. Check out the top 4A boys cross country teams!
The 2014 Florida State champion (XC) placed 6th in the two mile at NBNO this past spring. The NXN qualifer last fall blogs about her summer training as she looks to defend her state title and improve on her NXN finining
Take a look at the top 100 fastest returning girls cross country runners for the 4A classification in the state of Florida.
With track season ending we bridge the gap to the start of cross country by using our extensive stats database. Take a look at the top girls cross country teams based on 3,200m track times.
With track season ending we bridge the gap to the start of cross country by using our extensive stats database. Take a look at the top girls cross country teams based on 1,600m track times.
With track season ending we bridge the gap to the start of cross country by using our extensive stats database. Take a look at the top boys cross country teams based on 1,600m track times.
2014 4A state champions Winter Park were 9th at last year's NXN SE as a team and advanced then freshman Rafaella Gibbons. Will Gibbons and her teammates make the trip to Portland in 2015?
Who ended the year in the top spot? Find out in our top 25 final rankings for girls relay events.
Saturday left no doubt statewide that 4A is one of the toughest classifications in the entire state. Andy Warrener has a complete recap of all the action!
They don't call 4A 1 the Region of Death for nothing. Ralph Epifanio gives us an inside look at all the action from one of the state's toughest meets!
Ralph Epifanio gives us in-depth detail into all the action from the 4A District 4 Championship.
Ralph Epifanio was on-site at a wet 4A District 4 Championship in Winter Park. Check out over 900 photos of all the action and soggy faces!
Watch Miami Northwestern, Winter Park, and Estero post the top three times in the country in the girls' 4x800m relay to kick off day three of the Florida Relays.
Watch our kick of the week compliments of freshman Rafaella Gibbons who makes a move with 200 meters to go to zoom to the front and pass Gabrielle Jennings of Louisiana and win the 3,200m invitational race at the FSU Relays.
The top runners in the state of Florida will be in Tallahassee this weekend for the 2015 FSU Relays. The two-day event will feature both high school and college competition.
The Brian Jaeger Elite Classic at Winter Park lives up to its name year in and year out providing national elite performances just like Brian Jaeger did as one of the state's best ever distance runners. Last year, Kaylin Whitney ran 23.73 on the Showalter Field track while Apopka's Jamal Whittaker hurled the discus 181'7". What teams and athletes will step up this year? Check out our virtual meet!
The performances were sizzling at the Winter Park Wildcat Open this weekend. Tom Connor was in beast mode as well using two cameras to provide the best photos possible, nearly 2,200 total. In between events he helped coordinate with the starter. Talk about multi-tasking!
The Bob Mosher Wildcat Open signifies the start of the 2015 track and field season in Central Florida. Twenty-five teams will head to Showalter Field in Winter Park to showcase their skills and start the year off on a high note including, Evans, Oak Ridge, Dr. Phillips, and the host Wildcats. Check out our virtual meet and stay tuned to flrunners.com for complete coverage including race videos/interviews, photo, results, and a recap of all the action!
Showalter Field in Winter Park is one of the most historic tracks in the state of Florida having hosted numerous Winter Park home meets and postseason races such as district championships, regional championships, state championships, and the Golden South Classic. Take a look at the all-time lists for this remarkable venue.
The St. Thomas Aquinas girls picked up their second consecutive 4A title in 2014. The ladies lose quarter-miler Kendall Ellis who is now at USC, but return an uber talented lineup headlined by two of the top sprinters in the nation in Texas A&M signees Diamond Spaulding and Krystal Sparling as well as distance standout Alexa Cruz just to name a few. Check out the top team in 4A!
When picking the top two cross country runners in the state it's hard to look much further than Winter Park freshman Rafaella Gibbons and Leon senior Sukhi Khosla. Both competed undefeated seasons in the state of Florida culminating in the 4A and 3A Cross Country Finals championships respectively. The two went onto represent the Sunshine State at the national level. In addition to being named our All Flrunners.com Cross Country Runners of the Year, they have been recently named the Gatorade Florida XC Runners of the Year adding to their impressive accolades from the 2014 season.
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Thursday the state-by-state winners of its inaugural High School Cross Country Coach of the Year.(via USTFCCCA)
Both Winter Park and Lyman escaped the 4A-1 Region of Death and went onto win the 4A Cross Country Finals. Winter Park is loaded and could inherent some more young talent from it's middle school feeder programs. Lyman also returns a corp from their state title team including individual champion Joshua Jacques, top ten finisher Jordan Armstrong, and incoming sophomore Bryce Bell. Check out our top teams for the 2015 XC season.
After a runner-up finish in 2013, Coach Kristin McWilliams guided the Winter Park girls to the 4A Cross Country Finals championship in 2014. In her fourteen years coaching, McWilliams has been a part of several podium teams including the Berkeley Prep boys 1A runner-up finish in 2005, as well as several top five teams at Berkeley Prep and Bishop Kenny. We caught up with her to talk about this year's Lady Wildcats and adding another trophy to the Winter Park trophy case.
MileSplit's Brandon Miles catches up with Florida's three NXN finalists Rafaella Gibbons, Franco Martins, and Sukhi Khosla as they prepare for the most competitive race of their cross country careers.
Only two meets and five Florida athletes stand in the way of the end of the 2014 cross country season. Rafaella Gibbons is the lone girl competing yet. The Winter Park freshman and 4A Cross Country Finals champion is set to toe the line at the weekend's Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Oregon. Gibbons has three sub 18 minute performances to her name this season including at Great American, Pre-State, and most recently where she ran the fastest time all season at NXN SE, 17:39.40. See the 100 fastest girls times this season!
4A Cross Country Finals champion Rafaella Gibbons extended her postseason with a sixth place finish at NXN Southeast and a trip to Nike Nationals this weekend in Portland. Gibbons, a freshman at Winter Park finished the WakeMed Sports Complex in a new personal best time of 17:39.40. We caught up with Raffy at her intense workout on Monday. If her performance then was any indication of how she will perform at NXN she is definitely ready. Check out the workout, the impressive times she hit, as well as interviews with her and coach Kristin McWilliams.
Never before had two Florida boys or a Florida girl qualified for NXN in Portland, Oregon. The 2014 Nike Southeast Regional changed that as Sukhi Khosla (2nd), Franco Martins (4th), and Rafaella Gibbons (6th) will all advance after some of the best cross country performances in their high school careers.
The top two teams at NXN Southeast this weekend in Cary, North Carolina will receive an automatic bid into the NXN Nationals in Portland, Oregon in mid December. Florida has six teams in the top thirty, but only three of those, Winter Park, Bolles, and Pine Crest will be in attendance. The Wildcats are coming off of a 4A Cross Country Finals championship and have one of the top individual runners in freshman Rafaella Gibbons. Coach McWilliams team ran at Great American earlier in the year to prepare themselves for this course. A strong showing from their number five Emily Nix and the rest of the girls could propel them to a podium spot and trip to the big dance!
Winter Park freshman and 4A state champion Rafaella Gibbons will head to Cary, North Carolina with her teammate for the NXN Southeast Regional. Gibbons ran a season best 17:49.14 on the very same course during the Great American XC Festival and has the fastest time of any Floridian coming into the race, and the 22nd fastest in the field. Take a look at the top 100 girls from the south east regional based on season bests! Note: This is not a list of who is officially entered for the meet, but rather a taste of the top talent in the region.
Sukhi Khosla repeats in 15:01. 9th grader Gibbons & 7th grader Yared star for the girls at Florida XC State Meet
4A powerhouses Winter Park and St. Thomas Aquinas are the top two girls teams when you put all classifications together. See where the rest stack up.
It's no surprise they call 4A-1 the Region of Death. The Winter Park girls and the Lyman boys had the top team score of all of 4A. Check out the combined results from each region to see who the best of the best from regionals was on both the individual and team front. The top ten are listed below with a link to the complete list.
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.
Longtime flrunners.com correspondent Ralph Epifanio came out of retirement to attend the 4A Region 1 Championships at the Flagler County Fairgrounds. Check out over 400 photos including this one of girls champion Rafaella Gibbons of Winter Park. Gibbons edged out Sinclaire Johnson of Lake Brantley for the championship. Besides this photo, Ralph also took pictures of the girls race, boys race, and some of his famous candids!
4A Region 1 is considered the region of death. The Lyman boys and Winter Park girls look to be the the top teams, but the question is who are the next five teams to advance to the Cross Country Finals? Will the eventual state champions come out of 4A-1 or will they be from 4A-4 who raced earlier this week? The St. Thomas Aquinas girls are peaking at the right time and Columbus, Coral Reef, and STA are all running well. On the individual side, Jack Guyton and James Zentmeyer have a rivalry going on and are back at it again in 4A Region 2. Check out our region by region virtual meets!
Winter Park freshman Rafaella Gibbons not only owns the fastest time in the state, but the top two if you want to be technical. Gibbons ran 17:49.14 at Great American and followed that up with a 17:52.12 to win the FSU Invitational/Pre-State. Check out the top fifty fastest girls times of 2014 regardless of class and click the link below to see a complete of performances from this season and where they rank!
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!
As a MileSplit Insider you have the capability to run a virtual meet/scenario of every meet. With conference and county championships across the state this week we wanted to utilize this feature to give you insight on how we think each event will play out. Combine that with our meet preview and you're ready to go! Let's take a look at the Wednesday meets which include the Collier County Athletic Conference Championships, Metro East Cross Country Championships, and St. Lucie County Championships.
The Winter Park girls were 4A runner-up in 2013 behind St. Thomas Aquinas. Both teams look different in 2014 with the Raiders losing several seniors in their top five. The Wildcats on the other hand inherited some key transfers along with incoming freshman Rafaella Gibbons, who holds the states fastest time this season. Both teams will give it their all, but Winter Park's deeper roster should propel them to a state title. On the boy's side St. Thomas Aquinas is the defending champion, but watch out for Lyman as well as Coral Reef who was without Kurt Convey at Pre-State. Check out the top teams in 4A as well as a complete list of all teams!
You want a highlight video we have you covered. David Armstrong took it to the next level bringing in ten cameras, Go Pros, and more. Watch Winter Park freshman phenom Rafaella Gibbons pick up the pace in the final meters win the Girls Elite Race at Pre-State, in 17:52.12, her second sub 18 minute performance on the year. If you love what you see and even want your own custom highlight video check out David's RunFlix page for the meet!
Leon senior Sukhi Khosla (US #20) and Winter Park freshmen Rafaella Gibbons asserted themselves as the top cross country runners in the state of Florida with their wins at the FSU Pre-State Invitational on Saturday in Tallahassee.
While Leon High senior Sukhi Khosla may have felt disappointed with the lack of competition from his individual race, the same can't be said towards the team battle brewing in Class 3A.
The college athletes will kick off the 2014 FSU Invitational/Pre-State on Friday with the top high schoolers in the state and several from Georgia and Alabama coming to run the Florida state meet course at Apalachee regional park. The boys Elite Race will start promptly at 7:40 with the girls to follow right after. Flrunners.com will be on-site with EXTENSIVE video coverage consisting of ten fixed cameras, two Go Pro's and more. Athletes can view the race videos and if interested purchase a full length custom video from our friends at RunFlix. In addition to videos, we will have dozens of interviews, thousands of photos, results, and a complete recap of all the action. Take a look at how the computers think each of the elite races will play out in our virtual meet.
We continue our Hoka One One Future Spotlight series with our mid-season teams. The list contains the top ten girls underclassmen at this point in the season. It was a hard choice and several athletes were on the cusp of making it in. If you don't see your name don't worry though, because we will feature out final Hoka One One Future Stars teams at the end of the year!
Winter Park traveled north to North Carolina this weekend for the Great American XC Festival and finished 9th due to a state leading time of 17:49.14 by Rafaella Gibbons. They top our Elite 10 this week. See who falls behind the Wildcats and a complete list of all the teams.
Rafaella Gibbons came into Winter Park High School as one of the most highly touted incoming freshman in the state as well as the country. In her first meet in the orange, black, and white Gibbons posted a very impressive time of 18:27.70 to win the Astronaut Invitational. She was second two weeks ago on a challenging Georgia state meet course at the Carrolton Orthapedic Invitational, clocking another sub 19 minute performance of 18:58.23. Already one of the top runners on the 2013 4A runner-up Wildcats, Gibbons is the true definition of a Hoka One One Future Star.
We wanted to see who the top teams were regardless of class and score it as a meet. The Holy Trinity girls were second at the Astronaut Invitational and behind Winter Park in the standings at Carrollton, but based on season bests the Tigers have an average time of 19:24.44 compared to Winter Park's 19:36.64. Pine Crest who is up for MileSplit's Girls National Team of the Week after their strong showing at the UF Mt. Dew Invitational comes in at number two.
69 schools competed at the rejuvenated Carrollton Orthopedic Invitaional from as far south (or more) as Melbourne Florida. Some incredible racing occured, but Ga.MileSplit was unable to be onsite for this event and reports as to what transpired have been non-existent on the Discussion Board. A few things are certain, Lindsay Billings ran great winning the Championship Girls Overall title and Leon County (FL) Sukhi Khosla was untouchable as he dominated with a season best time of 15:53.
After maybe having a few less teams attend than in the past, the Carrollton Orthopedic Invitational is 67 HS teams strong again and should have over 2000 runners registered for action Saturday. Many of the top programs in Georgia will run their entire squads and a few will hold out their top runners for another day... The Sunshine State has arguably three of the best boys teams in the state, two of the best girls teams in the state , the top freshman in the state on the girls side, and a potential foot locker finalist in Sukhi Khosla on the boys side lacing it up with our state's student-athletes. Its a star studded event that could turn into a barnburner depending on what teams from Ga choose to run in the Championship race....
Our national site recently released a list of the top 50 fastest girls cross country teams in the country based on the average season best times of the team's top 5 runners. Three Florida teams made the list lead by 2A power Pien Crest at 20th. The Panthers won the Martin County Under The Lights Invitational with a near perfect 20 points. 7th grader Tsio Yared and junior Julia Montomery finished first and second in 18:18.40 and 18:27.30 respectively.
Mud puddles, humidity, no problem. Just a typical Saturday morning in the Sunshine State. The conditions weren't ideal at the Astronaut Invitational, but that didn't stop the over three dozen team from kicking off the 2014 cross country season with a bang. Freshman Rafaella Gibbons led 4A favorite Winter Park to the team title after winning the first race of her high school career. On the boy's side Merritt Island's Steven Cross stayed closer to home this weekend and picked up his second win of the year. Lyman's trio of Jordan Armstrong, Joshua Jacques, and freshman Bryce Bell guided the Greyhounds to a team title that may have surprised some people, upending 1A favorites Holy Trinity by four points, and 4A contender Winter Park.
The Astronaut Invitational has been a staple on the Space Coast for years. Last year's edition was rainy, misty, and didn't make for the best running conditions. Forty-three teams from around Central Florida and the coast will make the trek to Titusville and Chain Of Lakes Park (also the site of flrunners.com Invitational 15). The girl's race will feature two of the top teams in the state in 1A favorite Holy Trinity and 4A favorite Winter Park. In 2013, the Wildcats had five in the top eight to win with 25 points. Those same two boys' teams, also state title contenders in their respective classes, will battle it out as well. Olympia which has a well-rounded program too should finish in the top five in both races.
Emily Nix was an integral force in Winter Park's 4A runner-up finish in 2013 as a sophomore. Nix was 10th individually and looks to improve on that finish in 2014. She recalls her earliest memories of the sport, talks summer training and favorite workouts, plus more in this XC Spotlight.
The 2014 Cross Country Finals are 81 days away! Though that may seem like a long time to some, the meet will be here before we know it. Teams spent the summer logging quality miles and attending running camp. This week marks the official start of team practices for many with pre-season meets taking place this weekend and the main events the first week in September. As we continue our rankings, we count down the top ten girls teams regardless of class. Did your team make the list? Find out!
The 2014 Cross Country Finals are 82 days away! Though that may seem like a long time to some, the meet will be here before we know it. Teams spent the summer logging quality miles and attending running camp. This week marks the official start of team practices for many with pre-season meets taking place this weekend and the main events the first week in September. As we continue our rankings, we count down the top ten boys teams regardless of class. Did your team make the list? Find out!
Junior Katie Kuhn is one of the leaders of a loaded Winter Park squad. Kuhn, was 40th at the 4A Cross Country Finals, but was 14th at the FSU Invitational/Pre-State where she posted a very impressive 18:32.67. If the Wildcats are to win the team title, she will definitely play a large role. See what her training has been like, why she loves this sport, and more in our XC Spotlight.
The ladies of St. Thomas Aquinas have won the last two 4A Cross Country Finals. The Raiders boast defending champion Alexa Cruz and two other top five returners in Margaret Schloss and Brianna Rischar. Although, they sit at number one on our list, I am going to pull a not so fast! Winter Park is seeded eighth, but the Wildcats have Michigan transfer Elizabeth Jenkins who had a great track season, as well as the state's top incoming freshman in Rafaella Gibbons. The Wildcats won the championship in 2009 and were runner-up last year. A podium finish is a definite, but Coach Kristin McWilliams knows this group is special and second place won't cut it. On the boy's side, they have the same mentality of winning it all. It's a very deep group, much like the girls, that in addition to a great distance base, have great track speed as well.
When you look at the 4A rankings, Winter Park girl's cross country team comes in at number eight. However, the list doesn't take into account transfers and incoming freshman so you can throw those numbers out the window, as the Wildcats last year's 4A Cross Country Finals runner-up will be a definite title contender in 2014 along with South Florida power St. Thomas Aquinas. Juniors Katherine Kuhn and Emily Nix will be joined by sophomore Hana Herndon, Michigan transfer Elizabeth Jenkins and Lake Highland Prep transfer Maddison Larabee, as well as perhaps the top incoming freshman in the state Rafaella Gibbons to form one of the deepest teams in the state. We caught up with Coach McWilliams to get the scouting report on the 2014 Winter Park Wildcats.
Alexa Cruz looked like she had turned on the "Cruz control" at the 2013 Cross Country Finals. The St. Thomas Aquinas standout and runner-up the previous fall, ran away from the field to win the championship in 18:02.26, the fastest time of any returner. Cruz had a very successful outdoor track and field season winning the 3200m state championship and posting season bests of 5:07.03 (1600m) and 10:43.79 (3200m at Texas Relays). She headlines the 4A leaderboard. Standing in her way will be Emily Headley. The Olympia senior was second as a freshman, fourth as a sophomore, and third as a junior. The only place she hasn't finished is first. Is this her year?
Lucky number seven. The Winter Park boys' cross country program has won six state championships including a run of five in six years (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2006). After an eight year drought atop the podium, Coach Will Anguish feels confident about this year's team and their chances. The Wildcats looked in control for the first 500 meters last year, but unfortunately it's 5,000 meters and not 500 as they finished in 11th. They will return their top fifteen runners from last season. Talk about depth of a team.
As we transition into the 2014-15 school year and shift from track & field back to cross country, it's fun to utilize the flrunners database to see just what teams dominated distance races on the track and what happens if you scored those events as a cross country meet. This is by far one of my favorite features. Here's what the database tells us...
As we transition into the 2014-15 school year and shift from track & field back to cross country, it's fun to utilize the flrunners database to see just what teams dominated distance races on the track and what happens if you scored those events as a cross country meet. This is by far one of my favorite features. Here's what the database tells us...
Rafaella Gibbons isn't afraid of competition. She won the middle school state championships in cross country two years and picked up an outdoor middle school state title on the track running a record time of 10:10.50. Other than the state meet, the incoming Winter Park freshman had to compete unattached against older runners, high school age, and even some collegiates. This past weekend, she headed out west to Humble, Texas the site of the USATF National JO Track & Field Championships where she finished runner-up in the 3000m for the 13-14 year old age group. Winter Park coach Kristin McWilliams, says with little preparation, Gibbon's performance was impressive.
Over two dozen teams headed to Showalter field in Winter Park for the 2014 Brian Jaeger Elite Classic. For the teams in attendance, the meet served as one last tune up before the 3A/4A postseason gets underway this week and the road to state begins.
Lightning delayed part of the Lake Brantley Open, but when the storms cleared runners took to the track with some early season highlights. The Winter Park girls made it two team championships in one week, while host Lake Brantly took home the trophy on the boys' side. Check out a handful of photos and videos along with complete results, and elite performances!
Winter Park senior Morgan Morris has done her fair share of traveling. Morris was born in Winter Park but has lived in Bahrain, Okinawa, Japan, and California due to her dad's job with the military. When it was time to search for colleges she initially looked on the southern coast because of her passion for surfing and love of the beach. She realized college was much more important than location and expanded her search. The ultimate decision? The Coast Guard Academy.
At the beginning of the month we took a look ahead at the top individuals returning for the 2014 cross country season. Now we take a look at the top teams. With the year coming to an end and another successful cross country season in the books it is never too early to take a look at the competition for next year. St. Thomas Aquinas looks for back to back titles on the girls side, but this list doesn't take into account one of the top freshman in the state possibly heading to Winter Park. Speaking of Winter Park, can the boys duplicate the success the girls had in 2013?
In this series we take a look at state championship and runner-up coaches, their outlook on the team, the season, and 2014. In 2013, Winter Park coach Kristin McWilliams picked up her second podium finish in her thirteen year coaching career, and her first with the Wildcat girls.
Several of Florida's top individuals and teams headed to Cary, North Carolina the site of the Nike Southeast Regional. Thanks to a little help from his friends Nick Diaz who finished 9th individually, was the fifth highest finisher on a non qualifying team. The result earned him a plane ticket to Portland, Oregon for Nike Nationals next weekend. On the girls side, Estero was the highest team finisher from Florida with a fifth place finish, while Pine Crest looked good with it's two youngsters Yared and Montgomery. The Winter Park boys competed in the open division and came away with a runner-up finish.
Several of Florida's top teams and individuals will head to North Carolina and the Wake-Med Sports Complex, site of the NXN Southeast Regional. The top two teams and five individuals (not on qualifying teams) will punch their ticket to Nike Nationals in Portland. Oregon.
An early morning fog greeted the top seniors in the state to Tallahassee for the FACA Senior All-Star Meet. The south team drove the furthest of the bunch, but that didn't stop them from taking some hardware back. Katrina Santiago of Ferguson and Manny Velasquez of St. Thomas Aquinas won individual titles, while the South girls took home the team trophy. Coach Kris Keppel's West squad won the boys team trophy.
Winter Park sophomore Emily Nix put together this awesome video of the Lady Wildcat's 2013 cross country season while Assistant Coach Will Anguish compiled one for the boys. Do you have a video slideshow or season in review video? Send it to us and we will share it on the site!
Santa Fe College in Gainesville played host to two regionals on Saturday. 4A Region 1 also known as "the region of death", showcased some of the top programs and individuals in Florida's largest classification. Kayley Delay of Fletcher picked up individual honors while Winter Park showed once again why they are the team to beat next week in Tallahassee. On the boys side, sophomore Brandon Marquez had another great race leading his Wolve( to the regional championship!
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!
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.
The last time Winter Park girls won a cross country state championship was in 2009. According to the virtual meet, the Lady Wildcats should win their third title in school history and are predicted to place three runners in the top ten and all five in the top thirty. St. Thomas Aquinas is the defending state champions and will compete with Ferguson for the second podium spot. While the STA girls won it all last year, the boys finished third. This year they are hoping it is their turn to hoist the team champion trophy.
In a school filled with running tradition, this year could go down as one of the best for Winter Park’s girls cross country team. (via Orlando Sentinel)
It comes down to this….Four weeks from the state meet on this same course, the top ranked individuals and teams on the boys side and all but one of the top ranked girls, Karen Xiang, and the top ranked teams on the girl’s side gather for their last top level race before they are propelled into the state series. Throw in some talented teams from Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina, some expected temperatures in the low 60’s and we have the makings of a very special set of races.
Could we see new champions in both the boys and girls 4A Cross Country Finals? Winter Park is the favorite according to our virtual rankings, but don't count out defending champion St. Thomas Aquinas. They haven't been on their "A" game yet this year. The St. Thomas Aquinas boys finished third last year and are hoping to replicate the succes of the 2012 girls team and bring home their own trophy.
This week’s “big meet” will be on The Mark Bostick Golf Course on the University of Florida campus which is known to be challenging given the softer grass and multiple hills which are spread throughout. 72 teams are entered on the girl’s side and 69 on the boys teams will gather on a predicted steamy 90+% humidity and 75+ degree morning. Conditions have been dry this week, so the course surface may be more firm for better footing and performances across the board. Flrunners will be on-site with results, race video, video interviews, thousands of photos, and a complete recap of all the action.
Whirlwind. That's how the recruiting process was for Winter Park's Brylan Slay. The senior admits he wasn't prepared for the amount of schools that would be recruiting his services. At the Disney Track & Field Showcas, Slay clocked a personal best time of 47.43 for 400 meters, the 8th fastest in Florida, and 43rd best time nationally. Clemson, Auburn, TCU, Georgia were some of the schools in contention, but in the end it was the University of Pittsburgh that won him over.
Winter Park senior John Lindsey has been a valuable part of the Winter Park distance program over the past four years. Lindsey finished 17th at the 4A Cross Country Finals and eighth in the 800 at the FHSAA 4A Outdoor State Finals as a junior. He was also a member of hte Wildcat's nationally ranked 4x800 meter relay team, and placed 11th in the 2000m steeplechase at New Balance outdoor Nationals. Recently, he announced that he will walk on the track and field and cross country teams at the University of Georgia.
Holy Trinity junior Daryth Gales and Winter Park senior Brylan Slay are this week's Athlete of the Week winners. Gayle kicked off 2013 with impressive wins at the Eagle Invitational in Jacksonville. She took the long jump in a state leading 18-6.75. Slay won the 400 meter dash at the UK Invitational in a US #5 time and personal best of 48.24. Two days later he claimed titles in both the 300 and 600 meter runs at the Wildcat Open.
Nick Posada had a great high school career at Winter Park for the Wildcat's track and field and cross country programs. Posada continued his running career at the University of Michigan and redshirted his freshman year in 2011. He has competed in four cross country races for the Wolverines including an 86th place finish at the Big Ten Championships. He looks to continue his success into track season where he could possibly compete in the 2000m steeplechase as well as mid-distance events.
For the vast majority of runners who compete, any rewards of completing a footrace that they might enjoy basically boil down to just two things: an accurate course and post-race results. (As for the latter, one shouldn’t need to provide your own computer.) The rest is gravy. Recently, it seems to me, we’ve seen more and more gravy, and less and less meat. So where’s the beef?
Fomer Winter Park High School Coach Mike Hill (now with Elite Timing) came to the school in 1996. In 2000, he led the Wildcats to a runner-up finish at the Cross Country Finals before rattling off four consecutive state championships from 2001-2004. In this installment of Lessons From The Podium, Coach Hill rshares his secrets on taking a program from good to great.
It was a hot,humid race day at Lake Mary High School as teams and athletes tuned up for the start of the regular season. Junior Kerstin Sosa took individual honors and led Hagerty to the team title. On the boys side, junior Connor Ferrentino running in his first ever cross country race takes the top spot. Winter Park after placing three of their top seven in the top seven are the boys team champions.
Todd Grasley interviewed Winter Park HS coach and FACA XC Chair Kristin McWilliams here in the HQ about how she has worked to build a strong tradition at her successful programs over the years.
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.
Two hundred dollars. That's what it took to get Winter Park senior Billy Anguish to complete a whole season of cross country. Bribery? Perhaps. For a fourteen-year-old kid sometimes that's all it takes.
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.
Winter Park track and cross country coach Kristin McWilliams becomes the first woman to hold the position of FACA Cross Country Chairman. McWilliams discusses her previous involvement with the organization and her plans as chairman.
Athletes from across the country made it official today as they signed their letters of intent. Keep checking back as we continue to add photos of athletes. Send your photos!
Kathryn and Erika Fluehr go 1-2 yet again with times of 17:16 and 17:44 in the Elite Girls race. Jana Stolting has the third fastest girls time on the day in 17:51 out of the small school race. The highly anticipated battle in the boys race saw a great Jimmy Clark and Matt Mizereck battle it out. Mizereck answered Clark's strong move and wins 15:20 to 15:23 up the final long incline. Team-wise Chiles girls were well in front of Winter Park and Dr. Phillips once again beat out Columbus (by just 2 points) to prove they are top of the heap in the state.
In an unusual pre-season three miler with a pizza party and dance after, Disney held its first Preseason Jamboree tonight. It was a great race and gave our first really solid look at many Orlando Metro teams this year. Winter Park and Lyman boys both looked very solid with team averages under 17 minutes (remember though this is a three mile race), with WP edging ahead--Nick Posada was also the top high school boy. Lake Highland's ladies looked pretty dominant with an average just north of 20:30 and Jess Prendergast leading the way for them as the top high school girl. Complete results are now posted and performances in the database.
This weekend a couple thousand of runners, including many of the best in the state of Florida, will be headed to an out-of-the way ranch in dimly populated North Pasco County. Down the small dirt, wooden path they will venture, hoping their bus does not get stuck. And then finally over the railroad tracks, the woods open up and they will see it: the beautiful Little Everglades Ranch. Some hate the course, some love it. But there is no denying it is one of the most beautiful spaces of authentic Florida that you will find. No tourists. No urban sprawl. Just a serene natural setting filled with the greenest grass, wetland ponds, blue herons and other water birds, along with a few hundred head of cattle! 2096 athletes and 80 schools are entered, coming from as far away as Key West and Fort Walton Beach. Some of them are perennial powers. Others are small but developing programs. All coming together for this preview of the season culminating state championship meet just over a month from now. Here is your first look at the competition.
Will it be Our Lady of Lourdes or Bartram Trail for the state title? Which of 11 great teams will get the six state births out of the 4A-1 "Region of Death"? Can Vero Beach hold off Melbourne in Region 2? How much will the Lauren Ross transfer help Stoneman Douglas in Region 3? Can Braddock or Ferguson upset South Dade for second place in Region 4?
This is going to be a fun year to watch in the 4A! Can Melbourne fight off the depth of Columbus? Will Winter Park pull of another successful reload or will Mandarin or Bartram Trail take what is oft called the "Region of Death"? Can Sarasota surprise Melbourne in Region 2? Can anyone catch Park Vista in Region 3? Will Coach Raposo be with or without the 'stache in Region 4? Only time will tell, but get a first look here!
For nearly three years, Caleb Vogt stood so close to that elusive state title, so close he could taste it until another injury came up. Finally last spring, he got to feel the championship tape!
When it was all said and done, it was truly a great event. Sure, the sun never shined, it felt like the midst of winter, and it was foggy and damp most of the time, some thought the course was too hard, some in the minority thought the course was too easy, but along the way it was one heck of an experience for all involved.
Earlier this year, Nike, in conjunction with the USATF, announced a brand new concept in cross-country running: Nike Team Nationals. The boys from Winter Park were the lone Florida team that managed to land one of the coveted berths. Here\'s how they did it.