With 10 races over two days, the 36th Annual Spanish River Invitational was one of the largest meets in South Florida history!
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Eddie Romero recaps the 1A Region 4 Championship from Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek.
We preview all of the action from the South Florida triple regional at Tradewinds Park.
We preview all the action and see how our virtual meet has both the girls and boys individual and team battles playing out.
The Westminster Academy boys won their first state title since 1988 last year and sixth overall in history. We talk to Coach Ken Key who returns six of his top seven about his squad, goals for 2017, and more.
We take a look at top 25 1A boys teams heading into the 2017 season.
The Lakewood Ranch girls won the 4A state championship in 2016. Can they repeat in 2017? Will Miami Northwestern win their 9th title in a row and what will the point spread be? We rank EVERY team in EVERY classification using our track and field team scores feature.
The Westminster Academy boys are coming off a 1A cross country state championship, the first in 28 years. They hope to duplicate that success on the track this season as the top returning team in 1A and hoist the championship trophy for the third time since 2014.
When the Westminster Academy boys hoisted the 1A Cross Country Finals trophy it was the first time the team had won state since 1983. On hand for both of the titles was head coach Ken Key. We caught up with him to talk about his team's journey the top of the podium.
The Creekside boys won their second straight 3A Cross Country Finals championship beating Chiles by ten points, and a team average of 16:15 Was their performance the best by a team at state? YOU DECIDE. Voting closes September 15th at 11:59 p.m.
The 2016 Cross Country Finals showcased the top individual and team talent in the state of Florida. We saw upsets, freshmen phenoms, champions defend their title, and countless personal bests. Ricky Quintana delves into the state meet with a historical perspective.
Grace Blair led the Oak Hall Eagles back to the top of the podium after a 4th place team finish last year. Blair picked up individual honors as well to win her first state title. On the boy's side Mt. Dora Christian Academy's Gabriel Curtis won and helped the Bulldogs place second as a team behind Westminster Academy who won for the first time in over three decades. Andy Warrener recaps all of the 1A races.
Grace Blair of Oak Hall was third at last year's Cross Country Finals and the Eagles finished 4th. It marked the first time in a long time that Coach McTureous' program failed to make the podium. Is 2016 the year Blair and the rest of the girls win another title? Will Chase Hyland of the Pine School end his high school career with a championship? We answer these questions and more in our 1A preview.
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!
Westminster Academy swept both the individual titles with Patrick Sastre and Jasmine Hincapie as well as the team titles at the 1A District 14 Championship. South Florida correspondent Eddie Romero was on-site and has all the race video and interviews with the winners.
What was suppose to be a night to remember under the lights was sadly cancelled due to heavy thunder storms. Only four races were able to finish at the Martin County Under The Lights Invitational before heavy downpours came rolling in. Even though the meet didn't go as planned, we were able to see some great performances from both the middle school and JV races.
We've checked out the top individuals, the top teams, and now we go one step further breaking down all four classes by region. Utilizing our virtual meet feature. If you haven't used this tool yet it's great to get an idea of who is running in each meet, your competition, and where you and your team stack up. Check out our region by region virtual meets for both boys and girls. We feature the top twenty-five individuals and top five teams, but you can see the complete list. Note: This list does not include freshman or transfers, but you have the ability to customize your own virtual meet!
The Maclay boys finished second in 2015 by fourteen points to Father Lopez. The Marauders return four of their top seven including a trio of James McClure, Jake Mazziotta, and Clay Milford who have the potential to finish in the top ten overall. Coach Droze knows all about winning and tradition and will face a stiff test from Bishop Snyder. We rank the top 10 boys teams in 1A.
The First Academy boys finished 6.5 points behind Westminster Academy in 2014 and a mere half point off the top spot again in 2015. Needless to say the Royals are hungry for the team title and will rely on a well balance attack and core nucleus from that runner-up squad. Jahquez Durham (sprints), Allen Wiggins (throws), and Jonathan Griffin-Heard (hurdles/pole vault), along with the relays have the most potential to score big points. Maclay has a very strong distance squad and the classifications top pole vaulter in Darin Meeker and will give them a run at the top spot.
Regional week! We take a look at each class region by regional with our meet previews and virtual meets. Although, 1A is the smallest classification in Florida, that doesn't mean it lacks talent! Where do you and your team stack up against the competition? Find out.
Another week, another race, another lesson.
We've checked out the top individuals, the top teams, and now we go one step further breaking down all four classes by region. We start off in 1A utilizing our virtual meet feature. If you haven't used this tool yet it's great to get an idea of who is running in each meet, your competition, and where you and your team stack up.
Coach Kenneth Key and Coach Doria Rickel have been a part of Westminster Academy Track and Field for over for 60 years combined. Both recently announced their retirement. Denise Spann tells us about the decision.
Admiral Farragut senior Brittany McGee scored 40 points for the Blue Jackets who were the 1A girls state champions. Andy Warrener has a recap of all the action!
The 2015 FHSAA Outdoor State Finals kicks off Friday in Jacksonville with class 1A/2A. Ricky Quintana gives us a preview of the state's smallest classification.
The Westminster Academy boys pulled out a close win last year at the 1A state finals over First Academy. It was WA's first boys' state win since 2008. Denise Spann goes All Access with the Lions!
Andy Warrener said it best in his recap article from 2014, "The girls Class A team title was never in doubt. The Holy Trinity girls were heavy favorites coming in and their studs delivered." The Tigers are one of the top teams again this year, but they will be without twins Daryth and Gabby Gayles who are running at Stanford.
Over the coming weeks leading up to the start of the track season we will take a look at the top individuals and teams. We start off with our 1A boys projected team scores where it looks to be a battle between Holy Trinity who was fourth in 2014 and defending champion Westminster Academy.
Cross Country season is in full swing and that means more mileage and ice bath galore. 32 days and countingis all that we have left until cross country athletes and fans alike make the trip up to Tallahassee to see who will reign for the next year. This cross country season, I thought I would introduce you to those who are making an impressive charge towards the state meet, athletes that are Under the Radar. This senior has definitely had her fair share of injuries, but has shown her strength by getting through every last one. Amanda Baker of Westminster Academy will be leading the Lady Lions throughout this cross country season.
In this series we take a look at state championship and runner-up coaches, their outlook on the team, the season, and the future of the program. After a fourth place finish in 2013, Coach Doria Yeaman-Rickel guided the Wesminster Academy boys to the 1A state championship in 2014.
Last year, Andrew James had an amazing opening high school season going undefeated in the 400m and winning the state title. He then made his move to the summer circuit and blew peoples’ minds. Going into last year’s World Youth Trials he was definitely underestimated, as he wasn’t on the prospect list till right before the trials in Edwardsville, Illinois. Andrew made it back to the finals in the 400m, placing 7th running 49.25. World Youth had been the biggest national high school stage he had ever been on, but it was evident going into the season that James had a new drive, and a whole new feel for the sport.
Westminster Academy junior Ebony Brown scored key points for her squad at the 1A State Finals. Brown was second in the triple jump with a new personal best of 35-6.75. She also pr'ed in the 200 with a time of 25.29 and a fourth place showing, and was sixth in the 100 meter dash. She was also a pivotal leg on the bronze medal 4x400 meter relay team. Denise Spann caught up with Brown who is a versatile athlete that can do anything from the triple jump to the 300 meter hurdles.
The road traveled isn't always perfect. For Westminster Academy junior Denise Spann her high school track career has had its ups and downs; from switching schools to battling the injury bug. Spann talks about her road to redemption and being back in the right place as she prepares for the state meet.
For class 1A and 2A it's two weeks of grinding and sweat-filled practices with the state meet closing in on Friday May 2, 2014. We wanted to see how the top team's stacked up in our 1A Super 25 Power Rankings. These rankings were calculated by scoring the rankings as a meet. We scored 25 deep for individuals and 25 deep for relays.For example, for individuals 1st place received 25 points for their team, on down to 1 point for 25th place.
On Thursday, 1A Region 4 meet was held, and it sure was a night to remember for many. The day started off late due to a rain delay, so the 4x800m relay popped off at about 2:30. The winner of the relay was one of the major distance powerhouses, Westminster Christian running 10:08.65 finishing in 2nd was South Florida HEAT running 10:19.35.
Westminster Academy senior Brandon Bejarano's times are dropping tremendously as the state meet is approaching. Recently heposted a time of 4:24 in the mile, nearly a seven second personal best and has an 800m PR of 1:57.79. He shows his versatility by being a pivotal leg on WA’s 4x400m. Brandon also runs the 2000m steeplechase, taking 3rd in the USATF World Youth Trials last summer running 6:24.09. Denise Spann caught up with Bejarano before the 1A Regional 4 Championship to talk about the 2014 season.
Stanford bound seniors Gaby and Daryth Gayle lead class 1A in three categories. Gaby is first in the 200 and 400 while Daryth is the favorite in the long jump. Brittany McGee of Admiral Farragut looks to sweep in the hurdles and distance standout Sarah Candiano is the best in the1600m after her performance at the Florida Relays. On the boys side, First Academy is loaded in the sprints boasting three top relays and invididual leaders in the 100m dash and 300m hurdles. Westminster Academy has their fair share of studs too makign that title bount even more competitive come May!
We are getting into the heart of the season. The state championship is less than two months away. We wanted to see which teams would have the best shot at podium finishes if we crunched the numbers today. We scored 10 deep for individuals and ten deep for relays with first place receiving ten points for their team on down to one point for tenth place. Rankings as of 3/12/2014.
Last year's champion Holy Trinity looks to add another title to their trophy case, while runner-up First Academy reloads with transfer talent. Can speedster Andrew James bolster Westminster's Academy to an improvement from their fourth place finish a year ago? See how the computer ranks the boys competition in 1A.
If I were to mention Andrew James to you, what would you say? Majority of the track population would say, "who's Andrew James?" To me it's kind of surprising that people don't know who he is, since he has one of the fastest 400m times in the state, at a time of :48.22