Estero senior Araceli Leon and Pensacola Booker T. Washington senior Mark Robertson are this week's Athletes of the Week. Leon scored her third victory of the year at the Land O'Lakes Gator Invitational and guided Estero to yet another team trophy. Robertson showed why he is one of the top runners in north Florida, besting a competitive field at the Panhandle Championships with a time of 15:40.90, and his third win of the year as well.
Articles with Pensacola Booker T. Washington HS
The young man in purple and black sneakers approaches Everett Whiteside in the lobby of Washington High School smiling and shaking his head. (via www.pnj.com)
Booker T. Washington High School in Pensacola is proud to announce their brand new eight lane TopTrax Latex Series track system from All-American Tracks Corp.
Everett Whiteside has been coaching cross country and track and field at Washington High School for more than 15 years. His accomplishments include a Team Cross Country State Championship, individual State Champions, multiple top five team finishes and multiple county and district championships. However, it is not only his statistical accomplishments that make Whiteside a great coach, but how he has changed his runners’ lives.
Booker T. Washington High School in Pensacola has one of the most successful distance programs in the state. We now know their secret: eat a Krispy Kream, run a lap. It makes you tough apparently. Jacob Kotick was the boys champion with 15 doughnuts without bursting, while Casilda Ruiz paced the girls by keeping down 6. Video inside and don't worry, it's not graphic! Thanks to Chris Nickinson, assistant coach at BTW for putting it together.
Can anyone catch Leon and Mizereck? Can Plant upset George Jenkins in Region 2? Can Seminole find the bodies to fill out its top five or will Ida Baker roll in Region 3? Will it be Satellite or 'Chobee in the title bout in Region 4? I don't know all the answers, but here's how it looks going in...
Chris Nickinson has improved rapidly over the past year and put up some excellent performances last fall including a 6th place finish at the state meet. Recently, he posted a new PR of 4:24.38 for the indoor mile at UF. We caught up with Chris to discuss cross country, the UF mile, and what lies ahead.