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We took a look at each team's top four 400m athletes from the 2018 season to get a look at an estimated average and total time we could expect from these 4x4's in the 2019 season.
We recapped all 16 regions so you can stay in the know on the top storylines from this past week. Here are the recaps and takeaways from all the FHSAA 4A regional meets.
Take a look at the fastest teams heading into all 64 district championship meets to be held this week in Florida.
Friday afternoon marked this year's Miami-Dade County Youth Fair Cross Country Championship where a couple of teams continued to show their dominance, while a couple of individuals got to bring home their first individual county crowns.
Pine Crest junior, Tsion Yared, opened up her cross country season with a course record at Larry and Penny Thompson Park. The South Florida teams show their strength early on in the season.
We rank the best boys teams heading into the 2019 track and field season regardless of classification.
Scroll through the videos to see a majority of Florida's national leading performances!
Day one of the Sam Burley HOF Invitational ended with a bang as the Piper and Miami Northwestern boys 4x800m relay teams battled to US#1 and US#2 times of 7:51.01 and 7:54.20 respectively.
We take a look at the best teams regardless of classification.
We take a statistical look at the both the Florida individual and team qualifiers in the history of Nike Cross Nationals.
Learn more about the 2009 Columbus boys team that made it to NXN.
We preview all the action of NXNSE.
Eddie Romero recaps all the action from 4A Region 4.
We preview all of the action from the South Florida triple regional at Tradewinds Park.
See how our virtual meet has both the girls and boys individual and team battles playing out and keep it locked on FLRunners.com for all your post-meet coverage.
See how our virtual meets have both the individual and team battles playing out.
See who are virtual meet predicts will conquer the course and end up with the crowns.
We announce our first round of girls and boys teams in our FLRunners.com Invitational Race of Champions.
We rank the best girls and boys teams in 4A.
The Youth Fair Championship kicked off yesterday afternoon in the typical Miami heat and humidity, and at the difficult course at Larry & Penny Thompson Park.
The 2017 cross country season kicked off in north Miami yesterday at the first ever Under the Lights/Twilight kickoff at St. Thomas University.
South Florida Harriers will start the 2017 cross country season on Friday night at the Under The Lights/Twilight Kickoff hosted by Ferguson High School.
Andy Warrener recaps the 4A state championship meet at IMG Academy.
We combined the results from the north and south qualifier to see which 16 athletes will move on and contend for conference titles.
4A was the toughest classifications for boys in 2016. Just ask Miami Columbus. The team finished in 4th, but just 2.5 points away from a state championship. Coach Fernando Foyo returns a large nucleus for this season and gives us an inside look at the Explorers who are predicted to make the podium according to our 4A pre-season team scores.
The battle for the 3A team title is going to be close with Miami Northwestern and Chiles both in that classification and finishing 1-2 in our Super 25 Pre-Season Power Rankings.
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.
Two and a half points separated first from fourth place at the boys 4A state championship in 2016 with the meet coming down to the final event the 4x400m relay. According to our team scores for 2017, St. Thomas Aquinas is ranked number one, but you can't count out Columbus (seen here), or two schools that received major transfers. Miramar benefited from Jamal Walton who is one of the top 200/400m runners in the country, while East Ridge inherited triple threat Tariq Evans and speedster Lavonte Valentine.
2016 was a good year for Floridians at NXNSE. For the first time in the meet's history, the Sunshine State sent two individual qualifiers to the national meet in Portland, Oregon. Pine Crest freshman Tsion Yared finished 4th overall while Bolles junior Caitlin Collier nabbed the final spot as the 5th best individual not on an advancing team. As the duo looks to make their marks this weekend, we take a look at Florida's history at NXN.
The Belen Jesuit boys won NXN Southeast in 2011, but they aren't the top team in our legacy team scores which takes all athletes from a given program and forms an "all star" squad. Trinity Prep, combining their top runners from both the 2011 team and 2015 team that finished as runner-up, edged out Belen by just 9 points. Columbus who also punched their tickets to Portland in 2010 rounded out the top three.
The Race of Champions is the top event at Flrunners.com Invitational 17, but don't count out the invitational events which will split both the male and female genders of the ROC and showcase some of the top talent in the state of Florida duking it out. Last year's race saw four athletes run under 17 minutes with UNC commit Luke Peterson of Shorecrest Prep winning in 16:26.00. We preview all the team and individual action.
Teri Bernhardt-Rodriguez was on-site at Tropic Park as South Florida athletes tackled the tough terrain to see who would be crowned king of the hill. Over 850 photos of the action as well as awards photos, and candids.
Someone will be crowned the king and the queen at Friday's King of The Hill race down in Miami. The race will be at Tropical Park starting with the girl's JV race at 3:45 p.m. and finishing up around 6:15 p.m. with awards for the top runners/teams. If the weather holds up, over 50 teams will be competing. If you're looking to watch some fast runners, several of south Florida's top performers from last week will be at this meet.
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!
How is this for a statistic? 9 of the 12 teams under 8 minutes in the 4x8 all hail from class 4A. Of those 9 teams, 5 are from 4A Region 1 AKA Region Of Death. Coral Reef is the state leader in the event with their 7:47.91 from the 4A Region 4 Championship. Check out the top 500 boys 4x800m relay for the 2016 season.
The American Heritage boys 4x100m relay team of Marco Wilson, Khalil Herbert, Patrick Surtain, and Anthony Schwartz set the bar high for the rest of the state's teams when they ran 40.95s to win the Pepsi Florida Relays. Coral Gables and Columbus came close with times of 41.13 and 41.14, while Northeast and Pine Forest clocked 41.20 on the nose. Check out the top 500 boys 4x100m relay teams for the 2016 season.
American Heritage proves it's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of fight in the dog. A powerful 1-2 punch in Anthony Schwartz and McKinly Brown coupled with the best 4x1 and 4x4 relays in the state, they are the top team in our final boys Super 25 rankings ahead of 4A powers American, Columbus, Osceola, and Dr. Phillips. Where does your squad stack up?
It was a rainy afternoon at Larry & Penny Thompson Park but without the presence of lightning, it provided for a competition without the typical South Florida heat, although it was definitely a wet affair as is also commonly seen with the weather this time of the year in Miami.
Over three dozen teams will compete with country pride on the line at the GMAC Championships. We break down all the action!
Sixty plus teams will make their way to Larry & Penny Thompson Park in Miami Thursday for the Junior Orange Bowl Invitational. The meet will start 10 a.m. with the middle school junior varsity and varsity races and resume at 2:30 p.m. with the high school junior varsity and varsity races. Stay tuned to flrunners for coverage and results of all the action. In the meantime, see how we see the girls and boys invitational races playing out!
The second annual King of the Hill Cross Country Invitational took place again in Miami's Tropical Park and it was another great event, even better than last year! From live music, to original awards, to the fantastic atmosphere provided in the venue, this looks to be a large South Florida meet that will continue to grow in the future!
The Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo, along with the Miami-Dade Youth Sports Championship Program, came together this year for the second year in a row to put on another great Dade County Youth Fair Cross Country Championship. Featuring close to 40 high schools for this nearly 40 year old competition, this county meet wasn't anything other than hot, humid, and extremely draining in typical Miami and Larry & Penny Thompson Park fashion.
Teri Bernhardt-Rodriguez was on-site at the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair HS Championship and captured over 800 photos of all the action including this picture of girls varsity winner Lauren Archer of Ransom Everglades!
Miami Columbus senior Humberto Freire is one of the top runners in 4A and is coming off a state championship on the track in the 800m run. See how he started in the sport and his goals for the upcoming season!
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!
Very similar to last year's 4A Region 4 Championship where there were many of the top individuals and teams from the State all going head-to-head with each other, this year's version of the same meet followed in the exact same suit...
4A Region 4 at Larry and Penny Thompson Park in Miami kicked off the regional championships across the state. Teri Bernhardt-Rodriguez was on-site and snapped over 350 pictures including this one of early leaders Nick Diaz and Carlin Berryhill. Diaz, the reigning 4A Cross Country Finals champion would go onto win the race in 15:45.62.
The 2014 edition of the GMAC Championship was an affair at Larry & Penny Thompson Park, featuring better weather that usual, but the same athletes and teams vying for top honors as we've seen the past few years in Miami...
The 2014 South Florida cross country season kicks off this September 4th on the familiar grounds of Tropical Park. It has been quite some time since Tropical Park hosted a high school cross country invitational. but after some persistence from the running community in Miami, the parks department has stepped up and created a true cross country course. 750 athletes and 29 teams will welcome back the park into the Miami running scene. Don't expect fast times though, this is a true XC course--mulch, packed shells, grass, roots, and Miami's only hill.
Christopher Columbus High School in Miami was a cross country powerhouse from 2008-2011 winning the 4A title three times before coming in second in 2011. Since then it's been a different story for the Explorers, who have been in uncharted territory, with three different coaches in the last three years. Dominick Cabera and Eric Pino who ran for Columbus themselves, and served as assistants on those winning teams will be at the helm. After finishing 14th last year, the team hasn't dwelled on the past, instead focusing on the present with the motto, "new season and new goals".
A spectator at a recent track meet asked me if I was Amir Rasul. Being cautious I asked him why does he ask? By this time, a few friends had caught up with me so I felt a bit more comfortable. He apologized and introduced himself. I guess when he saw the perplexed look on my face, he thought he had better begin explaining. He told me that years ago he played professional football with a guy that had the same name as me. He went on to tell me that he told his wife, who was still seated in the bleachers, that he had to determine if I knew this guy that shared my name.
For the past two months my family had been praying for my uncle, Rudy Cambridge, Jr., to recover from a severe stroke. However, on March 28, my uncle passed away. His passing really affected me because we spent a lot of time together when he visited Miami. I chose to attend Columbus because he had always told me about the great times he and my uncle Alonzo Highsmith had while they were there.
GMAC Finals! Dade County’s showdown meet never disappoints. There were some outstanding performances and even greater challenges. I was especially excited to see my South Dade Express teammates freshmen Symone Mason (Southridge), Twanisha Terry (Northwestern) and Kayla Johnson (Southridge) perform so well in their events. Each of them worked really hard over the past seven years to become strong and competitive athletes.
My friend and teammate, Danny Areces, tagged me in a post about Steve Prefontaine. “Pre”, the nickname given to Prefontaine by his friends, was one of the best distance runners of all time. He once held the American record in the seven distance track events from the 2,000 meters to the 10,000 meters. Pre was very outspoken and those in the “track world” loved him because he pushed his body to its limits.
While riding to church on Sunday morning, my sister, Meara, handed me a note she’d written that read: "love Sundays because I get to praise God. Then, He does awesome things for me.” Because she is only seven years old, I was shocked by what I had just read.
Congratulations to all of the Louie Bing Invitational participants. I could not participate this year due to prior commitments. However, I was able to see some of the finals on Saturday afternoon. Way to go South Florida track and field athletes!
I was recently awarded USATF’s Florida Athlete of the Year. To receive the award is quite an honor and I thank all those individuals who voted for me. But, as you all know, sometimes there is a story within a story. This is one of those occasions.
Welcome to the 2014 Track and Field Season! My name is Amir Rasul, Jr. and I attend Christopher Columbus High School where I am a double sport sophomore athlete. I am a running back for the Explorers’ football team and I am a sprinter. My freshman track season was great! I learned new sprinting techniques and was able to compete against some of the top sprinters in the state.
It was a great 2012-2013 in both cross country and track across the Sunshine State. Many of our seniors will soon be on their way to start their college careers both athletically and academically so we wanted to salute them one more time in this special feature.
Mark Gulesian was a standout for Miami Columbus during their three year cross country state championship run from 2008-2010. Gulesian was also a member of two state champion 4x800 meter relay teams. He is now running for Babson College in Boston, Massachusetts.
Colonial senior AndresArroyo is one of the top runners in the nation and comes in as the favorite in 4A. Arroyo won the 4A state championship in 2011 and led the Grenadiers to their first team title in any sport in the schools existence. After a strong track season that saw him capture three more state titles, and a strong team once again, expect for both situations to repeat themselves.
The weather was cooler than usual according to Coach Ryan Raposo as the first regional meet of 2012 kicked off at Larry and Penny Thompson Park in South Florida. Many of the teams and runners were hoping to continue their season one week longer and advance to the Cross Country Finals in Tallahassee.
Columbus High School has a tradition of winning. The Explorers took home the top prize at the Cross Country Finals in 2008, 2009, and 2010. In 2011, they fell just short of the four-peat losing to Colonial by 17 points. This year's team is led by a strong senior class and as always looks to be a contender when the state meet rolls around in November.
Coral Reef freshman Kurt Convey wins his first regional championship. Columbus boys and Ferguson girls dominate the team standings.
Columbus’ boys are hoping to be ready to challenge for a fourth consecutive state cross-country championship next month. The Ferguson girls looked like they were ready to win it Friday morning. (via The Miami Herald)
Three Florida teams made the NHSCA Top 50 Rankings, released in conjuction with XCNation.com. On the guys side, Belen Jesuit continues to move up the ladder from tenth to sixth with the site calling them perhaps one of the best teams in Florida history! Columbus drops two notches to numbe 50. On the girls side Estero also maintains a strong position at number twenty-two, two spots higher than they were in the last edition.
Former Miami Columbus standout Mark Gulesian is making a name for himself on the collegiate level. In his first meet of the year at the New England College Invitational, the Babson College freshman beat out a field of 49 runners in a time of 16:17. He says the shortened 5k was one of the toughest courses he's ever ran on.
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.
This past Friday at Larry & Penny Thompson Park in Miami, two young faces that are making names for themselves in the South Florida running community came together for a little Question & Answer session. That day there were three consecutive District Championship going on at the park (3A-D8, 4A-D7 and 4A-D8) and these guys sought out some of the winning individuals and coaches for a quick interview. This article tags off of The 10-Day Recap of Miami XC article that has the results of those meets. So without further ado, here's what they came up with...
Jason has been looking for more South Florida XC coverage this season and due to the lack of interest I decided I would try to put a few articles together for everyone. And seeing as how I was without a computer last week I figured I would put together a 10-Day Recap of what’s been going on with cross country here in Miami-Dade County. (I really wanted to put together a nice write up of the GMAC Championship last week, so I’ll start off with that and lead into the various district championships from this past week). Now without further delay, here’s what’s been happening down south…
Yeah yeah... I know. You can't compare times in cross country. Different courses, different conditions, blah blah blah. But... just for fun... I was wondering. Trinity Prep, Columbus in a dual meet. Who would win right now based on times? Check it out...
Columbus made the trek to freezing Portland, Oregon and competed at NXN today. It was not the performance they were hoping for, but we are sure proud of our lone qualifying team from Florida! Here is an interview by Chris Nickinson of RunnerSpace with the team. On a high note, Armando Del Valle had a great day and finished in 14th place.
MileSplit US will have on-site coverage at the Nike Cross Southeast Regional in Cary, North Carolina this weekend from Brandon Miles of MileStat.com and various photographers. Expect race videos, photos, interviews, and complete results to be posted soon after the completion of the meet. An in-depth meet preview highlighting the top ten teams and top dozen individuals is now available.
Photo courtesy John Olson, SCRUNNERS
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.
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.
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!