Merritt Island HS Merritt Island, FL, USA

Merritt Island HS

100 E. Mustang Way Merritt Island, FL, USA
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Virtual Meet Preview: Jim Ryun Season Opener Todd Grasley Aug 26, 2016

This year is the 52nd anniversary of Jim Ryun becoming the first high schooler to break four minutes in the mile. Jim Ryun will be there to present the awards for what look to be some great races in Lakeland that a massive 85 teams will be competing in. The meet kicks off with the varsity girls at 7:30 a.m. followed by the varsity boys at 8:00. The JV races start at 8:20 with the middle school races starting an hour later. The AAU race for athletes under the age of nine begin at 10:00. Our virtual meet feature gives us a chance to see how the meet might play out based on season bests from last year. Todd Grasley, Eric Kidd and Billy Simpson will be on-site with LIVE updates photos, race videos, interviews, recaps, results and more!

Scouting Report: Merritt Island Boys - Born To Run, Trained To Be Champions Todd Grasley Aug 23, 2016

The Merritt Island boys finished 10th at the 2015 Cross Country Finals with the help of individual champion and FSU signee Steven Cross. In addition to Cross, the Mustangs also graduated number two runner Nathan Paladino. The team is ranked 9th in 3A and third in 3A Region 4 which will pit them against powerhouse Belen Jesuit and neighboring Viera. We caught up with Coach Bill Buonanni to talk about this year's squad which he thinks will be the surprise of the season, and is coming off of a preseason victory at the West Orange Warrior Jamboree Run.

West Orange Jamboree: Megan Hannah Makes Warrior Season Debut, Merritt Island Looks For Team Sweep Todd Grasley Aug 19, 2016

The West Orange Jamboree Run will bring together some of Central Florida's top talent for a preseason tune-up. Over a dozen teams will head to Winter Garden, Florida Saturday morning. The boy's race features four guys who have gone under 17 minutes, while the girls race has Megan Hannah of the home team Warriors along with Emily English of George Jenkins, both have sub 19 minute personal bests. Merritt Island boys and girls are the favorite to sweep the team title. will be on-site with race video, interviews, recap, results, and more!

3A Girls Team Rankings: Niceville Not New To The Podium, Return 6 Of 7 Todd Grasley Aug 4, 2016

The Niceville girls finished as the 3A runner-up in 2015, but return six of their top seven from that team with Hannah Schneidewind, Claire Crist, and Erin Eubanks a solid 1-3. Fort Myers has top ranked Krissy Gear, the 3A individual runner-up at the helm for the Green Wave, while mainstay Chiles, the defending champions are ranked third. We take a look at the top ten girls teams in 3A.

3A Boys Team Rankings: Strong Senior Class Has Creekside On Top Todd Grasley Aug 4, 2016

Creekside and Chiles finished 1-2 at the 3A state meet last year and look to be positioned for the same showing this fall. Creekside will rely on a skilled and experienced senior laden team while the Timberwolves have three runners capable of placing in the top 25. We take a look at the top 10 teams in 3A as we head into the 2016 season.

Merritt Island Senior Steven Cross Named Gatorade Florida Boys XC Runner Of The Year Press Release Jan 23, 2016

In its 31st year of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Steven Cross of Merritt Island High School as its 2015-16 Gatorade Florida Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year. Cross is the first Gatorade Florida Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year to be chosen from Merritt Island High School.  

Cross Can't Wait For Second Trip To Foot Locker Nationals, Sunny San Diego Todd Grasley Dec 11, 2015

Merritt Island senior Steven Cross is one of six Florida boys to make the Foot Locker National Finals more than once in the meet's 37 year history. After finishing 29th in 16:12.00, Cross knows what the meet entails, the style of competition he will face, and what it will take to earn All-American honors. We caught up with him to talk about the last cross country meet of his high school career and his training leading up.

Foot Locker National Finalist Steven Cross Wins State Title, Commits To Seminoles In Same Day Todd Grasley Nov 12, 2015

November 7th, 2015 was a special day for Merritt Island senior Steven Cross. Not only did he win his first ever cross country state title after finishing second in 2014, but he also won it on his future home course in Tallahassee. Following the meet, Cross announced that he would be spending the next four years of his running career at Florida State University. We caught up with the 2014 Foot Locker National finalist to talk about the decision in more detail.

In His Own Words: Steven Cross - The Foot Locker Nationals Experience Steven Cross Dec 16, 2014

Hey Flrunners, I just wanted to share with you a little bit of my experience out at footlocker, due to how phenomenal it was. Getting off the plane in San Diego they had me feeling like a professional athlete from the start. Being escorted from the terminal to a charter bus to take us to Hotel Del Coronado just made me feel special. Looking up at the massive hotel, and walking in to receive a bag-full of 'goodies', so we could properly represent Asics, made me at a loss for words. This was just the first hour in San Diego, we had two and half days of this. 

Diaz, Cross End Cross Country Seasons At Foot Locker Nationals Todd Grasley Dec 14, 2014

Miami Sunset senior Nick Diaz and Merritt Island junior Steven Cross continued the tradition of Floridians at Foot Locker Nationals. Diaz, a University of Florida signee was 36th while Cross crossed the line in 29th place. Watch the highlights of the race as well as post-race interviews from our MileSplit coverage team.

Foot Locker Nationals: Steven Cross, Nick Diaz Pre-Race Interviews Todd Grasley Dec 12, 2014

On the eve, of arguably the toughest race of their high school careers, MileSplit's Jimmy Stevenson talks with Merritt Island's Steven Cross and Miami Sunset's Nick Diaz. The two are members of the forty runner field for the 2014 Foot Locker National Championships in San Diego. Cross and Diaz advanced out of the Foot Locker South Regional after finishing 8th and 9th respectively in personal best times of 15:01. 

Foot Locker National Finalist Q&A: Steven Cross Todd Grasley Dec 11, 2014

Steven Cross had a spectacular junior season finishing first or second in all of his in-state races. The Merritt Island standout was second at the 3A Cross Country Finals and continued his season at the Foot Locker South Regional where he ran a new personal best time of 15:01 and finished 8th to advance to this weekend's Foot Locker Nationals.

3A Region By Region Virtual Meets Todd Grasley Nov 6, 2014

Leon senior Sukhi Khosla won the FSU Invitational/Pre-State and the 3A District 3 Championship. His Leon Lions lost the boys team title by two points and five points to Chiles in those respective meets. Round three is Saturday at Sunnyhill Farms in Tallahassee the host of the 3A Region 1 Championship. We preview all the regionals in 3A. Take a look at our virtual meets and get in the game!

Cape Coast Conference Championships Featured Photo Album Todd Grasley Oct 25, 2014

Marty Hammond was on-site at the Cape Coast Conference Championship at Chain of Lakes Park in Titusville. Check out this photo of boys winner Steven Cross who crossed the line in 15:31.30, his third fastest time of the season, and fifth win of the year. Over 900 photos total of all the action!

Course Records Are Meant To Be Broken: Cross Takes Down Atkinsons MDB Time With 16:10.43 Todd Grasley Oct 20, 2014

If you're looking for an easy course and quick time, the Mount Dora Bible Invitational isn't for you. Former coach Nathan Means, called it the toughest course in the state. Merritt Island junior Steven Cross tested his skils this weekend and came away with a new course record. Mustang's coach Bill Buonanni says he and Cross discussed the old record of 16:12 set by Melbourne's Brian Atkinson in 2010, the morning of the race.

Yared, Cross Capture Athlete Of The Week Honors Todd Grasley Sep 11, 2014

Pine Crest seventh grader Tsion Yared and Merritt Island junior Steven Cross are this week's Athletes of the Week. Yared, who was sixth at the 2A Cross Country Finals last year as a sixth grader,  opened up her season with a new personal best and state leading time of 18:18.40 to win the Martin County Under the Lights Invitational. Cross, who was 10th at the 2013 3A Cross Country Finals, started off 2014 with back to back wins at the Mike Gibson Summertime Run and Astronaut Invitational where he ran 15:47.90, the second fastest time in the state this year.

Salute To Seniors: Crystal McDougle - Merritt Island Todd Grasley May 15, 2014

The 2013-2014 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.  

Athletes Of The Week: Candiano, Cross Crowned District Champions Todd Grasley Oct 31, 2013

Evangelical Christian junior Sarah Candiano and Merritt Island sophomore Steven Cross are this week's Athletes of the Week. Candiano collected her second consecutive win of the season by taking home the 1A District 11 Championship in a season best of 18:18.00. Cross tallied win number three of his season at the 3A District 13 Championship. His time of 15:46.00 was a new school record by two seconds beating the previous record set by John Culver in 2007.

Seymour, Pineiro Blast Off At Astronaut Invitational Craig Janson Sep 8, 2012

Chain of Lakes Park has always been a beautiful place to hold a cross country meet, and today was no exception. With clear skies, and a temperature that was more than accommodating for this year’s edition I got out of my car thinking to myself that it was weird that there was so much water in the parking lot.

Arroyo, Bartlett Take Home Top Prize At Ted Benz Jamboree Todd Grasley Aug 24, 2012

Colonial senior Andres Arroyo won the Ted Benz XC Jamboree for the second consecutive year in 16:04.20. The Colonial Grenadiers took the team title. On the girls side, University sophomore Autumn Bartlett disturbed a perfect score for Merritt Island by winning in a time of 20:16.40. The Mustangs scored 22 points to win the team championshionship.

Spotlight Athlete: Nick Friel Todd Grasley Feb 23, 2012

Merritt Island senior Nick Friel finished fourth in the 110 hurdles at last year's 3A state meet. This year the Mustang standout is ready to stand at the top of the podium. See how he got into the sport and his goals for 2012.