Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Michael Nesius and Katie Sherron get cold-weather wins at the GWTC 30K

In Tallahassee, Florida, Saturday morning, 16 January 2021, was a time to rediscover how to use a credit card to scrape the ice off your windshield. There was also frost on the grass at Bradley's Pond, where shivering runners waited to start the 44th annual Gulf Winds Track Club 30K. By the time the race was done, temperatures had risen and Michael Nesius had won the 18.6-mile race by nearly a mile, running 2:03:29. Dr. Katie Sherron was the first woman in the race, placing fourth overall in 2:13:40. Jake Rogers won the shorter 15K event, covering the 9.3 miles in 51:15. Master runner Laura DiBella repeated as the top woman in the 15K, coming in ninth overall in 61:53.

Michael Nesius
Michael Nesius

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was a different race than in past years. Entries were limited to 50 in the 30K and 100 in the 15K. In each event, the start was broken down into waves of no more than fifteen athletes. Race management checked the temperature of each athlete. The course was the same, though. The hills were just as steep, the clay roads just as resilient, and the distance just as long.


Michael Nesius knew about the hills and the clay and the distance, having led much of the 2020 GWTC 30K before finishing second to Chris O'Kelly. In the 2021 race Nesius also set the early pace, building up a lead of nearly two minutes after the first seven kilometers. Unlike the previous year, Nesius continued to lead, drawing out of sight of the pursuit.

Tristan Lanasa
Tristan Lanasa

"How far ahead is he?" Tristan Lanasa called out near the twenty kilometer mark. "Three minutes?"


It was closer to six minutes. Ten kilometers later, Nesius crossed the line more than six minutes before the next runner in a winning 2:03:29. Lanasa was second in 2:09:39. Kyle Kraeft passed a few runners in the late miles to place third in 2:11:41. Jon Nash edged Tony Guillen for the top master runner spot, 2:13:58 to 2:14:06. Nash was the fourth male runner and fifth overall, Guillen the fifth male and sixth overall.

Katie Sherron
Dr. Katie Sherron

It was Nesius' first win at the Gulf Winds Track Club 30K. For Katie Sherron on the women's side it was her seventh. Dr. Sherron first ran the race in 2011, then collected her first women's title in the 2012 30K. In the ten races from 2012 to 2021, Sherron logged seven victories. Leading the women's field from start to finish in the 2021 race, Dr. Sherron's 2:13:40 put her across the finish line just shortly after the next woman had gone 27 kilometers.


Jamila Allen, the women's champ in the 2020 30K, placed second to Sherron and ninth overall in 2:24:24. Deanna McVay was the third woman and eleventh overall in 2:26:59. Ruffian Tyner was the first woman master and ninth female finisher, 23rd overall in 2:44:52.

Jamila Allen
Jamila Allen


Top Ten Men, 2021 Gulf Winds Track Club 30K
  1. 2:03:29, Michael Nesius (M, 36) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 2:09:39, Tristan Lanasa (M, 27) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 2:11:41, Kyle Kraeft (M, 31) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 2:13:58, Jon Nash (M, 41) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 2:14:06, Tony Guillen (M, 52) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 2:20:15, Carter Hay (M, 49) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 2:21:11, Christian Glover (M, 21) Jacksonville, FL
  8. 2:26:47, Timothy Qualls (M, 41) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 2:29:47, Phillip Simon (M, 47) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 2:37:06, Philip Sura (M, 50) Tallahassee, FL

Top Ten Women, 2021 Gulf Winds Track Club 30K
  1. 2:13:40, Katie Sherron (F, 39) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 2:24:24, Jamila Allen (F, 31) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 2:26:59, Deanna McVay (F, 38) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 2:33:08, Kendall Meikenhous (F, 33) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 2:37:18, Nikky Manausa (F, 39) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 2:37:28, Nancy Moody (F, 36) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 2:40:31, Cecilia Bouaichi (F, 25) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 2:41:49, Nikki Hurst (F, 38) Coolidge, GA
  9. 2:44:52, Ruffian Tyner (F, 45) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 2:51:56, Monica Judd (F, 46) Tallahassee, FL

The first wave of the 30K started at 7:45 am. The first wave of the 15K followed at 8:00 am. Tristan Cravello, a Florida State University undergrad, set the early pace in the shorter race. Trailing him were two Leon High All-State cross-country runners, sophomore Jake Rogers and frosh Pat Koon. Rogers and Koon caught Cravello near the end of the seventh kilometer, taking over the lead before the halfway turnaround. During the return trip, Rogers dropped Koon, going on to cross the finish line first in 51:15. Koon took second in 52:12, and Cravello was third in 52:57. Leonardo Canete of Tallahassee was the first master runner in the race, placing sixth overall in 58:57.

Jake Rogers, Pat Koon
Jake Rogers and Pat Koon

Leon High senior Lilli Unger ran the 15K for the fourth time in four years, running her best time yet at 62:37--faster than the third-place 64:40 she posted in 2020, and faster than Laura DiBella's 2020 winning time of 63:08. However, Dibella had also improved on her 2020 performance, successfully defending her women's title with a winning 61:53. Unger was second in the women's standings and twelfth overall. Another Leon High harrier, sophomore Lillee Tang, was the third female finisher and fourteenth overall in 63:49. Tallahassee master runner Amy Hines was the fourth woman and fifteenth overall in 64:26.

Laura DiBella
Laura DiBella

40 athletes finished the 2021 Gulf Winds Track Club 30K, and another 86 completed the 15K event. Gulf Winds Track Club chip-timed the races.


Top Ten Men, 2021 Gulf Winds Track Club 15K
  1. 51:15, Jake Rogers (M, 15) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 52:12, Patrick Koon (M, 15) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 52:57, Tristan Cravello (M, 21) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 56:14, Clayton Knox (M, 15) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 57:22, Will Winsor (M, 14) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 58:57, Leonardo Canete (M, 42) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 60:10, Quinn Carrasquilla (M, 15) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 61:26, Chance Logan (M, 24) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 62:18, William Springer (M, 14) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 62:27, Myles Gibson (M, 54) Donalsonville, GA

Top Ten Women, 2021 Gulf Winds Track Club 15K
  1. 61:53, Laura Dibella (F, 42) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 62:37, Lilli Unger (F, 18) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 63:49, Lillee Tang (F, 16) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 64:26, Amy Hines (F, 40) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 67:46, Clifton Lewis (F, 12) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 67:47, Lily Moore (F, 16) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 68:03, Mallory Robinson (F, 15) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 69:08, Stella Lewis (F, 16) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 74:31, Ali Kelly (F, 48) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 79:46, Samantha Fillmore (F, 44) Tallahassee, FL

Gulf Winds Track Club 30K champions, 1978 - 2021
DatesRaceMenWomenFinishers
16 January 202130K2:03:29, Michael Nesius2:13:40, Katie Sherron40
15K51:15, Jake Rogers61:53, Laura Dibella86
18 January 202030K1:56:45, Chris O'Kelley2:28:05, Jamila Allen66
15K51:21, Caleb Carmichael63:08, Laura Dibella140
19 January 201930K1:46:53, Austin Whitelaw2:33:55, Lourena Maxwell59
15K56:27, Jackson Yarbrough60:09, Ann Centner191
20 January 201830K1:43:01, Christopher Haynes2:10:13, Katie Sherron81
15K57:39, Tate Wallenfelsz66:08, Megan Churchill185
14 January 201730K1:46:13, Stan Linton2:15:31, Katie Sherron56
15K54:46, Matthew Cashin65:27, Sheryl Rosen219
16 January 201630K1:54:12, Charlie Johnson2:16:21, Katie Sherron73
15K52:17, Matt Mizereck60:54, Adriana Piekarewicz192
17 January 201530K1:53:19, Nate Kaiser2:22:32, Katie Sherron107
15K50:11, Sukhi Khosla58:37, Sheryl Rosen165
11 January 201430K1:57:29, Vince Molosky2:34:23, Laura McDermott55
15K51:06, Sukhi Khosla61:27, Seeley Gutierrez169
12 January 201330K1:48:22, Stanley Linton2:16:41, Katie Showman150
15K52:57, Sukhi Khosla64:19, Kristin Sweeney200
14 January 201230K1:51:30, Charlie Johnson2:17:38, Katie Showman150
15K53:29, Stanley Linton60:42, Pasca Cheruiyot176
15 January 201130K1:51:48, Vince Molosky2:17:15, Heather Griffis103
15K53:03, Stephen Cox59:55, Lisa Johnson169
16 January 201030K1:56:14, Vince Molosky2:14:22, Sheryl Rosen90
15K51:50, Matt Mizereck63:45, Lisa Johnson101
17 January 200930K1:54:06, Vince Molosky2:11:41, Sheryl Rosen87
15K51:05, Will Stanford61:49, Lisa Johnson96
12 January 200830K2:00:29, Vince Molosky2:17:24, Sheryl Rosen77
15K54:23, Matt Mizereck63:13, Lisa Johnson126
13 January 200730K2:01:23, Justin Dickieson2:04:21, Sheryl Rosen70
15K58:18, Matthew Mizereck73:40, Anna Busby50
21 January 200630K2:03:36, Michael Douma2:09:27, Stephanie Liles65
15K58:51, Chris Holland60:30, Sarah Docter-Williams59
22 January 200530K1:56:18, Art Remillard2:13:50, Jane Johnson38
16 January 200430K1:56:00, Timothy Bolton2:09:27, Jane Johnson69
18 January 200330K2:02:28, Larry Mengelkoch2:07:46, Jane Johnson59
15 December 200130K2:09:43, Tom Ratliffe2:22:56, Carrie Weyant31
3 February 200130K2:00:29, Kevin Porter2:02:27, Jane Johnson43
5 February 200030K1:57:47, Garth Grumme1:53:04, Anne Van Schuppen77
6 February 199930K1:58:17, Doug Gorton2:11:20, Jane Johnson87
10 January 199830K1:57:45, Clarence Calloway2:04:34, Jane Johnson79
7 January 199730K1:54:26, Tracy Burch2:00:28, Jane Johnson
13 January 199630K1:46:14, John Viitanen2:12:30, Eileen Telford50
14 January 199530K1:49:45, Herb Wills2:22:18, Nancy Stuparich50
22 January 199430K1:43:50, Herb Wills2:07:27, Lisa Herman51
16 January 199330K1:43:54, Herb Wills2:12:42, Carrie Hunnicutt60
4 January 199230K1:46:36, Jessie Close2:13:46, Lynda Nilges79
12 January 199130K1:37:31, David Keen2:06:03, Paula Johnson92
13 January 199030K1:43:57, Herb Wills2:12:00, Paula Johnson87
14 January 198930K1:45:31, Jessie Close2:22:07, Mary Jean Yon98
16 January 198830K1:45:24, Tom Burr2:10:04, Mae Cleveland102
10 January 198730K1:44:45, Larry Greene2:11:59, Karen Macharg82
18 January 198630K1:38:54, Herb Wills2:10:48, Missy James92
14 January 198530K1:45:10, Herb Wills2:17:56, Mae Cleveland94
14 January 198430K1:43:32, Noel Shumann2:04:20, Barbara Balzer99
15 January 198330K1:48:18, Andrew Wills2:18:18, Christy Orthman100
16 January 198230K1:44:41, Rick Miller1:56:57, Laura Ledbetter74
198130K

12 January 198030K1:51:19, Steve Ray2:48:31, Robyn Anderson70
3 February 197930K1:42:13, Ken Misner2:12:44, Lynda Heimann124
11 March 197830K1:46:19, Tim Simpkins2:22:31, Donna Glotzbach25
  • In 1978 the race was run on Apalachicola National Forest roads, starting and finishing near
    Hilliardville.
  • From 1979 to 1981 the race was run on Natural Bridge Road.
  • From 1982 to February 2001 the race was run in the Saint Marks National Wildlife Refuge.
  • From December 2001 to 2005 the race was run at Natural Bridge.
  • From 2006 to 2021 the GWTC 30K was run on Old Centerville Road and Sunny Hill Road,
    starting and finishing at
    Bradley's Retreat in Felkel.


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#2736

Friday, December 4, 2020

Apalachee Regional Park is ready to greet AAU Cross-Country National Championship Meet

Friday, 4 December 2020, was the day before the AAU Cross-Country National Championship Meet in Tallahassee, Florida, so it was a day for course tours at Apalachee Regional Park Championship Cross-Country Course. In high school cross-country, seniors are in charge of lies and general misinformation. In youth cross-country, that role has to be taken up by the coaches.


"Oh, yeah, there are alligators in there," commented one coach as his team jogged by the water in The Moat. "Three years ago, two kids were eaten by gators here."

The Moat

It is true that you can occasionally spot alligators in the moat, and whereas AAU Nationals were contested at Apalachee Regional Park four years ago, the USATF Junior Olympic Cross-Country Nationals were at ARPXC three years ago. As for the rest of it, you'll have to decide. The athletes weren't buying it, no matter how many times their coach repeated it.


Most coaches, though, were talking about pacing, or running tangents, or how to attack the hills on the course.

Smooth trails in Field #3

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, cross-country season in 2020 was, shall we say, different. Most post-season competition was canceled entirely--Foot Locker Nationals, Nike Cross Nationals, and USATF Junior Olympics were all scrubbed. AAU Cross-Country Nationals remained on the schedule, however.


"There are a lot more athletes here than the last time we hosted," said Amanda Heidecker of Visit Tallahassee.


The surge in entries was enough that the schedule had to be expanded to include four five-kilometer races instead of the original two. Athlete from 15 to 18 years old race the 5K distance in the first races on the schedule. After that the distances count down--boys and girls 13-14 race 4K, athletes 11-12 and 9-10 run 3K, athletes 7-8 run 2K, and those six-years-old and under go 1K.


"My kid is finally going to be racing," said Heidecker, who has an entry in the 1K race.

Field #2 of Apalachee Regional Park

With races at five different distances, athletes will be taking five different routes around the park on the day of the Championship. The five-kilometer course at ARPXC is well established from the many high school races that have been run there. Likewise, the three-kilometer course sees a lot of use during middle school competition. 1K is only run at Apalachee Regional Park during AAU meets, and the 2K and the 4K not much more often.


"The 4K map is wrong," grumbled Bill Lott, as he directed people touring the course to make the correct left turn for the four-kilometer course. "I put up a sign, but people keep moving it because of the map."


Signs, course monitors, and lead vehicles should be able to keep all the athletes on track on race day, Saturday, 5 December 2020. Here's the schedule:

  • 8:40 AM 15-18 Girls' 5K (Section 1)
  • 9:00 AM 15-18 Girls' 5K (Section 2)
  • 9:30 AM 15-18 Boys' 5K (Section 1)
  • 9:50 AM 15-18 Boys' 5K (Section 2)
  • 10:20 AM 13-14 Girls' 4K
  • 10:50 AM 13-14 Boys' 4K
  • 11:20 AM 11-12 Girls' 3K
  • 11:50 AM 11-12 Boys' 3K
  • 12:20 PM 9-10 Girls' 3K
  • 12:50 PM 9-10 Boys' 3K
  • 1:20 PM 7-8 Girls' 2K
  • 1:40 PM 7-8 Boys' 2K
  • 2:00 PM 6 and Under Boys' and Girls' 1K
  • 2:15 PM 3K for Parents and Coaches
  • 2:30 PM 5K Open and Masters

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#2735

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Ryan Kelly and Ruth Holiday win more at "Run More, One Less"

November road-racing in Valdosta, Georgia opened on Saturday morning, 7 November 2020 with the second annual "Run More, One Less" 5K. Master runner Ryan Kelly won the 3.1-mile event by 300 meters with a 19:14, and Ruth Holiday was the first woman in the race, placing eleventh overall in 28:25.


Aiden Keen of Valdosta took the runner-up spot in 20:28. A ninth-grader at Highland Christian, Keen runs for his school's cross-country team. Samuel Newhart of Melrose, Florida ran 21:12 for third.


Thirteen-year-old Suanna Morris of Ray City, Georgia came in second in the women's standings with a 28:50, good for twelfth overall. Another Ray City athlete, Lauren Thomas, was the third woman and fourteenth overall in 29:11. Beth Ford of Valdosta was the first woman master and fifth female finisher, seventeenth overall in 30:58.


73 athletes finished Covenant Baptist Church's 2020 "Run More, One Less" 5K. A Course/Line, LLC, of Valdosta timed the race and provided finish line services.


Top Ten Men, 2020 "Run More, One Less" 5K
  1. 19:13.5, Ryan Kelly (M, 41) Lake Park, GA
  2. 20:28.0, Aiden Keen (M, 14) Valdosta, GA
  3. 21:11.6, Samuel Newhart (M, 31) Melrose, FL
  4. 24:30.0, Harrison Glas (M, 15) Nashville, GA
  5. 24:30.1, Jacob Howington (M, 14) Hahira, GA
  6. 25:32.0, Stephen McLeod (M, 32) Barney, GA
  7. 25:40.5, Ben Yeager (M, 48) Valdosta, GA
  8. 27:17.3, Craig Cardella (M, 68) Valdosta, GA
  9. 27:36.6, Wade Henry (M, 33) Valdosta, GA
  10. 28:20.9, Mitchell Yeager (M, 16) Valdosta, GA

Top Ten Women, 2020 "Run More, One Less" 5K
  1. 28:25.0, Ruth Holliday (F, 27) Valdosta, GA
  2. 28:50.0, Suanna Morris (F, 13) Ray City, GA
  3. 29:10.2, Lauren Thomas (F, 28) Ray City, GA
  4. 29:44.6, Jeni McLeod (F, 30) Hahira, GA
  5. 30:57.4, Beth Ford (F, 52) Valdosta, GA
  6. 32:12.4, Glennie Wicks (F, 28) Valdosta, GA
  7. 32:16.6, Beibei Lin (F, 32) Valdosta, GA
  8. 32:57.3, Melissa Morris (F, 42) Hahira, GA
  9. 33:00.2, Shelby Elder (F, 28) Hahira, GA
  10. 33:00.9, Rebecca Butler (F, 29) Kathleen, GA

Run More, One Less 5K winners, 2019 - 2020
DateMenWomenFinishers
23 March 201920:19, Rick Mazurkiewicz23:13, Tracey Cole114
7 November 202019:14, Ryan Kelly28:25, Ruth Holliday73


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#2733

Monday, November 9, 2020

Laci Watford and Matthew Stratton win at 1A Region 1, but Maclay sweeps team honors

When the athletes of FHSAA 1A Region 1 met at New World Golf in Jacksonville, Florida on Friday morning, 6 November 2020, it was Laci Watford, the University Christian junior, who won the girl's 5K, running 18:40. Another junior, Matthew Stratton of Saint Johns Country Day, won the boys' 5K with a 15:53. But it was the harriers from Maclay who swept the team titles, taking first in the girls' race with 49 points and first in the boys' race with 36 points.


Runner-up in the 2018 and 2019 Region 1 races, Watford's winning 18:40 in the 2020 event put her across the finish line a minute before the next runner. Kaylin Olivarez, a Baker eighth-grader, placed runner-up in 19:40. Maclay frosh Susan Koeppel came in third with a 19:49.


After Susan Koeppel, Maclay had seventh-grader Lillian Koeppel take ninth in 20:43. The remaining three Marauder scorers were Maclay frosh Natalie Hammett (11th, 20:46), eighth-grader Payton Thumm (15th, 21:56), and seventh-grader Nishi Bhanderi (16th, 21:28). Those five athletes combined for Maclay's winning score of 49. In the past seven years, the Maclay girls have won seven Region 1 team titles.


Pensacola Christian was second in the region with 66 points, led by frosh Rae Anne Tutton and seventh-grader Jaimee Tutton. Rae Anne Tutton finished fourth in 20:08, Jaimee Tutton was fifth in 20:08. Community Christian placed third with 92 points; the Tallahassee school's first runner was junior Morgan Wilson, seventh in 20:34. Providence, the last school to win the Region before the Maclay streak began, took fourth in the 2020 meet with 98 points. Providence was led by frosh Lindy White, who placed sixth in 20:25.


The top four schools--Maclay, Pensacola Christian, Community Christian, and Providence--qualified for the State Championship Meet.


Team Standings, 2020 FHSAA 1A Region 1 Girls' Cross-Country Championships
  1. Maclay, 49
  2. Pensacola Christian, 66
  3. Community Christian, 92
  4. Providence, 98
  5. Baker, 116
  6. Saint Johns Country Day, 163
  7. Saint Joseph, 191
  8. Bishop Snyder, 206
  9. Port Saint Joe, 237
  10. Rocky Bayou Christian, 254
  11. Blountstown, 302
  12. Wewahitchka, 375

Top 15 Girls, 2020 FHSAA 1A Region 1 Cross-Country Championships
  1. 18:39.60, Laci Watford (University Christian) 11
  2. 19:39.60, Kaylin Olivarez (Baker) 8
  3. 19:48.40, Susan Koeppel (Maclay) 9
  4. 20:07.20, RaeAnne Tutton (Pensacola Christian) 9
  5. 20:07.40, Jaimee Tutton (Pensacola Christian) 7
  6. 20:24.30, Lindy White (Providence) 9
  7. 20:33.40, Morgan Wilson (Community Christian) 11
  8. 20:35.40, Reagan Smith (Pensacola Christian) 7
  9. 20:42.80, Lillian Koeppel (Maclay) 7
  10. 20:43.40, Gretchen Morgan (Providence) 10
  11. 20:45.30, Natalie Hammett (Maclay) 9
  12. 21:04.60, Emily Wheldon (Bishop Snyder) 9
  13. 21:14.00, Sydney Athearn (Rocky Bayou) 9
  14. 21:25.60, Payton Thumm (Maclay) 8
  15. 21:28.00, Nishi Bhanderi (Maclay) 7

Undefeated in the month of October, Matthew Stratton's 15:53 win in the 1A Region 1 boys' 5K gave the Saint Johns Country Day junior a four-race winning streak. The Maclay Marauders took the next two places, with junior Jackson Yarbrough runner-up in 16:08 and senior Leo Rutledge third in 16:37.


In addition to Yarbrough and Rutledge, Maclay had two more harriers in the top ten; sophmores Clayton Knox (5th, 16:58) and Carter Rothell (8th, 17:25). When Lawrence Bishop finished 21st in 18:17 for Maclay, the Marauders had 36 points and their ninth Region 1 boys' title in the last eleven years.


Finishing fourth in 16:43, junior Jonathan Tutton was first runner home for Pensacola Christian. Pensacola Christian had five scorers in the top fourteen, racking up a score of 44 points and taking second in the Region. Saint Johns Country Day was third, scoring 114 points behind Region champ Matthew Stratton. Saint Joseph was fourth with 136 points, led by sophomore Victor Farfan (6th, 17:08).


Maclay, Pensacola Christian, Saint Johns Country Day, and Saint Joseph were the four boys' teams that qualified for State out of 1A Region 1. The 2020 FHSAA State Cross-Country Championship Meet will be contested in Tallahassee, Florida at Apalacheee Regional Park. The class 1A races are scheduled for Friday morning, 13 November 2020.


Team Standings, 2020 FHSAA 1A Region 1 Boys' Cross-Country Championships
  1. Maclay, 36
  2. Pensacola Christian, 44
  3. Saint Johns Country Day, 114
  4. Saint Joseph, 136
  5. Bishop Snyder, 146
  6. Providence, 164
  7. Community Christian, 173
  8. Blountstown, 231
  9. Baker, 252
  10. Rocky Bayou Christian, 258
  11. Port Saint Joe, 263
  12. Malone, 295

Top 15 Boys, 2020 FHSAA 1A Region 1 Cross-Country Championships
  1. 15:53.00, Matthew Stratton (Saint Johns Country Day) 11
  2. 16:07.50, Jackson Yarbrough (Maclay) 11
  3. 16:36.50, Leo Rutledge (Maclay) 12
  4. 16:42.90, Jonathan Tutton (Pensacola Christian) 11
  5. 16:57.70, Clayton Knox (Maclay) 10
  6. 17:07.30, Victor Farfan (Saint Joseph) 10
  7. 17:11.90, Andrew Birx (Pensacola Christian) 10
  8. 17:24.80, Carter Rothell (Maclay) 10
  9. 17:40.50, Eugene Hall (Paxton) 12
  10. 17:41.60, Logan Dunaway (Freeport) 12
  11. 17:42.70, Donald Dempsey (Bishop Snyder) 11
  12. 17:45.70, Micah Sleeth (Pensacola Christian) 10
  13. 17:49.40, Erick Lund (Pensacola Christian) 11
  14. 17:52.20, Micah Hodge (Pensacola Christian) 10
  15. 17:52.70, Jacob Kailes (Saint Johns Country Day) 12

FHSAA 1A Region 1 Cross-Country Champions, 1999 - 2020
Boys
DateTeam ChampsIndividual Champs
13 November 1999Maclay, 2515:36, Ryan Deak (Maclay) 9
11 November 2000Maclay
10 November 2001Maclay, 2016:20, Caleb Carmichael (Florida State) 12
16 November 2002Maclay, 15??:??, Ryan Deak (Maclay) 11
1 November 2003Episcoal, 3116:32, Justin Jackson (Episcopal) 12
30 October 2004Episcopal, 8216:32, Michael Anderson (P K Yonge) 10
5 November 2005P K Yonge, 7216:37, Geoffrey Anderson (P K Yonge) 11
4 November 2006P K Yonge, 3615:42, Michael Anderson (P K Yonge) 12
10 November 2007Maclay, 4116:11, Whitney Strickland (North Florida Christian) 11
15 November 2008P K Yonge, 3316:17, Whitney Strickland (North Florida Christian) 12
14 November 2009P K Yonge, 2116:21, Patrick Swain (Maclay) 11
12 November 2010Maclay, 2316:37, Patrick Swain (Maclay) 12
12 November 2011Maclay, 2516:48, Travis Covert (Maclay) 11
10 November 2012Maclay, 4316:05, Griffith Rutherford (North Florida Christian) 11
2 November 2013Maclay, 5216:38, Griffith Rutherford (North Florida Christian) 12
8 November 2014Maclay, 3416:39, Micah Kemp (Jay) 12
31 October 2015Maclay, 5216:35, Jackson Neri (Bishop Snyder) 12
28 October 2016Maclay, 6917:00, Clay Milford (Maclay) 10
4 November 2017Providence, 7016:31, Sean Snyder (Saint Joseph) 12
3 November 2018Providence, 6915:47, Junious Brown (Maclay) 11
2 November 2019Maclay, 7016:00, Junious Brown (Maclay) 12
7 November 2020Maclay, 3615:53, Matthew Stratton (Saint Johns Country Day) 11
Girls
DateTeam ChampsIndividual Champs
13 November 1999Maclay, 4018:11, Kara Scanlin (Episcopal) 10
11 November 2000Episcopal
10 November 2001Maclay, 5117:33, Kara Scanlin (Episcopal) 12
16 November 2002Oak Hall, 40??:??, Robyn Debenedet (Episcopal) 11
1 November 2003Oak Hall, 3118:56, Robyn Debenedet (Episcopal) 12
30 October 2004Episcopal, 3619:40, Emily Ingham (Episcopal) 10
5 November 2005Maclay, 2619:42, Meghan Roberts (P K Yonge) 8
4 November 2006Maclay, 2919:06, Meghan Roberts (P K Yonge) 9
10 November 2007Maclay, 2719:13, Alicia Fenley (Maclay) 10
15 November 2008P K Yonge, 6718:27, Jana Stolting (Maclay) 11
14 November 2009Maclay, 4618:21, Jana Stolting (Maclay) 12
12 November 2010Oak Hall, 3918:53, Brittney Olinger (Oak Hall) 9
12 November 2011Providence, 3418:17, Stefanie Kurgatt (Maclay) 11
10 November 2012Providence, 4919:27, Eden Meyer (Providence) 11
2 November 2013Providence, 2219:30, Eden Meyer (Providence) 12
8 November 2014Maclay, 3718:53, Maya Espinosa (Baker) 7
31 October 2015Maclay, 4919:10, Maya Espinosa (Baker) 8
28 October 2016Maclay, 5219:45, Caroline Willis (Maclay) 12
4 November 2017Maclay, 4719:55, Audrey Woods (Providence) 11
3 November 2018Maclay, 4818:24, Gianna Forte (Bishop Snyder) 12
2 November 2019Maclay, 2319:42, Ella Porcher (Maclay) 9
7 November 2020Maclay, 4918:40, Laci Watford (University Christian) 11
The 1A Region 1 meet was run at Port Saint Joe High in Port Saint Joe in 1999.
The meet was run at the Miccosukee Greenway in Tallahassee in 2000, 2005, 2006, 2007,
and 2008.
The meet was run at Maclay School in Tallahassee in 2001 and 2002.
The meet was run at Florida Community College in Jacksonville in 2003.
The meet was run at Summit East in Tallahassee in 2004.
The meet was run at Sainte Fe College in Gainesville in 2009.
The meet was run at Oak Hall High in Gainesville in 2010.
The meet was run at Sunnyhill Farms near Tallahassee in 2012 
and 2014.
The meet was run at Alligator Lake in Lake City in 2011, 2013, and 2015.
The meet was run at Escambia Equestrian Center in Pensacola in 2016.
The meet was run at New World Golf in Jacksonville in 2018 and 2020.
The meet was held at The Oaks Equestrian Park in Lake City in 2017 and 2019.


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#2732

In cross-country, FHSAA 2A Region 1 still belongs to Bolles

In Florida high school cross-country, Regional Meets are the last round of competition before the State Championship. For athletes and teams that don't qualify at the Region, the season is over. Some harriers claim that their Region is especially difficult, or even the toughest in Florida, and call it the "Region of Death." I don't take any sides as to which, if any, Region deserves the "Region of Death" monikker, but 2A Region 1 could fairly be called the "Region of Bolles." Bolles School has won everything in that Region more often than not during the past six years. The 2A Region 1 Championship west of Jacksonville at New World Golf on 6 November 2020 was part of that streak.


The Bolles girls took the first seven places in their race, putting up a perfect fifteen-point winning score. It was the eleventh straight Region 1 win for the Bulldogs. Sophomore Jillian Candelino finished first for the second year in a row, this time going 18:25. The Bolles boys won for the sixth year in a row, scoring 28 points behind the first-place finish of Bulldog senior Cole Rutkowski, who ran 15:58.


First in the girls' 5K, Jillian Candelino was just a few steps ahead of the runner-up, her Bolles teammate Maxine Montoya. Sophomore Candelino and senior Montoya clocked 18:25 and 18:31. The pair had also taken the top two spots nine days earlier in the FHSAA 2A District 4 race, where Montoya had outrun Candelino 19:03 to 19:10. The Bulldogs didn't have to be concerned with relative positions, though, as they turned the Regional into what was effectively an intra-squad race, taking the first seven places. After Candelino and Montoya, the next five runners in Bolles colors were junior Madelyn Popp (3rd, 18:35), sophomore Ella Mickler (4th, 18:43), senior Layne Rivera (5th, 19:20), frosh Leila Bata (6th, 19;53), and junior Hadley Ropp (7th, 20:00).


The first runner that wasn't wearing orange and blue was South Walton sophomore Ava Flaherty, eighth in 20:11. Flaherty's finish led her team to a second-place score of 65. Bishop Kenny was third with 75 points; their top finisher was Kathryn Sanders, ninth in 20:13. Episcopal was fourth with 117 points, led by their ace frosh Hannah Kowkabany (12th, 20:35).


The top four teams--Bolles, South Walton, Bishop Kenny, and Episcopal--qualified for the State Meet. For the other schools in the field, the Region of Bolles was the Region of Death.


Team Standings, 2020 FHSAA 2A Region 1 Girls' Cross-Country Championships
  1. Bolles, 15
  2. South Walton, 65
  3. Bishop Kenny, 75
  4. Episcopal, 117
  5. North Bay Haven, 191
  6. Florida State, 210
  7. West Nassau, 218
  8. Santa Fe, 219
  9. West Florida, 246
  10. Fernandina Beach, 276
  11. Suwannee, 280
  12. Raines, 304

Top 15 Girls, 2020 FHSAA 2A Region 1 Cross-Country Championships
  1. 18:24.70, Jillian Candelino (Bolles) 10
  2. 18:30.30, Maxine Montoya (Bolles) 12
  3. 18:34.50, Madelyn Popp (Bolles) 11
  4. 18:42.50, Ella Mickler (Bolles) 10
  5. 19:19.20, Layne Rivera (Bolles) 12
  6. 19:52.50, Leila Bata (Bolles) 9
  7. 20:00.00, Hadley Ropp (Bolles) 11
  8. 20:10.40, Ava Flaherty (South Walton) 10
  9. 20:12.90, Kathryn Saunders (Bishop Kenny) 11
  10. 20:15.40, Patasha Bryan (South Walton) 12
  11. 20:24.90, Niya Coleman (Florida State) 10
  12. 20:34.30, Hannah Kowkabany (Episcopal) 9
  13. 20:39.70, Heidi Scali (South Walton) 11
  14. 20:40.30, Reece Knowlton (South Walton) 9
  15. 20:40.50, Alexis Holmes (Bishop Kenny) 9

Bolles' Cole Rutkowski had placed runner-up to Bulldog teammate William Brady in the 2019 Region 1 boys' race, and he had finished behind teammates Colin Duhnoski and Matthew McClure in their previous race, the 2A District 4 boys' 5K. Brady wasn't at New World Golf for the Region 1 meet, but McClure and Duhnoski were. In the end, it didn't matter who showed up for the Regional, because Rutkowsi beat them all, running 15:58 and crossing the finish line with an 80-meter lead. Fernandina Beach senior Caden Kwiatkowski was second in 16:11. A few steps back, West Florida sophomore Luis Gutierrez edged Bolles junior Matthew McClure for third, 16:14 to 16:16. All five Bolles scorers cracked the top ten, with Rutkowski and McClure joined by junior Colin Duhnoski (8th, 16:45) and seniors Aidin Hasan (9th, 16:46) and William Camp (10th, 16:57). That gave the Bulldogs a winning score of 28 points.


Placing fifth in 16:22, Bishop Kenny senior Michael Teal was his team's first finisher. Bishop Kenny scored 82 points, taking second in the team standings. South Walton was third, scoring 114 points behind their top finisher, senior Cooper Blazer (17th, 17:31). With fourth place at stake, the final qualifying spot for State, Menendez scored 120 points to take fourth and advance, while Fernandina Beach scored 122 points to take fifth and end their season. Senior Ian Kelbert (12th, 17:07) was the first Menendez finisher; Fernandina Beach senior Steven Durr (6th, 16:28) led his team. Durr qualified for State as an individual, as did West Florida sophomore Luis Gutierrez (3rd, 16:14), Pensacola senior James Simkins (7th, 16:40), and Sante Fe junior Matthew Ortiz (14th, 17:16).


The Bolles, Bishop Kenny, South Walton, and Menendez teams advanced to State. The 2020 FHSAA State Cross-Country Championship will be Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Florida with the 2A races scheduled for Friday morning, 13 November 2020.


Team Standings, 2020 FHSAA 2A Region 1 Boys' Cross-Country Championships
  1. Bolles, 28
  2. Bishop Kenny, 82
  3. South Walton, 114
  4. Menendez, 120
  5. Fernandina Beach, 122
  6. Pensacola, 168
  7. Ed White, 181
  8. Suwannee, 212
  9. Santa Fe, 250
  10. Baldwin, 266
  11. Florida State, 269

Top 15 Boys, 2020 FHSAA 2A Region 1 Cross-Country Championships
  1. 15:57.60, Cole Rutkowski (Bolles) 12
  2. 16:10.70, Caden Kwiatkowski (Fernandina Beach) 12
  3. 16:14.00, Luis Gutierrez (West Florida) 10
  4. 16:15.60, Matthew McClure (Bolles) 11
  5. 16:21.20, Michael Teal (Bishop Kenny) 12
  6. 16:27.10, Steven Durr (Fernandina Beach) 12
  7. 16:40.00, James Simkins (Pensacola) 12
  8. 16:44.20, Colin Duhnoski (Bolles) 11
  9. 16:45.80, Aidin Hasan (Bolles) 12
  10. 16:56.80, William Camp (Bolles) 12
  11. 16:58.80, Aidan Ryan (Bolles) 10
  12. 17:06.90, Ian Kelbert (Menendez) 12
  13. 17:11.30, William Morales (Bolles) 9
  14. 17:15.70, Matthew Ortiz (Santa Fe) 11
  15. 17:18.80, Pablo Moreno (Bishop Kenny) 12

FHSAA 2A Region 1 Cross-Country Champions, 2000 - 2020
Boys
DateTeam ChampsIndividual Champs
11 November 2000Pensacola Catholic, 3315:39*, Daniel Soule (Pensacola Catholic) 12
10 November 2001Bishop Kenny, 3914:50*, Nicholas Wilson (Paxon) 12
16 November 2002Bishop Kenny, 2915:31, Ryder Leary (Bishop Kenny)
1 November 2003Bishop Kenny, 1516:00, William Mullaney (Bishop Kenny) 11
29 October 2004Bishop Kenny, 3115:46, William Mullaney (Bishop Kenny) 12
5 November 2005Bishop Kenny, 5817:28, Luke Russell (Bishop Kenny) 12
4 November 2006Bishop Kenny, 6216:12, Joseph Franklin (Godby) 11
10 November 2007Bishop Kenny, 3515:38, Joseph Franklin (Godby) 12
15 November 2008Bishop Kenny, 3116:08, Michael Wallace (Bishop Kenny) 11
14 November 2009Bishop Kenny, 3516:06, Colin Barker (Bishop Kenny) 12
13 November 2010Bishop Kenny, 7316:09, David Drumm (Matanzas) 11
12 November 2011Bishop Kenny, 5816:09, Michael Barr (Bishop Kenny) 11
10 November 2012Bishop Kenny, 3616:25, David Yarborough (Bishop Kenny) 11
2 November 2013Bishop Kenny, 3316:30, Austin Decker (Bolles) 12
8 November 2014Bishop Kenny, 4116:05, Connor Vaughan (Wolfson) 12
31 October 2015Bolles, 3016:13, Charles Hicks (Bolles) 9
29 October 2016Bolles, 2515:39, Charles Hicks (Bolles) 10
4 November 2017Bolles, 2615:52, Charles Hicks (Bolles) 11
3 November 2018Bolles, 1514:54, Charles Hicks (Bolles) 12
2 November 2019Bolles, 2516:23, William Brady (Bolles) 10
7 November 2020Bolles, 2815:58, Cole Rutkowski (Bolles) 12
Girls
DateTeam ChampsIndividual Champs
11 November 2000Bolles, 4518:42*, Jessica Czervionke (Bolles) 12
10 November 2001Pensacola Catholic, 6718:11*, Zita Magloire (Chiles) 12
16 November 2002Bishop Kenny, 3519:01, Mallory Wellman (Bishop Kenny) 10
1 November 2003Bishop Kenny, 2319:10, Mallory Wellman (Bishop Kenny) 11
29 October 2004Bolles, 3519:14, Anna Greskovich (Pensacola Catholic) 12
5 November 2005Episcopal, 1620:10, Margaret Traylor (Episcopal) 10
4 November 2006Episcopal, 1618:47, Margaret Traylor (Episcopal) 11
10 November 2007Episcopal, 2518:39, Kathleen Traylor (Episcopal) 10
15 November 2008Bishop Kenny, 4818:42, Stephanie Strasser (Fernandina Beach) 1
14 November 2009Bishop Kenny, 4618:18, Stephanie Strasser (Fernandina Beach) 12
13 November 2010Bolles, 2218:36, Rebecca Chandler (Bolles) 12
12 November 2011Bolles, 5618:54, Kaysi Roberts (West Florida) 10
10 November 2012Bolles, 2918:48, Mackenzie Wilson (Bolles) 9
2 November 2013Bolles, 2019:04, Mackenzie Wilson (Bolles) 10
6 November 2014Bolles, 2218:37, Mackenzie Wilson (Bolles) 11
31 October 2015Bolles, 1818:29, Caitlin Collier (Bolles) 10
28 October 2016Bolles, 1718:20, Caitlin Collier (Bolles) 11
4 November 2017Bolles, 2519:31, Patasha Bryan (South Walton) 9
3 November 2018Bolles, 1818:52, Maeve O'Riordan (Bolles) 12
2 November 2019Bolles, 2019:39, Jillian Candelino (Bolles) 9
7 November 2020Bolles, 1518:25, Jillian Candelino (Bolles) 10
The 3A Region 1 meet was run at Sante Fe College in Gainesville in 2000.
The meet was run at the Miccosukee Greenway in Tallahassee in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004,
and 2007.
The meet was run at the University of West Florida in Pensacola in 2005.
The meet was run at Bartram Trail High in Jacksonville in 2006 and 2008.
The meet was run at Sunnyhill Farms near Tallahassee in 2009, 2010, 2012,
and 2014.
The meet was run at Alligator Lake in Lake City in 2011, 2013, and 2015.
The meet was run at Escambia Equestrian Center in Pensacola in 2014 and 2016.
The meet was held at The Oaks Equestrian Park in Lake City in 2017 and 2019.
The meet was run at New World Golf in Jacksonville in 2018 and 2020.
* Three-mile race.


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#2731

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Chiles boys and Fleming Island girls triumph in 4A Region 1

Saturday, 7 November 2020, was not a great day for repeat winners at the FHSAA 4A Region 1 Meet.


Having graduated, Ashley Klingenberg wasn't around to defend her Region 1 title, and Niceville senior Lillian Holtery became the 2020 champion, running 19:12. Fleming Island scored 81 points to take the girls' team title, knocking off defending champ Chiles. The Chiles boys won the team title in their race with 47 points, while the defending champs from Bartram Trail were fourth. But Rheinhardt Harrison broke the pattern. The Nease junior successfully defended his 2019 title, cruising to a 15:46 win in the boys' 5K.


If there was a rematch in the girls' race it was between Lillian Holtery and Elizabeth Iliff. Iliff, a Creekside senior, and Holtery had finished just seconds apart in the 2019 Region 1 meet, with Iliff fourth in 18:37 and Holtery fifth in 18:40. The two were part of a lead pack of ten runners at the midpoint of the 2020 race. As the race wore on, the pack shrank. With the finish line approaching, Holtery charged away from Iliff and won the race, 19:12 to 19:15. Jada Williams, a junior on the Flagler Palm Coast team, placed third in 19:19.


In the team standings, Emma Millson led Fleming Island's charge; the Golden Eagle senior was sixth in 19:46. Another Fleming Island senior, Marisa Kortright, was eleventh in 20:05. The remaining Golden Eagle scorers were juniors Mei Chang (13th, 20:10) and Grace Adams (14th, 20:15) and frosh Allie Knotts (44th, 21:45), giving Fleming Island 81 points and the 2020 4A Region 1 girls' title.


Mandarin, led by junior Lauren Conover (15th, 20;19), was a close second with 90 points. Iliff and Creekside took third with 114 points, while Holtery and Niceville were fourth with 121 points. Spruce Creek took fifth, also with 121 points, but losing the tie-breaker to Niceville. It was an especially bitter loss, because only the top four teams qualified for the State Meet. For the rest of the field, the 2020 cross-country season was over.


Team Standings, 2020 FHSAA 4A Region 1 Girls' Cross-Country Championships
  1. Fleming Island, 81 *
  2. Mandarin, 90 *
  3. Creekside, 114 *
  4. Niceville, 121 *
  5. Spruce Creek, 121
  6. Buchholz, 124
  7. Flagler Palm Coast, 141
  8. Nease, 144
  9. Chiles, 211
  10. Fletcher, 254
  11. DeLand, 308
  12. Crestview, 342
  13. Atlantic Coast, NTS
    Tate, NTS
    Forest, NTS
    Oakleaf, NTS
    Bartram Trail, NTS
    West Port, NTS
    Sandalwood, NTS
    University, NTS

Top 15 Girls, 2020 FHSAA 4A Region 1 Cross-Country Championships
  1. 19:11.8, Lillian Holtery (Niceville) 12
  2. 19:14.6, Elizabeth Iliff (Creekside) 12
  3. 19:18.3, Jada Williams (Flagler Palm Coast) 11
  4. 19:26.8, Naila Etique (Nease) 12
  5. 19:35.4, Kelly Davis (Chiles) 11
  6. 19:45.9, Emma Millson (Fleming Island) 12
  7. 19:47.5, Olivia Niewald (Spruce Creek) 10
  8. 19:47.9, Kate Drummond (Buchholz) 10
  9. 19:58.2, Rachel Wheatley (Spruce Creek) 12
  10. 20:00.7, Nichole Harris (Forest) 12
  11. 20:04.6, Marisa Kortright (Fleming Island) 12
  12. 20:06.6, Emma White (Buchholz) 9
  13. 20:10.0, Mei Chiang (Fleming Island) 11
  14. 20:14.7, Grace Adams (Fleming Island) 11
  15. 20:18.1, Lauren Conover (Mandarin) 11

Rheinhardt Harrison entered the boys' race as not only the defending 4A Region 1 champion, but also the 2019 4A State champion. He looked like it. Harrison led nearly the entire race, winning by more than 100 meters. Nease senior Bradley Ball was second to his teammate in 16:09. A sprint to the finish line decided third, with Forest senior Ashton Deriso (3rd, 16:45) outkicking Buchholz senior Ashok Jaishankar (4th, 16:46) and Chiles junior Ben Kirbo (5th, 16:46).

Rheinhardt Harrison
Rheinhardt Harrison

Kirbo was the first Timberwolf across the finish line, but he was followed by sophomore Wyatt Townsend (7th, 16:54), senior Nathan Reffitt (8th, 16:54), senior Jackson Sytsma (18th, 17:20), and junior Filippo Reina (19th, 17:20). Those five scored 47 points for Chiles, putting their squad first in the team standings. Chiles boys' teams had won a few class 3A state titles over the years, and more than a few class 3A regional titles, but this was their first regional win in class 4A.


Placing second, Creekside came close to keeping Chiles from the Region 1 title, scoring 52 points behind the ninth-place finish of Creekside junior Jesse Benavides (16:57). Rheinhardt Harrison and Nease scored 65 points, taking third. Bartram Trail, the 2019 champions, placed fourth with 73 points, led by senior Jahari White (6th, 16:48). As the top four teams, Chiles, Creekside, Nease, and Bartram Trail qualified for the State Final.


The FHSAA State Cross-Country Final is at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Florida, with the 4A races scheduled for Saturday morning, 14 November 2020.


Team Standings, 2020 FHSAA 4A Region 1 Boys' Cross-Country Championships
  1. Chiles, 47 *
  2. Creekside, 52 *
  3. Nease, 65 *
  4. Bartram Trail, 73 *
  5. Fleming Island, 111
  6. Mandarin, 186
  7. Niceville, 204
  8. DeLand, 239
  9. University, 263
  10. Spruce Creek, 274
  11. Atlantic Coast, 278
  12. Crestview, 357
  13. Tate, NTS
    Buchholz, NTS
    Fletcher, NTS
    Forest, NTS
    West Port, NTS
    Oakleaf, NTS
    First Coast, NTS
    Flagler Palm Coast, NTS

Top 15 Boys, 2020 FHSAA 4A Region 1 Cross-Country Championships
  1. 15:46.0, Rheinhardt Harrison (Nease) 11
  2. 16:08.8, Bradley Ball (Nease) 12
  3. 16:44.9, Ashton Deriso (Forest) 12
  4. 16:45.2, Ashok Jaishankar (Buchholz) 12
  5. 16:45.2, Ben Kirbo (Chiles) 11
  6. 16:47.2, Jahari White (Bartram Trail) 12
  7. 16:53.4, Wyatt Townsend (Chiles) 10
  8. 16:53.9, Nathan Reffitt (Chiles) 12
  9. 16:57.0, Jesse Benavides (Creekside) 11
  10. 16:59.3, Jalani White (Bartram Trail) 12
  11. 17:08.6, McCall Williams (Creekside) 10
  12. 17:10.8, John Zurn (Creekside) 9
  13. 17:12.2, Jackson Dravo (Creekside) 10
  14. 17:12.9, Frederick Lloyd (Nease) 12
  15. 17:14.2, Roger Arias (Bartram Trail) 12

FHSAA 4A Region 1 Cross-Country Champions, 2005 - 2020
Boys
DateTeam ChampsIndividual Champs
5 November 2005Flagler Palm Coast, 7816:00, Justin Harbor (Flagler Palm Coast) 12
4 November 2006Boone, 7915:43, Anthony Morales (Flagler Palm Coast) 12
10 November 2007Winter Park, 9416:15, Cameron Dickerson (Mandarin) 12
15 November 2008Doctor Phillips, 6915:56, Chris Dendor (Bartram Trail) 12
14 November 2009Melbourne, 7815:16, Brian Atkinson (Melbourne) 12
13 November 2010Hagerty, 8615:39, Eduardo Garcia (Mandarin) 12
12 November 2011Colonial, 5115:21, Andres Arroyo (Colonial) 11
9 November 2012Colonial, 6015:13, Andres Arroyo (Colonial) 12
2 November 2013Winter Park, 3918:55, Kayley Delay (Fletcher) 9
8 November 2014Lyman, 7215:26, Joshua Jacques (Lyman) 11
31 October 2015Mandarin, 9015:28, Joshua Jacques (Lyman) 12
29 October 2016Timber Creek, 12515:50, Timothy Doyle (Freedom) 11
4 November 2017Oviedo, 6515:53, Kayama Galloway (Oviedo) 10
2 November 2018Oviedo, 7515:56, Kayama Galloway (Oviedo) 11
2 November 2019Bartram Trail, 6615:30, Rheinhardt Harrison (Nease) 10
7 November 2020Chiles, 4715:46, Rheinhardt Harrison (Nease) 11
Girls
DateTeam ChampsIndividual Champs
5 November 2005Buchholz, 2719:24, Natalie Doss (Buchholz) 12
4 November 2006Bartram Trail, 9018:38, Chanelle Cox (Niceville) 10
10 November 2007Bartram Trail, 3617:38, Brittany Koziara (Boone) 10
15 November 2008Bartram Trail, 6118:52, Mandy Perkins (Spruce Creek) 12
14 November 2009Melbourne, 4918:38, Mary Ann Brown (Orange Park) 9
13 November 2010Spruce Creek, 7118:17, Vanessa Valentine (Melbourne) 11
12 November 2011Olympia, 7018:21, Bridget Blake (Doctor Phillips) 11
9 November 2012Olympia, 6017:57, Bridget Blake (Doctor Phillips) 12
2 November 2013Timber Creek, 6815:40, Brandon Marquez (Timber Creek) 10
8 November 2014Wnter Park, 3718:02, Rafaella Gibbons (Winter Park) 9
31 October 2015Wnter Park, 3417:28, Rafaella Gibbons (Winter Park) 10
29 October 2016Winter Park, 5917:38, Kayley Delay (Fletcher) 12
3 November 2017Winter Park, 6518:11, Mackenzie Czurak (Winter Springs) 10
2 November 2018Lake Brantley, 10118:21, Amber Schulz (Timber Creek) 9
2 November 2019Chiles, 7318:20, Ashley Klingenberg (Lake Brantley) 12
7 November 2020Fleming Island, 8119:12, Lillian Holtery (Niceville) 12
The 2005 and 2010 4A Region 1 Meet was at Sperling Sports Complex in Deland.
The 2006 and 2008 meets were at Bartram Trail High in Jacksonville.
The 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2018, and 2019 meets were at Sante Fe College
in Gainesville.
The 2014 and 2017 meets were at the Flagler County Fairgrounds in Bunnell.The 2015 meet was at Lake Nona High in Orlando.
The 2020 meet was at Alligator Lake Park in Lake City.


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#2730

Region 1 at Alligator Lake is the last win before State for the Leon girls and Ponte Vedra boys

In Florida high school cross-country, the Regional Meets are the penultimate round of the state championship series, the last race before the State Meet. For Leon High frosh Patrick Koon and Fort Walton Beach senior Kambry Smith, it was also their last win before State. In Lake City's Alligator Park on Saturday morning, 7 November 2020, Koon won the boys' 5K at the 3A Region 1 meet, running 16:19. Smith took first in the girls' race at the meet with an 18:45. The Leon girls were first in the Region with 70 points, while Ponte Vedra claimed the Region 1 boys' title with 54 points.


The girls raced first at Alligator Lake Park. Saint Augustine junior Reilly Barber hung with the leader, Kambry Smith, for the first half of the girls' 5K, but Smith left Barber behind during the second half of the race, winning 18:45 to 18:58. Leon senior Lilli Unger moved up through the field after mid-race to take third in 19:15.


Unger was joined in the top ten by Leon sophomore Lillee Tang, tenth in 20:13. Sophomores Lily Moore (12th, 20:23) and Stella Lewis (19th, 21:16) also scored for Leon, as did Lion senior Avery Calabro (30th, 21:44), each contributing to their team's winning total of 70.


Led by Reilly Barber, Saint Augustine was a close second with 75 points. Ponte Vedra edged New Smyrna Beach for third, 98 to 102--Ponte Vedra led by senior Lauren Bing (4th, 19:45) and New Smyrna Beach by senior Emma Schlageter (8th, 20:01). As the top four teams, Leon, Saint Augustine, Ponte Vedra, and New Smyrna Beach qualified to advance to the State Championship Meet.


Team Standings, 2019 FHSAA 3A Region 1 Girls' Cross-Country Championships
  1. Leon, 70 *
  2. Saint Augustine, 75 *
  3. Ponte Vedra, 98 *
  4. New Smyrna Beach, 102 *
  5. Choctawhatchee, 136
  6. Gulf Breeze, 150
  7. Wakulla, 167
  8. Fort Walton Beach, 200
  9. Seabreeze, 242
  10. Lincoln, 249
  11. Middleburg, 250
  12. Matanzas, 337
  13. Stanton, NTS
    Mainland, NTS
    Gainesville, NTS
    Arnold, NTS
    Columbia, NTS
    Pace, NTS
    Ridgeview, NTS
    Deltona, NTS
* Team qualified to race in the State Championship on 14 November 2020


Top 15 Girls, 2019 FHSAA 3A Region 1 Cross-Country Championships
  1. 18:44.6, Kambry Smith (Fort Walton Beach) 12
  2. 18:57.4, Reilly Barber (Saint Augustine) 11
  3. 19:14.5, Lillian Unger (Leon) 12
  4. 19:44.7, Lauren Bing (Ponte Vedra) 12
  5. 19:46.4, Deanna Bottino (Choctawhatchee) 11
  6. 19:50.6, Emma Mussante (Middleburg) 12
  7. 19:56.0, Chloe Fernander (Choctawhatchee) 11
  8. 20:00.1, Emma Schlageter (New Smyrna Beach) 12
  9. 20:07.3, Riley Carter (New Smyrna Beach) 12
  10. 20:12.6, Lillee Tang (Leon) 10
  11. 20:22.8, Annabella Veltcheva (Gainesville) 11
  12. 20:22.8, Lily Moore (Leon) 10
  13. 20:41.1, Ellie Moritz (Ponte Vedra) 11
  14. 20:46.6, Gabriella Berardi (Ponte Vedra) 12
  15. 20:49.9, Karah McElhone (Saint Augustine) 12

The boys' 5K looked a lot like the 3A District 2 race a week earlier. Leon's Jacob Rogers and Patrick Koon spent the first half of the race patiently tucked back in the pack, then moved into the lead during the last two kilometers. At the District, though, Rogers had left Koon behind. At the Region it was Koon's turn to shine, and the Leon frosh charged home to win in 16:19. Sophomore Rogers was second in 16:26. Pace senior Francisco Ramirez, runner-up in Region 1 in 2019, placed third in the 2020 race at 16:36.

Patrick Koon
Patrick Koon

Koon and Rogers, though, were Leon's only two runners in the top ten. Ponte Vedra had three--senior Lucas Bouquot (6th, 16:49), sophomore Grant Doherty (7th, 17:02), and senior Joshua Cills (9th, 17:12). Ponte Vedra's remaining scorers were seniors Aidan West (13h, 17:32) and Colin Lytle (27th, 17:55). Those five scored 54 points for the Sharks, good enough for the Region 1 title.


Led by senior Ryan Sloan (5th, 16:49), Fort Walton Beach was second with 68 points. Saint Augustine placed third with 74 points; their top runner was senior Bela Schein (8th, 17:02). Leon was the final team in the field to qualify for State, taking fourth with 114 points.


The FHSAA State Cross-Country Championship is slated for 13-14 November 2020 at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Florida. Class 3A is scheduled to race on Saturday morning, the second day of competition. But keep an eye on the Gulf of Mexico, because Tropical Storm Eta just might interfere with those plans.


Team Standings, 2019 FHSAA 3A Region 1 Boys' Cross-Country Championships
  1. Ponte Vedra, 54 *
  2. Fort Walton Beach, 68 *
  3. St. Augustine, 74 *
  4. Leon, 114 *
  5. Gulf Breeze, 155
  6. Lincoln, 157
  7. New Smyrna Beach, 179
  8. Choctawhatchee, 182
  9. Stanton, 225
  10. Seabreeze, 240
  11. Columbia, 285
  12. Matanzas, 330
  13. Pine Ridge, NTS
    Pace, NTS
    Gainesville, NTS
    Ridgeview, NTS
    Middleburg, NTS
    Wakulla, NTS
    Washington, NTS
    Arnold, NTS
    Rickards, NTS
    Terry Parker, NTS
* Team qualified to race in the State Championship on 14 November 2020


Top 15 Boys, 2019 FHSAA 3A Region 1 Cross-Country Championships
  1. 16:19.0, Patrick Koon (Leon) 9
  2. 16:25.3, Jacob Rogers (Leon) 10
  3. 16:35.8, Francisco Ramirez (Pace) 12
  4. 16:45.9, Nicholas Samuel (Lincoln) 12
  5. 16:48.1, Ryan Sloan (Fort Walton Beach) 12
  6. 16:48.3, Lucas Bouquot (Ponte Vedra) 12
  7. 17:01.1, Grant Doherty (Ponte Vedra) 10
  8. 17:01.3, Bela Schein (Saint Augustine) 12
  9. 17:11.7, Joshua Cills (Ponte Vedra) 12
  10. 17:11.8, Luke Larkin (Fort Walton Beach) 11
  11. 17:25.1, Tyler Herndon (Seabreeze) 11
  12. 17:27.8, Fabrizio Gowdy (Stanton) 12
  13. 17:31.5, Aidan West (Ponte Vedra) 12
  14. 17:34.2, Benjamin Koppman (Saint Augustine) 11
  15. 17:34.5, Finn Youberg (Gulf Breeze) 12

Sixteen years of FHSAA 3A Region 1 Cross-Country Champions, 2005 - 2020
Boys
DateTeam ChampsIndividual Champs
5 November 2005Chiles, 3515:53, Jonathan Blocker (Chiles) 12
4 November 2006Chiles, 5015:40, Eric Larson (Washington) 11
10 November 2007Leon, 3715:19, Eric Larson (Washington) 12
15 November 2008Leon, 2615:45, Matt Mizereck (Leon) 11
14 November 2009Leon, 6215:27, Matt Mizereck (Leon) 12
13 November 2010Washington, 4815:26, William Clark (Creekside) 12
12 November 2011Fort Walton Beach, 9015:30, Thomas Howell (Niceville) 10
10 November 2012Fort Walton Beach, 4915:26, Thomas Howell (Niceville) 11
2 November 2013Chiles, 7815:39, Sukhi Khosla (Leon) 11
8 November 2014Leon, 3514:53, Sukhi Khosla (Leon) 12
31 October 2015Creekside, 4516:07, Matthew Cashin (Leon) 11
29 October 2016Chiles, 6115:51, Michael Phillips (Chiles) 11
4 November 2017Chiles, 4515:49, Michael Phillips (Chiles) 12
3 November 2018Chiles, 6915:43, Connor Phillips (Chiles) 12
2 November 2019Leon, 4816:10, Lewis Benitez-Chaparro (Vanguard) 12
7 November 2020Ponte Vedra, 5416:19, Patrick Koon (Leon) 9
Girls
DateTeam ChampsIndividual Champs
5 November 2005Chiles, 4719:09, Julia Bryant (Chiles) 11
4 November 2006Chiles, 4019:11, Julia Bryant (Chiles) 12
10 November 2007Chiles, 4219:29, Lauren Day (Crestview) 10
15 November 2008Chiles, 1519:02, Carly Thomas (Chiles) 9
14 November 2009Chiles, 3418:30, Lilly Williams (Chiles) 10
13 November 2010Chiles, 4518:07, Lily Williams (Chiles) 11
12 November 2011Chiles, 4317:50, Lilly Williams (Chiles) 12
10 November 2012Fort Walton Beach, 7018:33, Susan Givens (Chiles) 12
2 November 2013Pace, 8718:45, Emma Rudman (Fort Walton Beach) 10
8 November 2014Creekside, 4018:18, Kelly Aponte (Saint Augustine) 11
31 October 2015Niceville, 6318:45, Claire Mortiz (Ponte Vedra) 10
29 October 2016Niceville, 4017:56, Alyson Churchill (Lincoln) 9
4 November 2017Chiles, 3218:08, Ana Wallace (Chiles) 12
3 November 2018Chiles, 4317:53, Claire Openshaw (Creekside) 11
2 November 2019Saint Augustine, 4018:45, Emily Culley (Chiles) 12
7 November 2020Leon, 7018:45, Kambry Smith (Fort Walton Beach) 12
The 3A Region 1 meet was run at Ridgeview High in Orange Park in 2005.
The meet was run at the Miccosukee Greenway in Tallahassee in 2006, 2007, and 2008.
The meet was run at Sunnyhill Farms near Tallahassee in 2009, 2010, 2012, 
and 2014.
The meet was run at Alligator Lake in Lake City in 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2020.
The meet was run at Sante Fe College in Gainesville in 2016.
The meet was run at New World Golf in Jacksonville in 2018.
The meet was held at The Oaks Equestrian Park in Lake City in 2017 and 2019.


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