Sunday, November 18, 2012

State Championship Titles of Tallahassee & Leon County High School Cross-Country Teams, 1947-2012

Following the 2009 season I first put together a list of cross-country titles won by Leon County schools since the beginning of time. Well, since 1947, which is when Florida first began holding state championships in high school cross country. Which seems late to be coming to the table, but the NCAA national championship in cross country only goes back to 1938. So now the question becomes not what's wrong with this state, but what's wrong with this country?


Rachel GivensIt seems appropriate that this list would need to be updated after 2012, the first year that Tallahassee hosted the FHSAA state cross-country championships. It wasn't Tallahassee's finest year at the state cross-country meet, but the schools in the area did represent. In the class 1A boys' race, the Tallahassee Maclay boys took home second-place hardware, scoring runner-up behind Holy Trinity. Griffith Rutherford of Tallahassee North Florida Christian (4th, 16:06.05) took home an All-State medal, as did Tallahassee Maclay's Travis Covert (8th, 16:18.45). In the class 2A girls' race, Tallahassee Maclay placed tenth, with Maclay's Kristin Sweeney (7th, 19:01.69) earning All-State decorations. Two Leon County teams cracked the top ten in class 3A, with Tallahassee Leon placing sixth with 199 points and Bradfordville Chiles taking seventh with 213. Tallahassee's fastest individual in that race was Leon sophomore Sukhi Khosla (13th, 15:58.60). The Chiles girls placed third in their class 3A race. The performance that requires this list to be revised also came from that race. Chiles senior Rachel Givens won the 2012 FHSAA-3A girls' cross-country title, running 17:48.78. Givens joins Carly Thomas as one of two Chiles girls to win the state meet. No school in Leon County has had more than two girls cross-country champions. Most schools are waiting for their first.


Congratulations to everyone. And for the returning runners--when you're putting in base mileage in July, and the weather just isn't cooperating, remember that the State Meet in November isn't that far away. And it's in our house.



CHILES HIGH SCHOOLTimberwolves

Team Titles

Boys:
FHSAA 3A State Champions, 2003
FHSAA 3A State Champions, 2005
FHSAA 3A State Champions, 2006

Girls:
FHSAA 3A State Champions, 2008
FHSAA 3A State Champions, 2009
FHSAA 3A State Champions, 2010


Individual Titles

Boys:
2003, Alex Miletich, 3A State Champion

Girls:
2009, Carly Thomas, 3A State Champion
2012, Rachel Givens, 3A State Champion



GODBY HIGH SCHOOL

Individual Titles

Boys:
2007, Joe Franklin, 2A State Champion




LEON HIGH SCHOOL

Team Titles

Boys:
FHSAA 2A State Champions 1969
FHSAA 3A State Champions 2007
FHSAA 3A State Champions 2008
FHSAA 3A State Champions 2009

Girls:
FHSAA 3A State Champions 1977
FHSAA 3A State Champions 1978
FHSAA 3A State Champions 1986
FHSAA 3A State Champions 1987
FHSAA 3A State Champions 1988


Individual Titles:

Boys:
1976 Herb Wills, 4A State Champion
1986 Doug Dickinson, 3A State Champion
1988 Ray Carter, 3A State Champion
1989 Ray Carter, 3A State Champion
2007 Matt Mizereck, 3A State Champion
2008 Matt Mizereck, 3A State Champion
2009 Matt Mizereck, 3A State Champion

Girls:
1979 Rosemary Desloge, 3A State Champion
1988 Jessica Scafidi, 3A State Champion
1989 Jessica Scafidi, 3A State Champion
1990 Jessica Scafidi, 3A State Champion



LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL

Individual Titles

Girls:
1991 Kathy Ward, 4A State Champion
1992 Kathy Ward, 4A State Champion




MACLAY SCHOOL

Team Titles

Boys:
FHSAA 2A State Champions, 1998
FHSAA 1A State Champions, 1999
FHSAA 1A State Champions, 2000
FHSAA 1A State Champions, 2001
FHSAA 1A State Champions, 2002


Girls:
FHSAA 2A State Champions, 1997
FHSAA 2A State Champions, 1998
FHSAA 1A State Champions, 1999
FHSAA 1A State Champions, 2001
FHSAA 1A State Champions, 2005


Individual Titles

Boys:
2002, Ryan Deak, 1A State Champion
2008, Patrick Swain, 1A State Champion
2009, Patrick Swain, 1A State Champion



NORTH FLORIDA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

Individual Titles

Boys:
1989, Robert Boyd, 1A State Champion