Monday, February 12, 2018

Michael Phillips adds Gatorade Florida Boys Cross-Country Runner Of The Year to his résumé

After the 2017 cross-country season, Chiles High senior Michael Phillips was named the Florida Dairy Farmers' 2017-2018 Mr. Cross Country. Phillips is now also the 2017-2018 Gatorade Florida Boys Cross-Country Runner of the Year. Gatorade announced the award in a press release on Monday, 12 February 2018.

Michael Phillips
Michael Phillips

During the 2017 cross-country season, Phillips won races at the Cougar Cross-Country Challenge, the Big Bend Cross-Country Invitational, the Buffalo Invitational, the District 3 Championships, the Region 1 Championships, and the FHSAA 3A State Championships. The State title was the second in a row for Phillips. In the post season, Phillips placed second in the boys' 5K at the Foot Locker South Regional, qualifying for Foot Locker Nationals, where he placed sixteenth. Phillips was the top Florida finisher in both post-season races, and his sixteenth-place finish at the National meet is the highest placing by a Florida boy since 2010, when Jimmy Clark placed seventh and Ryan Pickering ninth.

Phillips has committed to run for Syracuse University in fall 2018.

Gatorade Florida Boys Cross-Country Runners of the Year
2007-2008Brian AtkinsonMelbourne
2008-2009Brian AtkinsonMelbourne
2009-2010Matt MizereckLeon
2010-2011Jimmy ClarkCreekside
2011-2012Andres ArroyoColonial
2012-2013Thomas HowellNiceville
2013-2014Nick DiazMiami Sunset
2014-2015Sukhi KhoslaLeon
2015-2016Steven CrossMerritt Island
2016-2017Caleb PottorffLincoln Park
2017-2018Michael PhillipsChiles


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