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2011 FHSAA 3A Regional Previews

#1 09 November 2011 05:01 PM
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2011 FHSAA 3A Regional Previews

by C. Robert Brown


There can be no doubt that this year in Florida Cross-Country 3A is the toughest classification, top to bottom.

With 5 of the top 10 teams and 8 of the top 15  regardless of  classification, on the Boys side including the #1 & #2 as well as 4 of the top 10 teams / 6 of the top 15 all classifications on the Girls including the #1 & #2, 3A is as stacked as I can remember any classification being in recent history.

As a matter of fact the #1 3A boys team is ranked #11 in the country and the #1 3A girls is ranked #28.

That being stated, the four 3A regional meets this week are going to be some of the most competitive in the State of Florida. Let’s take a look:


3A R1 Boys will see FL #2 Ft. Walton Beach. take on FL #6 Pensacola B. T. Washington, FL #7 Chiles and FL # 12 Bartram Trail for the crown and leave either Leon, Creekside or Niceville home with sub 17:00 team averages.

The 3A R1 Girls pit FL #2 Chiles against FL #5 Creekside & FL #6 Ft. Walton Beach for supremacy with Niceville, Nease, Choctawhatchee and Bartram Trail battling it out for the remaining 3 spots.


Boys – Mac Reynolds, Thomas Howell, Nicholas Morken
Girls – Lily Williams, Ivy Chastain, Carly Thomas, Rachel Givens, Marsel Mosley

November 12, 2011 
Class 3A Region 1
, Alligator Lake Park

1498 SW County Club Road (CR133), Lake City, FL 32025

The 3A R2 Boys is a little tighter at the top with 5 teams under 17:00 avg. lead by FL #14 Wiregrass Ranch., George M. Steinbrenner, Sarasota, Chamberlain & Land O’ Lakes with 5 closely matched teams racing for the final team spot.

3A R2 Girls will see a match up of sub 20:00 team average teams in St. Cloud and Wiregrass Ranch with Belleview a clear 3rd.  It is a crowded field of 11 teams that are sub 21:00 team avg. vying for the final three transfers.


Boys – Max del Monte, Quincy O'Connor, Travis Nichols
Girls – Anne-Marie Blaney, Nikita Shah

November 12, 2011
 Class 3A Region 2

Lecanto HS
3810 West Educational Path, Lecanto, FL 34461

3A R3 Boys has three teams sub 16:30 avg. squaring off in a battle royale for the Regional crown. FL #9 Estero vs. FL #11 Ft. Myers vs. FL # 16 Naples plus throw in under 17:00 avg. teams Ida Baker and Palmetto Ridge and you’ve got a barn burner. Resurgent Charlotte should hold on to the final transfer spot against Lakewood Ranch.

The 3A R3 Girls features FL #1 / US #28 Estero against rivals FL #11 Lakewood Ranch (again) with Ft. Myers and Gulf Coast battling for the 3rd spot and Ida Baker, Northeast (S.P.), Cypress Lake and Osceola (Seminole) fighting for the last 2 spots.


Boys – Carlos Miranda, Aaron Rojas, Buddy Gates, Josh Pelletier, Ace Brown
Girls - Olivia Ortiz, Kacy Smith, Bethany Jenkins, Katy Solis, Caroline Barlow, Rachel Petrik

November 11, 2011
 Class 3A Region 3

Charlotte Sports Park
2300 El Jobean Rd., Port Charlotte, FL  33948

The 3A R4 Boys are racing for second with FL #1 / US #11 Belen Jesuit way out in front.  Melbourne, Martin County, Jensen Beach, Port St. Lucie will duke it out for 2 – 5 and the crowd of Archbishop McCarthy, Cardinal Gibbons, Eau Gallie and Palm Bay will make it interesting for that final transfer.

3A R4 Girls has Merritt Island and Melbourne vying for the top spot with South Fork, Martin County, Palm Bay, Cardinal Gibbons and Miami Northwestern closely competing for the next four spots.


Boys – Elliott Clemente, Avery Lopez, Andrew Iglesias, Francisco Tejidor, Fabian Tomas
Girls – Vanessa Valentine, Elizabeth Harper, Morgan Rodriguez, Rachel Greer

November 12, 2011
 Class 3A Region 4
South Fork HS
10205 SW Pratt & Whitney Rd., Stuart, FL 34997


C. Robert Brown

Who:  Creative Dictator, Vicarious running enthusiast and all-around swell guy.

What:  Owner TWANG™ Trendgineering apparel design studio specializing in decorated sportswear.

Where:  Fort Myers, FL. Originally from western North Carolina.

Why:  Love of the sport!


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