High school 2013 cross country preview

High school 2013 cross country preview


High school 2013 cross country preview


Ida Baker

Coach: Dan Butler (5 years)Returning Runners: Tony Milana (11), Kenneth Hernandez (12)Coach’s outlook: This year’s team has some great leadership and we hope to build on that to push us through to the state meet this year. We have some young runners this year that we are hoping can step up and fill in our top seven spots.

Bishop Verot

Coach: Scott Dwyer (5th year)Returning boys: Jared Arnold (12), John Snow (12), Thomas Gargano (11), Matt Signorelli (11), Tyler Marshall (11), Matt Thompson (11), John Janiak (11), Alex Avery (10), and Michael Arias (10)Returning girls: Julia Signorelli (11), Geraghty Anne Ellis (10), and Ashley Carlton (10)Coach’s outlook: The boys team fell short of the state finals by one place last year. We have three returning members from last year’s varsity squad but we will need others to step up this year.The girls team lost one of the best distance runners that has ever attended Bishop Verot: Katie Avery. We have 14 girls and only 3 of them are returning runners. This year will be challenging but we have many new runners that are up to the task.


Coach: Amy Rybicki (1st year)Returning runners: Boys, Tyler Foor (12); Nick Thompson (12); Kyle Tan-Kyi, (11); Randy Richardson (11); Santiago Rivera (11); Varun Varshney (11); Blake Reynolds (9); Griffin East (8), Girls, Katie Flaharty (12), Evelyn Pizzolato-Murray (10); Sydney Hall (9); Lauren Rosellini (9), Kendall Flaharty (7), Olivia DeBoest (7). Outlook: This year we have 21 very motivated and dedicated athletes. We have two seniors Tyler Foor and Katie Flaharty leading the team as captains, and many other experienced runners. The key to our success this year is the teams desire to work as a team, and achieve both individual and team goals.

Cypress Lake

Coach: Rob Strong (8th year)Key players lost: Bobby OrmsbyReturning runners: Boys, Rhys Griffin (12), Connor Moore (12), Keaton McKenzie (10), Xavier Torres (10). Girls, Bree Salcedo (10), Heidi Churchill (11), Mary Edwards (12), Sabina Anderson (11), Halie Van Netta (11).Outlook: Boys, Moore and Griffin are the leaders of this young team and they have worked extremely hard with the expectation to get to the State Meet, which is a tall order in our region. Girls, The girls graduated 3 of their top 4 runners and are very young this fall. They are making up for their lack of experience with hard work. Churchill and Edwards have stepped up as leaders during the summer.


Coach: Boys, Guy Thomas (2nd year); Girls, Dortelus (1st year)Key players lost: Rene Claude (Track at Morehouse College)Returning runners: Boys, Juan Benitez (12), Ty’Relle Powell (10). Girls, Narupat Tipayaosoth (10).Coach’s outlook: We are very excited about establishing a long distance team at Dunbar, its well over due. We are in the process of creating and environment that will spark the interest of some of our student athletes. This freshman class is the foundation we are building on. “One day at a time and one step at a time” is our philosophy.”

Evangelical Christian

Coach: Wesley Penberthy (1st year)District A-11Returning runners: Girls, Sarah Candiano (11). Boys, William Lunsford (11), Brandon Kohlmeier (11), Jonas Elliott (9)Coach’s outlook: The girls and guys teams will attempt to win districts for the first time, and will look at qualifying for the state meet. The girls team loses Sarah McBeath, but she will be replaced with Jill Richter, a transfer from Fort Myers. The Sentinels will also be adding Kylee Rullo, who placed fourth in the Class A state track meet in the 400, Abby Lunsford who was a huge part of the girls 4X800 who finished third at the state meet, and Sierra Oliveira who is a very talented 6th grader.

Fort Myers

Coach: Boys, Yancey Palmer; Girls, Kelly Britton. Key players lost: Boys, Ace Brown (running at Savannah College of Art and Design), Brendan McGonagle (running at U of Tampa). Girls, Hunter Goldsmith, Jillian Richter, Tori Cook, Alex EdwardsKey players returning: Class 3A runner-up Tyler Bennett (12), Dean McGregor (11), Stephen Fedec (10), Ram Khalmatrov (12), Colten Hardee (10). Girls, Emily Edwards, Caline McCarthy, Ronnie Finley, Courtney Bullock, Taylor Morrello, Shelby Guttery, Amber Winton.Coach’s outlook: Boys, The Green Wave boys are looking to place close to last year’s third-place finish in Class 3A. While losing some great runners and leaders, the boys have bounced back nicely grabbing a few freshmen that will step up soon and having some of last year’s athletes return to step into lost positions. With this year’s senior class leading, the Green Wave are confident they will qualify for the state finals and place high in November in Tallahassee at the FHSAA Finals.Girls, Each season we always seem to be one person out of where we need to be. We are looking for the girls to step it up in order to have a successful season.


Coach: Melissa Stevens (10 years) Returning runners: Malik Asalieh (12), Ivonne Badillo (12), Kevin Bowles (12), Matt DeClerck (12), Alyx Gonzalez (12), Sierra King (12), Carter Luna (10), Carla Mateo (11), Jared O’Toole (12), Kenny Weeks (12), Keven Agredo (12)Coach’s outlook: This year I have a large group of seniors that have worked hard in the past four years. Alyx Gonzalez is our top runner who competed in the state meet last year, placing well in his division. This year we look for better things from Alyx as he is expected to be ranked as an elite runner. We did lose some good athletes but the rest of the team is ready to step up and fulfill the roles that were left open from the departing seniors.

Island Coast

Coach: Boys, David Galka (2 years); Girls, Melody Galka (4 years)Returning runners: Boys, Joseph Rosales, Sr.; Joshua Martin, Sr.; Joey Thune, Jr. Girls, Leanne Ellis, Jr.; Ashley Heavlin, Sr.; Britany Gutierrez, Jr; Maria Landaverde, Sr.; Trinity Jutras, Sr.Coach’s Outlook: The boys varsity team lost several key runners, they are Camillo Herrera, Nick Gee and Edward Santiago. Stepping up to fill their shoes are Joseph Rosales, Josh Martin and Darrick Russell with several new athletes who are up and coming. This year the girls varsity team has a tough group of girls and Leanne Ellis, Ashley Heavlin and Britany Gutierrez are leading the way with several new additions to the team who are showing promise. We are in a tough district but the key to a successful season is hard work, and motivation to do our best while staying injury free.


Coach: Jef Frost (18 years boys, 13 years girls)Key players lost: Boys, No. 1 runner Erick Medina and No. 3 runner Carlos Suarez.Returning runners: Boys, Joel Chairez (12), Omar Pena (12), Eduardo Benitez (10), Justin Reyes (10), Pedro Dimas (11), Dalton Hyser (10). Girls, Ana Figueroa (12),Tess Frost (12), Ana Arreola (10), Becky Lapp (10), Bianey Serrano (11).Coach’s Outlook: Boys, We Return five of the top seven runners that were on our district runner-up and state qualifying team last year. The addition of sophomore Enrique Jimenez will help team return to State.Girls, Two newcomers, Mayra Ramirez (11) and Esmerelda Rodriguez(9) should help team make it back to regionals, but everyone must improveto advance to state.


Coach: Kendice DeVries (first year); Depri Hammond (first year)Returning runners: Jonathan Manzanares (12)Runners: Darren Valdez (9), Carlos Hernadez (9), Oscar Ramirez (9), Desiree Foster (9)Coach’s Outlook: Our team will develop and carry through the entire season good team work, positive attitudes, setting goals on making new personal records each race. Jonathan is the team captain for this school year. Jonathan plans to demonstrate positive attitudes for all our runners, providing each runner with motivation and guidance in their new journey to running cross country.


Coach: Chris Lewis (7 years)Returning runners: Boys, Brandon Feehery (11), Adam Moore (11), Mason Eicher (11), Keller Nocera-Smith (10). Girls, Isabelle Foy (10), Ivana Castaldi (12), Victoria Sands (11), Jessica Bouffard (12).Outlook: Boys, Lost some key members that were an important part of the program the past four years. Will rely heavily on the younger runners and some kids coming to us from the JROTC program.Girls, Will look to continue improving throughout the year with a mix of runners new to the sport of cross country. Also looking forward to seeing our returning runners step up their performances from last year.

North Fort Myers

Coach: Girls, Loretta Purish (28th year) No key losses to graduation.Returning runners: 5 varsity from last season. Abbie Larson (12), Cheleste Oronato (12), Diamond Phillips (12), Kristen Mittl (11), Priscilla Pacheco (10)Coach’s outlook: With 20 girls out for the team, I am excited going into my last season with this group of Lady Red Knights. The team should be ready to be competitive when it counts – championship season. Some new team additions are showing they will be vying for the top 7 spots. Junior Sarah Pederson was 18th in her first cross country race. There are also three freshmen who are impressing – Kaitlyn Karkota won the JV race at Estero’s Wildcat Invite, Paige Renyhart was seventh, and Kayla Easterly, who did not run, but is coming in with fast mile times from middle school.

South Fort Myers

Coach: Trevor Montgomery (1st year)Returning runners: Boys, Daniel Eagan (11), Ryan Kennedy (10), Jordari Rene (10), Stanley Lajeune (11); Girls, Tabitha Nave (11)Outlook: As a first year cross country coach I’m looking forward to the challenge of coaching a new sport but also depending on my returning runners to help be leaders.


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