For the 10th year in a row, the Flrunners cross country meet will be at Chain of Lakes state park in Titusville. More than 5,000 runners will compete, from middle school, high school and college teams.
It is the 17th annual meet for Flrunners, and 17 races will be run beginning Friday afternoon at 3:20. Competition will resume Saturday morning at 7:20.
Melbourne Central Catholic’s Amanda Beach has posted the top high school girls time in Florida this year, 17:47. Other favorites include last year’s Flrunners winner, Bailey Hertenstein of Riverview. She ran a 17:32 to win last year’s Class 4A state title.
In all, 10 of the state’s top 15 girls will be racing.
Mason Jones, of host Titusville, will be a contender among the boys. He was second at last weekend’s UF Mt. Dew Invitational in Gainesville and has placed among the top two at each of his races this season.
Jones has a 2016 best of 15:51.
Colleges competing include Bethune Cookman, Florida Atlantic, Rollins and Webber International.