Sunday CC Roundup 9/8

Different meet, same results.  The strong performance for the Eagles continued Saturday at the Pace Patriot Invitational.  We won both varsity team titles team titles and the JV races were won by Cooper Breeze and Emily Reid with Finn Hodge leading the boys varsity team with a 4th place finish and and Lilli Holtery placing 2nd in the girls Varsity races.  Overall we placed 6 boys and 6 girls in the top 15 of the varsity races and 9 of the top 10 in the boys jv race, and 6 of the top 10 in the girls jv race.  Had there been jv team scores, we would have won.    Full Results and pics are also available on the team facebook page. (  

So far we’ve had some awesome photos by Chris Gesch and Annabelle Dedmore this season.  Feel free to continue to share your photos on the facebook page.  Also special thanks to Mr and Mrs Case for transporting and setting up the tents for the second time this season.  Thanks also to everyone who helped clean up afterwards.  

This week’s “Runners of the Week”

Varsity Boys

It was a tough go choosing this week’s runner of the week for the Varsity Boys team as we had a number of very strong races.  That being said, I think this may have been the breakout race we have been waiting for from of Senior Jake Dever, who has now dropped his PR by 22 seconds from last season.

Varsity Girls

Starting off the day with a bang for the Eagles was Freshman Abigail Vestel, who has shown tremendous improvement going from our #8 runner in the first regular season meet to our #5 runner this week, and in the process running a 43 second PR!

JV Boys

Running in the heat of the combined JV race, Freshman Cooper Breeze let the Varsity guys know that if anyone isn’t on their game he is ready to step in and take their place.  Cooper won the race by 6 seconds running a strong time of 19:10!

JV Girls

Also running in the heat of the combined JV race, freshman Evelyn Schutt, who is new to competitive cross country this season, ran to a 29 second PR!

Pasta Dinner this THURSDAY (9/12) at the Vestel Household (40 Southwind Ct in Bluewater)

Theme is dress like a geek!

Sign up here to provide food!


All athletes should be bringing to school MONDAY a signed form regarding the Flrunners meet.  It is IMPERATIVE that I have final commitments tomorrow  as I am placing the ticket order and finalizing the number of hotel rooms.

 If you would like to buy additional tickets for Hollywood Horror Nights (HHN)for your family, please notate that on the form that is being returned to me tomorrow.  The cost for additional tickets is $82.79/ticket.  

Please note that HHN has some scary sections although it is essentially PG-13.  For those who don’t want to go in the Haunted Houses, they can skip them and ride the rides that are open.

This week’s meets!

Bale and Trail - Jacksonville (7399 Longleaf Pine Parkway, St Johns, FL 32259)

Boys - Todd, Finn, Jake, Dane, Tommy, Parker, Anthony, Joey

Girls - Lilli, Ellie, Ainslee B, Sophia, Erika, Abigail, Trinity, Veronica

Course Map

Cost $30 (which covers hotel and dinner)



10:30 - all athletes going on the trip are to go to first lunch

11:00 - depart NHS from gymnasium

2:45EST - stop at Apalachee Regional Park (state meet course) in Tallahassee for workout.

4:00 - Depart Apalachee Regional Park (state meet course) for Jacksonville

6:30 pm  - Arrive at hotel in Jacksonville (13950 Village Lake Cir, Jacksonville, FL 322580

7:00 pm - Olive Garden Carry in dinner

9:30pm in rooms

10:00 lights out


5:15am - Wake up!!

6:00am - Depart for Bartram Trail High School

7:30am - Boys race

8:00am - Girls Race

The jv and middle school races followed by awards.

Head for home after awards.  

Will stop for lunch somewhere.  Probably return 4:00 but will have kids message you when we get to Tallahassee and Defuniak Springs.

Gulf Coast Stampede (Escambia County Equestrian Center, 7750 Mobile Highway, Pensacola, Florida)

        Course Map


5:00am Bus Departs NHS

6:15 arrive at Escambia Equestrian Center

7:30am Girls Varsity Race

8:05am Boys Varsity Race

8:40am HS Boys JV Race 5k

9:25am HS Girls JV Race

9:50am Dance Competition

10:10am Awards Ceremony

12:30 return to NHS

*Note - this is a chip timed race so Coach Lisa will need some assistance helping to distribute chips and numbers and then collect chips after the race.

Varsity Boys: Reece, Cooper, Will, Ian, Tanner, Zachary, Noah, Alex J, Jack, David

Varsity Girls:  Nia, Emily, Kate, Eleny, Lily, Brooke, Olivia, Grace, Elle, Evelyn

Athletes not running this weekend: Kaden, Erin C, Ty, Ethan, Paige, Clara Beth, Patrick, Paris

*Please notify me ASAP if you are not running or the above information is incorrect

Upcoming Meets Meet

The cost of this trip is $160 plus uncovered meals.  (Cost covers ticket to universal, hotel for two nights, lunch & dinner Friday night.)  We leave Friday 9/27 and return Sunday 9/29.  

Currently the following people have said they are not attending: KiLynn, Paris. IF YOU ARE NOT GOING PLEASE NOTIFY COACH ASAP

Travel: we have one charter bus holding 54 athletes, plus two mini vans each carrying 5 athletes.  We still need a parent to help transport team tents, coolers, etc.


9/27 - Friday

7:00am - depart NHS

10:45am - stop in Tallahassee to run and eat lunch

~6:00pm - check into hotel in lakeland fl

Dinner in hotel and chill for the evening

9/28 - Saturday

6:00am depart for course

7:20 - Varsity Boys Run

7:40 - Varsity Girls Run

9:30 - JV Boys Run

9:55 - JV Girls Run

11:00 head back to hotel for lunch and rest time

4:00 - 6:00 depart for Universal Studios and Eat in Universal City

6:30 - midnight - “enjoy” Hollywood Horror Nights

1:00am arrive back at hotel


~10:00am depart for Niceville

~12:00pm lunch in Gainesville

5:00pm arrive back at NHS

Team pictures are available for purchase...

This week’s Senior Spotlight

David Ott

Ethan Parker

Tell me about your family...

My parents and little brothers are the best support network I could ever ask for and have been tirelessly supportive of me running despite the odd hours of the morning and the endless mud on my shoes.

My mom and dad are the coolest parents ever and they support me in everything I do. My mom is the most caring woman in the world and my dad is the hardest working guy I know. My brothers are weird but I’m proud to have them as my brothers.

When did you start running? Why did you start running?

My sophomore year of high school and because Coach asked if I would try and so I did.

Late 7th grade. My dad made me do track late 7th grade and I ended up really enjoying it.

Favorite part about being a cross country runner

The friendships and unique experiences from spending that long with a team and relying on each other to run your best every day.

The races because they bring in another challenge to conquer, each race is a chance to do better and be better.

Best memory of cross country

Running on the track so fast that we ran in and out of a storm during a workout.

FSU camp freshman year.

Favorite Musician/Band/Music Genre

80’s music

Jimmy Buffet

Your place to relax

Anywhere I’m watching a movie.

The beach

Favorite subject in school



Favorite food

Italian sausage rigatoni

Any seafood

Complete this sentence "Everyone who knows me, knows I love...."

Marvel comics, probably to an unhealthy level.


Plans for the future?

Attend college and become a contributor to society

College, win the lottery, then buy a private island

Anything else you’d like to add

Thank you to my coaches and my teammates for always helping me and supporting me through every mile I truly appreciate and will miss it when the season ends.

Cross country has been an amazing experience.  It has had it’s ups and downs, but I’ve had an awesome coach and an amazing team and I wouldn’t trade my years on this team for anything. It was definitely a lot of fun.



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Most Updated: Complete Season Schedule available here

Coach LaFollette