Rainy Hair, Don’t Care!

This year’s Sacred Selections 5k in Temple Terrace was soggy but the performance by the Harrier squad was anything but!

As the longest standing youth distance club, the Harriers showed up in force with 44 youth runners and parents joining at the starting line. The moderately hilly 3.1 mile course wound around and through the Woodmont Park in Temple Terrace.

Katelin Wilcox brought home the overall female winner title!   Amy “Cooked” the 0-14 age group, followed by  Alli Laffler in 3rd and Elsie finished 4th in the 0-14 Female category.

Harriers’ boys Josh, Joaquin, Oscar, Christian finished 1-4 in the 0-14 Category.  Harrier Parents lit up their respective age groups.  Best of all we were able to donate our entry fees to Sacred Selections, an organization that assists with adoptions of children to good families in the the Tampa area.  Just amazed as usual at how well the kids ran today!

Winter 5K Series

Winter 5k Series

Join an exclusive 3rd through 8th grade 5K series to kick off the 2020 year!

After a successful 2019 cross country season, the Harriers will be jumping right into preparation for a series of 5K races starting with a time trial at the end of January. Runners from any background are welcome to join, all that is needed is a desire to work hard and have fun!

Weekly team workouts are underway already on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturdays. We would love for you to come join us!

This series will be covered in one flat fee for all runners. Current club members can register for $60, while new members can register for $80 and will receive a Harrier race uniform.

Tentative race schedule is below. For more information you can contact us at harriersxc@gmail.com


Gadsden Park 5k for Autism

Gadsden Park


PARR for the course 5k

Babe Zaharias Golf Course


Honor our Heroes 5k

Oldsmar City Hall

Jim Ryun Invite Champions!!

Great result for both the Girls and Boys teams at the Jim Ryun Invite to kick off the XC season!  The Girls team surprised with a 3rd place finish, improving our team score by 40 points from last year.  The boys team had an incredible performance, scoring a team record meet low 36 points and winning the meet by over 60 points.  The summer training we have done this year really showed in the results!



Newcomers Shawn and Andrew went 1-2 in the boys AAU 1k race.  Alec, Gus and Titus finished 1st, 3rd and 4th in the boys 2k.   Emma Laffler made the podium with a 3rd place finish in the girls AAU 2k.

Josh, Oscar, Ricky, Zach, Joaquin and Katelin all finished in the top 15 in the Middle School 3k races.

Great Summer Training!

Thanks to all the Parents and Kids for the great summer of training!  Our first meet is next week!  We now have over 40 kids on the team and I’m very excited to see how everyone does at the first meet.

The first meet is the Jim Ryun Invite.  Jim Ryun won the Olympic Silver Medal at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City.   Jim will be there at the race and poses with runners at the awards ceremony.  Jim was also the first American High School runner to run under 4 minutes in the Mile.  He’s a legendary athlete and perhaps the greatest high school athlete of all time.



Harriers XC Summer Training is rolling

Right now we have about 25 runners (Grades 3-8) training for the fall Season.  The runners participating are having fun, learning about how to run faster and bonding in a friendly team environment.   We practice in the Carrollwood, Lutz and Citrus Park areas of Tampa.   The new Splash-park practice site is a big hit. The Head Coach is 11-time Boston Marathon Qualifier Tommy Brown.   Still time to join for the fall season.  Email :   harriersxc@gmail.com for more information.


Join us on June 20th, 6:00 pm. at the Running Center for the Harriers Info Night!  For Returning and New Runners 3rd – 8th Grade.

  • Q&A about the HARRIERS XC Program

The Harriers Cross Country team is for Boys and Girls 3rd – 8th Grade.  Racing distance is 3K (1.86 Miles).  Please Join Us in finding out more about the team.

Running Center:

14427 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618







Spring Training


You may be wondering why you haven’t seen your favorite youth runners at local track meets this year.  The Harriers are primarily a distance running team, with a focus on cross country racing.  In the past, the team has participated in track meets to stay conditioned for the fall XC season.  The coaches realized the speed work required for track training was not conducive to the long-distance work necessary for XC peak performance.  So in 2019, the spring season is being used for XC training, with the Harriers participating in a few local 5k races as well as a couple of FLYRA track meets in order to qualify for the State Meet.  If you would like information about joining the Harriers, please see our Want to Join page and email harriersxc@gmail.com.

FLYRA XC MS State Championship


Over 1,500 runners from Florida convened in Lakeland Friday and Saturday for the FLYRA Middle School State Cross Country Championships.  Nine Harriers competed with the top runners in the state during the elite 3k championship races and several Harriers participated in the open 3k and 2k races.  In the Girls 3k Championship race, Eliana Black finished in 7th place, the top 5th grader in the state with a PR of 11:13.73.


It was a marvelous finish to the xc season for the Hillsborough Harriers, who will spend the winter months training for Gasparilla races in February and the Spring track season.

Results (Place/Name/Time):
Girls Championship 3k
7 Eliana Black 11:13.73*
118 Nicole Oliveira 13:03.41

Boys Championship 3k
55 Chase Thurber 11:09.75*
65 Liam Ballard 11:13.89
70 Daniel Casey 11:16.37
115 Oscar Brown 11:33.00
135 Carson Caplinger 11:40.15
136 Jack Garcy 11:40.19*
167 Karsyn Darst 11:56.62

Girls Open 3k
8 Katelin Wilcox 12:39.36*
176 Alli Laffler 15:38.35
202 Carly Henry 16:34.71
239 Fay Brooks 18:04.02

Boys Open 3k
215 Elijah Landers 15:04.12

Girls Elementary 2k
12 Ainsley Aeschleman 9:18.68
39 Meaghan Ballard 10:58.50

Boys Elementary 2k
39 Colin Fargher 9:02.24
67 Brodie Christensen 9:42.32
84 Nadav Egosi 10:02.42
89 Paxton Hawkins 10:12.60
123 Gabriel Santos 11:57.80

* Top 25 Harriers XC Times


Oscar Brown and Eliana Black, both the top 5th graders in the state in the middle school cross country 3k championship races, will be representing the Harriers in Knoxville, Tennessee in December for the AAU National XC Championships.  Go Elli and Oscar!


Nature Coast Qualifier


Katelin Wilcox earned a spot on the Harriers Top 25 List with a PR of 12:54.44


Karsyn Darst placed in the Top 20 with a SB of 11:43.55

The Harriers boys were runners-up and the girls placed 4th at the 5th Annual FLYRA Nature Coast Qualifier on Saturday, October 20th in Lecanto.  The boys elementary team won 1st place in the 2k event.

3k Results (Boys):

10 Oscar Brown 11:08.59*#
12 Liam Ballard 11:16.51
13 Carson Caplinger 11:21.91
18 Karsyn Darst 11:43.55
19 Kameron Bass 11:48.19
21 Jack Garcy 11:54.32
23 Cooper Chesser 12:02.27
24 Maddux Hawkins 12:06.79
55 Eli Riordan 13:32.62
* Top 25 Harriers XC Times
# Qualified for State Championship
3k Results (Girls):

1 Eliana Black 11:26.38*#
3 Nicole Oliveira 11:55.05*#
18 Katelin Wilcox 12:54.44*
71 Carly Henry 15:44.78
78 Fay Brooks 16:10.17

* Top 25 Harriers XC Times 
# Qualified for State Championship
2k Results (Elementary Boys):

4 Colin Fargher 8:56.54
5 Brodie Christensen 9:01.46
9 Paxton Hawkins 9:14.74
12 Nadav Egosi 10:08.65
17 Alec Brown 10:27.77
21 Gabriel Santos 11:42.82

2k Results (Elementary Girls):

2 Ainsley Aeschleman 9:09.93
13 Meaghan Ballard 10:51.95


Next week the 2018 cross country season will conclude at the FLYRA Middle School State Championship in Lakeland.