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!


Season Starts at Jim Ryun Invitational

The first cross country meet of the season brought hundreds of runners to Lakeland for the 10th Anniversary Jim Ryun Invitational.  After the varsity and JV high school 5k races, the Harriers competed in the middle school 3k events, starting at 10:00am.  It was hard work for the racers who battled the central Florida late-August heat, but the Harriers were ready after spending the latter part of the summer preparing.  The teams won 2nd place overall out of 16 teams (boys) and 5th overall (girls), and both teams had two Top Ten medalists.  Newcomer Nicole Oliveira, 6th grade, received a 10th place medal and earned a spot on the Harriers Top 25 3k Times in her first cross country race.  Eliana Black, 5th grade, was awarded the 1st place medal for her time of 12:14.0.  In the boys’ race, 5th grader Oscar Brown finished in 9th place with 12:00.1, while Brennan Fargher, 7th grade, finished 10th in 12:02.9.


Oscar and Brennan heading toward the last curve before the finishing stretch.


Eliana crossing the finish line.


Boys Middle School 3k
9 Oscar Brown 12:00.1
10 Brennan Fargher 12:02.9
21 Liam Ballard 12:28.3
25 Jack Garcy 12:36.9
34 Daniel Casey 12:50.5
35 Karsyn Darst 12:50.9
40 Kameron Bass 13:11.5
50 Carson Caplinger 13:32.5
53 Cooper Chesser 13:37.9
55 Maddux Hawkins 13:39.4
93 Liam Maloney 14:56.8
99 Eli Riordan 15:02.9
101 Elijah Landers 15:06.1
147 Nadav Egosi 17:19.8
153 Brodie Christensen 17:29.8
180 Gabriel Santos 21:22.1

Girls Middle School 3k
1 Eliana Black 12:14.0
10 Nicole Oliveira 13:48.2
33 Ainsley Aeschleman 14:45.5
61 Alli Laffler 16:16.5
64 Reyne Szabla 16:24.1
116 Carly Henry 19:59.5
137 Fay Brooks 22:07.7
145 McKinley Cassels 23:23.3

Boys Elementary 2k
4 Colin Fargher 9:29.1
5 Colin Maloney 9:47.3
6 Alec Brown 10:21.1

The Boys’ Team and Coach Brian posing with Jim Ryun, pro-runner Ed Cheserek, and their 2nd place trophy.

Next week, September 1st, the Harriers will be at the Lecanto Invitational. Invitational 18

Five Hillsborough Harriers qualified for the State Championship at the Invitational 18 on Saturday, September 30th in Lakeland.  The boys’ team won 3rd place out of 26 teams and the girls’ team won 6th out of 24 teams.

Boys’ Results:
4 Jacob Braun 10:45.93 SQ
21 Daniel Casey 11:31.12 SQ
25 Carson Caplinger 11:48.36 SQ
34 Zachary Glover 12:03.42
43 Oscar Brown 12:13.08
49 Cody Smith 12:24.83
50 Tyler Summers 12:25.68
51 Arun Senthilkumaran 12:27.49
53 Brock Glover 12:29.54
57 Karsyn Darst 12:34.35
59 Brennan Fargher 12:35.80
66 Chase Thurber 12:44.18
83 Kameron Bass 13:11.04
94 Cooper Chesser 13:23.51
105 Rahul Karpur 13:34.87
116 Ricardo Gonzalez 13:56.09
132 Liam Maloney 14:08.22
190 Michael Garcia 15:41.97

Girls’ Results:

13 Anna Breede 12:38.66 SQ
21 Eliana Black 12:54.13 SQ
29 Rona Marzban 13:14.34
63 Rebekah Miller 14:26.23
68 Meaghan Ballard 14:33.10
69 Ryann McLeod 14:33.63
90 Alli Laffler 15:29.16
186 McKinley Cassels 19:31.29

The Harriers will be competing in the Disney Cross Country Classic on Friday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports.  Go Harriers!


2017 XC Season Begins at Jim Ryun Invitational


The Hillsborough Harriers finished strong at the first meet of the season on Saturday, August 26, 2017.  The Jim Ryun Invitational at Holloway Park in Lakeland, Florida was well-attended with over 25 middle school teams present. The boys team won 2nd overall and the girls team was 5th overall.


Olympic silver medalist, Jim Ryun, presented the awards.

Boys 3000m Results:
7 Jacob Braun 11:25.50 
10 Daniel Casey 11:38.20 
22 Zachary Glover 12:07.00 
25 Brennan Fargher 12:09.40 
28 Carson Caplinger 12:14.50
38 Oscar Brown 12:32.10 
39 Arun Senthilkumaran 12:32.20 
45 Liam Maloney 12:45.50 
47 Brock Glover 12:49.20 
52 Tyler Summers 13:00.70  
-- Karsyn Darst 13:03
63 Cody Smith 13:18.20 
64 Ricardo Gonzalez 13:21.10  
68 Rahul Karpur 13:25.40 
69 Kameron Bass 13:26.90  
73 Cooper Chesser 13:33.80 
93 Chase Thurber 14:11.10 
168 Nicholas Andonov 16:28.00


Girls 3000m Results:
8 Anna Breede 13:02.10 
19 Rona Marzban 13:40.90 
25 Eliana Black 13:51.60 
40 Micah Friedman 14:25.70 
64 Alli Laffler 15:18.90 
65 Meaghan Ballard 15:22.40 
83 Reyne Szabla 16:07.50 
133 Peyton Aydelotte 17:56.30 
142 Rebekah Miller 18:27.20 
149 McKinley Cassels 19:39.20

FLYRA State Championship


The Hillsborough Harriers made a strong impact at the Elementary races on Friday and the Middle School races on Saturday at Holloway Park in Lakeland for the FLYRA State Meet.


Boys MS 3k Championship

Girls MS 3k Championship

Boys Open 3k

Girls Open 3k

3rd-5th 2k

K-2nd 1k

Notable finishes in the Championship races included Ellie Pleune (11:19, 4th overall), Jacquelyn Abanses (11:22, 5th overall) and Zach Harrigan (10:14, PR, 4th overall).  The runners overcame some difficult course conditions including temperatures reaching into the 80’s and the addition of sand to the course trails.

“They put a lot of sand on the course,” observed Pleune.

“It was tough…they definitely added sand,” Harrigan remarked.


The Harriers were not eligible for a team award.

“At the State Meet, only school teams (that is, teams that are made up of runners who all attend the same school, regardless of whether or not the school officially sponsors the team) are eligible for the team title,” former Harriers Coach Don Bly explained.


Saturday marked the end of the 2016 cross country season,  although some Harriers will continue into post-season AAU cross country, with a qualifier race November 12th and National Championships in Tallahassee December 3rd.  Stay tuned.

Harriers Hustle at Holloway

The George Jenkins Holloway Park Jamboree on Saturday provided some tough competition for the Harriers. The boys’ team placed 2nd out of 22 teams with a top 5 average of 11:25:48.  Two Harrier boys won top 10 medals out of the 236 finishers.  The girls’ team also secured a runner-up position with a top 5 average of 12:43:76.  Two Harrier girls were in the top 3 out of 181 finishers.

Boys’ results     Girls’ Results

The Hillsborough Harriers will be will be running in the Invitational 17 Middle School 3k on October 1, 2016 in Titusville, Florida.

Harriers Start With a Bang!

DSCN9582The first xc meet of the season proved to be a fierce start for the Harriers as the boys secured a first place finish and the girls placed second at the competitive Jim Ryun Season Opener Invitational in Lakeland on Saturday.  Two of our boys earned top 10 finishes, with both 2nd and 3rd place overall going to Harriers.  Highlight video here.  Three of our girls finished in the top 10, including the coveted 1st overall position.  Results here.

DSCN9563 Junior Harriers also had a remarkable start to the xc season, taking the gold and silver medal in the girls 2k, gold in the boys 2k, and gold, silver and bronze medals in the boys 1k.

The sizzling summer practices paid off.  Well done, Harriers!