2017 Alligator Lake Invitational Boys Preview
The 9th Edition of the Alligator Lake Invitational is looking like it can be one of the best meets to happen this year. On the boys side we see the undefeated Bolles, take on the extremely good 3A teams of Belen Jesuit and Chiles. Below we take a look at what we believe will take place in the races.
Bolles – The Bulldogs are undefeated on the year with wins at Spikes and Spurs, Bale -N- Trail, and Katie Caples. They have two very strong front runners in Charles Hicks and Chase Rivera as well a good supporting group of guys with numbers two through seven all under 17:16. Under Coach Rivera, this team has proven itself to be a force in the Florida running scene. They are currently in the drivers seat in the quest for the 2A state team title.
Belen Jesuit – As a late addition, the guys from Miami bring a pleasant surprise on the guys side. Belen is also undefeated on the season having won the MDC Youth Fair Championships, The Asics Classic at Embry Riddle, and the Spanish River Invitational. If these guys run full strength they could give Bolles a run for it. At the Spanish River Invite they had 7 guys in under 17:20.
Chiles – The guys from Chiles are coming off a runner-up finish at The Buffalo Invitational, we they finished just 7 points as a team behind Vanguard. Coming into the season the Timberwolves were the favorites to win the 3A team title, on Saturday they get another opportunity to race a top 3A team.
Other Teams To Watch:
McIntosh – Making their way down from Georgia, this team could mix it up with top 3.
Niceville – The guys from Niceville are undefeated this season. If they develop a front runner they could be a team to watch out for in November.
Michael Phillips (Chiles) – Phillips ran a PR of 15:26 at the Buffalo Invitational to win by 22 seconds over Joey Fitzpatick. Phillips is the defending 3A state champion and will be using Alligator Lake as a tune up for Great American the following week.
Charles Hicks (Bolles) – Hicks has started the season with a win and two runner up finishes. Last Saturday, Hick ran at the Katie Caples Invitational where he ran a quick time of 15:32 finishing just one second behind Paul Stafford. When Hick was out kicked at Spikes and Spurs, he came back with a vengence the next week capturing a win over Jacob McCleod (Foot Locker All-America).
Chase River (Bolles) – Rivera is part of the Bolles strong 1-2 punch. He has run 15:47, 16:14 and 16:11 this season. With PRs of 52 in the 400 and 1:56 in the 800, Rivera could be chasing a win if the race turns into a tactical one.
Others to Watch:
Zach Jaeger (McIntosh) – Zach makes the trip down from Georgia with a season best of 15:45.
Josh Collins (Belen Jesuit) – Earlier this week, the guys from Belen were under the understanding that they would be running elsewhere. When reviewing the entries for both races, it looks like Belen will be making the trip up to see how they fair against the likes of Chiles.