2017 Bale-N-Trail Meet Preview – Boys
The 2017 Bale-N-Trail Cross Country original is shaping up to be another very competitive race on the guys side. Last week we saw 6 guys go under 16 at the Spikes and Spurs Invitational, 5 of these guys will be participating at Bartram as well as Foot Locker All-American Jacob McLeod.
Bolles: The guys from Jacksonville proved they are the team to beat after winning at Spikes and Spurs. In a duel meet they are the second best team in 2A, behind Satellite, but they benefit from having an extremely good 1-2 punch in Charles Hicks and Chase Rivera. Until they are beaten, they are the team to beat.
Vanguard: The team from Ocala showed their strength, finishing 2nd to Bolles on Saturday in Bunnell. They also have one of the better 1-2 punches in the state with Joey Fitzpatrick and Diego Lavieri-Sosa. The team’s 4 and 5 are 800 meter specialist with PR’s of 1:57 and 1:55 who are very green when it comes to the longer distance stuff. If they can figure out the 5k, the team will be hard to beat.
Satellite: On paper Satellite is the best team in the state. They recently won the Deland Invitational with a team score of 43 pts, placing 3 guys in the top 6 of the race. They also ran very well at the Wickham Park Jamboree with their top 5 guys averaging 16:42 for 5k.This will be a very telling race for the boys from Satellite Beach as it will be the first time they competition in the team race.
Others to watch out for: Fleming Island, Creekside, Bartram
Joey Fitzpatrick (Vanguard) – Joey opened the season with a win at the Spikes and Spurs Classic in a PR time of 15:31. In winning he was able to upset Florida’s top returner from 2016, Foot Locker Finalist, Charles Hicks from Bolles. Joey will have his hands full this Saturday as he will have to face the an All-American and defending Bale-N-Trail champion, Jacob McLeod.
Charles Hicks (Bolles) – Hicks entered the 2017 placing 2nd at the Spikes and Spurs Invitational. He ran 15:36 which was 8 seconds faster than wt he won with in 2016. Hick had a blistering opening first mile in Bunnell, going through under 4:50. Hicks will be looking for his first cross country individual title in November and will likely trying to qualify for another National Championships, whether that be Foot Locker or Nike. He’ll need to get used to going out hard if he wants to be competitive in November.
Others to watch for: Chase Rivera, Diego Lavieri-Sosa, Andrew Miller, Walker Hirsch33