2017 Katie Caples Girls Preview
Things in Florida are finally starting to go back to normal after the destruction of Hurricane Irma. Areas around the state, however, are still either without power or under water. Due to the storm, there were a few major meets that were either canceled or postponed. The local Florida meets will benefit from an influx of competition as teams scramble to find a meet. Katie Caples is one of the premier meets that take place at Bishop Kenny High School on an annual basis. Read below as we take a look at the top prospects for this weekend.
Bolles: The girls from Bolles will be in a class of their own with the top 5 ranked runners in the field. The lady bulldogs started their season with a runner-up finish at the Spike and Spurs Classic. The girls lost by 3 points to Winter Park, while running without Caitlin Collier and Rachel Shapiro. They followed up the next week with a win at the Bale -N- Trail while reportedly only running two of their top seven, Collier and Shapiro. Bolles has won five of the last nine 2A state team titles, they will be hoping to upset Pine Crest for their 6th title in November.
Satellite: On paper, the lady Scorpions are the third ranked team in the race. With two wins under their belt and a 3rd place finish at Bale -N- Trail the Satellite girls should have a slight edge over the girls from Trinity Prep. The last time Satellite raced Trinity Prep was at the 2016 2A state cross country meet, where Satellite finished 94 points ahead. Neither team lost any members of their 2016 squad to graduation. Satellite will be lead up front by Mary Groppel who has run 20:14 this season.
Trinity Prep: The Trinity Prep girls have raced twice this year and both times have finished just a few points behind Montverde Academy. They have a tight pack of five who have run between 20 and 21 minutes. We rank them third going in because the last time they raced Satellite, they finished 94 points back. They are lead by Audrey McAnally who has run a 20:11 for 5k this season.
Other Schools to watch: Ponte Vedra, G. Holmes Braddock
Caitlin Collier (Bolles) – The defending 2A state champion opened up her season with a win at the Bale -N- Trail with a time of 18:34. Collier should have no problem getting a W as her closest competitors are her own teammates.
Ella Mickler (Bolles) – The 7th grade Mickler is a name that we will no doubt be saying for years to come. In her season opener, she ran a 19:36 to place 6th at the Spikes and Spurs Classic. Mickler was the 25th place finisher at the 2A state championships in 2016.
Rachel Shapiro (Bolles) – This senior has been a staple on the Bulldog team for 5 seasons. She has opened up her 6th and final season with times of 19:58 at Spikes and Spurs and 20:13 at Bale -N- Trail. Shapiro will be hoping to help her team regain their spot at the top of the podium this November, and if successful she will walk away as a member of 5 team state championships!
Others to watch for: Marie Groppel, Audrey McAnally, Claire Moritz