Florida Top 5 Boy’s Rankings
We are now four weeks into the Florida Cross Country Season and have decided to rank the top 5 boys in the state regardless of class. Rankings are opinion based and performance against competition is heavily favored over times run.
1 – Charles Hicks (Bolles) – Hicks is at the top of our list after his performance at the Bale-N-Trail Cross Country Original. Hicks won the race in a time of 15:26.9. With his win he not only beat a Foot Locker All-American in Jacob McLeod, but he also avenged his week one loss by beating Joey Fitzpatrick. As a 2016 Foot Locker Qualifier, Hicks is currently in the driver’s seat until beaten.
2 – Michael Phillips (Chiles) – Phillips showed that he is truly the best in 3A after his win at the Buffalo Invitational on 9/16/17. Running a 15:26.8, Phillips finished 22 seconds ahead of the field that included Fitzpatrick who finished 2nd with a time of 15:48 and Jacob Hensley who finished 3rd in 16:14. This is the first time Phillips has faced any real competition outside of his own teammates so he could be a sleeper to finish the season as the top Florida prep.
3 – Trevor Foley (Citrus Park Christian) – Foley currently has the 2 fastest times posted in the state, 15:20 that was run at the Babe Zaharias in late August and 15:21 that was run at the Trinity/Valkyrie Invitational on 9/16. He currently sits 3rd because he has yet to race any of the top Florida talent. His place can change depending on how he fares on 9/30 at the FlRunners.Com Invitational, where he will see the likes of Paul Stafford (15:28) and Andrew Miller (15:47).
4 – Joey Fitzpatrick (Vanguard) – Joey has posted 3 sub 16 races this season, while competing against the best in the state. He opened his season with a 15:31 at the Spikes and Spurs Classic where he beat Run Florida Run #1 Ranked Charles Hicks by 5 seconds. He then ran 15:40 at the Bale-N-Trail finishing third to Hicks and McLeod, and 15:48 at the Buffalo Invitational placing 2nd to Michael Phillips. Joey has shown he has the leg speed to run with the best in the state (1:53 – 800m) he just has to develop his endurance after almost a 2 year hiatus from the sport.
5 – Andrew Miller (Fleming Island) – For our number 5 spot it was a toss up between Miller and Paul Stafford of Lake Wales. Miller received the nod after winning the Embry-Riddle Asics Classic, against a stacked field that included Joshua Collins of Belen Jesuit and Aidan O’Gorman of New Smyrna Beach. Miller has a PR of 15:47, which he ran at the Spikes and Spurs Classic on 8/26.