2017 Katie Caples Boys 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 Bolles Bulldogs have shown multiple times this season that they are the team to beat in the state of Florida. They narrowly won Spikes and Spurs in week one by 9 points over Vanguard, but came back the next week with a vengeance and won the Bale-N-Trail by 56 points over Satellite and 57 over Vanguard. Bolles is lead by a strong 1-2 punch in Charles Hicks and Chase River.
Satellite: Satellite gets the opportunity on Saturday to race their two biggest competitors in 2A. This season they have had some success early on with a tight pack of guys who have run between 16:30 and 16:50. The Satellite guys have been on a tear since Coach Butler has taken over the program, after leading Holy Trinity to multiple state team and individual titles. On Saturday, Satellite, will be looking for their number one to step up as a front runner and will be hoping for some help in position 6 and 7. For Satellite to have success in November, they will need a low scorer to compete with Bolles’ front two and will need help in the back if one of their top five has an off day.
Trinity Prep: Don’t count out the defending 2A state champions. Pollsters thought they would be hit hard with the loss of the Galloway brothers to Oveido, but they seem to be coming along nicely. The Saints have won both meets they have attended this season and will see there first real competition on Saturday night. They are lead by Trent Turbyfill who is undefeated this season, with winning times of 16:10 and 15:45.
Others to watch out for: Bishop Kenny, Fleming Island
Charles Hicks (Bolles) – Not playing into the hype of fast times, Hicks has proven he is the top guy in Florida after his win at the Bale-N-Trail. Hicks ran a 15:26 to beat, Foot Locker All – American, Jacob McCleod. Katie Caples will be very telling for Hicks and his teammates as they will see the two teams who hope to challenge them (Satellite and Trinity Prep) for the top spot on the podium in November.
Paul Stafford (Lake Wales) – This will be Stafford’s first time racing competition this season after winning the Jim Ryun Invitational by 39 seconds and the George Whitmire Classic by 57 seconds. Stafford placed 3rd in the 1600 and 5th in the 3200 at the 2A state track meet and will see where he stands against the best in 2A for cross country.
Nathan Jubran (Bishop Kenny) – Jubran has only registered one result this season where he placed 4th at Bale -N- Trail in a time of 15:40.6. Jubran will be defending his home turf on Saturday night and this makes him extra dangerous. In a stacked field, Jubran will be hoping to prove that his team still deserves to be part of the 2A conversation.
Others to watch for: Andrew Miller, Trent Turbyfill