Conspicuous by his absence at marquee invitationals this season, Pembroke Pines Charter’s Andrew Iglesias, an eighth-place finisher at the 2011 FHSAA Class 3A state finals, has become the forgotten cross-country runner.
With only three meets as his body of work heading into his BCAA championship title defense at Markham Park on Friday, opponents can’t help but wonder if Iglesias is behind schedule.
He had a breakout sophomore campaign in which a BCAA title in record-breaking fashion catapulted him to unanimous Broward Runner of the Year honors.
So it comes as no surprise, Iglesias expects a BCAA repeat to serve as a not-so-subtle reminder he is still the runner to beat.
“I have been flying under the radar, kind of like the forgotten guy,” Iglesias said. “So I guess Friday will be like a coming-out party. I am eager to face the competition. It would be nice to win it as a junior and next season again. Three-time county champion — it would be awesome to have that next to my name.”
A year after blistering the BCAA field in a record 15 minutes 52 seconds, Iglesias’ bid for a repeat hinges on separating from a pack of challengers led by Douglas’ Matan Ozery (16:39), Coral Glades rising junior Anthony Deleva (16:41) and St. Thomas Aquinas’ formidable duo of Alexander Haugen (16:40) and Matthew Butler (16:49).
There appears to be no stopping Aquinas from hoisting the team trophies for the third consecutive season.
The Aquinas boys, despite losing eight of its top 10 runners, are gunning for an eighth consecutive BCAA title, and the Aquinas girls, ranked No. 1 in 4A by flrunners.com, led by freshman Runner of the Year candidate Alexa Cruz (18:18, No. 9 in Florida), Christina Kalis, Margaret Schloss, Marina Braynon-Moore and Brianna Rischar, came up three points short to Estero for the FSU Pre-State Invitational Elite title.
“Alexa is absolutely driven and focused,” Aquinas coach Trish Butler said. “I’m sure she is aiming for No. 1, but I have five other girls that are aiming for top spots, also. We had a 1:30 spread between our No. 1 one and 5 [runners] at our last meet so collectively we are trying to close that gap.“
Ending any thoughts of a prolonged recruiting process, Boyd Anderson sprint star Kali Davis-White, one of the nation’s top returning sprinters, has made an oral commitment to the Seminoles.
Davis-White weighed offers from LSU, UCF Florida and a chance to be reunited with former teammate Shayla Sanders at Florida, before settling on FSU.
Davis-White and Sanders formed the nation’s most dynamic sprint tandem a season ago, helping Boyd Anderson finally shed its hard-luck label by capturing the FHSAA Class 4A state girls track title in convincing fashion earlier this year.
Davis-White finished second to Sanders in the 100 and 200 meters before helping the Cobras stake claim to the 400-meter relay title in a state-record 45.71 seconds.
That résumé was further embellished after Davis-White clocked a personal-best 11.45 to finish third in the 100 at the Adidas Grand Prix in New York before earning a spot on the USA World Junior team by finishing fourth in the 100 and sixth in the 200.
• Western d. Hollywood Hills 19-25, 25-19, 25-10, 25-18: Alexa Oblak 25 kills, 4 blocks, 4 digs, 3 points. Amanda Medlock 20 digs, 19 points, 4 aces, 18 kills. Gabi Matos 44 assists, 5 points, 2 kills, 2 digs. WES 14-6.