Cross-country | Season Preview

Sunset boys’ cross-country studies to make history

 

The boys’ cross-country team knows how many state titles have been won by the school (28), but the Knights want to earn the first in their sport.

 
Miami Sunset High's varsity cross-country team works out at Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40th St., Tuesday, September 3, 2013. From the left they are Alejandro Morejon, 11th grade, Roman Garcia, 12th grade, Ronny Greenup, 12th grade, Nick Diaz, 11th grade, Kenny Castro, 12th grade, Xavier Sotomayor, 12th grade, Malik Gunter, 11th grade, and Gino Gonzalez, 10th grade.
Miami Sunset High's varsity cross-country team works out at Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40th St., Tuesday, September 3, 2013. From the left they are Alejandro Morejon, 11th grade, Roman Garcia, 12th grade, Ronny Greenup, 12th grade, Nick Diaz, 11th grade, Kenny Castro, 12th grade, Xavier Sotomayor, 12th grade, Malik Gunter, 11th grade, and Gino Gonzalez, 10th grade.
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Season outlook

KEY DATES

Friday: Ferguson Invitational; Sept. 12: Youth Fair Invitational; Sept. 19: Pine Crest Invitational; Sept. 27-28: Flrunners.com Invitational in Titusville; Oct. 4: Junior Orange Bowl Invitational; Oct. 12: Disney Classic; Oct. 12: FSU Invitational; Oct. 18: GMAC Invitational; Oct. 21-26: Districts; Oct. 31-Nov. 2: Regionals; Nov. 9: State finals at Apalachee Regional Park (Tallahassee); Nov. 23: FACA Senior All-Star Meet (Winter Park); Nov. 30: Foot Locker South Regional; Nike Cross Nationals Southeast Regional; Dec. 7: Nike Cross Nationals; Dec. 14: Foot Locker Nationals;

DEFENDING STATE CHAMPIONS

Boys — Class 4A: Orlando Colonial; Class 3A: Belen Jesuit; Class 2A: Jacksonville Bishop Kenny; Class 1A: Melbourne Holy Trinity.

Girls — Class 4A: Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas; Class 3A: Estero; Class 2A: Jacksonville Bolles; Class 1A: Gainesville Oak Hall.

TOP BOYS’ RUNNERS

Nick Diaz, Sunset, Jr.; Fabian Tomas, Belen, Sr.; Michael Magoulas, Belen, Sr.; Ryan Rodriguez, Belen, Jr.; Kurt Convey, Coral Reef, Jr.; Kenny Castro, Sunset, Sr.; Gaby Correa, Ransom, So.; Ronny Greenup, Sunset, Sr.; Malik Gunter, Sunset, Jr.; x- Fabian Delgado, Killian, Sr.; Andy Fernandez, Belen, Sr.; Pedro Hernandez, Columbus, Sr.; Alexander Isaac, Belen, Sr.; Osiel Gonzalez, Belen, Sr.; Santiago Saiki, Ferguson, Sr.

BOYS’ OUTLOOKS — CLASS 4A

1. SUNSET (Coach Alex Shaw, eighth year). Last year: 5-3. Top runners: Nick Diaz, Jr.; Kenny Castro, Sr.; Ronny Greenup, Sr.; Malik Gunter, Jr.

2. CORAL REEF (Coach Eric Pino, second year). Last year: District champions. Top runners: Kurt Convey, Jr.; Carlin Berryhill, So.; Carlos Lopez, Sr.; Mateo Galvis, Sr.

3. COLUMBUS (Coach Fred Foyo, first year). Last year: Sixth at state. Top runners: Pedro Hernandez, Jr.; Marcos Garcia, Sr.; Connor Gonzalez, Jr.; Ryan Severdija, Sr.

4. FERGUSON (Coach Ryan Raposo, eighth year, 63-1). Last year: 5-0. Top runners: Santiago Saiki, Sr.; Adrian Bermudez, Jr.; Abiel Payano, Jr.; Julian Herrera, Sr.

5. CORAL PARK (Coach Michel Fotso, ninth year). Last year: 7-0. Top runners: Leonel Pozo, Sr.; Chris Marenco, Sr.; Alvaro Martinez, Sr.; Emanuel Castenada, Sr.

6. SOUTHRIDGE (Coach Rodney Wright, ninth year, 81-32). Last year: 9-4. Top runners: Omar Williams, Sr.; Brandon Smith, Sr.; Armando Sanchez, So.

7. VARELA (Coach Francisco Lopez, 1st year). Last year: N/A. Top runners: Arthur Carbonell, Sr.; Raul Balarezo, So.; Alexander Gomez, Fr.

8. CORAL GABLES (Coach Scott Nelson, 10th year). Last year: 9-5. Top runners: Alex Elortegui, So.; Coby Sanchez, Jr.; Nico Viglucci, Jr.

9. PALMETTO (Coach M. Reynolds, third year). Last year: 0-10. Top runners: Aaron Maxwell, Jr.; Luke Lee, Jr.; William Christian, Fr.

CLASS 3A

1. BELEN JESUIT (Coach Frankie Ruiz, 13th year, 91-1). Last year: State champions. Top runners: Michael Magoulas, Sr.; Fabian Tomas, Sr.; Ryan Rodriguez, Jr.; Andy Fernandez, Sr.

2. HIALEAH-MIAMI LAKES (Coach Alex Armenterosm eighth year at HML, 21st overall). Last year: 6-5. Top runners: Gabriel Suarez, Sr.; Frankarlos Sanchez, Sr.; Andres Carvajal, Sr.; Terrance Streeter, Sr.

3. MATER ACADEMY (Coach Al Parker, 9th year). Last year: N/A. Top runners: Gilbert Rodriguez, Sr.; Miguel Lescano, Sr.

4. TERRA (Coach Ledesma, first year). Last year: N/A. Top runners: Gabriel Caceres, So.; Nicholas Nweeia, So.; John Koptur-Palenchar, Sr.; David Junco, So.

5. HOMESTEAD (Coach Israel Alvarez, first year at HOM, 2nd overall). Last year: N/A. Top runners: Philip Louis, Sr.; Eduardo Reyes, So.; Jean Santil, Sr.; Misael Moreno, So.

CLASS 2A

1. RANSOM EVERGLADES. Top runner: Gaby Correa, So.

2. GULLIVER (Coach Danny Aguas, first year at GP, 5th overall, 27-3). Last year: N/A. Top runners: William Lowe, Sr.; Austin Ramos, Jr.; Carlos Silva, Sr.; Max Schmer, Sr.

3. MONSIGNOR PACE (Coach Johann Odermatt, 3rd year at MP, 8th overall). Last year: District champions. Top runners: Peter Paul Grootens, Sr.; Dimitri Wolf, Sr.; Chris Ventura, Jr.; Gus Guerra, Jr.

Class 1A

1. MIAMI COUNTRY DAY (Coach Chris Hayes, 20th year, 214-138). Last year: 19-5. Top runners: Emil Martayan, Sr.; Jacob Strouse, So.; Alex Cohen, Fr.; Julian Schultz, Jr.

2. WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN (Coach Jose Garcia, fourth year, 9-4). Last year: 4-2. Top runners: Hunter Ager, Jr.; Parker Brannon, So.; Shane Riera, Fr.

3. DADE CHRISTIAN (Coach Ruben Rodriguez, second year at DC, 13th overall). Last year: N/A. Top runners: Iverson Williams, Jr.; Ivram Williams, Sr.; Sebastian Santa, Jr.; Mark Anthony Bryan, 8th.

4. ARCHBISHOP CURLEY (Coach John Corcoran, 21st year, 316-77). Last year: 25-3. Top runners: Michael Smith, Sr.; Daniel Diaz, Sr.; Sean Smith, Jr.; Nikko Antido, Sr.

5. HEBREW ACADEMY (Coach Bryan Huberty, second year at HA, 3rd overall). Last year: N/A. Top runners: Daniel Bister, So.; Ilan Aronovski, Fr.; Jacob Bronstein, Sr.; Ariel Bister, Sr.

TOP GIRLS’ RUNNERS

Daesha Rogers, Jackson, Fr.; Lourdes Brea, Lourdes, Sr.; Katrina Santiago, Ferguson, Sr.; Aylwyn Hernandez, Ferguson, Jr.; Stephanie De La Guarda, Ferguson, Sr.; Lauren Gavulic, Ferguson, Jr.; Lauren Archer, Ransom, So.; Sofia Miguez, Carrollton, So.; Sophia Fernandez, St. Brendan, So.; Bianca Barrios, Lourdes, Sr.; Cristina Figueras, Lourdes, Sr.; Lianna Farnesi, Doral, Jr.; Emily Hernandez, Ferguson, Sr.; Erica Scott, Ransom Everglades, So.; Marivi Madiedo, Carrollton, So.;

GIRLS’ OUTLOOKS — CLASS 4A

1. FERGUSON (Coach Ryan Raposo, sixth year, 52-3). Last year: 11-0. Top runners: Katrina Santiago, Sr.; Emily Hernandez, Sr.; Aylwyn Hernandez, Jr.; Lauren Gavulic, Jr.

2. LOURDES (Coach Rebecca Michalak, eighth year). Last year: 7-1. Top runners: Lourdes Brea, Sr.; Cristina Figueras, Sr.; Calyope Ortega, Fr.; Madison Fernandez, Jr.

3. CORAL REEF (Coach Maya Scott, 13th year). Last year: 7-3. Top runners: Lauren Holian, Sr.; Kaelyn Korovich, So.; Carla Rodriguez, Jr.; Virginia Ramirez, So.

4. SOUTH DADE (Coach Antoinette Major, 13th year). Last year: 12-4. Top runners: Asha Alvarez, Jr.; Dashanay Hardy, Sr.; DiCaria Alvarez, Jr.

5. CORAL PARK (Coach Mark Formosa, seventh year). Last year: 4-3. Top runners: Ashley Pozo, Sr.; Yessica Maltes, Sr.; Laura Campo, Sr.; Katherine Alzola, Jr.

6. PALMETTO (Coach Reynolds, third year). Last year: 0-10. Top runners: Katie Heldt, Sr.; Audrey Gonzalez, Sr.

7. SOUTHRIDGE (Coach Dja Dugue, sixth year at SR, 11th overall, 40-5). Last year: 1-7. Top runners: Keyosha Lovette, Sr.; Tiara Banes-Corbett, So.; Arielle Johnson, So.; Kayla Johnson, Fr.

8. CORAL GABLES (Coach Scott Nelson, 10th year). Last year: 9-4. Top runners: Lauren Kerzner, So.; Allison Pena, Jr.

9. VARELA (Coach Susan Chue, first year). Last year: N/A. Top runners: Neysa Parham, Jr.

CLASS 3A

1. HOMESTEAD (Coach Lisa Rosales, second year). Last year: N/A. Top runners: Destiny Johnson, Sr.; Shelby Webber, So.; Lativia Thomas, Sr.; Kelsea Johnson, Fr.

2. MATER ACADEMY (Coach Al Parker, ninth year at MA, 10th overall). Last year: N/A. Top runners: Venus Garcia, So.; Ivette Trana, Sr.; Ulani Toussaint, 8th; Keyri Murillo, Jr.

3. HIALEAH-MIAMI LAKES (Coach Mike Turner, fifth year at HML, 29th overall). Last year: 3-6. Top runners: Selena Carriel, Sr.; Jessica Myers, Jr.; Sarah Loza, Jr.; Diana Pueyo, Jr.

4. TERRA (Coach Gonzalez, first year). Last year: N/A. Top runners: Natalia Martinez, So.; Alexi Prieto, So.; Daniella Hernandez, So.

CLASS 2A

1. RANSOM EVERGLADES (Coach Doc Crabtree, 29th year at RE, 35th overall, 194-9). Last year: Seventh at state. Top runners: Lauren Archer, So.; Bea Ruan, Fr.; Erica Scott, So.; Kat Smith, So.

2. CARROLLTON (Coach David Alonso, sixth year). Last year: 10-2. Top runners: Sofia Miguez, So.; Zelmira Patron, Sr.; Marivi Madiedo, So.; Andrea Zumpano, So.

3. GULLIVER (Coach Melissa Sullivan, 11th year). Last year: 4-0. Top runners: Alyssa Pujals, So.; Kaylee Fantis, Sr.; Hansine Vexlund, Sr.

CLASS 1A

1. WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN (Coach Jose Garcia, fourth year, 13-1). Last year: 5-0. Top runners: Dana Thomas, Sr.; Victoria Hoppe, Jr.; Hailey Mira, 7th; Nicole Romanach, Sr.

2. ARCHBISHOP CURLEY (Coach John Corcoran, 21st year, 181-173). Last year: 6-12. Top runners: Rhian Romanik, Jr.; Jenny Lany, Sr.; Kaila Merrill, Jr.; Beatriz Teixeira, Fr.

3. MIAMI COUNTRY DAY (Coach Chris Hayes, 20th year, 242-97-1). Last year: 11-12. Top runners: Mallory Brown, Sr.; Taylor Sennett, So.; Olivia Santos, Fr.; Nicole Sherwood, So.

4. PALMER TRINITY (Coach Jan Murphy, first year at PT, 23rd overall). Last year: N/A. Top runners: Janelle Gonzalez, Jr.; Ana Martinez-Oletta, So.; Natalia Benchlouch, So.

5. HEBREW ACADEMY (Coach Bryan Huberty, 2nd year at HA, 3rd overall). Last year: N/A. Top runners: Mariah Lamm, Sr.; Ahava Smith, Sr.; Leah Frank, 7th; Yael Rosenberg, So.


a1fernandez@MiamiHerald.com

Sunset coach Alex Shaw is a bit of a school historian.

And in addition to a fast cross-country team to run fast, knowing the school’s state championship tradition is a requirement.

“Coach Shaw tests us to make sure we know how many state titles the school has won,” junior Nick Diaz said. “Sometimes if we get an answer wrong, we do pushups. We know by heart how many state titles the school has won. We want to be the ones to bring home the next one.”

Sunset once ruled the tennis and volleyball courts and later the soccer fields, amassing 28 state championships combined.

The Knights’ boys want to bring home the first in cross-country this season.

With Diaz, one of the county’s top runners and a core group that includes seniors Kenny Castro, Ronny Greenup, Roman Garcia and junior Malik Gunter returning, Sunset is already ranked in the top three in the state in Class 4A by the Florida Athletic Coaches Association preseason poll.

“We’re trying to win state as an individual and as a team,” Castro said. “Nick and I want to both be 1 and 2 and score really low points to bring [the championship] back to Miami.”

Shaw is most proud of his team’s combined grade point average of 3.45.

Diaz, a 4.5 student, recently received a letter of interest from the University of Alabama. Diaz finished fifth at state last season, but only one other runner from last season’s top five is back statewide.

Castro finished seventh at state and was second in the 3,200 meters at state in track and field.

Greenup, also a baseball player, is being recruited by several schools including FIU, FAU and Florida Gulf Coast.

Gunter, a transfer from South Dade, improved his time from in five kilometers from 18 minutes to 16:30 in the offseason.

Garcia will likely be the school’s valedictorian and is likely to become the squad’s fifth-fastest runner.

“We’ve had the climb every coach wants to have,” Shaw said. “We bring back the majority of the team, and we’re hoping to come home from Tallahassee with some kind of hardware.”

Capturing the state title in Class 4A won’t be easy with Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas still a very strong obstacle.

“We know we have to work really hard to get it,” Diaz said. “Our school pride has definitely helped us make a name for ourselves in cross-country.”

Other contenders

Belen Jesuit is still considered the top overall program in the state, returning a veteran group that will chase the school’s fourth state title in a row and seventh in eight seasons.

Avery Lopez graduated, but seniors Fabian Tomas, Michael Magoulas, Andy Fernandez, Osiel Gonzalez, Alexander Isaac and junior Ryan Rodriguez spearhead a talented Wolverines squad in Class 3A.

On the girls’ side, Ferguson remains a strong contender for at least a top-three finish in Class 4A. The Falcons return a veteran group led by Katrina Santiago, Emily Hernandez, Aylwyn Hernandez, Lauren Gavulic and Stephanie De La Guarda.

One of the biggest developments in the offseason was freshman Daesha Rogers transferring from Plantation American Heritage to Jackson. Rogers has consecutive top-three finishes at state and should be a force in Class 2A.

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