2016 Cross Country Season

For immediate release:  December 7, 2016

Central Florida Gliders Travel to National Cross Country Championship, Bring Home Medals
Altamonte Springs, FL – Twelve athletes from the Central Florida Gliders Cross Country team joined national competitors at the 2016 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) National Cross Country Championship held here for the first time in Florida on the beautiful Apalachee Regional Park course, made especially for cross country, where numerous cross country events have been held. “It’s been a fun season for our athletes and competing in a national championship here in our own state is a great way to end the season. It’s an opportunity to compete against other runners from across the nation,” said Head coach Craig Wise.

Several Gliders were awarded medals by finishing in the top 25 of their age group race. Glider, Maya Bordrato, was awarded an individual medal for finishing in 11th place in the 13-year-old girl’s age group in the 4000-meter race. A total of three Gliders medaled in the 9-10-year-old age division; Jolynn Rodriguez (13th), Amari Whetro (14th), and Madalyn Falk (24th).  In the youngest age division, 6 & Under, Megan McCarthy took home a 5th place finish.

Our boys also had a strong showing with Anderson Rodriguez taking 7th place in the 7-year-old race and Connor McCarthy taking 24th in the 9-year-old race.  Other Glider athletes competing at AAU Nationals include Madalyn King, Kayla McCarthy, Corey Johnson, Landon Pierce, and Daniel Osterndorf.

All twelve runners set season PRs at AAU Nationals. Complete results can be found at: http://www.adkinstrak.com/AAUXC/ or http://www.aauathletics.org/Results/AAUCrossCountryChampionshipsResults.aspx

The Central Florida Gliders Track Club is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and the oldest youth running club servicing the Central Florida area for more than 25 years. The club has produced numerous individual and team national champions while promoting active, healthy lifestyles and community service with area youth. Coach Craig Wise founded the Central Florida Gliders in 1989, and the club has been attending national cross country championships since 1990.  Now a long-standing member of both USA Track and Field (USATF) and the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), the Central Florida Gliders is run by volunteer coaches, assistants, and other volunteers.

More information about the Gliders’ history, accomplishments, events, and community outreach programs can be found at www.cfgliders.com.  Central Florida Gliders contacts via info@cfgliders.com:

Central Florida Gliders
P.O. Box 161965
Altamonte Springs, FL  32716

2016 Cross Country Season Summary
The Cross Country season started later this year in the middle of September with the registration meeting and first practice on September 12th at Sanlando Park. This year Coach Wise took over the cross country program and received help from long-time mentor Ted Benz and also Neamen Wise. Coach Tony started a fall conditioning program for the sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers that focused on sprint and jumping mechanics. The first race of the season was the FLYRA qualifier at Holloway Park where several Gliders qualified for the Middle School State Championships the end of October.  In the middle of October, the Gliders returned to Sanlando Park from the Forest City course to host its annual cross country meet. The race was the qualifier for the FLYRA Middle School State and it was beautiful weather.

Several Gliders performed well in the FLYRA Middle School State Championships and in the elementary race, a Glider won the gold medal. In mid-November, several Gliders competed and one Glider alumni won the gold medal in the 4A division of the high school state championships in Tallahassee. The next week the team competed in the AAU district meet in Ocala and qualified for the national championships in December.
The following week several Gliders competed and medaled in the USATF regional meet on the same course as the upcoming AAU nationals.

In December, the Gliders competed in the AAU National Cross Country Championship on the beautiful challenging course at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee where the Florida high school and NCAA regional championships where held this year. First time for any national cross country championships hosted in Florida. Of note the USATF national youth championships will be held there next year in Tallahassee.

This year 12 Gliders competed at the AAU Nationals and all ran PRs and won 5 medals by finishing in the top 25 finishers. While in Tallahassee, the Gliders visited the Mission St Luis museum and park. The Gliders finished up the cross country season with the year-end party at Congo River and Chuck E Cheese. The club continued its tradition of helping several needy families during the holidays. Through the generous donations of our present and past members, the Gliders were able to provide food, presents and support for six families over the holiday.  

Many thanks go to the Track Shack Foundation and many other donors for supporting our cross country team and charitable efforts this season. www.cfgliders.com