Cross Country

The 2017 cross country season will begin Tuesday, September 5th with the registration & information meeting at Sanlando Park at 6pm.  All are invited as the Gliders will be fielding teams as well as individuals for the 2017  USATF Youth cross country championships in Tallahassee and the AAU cross country championships in Charlotte, both in December .

Practices will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and some Saturdays primarily at Sanlando Park from 6:00-7:30 . To join the Gliders, simply fill out the online registration form and pay online or by check at the next scheduled practice or by mail.  Please read the Parent /AthleteInformation Sheet below. You can contact us at info@cfgliders.com. 
Central Florida Gliders Track Club
PO Box 161965
Altamonte Springs, FL  32714

*PARENT INFORMATION SHEET*

 

NEWS RELEASE
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 (407) 682-1368

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

2015 Cross Country Season Summary
The Cross Country season kicked off with the registration meeting and first practice on September 1st at Sanlando Park.  This year conditioning for the sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers was added this year. The first race of the season was the FLYRS qualifier at Holloway Park where several Gliders qualified for the Middle School State Championships the end of October. The Gliders competed again at theTrack Shack UCan Finish 2-Mile road race at UCF on October 17th with the Gliders winning several age divisions. On October 24th, the Gliders hosted its annual cross country meet on the campus of Forest City Elementary instead of the Seminole Softball Complex and Sanlando Park. The race was the qualifier for the FLYRA Middle School State Championship rather than the AAU District meet because the AAU National XC Championship no longer requires qualifiers. It was nice weather and a fair turn-out with the first appearance of the Mega-Glider mascot who took pictures with the team.

Over the next few weeks, the Gliders performed well in the FLYRA Middle School State Championships with one Glider winning the gold medal. In mid-November, several Gliders competed and medaled in the high school state champion- ships in Tallahassee.

In December, the Gliders competed in the AAU National Cross Country Championship in Danville, AL, near Decatur where the Gliders competed in 2008 and won several medals. This year the Gliders fielded a 13-14 girls team which finished 8th while three Gliders medaled by finishing in the top 25 finishers.  While in Decatur, the Gliders visited  Daikin Chemical, the Decatur Entrepreneurial Center and the Jesse Owens museum. The following week the Gliders com- pleted the season competing in the Seminole County Middle School XC Championship where the Gliders earned several medals. The USATF Nationals in Albuquerque, NM turned out to be too financially and logistically cumbersome as it required an additional trip to South Carolina for the qualifier.

The Gliders finished up the cross country season in mid-December with a year-end skating party. 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 over $3,000 in support to several needy families in 2015.

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

2014 Cross Country Season Summary
The Cross Country season kicked off with the registration meeting and first practice on September 2nd at Sanlando Park.  The first race of the season was the Track Shack UCan Finish 2-Mile road race at UCF on October 19th with the Gliders winning several age divisions. On October 25th, the Gliders hosted its annual cross country meet for the 16th consecutive year at the Seminole Softball Complex and Sanlando Park. This year, the race was the qualifier for the FLYRA Middle School State Championship rather than the AAU District meet because the AAU National XC Championship no longer requires qualifiers.

Over the next few weeks, the Gliders performed well in the FLYRA Middle School State Championships and high school and college conference and district meets. In mid-November, several Gliders competed and medaled in the high school state championships in Tallahassee.

In December, for the first time in 20 years the Gliders elected not to attend either the USATF or AAU National XC Championship.  The AAU championship in Lawrence, Kansas conflicted with the Seminole County Middle School XC Championship where the Gliders earned 1 gold and 2 silver medals. The USATF championship in Myrtle Beach, SC turned out to be too financially and logistically cumbersome as it required an additional trip to Myrtle Beach for the qualifier.

The Gliders finished up the cross country season in mid-December with a year-end bowling party, awarding 2 college scholarships to Gliders at two universities, and continuing 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 over $3,600 in support to several needy families in 2014.

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 

 2013 Cross Country Season Summary
Practice started the beginning of September at Sanlando Park with the registration meeting. The athletes ran in a couple of school meets and then the 3rd week in October, the Gliders hosted the AAU Florida Association District Cross Country Championships for the 15th consecutive year at the Sanlando Park/Seminole Softball Complex and qualified all the athletes to the national championships. Also, concurrently at this meet, we ran a qualifier for the Middle School State Championships which slightly increased the number of athletes that attended our annual meet. Over the next few weeks, the Gliders competed in the Middle School Championships winning several divisions while the high school and college Gliders competed in conference and district meets. Later in November, several Gliders competed and medaled in the high school state championships in Tallahassee. In late November, the Glider s did not to run in the USATF state meet since the team decided not to compete in the USATF Nationals in Houston, TX. The Gliders also did not compete at Footlocker.

Now ready for national competition, the Gliders competed in the AAU National Cross Country Championships which was held in Fort Gordon, Georgia, in the Augusta suburbs. The club rented a van to travel to Augusta for the nationals and early Friday, we toured the Atlanta Chronicle Newspaper and visited the Augusta Museum of History which featured a whole floor on James Brown who lived in Augusta before reviewing out the course. We had a team dinner at Red Lobster on Thursday and a team dinner on Friday at the Olive Garden. Fortunately, both dinners were donated by benefactors. On Saturday, 13 athletes competed for the Gliders, with one Glider winning a national championship! 3 others earned a spot on the podium by finishing in the top 8 places and 4 earned medals by placing in the top 25 in their respective age divisions while the Gliders youth boys team placed 3rd after finishing 5th last year. Later the club had a pizza party and visited the local mall, but were rained out from touring the downtown river walk area.
The Gliders finished up the cross country season with year-end party bowling party where the athletes and coaches were recognized. This year only one scholarship was awarded to a Gliders in grad school. The club also continued its tradition of helping several needy families during both holidays. Many thanks go to our main sponsors: Track Shack Foundation, Walmart and Publix for supporting our cross country team this season. www.cfgliders.com

2012 Cross Country Season Summary
After a successful track season, practice started the beginning of September at Sanlando Park with the registration meeting. The 3rd week in October, the Gliders hosted the AAU Florida Association Cross Country Championships for the 14th consecutive year at the Sanlando Park/Seminole Softball Complex and qualified 20 athletes to the national championships. Also in October, several Gliders competed in the Middle School Championships and a road race while the high school and college Gliders competed in conference and district meets.10 Gliders competed in the high school state championships in Tallahassee while the weekend before on the same course, 2 Gliders competed in the NCAA Regional Championships and one made it to the National NCAA Nationals. In late November, the Glider s intended to run in the USATF State Championships, but declined since there were only 14 competitors and we decided not to go to the nationals in Albuquerque. The Gliders also did not compete again at Footlocker after competing there for a number of years.

Now ready for national competition, the Gliders competed in the AAU National Cross Country Championships which was finally held out of town in RocK Hill, SC after 3 consecutive years at the Disney Sports Complex. The club rented a bus for the nationals (for the first time) and stayed in Charlotte. Early Friday, we visited the Windy Apple Orchard and later the York County Museum before checking out the course and then the team dinner at Buca di Peppo. On Saturday, 17 athletes competed for the Gliders and 8 earned medals by placing in the top 25 in their respective age divisions while the Gliders youth boys team finished 6th. Later the club had a pizza party, rode go-karts and played mini-golf at Aventureland in Charlotte.

The Gliders finished up the cross country season with the annual year-end party where the athletes and coaches were recognized. This year $1,500 in scholarships were awarded to Gliders in college and grad school. The club also continued its tradition of helping several needy families during both holidays. Many thanks go to our main sponsors: Track Shack Foundation and Transaction Data Systems for supporting our cross country team this season. www.cfgliders.com

2011 Cross Country Season Summary
With no hurricane interruptions this year, practice started the beginning of September at Sanlando Park with the registration meeting. The 3rd week in October, the Gliders hosted the AAU Florida Association Cross Country Championships for the 13th consecutive year at the Sanlando Park/Seminole Softball Complex and qualified 32 athletes to the national championships. Also in October, several Gliders competed in the Middle School Championships and a road race while the high school and college Gliders competed in conference and district meets. In November, after shopping for a needy family for Thanksgiving, the Glider s traveled by van to Miami and ran in the USATF qualifier, qualifying 9 athletes and our midget boys team for the USATF nationals in Myrtle Beach. The Gliders did not compete again at Footlocker after competing there for 10 years in a row, the Glider trained hard to prepare for the national championships.

Now ready for national competition, the Gliders competed in the AAU National Cross Country Championships which was again held in Disney Sports Complex. 22 athletes competed for the Gliders and 8 earned medals by placing in the top 25 in their respective age divisions.  The Gliders were honored with a 1st place Team Gold Medal and an individual Gold Medal performance and a 5th place team finish. Later the club has the season-ending party at the Sweet Tomatoes restaurant and the annual miniature golf tournament at Congo River.

Traveling in vans to Myrtle Beach, eight Glider athletes competed at the very competitive USATF Cross Country Nationals this year at the fast Whispering Pines Golf Course where almost all of the Glider had PRs, but did not win any top 25 medals and our one team finished 11th. While in South Carolina, the Gliders played miniature golf, visited the beach, had a pizza party and a pre-race dinner on Friday at the local Olive Garden.

The Gliders finished up the cross country season with the annual year-end party where the athletes were honored. This year $1,800 in scholarships were awarded to Gliders in college and grad school and the club continued its tradition of helping 6 needy families during both holidays. Many thanks go to our main sponsors: Track Shack Foundation, Kohl’s and Transaction Data Systems for supporting our cross country team this season. www.cfgliders.com

2011 AAU XC National Championship
Glider Youth Boys National Champions!
Brandon Marquez-SY-1st; Boston Fitzpatrick-Y 3rd; Jesse Millson-SY 8th; Max Robinson Y-11th; Jerod Fuller Y-29th; Joe Thrailkill Y-31; Desi Ferreira Y-35; Jean Carlos Peralta Y-42; Jackson Boucher SY 63; Erik McKay Y 65; Caleb Brady SY 86; Isaiah Keebler Y 111; Corbin Wapshott SY 117