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Pine Crest's Yared, Bolles' Collier Add Names To Florida NXN History Books Todd Grasley Dec 2, 2016

2016 was a good year for Floridians at NXNSE. For the first time in the meet's history, the Sunshine State sent two individual qualifiers to the national meet in Portland, Oregon. Pine Crest freshman Tsion Yared finished 4th overall while Bolles junior Caitlin Collier nabbed the final spot as the 5th best individual not on an advancing team. As the duo looks to make their marks this weekend, we take a look at Florida's history at NXN.

NXNSE FL Recap: Yared, Collier Advance, Three Teams Record Top 5 Finishes Todd Grasley Nov 26, 2016

Prior to the 2016 Nike Southeast Regional, only one female athlete has qualified for NXN and that was Rafaella Gibbons in 2014 and 2015. However, the Wake Med Course was generous to our Sunshine State girls as both Tsion Yared of Pine Crest and Caitlin Collier of Bolles punched their tickets to Porland, Oregon for NXN. On the boy's side, Trenton Mandato and his Trinity Prep teammates came up shy of a repeat trip to the Pacific Northwest. Complete Florida recap.

All Access: Pine Crest Girls Final NXNSE Preparation Todd Grasley Nov 25, 2016

The Pine Crest girls are in Cary, North Carolina for the NXN Southeast Regional and are seeded fifth with the top two teams earning automatic bids to Portland, Oregon for NXN. Before they left our Daniel Manco had a chance to go all access with the Panthers and film their last workout in the Sunshine State. 

Two-Time NXN Finalist Rafaella Gibbons Fastest Ever Floridian at NXNSE Todd Grasley Nov 22, 2016

Winter Park junior Rafaella Gibbons already has her name in the Florida history books as the only girls individual to qualify for Nike Nationals not just once, but twice. Gibbons finished sixth overall in 2014 and improved on that showing with a third place finish in 2015 running 17:30.80, the fastest ever by a Sunshine State girl at NXNSE. The top three performances by Florida athletes all came from that race.