This year’s 9th Alligator Lake Invitational will allow the tradition of Florida schools competing against Georgia schools to continue. This year we have McIntosh High (Peachtree City), White County High, Valdosta High and Providence Christian Academy out of Lilburn Georgia coming to join several of the top Florida teams in the state.

Alligator Lake has produced some great competition with very fast times in it’s past. This year will undoubtedly be the same. With its two-looped course which makes it very spectator friendly, you will see the athletes at the start, half way and finish without walking very far. The athletes enjoy this course because of its nice trails and long straights. The Course records for high school belong to Lily Williams (Chiles HS) 17:49.30 who went on to run in college for Vanderbilt and Sukhi Khosla (Leon HS) 15:08.62 and is currently running for Oklahoma State. This years we have several teams that are traditional power house teams on both the boys and girls side. Oak Hall was the 1A XC champions last year and will be competing for the second year in a row at the event. They also have a young boys team who will be led by their freshman 3200m track state champion Austin Montini. Providence High (Jacksonville) will be in attendance and are always a tough team to beat. St. Joseph’s Academy lead by coaches Justin & Ashlyn Taylor (Both UF track & XC graduates) will be in attendance. They have started building their program into a state contending team. Also in attendance will be Flagler Palm Coast, any year their team could produce fast runners and be a state contending team by the end of the season.

As always, the atmosphere will be fun and energetic with music playing, younger brothers and sisters of the athletes playing on the playground at the park, moms and dads running around cheering on their kids and their kid’s teammates while enjoying a beautiful park in North Central Florida.

 The awards this year have a changed a little. The top two in the Varsity Invite, Middle School and Elementary school races will receive trophies with 3rd through 10th receiving medals and 11-50 ribbons. The pictures of the trophies and medals do not do them justice!

If you have not registered your team or if you have a middle school or elementary athlete and would like to register them individually, there is still time. Visit get find all the information for this year’s event.