Meet our Elites
Alex McCollum|Angela Nadler|Anne Elise Wester|Calum Mcfetridge |Camryn Williams|Catherine Martin|Chris Cabret | Enoch Nadler | Eric Drummond| Georganne Watson | Gretchen Loyd | Haley Hasty|Hannah Chappell-Dick | Hutson Rapier | Julia Buddendorff | Justin Keefe |Katie Avery | Kelly Griffin|Marc Coleman| Matt Taddeo | Michael Dougherty| Michelle Richards |Phillip Jenkins| Rae Powers|Sara Aube| Stephanie McGrail |Tony Matchev |Zane Grabau
When I was in 7th grade, I could run 1 lap around the track without stopping in gym class so I decided to go out for Cross Country. Thankfully, 1 lap quickly turned into a few miles of non-stop running and that has continued for the past 18 years. I ran cross country and track at Riverside Middle and High School in Pennsylvania, and also swam on our club and school teams. I attended Kutztown University in PA and ran Cross Country and Indoor and Outdoor Track from 2004-2008. Under the guidance of Coach Ray Hoffman, I went from a walk-on in my freshman year to a 6x NCAA Division II Championship qualifier. After college, running became decidedly less competitive but still as enjoyable. My son, Griffin, was born in February 2014 and is seriously my biggest fan. You'll see him cheering everyone on at races and throwing out lots of high-fives. I still have some goals to accomplish in terms of setting PRs and I know that the Team FTC and Coach Enoch are the right people to get me there. I'm so excited to put a team uniform and represent Gainesville and all the inspiring people in it!
PRs: Mile(i): 5:14; 3k: 9:59; 5k: 17:15; 10k: 36:40; Half Marathon: 1:25:29; Marathon: 3:02
Enoch first found his love for running in the 9th grade at Keystone Heights High School. As a member of the track team, he took it upon himself to learn all that he could about running to help take him and his teammates to the next level. Enoch would go on to multiple top five state championship finishes and help his cross country team finish with its highest place in school history at the state meet. Upon graduation, Enoch was awarded a cross country/track scholarship to the University of Florida. At UF Enoch was a multiple All-SEC Conference and South Region Honoree. He was the captain of his Cross Country team and won numerous Invitationals around the southeast. Enoch still holds top 10 time records at UF in the 8k and Steeple Chase.
After College Enoch stepped away from running from 2008-2012 to pursue other passions. Upon moving to Dallas in 2012, Enoch began coaching himself again. From 2012 to 2014 Enoch coached himself and qualified for 2016 Olympic Trials in the Marathon event. He trained 85-100 miles a week and competed in both national and local track meets and road races. Enoch finished 30th in the USA Half Marathon Champs in 2013 and 22nd in 2014. In 2014 Enoch and his wife Angela took a travel sabbatical living abroad for 16 months. Enoch and his wife Angela traveled 5 continents before returning home to Florida to settle down and be closer to friends and family in late 2015.
Upon moving home, Enoch began volunteering with the local non-profit, Youth Combine and competed on the Youth Combine's record breaking relay team at the Five Points of Life Marathon. In August 2016, Enoch began coaching with the Florida Track Club and fell in love with the team coaching aspect. Soon after, Enoch and the Florida Track Club formed a partnership, and thus, Team Florida Track Club was born!Enoch continues to race often and can be seen fighting for the win with other local elite athletes. Enoch debuted in the Marathon in 2017 running 2:18:17 to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Trials.
Enoch's Personal Records: 1 Mile(i): 4:08; 2 Mile: 8:45; 3k Steeple: 8:54; 5K: 14:05; 8k XC: 23:46; 10k: 29:40; 15k: 44:48; Half Marathon: 1:03:54; Marathon: 2:13:04
I started running in the fifth grade, mostly because I could beat all the boys, and I have been running ever since. I attended high school outside of Pittsburgh where I played basketball & soccer in addition to running Cross Country & Track. I went to Kent State University on a Cross Country scholarship, but unfortunately my career was cut short by a torn Achilles during my freshman year. It took almost 2 years for me to be able to run after surgery.
After graduating, I moved first to New York City for a job in a PR firm and then to Tampa where I worked for the Tampa Bay Lightning. When the NHL went on strike, I found myself looking for a new career, so I became the assistant cross country and the head track coach at Academy of the Holy names. I spent the next 9 years coaching and training with the girls. In that same time I had three kids of my own Maddock, Bray and Ridley.
In the summer of 2015, we moved to Gainesville, where my husband Mike is the Director of SEC Network Production for UF. I am excited to join Team TFC!
PR’s :1600m: 5:06; 3200m: 10:59; 5k : 17:17; Half Marathon: 1:18:52; Marathon: 2:43:34
A rower for Syracuse University from 1992 – 1995 I found running as a sport 11 years ago while living in Dallas. A current member of the Florida Track Club Board of Directors I like nothing more than sharing my love of running. I have yet to a race that I haven’t liked. I have completed 19 marathons since 2007. Training under Coach Enoch since January I have set new PRs in the 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon, and Marathon. I have had the honor of qualifying for Boston nine times and have run it three times. I love sharing running with others and one of my favorite things is to run someone’s first marathon with them. Team FTC is even more enjoyable because the diverse group sharing a passion for running. I look forward to representing Team FTC and cheering on my teammates and runners for years to come.
1 Mile: 5:39; 5k: 19:34; 10k: 41:17:00; 15k: 61:23; Half Marathon: 1:29:16; Marathon: 3:10:02
Georganne is originally from Lititz, PA where she was the 2003 Pennsylvania State Champ in the 800 meters running 2:09 out of high school and earning a scholarship to run for The University of Kentucky. Along with a bachelor's degree in secondary education, she received several All-SEC and All-Region track and field teams while running for the Wildcats. She was a SEC champion (DMR), 3 time NCAA qualifier in the 800 meters and 2-time USATF qualifier in the 800 meters. After college, she ran competitively for Brooks while pursuing her Master's degree in Education. Georganne took some time away from competitive running to start her career and her family. In 2013 Georganne and her husband Luke moved to Gainesville where they now have two children Declan and Kennedy. Georganne is an undergraduate Academic Advisor at the University of Florida and enjoys cheering for the Gators whenever they aren't playing Kentucky :) Georganne loves her Team FTC teammates she gets to train with as well as the atmosphere that Coach Enoch has created. The group pushes her to achieve her running goals as she is still setting PR's as a working Mom of 2.
PRs: 800: 2:05; 1500: 4:25; mile: 4:51; 3k: 10:21; 5k: 17:32; 15k: 58:34; half marathon: 1:19:49
I’m a native of Waterville, Minnesota and moved to Gainesville in May 2016 when I started a Research Professor position involving crop disease management at UF. My running career has been a steady progress to longer and longer distances. The marathon is my main event now, and I’ve now completed 12 full marathons.
After starting out as a slow mid-distance runner in high school, I moved up to the 1600 and 3200 events my junior and senior years and experienced moderate success. I attended Concordia University Nebraska for college where I ran cross country and track at the NAIA level. My initial objective was to participate in a team since I was going to run anyway. By the time I graduated, I had participated in 2 full marathons at the NAIA national championships and was part of an NAIA cross country national runner-up team.
After college, I returned to Minnesota for graduate school and started a habit of running two full marathons a year and numerous shorter road races for training. I’ve been fortunate to run in races both big and small including the Boston Marathon, Elysian Rookie’s Triathlon, Kansas City Marathon, 10Kato, Grandma’s Marathon, Hay Daze 8k, and Disney Marathon.
As a member of Team FTC, I’m enjoying being part of a team again. I’m looking forward to breaking past the 2:30 mark in the full marathon and helping others enjoy and succeed in their running endeavors.
Full marathon: 2:29:07; Half marathon: 1:11; 10k: 32:53; 5k: 15:38
I started running in 2011 with no goals other than to be healthy. I found the Florida Track Club and my running changed as I was surrounded by supportive runners. My running improved and I started to achieve goals that once seemed unrealistic. Now, with TeamFTC I find the same story happening again as my group of runners, and all around amazing people, keeps getting bigger.
My running career began in a stereotypical fashion, as I failed to make the soccer team my freshman year of high school. I showed up to the first day of cross country practice reluctantly, just looking for a way to stay in shape. However, I instantly found myself at home with the team, and I was excited by the incremental progress that I made each week. Throughout high school, I found success over the longer distances, and I soon fell in love with the sport of running.
Following high school, I had the opportunity to run for Bucknell University, where I specialized in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters. At Bucknell, I had an incredible experience competing at the division one level with my teammates, who have become some of my closest friends.
I graduated with a degree in Biology, and have since taken a research position at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. After taking a brief hiatus from competing, I stumbled upon Coach Enoch and Team FTC and quickly rediscovered my passion for the sport. I now look forward to lowering my personal bests, taking on new challenges in the Half and Full Marathons, and sharing my love of running with others.
PR’s: Mile- 4:23; 3K- 8:49; 5K- 15:10; 10K- 32:00; Half-Marathon- 1:09:17
I began running after graduating from Florida State University in 2012 just to stay healthy after logging many more video game hours per day than miles per week. I spent three years in North Dakota completing my Master's thesis on ticks and tick-borne diseases before moving back to Gainesville to work at the University of Florida in a lab studying the role of the gut microbiome in colorectal cancer development. The running community and the lack of ice and snow made Gainesville the perfect place to start training more seriously, and after two years here running has become a huge part of my life and one of the things I enjoy most. I love being part of a community with so many experienced, faster runners and have learned so much from Coach Enoch and Team FTC. My goal, for now, is to stay consistent, train smarter, and get a little bit faster every day!
Full Marathon: 3:09 (2020), Half Marathon: 1:17:35 (2019), 5k: 16:40 (2019)
My running career started with a half marathon in my hometown of Mount Dora during my freshman year of college. A year later, I was signed up for the Five Points of Life half marathon but was forced to withdraw due to an injury. During my junior year, I trained with my dad for the FPOL marathon. Thanks to my dad’s advice and long run companionship, and nearly perfect weather conditions, the race went well. I won the women’s division with a Boston qualifying time. This past year, my first year of medical school here at UF, I ran the rainy Boston marathon and requalified. A couple of weeks later, I decided to join Team FTC in hopes of a marathon PR and to try out some shorter distances. My first track team has been everything I needed and more. Coach Enoch’s workouts are fun and challenging, and my teammates and I are constantly encouraging each other to try hard and reach our goals.
Growing up, I played any sport that was offered in the Gainesville area. Unfortunately, I wasn’t very good at any of them. The only aspect of the sports I played and actually liked (or was good at) was running. I was always subbed in for hitters already on base in softball and made my own game of chasing people on the soccer field. I started going on runs with my mom and eventually ran on my own throughout middle school. My freshman year at Gainesville High I joined the track team and later fell in love with cross country. After graduating from FSU, I moved to China for three years, where I took a break from running regularly. Moving back to Gainesville in 2017, I was determined to get back into running, specifically with goals of running half and full marathons. I’m excited to be part of Team FTC, which is full of people who are fun, supportive and share the same love of running!
PR’s: 5K: 18:40; ½ Marathon: 1:26:55; Marathon: 3:05
I am currently a sophomore at Buchholz high school.
My running career began in late kindergarten (6 years old) at the Morning Mile Program at Talbot Elementary, where students run laps around a dirt track for 30 minutes every school day, and the student with the most miles at the end of the year gets a trophy. I instantly fell in love with the sport and quickly abandoned soccer to focus on running full time. By the end of 5th grade, I had run 18:01 for a road 5k and had earned numerous All-American awards from the AAU track circuit, including Club National Champion for the 3k in 2015.
Once middle school began, I stopped training as intensively to focus more on academics because I was accepted into the Buchholz math program. In the fall of 2016, I met Coach Enoch from a training group he was originally coaching in the Florida Track Club. I joined Team FTC when it was first created, and under Enoch's guidance, I've been able to reach amazing goals while remaining injury free and explore many new areas of the sport that were unknown to me.
I am always excited to train with Team FTC, and to run with my friends from Buchholz XC and T&F!
PR's: 5k - 16:58 (XC) 3k - 9:41 Mile - 4:56 800 - 2:21
Justin began running in middle school and continued through high school and college at the University of Richmond. During a long string of injuries in his collegiate career, he began swimming and biking to stay in shape and decided to compete in his first triathlon after his sophomore year. Three years and many more triathlons later, Justin earned his pro card in the sport of triathlon at the 2016 Ironman 70.3 Austin. Other notable triathlon accolades include winning the Boston Triathlon, and a 3rd place overall finish at the 2016 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championship. Since moving to Florida in the summer of 2018, Justin decided to focus solely on running and is currently training for race distances between the mile and 10k.
Outside of Athletics, Justin is a photographer and videographer with Fracture.
Justin's PRs include: 1000m(i): 2:31, 1500m: 3:56, 1 mile(i): 4:14, 5000m: 14:47, 5 mile(road): 24:34, 10,000m(road): 31:00, Marathon 2:20:11
I was born in New Jersey, but raised in Orlando, FL all my life. At the age of eight years old, I started to play basketball competitively. For 8 years I thought basketball was the sport for me to pursue, however running was something that I noticed my sophomore year in high school that it could be something that I would be even better at. That is when I decided to stop playing basketball and change my sport to running as my main focus to pursue. Since I did not have the best team in high school that made me work harder so that I can be as fast as the guys in other schools. Not being such a fast runner in high school I was still able to keep running after graduating by going to Saint Leo University and run Division II cross country and track. While attending Saint Leo I trained as hard as I could so that I can be one of the best runners on the team because I always want to improve myself to the level of better runners. That made me notice how training at the college level was making me improve and that running at that level can make me faster than I ever thought I could be. With that in thought, I realized why not try and become even faster and run at UF which is what I always wanted to do as a high schooler. Now I am a Santa Fe student trying to transfer over to UF to walk on the UF cross country and track team and run at the Division I level, which is something that I never thought I could do. I am grateful to be part of TeamFTC and have coach Enoch to push me to get where I need to be to have that goal completed.
PRs: Track: 1500m- 4:16, 5k- 15:20 Cross Country: 8k- 26:41, 10k- 35:24, Road: Half Marathon-1:14
I started running with Youth Combine in 8th grade and that took me to XC and track at Buchholz HS. I made several all state teams and won the state championship my senior year in the 3200. Currently, I'm at UF studying engineering and TFTCs a great balance for me, keeping me competitive but not killing me during exam week. It’s a great crowd.
4:19 1600, 9:29 3200, 15:04 5k, Half Marathon 1:11
I can't believe I'm here writing my "elite" bio. Just a few years ago, I would have never called myself a runner. I had a pretty challenging childhood, was in and out of foster care, and didn't have the opportunity to compete in sports growing up. So now as an adult, in my 30's, it's been fun pushing myself to places I never knew were possible. To be honest, when we started Team FTC and set our Elite Team standards, I never thought in a million years that I could make the elite squad! The past few years have taught me that if you work hard and surround yourself with great teammates, anything is possible! I am so grateful for our team. Not only do we have people that help me be a better runner but also a better person. I'm excited to continue to push myself and enjoy running!
PRs: 5k: 18:54, half: 1:41, full: 3:24
Outside of running: I am an Engineer & Foster Child Advocate
I am extremely honored and honestly a bit flabbergasted to be writing my elite bio. I am not the typical runner you expect to read about here. I grew up in Austria and even though I led a pretty active lifestyle - skiing, hiking, biking -, I never ran in my youth or participated in any other sport. It wasn’t until I moved to the US 20 years ago, in my 30s and pregnant with my daughter, that I started running. Pushing the jogging stroller, and soon after the double stroller, on the trails of our lake property in Melrose, is still one of my fondest memories from my early running days. I started competing in races, anything from the local 5K to the Boston Marathon and was doing pretty well. I got excited about getting faster and had big goals and dreams. My dreams were shattered though and life changed drastically when I got diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 and then a second time in 2015. Running took on a completely different meaning for me. Instead of running to get faster and compete, I ran to survive. It was during those years, in September of 2013, that I started my running streak, with the minimum requirement being just one mile per day. My streak has been going strong ever since and was one of the best things I ever decided to do. Another great decision I made was joining Team FTC in September 2017. I have made so many great friends on the team and the camaraderie and team spirit are really quite something! Under the expert guidance of Coach Enoch and with the support of my teammates, I have been able to regain my strength and come close to the times I used to run. I truly believe that age is no limit and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.
PR’s: 5K: 20:00, 10K: 43:43, Half Marathon: 1:30.47, Marathon: 3:07.28
I started running in high school as a punishment during baseball practices. Soon I became a stronger runner than ballplayer and went out for the cross-country team my sophomore year. I ran for fitness off and on through college and then decided to run my first half marathon in 2010. Since then I have continued to race while self-coached with rather meager improvements. I joined Team FTC when I moved to Gainesville for medical school, and have found a community and coaching program that has taken my running to the next level. Since joining the team all my times have gotten significantly faster culminating with qualifying for the Boston Marathon in 2020.
PRs: 5k: 15:47, Half Marathon: 1:14, Marathon: 2:46:58
Growing up, I always enjoyed jogging laps during gym class and recess, but the moment I first fell in love with running was halfway through a fourth-grade gym class race. I was in dead last when suddenly I had a feeling that I could probably try harder. I figured out how to move my legs faster just in time to tie the fastest girl in our class and, from then on, I was hooked. Five years later, I began running for Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers where I later made it to States in cross country and in track for the 4x800. After high school, I continued to run on my own and - after having been in Boston during the bombing - was inspired by the incredible strength of the city to try to qualify for the Boston Marathon. It took me four marathons, but I finally made the cut to run the 2018 Boston Marathon. About a month after that race and after two whole weeks off from running, however, I was suddenly unable to walk for two and a half months. Adverse effects from an antibiotic had caught up with me and I was told I might not run again. Five months of total focus on my nutrition, physical therapy, foam rolling, and stretching helped me rebuild my tendons enough to try some short runs. By this time I had moved to Gainesville to attend UF Law and, as soon as I was able to run a half-mile without any pain, I emailed Coach Enoch to ask about joining the team. I was determined to eventually run some PRs to prove to myself that I truly overcame the side effects, but I think if you had told me a year ago how quickly I would reach that goal, I would be pretty skeptical! Thanks to Coach Enoch's extensive expertise and the team's enthusiastic encouragement, I'm so grateful to not only have already PR'ed in the 3200, 5k, 10k, 15k and Half Marathon but to have also realized why I love running: running makes me whole.
I am extremely blessed to run with Team FTC and share the track with some of the most amazing athletes in the country. I am also very honored to make our Elite Team. I began running at the early age of 8 years old with my dad and continued running to stay in shape for basketball throughout high school. I was all-state and all area my junior and senior year for basketball and found that running, as part of my training, was the way to kill it out there on the court. I did not develop my love for running for many years. I never ran more than 5 miles in fact until I was dared to run a half marathon in 2005. I trained a little for that dare never realizing that one dare would completely change my life. Today I am the proud mother of three, Skye (20), Alex (18 and fellow Team FTC member), and my baby boy Rane (7). I am a wife, business owner/manager, personal trainer, cross country/track coach, and on-the-go mom. My love for running keeps me motivated to be successful in all aspects of my life and it also keeps me sane. To date, I have completed 77 half and full marathons which include 10 Bostons. I joined team FTC officially in August of 2018 and have fallen in love with our team. I never dreamed Coach Enoch and Angela would push me to achieve every goal I have set and then even exceed them. I even remember talking with Coach at my first practice telling him my recent Boston Marathon time of 3:49 and him saying "oh you will better that by a lot". I remember thinking there is no way, I was dying to pull that off. But here I am sporting a 3:15 marathon best and setting my goals even higher for 2020. I know one thing is certain. There is no way I could train as hard as I do without my friends, who I now call family, on Team FTC. We push each other to limits none of us ever think we can achieve and then we go even harder. I absolutely love our practices, our races, and our time spent together. I look forward to conquering new races and new paces. I attribute my success to our awesome Coach and my awesome teammates because without them there is no way I would be Team FTC Elite.
I grew up in Gainesville and spent my early years running local races, and I competed in Track and Cross County at Buchholz High School back in the ‘90’s. I loved the sport, but I stopped running and I took a break after college to focus on career and family, and before I knew it, I was out of shape and away from running. In 2014 I started back running with my daughters who needed help with middle school track and cross country and we all joined Team FTC for the group workouts and accountability, and Coach Enoch helped to get us each running faster and competitively.
The girls moved on to their high school careers, and I am now back in shape and racing once again. My times have steadily improved in the last several years, and now at 42, I find myself running nearly as fast as I did 20+ years ago! My wife, Mary, also joined Team FTC this year, and now our entire family is part of the group in one way or another.
Road races are great, and I also enjoy competing in Triathlon during the summer. But my favorite part of running has always been racing on the track!
Masters PR’s: 1600m – 4:57 (2019); 3000m – 9:57 (2019); 5000m – 17:19 (2019); 10k – 34:37 (2019); HM – 1:23:04 (2018)
It was September 21, 2001 and I had been running cross country for about a month when we went to the Great American Cross-Country Festival. On that foggy evening we were listening to the splits of the men’s collegiate race from one mile to the next, then the announcer exclaims that in the 4th mile a young freshman had moved from 40th to 3rd then 1st. I watched him win, closing the final 400meters in 57 seconds. Two things happened that day, I watched Alan Webb win his first collegiate race and fell in love with distance running forever. I went on to run a 32 second PR the following morning and continued to PR every meet that season up to the state meet. I continued to run competitively through high school, graduating as a 5-time conference champion in track, a 3-time conference runner up in XC, member of a state-runner up team in XC and Track, and a state champion team in Track 05’. I retired after 1 season of D1 cross country.
After 11 years of retirement I found myself fat, bored, and old. So, during the summer of 2016 I began running with my dog Sauce (a boxer). I was slow at first, but with him dragging me along I got fitter and fitter. When he could no longer run, I continued alone for about a year, then decided to look for people to run with.
That’s how I found Team FTC. I learned that Enoch Nadler, a guy I ran against in high school, was the coach and that he had gotten crazy-fast. I felt this is where I belonged. After reaching out to Enoch, I was invited out to a Saturday long run, and was very impressed by the level of fitness and the comradery. I have thoroughly enjoyed running with this awesome group of guys and gals for the past 7 months. I feel the love everyone has for one another, and I’m proud to call myself a member of Team FTC! I now have my high school PR’s in sight and look forward to breaking them.
High School PR’s (800m-2:00; 1600m-4:34; 3200m-9:33; 3-mile-15:23; 5k-15:58).
New PR’s (Half-1:12:54)
My passion for running started when my parents signed me up for a town-wide “cross country challenge” in elementary school. Even though it was actually just a few laps around the high school track, I loved pushing myself to see how fast I could go. On my soccer, basketball, and softball teams growing up, my biggest strength was always my stamina, and I saw sprints and running drills as fun rather than punishment like the rest of my teammates did. I started running competitively during my freshman year of high school, and the team atmosphere was my favorite part of those 4 years. I was fortunate enough to earn the opportunity to represent my home state as a member of the University of Connecticut’s track and cross-country teams in college. I competed mainly in cross country, the 5k, and the 10k, and had so many amazing experiences traveling to meets and training with and competing against such talented runners. When I moved to Gainesville this summer for physical therapy school, I joined Team FTC because I want to continue to be a part of a team of individuals who love running as much as I do and will push me to become better every day.
Mile: 5:06, 5k: 16:55, 10k: 35:26, half marathon: 1:23:43
Hannah Chappell-Dick is an MBA student and graduate assistant coach at the University of Florida for middle- and long-distance runners. Before moving to Gainesville, she served as a volunteer coach at Georgia Tech, competed as a member of the Atlanta Track Club Elite middle distance squad, and worked in the nonprofit space. Hannah also previously served as the Head Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Coach at her alma mater, Eastern Mennonite University.
As a Biology/pre-med student-athlete at EMU in Harrisonburg, Virginia, she was a five-time NCAA DIII All-American, including 2 runner-up finishes in the indoor Mile and a 17th finish in XC. She was also a top-30 honoree for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year award. She got her start in track & field at Bluffton High School in Ohio, where she did high jump, long jump, and sprint relays.
PR’s: 400 – 57.9; 800 – 2:08; 1500 – 4:27; 3000 – 9:55; 5000 – 17:31; Half-Marathon – 1:24
I am currently a junior at Keystone Heights High School. I started running the summer before my 7th-grade year in preparation to run for the XC and Track team at my high school. Before then I had run just for fun with my dad to spend time with him. Once I reached the end of my 8th-grade year I knew I wanted to pursue running competitively, with the ultimate goal of running for a college. I began looking into finding a private coach and ended up joining Team FTC and started being coached by Enoch. Throughout my 9th and 10th grade year I struggled with frustrating injuries and setbacks. Coach Enoch and Team FTC both supported me throughout these hard times and kept me positive and hopeful for the future. My 11th-grade year has been the healthiest and strongest training and racing I have ever completed as well as the most enjoyable! I’m looking forward to the future of my competitive running and to be able to continue chasing my dreams with Team FTC behind me!
PR’s: 5K: 19:22, 1600: 5:14, 3200: 11:24
The summer before my freshman year of high school is when I started running seriously. I had looked forward to joining a cross country team in high school since 6th grade, so I could run with people who loved distance running as much as I did. When I started running cross-country for Lincoln Park Academy, I made the varsity team after my first meet, and worked my way up to the top three. During the summer, I increased my training load, and earned the top spot on the team in the fall. Despite the hard work I put in at practices every day, it wasn’t until after my senior year of high school that I finally broke 20 minutes in the 5k and began to see major progress in my running.
I had received offers from multiple colleges to run for their team, but I chose to go to UF for their stellar academics. I was sad when I thought my cross country and track career was over, but then I discovered the Florida Running Club. This past fall, I trained with other UF students who share a love for running, had the opportunity to run cross country races with other colleges, and took a trip with a few FRC teammates to Virginia for NIRCA Nationals, where I ran a 6k in 23:38, and placed in the top 40. I was excited with the progress I had made on my own and decided to look into coaching options for the spring. When I joined Team Florida Track Club in January, I initially only planned on being a member for a few months. But after the first few practices, I had already decided to stay a member for the rest of my time at UF as I quickly fell in love with the early morning practices, welcoming team environment, and having people my level to train with and challenge me during workouts. Coach Enoch has been super attentive to designing a training plan that works for me, and after two months of his training, I ran a half marathon in 1:28, six minutes faster than the one I had ran in December before I joined the team! I am so excited to continue my running career with Team FTC and see the progress I will make in the coming years.
PRs: 5k- 19:17; Half Marathon- 1:28:06
I am currently a Senior Dual Enrolled at Branford High School and Florida Gateway College. Running has always been a part of my life but I didn't start getting serious until my 8th-grade year. I had been a competitive swimmer for 5 years prior to that and finally realized while running I could enjoy being able to constantly breathe while competing instead of holding my breath like in swimming. I can remember one of my first goals in running was to break 21 minutes in the 5k. One of the first races I ran was the Gate River Run 15k, I was 11 years old and I raced it with my dad, barely beating him at the finish. I have been racing ever since. I joined Team FTC in April 2018 and started being coached by Enoch. I have enjoyed working hard and watching my times get faster and faster. This cross country season was full of ups and downs but I finally broke 17:30 just missing the cut off for Regionals. Through this disappointment I made myself work even harder to achieve my goal of breaking 17 minutes in the 5k. Due to the COVID 19 outbreak, my track season was cut short, another disappointment. I have continued training hard alone and pushing myself to reach the goals set. I plan to attend college in Florida. My academics have always come first so I hope that the college I decided to attend will also give me the opportunity to run cross country and track. I look forward to racing very soon with Team FTC Elite. Our team and Coach Enoch have helped push me to achieve my PR's.
PR’s: 5K: 16:44, 1600: 4:47, 3200: 10:32
Anne Elise is originally from Maitland, FL where she was a lacrosse player, equestrian, and cross-country runner. She went to Cornell University and rode for their D1 equestrian team for a year before realizing that running was more fun and less stressful. As a junior, she ran a 3:14 at the Disney Marathon in a Cinderella Dress, qualifying her for Boston the following year where she ran a 3:00. After graduating with a bachelor's in Biological Engineering, she jumped right into completing a Ph.D. in Ag and Bio Engineering at UF, where she connected with the Florida Track Club and Trigators. She currently is a watershed engineer and lives in a tiny house on 50 acres with 10 chickens, a horse, 2 Vizslas, and a donkey. She also considers herself an ultrarunner and ran the 4th fastest female 50-mile time in North America in 2019.