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AAU Cross Country National Championships 12/3/2016

We had a team of 35 athletes compete at the AAU Cross Country National Championships in Tallahassee, Florida. The last time the AAU National Cross Country Championships was held in Florida was in 2010. Our team had great results all around. Below are some of those highlights:

24 individual medallist out of our team of 35 athletes

2 Individual National Champions: Adrian Bichara & Valerie Lastra 

2 Runner Ups: Jordan Shapiro & Tristan Petillon 

1 National Team Title in the Boys 13-14 age group: Adrian Bichara, Alvaro Canarte, Adam Magoulas, Austin San Juan, Donato Scarcello, Nicolas Raffinengo

1 National Runner Up Team in the Girls 13-14 age group: Valerie Lastra, Jordan Shapiro, Becky Bergnes, Nina Starvaggi, Ana Rodriguez, Camila Alvarez, Paola Bencosme, Danielle Martinez
2 Top 5 athletes individually: Alvaro Canarte and Adam Magoulas 

Valerie Lastra crossing the line as the new AAU Cross Country National Champion in the 13-14 age group

We are very proud of all of our athletes and how they competed as we officially finish a very successful 2016 Cross Country season. We now shift focus entirely to the 2017 Track & Field Season.

*Next year the 2017 AAU Cross Country Nationals will be in the home course of 
the Footlocker South Regional Championships in Charlotte, North Carolina*

AAU Junior Olympics - Texas - 7/30 - 8/6/2016

Miami Elite athletes took home 10 medals (1 silvers, 2 bronze) at Humble Stadium


in Houston, Texas after qualifying 14 athletes to the Junior Olympics



Congratulations to:


-Valerie Lastra (14 year old division) for a 2nd place finish in the 3000m running 10:15, 3rd place in the 1500m in a new Personal Record (PR) of 4:37, 5th place in the 800m in a new PR of 2:16


-Tristan Petillon (9 year old division) for a 3rd place finish in the 1500m running a  new PR of 5:11


-Jordan Shapiro (14 year old division) for a 7th place finish in the 3000m with a time of 11:07


-Sabrina Perna (17-18 year old division) for an 8th place finish in the 3000m with a time of 11:41


-Girls 13-14 year old 4x800m Relay Team of Jordan Shapiro, Paola Bencosme, Valerie Lastra, and Nina Starvaggi for a 5th place finish running 9:55

AAU Club National Championships - 7/10 - 7/16/2016

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Middle School State Championships - 5/14/2016


Miami Elite athletes took home 23 medals (6 golds, 6 silvers) on 

Saturday May 14th at IMG Academy in Bradenton


Congratulations to:

 Valerie Lastra for a new 1500m State Record running 4:40

Girls 4x800m Relay (Lisa Adjouadi, Camila Alvarez, Natalie Varela, Paola Bencosme) 
which ran a 9:37 & broke the state record by 12 secs

Natalie Varela for winning the 800m in 2:18 

Valerie Lastra for a runner up performance in the 3000m and a 5th place finish in the 800m

Adrian Bichara for a runner up performance in the 3000m

Boys 4x800m Relay (Carlos Catala, Christian Guzman, Adrian Bichara, Alvaro Canarte) for a runner up performance

Girls 4x400m Relay (Lisa Adjouadi, Camila Alvarez, Natalie Varela, Paola Bencosme) for a 4th place performance in 4:12

Alvaro Canarte for coming in 5th place in the 1500m

Carlos Catala for coming in 5th place in the 800m

Girls 4x800m B Relay Team (Nina Starvaggi, Jordan Shapiro, Danielle Martinez, Kitty Simmonds) for an 8th place performance

Overall the Girls Team was 2nd in the team standings and the Boys team finished 5th.