The Highest Form of Flattery (24/10/2019)

We were recently contacted by Steve Curran, an American athletics coach, based at Nease High School in Florida USA to let us know that their girls squad were now sporting a singlet based on the colours of Tipton Harriers.

The school is on the south end of Jacksonville and prides itself in academic attainment. Steve says 90% of the school graduates seek higher education and it has a large JR ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corp) which prepares students for military leadership.

The High School logo is that of a panther which features centrally on the singlets.

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Steve provided this insight to their choice of singlet and colour.

"Our Girls Cross Country team at Nease High School recently started wearing a singlet inspired by the Tipton Harriers.  It took a while to adjust to the unique design however the girls are enjoying the many compliments they have been getting and, as their coach, I am appreciating being able to pick them out in a crowded field.   I appreciate the history of your 100+ year old club."

Here we reproduce, with Steve's permission, a couple of shots of the singlets in action!

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Steve coaches the girls squad at the High School and has a background in track & field. Originally from Massachusetts. Steve ran cross country and track through high school (Plymouth-Carver) and college (Fitchburg State). He has coached at the middle school, high school and college level. He belonged to running clubs in Boston, Kingston, Jamaica (while a Peace Corps volunteer) and in Sydney, Australia. He has coached and participated in the NCAA Cross Country Championships.

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Steve explained that the girls, aged 15-18 years, have a XC season that typically begins competition in August following a conditioning phase in June. They enjoy 7-8 invitational matches and then, by qualification, hopefully progress to State Championship level.

He said that this years season had had a few interruptions due to the hurricane season which eliminated a couple of their early season meets. This weekend sees the first major step in qualifying for the State Championships. We wish them the very best of luck.