Adam Magoulas Wins State Individual Cross Country Title
Adam Magoulas entered his senior season determined to win an individual cross-country state title, yet an injury prevented him from training regularly for six weeks prior to racing at Miami Belen Jesuit’s distance squad race at Class 3A state meet. Still, they finished first overall!
Joshua Ruiz, Martin Goodwin and Alec Torrecilla represented Dade/Broward County in this race as top finishers.
Early Life and Education
Adam Magoulas has long been one of the state’s finest runners. A three-time state runner-up in cross country and two state champions for both mile and 3200 events, Magoulas aims to achieve great things during his senior year both on track and cross country.
Magoulas opened his 2021 season at the Kowboy Invitational and ran his personal best of 15:38, though challenged by out-of-state competitor Ethan Nordman (PR of 4:15 for mile and 1:54 for 800). Magoulas managed to outwit Nordman and pull away for victory.
Magoulas led Belen to an excellent team performance as Joshua Ruiz placed sixth, Evan Torres placed eighth, and Alec Torrecilla finished 14th overall. Magoulas is leading an outstanding program and will lead them toward winning their fifth consecutive championship title.
Miami Belen Jesuit senior Adam Magoulas had high hopes of winning the state individual cross-country title going into his senior season, and made an excellent start by breaking the Spanish River Invitational record at 14 minutes, 57 seconds in September. Unfortunately, midway through his season he suffered an injury to his foot that put his dreams of victory on hold.
Magoulas finished ninth at Florida Class 3A boys’ State Championship race at Apalachee Regional Park on Friday morning despite missing six weeks of training and competition, thanks to being part of Belen’s top-10 team that included Evan Torres, Alec Torrecilla, Joshua Ruiz as runners-up, among others.
Achievement and Honors
Adam Magoulas persevered despite suffering a broken fourth metatarsal bone to remain focused on winning his goal of becoming state individual cross-country champion. On Friday at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee he placed ninth – making an important contribution toward leading his Wolverines team win overall.
Magoulas was followed by Javier Vento and Joshua Ruiz, representing the future of Belen Jesuit distance squad and helping them claim a sixth consecutive 3A boys regional title.
The Wolverines won by an overwhelming margin over Bartram Trail and Nease, with Bolles coming second, Creekside third, St Augustine fourth, Mandarin fifth and Matanzas seventh as part of their roster – also beating 2A teams like St Johns Country Day and Middleburg!
Adam Magoulas had his sights set on winning his first individual state cross country championship as he entered his senior season at Belen Jesuit. He began strongly, winning the Spanish River Invitational and setting a school record in its season opener – setting new school marks both times! But unfortunately a foot injury prevented this goal and left him serving as team second runner at Apalachicola Regional Park in Tallahassee instead on Friday morning.
Magoulas returned from injury just in time to place ninth at the Class 3A state championship, helping Belen to its fifth straight state title victory. Evan Torres, Alec Torrecilla and Roberto Leon also posted top two finishes.