Satellite High School junior Gabe Montague thought that baseball was going to be his sport of choice, but he was introduced to distance running and decided to make the switch. It was a good decision.
Gabe won the Class 2A boys’ championship at the FHSAA meet in Tallahassee in November of 2019, covering the 5,000-meter course in a time of 15:31.84. He was named the cross-country runner of the year in January by Florida Today.
His 2020 season was off to a good start with a personal best time of 1:58.66 in the 800 meters in the Merritt Island Invitational on February 14. He would follow that up with a 1600-meter personal best time of 4:16.20 at the Reggie Johnson Memorial on February 28.
Montague’s biggest accomplishment of the season came on March 6 at the Bolles Invitational in Jacksonville. Gabe ran the 3,200-meter race in a time of 9:06.55, setting a Satellite high school record. His time was just two seconds short of the Brevard County record set in 1978.