Visokay 10th, Midlo girls 18th at NXN

 

Albemarle senior Adam Visokay had one of the best individual races yet by a Virginian in the history of the Nike Cross Nationals with his 10th place finish in a loaded field of the nation's top runners. Only Midlothian's Jason Witt in 2006 with his sixth place finish has placed higher from Virginia at NXN and Visokay arguably ran in a tougher field since the addition and growing popularity of the individual qualifier component of the meet. The 2011 Group AAA 3200 meter state champion Visokay clocked a time of 15:37 on the muddy Portland Meadows 5K course, which was 35 seconds behind the winner Futsum Zeinasellaissie of Indiana. Matthew Schwartzer of Princess Anne (59th, 16:05) and Carolyn Bethel of Hidden Valley (99th, 19:22) also made the trip across the country to Virginia and faired respectably in their national championship appearance. 

 

Meanwhile, the Midlothian girls were making their second Nike Cross Nationals appearance as a full squad with a completely new lineup from their 2006 squad which finished 10th in Oregon. An at-large selection from the Southeast Region, the Midlothian girls ended up placing 19th out of 22 teams as only Kara Dickerson (86th, 19:10) was able to break into a very deep top 100 finishers which saw the Group AA state champion Bethel barely squeak into.

 

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  • jbbrown14 / 2 Years Ago
    It was Carolyn Bethel's second trip as the Hidden Valley team Qualifed in 2009. Congrats to all the Virginia runners.
  • demarco / 2 Years Ago
    Great job Adam!
    Other Virginians to place in the top ten are Kathleen Stevens (2nd) and Joanna Stevens (9th) in 2009 when Blacksburg was 6th as a team.
  • jausema / 2 Years Ago
    13th place finisher Mike Crozier is from Virginia too.
  • jldeal / 2 Years Ago
    @jausema
    Technically from DC but yeah he's a cool guy. Congrats to him also!
  • jausema / 2 Years Ago
    Actually what I am trying to say is that he lives in Virginia - which is relevant here since the runners don't technically represent their school at NXN.