Orginally set up to be a two day meet for this Friday and Saturday, the VHSL Group AAA State Meet has now become a condensed version with a one day setup for Saturday at George Mason University\'s indoor track facility. Along with having to pack in many events into one day, the day will be even more so packed with great performances.
While Lord Botetourt senior Adam Linkenauger did not have his best performance of the season at the Group AA State Meet, it was still good enough for the Clemson bound high jumper to come away with a state meet record and a state title. Linkenauger, who earlier in the month posted the nation\'s third best mark in his specialty at seven feet, came away with the state title with still a respectable mark of 6-8 to earn athlete of the week honors. Linkenauger will be looking to earn his second title as an All-American as he competes in the Nike Indoor Championships next month.
Gar-Field\'s Afua Amponsah simply dominated the Northwest Region Meet held at Fork Union\'s Estes Center. Running on a 160 meter non-banked track with spikeless racing shoes, Amponsah had an impressive triple win in the 55 meter dash (7.22), 55 meter hurdles (7.99), and 300 meter dash (42.39). Her 55 meter hurdle time ranks her first in the state as her amazing performance earned her athlete of the week honors.
It could not have been any closer or any more exciting in the way the girls\' team title was decided at the Group AA State Indoor Track Meet. Going into the meet, it was pretty clear who would be the two major favorites going in. Heritage of Lynchburg with their great depth in the sprints and Western Albemarle, having the top distance crew in all of AA, were predicted to battle and war it was Friday at Virginia Tech\'s Rector Fieldhouse.
Jennifer Boyd of Hickory put forth one of the finest distance doubles by any Virginian at the Eastern Region Meet. The N.C. State bound senior posted improved upon her state best in the 3200 meter run with her winning time of 10:49.40 and just missed eclipsing Sarah Bowman\'s state best time of 4:54.68 with her time of 4:54.84 to earn a well deserved honor of athlete of the week.
The gap between national leader Steve Huntzinger of James Robinson and the rest of the state shot put throwers is quickly closing thanks to drastic improvements of First Colonial\'s Khalif Mitchell. At the Eastern Region Meet, Mitchell threw a personal best of 59-03.25 to firmly position himself second in the state behind 60 plus foot thrower Huntzinger and as well earn athlete of the week honors.
With an increase of teams and athletes now participating in indoor track at the AA level, the bar has been rising in substantial increments every year in terms of the quality of the fields that have been gathering for the Group AA State Indoor Track Meet. This year appears to be no different with some heated team battles to be waged as well as many record breaking performances to be expected in the 2003 edition.
The indoor track state meet for Group AA is scheduled for this Friday at Virginia Tech\'s Rector Fieldhouse. While a performance list has yet to be received from the Group AA state meet director, I had a lot of free time on my hands today while being snowed in and made a list of the top 10 AA performances this season to give AA coaches, athletes, parents, and fans a look at the top performers in each event thus far this season. Some events are less than 10 deep though because there have not been 10 AA performances that have met the MileStat.com elite standards.
With the Eastern Region Meet getting underway today at CNU and the Northwest, Northern, and Central regional meets being held this weekend also, here is a list of the top 10 performances in each region for each event to give a strong preview of who are the individuals and relays to look out for in each region.
The National Scholastic Sports Foundation (NSSF) is pleased to announce that the 2003 Great American Cross Country Festival (GACC) has chosen SAS Soccer Park located in Cary, North Carolina as the future home of the most successful in-season high cross country meet in the United States for elite teams and individuals.
For the second consecutive year at the Nike Indoor Championships, Outback Steakhouse will sponsor a banquet for athletes, parents and officials.
Former VA HS harrier Hower advances to world, while current HS star Crews is one of the top prep fin
At the USA Cross Country Championships held at Buffalo Bayou Park in Houston, Texas, a handful of collegiates with Virginia high school ties as well as current Virginia high school preps competed in the junior men\'s 8K race. Finishing in the top six which advances onto the world cross country championships was former Marion High runner and current Georgetown University freshmen Fleet Hower as Hower took the final spot with a sixth place finish (27:31). However, Rockbridge County senior John Crews had an equally impressive performance to Hower by finishing as third fastest high school prep in the race with his 13th place finish (28:01). Crews was only 8 seconds behind the top high school cross country runner in the nation as Foot Locker champion Chris Solinsky finished ninth (27:53). Crews beat the likes of Ryan Deak, Bobby Curtis, and Matt Keally just to name a few with his finish
At the Razorback-Tyson Invitational held at the University of Arkansas's state of the art indoor track facility, Fork Union senior Kippy Keino ran the state's fastest time of the season for 1600 meters as he ran a 4:12.97 for a full mile to finish second in the high school boys' mile race behind All-American miler Adam Perkins of Missouri, while beating other national elite milers such as Mike Poe of California and Sam Bair of Pennsylvania.
With teammate Christo Landry being injured early on in the indoor track season, it has allowed Keith Bechtol to emerge out of Landry\'s shadows this winter with some impressive racing. At the Concorde District Meet held at the Prince George County Sports and Learning Complex, the William & Mary bound senior came away with two district titles with an impressive distance double of 4:25.92 in the 1600 and 9:37.68 in the 3200 meter races. Earning athlete of the week honors, Bechtol is expected to be a state title contender in the 3200 meter run.
Running in less than ideal conditions on a chilly and windy day outdoors at Landstown High School\'s track for the Beach District Meet, Kellam senior Kelley Taylor was not deterred as she proceeded to part the winds en route to breaking two meet records with her times of 5:12.89 in the 1600 meter run and 11:27.40 in the 3200 meter run to earn athlete of week honors for her tough double in tough conditions.
While Fork Union senior Kippy Keino faltered to a fourth place finish in the elite high school boys\' mile race at the Milrose Games, he made it a truly exciting race as he pushed the race pace when no one else was willing.
William Fleming\'s Ryan McCoy made sure he got the crowd going before all his jumps at the Microtel Invitational. As he got the audience clapping in a momentous rhythm, McCoy sprinted down the runway to a superb national leading jump of 49-7 in the triple jump to earn athlete of the week honors.
Tallwood junior Faraign Giles staked her claim as the top 500 meter runner in the state as well as one of the best in the nation at the distance as she ran the nation\'s third fastest time with her 1:14.61 win at the Microtel Invitational to earn athlete of the week honors.
A windfall of state bests and national leading times swept through the two day Microtel Invitational held at the fastest indoor track in the state of Virginia at Virginia Tech\'s Rector Fieldhouse. With a meet combining the best Virginia has to offer with some great out of state competition, great performances were bound to happen.