Mountain High Running Camp, a camp for high school cross country runners in Bristol, Virginia, will once again offer a number of full tuition scholarships to camp. The camp dates are July 11-16 and July 18-23. The camp is for middle and high schoolers of all abilities age 13-18, and features a staff of elite US, Kenyan and International runners along with internationally successful coaches. The scholarships are funded by Mountain High Running Camp, Virginia Intermont College and shoe company Mizuno, who will also be providing all runners at camp with Mizuno running shoes.
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Three-time All American Ed Moran (Dayton, NJ), who qualified for the NCAA Regional in the 5,000m at the Raleigh Relays this Friday, has been honored as the CAA Men
James Madison junior Shannon Saunders (Forest, Va./Jefferson Forest) has been named Colonial Athletic Association Women
George Mason University senior Marc Kellman (Coram, N.Y./Longwood) received his first Colonial Athletic Association honor Tuesday, earning CAA Men\'s Field Athlete of the Week in the sport of track and field, the league announced. The award covers all competition from Mar. 21 to Mar. 27. Kellman won the triple jump at the Raleigh Relays last weekend with an NCAA East Region qualifying mark of 15.24 meters. It was the first foray into the triple jump this season for Kellman, who won the CAA championship in the event a year ago.
James Madison junior distance runners Shannon Saunders (Forest, Va./Jefferson Forest) and Nelly Anderson (Charlotte, N.C./Cordillera Academy) both qualified for postseason competition with personal-best performances at the Stanford Track and Field Invitational that concluded Saturday. Saunders took nearly 24 seconds off the school record and qualified for the NCAA National Championships in the 10,000 meters. She finished 15th overall and 14th among collegiate runners with a time of 33 minutes, 54.56 seconds. Anderson won her section of the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:34.17. She placed ninth overall and eighth among collegiate runners in the event, which was contested in two sections. Anderson qualified for the NCAA East Region for the second year in a row and for the ECAC meet for the third straight year.
Senior Marc Kellman (Coram, N.Y./West Virginia) leaped an NCAA Regional qualifying mark of 15.24m in winning the triple jump on the final day of the Raleigh Relays, held Saturday at the Paul Derr Track on the campus of N.C. State University. Teammate Mike Garner (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson) was also very impressive in his debut in the 200m, placing second overall in an IC4A qualifying time of 21.69. Senior Ricardo Cunningham (Clarendon, Jamaica) finished fourth in the 800m run (1:50.92), qualifying for the IC4A Championships.
The Virginia Tech men\'s and women\'s track & field teams completed competition of the 2005 Adidas Raleigh Relays at the Paul Derr Track & Field Stadium today. One Hokie posted an NCAA regional qualifying mark while other Tech tracksters post good times and marks.
Virginia pole vaulters Kathryn Pettine and David Sullivan had record performances this weekend as Pettine set the Virginia outdoor mark and Sullivan tied his own outdoor record en route to a pair of wins at the Fred Hardy Invitational held at the University of Richmond. Pettine became the first Virginia athlete to hit the 11\' 11.75\" mark outdoors while Sullivan\'s 17\' 0.75\" tied his own record that he set last year. Five women and four men took home victories in their respective events, while seven women and seven men also finished in the top three of their events.
In their outdoor season openers, Virginia Intermont posted four NAIA leading marks. Fernando Cabada started the streak by finishing 20th at the Stanford Invitational 10,000-meters with a personal best of 29:01.06. Across the country, Cabada
Roanoke College junior Dana Mueller ran an NCAA Division III Provisional Qualifying time in the men
Senior Brett Frykberg (Jacksonville, Fla./Tennessee), right, and sophomore Davion Lambert (Richmond, Va./Varina) earned first-place honors for the second-consecutive week in the high jump and long jump, respectively, this weekend at the Fred Hardy Invitational hosted by the University of Richmond.
Photo gallery from the 2005 Carolyn Legard Relays held at Westfield High School in Chantilly, Virginia.
The NSU track teams began their outdoor season with competitions at different sites last weekend. The men competed in the Raleigh Invitational this past weekend, while the women competed in the Aggie Relays held by North Carolina A&T. The men\'s team was led by senior Donald Singleton (Syracuse, N.Y.), who took third place in the men\'s 400 meters. More importantly, he ran a personal-best time of 47.26 seconds, qualifying him for the NCAA Outdoor Regionals in Randall Island, N.Y., in April.
A total of four school records and six first-place finishes were recorded by the VMI men
The Lynchburg College outdoor track & field teams competed Saturday at the Emory University Spring Break Invitational. Freshman Mary Mohay (Fairfax, VA/Robinson) qualified provisionally for NCAA competition in the pole vault, clearing 10
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Junior Kristyn Shiring (Stafford, VA) raced to an NCAA Provisional qualification as four-time defending CAA Champion William and Mary women
Three-time All-American Ed Moran (Daytona, NJ) raced to an NCAA Regional qualification in his return to the track from a broken foot as two-time defending CAA Champion William and Mary men
The University of Mary Washington is hosting the annual Battleground Relays track & field meet this weekend. Action got underway on Friday despite a drizzle that remained over the Fredericksburg area for most of the day.
Sophomore Amanda Russell ran a 17:07.94 to win the women\'s 5000 meter race Friday at the First Annual Fred Hardy Invitational at the Fred Hardy Track and Field facility on the campus of the University of Richmond. The Spider women garnered seven Top-10 finishes on the day, while sophomore Rusty Burrell led the men with a third-place finish in the high jump with a height of 6-02.75.
The University of Richmond track and field team will host the First Annual Fred Hardy Invitational Friday-Saturday, March 25-26, at the Fred Hardy Track and Field Facility at First Market Stadium on the Richmond campus. The Spiders, who will compete as the event hosts, will welcome 10 teams to the event including Pittsburgh, Virginia, VCU, William & Mary, James Madison, Concord, George Washington, Shippensburg and West Chester. The field will also include several unattached athletes, most notably Samuel Okantey who competed in the triple jump at the 2000 Olympiad in Sydney, Australia. Okantey holds a personal best of 54-11.50 in the event.
Virginia Commonwealth sophomores James Frierson (Richmond, Va./Highland Springs) and Davion Lambert (Richmond, Va./Varina), left, were honored as the Colonial Athletic Association Men
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Senior Quentin Matthews (Chesapeake, Va./Deep Creek) qualified for the NCAA Regionals in the high jump, while four other events had athletes post qualifying marks for the IC4A Championships as the George Mason men\'s track and field team completed its first outdoor meet of the season. The Patriots finished action Saturday at the Baldy Castillo Invitational, held at Joe Selleh Track at Sun Angel Stadium on the campus of Arizona State University.
Senior newcomer Brett Frykberg (Jacksonville, Fla./Univ. of Tennessee) broke a Virginia Commonwealth school record and qualified for the NCAA Regionals in the high jump by leaping 6-10.75, Saturday afternoon, during the second day of competition at the Ram Invitational at the Richard A. Hollander Track and Field Facility at Sports Backers Stadium. Frykberg was the second VCU athlete to qualify for the NCAA Regionals during the meet. Sophomore Davion Lambert (Richmond, Va./Varina) qualified yesterday in the long jump with his leap of 24-4.50.
Sophomore Brenna Blevins (Pulaski, VA) became the Tribe
Senior Cheri Manning (Glen Allen, Va./J.R. Tucker) led the way for Virginia Commonwealth on day two of the Ram Invitational at the Richard A. Hollander Track and Field Facility at Sports Backers Stadium. The sprinter placed first in the 200m with a time of 26.00 and after earning the fastest time in the preliminary round, finished third in the finals of the 100m dash with a time of 12.25.
The Highlanders conclude the Charlotte 49ers Classic with six top-five finishes on the day from Irwin Belk Stadium. The Highlanders also set two school records. Senior sprinter Maurika Quarles (Manassas, Va.) crossed the finish line in a time of 1:01.33 to place fourth in the 400 meter hurdles. Her time qualified her for the NCAA Regional Meet.
Performances by freshmen distance runners Kurt Able (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wesley Chapel) and Ania Najda (Olsztyn, Poland/Univ. of Warmia and Mazury) highlighted the competitions turned in by the VMI men
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Sophomore Davion Lambert (Richmond, Va./Varina) qualified for the NCAA Regionals by leaping 24-4.5 in the long jump on a chilly first day of action during Virginia Commonwealth
Freshman Sheemeca Berkley (Madison Heights, Va./Amherst County), pictured, competing in her first collegiate outdoor meet, earned a first-place finish by leaping 18-7.75 in the long jump, on a chilly first day of action during Virginia Commonwealth
Two-time defending CAA Champion William and Mary men
The Richmond track and field squad opened its 2005 outdoor season at the Ram Invitational Friday at Richard A. Hollander Track Facility in Richmond. The Spider women\'s squad garnered a total of six Top-10 finishes in four events including three among the Top-10 in the hammer throw.
Four-time defending CAA Champion William and Mary women
Christopher Newport University Track & Field Coach Vince Brown has announced his retirement. Brown has led the CNU track & field program for the last 25 years, and has guided his squads to 12 national championships. Brown\'s success has also included countless conference championships as well as victories in dozens of other meets.
24 All-American honors total were bestowed to Virginians in the final day of competition at the Nike Indoor Nationals on Sunday. Two Virginian individuals and one relay were crowned national champions. Fauquier\'s Sarah Bowman took charge of the girls\' mile race early on and never let go of her lead as she won convincingly in a time of 4:46.79. Bowman recaptured the title which she won two years ago as a sophomore. An All-American a year ago, Thomas Dale senior Dennis Boone is now a national champion in the long jump at Nike as the favorite and national leader did not disappoint with a winning leap of 24-7.75 in the event. The Bethel girls, led by individual All-Americans Francena McCorory (2nd, 60m dash) and Shakirra Pinnock (4th, 400m dash), won the national championship in the 4x200 meter relay with a 1:40.59 as McCorory split a 23.4 on anchor.
The Lake Braddock track squad concluded an excellent weekend for the Bruins as they picked up two additional All-American honors on Sunday to finish the meet with a total of five All-American performances. The Lake Braddock girls\' 4x800 meter relay (9:17.83) posted the state\'s fastest time of the season en route to a national runner-up finish in New York.
Virginians kicked off the first day of competition at the Nike Indoor Nationals in impressive style as they picked ten All-American honors, which included a national championship by the Michael Chapa anchored J.R. Tucker boys\' distance medley relay (10:20.26). Held at the Prince George County\'s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, Maryland, day two should have even greater performances from Virginians.
On day two at NSIC, Western Albemarle junior Ashley Early earned All-American honors with a national runner-up finish in the pole vault, while Potomac Senior\'s Kharya Brown has set herself up to have two opportunities to earn All-American honors in Sunday\'s finals by advancing out of the final preliminary rounds of the 60 and 200 meter dash.
The Virginia Tech men\'s track & field team tied for 16th place with 14 points out of the 53 teams participating while the Hokie women\'s track & field team tied for 55th place with 2.5 points out of 64 teams at the 2005 NCAA indoor championships at Arkansas. \"We had an awesome weekend,\" exclaimed head coach Dave Cianelli. \"Our men\'s team finished higher than projected and we brought home five All-Americans. All of the coaches are proud of our athletes for stepping up in this tough environment, which was new to some of them, and performing well.\"
Two Virginia Tech throwers, Tamara Burns and Ryan Norwood, earned All-American honors on the last day of the 2005 NCAA indoor championships hosted by Arkansas. All-ACC member Burns (Jr., Elm Creek, Neb.) threw the 20 lb. weight 66\'5.25\" (20.25m) for 12th place out of the 18 thrower-field in the event. Burns earned her first NCAA division I All-American honor today because several of the top eight finishers in the women\'s weight throw event are not American born. Ryan Norwood (Sr., Cheyenne, Wyo.), A five-time all-conference selection, placed 11th in the men\'s shot put competition with his throw of 59\'8.25\" (18.19m). Norwood earned his first career All-American honor today because several of the top eight finishers in his event are not American born.
Saskia Triesscheijn, a multi-event athlete for Virginia Tech, earned All-American honors today at the 2005 NCAA indoor championships, which are hosted by Arkansas. Triesscheijn (Jr., Berlin, Germany) tied for sixth place with 4,048 points out of the 17 competitor-field in the women\'s indoor pentathlon event.
A trio of George Mason men\'s track and field athletes will be returning to Fairfax, Va. with from the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships with \"All-American\" attached to their name. Senior Marc Kellman, sophomore Ryan McCoy and senior Richard Phillips earned All-American status on Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark. Kellman was fifth in the triple jump, McCoy was eighth in the triple jump and Phillips was eighth in the 60-meter hurdles.
On the first day of events at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships held at the Armory in New York City, the Lake Braddock High School track squad was able to garner three All-American performances, while several other Virginian relays and individuals had strong performances including a national runner-up performance by the Manchester girls in the 4x55 shuttle hurdle relay.
Spyridon Jullien, a thrower on the Virginia Tech men\'s track & field team, won the schools first national championship today at the 2005 NCAA indoor championships held at Arkansas. He is also the first NCAA champion for the Hokie track & field program. Jullien, the USTCA Indoor Southeast Region Men\'s Athlete of the Year, capped off an amazing indoor season today by winning the men\'s 35 lb. weight throw NCAA title with his throw of 76\'0.75\" (23.18m), which was close to four feet farther than his competitors, at his third NCAA indoor championships. With his win, Jullien earned 10 points for the men\'s team and his fourth All-American honor.
Sophomore sprinter Paulvince Obuon (Kisumo Kenya, Chianda) has qualified for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in the 200-meter dash for the second straight year and will be aiming to achieve his second All-American Honor in as many years. Obuon is the lone representative for VMI and will be competing at the championships which take place Friday and Saturday March 11-12 in Fayettville, Ark. Both the preliminaries and the finals of the 200 will take place Friday night with the preliminaries set for 7:30 pm and the finals scheduled for 9:00 pm.
Five Virginia Tech track & field athletes, three men from the No. 22 team and two women, will compete at the NCAA indoor championships this weekend, Mar. 11-12, at Arkansas. \"I feel great about this group of athletes and what they are prepared to do this weekend,\" stated fourth-year head coach Dave Cianelli. \"Our goal is for the men to finish in the top 20 as a team and to bring home as many All-American honors as possible. The top eight finishers in each event are scorers for their team and named All-American.\"
Virginia Tech\'s Spyridon Jullien named USTCA Men\'s Indoor Athlete of the Year for the Southeast region of NCAA Division I track & field announced by the United States Track Coaches Association this week. Jullien (Jr., Athens, Greece) has remained the top men\'s 35 lb. weight throw athlete in the NCAA division I all season long.
Virginia Commonwealth junior Tanika Brown (Powhatan, Va./Powhatan) has been accepted to compete in the 2005 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, Friday, March 11 in Fayetteville, Ark. Brown, who will be competing in the high jump, tied for the 14th highest leap in the country with a mark of 5-10.75 and is one of 21 athletes vying for the NCAA high jump crown.
Milestat.com is pleased to release the Virginia High School 3A indoor track and field final rankings. The top 10 individual performances and the top 5 relay team times comprise the list taken from the Milestat elite performance data base.
Several Virginian collegiates performed exceptionally well at the first annual North America, Central America, and Caribbean Athletic Cross Country Championship. William & Mary freshmen Dave Mock, University of Virginia freshmen Emily Harrison, and Virginia Intermont College junior Fernando Cabada all represented the United States in the NACAC Championships, which were held in Orlando, Florida. The three runners were selected to the U.S. team based off being the top non-IAAF World Championship qualifiers from last month\'s USA Cross Country Championships.
Two Virginia Tech track & field athletes qualified for next weekend\'s NCAA indoor championships while other Hokies broke school records and posted personal bests at the Virginia Tech Last Chance Invitational today on a 200 meter banked track inside the Rector Fieldhouse.
Virginia athletes set two school records this past weekend (March 4-5) as the Cavaliers competed at the Alex Wilson Invitational, hosted by Notre Dame. Kellen Blassingame, the school-record holder in the outdoor 400m, added the indoor crown to his collection. He added to the DMR record he helped set on Friday when the Virginia quartet of McGavock Dunbar, Blassingame, Jordan Orr and Alex Tatu set the school record in the distance medley. The DMR ran a 9:36.21 and finished seventh overall in the meet, just .01 seconds out of fifth place. They broke the record by 6.99 seconds and are currently ranked 11th nationally. Blassingame\'s 46.97 broke the school record set by Ben Kurgat in 1989 when Kurgat ran a 47.61. Blassingame\'s time earned him a provisional qualifying berth for the NCAA Championships.
Powered by six event championships titles, Virginia Intermont College finished second in the team scoring of the NAIA National Indoor Track & Field Championships in Johnson City, TN this weekend. The Cobras were outdistanced by champion Lindenwood University, 100.25 points to 82, but according to coach Scott Simmons, Intermont scored every point they possibly could.
George Mason University\'s Ricardo Melbourne set a facilities record and he, along with Richard Phillips and Brian Hay, advanced to the finals of the IC4A Championships in the 55-meter hurdles at Boston University. Melbourne won the preliminaries of the event in 7.23 seconds, breaking the two-year old facility record of 7.26 set by Rhode Island\'s Colin Aina. Phillips was second with a time of 7.30 seconds and Hay was eighth in 7.59 seconds.
Senior Jeff Hedley (Virginia Beach, VA) and the Tribe
Junior Kristyn Shiring (Stafford, VA), sophomore Julia Cathcart (Starkville, MS) and senior Jackie Kosakowski (Sauquoit, NY) all earned All-East honors with NCAA provisional times as four-time defending CAA Champion William and Mary women
Sophomore newcomers Lukasz Matusiewicz (Warsaw, Poland) and Mariusz Mostrag (Krajnik, Poland) of Virginia Commonwealth earned season-best times of 1:52.45 and 1:52.82, respectively, in the 800m, as they finished second and third in the event at the Virginia Tech Last Chance Meet on Saturday.
The two most dominating programs in recent history, the Bethel girls and Deep Creek boys, once again stepped up when it counted most as they won the team titles at the Virginia AAA state indoor championships held at the GMU Fieldhouse on March 4-5.
East Carolina freshman track athlete (and 2004 Woodrow Wilson High School of Portsmouth graduate) LaShawn Merritt, who ran the third-fastest indoor 400 meter time in world history of 44.93 seconds at the Powered by Tyson Invitational less than a month ago, has officially confirmed that he has signed a professional contract with Nike.
The NCAA has recently released its inaugural Academic Progress Rate scores for all Division I institutions, and William and Mary has once again excelled in its mission of fostering true student-athletes. The College boasts the fourth-best APR score (992) among 328 active and provisional institutions, and W&M leads all programs that offer performance-based grants and financial aid to scholar-athletes.
Milestat.com is pleased to release the Virginia High School 2A indoor track and field final rankings. The top 10 individual performances and the top 5 relay team times comprise the list taken from the Milestat elite performance data base.
Defending indoor team state girls\' champion Bethel certainly comes in as one of the favorites. Bethel scored a decisive victory in winning the Eastern Region championships and should face their strongest challenges from Northern Region titliest Lake Braddock and Central Region winner Hermitage. Last year\'s quest for the boys team state title, both indoors and outdoors, was pretty much a two team battle going in and coming out between Deep Creek and Westfield with Deep Creek claiming indoors but Westfield rebounding to win outdoors. This year\'s indoor meet does not seem to have the decided front runners as last year. That could mean a race between a number of teams down to the wire, or just as easily, a team having a breakthrough weekend and surprising everyone with their margin of victory.
Christopher Newport track and field athlete Johnny Besecker passed away recently while on a student trip to Belgium. Mr. Besecker succumbed to Carbon Monoxide poisoning while staying in a private house in Brugge, Belgium, during the trip. A sophomore from Fluvanna, Va., he won the 400 meter championship last year at the Mason-Dixon Conference outdoor championships.