At the Region B Cross Country Championships on Wednesday in Charlottesville, Wilson Memorial enjoyed a clean sweep of the team and individual titles. Wilson Memorial boys and girls dethroned the George Mason boys and girls as team champions, but the margins were narrow enough that there certainly will be no strong favorites in the Group A race at next Saturday's VHSL State Championships and revenge will be within range for the defending champs.
The final Eastern Region Cross Country Championships will be held Thursday, November 1st at Bells Mill Park in Chesapeake. It has been tough for any Eastern Region team over recent years to beat any cross country squad produced by coach Mike Nestor at Ocean Lakes. The Ocean Lakes cross country program will attempt to make it a sweep of the team titles for the third consecutive year.
The Lake Braddock girls did not qualify for the state meet last year, but as far as regional dominance through the years, no team can compare to the Bruins. Since the regional team championship and state qualifying process was instituted on the girls side beginning in 1978, Lake Braddock has qualified for the state meet an astounding 30 of the 34 years it has been in existence.
Interview with junior Ryan Thompson, #5 runner on the Capital District XC boys team champions from Osbourn Park High School in Manassas, Virginia.
Interview with junior Kelsey Peace, #5 runner on the defending Northwest Region XC girls champion Colonial Forge squad.
Interview with Nicholas Kontopanos, #5 runner on the defending VIS Division 2 state XC boys team champions from Veritas Classical Christian School in Richmond, Virginia.
Interview with senior Rosemary O'Hagan, #5 runner on the private school #1 ranked St. Catherine's girls XC squad.
A list of regional cross country meet changes this week in schedule and dates to the impact of Hurrance Sandy throughout the state of Virginia.
Interview with Cole Schafer, #5 runner on the Three Rivers District XC boys team champions from Radford High School in Radford, Virginia.
Interview with senior Hannah Owen, #5 runner on the defending Region III XC girls team champions from Jefferson Forest High School in Forest, Virginia.
Interview with James Hart, #5 runner on the defending Region I XC boys team champions from Lafayette High School in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Interview with junior Nicole Clanton, #5 runner on the defending Eastern Region XC girls team champions from Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Sean McGorty and the Chantilly boys are not slowing down in championship season, but instead taking it up even another notch after steam rolling through invitational season as the top ranked runner and team in Group AAA. Sophie Chase and the Lake Braddock girls are similarly establishing themselves as firm #1's in Group AAA, but West Springfield's Caroline Alcorta was not too far behind Chase at their district meet and the Oakton girls will race head-to-head with Braddock for the first time this week at the Northern Region Championships.
The River Ridge District girls has had the top three ranked runners throughout the season in Group AA for much of the fall between defending state cross country champion Carolyn Bethel of Hidden Valley, Katie Fortner of Cave Spring, and Bonnie Angermeier. A big question is if any individual from the other regions in Group AA can break up this stellar trio of talent from one district at Great Meadow for the state championships?
With last year's state champion George Mason girls being upset by one point at the Bull Run District Championship by Strasburg, last year's state runners-up Wilson Memorial move up into the #1 ranking with Strasburg as a close second. Wilson Memorial dominated the Shenandoah District Championships with five of the top six finishers and averaging 21:04 as a team. These new team rankings will not matter this week though when Wilson Memorial faces both Strasburg and George Mason at the Region B Championships in a pre-state meet gathering of the top three ranked girls' squads in Group A.
Interview with junior Austin Wozniak, #5 runner on the Southeastern District cross country boys team champions from Hickory High School in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Interview with Buck Kirtland, #5 runner on the defending Virginia Independent Schools Division 1 State cross country boys team champions from Trinity Episcopal School in Richmond, Virginia.
Interview with junior Lauren Meinhart, #5 runner on the defending Group A state cross country girls team champions from George Mason High School in Falls Church, Virginia.
Interview with senior Kevin McCarthy, #5 runner on the Colonial District cross country boys team champions from Douglas Freeman High School in Richmond, Virginia.
Interview with senior Jessica Lull, #5 runner on the Colonial District cross country girls team champions from Maggie Walker Governor's School in Richmond, Virginia.
Interview with junior Austin Gogal, #5 runner on the defending Group A state cross country boys team champions from George Mason High School in Falls Church, Virginia.
Interview with senior Rachel Taylor, #5 runner on the Bull Run District cross country girls team champions from Strasburg High School in Strasburg, Virginia.
Interview with junior Richard Knab, #5 runner on the Evergreen District cross country boys team champions from Brentsville District High School in Nokesville, Virginia.
Interview with Risa Grandon, #5 runner on the Bay Rivers District cross country girls team champions from Grafton High School in Yorktown, Virginia.
Interview with senior Bizz Alidost, #5 runner on the Capital District cross country team champions from the Atlee High School in Mechanicsville, Virginia.
Interview with junior Katie Gardner, #5 runner on the Capital District cross country girls team champions from Atlee High School in Mechanicsville, Virginia.
Interview with Blacksburg senior Claire Ewing-Nelson, #5 runner on the defending Group AA state champion Blacksburg girls squad.
On Saturday with the conclusion of the Colonial District Championships at Pole Green Park in Mechanicsville, it will be the end of district week for the 2012 cross country season and as we know it for good in Virginia high school cross country. Next year, the Virginia High School League is moving to a 6 classification system which will be comprised of newly formed conferences and sectionals which will replace and remove the current qualifying system of district and regional championships being the stepping stone qualifier meets onto the state championships.
Virtual cross country meet previews of all the districts in Group AA. The Dulles District Championships were already held last week at Oatlands Plantation.
Virtual meet previews of all the districts in Group AAA.
Interview with sophomore Maryn McCarty, currently the #5 runner on the VA #2 ranked Oakton girls cross country squad.
Four of the top 8 girls teams in Virginia were present on Saturday at the Albemarle Invitational with VA #2 Oakton, VA #4 Osbourn Park, VA #5 Battlefield, VA #6 Colonial Forge, and VA #8 Maggie Walker. The Oakton girls were big winners with a team score of 66 points. Their top runner Allie Klimkiewicz ended up in a duel with defending Group A state champion Hannah Rose of Wilson Memorial.
Virtual meet preview for Saturday's Runnin' With The Wolves Rocktoberfest to be held at Wolf Branch Farm in Forest, Virginia.
Interview with senior Sarah Karalus, currently the #5 runner on the VA #4 ranked Osbourn Park girls cross country squad.
Interview with senior Misha Suresh, #5 runner currently on the VA #1 ranked Lake Braddock girls cross country squad.
New MileStat.com Cream of the Crop Rankings as of October 10th with updated Virginia high school cross country top 15 team rankings and top 25 individual rankings in the state of Virginia. Two new number one ranked teams with the Northern Region squads Lake Braddock girls and Chantilly boys leapfrogging the Oakton girls and Blacksburg boys.
It's a hearty welcome once again to all competitors, coaches, parents, other relative and friends, the numerous volunteer helpers, along with the usual long time supporters of high school cross country to the 20th Annual Glory Days Grill Invitational at Bull Run Regional Park on Saturday, October 13. Meet management looks forward, as usual, to another fine day of competitive racing, with approximately 2,500 runners representing 67 different schools from around the area who will compete in one of the nine races to be contested on Bull Run's 5,000 meter (3.1 miles) course.
Saturday’s 29th running of the Albemarle Invitational will once again feature many of the state’s best as over 1,000 runners descend on the picturesque 5K course at Panorama Farms. This year’s edition is perhaps the deepest in meet history, as a staggering four of the state’s top five teams will compete for the girl’s title, while the boy’s race features five of the state’s top fifteen teams.
The Lake Braddock cross country squad makes an annual of-of-state trip for a meet and typically tries a new travel meet each year. This year's team made the trip to Texas this past weekend for the Nike South Invitational to face off against some of the better runners from that state who are previewing their Nike Cross Nationals regional course. The nationally ranked Lake Braddock girls proved themselves worthy of their national ranking with a runner-up finish behind only Southlake Carroll of Texas (55 pts).
The West Springfield girls and Caroline Alcorta rolled to team and individual wins this past weekend at the Hagan Stone Cross Country Classic in Greensboro, North Carolina. The West Springfield junior Alcorta is starting to establish herself as the second best runner in the state behind only Foot Locker All-American Sophie Chase.
Back in the fall of 2007, HBO aired a moving documentary about distance runner and U.S. Olympian Joseph “Lopez” Lomong. It told the story of the terrifying early life of the African native, who was kidnapped at the age of 6 by rebel soldiers of the Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA) and put in a refugee camp miles away from his home.
Chantilly's Sean McGorty showed himself as a national class runner in his thrilling victory at the Great American Cross Country Festival last week. Returning back to Virginia to race this weekend at the Octoberfest Invitational, McGorty showed why he is currently in a class of his own from the rest of the runners in the state.
Virtual meet preview (based on season best 5K times) of this Saturday's Octoberfest Invitational with just under 80 schools and 3,000 runners at Great Meadow. MileStat.com will be on-site with video coverage and interviews from Brandon Miles as well as race photos from Steven Pham and Scott Reid.
Virtual meet rankings based on the season best 5K performances currently in the databaes for each of the four Group AAA regions (Central, Eastern, Northern, and Northern). Click Link to Full Rankings under each region to see virtual meet rankings beyond top 25 individuals and top 10 teams.
Skyline senior Thomas Madden bounced back from an off race at the Oatlands Invitational with a sub 15 minute 5K run and fourth place finish at the Great American Festival this past weekend in Cary, North Carolina. Madden's race also showed just how far ahead that he is from some of the next best runners in Group AA with Blacksburg's Nick Link in 31st place at 15:38 in the same race.
Virtual meet rankings for Group A teams and individuals as of October 3rd. The Radford boys led by defending Group A state champion Walker Mogen and his 15:45 5K season best are just ahead of Region C rivals Galax and Floyd County in the virtual meet rankings. Defending Group A state champion George Mason boys have raced in only one 5K invitational this season with that being a slower and challenging Oatlands course to have them currently 6th on this list based on their 5K season best times.
Trinity junior Molly Breidenbaugh has established herself quickly as the top private school runner in Virginia after transferring over to Trinity Episcopal School during the summer from Hanover High School for academic reasons. In a virtual meet preview of the private schools after the month of September, the Trinity Episcopal School and Veritas Classical Christian School boys have separated themselves from the rest of the top private school squads in the state, but are neck and neck with each other as seen recently at Maymont.
The Chantilly and Blacksburg boys had juggled back and forth the #1 spot in Virginia over the first month of the cross country season as each squad would put up a new impressive team performance each weekend to leapfrog the other. Finally at Great American, the best team in Group AAA (Chantilly) and best team in Group AA (Blacksburg) faced off with Chantilly resoundingly establishing itself as the best team in Virginia this cross country season with a fourth place finish in the Race of Champions and putting nearly three runners under 15:30 for 5K.
Cave Spring junior Katie Fortner was one of three girls from Virginia who broke 18 minutes for 5K this past weekend at Great American with Fortner as the fastest with a state leading time of 17:41 for fourth place in the Race of Champions. Maymont Festival winner and VA #1 ranked Sophie Chase also joined Fortner, Oakton's Allie Klimkiewicz, and Wilson Memorial's Hannah Rose under 18 minutes on a tougher and slower Maymont course with her 17:54 victory. A list of the top 50 fastest high school cross country 5K times in Virginia so far this season.