Jack Little is a graduating senior from York High School in Yorktown, Virginia. Little was an accomplished distance runner for the Falcons including a Group AA state title at 1000 meters indoors this past winter.
In Saturday's action at the Olympic Trials, Kellie Wells from James River High School ('01) finished as a runner-up in the women's 100 meter hurdles finals to make the Olympic team for London, while two other Virginians moved on easily in the first round of the 400 meter dash with the fastest qualifying times between Woodrow Wilson product Lashawn Merritt and Bethel alum Francena McCorory.
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In Friday (day 2) events at the 2012 Olympic Trials, Virginia had three natives getting out strong in their opening round of their events on the track with the fastest qualifying times from Kellie Wells (James River '01) in the women's 100 hurdles, Lashawn Merritt (Woodrow Wilson '04) in the men's 400 dash, and Francena McCorory (Bethel '06) in the women's 400 dash.
With the Olympic Trials starting today in Oregon, here are a couple of interviews with two Team USA 100 meter hurdle hopefuls. We talked to these ladies recently at their training ground in Clermont, Florida.
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Todd Grasley of MileSplit was able to grab video interviews at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals with several of Virginia's national champions in Greensboro.
2012 New Balance Outdoor Nationals are being held Thursday through Saturday, June 14th through 16th at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro. Many of Virginia's best will be competing against the nation's best for All-American honors and national tlites as well as places and wins in the emerging elite divisions. Links to meet information, coverage and results.
A list of top 8 finishers from Virginia in Saturday's events at the 2012 New Balance Outdoor Nationals. Four national champions from Virginia and all in boys' events with Michael Cherry of Oscar Smith in the 400 dash, Ahmed Bile of Annandale in the 800, Jonathan Russell of Broad Run in the 400 hurdles, and Western Branch in the shuttle hurdles relay.
A list of top 8 finishers from Virginia in Friday's events at the 2012 New Balance Outdoor Nationals. The Cosby girls won a national title in the sprint medley relay, while David Johnson of Charlottesville in the triple jump and the Westfield boys in the 4x800 were national runners-up.
Top 8 finishers from Virginia in Thursday's events at the 2012 New Balance Outdoor Nationals. Battlefield sophomore Galissia Cause won the emerging elite girls' discus competition at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals with a personal best mark of 129'9".
Photo by Ryan Kelly Henri Thomas is a graduating senior from Western Branch High School in Chesapeake, Virginia. Thomas, a hurdler and jumper for Western Branch, made remarkable improvements in his 12th grade year. Thomas went from never qualifying for a district championship as a junior to scoring and placing in the 55 meter hurdles finals at the state indoor meet as a senior to help Western Branch to the team title. Thomas was a state qualifier in the spring in the 110 and 300 meter hurdles with personal bests of 14.56 and 39.47 respectively.
Photo by Tom Veazey James Poyer is a graduating senior from Hanover High School in Mechanicsville, Virginia. Poyer was an individual state qualifier in the cross country and the 1600 meter run indoors during his senior year. The George Mason University bound Poyer established the Hanover High School record in the 1600 meter run with a 4:23 performance at the Central Region Outdoor Championships.
Photo by Ted Plunkett Armando Drain is a graduating senior from South Lakes High School in Reston, Virginia. Drain was a state qualifier for both his junior and senior year in the 300 meter hurdles for the Group AAA State Meet as well as the 300 meter dash indoors. Additionally, Drain was a state qualifier as a junior in the 110 meter hurdles outdoors and as a senior in the 500 meter dash outdoors. The South Lakes school record holder in the 300 meter hurdles with a personal best of 38.72, Drain will be attending Virginia Tech in the fall.
Photo by Paul Kim William Miller is a graduating senior from Liberty Christian Academy in Lynchburg, Virginia. A native of the Bahamas, Miller was a two-time VISAA state champion at 400 meters (2011, 2012) including a personal best performance of 48.49 at St. Christopher's School in May for the outdoor championship meet. Miller also excelled in the 500 meter dash indoors with a high school best of 1:06.56 and ran on LCA's 4x400 meter relay which was one of the fastest squads in the state this past year.
Photo by Andrew Kicinski Arthur McDuffy is a graduating senior from Chantilly High School in Chantilly, Virginia. McDuffy starred in the jumps for the Chargers including a strong senior year finish by earning a pair of All-State honors with top 8 finishes in the long jump and triple jump at the Group AAA State Outdoor Championships. The Concorde District indoor meet record holder and 2012 Northern Region outdoor champ in the triple jump, McDuffy posted high school best marks of 22'8" in the long jump and 47'4.25" in the triple jump.
Katie Wood is a graduating senior from Mills Godwin High School in Richmond, Virginia. Wood finished her distance running career at Godwin with personal bests of 5:26 for 1600, 11:38 for 3200, and 19:20 for 5000 meters as an All-Region and state qualifier in cross country (2011) and outdoor track in the 3200 (2011). Wood is headed to the University of South Carolina and hopes to become a high school teacher and coach someday.
Photo by Ryan Kelly Logan Edwards is a graduating senior from Cosby High School in Midlothian, Virginia. Edwards was a Central Region runner-up twice in the discus and All-State performer twice in the event as well as All-State finisher indoors in the shot put to help Cosby girls to the 2012 Group AAA state indoor team title. With personal best marks of 38'7.25" in the shot put and 126'8" in the discus, Edwards now moves to Virginia Military Institute to compete collegiately.
Photo by Scott Reid Erin Dalton is a graduating senior from Mills Godwin High School in Richmond, Virginia. Dalton qualified for state competition three times as a junior and senior in the 3200 meter run including a recent 11:08 PR run at the Group AAA State Outdoor Championships. The All-Central Region distance runner with additional PR's of 5:11 for 1600 meters and 19:12 for 5K will move onto UNC-Ashville to run cross country and track in the fall.
Photo by Ryan Kelly Audree Green is a graduating senior from Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Green was a multi-versatile athlete for the Dolphins as she competed in the jumps, throws, sprints, and hurdles including personal bests of 1:02 in the 400 meter dash, 5'2" in the high jump, 16'7" in the long jump, and 33'7.50" in the triple jump. She will be staying local for college at Virginia Wesleyan College.
Photo by Scott Shepherd Sabrina Romano is a graduating senior from Annandale High School in Annandale, Virginia. Romano was a distance runner for the Atoms with personal bests of 2:22 for 800 meters, 3:09 for 1000 meters, and 20:39 for 5000 meters. Romano will running collegiately next at Radford University.
Photo by Ryan Kelly Desmond Fogg is a graduating senior from Warwick High School in Newport News, Virginia. Fogg is one of the better distance runners from Warwick High School in many years as a state qualifier both indoor and outdoor individually as well as anchoring their 4x800 meter relay to a fifth place 7:54 performance at the AAA State Outdoor Meet. Fogg heads to Norfolk State University with high school personal bests of 2:00 for 800, 4:23 for 1600, 9:53 for 3200, and 16:37 for 5000 meters.
Riley Brady is a graduating senior from Cosby High School in Midlothian, Virginia. Brady recently won the CJW Sports Medicine Comeback Athlete of the Year award in the Richmond area for his senior year return to competition after having surgery on his hip following a fracture in 11th grade. With high school PR's of 1:59 for 800 on the track and 16:52 for 5K in cross country, Brady looks to transition into training for and competing in triathlons in college at the University of South Carolina.
Photo by Andrew Kicinski Cody Seymour is graduating senior from Cave Spring High School in Salem, Virginia. The 2012 Group AA state indoor champion at 3200 meters, Seymour had one of the most decorated high school careers ever by a distance runner at Cave Spring with numerous All-State honors as well as district and regional titles. The High Point University recruit leaves high school with personal best times of 4:21 for 1600, 9:24 for 3200, and 15:08 for 5000 meters.
Photo by Ted Plunkett Ben Deal is a graduating senior from Albemarle High School in Charlottesville, Virginia. Deal was a two-time Group AAA All-State performer in cross country in 2010 and 2011 despite missing a vast majority of his track seasons due to injury. Deal has personal bests of 1:59 for 800, 4:20 for 1600, 9:44 for 3200, and 15:53 for 5000 meters. He will be attending and running for Columbia University this upcoming year.
Photo by Scott Reid Chris Peyton is a graduating senior from Deep Run High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. Peyton was member of their 4x400 meter relay, which qualified for the Group AAA State Championships this past outdoor season and has an open 400 meter dash personal best of 52.61. Peyton will be attending the United States Merchant Marine Academy and running track in college.
Photo by Ryan Kelly Miles Laubinger is a graduating senior from Langley High School in McLean, Virginia. Laubinger was a Group AAA state indoor qualifier at 1000 meters in 2012 and has run personal bests of 4:29 for 1600, 2:40 for 1000, and 2:00 for 800 meters. With numerous All-District honors in the Liberty District at Langley, Laubinger will next attend the University of South Carolina and study business as a major and music as a minor.
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Joel Johnston is a graduating senior from Martinsville High School in Martinsville, Virginia. Johnston, distance runner at Martinsville, first made a name for himself as the Region IV 1600 meter champion as a junior and had high school personal bests of 1:59 for 800 meters, 2:36 for 1000 meters, 4:22 for the mile, 4:21 for 1600 meters, and 16:29 for 5K. The Group AA All-State 1000 meter performer Johnston will be attending Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee this fall on a cross country and track scholarship.
Photo by Ryan Kelly Nick Eghtesaad is a graduating senior from Woodbridge High School in Prince William County. Eghtesaad was an All-State finisher at the Group AAA State Championships in the 3200 meter run this past season with a personal best time of 9:26.97 for 8th place and won the Cardinal District Championships 1600 in a meet record time of 4:22.88. Eghtesaad is headed to the University of Mary Washington in the fall.
The first article in our Salute to Seniors series: Jesus Amezquita is a graduating senior from Mountain View High School in Stafford, Virginia. Amezquita was a distance runner for Mountain View with personal bests of 1:58 for 800 meters, 2:36 for 1000 meters, 4:21 for 1600 meters, and 9:29 for 3200 meters. He will be attending Wilmington University in Delaware this upcoming fall. Are you a graduating high school senior and never been featured on MileStat.com's front page in an athlete spotlight interview article? Well here is your chance! Want to be featured in our Salute To Seniors series? Drop me a line: firstname.lastname@example.org and answer the questions in the article! Congratulations to the class of 2012 on all their hard work and success.
Annandale's Ahmed Bile with the 800 meter world record holder David Rudisha at the adidas Grand Prix this past weekend Annandale's Ahmed Bile continued to finish his stellar high school career strong with a sixth place finish in a stacked Dream Mile race with many of the nation's best high school distance runners at the adidas Grand Prix this past weekend in New York. The Georgetown University bound Bile was a late addition to the field, but he showed the last second change of plans had no ill effect on his race performance as he ran the third fastest mile time outdoors in Virginia high school history behind only national record holder Alan Webb (3:53.43) of South Lakes ('01) and Sharif Karie (4:02.01) of West Springfield ('97) with his full mile time of 4:04.11 on Saturday. The time converts to a 4:02.69 1600 and 3:46.09 1500, which would be nearly a 6 second PR at 1600 meters for Bile. Next race up for the 7-time Group AA state champion in cross country and track is the 800 meter run at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro this upcoming weekend. Dream Mile Results
Are you a graduating high school senior and never been featured on MileStat.com's front page in an athlete spotlight interview article? Well here is your chance! Want to be featured in our Salute To Seniors series? Drop me a line: email@example.com and answer the questions below! Congratulations to the class of 2012 on all their hard work and success. What was your most memorable race? What would you consider your biggest competition? Out of all of your high school accomplishments which stands out the most? If you could do it all over again what would you change about your running career in high school? What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome? What will you miss the most? Do you have any advice for younger athletes? What kind of influence has your coach had on you? What are your college plans? Who would you like to say thank you to?
This past year, Virginia High School junior Nikolas Huffman became more than just an emerging great discus thrower in Virginia. Huffman transformed himself into an elite performer in the shot put as well as recently capped off a year of growth with breaking a 30 year old Group A State Championship meet record in the shot with a personal best mark of 58'8.50". Coached by his father, a throws coach and former thrower himself in the 1980s at Virginia High School, Huffman has become a full-time thrower and spent the winter months finding meets which he can compete at. During the winter, he got the opportunity to try the weight throw which is the sister event of the outdoor throws event in the hammer throw. At the Volunteer Track Classic in Tennessee in mid-April, Huffman was an impressive runner-up finisher in the hammer despite limited competition experience with a throw of 186'8". The discus is still his original and current specialty as he repeated as Group A state champion in the event and improved his personal best this season to 181'1" to establish himself as the third ranked performer in Virginia regardless of classification. MileStat.com interviewed the Group A three-time throws state champion Huffman as he prepares for the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, which he is qualified and competing in the championship divisions of three throwing events (shot, discus, hammer).
Photo by Andrew Kicinski Louisa County junior Javanique Burruss will be one of the state's top returning athletes in 2013. The Group AA star has already won a total of six outdoor state titles including three consecutive long jump state titles. She is currently ranked #8 in the United States entering the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in the long jump, which she finished third at the New Balance Indoor Nationals back in March after leading the competition going into the finals. Not only a long jump specialist with a personal best of 20'1", Burruss has been coming along in the hurdles and triple jump as shown by winning state titles indoors in the 55 hurdles and outdoors in the 100 hurdles and triple jump. MileStat.com interviewed Burruss after winning three state titles last weekend in Harrisonburg.
A virtual meet preview for next outdoor track season (2013) for each classification with the top 8 individual returnees in each event based on season best performances from this past season and team scores generated from those top 8 places (excludes relays since many relays include graduating seniors). Group AAA: Boys - Girls Group AA: Boys - Girls Group A: Boys - Girls Private School: Boys - Girls
A list of the top returnees for the 2013 outdoor track & field season in Virginia in each event. Some notable big names and state champions will be back next spring and likely better, faster, and stronger than ever including Felecia Majors (AAA 400/200/PV), Sophie Chase (AAA 3200), Javanique Burruss (AA LJ/TJ/100H), Jasmine Mitchell (A HJ/400), Chantel Ray (AAA 100H), Lisa Meneau (AA 300H), Hannah Meador (AA PV), Michael Cherry (AAA 400/200), Mustaqeem Williams (AAA 100), Sean McGorty (AAA 3200), Thomas Madden (AA 3200), Marcus Finney (AA 110H/300H), Matthew Zajac (AA Discus), Nikolas Huffman (A Shot/Discus), and Rafael Moore (AAA LJ).
Annandale's Ahmed Bile has been selected to be part of the loaded high school Dream Mile field at the adidas Grand Prix in New York City this upcoming Saturday. Any predictions for what time Bile will run? Bile is currently ranked #8 all-time outdoors in VA high school history for the mile/1600. Can he move further up the list below? 1. 3:52.08c (3:53.43 mi) Alan Webb (South Lakes) 2001 2. 4:00.61c (4:02.01 mi) Sharif Karie (West Springfield) 1997 3. 4:04.28c (4:05.71 mi) Ibrahim Aden (Fork Union) 1992 4. 4:05.70c (4:07.13 mi) Seneca Lassiter (Lafayette) 1994 5. 4:06.91c (4:08.35 mi) Bobby Lockhart (Handley) 2002 6. 4:07.6h m John Hinton (Tunstall) 1980 7. 4:08.63c (4:10.03 mi) Martin Keino (Fork Union) 1990 8. 4:08.29 m Ahmed Bile (Annandale) 2012 9. 4:08.63c (4:10.03 mi) Anthony Kostelac (Albemarle) 2010 10. 4:08.89c (4:10.1 h mi) James Vogt (Stonewall Jackson) 1972
Coverage of this past weekend's VHSL State Championships from the local newspapers throughout the state of Virginia. The Virginian-Pilot: Grassfield boys, Western Branch girls grab titles The Virginian-Pilot: Oscar Smith's Cherry picks up two titles The Washington Post: Annandale boys, South County's Majors shine at Virginia AAA track and field meet Richmond Times-Dispatch: Cosby's Moye caps career with two state crowns The Free Lance-Star: Jones' first track season a winner Loudoun TImes: Raiders place second; Finney, Joseph win dual state track titles The Daily Progress: Louisa's Burress wins three Group AA state track titles The Roanoke Times: Christiansburg's Evans puts on show The Roanoke Times: Hamm carries James River to girls state track title Bristol Herald Courier: Huffman, Swiney bring home state titles The News & Advance: Dogwood doesn't disappoint in Group A track & field championships
At Radford University this past Saturday, the Stonewall Jackson boys ran away with the Group A state track championship team title led by two individual stars, while a well-rounded James River girls' team were able to pull out a last second victory in the 4x400 meter relay over a formidable Strasburg squad by 5 points. The 2012 edition of the Group A State Track & Field Championships witnessed three meet records going down including one meet benchmark which had lasted for an incredible 3 decades.
VHSL Group AAA State Championships Friday & Saturday, June 1st & 2nd @ Sports Backers Stadium in Richmond, VA COMPLETE RESULTS 334 MileSplit US National Elite Performances Photo Gallery by Ryan Kelly - 4,456 photos total Race Videos by Brandon Miles Girls Team Scores 1. Western Branch - 64 pts 2. Cosby - 57 pts 3. South County - 44 pts Boys Team Scores T-1. Annandale & Grassfield - 44 pts 3. Westfield - 34 pts VHSL Group AA State Championships Friday & Saturday, June 1st & 2nd @ Harrisonburg High School in Harrisonburg, VA COMPLETE RESULTS 121 MileSplit US National Elite Performances Photo Gallery by Andrew Kicinski - 2,734 photos total Girls Team Scores 1. John Handley - 64 pts 2. E.C. Glass - 53 pts 3. Blacksburg - 50 pts Boys Team Scores 1. E.C. Glass - 50 pts 2. Loudoun County - 48 pts 3. Lafayette - 45 pts VHSL Group A State Championships Saturday, June 2nd @ Radford University in Radford, VA COMPLETE RESULTS 29 MileSplit US National Elite Performances