Results and meet coverage from Virginia high school outdoor track & field district championships over the last two weeks. The last year of the district championships as we know it!
Results, highlights, and coverage from weekend meets held in Virgina on Friday, May 10th and/or Saturday, May 11th. More to come!
Before the rain storm rolled in stopping the meet among 5 Bay Rivers District schools at York High School on Wednesday afternoon, the Grafton distance girls were able to roll out fast times in the 1600 meter run. Three key members of Grafton's state meet podium finishing cross country squad from this fall (a breakthrough performance for a Region I team) in Rachel Rabbitt, Nicole Goff, and Rachel Bloxom were able to all push each other to personal best times across the board in the five team regular season district meet with Rabbitt as the 1600 race winner at 5:05.38, Goff in second place at 5:09.56, and Bloxom in third place at 5:12. Grafton currently has the second fastest 4x800 meter relay team in Group AA featuring the three runners after posting a school record time of 9:41 at the MileStat.com Elite Track Classic in late April (relay pictured above).
An extended lightning delay starting at 6:20 PM forced the remaining events (some field events and running events starting with the girls 400 and beyond) to be reschedule to Wednesday, May 8th at a new location at Norfolk Academy. MileStat.com was on-site with coverage for Tuesday's portion of the meet at CNU, but can't confirm right now that we will be on-site for the day two rescheduled portion of the meet on Wednesday at Norfolk Academy.
Weekend results & coverage of invitationals in the state of Virginia on Friday, April 26th and/or Saturday, April 27th. More to come!
Photo by Tim O'Dowd Penn Relays has a lot of history. For any athlete to break any meet record at the 119th annual event is quite a few considering how many great athletes converge on Franklin Field every April. Chantilly senior Sean McGorty etched himself in the meet record books with a race performance of epicness. Leading wire to wire and closing with a 59.5 last quarter, McGorty ran a new national leading time and broke the high school mile race record at Penn with a 4:04.57 victory against a top caliber field. More to come on McGorty's race as well as other Virginians performances on Friday and Saturday following the completion of hosting the MileStat.com Track Classic this weekend. MileSplit US video interview with Sean McGorty
A strong contigent of Virginia's best is headed up to Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from Thursday through Saturday to compete at one of the largest and most exciting track events in country at the Penn Relays.
Charlottesville's Taylor Watkins had an impressive sprint triple in a quad meet at Powhatan High School on Wednesday with hand-held times of 12.1 in the 100, 25. 1 in the 200, and 59.0 in the 400. Results and highlights from a total of 20 weekday meets between Monday, April 22nd and Thursday, April 25th so far which have submitted results to MileStat.com. Meet directors can email their weekday meet results to email@example.com.
Check out outdoor performances by Virginia high school track & field alumni in college for the week of April 15-21, 2013. If an alumni is not shown here, it is likely because their high school and college profiles have not been merged, so contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know of the high school alumni missing and what school they are competing now as well as the meet which they competed in the previous week. Also check out the VA college rankings in the MileSplit database for men and women.
Meet results and highlights from April 19th & 20th track invitationals in Virginia as well as from out-of-state meets which Virginia schools traveled to.
Results and highlights from a total of 20 weekday meets between Monday, April 15th and Thursday, April 18th so far which have submitted results to MileStat.com. Coaches and meet directors can email their weekday meet results to email@example.com. Preferred results format is flat html from either hy-tek or RaceTab (free results program offered by MileSplit) as time is limited due to being in busy stretch of outdoor season to format results in order to enter performances into database.
Results, highlights, and on-site coverage to be added over the next two days from the second April weekend of outdoor track & field invitationals meets in Virginia.
De'Nisha Smith of Cosby ran a state leading time of 44.93 in the 300 meter hurdles on Wednesday in a tri meet at Midlothian with her teammate Elisa Hendriksen running a four second PR for runner-up and MileSplit US national elite time of 46.12. It was an impressive return to top form for Smith (43.61 PR last year) was setback by injury in the last half of the indoor season.
Check out outdoor performances by Virginia high school track & field alumni in college for the week of April 1-7, 2013. If an alumni is not shown here, it is likely because their high school and college profiles have not been merged, so contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know of the high school alumni missing and what school they are competing now as well as the meet which they competed in the previous week.
Felecia Majors and the rest of her South County teammates traveled southbound this past weekend while on spring break to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and competed in the Beach Run Invitational. It turned out that Majors and South County were not only on vacation time while down in Myrtle Beach, but getting fast times as well. Majors dominated the meet in numerous events just like she does almost every weekend back home in Virginia including wins in the pole vault (11'0") and long jump (19'6"), but in particular, Majors really took it up a notch on the track with the fastest performances that we have ever seen from her.
The state of Pennsylvania ruled the high school DMR races on Friday at William & Mary with the LaSalle College boys picking up the W with a fine time of 10:17, while Germantown Friends were the girls winners at 12:11.54. However, there were some impressive splits among the Virginia girls' squads including a 3:47 lead-off 1200 meter leg for Grafton's Nicole Goff. Other notable splits included a 2:18 800 split from Mountain View's Jean Rouse as well as a 5:08 1600 PR for Megan Rebholz of Colonial Forge to help her team likely qualify for the Penn Relays in the event in third place at 12:29.
After his twin brother Josephus Lyles was able to surprise in winning the blue division boys 400 from a slow section in 51.04 earlier, Noah Lyles of T.C. Williams followed his brother in the element of surprise in coming out strong on the turn from lane 1 to stun the higher seeded favorites in the center lanes and run away with the 200 meter dash victory in a 21.62 personal best clocking. The Lyles brothers are remarkably only freshmen, so the T.C. Williams squad will benefit from their speed and talent for years to come. (Photo by Ryan Kelly)
The Woodbridge girls were able to edge out Forest Park by a mere 1/4 of a point to claim the Prince William county title at the Running Store Championship meet held at Patriot High School in Nokesville. Their 4x400 meter relay, which ran the state's second fastest time ever indoors at the indoor nationals last month, saved the day at meet's end with a state leading time of 3:57.89 to win the event.
The Westfield boys team may have been missing their top athlete in New Balance Indoor Nationals 800 meter champion Nathan Kiley at the Carolyn Legard Relays as he recovers from his hamstring injury suffered at the Leslie Sherman Memorial Invite, but their relays seemed to be doing just fine without him on Saturday at W.T. Woodson High School with victories in the 4x1600 (18:23.53), 1600 sprint medley relay (3:36.75), and 4x400 meter relay (3:29.27). However, their relays will certainly be bolstered with Kiley's return in the last half of the season. (Photo by Steven Pham)
Western Branch senior and Penn State University recruit Byron Robinson (Photo by Jacqueline Justice) clocked a a US #1 time of 53.45 in the 400 meter hurdles on day one of the Atlantic Coast Spring Break Invitational in Suffolk, Virginia. Coming off an indoor season with best times of 1:04.37 in the 500 meter dash and 34.32 in the 300 meter dash, Robinson was pushed to the national leading time by Booker T. Washington's Rodney Johnson, who had a runner-up performance of 54.01, which ranks him #3 in the nation currently.
Midlothian's Alice Babashak (pictured by Tom Veazey) had a stellar meet at the first annual Glen Allen Invitational as she swept the hurdles with PR's across the board in not only her victories in the 100 meter hurdles (15.04) and 300 meter hurdles (45.24), but also well as in the 200 meter dash (3rd, 26.43) and triple jump (4th, 34'6"). Big improvements for Babashak in her first outdoor meet of the season after having season bests of 15.60 in the 100 meter hurdles and 46.80 in the 300 meter hurdles last spring.
Lily Garrecht of Staunton River is becoming one of the best high school track athletes in her area. The multi-event athlete Garrecht scored 40 points individually at the Vince Bradford Relays with wins in the long jump (17'1.75") and pole vault (10'0"), runner-up finishes in 300 meter hurdles (52.04), triple jump (33'7.25"), and a fourth place clearance (4'4") in the high jump. (Photo by Gabe Lamartina)
The River Ridge District has been a great pipeline of great female distance runners over the years and another young star is in line to continue that line of talent in Christiansburg freshmen Mikayla Richardson. Richardson (pictured by Andrew Kicinski) led the Christiansburg cross country team in the fall with a 7th place finish in the Group AA state race and was All-State indoors in the 500 meter dash (8th place). The 800 appears to be her event this spring as she opened with a 2:23 runner-up finish to Katie Fortner at the Knights Track Classic last weekend before winning the 400 meter dash (1:02.09) this past weekend at Abingdon High School for the Falcon T&F Challenge.
Fifth and sixth place respectively in the 2012 Group A State Outdoor Championships in the shot put and discus, Alexis Brown (pictured by Andrew Kicinski) of James River (Buchanan) appears ready to make that jump or throw in this case this spring to compete for a state title. Brown posted two PR's this weekend at the Mike Brown Invite with winning marks of 38'6.25" in the shot put and 111'5" in the discus throw.
Last spring's Group AA state discus throw runner-up Justin Neff (photo by Andrew Kicinski) of Millbrook opened up his outdoor season with a mark of 150'8" at the Ram Country Invitational on Saturday in Strasburg. Neff started off his high school career at Sherando before moving to cross town school Millbrok for his junior year, which culminated with a personal best throw of 155'0" to become the state runner-up in the discus last June at the 2012 Group AA State Meet in Harrisonburg.
Outdoor track season begins to start to get much busier in the state of Virginia with a total of 10 high school track invitationals on the first weekend of April. We will try our best to cover as many meets as we can along with results and highlights!
Check out outdoor performances by Virginia high school track & field alumni for the week of March 25- March 31, 2013. If an alumni is not shown here, it is likely because their high school and college profiles have not been merged, so contact us at email@example.com to let us know of the high school alumni missing and what school they are competing now as well as the meet which they competed in the previous week.
Mountain View's Meshala Morton and Jean Rouse went 1-2 together on their home track in the 400 meter dash with 57 second clockings at the Wildcat Invitational on Saturaday. Read on for more meet highlights and race videos by Rob Walker to be uploaded by Monday.
Hampton junior Chantel Ray ran a state leading time of 14.28 in the 100 meter hurdles as one of the top performances from Saturday's Charles City Invitational. Read on for more meet highlights.
All race videos are now uploaded and thousands of photos uploaded from this year's Conn Madden Relays
Two of the Northern Region's fastest in Ayo Raymond of James Robinson and Michael Thomas-Brown of Mount Vernon got an early season opportunity to face off twice in the same meet in the 100 and 200 meter dash at the Leslie Sherman Memorial Invitational during their spring break. Raymond got the better of Thomas-Brown in the 100 meter dash as he pulled away decisively in the final 15 meters or so for a meet record clocking of 10.98, while Thomas-Brown was able to even the score later in a photo finish as only one hundredth of a second separated him (22.23) from his regional rival Raymond (22.24) with both under the previous meet record.
It was certainly a Good Friday for Virginian distance runners at the Raleigh Relays in the elite invitational 3200 meter high school races held in the midst of the big college meet at NC State University. Lafayette senior Kurtis Steck had an incredible race to run a personal best 3200 meter time by 12 seconds to win a loaded race with many of North Carolina's best distance runners in a time of 9:08.49.
It may not have counted as a state qualifier for her as it was recorded in a quad home meet at Glen Allen High School, but junior distance runner Katie Sperry should have no problem making it to the state meet if she finishes as well as she started the 2013 outdoor season with a 11:10.02 3200 meter personal best performance on Wednesday night. Below is list of results and highlights of weekday meets from Monday, March 25th through Thursday, March 28th. (Photo by Tom Veazey)
Douglas Freeman sophomore MacKenzie Kerr was trying out for the school soccer team early last spring when she saw her indoor track teammates training for the upcoming indoor state championships, which she missed out on qualifying after having a subpar regional meet at the Ashe Center as an inexperienced freshmen. She felt like she was missing out and soon gave up her sport since as a young child in soccer to re-join her track teammates for the outdoor season.
Check out outdoor performances by Virginia high school track & field alumni for the week of March 18- March 24, 2013. If an alumni is not shown here, it is likely because their high school and college profiles have not been merged, so contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know of the high school alumni missing and what school they are competing now as well as the meet which they competed in the previous week.
First weekend of the outdoor season with MileStat.com providing on-site meet coverage. Video coverage at the Brian Watkins I-95 Invitational in Stafford at Brooke Point High School and photo coverage at the Knights Track Classic in Salem at Cave Spring High School. Results and highlights as well to come from the Big Red Invitational in Lynchburg at Liberty University.
Group AAA indoor shot put state champion Jaja Davis (pictured by Ryan Kelly) of Landstown opened his outdoor season with a big mark of 56'8" on Wednesday in a Beach District regular season meet. Below is list of results and highlights of weekday meets from Monday, March 18th through Friday, March 22nd.
An All-State performer in the long jump and 55 meter hurdles this past winter in Group AAA as well as an emerging elite division winner in the long jump last weekend at the New Balance Nationals, C.D. Hylton's Hali Mcfadgen (pictured by John Herzog) did not take a break and jumped right into the outdoor season with a pair of first place finishes at the Battlefield Relays on Saturday with a 15.31 clocking in the 100 meter hurdles and 17'4.75" leap in the long jump.
2013 Group AA 3200 meter state runner-up Kurtis Steck (photo by Jon Fleming) dipped under 4:30 and just missed achieving the Group AA state auto standard (4:27.38) with a 4:28.15 victory in the 1600 meter run at the Shoot the Gun & Run Invitational held at New Kent High School for an outdoor sesason opener for 17 schools.
Oscar Smith's Michael Cherry in the 400 and Westfield's Nathan Kiley in the 800 winning national titles lead as the top performances by Virginians on the final day of the 2013 New Balance Nationals.
Day 2 highlights by the Virginians at the 2013 New Balance Indoor Nationals.
Day 1 highlights and updates from Friday's performances by Virginians at the 2013 New Balance Indoor Nationals in New York City.
The Group AA boys' race for the team title was everything that you could ask for. It all came down to the most exciting race of a track meet in the final event of every meet in 4x400 meter relay. Blacksburg, Lafayette, and Brunswick were all in contention for first place and were loading up strong relays to go for it. Blacksburg held the lead going into the last race of the day with 51 points, while Lafayette (48 pts) and Brunswick (48) were tied for second place.
There will be a state championship meet at Liberty University next year, but instead of the current Group AA classification hosting its indoor state meet at the Tolsma Track Center in Lynchburg, four classifications will be competing with 1A-3A combined and 4A competing separately in the new 6 classificaiton system to be implemented by the Virginia High School League public schools. In the final Group AA state indoor track & field championship meet, the Tabb girls returned back to the Peninsula with the state team title trophy.
Despite Chantilly being one of the top contending teams for this year's Group AAA State indoor team title, the Westfield boys (74 1/2 pts) managed to repeat as Northern Region champions on Saturday at George Mason University by a margin of nearly 20 seconds points. Like last year's squad, the relays were the cornerstones for Westfield's team success.
Felecia Majors may go down as the greatest all-around track athlete in the history of the Northern Region. There will at least be no athlete after her to challenge for that distinction with this being the last year of the region's existence. In the last Northern Region Indoor Track & Field championships before the current regional system disolves in the new 6 classification system next fall, the South County senior and University of Tennessee recruit Majors totaled 64 points individually in the one day meet held this past Saturday at George Mason University in Fairfax County.
The Western Branch girls looked far from experiencing a "down" year for their program as the Lady Bruins won the last Eastern Region girls indoor track & field team title by 40 points as they were able to amass a total of 80 points over the two day meet held at the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton this past weekend. Milan Parks and their hurdle crew led the charge for Western Branch to maintain their regional supremacy.
The Grassfield and Western Branch boys waged war with one another for two days at Boo Williams Sportsplex for the 2013 Eastern Region indoor track & field team championship. At the conclusion of the meet, Grassfield came out the team champions with 84 points and Western Branch fell just short with 81 points in second place. It is almost certain that nothing is settled between these two teams and the rivalry will be renewed next weekend at the VHSL Group AAA State Championships as both teams should factor in the team title discussion along with top teams from the other three regions.
Midlothian senior Tessa Riley's 3:02.18 1000 meter run was the last meet record set in the final Central Region Indoor Track & Field Championships. Meanwhile, the Manchester boys and Cosby girls from the Dominion District claimed the team titles this past weekend at the Arthur Ashe Center in Richmond.
Results and coverage from all the regional indoor track & field championship meets being held this week throughout the state of Virginia.
The Fork Union boys and St. Catherine's girls successfully defended their state team titles at Saturday's Virginia Independent Schools State Championships in Richmond. The meet saw a total of 6 meet record performances including a 2:58 1000 from Libby Parrish of St. Catherine's and 1:16 500 from Micah Brickhill of Liberty Christian, who battled it out against each other at the end in an exciting 4x400 meter relay anchor leg.
Oscar Smith senior Michael Cherry became the fourth fastest ever in US high school history at 500 meters indoors and the new Virginia high school state record holder in the event after running an incredible time of 1:02.61 at the Southeastern District Championships on Tuesday in Hampton at the Boo Williams Sportsplex. None have ran faster than Cherry before on a flat track as Cherry cruised through 200 meters in 23 seconds and 300 meters in 36 seconds and stayed even pace through 400 meters at 49 seconds after creating some separation from Western Branch's Corey Jones, who ended up running a big PR for second place in 1:05.06. The Florida State University signee Cherry powered home off the final curve keeping the 13 second per 100 meter pace for his historic final time and lowering his previous US #1 time by another second.
Meet highlights from the 2013 Dominion District Indoor Track & Field Championships held on Wednesday, February 6th at the Arthur Ashe Center in Richmond.
More to come on Carolyn Bethel's US top 10 all-time 1000 meter run and the Forest Park boys clocking one of the fastest 4x200 meter relay times indoors in state history.
MileStat.com is providing on-site coverage (photos, videos, meet updates) for both days of the Virginia Tech High School Indoor Track & Field Invitational on February 1st and 2nd at the Rector Fieldhouse in Blacksburg.
The Atlee boys ran a state leading time of 7:54.60 in the 4x800 meter relay at the Douglas Freeman Polar Bear Meet on Tuesday, January 29th.
In her first race of the indoor season, Heritage's Asonya Anderson sent some shockwaves through the Boo Williams Sportsplex facility as she broke 7 seconds in the 55 meter dash and defeated returning Group AAA state 55 meter dash champion Carolyn Brown of Phoebus in the process with a US #4 clocking of 6.97 at the final Peninsula District regular season meet. Her performance ties her for #8 all-time in Virginia high school indoor history.
At Tuesday's Cardinal District Indoor Championships, held outdoors with temperatures over 60 degrees on a seasonably warm day, Forest Park junior Mustaqeem Williams warmed the track up even more with his scorching times in the sprints. Williams clocked a jaw-dropping 6.09 fully automatic timed performance in the 55 meter dash, which is only a hundredth of a second off the high school indoor national record (albeit Williams time wouldn't qualify for a national record since it was an outdoor polar bear meet). Williams later came back to win the 300 meter dash in a personal best time of 33.86, which would also be a US #1 time if held indoors. Nonetheless, Williams will likely be the top seed in both events at the state meet with those times at his district meet.
What looked to be a big meet this weekend at St. Christopher's this weekend with near 60 schools and just under 1,400 athletes was dramatically reduced in size as few schools were allowed to travel for the second day of the St. Christopher's Invitational on Saturday after the first day was completely cancelled due to the winter storm system which affected most of Virginia.
The Hampton Roads Elite High School Invitational turned out to be the most elite meet so far this season with a total of 99 MileSplit US elite performances over the course of the two day meet at the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Virginia. There were a total of four VA state leading performances from the meet and numerous US top 10 performances.
Coverage from the Mid-Area Track Classic held on Saturday, January 19th at Liberty University's Tolsma Track Center in Lynchburg. Mustaqeem Williams and the Forest Park boys were rolling in the sprints at Liberty with Williams throwing down personal best performances of 6.41 in the 55 meter dash and 35.04 in the 300 meter dash. Forest Park went 1-2-3 in the both the 55 and 300 meter dash races.
West Springfield junior Caroline Alcorta finished second in a competitive 3000 meter run at the Yale Track Classic in Connecticutt this past weekend which featured some of the top distance runners in the Northeast. Alcorta's time of 9:52.37 converts to 10:35.91 for 3200 meters, which would rank her 13th fastest all-time indoors in Virginia high school history in the projection.
The 24th annual Fred Hardy Invitational (formerly known as the Fork Union Indoor Invitational) had an impressive collection of winning performances spread out among the sprints, hurdles, distance races, and field events at the Estes Athletic Center's 160 meter indoor track facility.
MileStat.com is on-site both days providing coverage of the 54th annual East Coast Invitational at the Arthur Ashe Center in Richmond on January 15th & 16th.
Leading wire to wire, West Springfield junior Caroline Alcorta won the invitational mile on Saturday at the Montgomery Invitational in Landover, Maryland with a time of 5:00.02 as the Foot Locker finalist won by a 9 second margin of victory.