A review and highlights of all the results from this past weekend (December 6th & 7th, 2013) indoor track & field invitationals and meets in the state of Virginia.
Live results, highlights, and photo gallery (to come later this weekend) from the Real Deal Classic, the first of several major invitational meets to be held at Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton.
Not the greatest day to end the cross country seasons for Virginia's two lone representatives at the Nike Cross Nationals with girls team qualifier Blacksburg finishing 21st out of 22 schools and boys individual team qualifier Tommy Mulroy of Midlothian finishing 99th out of 197 runners. This year's national race at Portland Meadows in Portland, Oregon was not as much of a mudfest as in years past, but a chilly frozen tundra of a course for runners to compete on which allowed for course records and much faster times than in previous years.
Complete results and highlights from the Liberty Christmas High School Invitational held on Saturday, December 7th in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Results and highlights from weekday high school indoor & polar bear meets in Virginia from Monday, December 2nd through Friday, December 6th.
A total of 6 Virginians qualified for the 2013 Foot Locker Nationals via top 10 finishes in the seeded race at the South Regional on Saturday in Charlotte, North Carolina. West Springfield senior Caroline Alcorta led the performances of the half dozen national qualifiers as she led from wire-to-wire in the girls' race to become only the third sub 17 minute 5K runner in the state history with a 16:55 victory at the South Regional.
The Blacksburg girls qualified as a team and Midlothian senior Tommy Mulroy qualified individually for the Nike Cross Nationals in Oregon as both were runners-up at the NXN Southeast Regional in Cary, North Carolina.
A list of the top 25 ranked runners in the state of Virginia following the state championships two weeks ago and prior to this weekend's post-season racing action after Thanksgiving with two meets in North Carolina between the Foot Locker South Regional in Charlotte and the Nike Cross Southeast Regional in Cary. Many of the state's elite individuals will be racing at Foot Locker South.
A list of past of Virginia's qualifiers (both team & individuals) for the Nike Cross nationals from the NXN Southeast Regional meets (since 2007).
The 8th annual Battle of the Potomac, border war style post-season race between the states of Virginia and Maryland as well as runners from DC and West Virginia was held on Saturday, November 23rd at Smokey Glen Farm in Gaithersburg, Maryland. It turned out to be the most lopsided days in meet history in Team Maryland's favor with their state certainly able to gather more of their top runners to compete than a smaller turnout of Virginia's elite.
A total of 15 men and 9 women natives of Virginia will be racing Saturday in Terre Haute, Indiana at the 2013 NCAA Division 1 Cross Country National Championship Meet. See the list of Virginians and links to the live video feed as well as coverage from our fellow Flocasts site on Flotrack!
Highlights and coverage from Saturday's races (Group 3A, 2A, & 1A) at the 2013 VHSL State Cross Country Championships.
Highlights and coverage from Friday's races (Group 6A, 5A, & 4A) at the 2013 VHSL State Cross Country Championships. Much more to be added throughout Friday evening.
Coverage central for the 2013 VHSL State Cross Country Championships held November 15th and 16th at Great Meadow in The Plains, Virginia.
Virtual meet preview for the Group 5A girls' state race, which generates a team score using the season best 5K times of all 12 state meet team qualifiers.
Coverage from Friday's Virginia Independent Schools State Cross Country Championships at Woodberry Forest School as complete coverage will include race videos from all 4 races, video interviews from each of the 4 individual state champions, two photo galleries, and a full meet summary.
A list of the top 10 individual state qualifiers from each of the 12 regionals for next weekend's VHSL State Championships.
One stop coverage and meet results page for all 12 VHSL regional championship meets in Virginia this week.
First race of the season for senior Nikki Park after missing the entire season before due to injury and she showed a remarkable level of fitness coming back from her season-long obstacle in a runner-up individual finish to help lead the Ocean Lakes girls to a dominant team victory at the 6A South Regional. Her return certainly bolsters the lineup for Ocean Lakes to the point that they have to be considered a strong contender for a top 3 state meet finish next Friday in the Group 6A race at Great Meadow. More coverage to come from the 6A South Regional!
Coverage of Wednesday's VHSL Group 4A North Regional XC Championships at Loriella Park in Fredericksburg. Coverage includes a photo gallery as well as a meet summary to come.
Coverage from Wednesday's VHSL Group 4A South Regional XC Championships at Pole Green Park in Mechanicsville. Coverage includes aphoto gallery as well as a meet summary to come.
Coverage and results from Wednesday's VHSL Group 3A East Regional XC Championships held at Culpeper County High School.
Coverage from Wednesday's VHSL Group 5A North Regional XC Championships held at Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg, Virgina. On-site coverage includes two photo galleries as well as a full meet summary to come.
Coverage from Wednesday's VHSL Group 5A South Regional XC Championships at Bells Mill Park in Chesapeake, Two photo galleries posted and a full meet summary on the way.
Coverage from Wednesday's 6A North Regional Cross Country Championship meet at Burke Lake Park in Fairfax County. On-site coverage includes two photo galleries, race videos, video interviews with the individual and team champions, and a full meet summary.
Coverage from Tuesday's Group 3A West Regional Championship meet at Panorama Farms outside of Charlottesville.
Results and coverage of all the conference championship meets for private schools in Virginia.
Meet central page for all of the conference championship cross country meets in Virginia over the last week of October.
Results and coverage from all of the 8 conference championship cross country meets in the VHSL Group 6A classification.
Results and coverage from all of the 8 conference championship cross country meets in the VHSL Group 5A classification.
Results and coverage from all of the 8 conference championship cross country meets in the VHSL Group 4A classification.
Results and coverage from all of the 8 conference championship cross country meets in the VHSL Group 3A classification.
Coverage from the Wednesday, October 23rd joint conference championship meets for Conference 1 in Group 6A and Conference 9 in Group 5A at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex
Results and coverage from Monday's Virginia Catholic Schools State XC Championships at Newport News Park in Newport News. Peninsula Catholic swept the team titles as well as individual titles with Molly McKenna (18:57) and Philip Harpen (16:31). Race videos, photo gallery, and interviews to be uploaded later tonight.
West Springfield senior Caroline Alcorta improved upon both her PR and state leading time in the 5K this fall with a swift 17:10 clocking at the Third Battle Invitational. She did it solo as the next closest finisher was her teammate Katie Kennedy in second place with a time of 18:43. The West Springfield girls were able to decisively defeat their 6A North competitors from Osbourn Park for the team title by a margin of 39 points and team average of 18:56 on the Third Battle of Winchester Park course.
Results, highlights, and coverage from Saturday's Runnin' with the Wolves Rocktoberfest hosted by Jefferson Forest High School at Wolf Branch Farm in Forest, Virginia.
We want to thank all teams, athletes, coaches, and spectators who supported the MileStat.com XC Invitational with their attendance on Saturday at Pole Green Park in Mechanicsville. We want to also give a special thanks to Lee-Davis High School and their parents, coaches, and athletes who did a superb job as the host school for this weekend's event!
Both Blacksburg junior Bonnie Angermeier (18:39) and Albemarle senior Ryan Thomas (15:55) shifted into high gear on the final straightaway at Panorama Farms to claim individual victories at the Albemarle Invitational. Complete results posted. Race videos, photo galleries, interviews, and meet summary to come from our meet coverage!
Allie Klimkiewicz and Oakton girls fared well in a very competitive New York and Northeast crowd in the Eastern States Championship race on Saturday at the Manhattan College Invitational held on the historic 2.5 mile course at Van Cortland Park. Racing against some of the best programs in New York and the Northeast region, the VA #3 ranked Oakton girls placed 5th in the championship division with a team score of 175 points as they trailed behind some national powerhouse programs.
The VA #1 ranked James Robinson traveled all the way down to Orlando, Florida this weekend to compete at the Disney Classic at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex as well as a handful of other Virginia schools including Brentsville, Christiansburg, Hanover, Mountain View, Walsingham Academy, and Westfield. Competing in only their second 5K race of the season (first being in a 3rd place finish behind two nationally ranked squads at the Carlise Invitaitonal in Pennsylvania), the Robinson boys inserted 5 runners among the top 13 places to claim the team title in the 4A division (largest schools) with 43 points. Leading the Rams for the second meet in a race was John Tolbert with a 4th place finish of 16:20 and his teammates kept the spread tight to a mere 25 second margin.
Bring your flippers...we mean spikes to the Glory Days Grill Invitational on Saturday! Steady and heavy rains this week from the remnants of tropical storm Karen had washed out many weekday meets throughout the state and based on this picture above from course conditions on Thursday at Bull Run Regional Park, which is the site for Saturday's 3400+ runners Glory Days Invite, could affect the weekend meets and result in some changes in meet plans.
The Lake Braddock cross country team typically takes an annual trip out-of-state and has been picking almost a new meet each year for the past several years. This year the Bruins of Burke, Virginia traveled all the way out to Gilbert, Arizona for the Desert Twilight XC Festival, which gathers many of the top teams in the Southwest Region of the country. The VA #10 ranked Lake Braddock boys and VA #4 ranked Lake Braddock girls both ran impressively to each finish 3rd in the Sweepstakes Races standings, which is the top division race in the meet on a fast 5K course on the Toka Sticks Golf Course in Gilbert, Arizona.
We might as well label the first weekend of October every year as Virginian Invasion of North Carolina weekend as a significant number of the state's teams and individuals venture to several invitational meets to our neighbors to the south between the Great American Festival in Cary, the Wendy's Invitaitonal in Charlotte, and Hagan Stone Classic in Greensboro. Below are some quick highlights so far from early reports from those meets.
A great day for the James Madison High School (Vienna, VA) cross country programs at the Octoberfest Invitational as they had the two individual champions on the day in the varsity A races with junior Amanda Swaak (18:43) and senior Matthew Calem (15:49).
The Jefferson Forest girls seemed to be the only ones of the top ranked teams in attendance for the Metro XC Championship to take the race seriously with Hidden Valley sitting out their varsity runners and Blacksburg sitting out a few, while having their remaining varsity runners take the race as a glorified tempo run. However, the Jefferson Forest girls did not make the drive all the way from Lynchburg to not race hard as they took care of business in placing 5 runners among the top 9 places.
The James Robinson boys finished 3rd in a stellar field assembled for the Carlisle Invitational in Pennsylvania this past weekend as the only two teams which finished ahead of them were US #9 ranked West Chester Henderson of Pennsylvania and US #20 ranked Tatnall of Delaware. The VA #3 Rams were led by John Tolbert with an 8th place individual run of 15:50 and had only a 42 second spread behind him as their overall team performance this weekend in Robinson's first 5K race of the season is making a strong case for them to be the #1 ranked team in the state after starting the season as the pre-season #1 ranked team in Virginia. Below are merged team scoring meet results from the September 28th invitationals which schools from Virginia participated in.
Highlights from Virginians competing at the Carlisle Invitational (PA), Greensboro Invitational (NC), Bristol Cross (TN), Stonewall Jackson Invitational, and Golden Eagle Invitational on September 28th.
Check out MileStat.com's in-depth coverage of the 2013 Maymont X-Country Festival with meet results, race videos, photo galleries, interviews, and meet summary!