Jim McGrath

Harris Wins Three for Branch Boys Jim McGrath Mar 8, 2017

In a 20-minute span, Micaiah Harris shocked the crowd at Boo Williams, as he won both the 6A 55-meter hurdles (7.37) and open 55 (6.41). While the races totaled only 110 meters, the distance he has traveled, away from a shadow cast over him, has been much greater.

King Edward III Leads Bethel Comeback Jim McGrath Mar 5, 2017

Leading into the state 5A/6A finals on Friday morning, Milestat webmaster Nolan Jez initiated a conversation with former Bethel coach, and now meet official, Eddie Williams about the potential outcome of the 5A boys showdown. Jez was leaning toward Lee-Davis scoring 50 points and having the capability to win, while Williams questioned how they could make it to 50.

Do You Know Who Boo (Williams) Is? Jim McGrath Mar 4, 2017

On Friday afternoon, I decided to give a short, impromptu quiz to several of the coaches and co-workers at the Boo Williams Sportsplex. It wasn’t a tough test; in fact, it was only one question. To my surprise and amusement, many of the test takers failed.

Syaira Richardson Goes Four for Four to Lead Team WAR Jim McGrath Mar 2, 2017

One of the most electrifying performances from last weekend’s 5A/6A state meet came from Nansemond River senior Syaira Richardson. The Ohio State-bound senior placed first in three of the 5A girls’ individual events, and one relay, setting a new state meet record in each one. Her performance paralleled that of another Ohio State track athlete who once won four gold medals while setting, or tying world records in each one – Jesse Owens in 1935.

Banks Wins 6A High Jump With State-Record Leap Jim McGrath Feb 28, 2017

Osbourn Park's Sydney Banks continued a phenomenal sophomore season on Friday afternoon with a leap for the record books. On her last high jump attempt at 5-10, Banks cleared the bar and put the exclamation point on a performance that earned her a first state title, a Virginia 6A state meet record and #3 VA clearance of all-time.

Attention All Coaches: Virginia is Getting A T&F/XC Coaches Association! Jim McGrath Jul 18, 2016

There is also a lot of action happening off the track in Virginia. The Virginia Track Coaches Association is a new organization, and one with lofty goals and expectations, which are geared toward enhancing the track experience for both high school coaches and athletes. At the 5A/6A state meet, I had the opportunity to speak with Osbourn Park coach Mike Feldman, who has been spearheading the development of the organization, which is registered with the state business licensing authority and the IRS. They will be holding their third preliminary meeting July 25/26 and coaches clinic at UVA August 5th & 6th.

Harrison and Doria Martingayle Shine For Princess Anne Jim McGrath Jun 10, 2016

Sports have had its share of brother-sister pairs. In the early 1970’s, there were Billie Jean King (tennis) and Randy Moffatt (San Francisco Giants pitcher). Speed skaters Eric and Beth Heiden in the 1980 Winter Olympics. Tracksters Carl and Carol Lewis of the mid-80’s.

Kathryn Mayo Crushes Field in 5A Girls 800 Jim McGrath Jun 10, 2016

Almost lost in the parade of dominant performances from last weekend's 5A/6A state track meet was Kathryn Mayo's fine run on Saturday afternoon. The Albemarle junior took the lead in the 5A girls' 800 meters right from the starting gun and ran away with a 2:11.78 win, three seconds ahead of runner-up Ashley Brown from Henrico High.

Amazing 4x8s and Fast Prelims: 5A/6A Day 1 Recap Jim McGrath Jun 5, 2015

If Day One of the 5A/6A track meet at Todd Stadium gave us any indication of the near future, it’s that Saturday should prove to be a barnburner on the oval and in the field: full of state bests and potential records. After Day 1 the Henrico girls and Hickory boys lead in the 5A competition, while the Western Branch girls and Grassfield boys are atop the team leaderboard in 6A.

One For The Record Books! 5A/6A State Meet Recap Jim McGrath Mar 11, 2015

As expected, the Virginia 5A/6A state track championship was a barnburner, loaded with a new collection of U.S. top five best performances, one runaway team victor, and a host of tight contests for the state champion trophy. Four champions were crowned on Tuesday, and two were determined by the final race: the 4x400: 6A Boys: T.C. Williams, 6A Girls: Western Branch, 5A Boys: Manchester, and 5A Girls: Atlee.