VA State Outdoor Championships Coverage Jun 2, 2007

The VHSL State Championships are upon this weekend with all three classifications contesting their championship meets in different corners of the state with the AAA State Championships at Todd Stadium in Newport News, AA State Championships at Harrisonburg High School in Harrisonburg, and the A State Championships at Radford University in Radford. will have in-depth coverage of all three championships with photos and videos from the AAA and AA State championships and photos from the A State Championships.  Pre-meet coverage will include meet previews, athlete spotlights, rankings, and other features. Click for more...    Pictured above by John Herzog: Hampton senior Tierra Brown cooked her preliminary race in the 300 meter hurdles at Todd Stadium on Friday evening with a then US #1 time of 41.62! Brown moved ahead of Tennessee's Jackie Coward, who held the nation's fastest time of 41.66 since the Arcadia Invitational (California) in April. After getting the US #1 time under her belt in her final state meet, she had her eyes on meet records for Saturday including the 100 meter hurdles meet record of 13.81, which was set in 1988 by Lisa Wells of Manor. Brown clocked in at 13.73 in Saturday's finals to win her second state title in the event and then came back later to win her third title in four years in the 300 meter hurdles. The usually all-business on the track Brown showed her smiling face on several occasions including above with her new 100 meter hurdle meet record as well as for a post-300 hurdles finals audio interview..  Saturday Highlights: Deep Creek program becomes the first since 1983 in AAA to win both the boys (57 pts) and girls (46 pts) outdoor team titles. They were both pushed to the state titles to the final event as second place finishers Landstown girls (43 pts) and Western Branch boys (55 pts) kept it close by claiming the 4x400 meter relay titles to make things interesting at the end. The story of the meet was the youth with large group of underclassmen playing a large role in their team's success as well as more than a handful of individual champions. Sophomore boys champions include Matthew Armentrout of Deep Run in the pole vault (15'0"), Damien Thigpen of Stonewall Jackson in the 300 meter hurdles (37.50), and Matthew Anderson of Westfield (1:53.98) among top finishers in many other events Much more highlights and stories to come!  AAA State Meet Complete Results Parents: You will be happy to know that we will be selling photos from the AAA (John Herzog) and AA (David Fleenor) State Meets!Bulk of photos will be uploaded late Saturday night and into Saturday. AAA Photos: To Buy Prints - To View/Download AA Photos: To Buy Prints - To View/Download

AAA State Meet Notes by the Historian May 30, 2007

Historical tidbits of facts and information on this weekend's AAA State Outdoor Championships in Newport News by regular message board contributor, the "Historian".  Holston: The next Triple Crown Winner at the State6'0 High Jump at the AAA State Meet?20' Long Jump at the AAA State Meet?

Group AAA State Meet Program May 31, 2007

Meet program for the 2007 VHSL Group AAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships with seeded flights, sections, and heats of events.

VHSL Group AAA State Meet Coverage Jun 3, 2007

Photo by John Herzog The Deep Creek boys can "hot dog" it now as they claimed the AAA state outdoor title by two points over indoor state champions Western Branch. Unexpected points from a second place finish in the 4x800 meter relay out of the slower section and a clutch third leg on the 4x400 meter relay by sophomore Curtis Campbell to put them into second place to stay were the starts and finishes that the Hornets needed to put Creek ontop again. Keep checking back regularly on this page for event by event coverage from the 2007 VHSL Group AAA State Championships including results, summaries, photos, videos, and audio interviews. A total of 21 audio interviews are posted. Photos, videos, and summaries/stories for each event forthcoming.

VHSL Group AAA State Meet Performance List May 28, 2007

Performance list to the 2007 VHSL Group AAA State Outdoor Track & Field Championships to be held Friday, June 1st and Saturday, June 2nd at Todd Stadium in Newport News.

Group AA Boys Team Predictions May 31, 2007's Brandon Miles predicts the top 5 finish order of boys' teams for Friday and Saturday's Group AA State Outdoor Championships at Harrisonburg High School in Harrisonburg. Miles projects Brunswick Senior to go from fifth in their regional meet to first in the state thanks to four individuals capable of taking home individual state titles or state runner-up finishes. In the state runner-up spot is Region II champs Harrisonburg with more points out there to gain for the Blue Streaks with a team of numbers. Retaining their third place finish from a year ago at the AA State Meet is Region I champs Caroline, who return defending state champions in the long jump and 4x100 meter relay. The indoor state champions in Brookville find themselves in the underdog role, but will be kept within striking distance by the versatile Ethan Nixon. Louisa County, led by one of the state's top discus throwers in Todd Shelton and a top seeded 4x400 is capable of breaking into the top five.

Wake up VHSL! 1/8 inch spike rule and Todd Stadium have to go! Jun 1, 2007

Excellent article by Larry Rubama of The Virginian Pilot on the controversy surrounding the 1/8 inch spike rule at Todd Stadium, which many people believe affects the times and performances of the athletes. Several great athletes will not only be battling long standing state meet records, but spike limitations as well from achieving those meet record performances In fact, a whopping majority of 83.9% of visitors agreed that the AAA State Meet should be moved from Todd Stadium as a result of the spike limitations in a recent site poll.Virginian Pilot article: Shorter spikes at state track meet anger athletes  AAA State Meet moved from Todd Stadium due to spike limitations Do you feel that the AAA State Meet should be moved from Todd Stadium due to the 1/8 inch spike limitations? 32.8% Yes. No state meet site should have such limit on spike sizes. 16.1% No. There are more important positives with the site location than spikes to relocate elsewhere. 25.9% Yes. But it should stay within the Eastern Region at another site such as CNU or W&M which allow 1/4 inch. 25.2% Yes. It should be moved out of the Eastern Region entirely. Out of 632 ballots. 

VHSL Group AAA State Championships Preview May 30, 2007

Say it ain’t so! Could we possibly have another tie with the same two teams from last year for the AAA state crown? It is certainly within the realm of possibility in looking how the top teams will stack up against one another this weekend for the VHSL Group AAA State Championships at Todd Stadium in Newport News. In 2006, Deep Creek and Landstown amassed the largest point total in the field with 41 points each for a share of the AAA state team title. Can Western Branch dominate the other AAA teams as they did at the indoor state championships this March with their great depth and their talented sophomore class of athletes? Or can their Southeastern District and Eastern Region rival in Deep Creek take them down after giving them their toughest challenges all year long the past two weeks? Will Sean Holston join an exclusive club of triple crown winners in the sprints and help his Robert E. Lee squad to a state championship? There is one question that is certain: the price of admission is well worth it to see some of Virginia’s best high school track and field stars do battle over the two day AAA State Championships at Todd Stadium.

VHSL Group AAA State Championships Audio Interviews - Day 1 Jun 1, 2007

Audio interviews by Brandon Miles from day one at the VHSL Group AAA State Championships. Interviews included long jump state champion Shakia Forbes of Bethel, discus state champion Terrence Riggins of Denbigh, Keonta Coleman of Deep Creek on the surprising runner-up 4x800 meter relay for the Creek out of the slow section, and relay members Zach Williams of Forest Park and Tasia Potasinski of Westfield, who ran top splits on third leg for their state championship 4x800 meter relays.

5/29 Group AAA Girls Top 25 Performance Rankings May 29, 2007

Top 25 performance rankings for Group AAA girls by events contested at this weekend's VHSL Group AAA State Championships in Newport News. Find out where athletes and relays achieved their times and marks from the state meet performance list. Click here to see deeper rankings past 25 athletes/relays.