Records were made to be broken
The biggest event of the year both by numbers and a scary high level of talent, is finally here. The VA Showcase will take place this Friday and Saturday on Liberty University's brand new $30,000,000 hydraulically banking track.
Watch one of the best indoor events ever live Friday and Saturday 1/13-1/14.
Watch one of the best indoor events ever live Friday and Saturday 1/13-1/14.
Athletes from almost half of the states in the country will all be convening at the VA Showcase this weekend. This list includes national record holders, national champions, over 100 All-Americans, state record holders, and thousands more.
Last March at New Balance Nationals Indoor, North Rockland beat out Lake Braddock 11:34.85 to 11:39.10 to set a new national high school record in the DMR. Lake Braddock wasn't happy about it but with all four girls returning to the track in 2017, they knew they had a strong shot to break the record this year. It turns out they didn't have to wait for nationals as all four legs were raring to go at the VA Showcase and they combined for a final time of 11:34.54 to just slightly edge out the old record!Here's the national record splits:1200m - 3:41 (Shannon Browning)400m - 59 (Skyla Davidson)800m - 2:16 (Samantha Schwers)1600m - 4:37 (Kate Murphy)
The 1000 can often be viewed as a battleground event for the more middle distance geared speedsters and endurance strength distance runners. Speed vs. Strength...which ultimately wins out to make to become one of the all-time greats in this odd distance event?
January 13th and 14th will be the two most exciting and record breaking days of track this year and potentially ever. A historic group of record holders and elite athletes will all convene on LU's brand new hydraulically banking 200m Beynon track for the VA Showcase invitational.
In exactly 30 days, on January 13th and 14th, all eyes of track nation will be on just one meet, the VA Showcase. It will feature the greatest field of athletes ever assembled outside of the New Balance National Championship. This meet will feature athletes from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, DC, Maryland, Florida, and even Jamaica!
Biggest moments from this weekend in high school track and field
Tyrese Cooper owns multiple freshman national records, but now he can add high school national record holder to his resume. The sophomore opened up his 2017 indoor campaign with a 33.03s 300m dash at the VA Showcase, .02 faster than the previous record held by LSU's Michael Cherry. MGX coach Darius Lawshea told us earlier this week the pair's goals aren't to just rewrite the sophomore class records, but to go after senior and world records as well. "He really got out fast and finished strong. I think he could have ran 32 if he hadn't screamed coming off the curve like the Hulk," Lawshea told us after the race. Well, "Smoke" this isn't a bad way to start the year. Earlier in the day he ran a US#4 time of 6.38 to win his heat of the prelims and he still hasn't done. Lawshea told me Friday morning that he will also contest the field at 500m.
The list keeps growing for the biggest meet this year. Check out who is compete at this huge invitational here.
There a full slate of meets on tap for this week!
Meet management is excited to announce that for the first time in United States history, Team Jamaica will send a high school relay team to compete indoors. This team, St. Jago (St. Catherine, JAM) is one of the most storied powerhouses on the island and has won the Girls' ISSA Champs four times. They are also one of only two high schools to have won both the Boys' and Girls' Championships in a single year.
Below can watch all of this past weekend's US #1 race performances on MileSplit.com. The VA Showcase leads the way with an incredible number of 11 US #1 races to watch including two national records.
So we know St. Jago, and really any Jamaican team, will bring the heat but they are not the only team in this race. Also slated to compete in this race and more specifically the top section of this race is current US #1 Western Branch, The Bullis School, and Grassfield. All three of these American teams are 1:37.5 or better teams.
MileStat adds another awesome meet to our great repertoire. Check it out here!
Athletes run No. 2 and No. 4 all-time
Sophomore speedster ran 33.03
Though the final section will be filled with likely eight girls all seeded under 3:00, there are five girls that just stand above the rest for this five lap, 1000m race.
Check out who are the top performers in the country currently with the national indoor track & field leaderboard as of January 15th in the MileSplit database.
Watch the national record performance!
Who are the top Maryland athletes to watch at this weekend's mega-meet down at Liberty University?
North Carolina athletes dominated at the VA Showcase, see what 6 individual performances stood out the most!
Vote which athlete you think had the best performance this week!
Combined event rankings for boys sprinters in the 500 and 300 meter dash from the current indoor season taking the total time of season bests in both events. Also can see the time differential between their 500 and 300 time.
On Saturday during the VA Showcase in Lynchburg, Virginia star hurdler Cory Poole ran to a major US#1, and state record.
The VA Showcase WILL be the best indoor meet in the country this year with 16 states competing! See who will be competing from North Carolina this Friday/Saturday!
We highlight Friday's action at the VA Showcase that will have loads of national caliber competition!
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The St. John's College High girls may not have a track of their own, but the Cadets have no shortage of talent heading into this weekend's VA Showcase.
Keep up with all the action going on at both the VA Showcase and the Champion Fast Track Invite Today!
While nearly all the eyes in the nation are on the stacked Girls 1K race or even the loaded 4x2's both at the VA Showcase, many have overlooked the Boys' 300m dash which could be the best race of them all and one of the best ever.
Germantown Friends threw down a PA#1 and US#2 in Virginia!
Below can find complete event by event results and list of all 499 MileSplit national elite performances from the VA Showcase this past weekend.
Live this weekend on FloTrack
It is no secret that the competition at the VA Showcase this January is going to be fast but it is not only about the track at this showcase meet. The field events are going to be providing just as much excitement if not more than the track events.
Tyrese Cooper owns multiple freshman national records, but now he can add high school national record holder to his resume. The sophomore opened up his 2017 indoor campaign with a 33.03s 300m dash at the VA Showcase, .02 faster than the previous record held by LSU's Michael Cherry.
Combined event rankings for girls sprinters in the 500 and 300 meter dash from the current indoor season taking the total time of season bests in both events.
This meet is bringing in talent from all over the country, catch the live stream on FloTrack with your MileSplit Universal account.
Chantz Sawyers headlines North Carolina athletes competing on Saturday and will go after the 500 national record of 1:01.70!
With this new insider status you now have access to 11 regular season live streams in Virginia this season alone!
After a huge weekend down in Lynchburg nearly every event saw some major changes. Check out the new state leaders and top 50 rankings for the girls' here.
One of Maryland's top performers at VA Showcase happened to be McDonogh School sophomore Dalton Hengst, who won the mile on Friday in a season best time then doubled back to place runner-up to US #1 ranked Brandon McGorty in the 800.
Indianapolis Pike High (IN) senior Lynna Irby had quite the senior debut at the Va. Showcase Jan. 13-14
Even when she wins, Middletown (DE) senior Daija Lampkin is motivated to improve every single day
Check out the preliminary performance list for the VA Showcase here!
Tyrese Cooper broke not one, but two freshman national records last year in the same meet.
Seven LIVE events on MileSplit & FloTrack this weekend!
Meet starts at 2:20 PM on Friday and 8:30 AM on Saturday.
Tune into the VA Showcase today at 2PM! Melissa Zammitti is one of many North Carolina Elites set to compete!
Watch all day 1 race videos from the Virginia Showcase.
Check out over 5,000 photos taken by Lisa McArthur and Mary Ann Magnant from day 1 events of the VA Showcase.
Watch sophomore sensation Tyrese Cooper set a new 300m indoor NATIONAL RECORD at the VA Showcase.
Check out photos taken by Jon Fleming, John Herzog, Lisa McArthur, and Mary Magnant from the first annual VA Showcase at Liberty University.
Watch all race videos from two days of the VA Showcase.
Murphy anchored in 4:37 for 1600m
Amazing shots from the VA Showcase
Tyrese Cooper owns freshman class records, but set his first outright national record at the VA Showcase
Listen to all our athlete interviews from the VA Showcase.