After a one year hiatus, the Newport News Invitational is back at Newport News Park this weekend. Maggie Walker looks to be the dominant squad for the girls led by a possible 1-2 individual finish from Susannah Piersol and Clarissa Schick. Two of the higher ranked private school teams in Norfolk Academy and Peninsula Catholic look to fight out for the top three places. Tabb's Will Mulherin, Gloucester's Doug Fenstermacher, and Mills Godwin's Brian Welch are the top individual runners coming among the boys for the Newport News Invite.Newport News Invite Team List
At the Newport News Invitational, two common trends were Gloucester individuals and Maggie Walker teams winning. Gloucester boasted the race champions in both A divisions with Doug Fenstermacher winning fairly unchallenged in 16:09, while Varnell had to use her AAU Junior Olympic 1500 national champion speed to pull away from the Maggie Walker duo of Clarissa Schick (2nd, 18:47) and Susannah Piersol (3rd, 18:52) in a winning time of 18:43. The Maggie Walker girls were not only impressive up front with their times, but from the top down through their seven with a team average of 19:30 in the A race and team score of 24 points. Coach Jim Holdren nearly had a total of eight Maggie Walker runners under 21 minutes with their seventh in the A race at 21 flat and their eighth runner in the B race just under 21 minutes as a race runner-up. The Maggie Walker boys also claimed the team title in the A division.
Photos taken at the 2007 Newport News Invitational held at Newport News Park in Newport News, Virginia on Saturday, September 8th.
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