Several close and exciting finishes to determine the individual race winners in Charlottesville including an incredible course record 18:02 performance by Ariel Karabinus of Osbourn Park as runner-up Katherine Walker of Brooke Point was also under the old course record in 18:13. Despite not having their usual #3 and #5 runners, the Osbourn Park girls dominated the field by a 67 point margin and team average of 19:14 on the Panorama Farms 5K course. Meanwhile, the Hidden Valley girls traveled all the way down to Nike South in Texas and left the Lonestar State as champions as they defeated the top teams in Texas by a 30 point margin of victory. In Florida, the Mountain View boys knocked off one of the top ranked teams from the Sunshine State by 9 points at the Disney Classic. More to come from this weekend's meets!
Information for this weekend's Albemarle Invitational for coaches, athletes, and parents. 45 schools and 1,700 athletes.
The 26th annual Albemarle Invitational could be one of the best yet as many of the state's individual stars will be racing at Panorama Farms this Saturday. The meet features more than its share of runners considered as the top class of runners within the state of Virginia. Anthony Kostelac, Ted Richardson, Drew Paisley, and Josh Morris for the boys as a preview for looming Group AAA state title battle between Kostelac and Richardson. Ariel Karabinus, Katherine Walker, Hannah Lowery, Courtney Dobbs, Clarissa Schick, Madalyn Nuckols, and Paige Kvartunas for the girls in a nice mix of Northwest and Central Region runners. Brentsville Relays and Oatlands Invitational champions Osbourn Park girls look to score another victory on the home course for the Northwest Region Championships against a field with several formidable challengers in West Springfield, Maggie Walker, Western Albemarle, and Deep Run. The outlook for the boys teams at Albemarle Invite lacks the firepower of the state's top ranked like the five Virginia top 10 ranked girls squads, but will be very competitive with a half dozen squads in the hunt for the team title.
Ted Richardson (James River) 15:34
Ariel Karabinus (Osbourn Park) 18:02 new course record
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