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Virginia Tech Invitational Saturday Updates & Gallery of Winners Jan 29, 2011

Full meet summary to come, but complete results, photo gallery, and race videos are now posted below from Virginia Tech.   Virginia Tech Invitational Meet Page w/ Complete Results & Coverage   Virginia Tech Invitational Race Videos   Virginia Tech Invitational Photo Gallery by Andrew Kicinski - 3,000 photos total       Boys 4x400 - DeMatha Catholic (MD) US #3 3:19.83 Girls 4x400 - Wakefield (NC) US #3 3:51.86 Boys Invitational Mile Run - Cody Snyder (Lee-Davis VA) 4:18.29 Girls Invitational Mile Run - Megan Moye (Cosby VA) 5:00.31 Boys 1600 Meter Run - Zach Link (Blacksburg VA) 4:25.41 Girls 1600 Meter Run - Sarah Rapp (Cardinal Gibbons NC) 5:05.83 Boys 500 Meter Dash - Kenneth Williams (Woodrow Wilson VA) US #5 1:05.02 Girls 500 Meter Dash - Shannon Morton (Indian River VA) US #10 1:16.73 Boys 55 Meter Dash - Ronald Darby (Potomac MD) 6.31 (current US leader at 6.28) Girls 55 Meter Dash - Olicia Sharp (Wakefield NC) 7.11 Boys 55 Hurdles - Daniel McFadden (Heritage) 7.39 (current US leader at 7.37) Girls 55 Hurdles - Dannielle Davis (Southeast Raleigh NC) 7.98 (ran US #2 7.95 in prelims) Boys 300 - Sean Sutton (Good Counsel MD) US #1 34.35 Girls 300 - Ariah Graham (Wakefield NC) US #2 38.88 Boys 1000 - Ahmed Bile (Annandale VA) US #13 2:32.99 Girls 1000 - Annie LeHardy (Hidden Valley VA) US #7 2:56.79 Girls 4x200 - Wakefield (NC) US #3 1:40.72 Boys 4x200 - Suitland (MD) US #2 1:29.58 (already US #1 at 1:27.79)

Virginia Tech Invitational Friday Updates & Gallery of Winners Jan 28, 2011

The fast section of the boys 3200 meter run at Virginia Tech gathered all the big distance stars of Group AA into one race with Blacksburg's George Carter, Grafton's Kyle King, Skyline's Thomas Madden, and Western Albemarle's Derek Armstrong. Add in Foot Locker finalist and Group AAA state cross country runner-up Silas Frantz of Douglas Freeman and Friday's final event of the day had all the makings for a 16 lap thriller at Rector Fieldhouse. All five runners either lead portions of the race or found themselves right in the hunt until late when George Carter and Silas Frantz countered a breakway move by Madden into the last 800 meters, which Carter proved to have the jets at the end to turn it on for a US leading performance of 9:17.84. (Photo by Brandon Miles)     The girls 3200 meter run at Tech did not have as many runners in contention for the win during the race with Sherando's Krista Deceault and Western Albemarle's Mattie Webb separating early to press each other to big PR's well under 11 minutes with winner Webb at a US #4 10:44.58 and DeCeault (who doubled from the 4x800 less than an hour before) as close runner-up at US #5 10:45.19. Webb won MileStat.com's most improved runner of the year award after going from a 20 minute 5K runner to a Foot Locker finalist in 12 months, but Deceault might be hot on her heels for a similar honor with her recent huge improvements this year as a senior. Decault's US top 5 time on Friday is 41 seconds faster than her junior year best in the 3200 meter run.  (Photo by Andrew Kicinski)     Blackburg sophomore Alyn Carr (pictured above by Brandon Miles) is certainly moving herself into elite company among Group AA sprinters all-time with her US #11 7.09 clocking in the prelims at Virginia Tech. Carr's preliminary time sets a new Virginia Group AA indoor record in the event as previous fastest times for the classification were 7.10 by Kisha Garrick of Caroline in 2006 and 7.15 by Patrice Potts of Brunswick in 2005. As only a tenth grader, Carr has plenty of opportunities to become the first Group AA sprinter under 7.00 before her high school career is over. Meanwhile, the Blacksburg girls also excelled in the area which they are known for by winning the 4x800 meter relay in US #5 time of 9:27.23 with key legs from their individual stars Hannah Brown on second leg to put them in position and Sarah Dorrell on anchor to pull away from the field.    Christiansburg High School starred in the field events for the state of Virginia with two event champions in Travis Hudson (pictured above by Andrew Kicinski) clearing a US #11 height of 6'7" in the high jump, while Rochelle Evans won another head-to-head matchup with her Group AA rival Daquaa Scott of Robert E. Lee in the shot put with a US #15 mark of 41'9.25". Hudson is using this season as a form of redemption in a second chance after being suspended from the team during the outdoor season and possible be in the running again for an All-American position in the pentathlon at the indoor nationals, while Evans and Scott is developing into one of the best rivalries in the sport this year in Virginia.   After clearing 12'3" and setting a new meet record in the pole vault, Atlee senior Cameron Overstreet set her sights on another record in attempting to break her recently established Virginia high school indoor state record of 12'9" in raising the bar next to a height of 12'10". Overstreet had three decent and consistent attempts at a new state record height, but was unable to clear. However, her unsuccessful attempts indicate that at least an inch PR and likely 13 foot territory are coming in the near future this indoor season. (Photo by Andrew Kicinski)     The Southeast Raleigh (NC) senior Dannielle Davis has certainly lived up to following in her older brother and national indoor hurdles record holder Wayne Davis' footsteps. In Friday's prelims at Virginia Tech, Davis (pictured above by Andrew Kicinski) bettered her own US #2 time in the 55 meter hurdles with a 7.95 clocking and she will going after the 7.90 time, which currently stands as the nation's best, in Saturday's finals.     Potomac High School (MD) junior Ronald Darby (pictured above by Andrew Kicinski) looked impressive in leaving behind the competition in his preliminary heat of the 55 meter dash at Virginia Tech. The current US leader in the event with his 6.28 performance at the Hispanic Games earlier this month, Darby's 6.36 prelims time is still faster than the US #2 performer in the event and he will look to dip under 6.30 again in Saturday's finals in Blacksburg, Virginia.   Live and on-site at Virginia Tech's Rector Fieldhouse in Blacksburg for this weekend's Virginia Tech High School Invitational. Recent snowfalls and winter storms over the past few days has affected the attendance for some teams in Northern Virginia and Maryland from at least traveling and attending the first day of events and for some schools, shut down from coming to both days. We'll attempt to provide updates of the event winners and pics throughout the meet. Race videos will not be uploaded until overnight Saturday into Sunday, while race photos from Andrew Kicinski will be uploaded a few hours after completion of each day of events.   Virginia Tech Invitational - Day 1 Results Virginia Tech Invitational List of Event Winners & Photos Virginia Tech Invitational Photo Gallery by Andrew Kicinski - Over 1,200 photos from Friday's events  

Virginia Tech Invitational Performance List Jan 12, 2011

Performance list for the 2011 Virginia Tech High School Invitational to be held January 28th & 29th at Virginia Tech's Rector Fieldhouse in Blacksburg, Va. Virginia Tech Invitational Performance List: Friday Events - Saturday Events

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