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This weekend, in this great facility, will be the St. Chris Invitational featuring over 60 teams.
Over 104 teams from multiple states will all converge on Pole Green Park's super flat and fast upper course for one last regular season race this weekend.
Virginia has always had speed and this year we are blessed with more than just speed, we have depth too.
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There is truly no bigger race than a state championship race. It is a race an athlete works their entire career for and it has the perfect combination of happiness, excitement, sadness, and hardship.
Owens has been excelling at track and XC for quite some time and has visibly improved each season. Though he is making steps in the right direction, he is definitely going to have to really step up this season with some of the toughest competition in the entire nation in his own region.
Check out the 4A State Meet preview and virtual meets here. These include just the 12 teams competing at the meet this weekend to give a true inside look at the meet ahead.
We are in for quite the team battle between powerhouses from all over the state and elsewhere! Leading the way in this virtual meet is Grafton Boys high school and Waleed Suliman (Douglas Freeman) individually. They both are going to have their hands filled this weekend at Pole Green. Be ready for some epic battle and a whole new leaderboard after this weekend! Check out the full virtual meets below for the A race.
Results and coverage from all of the 8 conference championship cross country meets in the VHSL Group 4A classification.
Before the rain storm rolled in stopping the meet among 5 Bay Rivers District schools at York High School on Wednesday afternoon, the Grafton distance girls were able to roll out fast times in the 1600 meter run. Three key members of Grafton's state meet podium finishing cross country squad from this fall (a breakthrough performance for a Region I team) in Rachel Rabbitt, Nicole Goff, and Rachel Bloxom were able to all push each other to personal best times across the board in the five team regular season district meet with Rabbitt as the 1600 race winner at 5:05.38, Goff in second place at 5:09.56, and Bloxom in third place at 5:12. Grafton currently has the second fastest 4x800 meter relay team in Group AA featuring the three runners after posting a school record time of 9:41 at the MileStat.com Elite Track Classic in late April (relay pictured above).
The state of Pennsylvania ruled the high school DMR races on Friday at William & Mary with the LaSalle College boys picking up the W with a fine time of 10:17, while Germantown Friends were the girls winners at 12:11.54. However, there were some impressive splits among the Virginia girls' squads including a 3:47 lead-off 1200 meter leg for Grafton's Nicole Goff. Other notable splits included a 2:18 800 split from Mountain View's Jean Rouse as well as a 5:08 1600 PR for Megan Rebholz of Colonial Forge to help her team likely qualify for the Penn Relays in the event in third place at 12:29.
A virtual meet preview of the Group AA girls state cross country race with all 16 team qualifiers and their runners. Team scores are generated based off the season best 5K times in the MileStat.com database. Individual qualifiers are not included in this virtual meet preview.
A shocking upset was seen at last Thursday’s Region II Championships with Loudoun County senior Patrick Joseph able to break away and defeat defending Group AA state champion and returning Foot Locker finalist Thomas Madden of Skyline. Joseph had beaten before, especially on the track with Joseph being the Group AA state champion at 1600 and 800 meters. However, anything above 1600 meters was Madden’s territory to own with personal bests of 14:59 for 5K and 8:59 for two miles. Madden will undoubtedly be out for revenge against Joseph this weekend and should setup for a great individual battle.
Bay Rivers District ruled Region I once in its final year of existence with the Lafayette boys and Grafton girls claiming the team titles. Kurtis Steck of Lafayette successfully defended his individual title (16:21) with two of his teammates in Simon Watrous (2nd, 16:39) and Jason Menzies (4th, 16:47) as his some of his closest competition. Two-sport fall athlete Carley Shannon (cross country & field hockey) of Bruton started her season strong at Loriella Park back in August with a runner-up finish in the Chancellor Invitational and her second race at Loriella, Shannon became a regional champ in a time of 19:44.
Interview with Risa Grandon, #5 runner on the Bay Rivers District cross country girls team champions from Grafton High School in Yorktown, Virginia.
Defending Group AA state champions Blacksburg were head and shoulders above the rest in the 2011 cross country season as they won their state title by 55 points over their district rivals from the River Ridge District in Hidden Valley and Christiansburg. Could the River Ridge District sweep the podium again?
MileStat.com interviewed Kyle King while he is in Barcelona, Spain preparing for his race on Saturday in the 5000 meter run at the IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships. King, a 2011 graduate of Grafton High School (Yorktown, Virginia), is coming off a strong finish to his freshmen year at the University of Virginia in which he broke 14 minutes for 5000 meters, became an All-ACC performer, and qualified for his first US international squad with a second place finish at the USATF Junior Nationals in the 5K. King speaks on his freshmen year for the Wahoos, mid-year transition with a change in coaches, and experience so far in Spain.
Grafton graduate and current University of Virginia distance runner Kyle King is in Barcelona, Spain this week and will be racing in the 5000 meter run on Saturday at the IAAF World Junior Championships. King qualified for the World Juniors 5K by finishing second at the USATF Junior Nationals last month in Bloomington, Indiana with a time of 14:28.26. King is the lone former Virginia high school prep representing the state on Team USA's 2012 World Junior Championship meet roster.
Photo by Jeff George of ncrunners.com Midlothian girls 3rd, Blacksburg 6th, Hidden Valley 9th, Grafton 11th at the NXN Southeast Regional. Hidden Valley's Carolyn Bethel (4th, 18:04) and Midlothian's Kara Dickerson (5th, 18:08) qualified individually for Nike Cross Nationals. The Midlothian girls were only 3 points away from the automatic qualifying 2nd place team spot and now will have to wait and see if they get one of the four at-large selections. NXN Southeast - Championship Girls Results
Kyle King leads a group of Virginia boys going into Foot Locker South with hopes of qualifying for the national race in San Diego. The Grafton senior won his second consecutive state title two weeks ago at Great Meadow with the fastest time of the day in a 15:21 PR. With the college decision out of the way as he will follow in the footsteps of Coach Matt Gutridge to UVA, King has geared his season in the training and racing schedule to run his best at this point of the season in order to give himself a shot at a top 10 finish at McAlpine Greenway Park in Charlotte. After only racing two invitationals during the regular season and arguably only exerting himself near 100 percent effort in a dominant win at the Albemarle Invite and his Group AA state title repeat performance, King should have a lot left in the tank to go for a national berth on Saturday. MileStat.com recently interviewed King, one of Virginia's best chances to have a representative and qualifier in the boys' race at Foot Locker Nationals heading into this weekend's South Regional. (Photo above by Ryan Kelly)
Coach Gutridge, out of Grafton High School, names the people he’s met through running as the greatest gift he received from the sport. His high school coach, Larry Hinders, first convinced him to begin running on the team. At the time running was the one weakness Gutridge consistently displayed in his other sports, but with the unwavering motivation and confidence of Coach Hinders, Gutridge succeeded on the track. This has encouraged Coach Gutridge to “look everywhere for athletes.” While others may focus on the most promising incoming freshman, his attention is also shared with the lacrosse player who is only running to stay in shape. Now that lacrosse player is preparing for a running career in college.
Grafton senior David Gunnerson leads an impressive group of distance runners at the Group AA school in Yorktown, Virginia which has improved itself to have one of the best relay quartets in Virginia this past indoor season. Grafton boys 4x800 meter relay won the Group AA state title three weeks ago and last weekend turned in two swift times at Nike Indoor Nationals. Grafton posted one of the fastest DMR times all-time indoor in state history with their 10:09 7th place finish, while they broke 8 minutes for the first time in the 4x800 meter relay. Gunnerson individually won his first individual state title this season in the 1000 meter run, which is an event that he is ranked among the VA top 25 all-time list in. After bettering his all-time best in the Nike Indoor Nationals open 800 with a 1:55.21 performance in his third race of the meet, Gunnerson now eyes another title in the outdoor 800 as well as posting some more great times with his Grafton teammates including Group AA state cross country champion Kyle King. Read more for interview with David Gunnerson...
Updates: Midlothian 9th grader Sean Willard (pictured right by Matt Shaukus of https://nj.milesplit.com) ran a 10 second PR to win the freshmen mile title in a thrilling and narrow 6 hundredth of a second win over Rob Napolitano of New Jersey with his first place time of 4:31.29. His times converts to under 4:30 for 1600 meters, which Willard had a previous season best of 4:40. (Watch Video Interview w/ Sean Willard). Both Western Branch and Grafton rolled out fast times in the distance medley relay under 10:10 to conclude day one events, but only one team earned a spot on the podium among the top six All-Americans. Less than two seconds separated the top seven teams with Western Branch in fourth and Grafton in 7th at 10:09 each. With a 4:59 anchor split from Paige Kvartunas, the West Springfield girls were able to split into the top 6 to earn All-American honors in the DMR with a school record time of 12:08.18. Preview for Friday's events at Nike Indoor Nationals, which has expanded the first day of events to include more than just the 5000 meter run and weight throw contested in 2009. The DMR has several Virginia squads with All-American aspirations including the Grafton boys (featuring AA 1000 meter state champ David Gunnerson-pictured above by Ryan Kelly), Western Branch boys, and West Springfield girls. Keilah Tyson of Western Branch aims to set the bar heigher than 5'8" and achieve an all-time best height in the girls' high jump. Meanwhile, Midlothian freshmen Sean Willard is ready for a big PR drop in the freshmen mile at the Reggie Lewis Center on Friday. Friday Meet Preview, Schedule, & Updates Meet Page w/ Results & Interviews Photo Gallery by Matt Shaukus of https://nj.milesplit.com
The Blacksburg boys could be beginning a two year reign of dominance in Group AA (and throughout the state of Virginia) as many of the traditional powers over the last few years will be undergoing a rebuilding year. The scary thought about the Blacksburg boys is with the exception of Matt Howard (pictured left by Scott Rigler), virtually the same team will return for the fall of 2010 with a strong class of juniors. On the other hand, a lot of question marks linger for the teams trailing Blacksburg in Group AA. Grafton had a lot of success on the track and posted quick times, but will need to translate the same success in major meets west including at Great Meadow for the state championships. Christiansburg and Cave Spring join district rival Blacksburg returning young squads from 2008. Meanwhile, Brentsville looks to make a run for the podium after failing to qualify for state competition last fall for the first time in many years.
Grafton's David Gunnerson (pictured right by Ted Plunkett), currently ranked #3 in Virginia and a strong contender for the Group AA state title in the 1000 meter run, was recently invited and accepted to compete in the junior boys 1000 to be held at th New Balance Collegiate Invitational on Friday, February 6th at the New York York Armory. This race has been a great assembly of the East Coast's top middle distance runners over the past several years and will be another opportunity for Gunnerson to drop his personal best time after clocking a 2:33.06 performance this past weekend at Virginia Tech. In last year's race, three Virginians competed in the boys race with Logan Collins dipping under 2:30 at 2:29, while Paige Johnston and Jayna McGehee ran in the girls' race with Johnston as the runner-up in 2:51. Do not surprised to see Gunnerson joined by several other Virginians in the race.
One can only wonder what kind of race Ruiz will give us next weekend at the AA State Meet after breaking the William & Mary (Eastern State Hospital) course record in a time of 15:03.