Wednesday's state championship was a perfect exemplification of why you run the 4x400m relay last in a meet.
Articles with Patrick Henry (G. Spring)
Fifteen events over five classifications will decide the biggest winners in our sport this season.
That means this weekend that many more teams than normal will be fighting for just two titles that will take near perfect efforts to win.
How dominant was Megan Marsico's performance at the Group A Region C cross country championship held at the Southwest Virginia Training Center Wednesday afternoon? Consider that the Glenvar sophomore's time of 18 minutes, 42 seconds (a course record) was 1:10 ahead of the second-place finisher, Brittany Bryant of Patrick Henry-Glade Spring. That 70-second spread was approximately the equivalent of the time differential between the third through the 15th finishers. "I feel good," Marsico (pictured right by John Herzog) said. "At least I didn't get lost. I'm kind of bad with directions."Read full story...
No girls\' cross country program has held the level of dominance over their state classification the past two years than the Clarke County girls have as the Lady Eagles will be joining their male counterparts in attempting to win their third state cross country title. If both teams walk away with first place hardware from Great Meadows on November 11th, they will become the first team in VHSL history to win three consecutive state cross country titles with both teams during the same years. The Clarke girls will be led by junior and 2004 state cross country champion Danielle Moyer, who will be an individual contender once again, but is certainly not the only runner vying for the state crown. George Mason junior Susanna Sullivan is the top returnee from last year\'s race and nearly broke 11 minutes for 3200 meters this past spring. J.J. Kelly senior Brittany Killough has had several great state races and at the Group AAA level as she transferred to J.J. Kelly from Franklin County during the track season.
Battlefield\'s Jason Driscoll had a fine showing at the Wendy\'s Invitational as he dipped under 16 minutes for the first time for 5,000 meters with a 15:53 clocking in the open boys\' race. Driscoll\'s time placed him second overall in the race. The Battlefield star is currently ranked 12th in the state. Abingdon\'s Griff Graves, ranked #9 in the state, led his squad to a fourth place finish (123 pts) in the 3A race with a time of 16:08 as he finished fourth individually himself. The #2 Group A ranked Patrick Henry boys (225 pts) finished sixth in the same race as Charlie Counts was the team\'s top finisher with a 16:45 clocking for 11th place honors. Female teammate Maggie Lester, ranked #6 in Group A, finished fourth in the girls\' 3A race with a time of 19:29.
The VHSL Group A State Meet, which will be held this Saturday at Radford University, should be a good one with plenty of great teams and individuals vying for state titles. The team title on the girls\' side could be determined by the performances of some of their star athletes. It appears to be a two way team battle between last year\'s state champs and state runners-up in Buffalo Gap and James Monroe. Defending Group A champions Buffalo Gap returns with star jumper Angela Jenkins who nearly won four state titles last year. The James Monroe girls finished in a distant second at last year\'s meet to Buffalo Gap by over 50 points. The gap should be a lot closer this year thanks to an improved squad with the addition of Courtland transfer Marie Fields.
The first true weekend of racing action for high schoolers kicked off with several in-state invitationals with plenty of top teams and individuals squaring off with one another in early season contests.
With key runners and teams gone, the girls' race will be just as competitive as the boys' race. With last year champion Anne Carpenter from Giles gone, this year's race will be the battle of the underclassmen. Out of the top thirty from last year's state meet, twenty-two were underclassmen (only four will return as seniors). Just picture the state meet in another three years. Key returners are rising sophomores Lori Crofts (Craig County), Nina Pfeiffer (Strasburg), and rising juniors Hanna Traynham (Floyd County) and Shylan Brumbrey (James Monroe).
The Patrick Henry boys and Galax girls each took home Region C team titles as both squads won fairly easily over the competition.