Top 25 pre-season "Cream of the Crop" all-classification XC team rankings for the upcoming season as we attempt to rank the best 25 high school cross country squads in the state of Virginia.
After hosting the MileStat.com Cross Country Invitational for the past several years at Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield, meet management has decided to move the event to Pole Green Park in Mechanicsville for the 2013 event on the date of Saturday, October 19th.
Photo by John Herzog
A handful of Virginia schools are competing this weekend at the Volunteer Track Classic in Knoxville, Tennessee. One of the leading performances by Virginians in Friday's events was the Lee-Davis girls setting a new meet record by three seconds in the 4x100 meter shuttle hurdles with one of the faster times in state history in the event at 1:02.71. The relay featured state indoor 55 hurdles champion Montasia Golden as well as another state qualifier caliber hurdler in Brie Jackson.
In the rarely contested 2000 meter steeplechase, two Blacksburg seniors placed well with quality times in Sarah Dorrell (7:34.02) and Frank Locascio (6:23.65) both placing third respectively. The hammer throw is just as uncommon event as the steeplechase for Virginia high schoolers, but Virginia High School's Nik Huffman impressed in his event debut with a mark of 166'3", which will rank the sophomore and returning Group A state discus runner-up among the top 15 nationally.
Volunteer Track Classic - Friday Results
Virtual meet preview for the Capital District Indoor Championships predicts the Atlee boys and Lee-Davis girls as team champions. Hurdler and jumper Montasia Golden might be the most valuable athlete for the Lee-Davis girls, but mid-distance runner Tiel Westbrook (pictured above by Ryan Kelly) is not far behind as the second most valuable and talented athlete on their roster. Westbrook had one of her best performances last weekend at Boo Williams with a breakthrough 2:58 PR time in the 1000 meter run.
MileStat.com visited the Lee-Davis cross country team on their home course and venue for the Central Region Championships at Pole Green Park in Mechanicsville. Lee-Davis team ran a fairly challenging workout on a humid day with 4x1 mile repeat with 400 meter jog/walk recovery (roughly 4-5 minutes rest) with the first repeat at tempo pace, second fastest at even splits, third fastest at negative splits, and fourth finishing strong as the fastest. Lee-Davis coach Neil Mathews has a boys and girls team this fall which both have goals of winning the Capital District title and advancing onto the state meet as one of the four teams from the Central Region, but also has two returning All-State caliber individuals in Cody Snyder and Bonny Turnage.
Snyder was an All-State finisher in cross country last November, but has primarily been known as more of a middle distance runner with a sub 2:30 1000 and sub 4:20 mile to his credit. However, Snyder as a senior is starting to really apply his talent to the 5K distance as seen with his season opening runner-up finish at the Great Meadow Invite in late August. Snyder looked fit in the workout as he dropped down from 5:18, 5:12, 4:58, and 4:45.
Turnage was one of the state's top new distance running stars as a freshmen last year as she posted one of the faster 5K times ever at Pole Green in 18:14. She finished her freshmen year of cross country making it on the podium in an All-State top 15 finish in the Group AAA race. Turnage, who also ran 11:08 in the 3200 in the spring, will be one of the top contenders for the Central Region title with returning champion Erica Dobbs of Deep Run and Megan Moye of Cosby. She consistently ran in the 5:50s for all four of her mile repeats around the practice fields at Pole Green Park.
Pre-Workout Interview w/ Coach Neil Mathews
Bonny Turnage Interview
Cody Snyder Interview
Post-Workout Interview w/ Coach Neil Mathews
Lee-Davis junior Montasia Golden (pictured left by John Herzog) started out high school with some big shoes and expectations to fill when she took over the role as the top point scorer for the track team and drew quick comparisons at the time to the recently graduated multi-event star Rachel Butler. There is good reason to see why the comparisons appeared as Golden does many of the same events which Butler excelled in such as the jumps and hurdles. During this past year Golden has become not the next Rachel Butler, but instead established herself and her own name with a state title indoors in the triple jump and enters this weekend's Group AAA State Championships in Richmond as one of the top seeds in both hurdle events fresh off two all-time best performances at the regional meet. A stress fracture injury prevented her from competing early in the outdoor season as well as held her out entirely from taking any attempts at the triple jump, but with her focus completely on the hurdles she may get a worthy consolation prize for being unable to go for an outdoor title in the triple jump. Read more for interview with Montasia Golden...
Two outstanding high school 3200 meter fields are set for Friday at the Raleigh Relays which feature several of Virginia's top distance runners. NSIC mile champion Colin Mearns of Jamestown will be looking to achieve a 3200 PR two weeks after dropping 7 seconds off his mile PR at the indoor nationals against virtually all of North Carolina's top distance harriers including Nike Indoor Nationals 2 mile runner-up (9:02) and Foot Locker All-American Jake Hurysz of Eastern Alamance (NC).
In the girls' race, 3A state cross country champion Kaitlyn Davis of Mountain View and NSIC mile All-American Stephanie Frenchik of Landstown with PR's just under 11 minutes for 3200, look to run significantly under in a stellar field with a loaded field headlined by Foot Locker All-American freshmen Wesley Frazier of North Carolina and three girls with 1600 bests right under or at 5 minutes from the homestate in Carolyn Baskir, Samantha George, and Laura Hoer. Lee-Davis High School will have their trio of state caliber runners in Bonny Turnage, Stephanie Cario, and Amanda Lineberry also competing together at 3200 meters for the first time ever.
The race is held at NC State University's outdoor track facility in Raleigh, North Carolina. Girls race at 7:05 PM on Friday with the boys to follow at 7:20 PM.
Boys Preview (NCRunners.com)
Girls Preview (NCRunners.com)
Virtual meet for the Capital District Indoor T&F Championships based on performances currently in the MileStat.com database as of February 2nd.
The Midlothian girls have won the last four Central Region cross country titles to coincide with their four straight Group AAA state titles. Do not expect the regional streak to discontinue this weekend for the Lady Trojans, but Lee-Davis freshmen Bonny Turnage (pictured left by John Herzog) might attempt to spoil an individual three-peat for Midlothian senior Kathleen Lautzenheiser. However, a highly anticipated individual match-up between Grant Pollock of Mills Godwin and Ted Richardson of James River might be the top story coming into the 2009 Central Region Cross Country Championships. Pollock is also attempting to not only become Godwin's first boys individual champion in regional meet history but also lead his squad to their first Central Region team title ever.
Atlee had the front running and Hanover had the depth. Front running won at the Capital District Championships on Wednesday at Pole Green Park as the defending district champion Raiders of Atlee were able to fend off a valiant charge by the Hanover boys. One point ended up being the difference between the two teams with 37 points for Atlee and 38 points for Hanover.
The Capital District boys team race is shaping up to be a three way dogfight between defending champions Atlee, Hanover, and Lee-Davis. Atlee has the best top three, but has been struggling to find a quality #4 and #5 runner. Hanover does not have a true front runner, but has the best depth. Lee-Davis has the individual favorite in junior Cody Snyder, but Atlee's Andrew Catanese (pictured by Ted Plunkett) is hoping he can get revenge on Snyder from an earlier season loss at Maymont after breaking 16 minutes in a recent Wednesday meet. The Lee-Davis girls should easily cruise to a district title as they prep for the regional meet at Pole Green with Hanover not at full strength with some key runners missing due to illness. Lee-Davis freshmen Bonny Turnage ran the fastest time yet on the new Pole Green Park course with her 18:17 performance in an earlier Wednesday meet.
After settling for two state runner-ups last year to Stacey Nobles in cross country and 3200 meters in the outdoor state meet, Midlothian senior Kathleen Lautzenheiser (pictured by Linda D'Amato) is ready to return to her state championship glory from sophomore year when she won state titles in cross country and indoor at 3200 meters. Lautzenheiser has qualified two consecutive years for national competition individually after making it to Foot Locker Nationals as a sophomore and Nike Cross Nationals as a junior. Also running into late December as a freshmen as a member of the Midlothian girls team which qualified for NTN in 2006, Lautzenheiser looks to continue her trend of late cross country season racing this fall but not first before winning another Group AAA state cross country title.
After failing to have a single girl earn All-State honors in the 3200 meter run outdoors, the Northern Region is ready to redeem itself this fall by putting many girls on the podium this fall led by several returning top 15 finishers in Liana Epstein of Lake Braddock, Erica Howes of W.T. Woodson, Sarah Stites of Thomas Jefferson, Carolyn Hennessey of Herndon, and Julianne Bigler of West Potomac.
However, part of their failure to place a girl in the top 6 at the state otudoor meet this past spring is due in part to the improving quality of runners in the Central Region from schools other than Midlothian including Deep Run, Lee-Davis, and Maggie Walker. All three schools have more than one individual capable of All-State finishes.
Rachel Butler (pictured left by John Herzog) was arguably the state's most versatile athletes this past decade as the Lee-Davis star could hurdle, jump, sprint, and vault and at a high level. Butler's best event was in the triple jump where she won back-to-back state titles in 2006 and 2007. She could score some points on her own as she did in her senior year state meet with 37 points out of the six events she competed in. Another stellar meet was the 2007 Central Region Outdoor Championships in which she won a total of five events and just missed a 200 meter regional title against sprints state champ Shanneka Claiborne.
Butler was a national runner-up in the triple jump at the 2007 Nike Outdoor Nationals leading into the last jump and All-American indoors in the pentathlon. She currently competes for the Cornhuskers of Nebraska and has been an All-Big 12 performer in the multis in both indoor and outdoor.
Former VCU runners Marie Elena Calle and Guy Alton took home the $100 prize money from Thursday's St. Joseph's Villa Summer 5K Series.
Marie Elena Calle, a winner in a #3 all-time meet performance of 18:31, ran away from the field halfway through the first loop of three on the 5K course with Hanover High School coach Jackie Kosakowski as a distant runner-up at 19:33.
Alton battled it out with former University of Richmond runner John Molz (2nd, 15:43) for 2 laps before beginning to open a gap in the final loop for a #2 all-time meet performance of 15:30. Jason Witt, a 2007 VHSL Group AAA state champion at Midlothian, who will head out for a two year church missionary trip in Zimbabwe next week after a strong freshmen season at BYU, was the third place finisher at 15:49.
Lee-Davis had the first high school finishers in both races as incoming freshmen Bonny Turnage ran with Maggie Walker all-state runner Clarissa Schick for much of the race before pushing in the final lap to dip under 20 minutes at 19:57 for third place behind the two post-collegiate female runners. Eight of the top ten women's finishers were either Maggie Walker or Lee-Davis runners with only Jackie Ferrance as the lone recent graduate and the rest all returning for high school competition this fall. Both are two schools are favored to qualify for state competitionas teams out of the Central Region.
Lee-Davis junior Cody Snyder ran with recent Deep Run graduate and incoming VMI freshmen Booth Hornsby as well as recent Deep Run grad Greg Kaczka for the entire race until the two runners got into a kicking contest with Hornsby (8th, 17:08) pulling ahead in the final stretch though Snyder was the top high school finisher in 9th place at 17:11. The trio also helped pull along returning Deep Run runner Daniel Novak, who was the second high school finisher with a time of 17:38 for 12th place.
There were a total of 68 finishers in the men's race and 51 in the women's race (largest ever in race history) on a humid and muggy evening for the only St. Joseph's Villa 5K race for the summer of 2009.
St. Joseph's Villa 5K - Complete Results
St. Joseph's Villa 5K Race Videos: Men's Race
- Women's Race
St. Joseph's Villa 5K Photo Gallery
Lee-Davis junior Stephanie Cario (pictured left by David Fleenor) came into this season noticed by few at the state level as after all, she has never qualified individually for state competition. Her times were good enough to be one of the top runners in the Capital District, but she still was running in the shadows of others in her district and region including teammate Amanda Lineberry. When it was learned that Lineberry would be missing at the least the first half of the cross country season coming back from injury, Cario and her teammates knew they would have to step it up in her absence. Cario took the call to step up to heart as she has been running at a level which few including herself could have expected leading to this season.
The Oatlands Invitational was an eye opener race for Cario of what she might be capable of with a top 20 finish and beating some highly ranked runners. She has shown the race in Leesburg was not a one time fluke in her follow up races including a 19:14 personal best run at Hagan Stone and winning her first major invite this past weekend at her home invite. MileStat.com's Brandon Miles interviewed Cario after taking first in front of the home crowd at Pole Green.
The Capital District Meet was moved to Thursday from Wednesday with the severe weather that rolled through the Richmond area on Wednesday, but it was another storm rolling through on Thursday at Pole Green Park in the form of individual district champions Ben Dejarnette of Atlee and Lauren Hopper of Hanover. Both scored decisive wins while also leading their teams to district titles.
The Capital District Meet will be held on the home course for the Central Region Championships and certainly will showcase some of the best in region on Wednesday at Pole Green Park. Arguably the fourth and fifth best teams in the region with the Hanover and Lee-Davis girls will be battling out for the district title in a rivalry which will only be extended to the regional meet. The sophomore stars for both teams in Lauren Hopper for Hanover and Amanda Lineberry should also have a spirited race for the individual district crown. Lineberry is the defending champion, but Hopper has had more recent wins over her district rival. Ben Dejarnette looks lead his Atlee Raiders to a second straight district title, but the Lee-Davis boys have other plans as they return their entire top seven and some new faces from a 2006 Capital District runner-up squad.
The Lee-Davis Subvarsity Invitational served as a low key meet for many teams getting in a final meet for some of their developing runners heading into the district championships. However, the varsity girls individual battle was anything but low key with more than a handful of some of the state's better runners battling it out on the Pole Green 5K course. A pack of six was still together till the very end until Tallwood's Octavia Rinehardt and Hanover's Lauren Hopper streaked to the finish line with Rinehardt coming out with a narrow win in 18:50 over Hopper at 18:41. Hopper paced the Hanover girls to a team title over several other Central Region teams hoping to make it out of the regional meet next month. Mark Merritt looked to be in top form at Pole Green as he led his new team at Cosby to the team title with a 16:10 individual win of his own. Lee-Davis Subvarsity Invitational Photo Gallery by Brandon Miles
Hanover's Lauren Hopper winning the 2007 Lee-Davis Subvarsity Invite in 18:59.While small in size, the Lee-Davis Subvarsity Invitational will have some great quality in a meet which emphasizes the freshmen and sub-varsity divisions with medals going 25 individuals deep in those races versus 10 deep in the varsity races. In particular, several girls could be pushing to go under 19 minutes on the Pole Green Park 5K course in Mechanicsville as cooler temperatures and dry course should cater to fast times. Tallwood's Octavia Rinehardt as the #4 ranked runner in Virginia and coming off a 18:23 5K personal best run on Wednesday leads a handful of fast individuals racing this weekend at Pole Green including Disney Classic winner Lauren Hopper of Hanover, Hagan Stone Park Classic winner Amanda Lineberry of Lee-davis, and one of the state's fastest freshmen in Abby Badura of Clover Hill. The Jamestown boys headline the varsity boys field as the Eagles look to have a better showing in Richmond than they did two weeks ago at the Maymont Festival.
The state of Virginia had a 1-2-3 finish in the championship girls race at the Hagan Stone Cross Country Classic in Greensboro, North Carolina with sophomore Amanda Lineberry leading her Lee-Davis squad to the team title with an individual win herself in a personal best 5K time of 18:54. Trailing in behind her were fellow Virginians Sabrina Hall of Pulaski County (2nd, 19:01.6) and Madeleine Willner of South County (19:27.7).Lee-Davis also had the top finisher from Virginia in the boys championship division as Robert Reynolds (pictured right by John Herzog at the MileStat.com Gala steeplechase) placed second with an all-time 5K best of 16:12. South County boys were the highest finishing team from Virginia in third with 104 points.Hagan Stone XC Classic meet page
Lee-Davis sophomore Amanda Lineberry winning the varsity B race at the Oatlands Invite this past Saturday. Photo by Ted Plunkett. The name Lineberry is associated in these parts with wrestling. Amanda Lineberry doesn't grapple, but the Lee-Davis High sophomore has the rest of the Central Region tied in knots and crying for mercy on the running tracks and trails. "My eyes popped open the first time I saw Amanda run," L-D coach Neil Mathews said. "Down the road, I see her as a sub 5-minute miler."Read full story...L-D's Lineberry a running star who has no trouble keeping a smile on dad's face
Start of the girls race at Thursday's St. Joseph's Villa. Photo by John Herzog.The 2007 St. Joseph's Villa 5K had a record number of entries and the larger field certainly brought greater competition as both course records also went down in the women's and men's race. Photos & videos from the Villa to be posted on Friday! RESULTS: MEN
- WOMEN Select Pix by John Herzog
- Top 5 finishers and start pics. More to come from Herzog and Brandon Miles Complete Photo Gallery by Brandon Miles
- 501 photos total
The Deep Run Invitational, formerly known as the Lee-Davis Invitational, will be held for the second year in a row away from its original home at Lee-Davis High School in Mechanicsville at its new home at Deep Run High School in Glen Allen. Co-host schools of the meet feature many of the top athletes in the meet with Briana Hudson, Courtlin LaReau, and Ashley Orr for Deep Run and Rachel Butler for Lee-Davis.
MileStat.com's Brandon Miles interviews Lee-Davis senior Rachel Butler, who tallied 62 points individually at the 2007 Capital District Indoor Track & Field Championships to help her team to the district team championship as she picked up first place finishes in the high jump, triple jump, 55 meter hurdles, and 300 meter dash as well as finished high in the long jump, pole vault, and 55 meter dash. Photo by John Herzog.
The East Coast Invitational continues to be one of the longest standing high school indoor invitationals in the state of Virginia as well as the country and continues to bring in some of the state\'s best talent. The first East Coast Invitational was held in 1960 and this year\'s meet will be the 48th annual. The meet use to be hosted inside the Richmond Coliseum on a wooden banked track before moving over to the Arthur Ashe Center in 1983. The 2007 edition of the East Coast Invitational will feature Shanneka Claiborne, Aramis Massenburg, Rachel Butler, and Anthony Chesson as some of the state\'s top athletes in the meet with the Manchester boys and Midlothian girls as the top teams attending.
Everyone in the Capital District will be looking forward to another showdown between two of the state\'s best freshmen runners in Hanover\'s Lauren Hopper and Lee-Davis\' Amanda Lineberry at Wedney\'s Capital District Championships. Hopper and Lineberry have had several clashes already this season with the most recent two Saturdays ago at the Lee-Davis Invitational with a eight second victory over Lineberry in a personal best time of 18:59. Lineberry had defeated Hopper on the same course just three days earlier in a Wendesday meet as she posted a course record time of 18:53 on the new Pole Green course.
Asking Rachel Butler to pick just one track and field event would be akin to asking The Old Lady Who Lived in a Shoe to pick just one child. Impossible. The multi-tasking, 17-year-old Lee-Davis High junior loves them all, and she doesn
Many of the Central Region\'s best teams and athletes gathered to compete at the Green Dragon Relays held at the Arthur Ashe Center in Richmond. The meet serves as a final meet for most teams before winter break. One state best and several other solid performances were posted on the spikeless 145.45 meter track surface.