Highlights from Virginians competing at the Carlisle Invitational (PA), Greensboro Invitational (NC), Bristol Cross (TN), Stonewall Jackson Invitational, and Golden Eagle Invitational on September 28th.
|PUMA Challenge Girls Champ Mady Clahane||PUMA Challenge Boys Champ Zach Brehm||PUMA Challenge Girls 2nd place Amelia Paladino||Champions Boys Boys 1-3 Connor Holm and Watson Hanson|
|Champions Girls Champion Katie Genuario|
- 5,000 Meter Run - Katie Genuario (West Potomac) 18:41.00 SB; Nadia Dahimene (Millbrook) 19:39.00 SB; Emma Gillies (Woodgrove) 18:49.00 SB; Lauren Berman (James W. Robinson) 18:50.00 SB; Mary Katherine Masteler (James W. Robinson) 18:56.00 SB; Mariah Quintero (Woodgrove) 19:53.00 SB;
- 5,000 Meter Run - Patrick Myers (James W. Robinson) 16:54.00 SB; Luca Halladay (West Potomac) 16:32.00 SB; John Tolbert (James W. Robinson) 15:50.00 SB; Eric Turner (West Potomac) 16:41.00 SB; Andrew Goldman (Herndon) 16:14.00 SB; Luke Sharkey (James W. Robinson) 16:20.00 SB; Nicolas Hite (James W. Robinson) 16:22.00 SB; Brendan O'connell (James W. Robinson) 16:28.00 SB; Dustin Jutras (James W. Robinson) 16:32.00 SB; Alec Schrank (Millbrook) 16:32.00 SB; Josh Cromwell (Woodgrove) 16:41.00 SB; Tyler Cox-Philyaw (Millbrook) 16:44.00; Nathan Schulte (James W. Robinson) 16:46.00 SB; Max Bader (Millbrook) 16:57.00 SB; Brendan Cevasco (James W. Robinson) 16:59.00 SB;
The Hidden Valley squads led Virginia down at Hagan Stone Park with the girls team taking 3rd place and the boys squad finishing 5th in the final team standings in the championship division race. The VA #16 Hidden Valley girls had a tightly bunched top 3 with Leslie Weidner (21st, 19:26), Carla Weidner (22nd, 19:27), and Heather Mwitanti (24th, 19:30) as Ali Sharpe (37th, 19:56) and Helena Harding (20th, 20:00) rounding out their team total score at 122 points. Missing from their lineup or in the results was the regular #1 runner this season in last week's Clash with the Titans winner Hailey Singleton. Hidden Valley could have possibly finished closer to North Carolina 4A top ranked Green Hope, who impressed with a low team score of 67 points.
The Hidden Valley boys (5th, 189 pts) had one of their best team showings of the season at least in terms of times with senior Noah Long leading their group in a 7th place performance of 16:07, while teammate Sammy LeHardy also broke into the top 20 and under 16:30 with a 16:28 clocking. Still need to work on their fifth runner with a 1:43 top 5 spread, but nearly had four runners under 17 minutes with Long, LeHardy, Eli Harding (33rd, 16:51), and Matthew Camilletti (47th, 17:02).
The individual performance of the meet from Virginia belowed to South County senior Alec Jones, who was able to dip just under 16 minutes and nearly grab runner-up honors in the championship race with a 3rd place finish of 15:59. After finishing 14th at the Monroe Parker Invite a 15:45 performance on the 2.98 mile course and taking 54th place with a 5K time of 16:51, Jones had by far his best run of the fall on Saturday at Hagan Stone Park.
Take a virtual tour of the course that hosts the Greensboro Invitational, as well as many other important meets.
- 5,000 Meter Run - Leslie Weidner (Hidden Valley High School) 19:26.98 SB; Carla Weidner (Hidden Valley High School) 19:27.28 SB; Heather Mwitanti (Hidden Valley High School) 19:30.23 SB; Ali Sharpe (Hidden Valley High School) 19:56.73 SB;
Despite sitting out their top 6 runners, the Blacksburg girls were still able to win the varsity division at the Staunton River High School hosted Golden Eagle Invitational. Olivia Hodge, who ran #7 for the nationally ranked Blacksburg girls last week at the adidas XC Challenge in North Carolina, won her first invitational race with a time of 21:18 as nearly 30 seconds separated herself from race runner-up Seema Tailor (2nd, 21:46) of Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke.
Sean Farney of Altavista is a one of several contenders for the state title in the smallest classification of Group 1A and appears progressing well to challenge for the win at Great Meadow following a 17:23 victory at the Golden Eagle Invite on the last weekend of September. The Jefferson Forest boys stayed local to compete, while their varsity girls made the trip to Richmond and finished 3rd at Maymont. While their girls will return with a 3rd place trophy, the Jefferson Forest boys can proudly showcase a first place trophy from the Golden Eagle Invite as four runners in the top 13 places helped secure a team title (57 pts).
Much much more to come from our on-site coverage of the 2013 Maymont X-Country Festival including full meet summary, race videos, photo galleries, and interviews. Complete high school race results can be found below!
Trinity Episcopal School senior Molly Breidenbaugh is the defending Virginia Independent Schools Division 1 state champion in cross country as well as a reigning 3200 champion on the track, which she ended up lowering her time down to 10:46 in the spring. After a successful first year and smooth transition to Trinity Episcopal School following spending her first two years at Hanover High School in Mechanicsville, Breidenbaugh has her sights set on even bigger goals this year including hopefully a trip to San Diego in December for the Foot Locker Nationals if she can be one of the top 10 finisher at the South Regional qualifier in Charlotte on Thanksgiving weekend.
You can find all meet information for this year's Maymont X-Country Festival at the official website for the Richmond Sports Backers or on the MileStat.com meet page. Article features a one-stop location of important meet information including live results link, race schedule, course map, list of teams attending, and race/starting box assignments.
Chantilly boys will be looking to bounce back from a defeat by the Battlefield squad at the Oatlands Invitational last weekend with a victory at the Maymont Festival this weekend in their first appearance at the meet. The previously VA #1 ranked squad and last year's Group AAA state champion team will have two individuals expected to finish high up in the field between Ryan McGorty and Dakota Lange, but will need even better races from #3 and #4 runners Adam Huff and Peter Malander as well who ever steps up into the #5 position to win against a very tough team from Maryland in Severna Park.
Virtual meet girls previews (includes this year and last year's season best 5K times) for the 2013 Maymont X-Country Festival which has 116 schools entered in the meet. One of the state's better and more exciting rivalries between West Springfield's Caroline Alcorta and Lake Braddock's Hannah Christen will be renewed again on Saturday at Maymont in the invitational division race.
- 5,000 Meter Run - Caroline Alcorta (West Springfield) 17:55.94; Megan Wilson (Sidwell Friends School) 18:48.46 SB; Daisy Banta * (Maggie Walker) 19:14.44 SB; Sara Freix (Westfield) 19:23.05; Denise Gallant (Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School) 19:49.82 SB; Molly Breidenbaugh (Trinity Episcopal School) 18:33.62 SB; Rachel Bloxom (Grafton High School) 19:14.61; Molly McKenna (Peninsula Catholic) 19:38.73; Mary Grace Doggett (Cardinal Gibbons) 18:38.38;Katie Bowe (Trinity Episcopal School) 19:37.87 SB; Ellie Leape (Sidwell Friends School) 19:50.53 SB; Hannah Christen (Lake Braddock) 18:43.06 SB; Khloe Pointer (Maggie Walker) 19:39.73 SB; Sophia Jantomaso (Patriot Pacers) 19:56.05 SB;Katy Kunc (Lake Braddock) 18:45.44 SB; Nicole Douma (Fluvanna County) 19:41.16 SB; Erin Saunders (Jefferson Forest) 18:58.01 SB; Georgie Mackenzie (Heritage (Leesburg)) 19:53.08 SB; Katie Kennedy (West Springfield) 18:59.92; Katie Sperry * (Glen Allen High School) 19:17.00; Candace Jones (Patriot High School) 19:20.77; Xaveria Hawvermale (Chantilly) 19:22.96; Emily Kaplan (Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School) 19:44.53; Sydney Schaedel (T.C. Williams High School) 19:47.83; Annie Taylor (Western Albemarle) 19:48.59 SB; Madelynn Knight (Jefferson Forest) 19:49.41 SB; Katt Grasberger * (Atlee) 19:54.42 SB; Adriana Hooks (Lafayette) 19:57.71 SB;
- 5,000 Meter Run - Pat Hally (Salesianum School) 15:44.25 SB; Miles Clikeman (Veritas School) 16:16.93 SB; Ryan Speer (North Raleigh Christian Academy) 16:17.97; Johnny Pace (Westfield) 16:36.44 SB; Owen Buck (West Springfield) 16:56.12; Ryan Forsyth (Severna Park) 15:50.41; Grant Wiggins (Norfolk Academy) 16:37.17; Nick O'Connell (Westfield) 16:37.71 SB; Trent Lancaster (Dominion) 16:56.96; Nathaniel Hall * (Atlee) 15:56.32 SB; Stephen Vernon (Patriot Pacers) 16:42.76 SB; Ethan Linderman (Canon-McMillan) 16:49.00 SB; Stephen Maclean (Dominion) 16:59.15 SB; Rhys Burgett (Severna Park) 15:57.41; Philip Harpen (Peninsula Catholic) 16:43.25; Cliff Conley (Galax) 16:53.92; Dustin Constantino(Fauquier) 16:59.95; Matthew Novak* (Deep Run) 16:02.36 SB; Dennis Doyle (Baldwin) 16:58.70 SB; Ryan McGorty (Chantilly) 16:12.85; Alex Fleckenstein * (Maggie Walker) 16:15.86; Alex Corbett (Lake Braddock) 16:18.45 SB; Ryan Larkin(Centerville) 16:21.75; Gannon Willcutts (Western Albemarle) 16:22.90 SB; Dawson Connell (York) 16:25.41; Ryan Small (Patriot High School) 16:27.26 SB; Dillon Cooley (Severna Park) 16:28.64; Jimmy Barton (Centerville) 16:30.88; Jason Menzies (Lafayette) 16:31.72; Clay Whitney (Severna Park) 16:33.03 SB; Freddie Shashaty (James River (Midlothian)) 16:35.07 SB; Peter Malander (Chantilly) 16:35.30 SB; Nick Bussian (Patriot High School) 16:36.09; Anteneh Girma (T.C. Williams High School) 16:37.58 SB; Grayson Reid* (Deep Run) 16:41.88; Sam Williams (Centerville) 16:42.93; Forrest Isenhour (Lake Braddock) 16:44.37 SB; Stanley Davis * (Glen Allen High School) 16:45.81; Kevin Hines (Severna Park) 16:48.17 SB; Jt Klimek (Cardinal Gibbons) 16:52.23; Andrew Eason (Hickory High School) 16:52.46; John Dooney (Tuscarora High School (VA)) 16:53.17; Brendan Lavell (Patriot High School) 16:53.77; Josh Small (Patriot High School) 16:55.16;Aaron Carter (Caroline High School) 16:55.18 SB; Yonel Admasu (W.T. Woodson) 16:56.01 SB; Chris Ferguson (Western Albemarle) 16:57.33 SB; Jarod Wilson (Newark High School) 16:58.10; Jack Kiely (Severna Park) 16:58.89 SB;