This past weekend was full of PR's and awesome performances. The biggest performance though was that of West Springfield up at the Third Battle Invitational. Entering the weekend their run at Third Battle was the number two thing we were looking at to see if they were the best team in the state. At the meet, that was answered loud & clear.
Not only did the Spartans of West Springfield take over the top spot in both 6A team races but they also moved to #2 in the guys and #1 in the girls for the entire state. That means you could even make the argument that they have an outside chance of both teams making NXN.
Now West Springfield did not come out of nowhere. They have been there all along and after seeing them at the RVA Relays and McQuaid it was obvious they were good. The only issue was, we didn't know how good because they had yet to race a 5K.
It was the McQuaid performance though that caught out attention. The wonderful staff up at NY MileSplit let us know that their speed rating from that meet made them the best team in the state (girls) and that they had passed Blacksburg and Loudoun Valley. We of course waited until we actually saw them race a full 5K before really changing things up.
This week we cannot wait anymore though. As of today we have moved West Springfield into the VA #1 spot. That is the first time since 2013 that anyone has held that spot aside from Blacksburg this late in the season.
This is even more impressive considering Sarah Coleman did not even run at Third Battle meaning they could potentially have even more depth/strength to show by indoor track season.
The guys also moved up in our rankings significantly and are now the 6A state favorites.
Here are the team's performances from Third Battle.
|5000 METER RUN|
|18:23.40||SB||Chase Kappeler||5th||Varsity Girls|
|18:35.70||SB||Lillian Stephens||9th||Varsity Girls|
|18:49.40||SB||Katie Orchard||13th||Varsity Girls|
|18:53.90||SB||Amy Herrema||14th||Varsity Girls|
|18:59.10||SB||Helen Heaton||18th||Varsity Girls|
|19:16.60||SB||Anna Bock||23rd||Varsity Girls|
|19:58.50||SB||Haley Seaward||61st||Varsity Girls|
|20:26.10||SB||Elizabeth Bruenjes||6th||JV Girls Underclassmen|
|20:38.50||SB||Kyrsten Smith||2nd||JV Girls Upperclassmen|
|20:49.80||SB||Tess Saadvandi||6th||JV Girls Upperclassmen|
|21:11.10||SB||Casey Yenyo||12th||JV Girls Upperclassmen|
|22:25.00||SB||Taylor Coleman||74th||JV Girls Underclassmen|
|22:25.00||SB||Rachel Mayberry||46th||JV Girls Upperclassmen|
|22:57.60||SB||Sophia Hartshorn||68th||JV Girls Upperclassmen|