9/26 Weekend Coverage


While the Blacksburg girls and boys became the first school ever to sweep the invitational team titles in meet history at Maymont on Saturday, the Hidden Valley girls (pictured by Hetzal Hartley) appear to be making up ground on their River Ridge district rival as shown with their impressive showing at the Greensboro Invitational. Meanwhile, the Osbourn Park girls and Oakton boys strengthened their Group AAA state title hopes with team titles at the largest meet in the state of Virginia, the Oatlands Invitational, with a total of 3,047 finishers. More coverage to come from this past weekend's meets.



Oatlands Invitational

September 26, 2009 @ Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg, VA

Hosted by Loudoun County    


Photo by Tom Hoerner


The Oatlands Invitational was truly a monster meet with a total of 3,047 finishers spread across four varsity races and eight junior varsity races at the Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg to earn the claim as the biggest cross country meet in the state of Virginia. The rain which blanketed much of the East Coast this past weekend held up enough on Saturday for a solid times on a challenging Oatlands 5K course.


The Osbourn Park girls continued to stay on their hot streak of great team performances as they followed up their victory at the Brentsville Relays against AAA #1 ranked Midlothian with a 34 point margin of victory at the Oatlands Invitational. The West Potomac girls were second with 150 points.


Osbourn Park's top runner Ariel Karabinus picked up a great amount of confidence in her chances to return as a Northwest Region individual champion this fall after winning in 2007 and then placing second in 2008 to Mountain View's Katilyn Davis. In a race which featured the top four ranked Northwest Region runners in the state at Oatlands with Karabinus, Davis, Brooke Point's Katherine Walker, and Stafford's Hannah Lowery, Karabinus ran away from them all in a 18:30 win.


Only Cosby sophomore Megan Moye was able to break up the Northwest Region runners up front with a fourth place effort of 18:54 with Davis (2nd, 18:47), Walker (3rd, 18:53), and Lowery (5th, 18:55) all breaking 19 minutes and finishing among the top 5.


With three runners among the top 12, the West Potomac girls were in position to knock off Osbourn Park after being one of the handful of higher ranked teams which Osbourn Park had defeated at Brentsville. Julianne Bigler (8th, 19:15), Sarah Jane Underwood (10th, 19:28), and Kelsey Rosenberg (12th, 19:30) all ran strong up front for Coach Don Beeby, but Osbourn Park was able to distance from them in the #4 and #5 spots with Brandy Wybersky in 34th place and Kelly O'Toole in 50th place for Osbourn Park coach Mike Schuster.


The Oakton boys, ranked #3 in Group AAA, were able to get revenge on #2 ranked Mountain View, after losing on a sixth runner tiebreaker earlier in the season at the Chancellor Invitational. There was not that much separation between them especially in varsity A division with a total of 39 schools competing, but Oakton opened a little bit of breathing room with a team score of 143 points compared to Mountain View's 157 points. Oakton beat Mountain View in every position except for the #5 runner spot, which Mountain View gained 10 points on.


Photo by Ted Plunkett


Oakton had the race runner-up as their first finisher in Andrew McCullen (15:53), who had challenged West Virginia's best Cody Pelliccioni (15:49) of Morgantown for the win and averaged 16:43 as a team compared to Mountain View's 16:54 average.


Two of the Northern Region's best were racing up in front of the field with McCullen and Centreville's Yazid Zouamia. Zouamia joined McCullen and Pelliccioni as the only other runner to break 16 minutes in the race with a time of 15:58 for third. Chantilly's Chris Foley did not run at Oatlands after originally being scheduled to run, so that left McCullen and Zouamia missing an opportunity to race against the top ranked runner in their region.


Drew Paisley and his Ocean Lakes team bypassed competing at essentially the Eastern Region pre-meet, the Chesapeake Invite, to tackle the hills at Oatlands and Paisley ended up with a respectable fourth place finish.




Photo Gallery by Ted Plunkett


Photo Gallery by Tim Hagen


Photo Gallery by Nicoll Knudsen



Race Videos by Andy Paisley



Below are the performances entered for the meet that met the national silver standard.

HS Girls
5000 Meter Run 18:30.00 Ariel Karabinus Osbourn Park
5000 Meter Run 18:47.00 Kaitlyn Davis Mountain View
5000 Meter Run 18:53.00 Katherine Walker Brooke Point
5000 Meter Run 18:54.00 Megan Moye Cosby
5000 Meter Run 18:55.00 Hannah Lowery Stafford
5000 Meter Run 19:05.00 Jessie Rubin Thomas S. Wootton High School
5000 Meter Run 19:09.00 Ashley Wybersky Osbourn Park
5000 Meter Run 19:12.00 Katyln Ayers Strasburg
5000 Meter Run 19:15.00 Julianne Bigler West Potomac
5000 Meter Run 19:18.00 Lindsi Arrington Gar-Field
5000 Meter Run 19:24.00 Alyssa Boucher Jefferson
5000 Meter Run 19:28.00 Sarah Jane Underwood West Potomac
5000 Meter Run 19:29.00 Crystal Nelson Millbrook
5000 Meter Run 19:30.00 Devin Nihill Bishop O'Connell
5000 Meter Run 19:30.00 Kelsey Rosenberg West Potomac
5000 Meter Run 19:31.00 Rachel Grochowski Chantilly
5000 Meter Run 19:32.00 Lauren Braney Mountain View
5000 Meter Run 19:32.00 Peyton Lowe Riverbend High School
5000 Meter Run 19:33.00 Emily Blagg Bishop O'Connell
5000 Meter Run 19:33.00 Alyssa Henshaw Northwest High School
5000 Meter Run 19:35.00 Lydia Martinelli University
5000 Meter Run 19:36.00 Julie Strange Loudoun County
5000 Meter Run 19:40.00 Lanie Smith Oakton
5000 Meter Run 19:40.00 Shannon Smythe T.C. Williams
5000 Meter Run 19:40.00 Andrea Nickerson Jefferson
5000 Meter Run 19:42.00 Taylor Crosson James Robinson
HS Boys
5000 Meter Run 15:49.00 Cody Pelliccioni Morgantown
5000 Meter Run 15:53.00 Andrew McCullen Oakton
5000 Meter Run 15:58.00 Yazid Zouaimia Centreville
5000 Meter Run 16:08.00 Drew Paisley Ocean Lakes
5000 Meter Run 16:12.00 Brandon Doughty Jefferson
5000 Meter Run 16:14.00 Andy Eddleton Christiansburg
5000 Meter Run 16:17.00 Jackson Reams Sherwood High School
5000 Meter Run 16:23.00 Shaquon Wilkins Riverbend High School
5000 Meter Run 16:24.00 Thomas Curtin Loudoun County
5000 Meter Run 16:24.00 Abraham Yacob Robert E. Lee
5000 Meter Run 16:28.00 Kyle Graves Our Lady of Good Counsel

37 National Elites.



U.S. Army X-Country at Maymont

September 25, 2009 - September 26, 2009 @ Maymont Park XC Course in Richmond, VA

Hosted by Richmond Sports Backers     Timing/Results: RunHigh.com     Official Meet Web Site


Photo by John Herzog

The Blacksburg High School program is on top of the world right now. At least in Virginia high school cross country and possibly beyond. The Blacksburg boys and girls became the first school in Maymont Festival history to win both team titles in the invitational division. 


The Blacksburg girls won by a wide margin against nationally ranked and Nike Cross Nationals regular Tatnall of Delaware, while the Blacksburg boys were able to win despite a strong challenge from Pennsylvania's Baldwin High School and off races from their top returning runners George Carter and Matt Howard.


With Great American (scheduled for next week) returning as a big draw for teams in the Southeast Region with its return to the state of North Carolina after the meet went in decline of importance in its years in Hoover, Alabama, the team fields at Maymont might have not as been as strong as past years, but the individual races were once again loaded and the story of the meet.


The boys invitational race winner was decided in the final strides as a pack of a half dozen runners together with half of a mile to go broke down to only two in William & Mary Invite champion Corey Puffett of DeMatha Catholic and Blake Williams of Northern Durham. Williams with a little faster middle distance legs than Puffett was able to pull ahead in the end for a 15:32 win and Puffett in a close second at 15:33. Williams just missed the course record of 15:31 set by Peter Dorrell of Blacksburg in his 2007 win.


The entire top six finishers in the boys' race were all under 16 minutes on a moderately challenging and hilly Maymont course, which had three of Virginia's best among that six in Jamestown's Colin Mearns (VA #1 ranked), James River's Ted Richardson, and Fairfax's Kevin Dowd. Of the three, Dowd was the least considered to be the top finisher. Dowd, injured during the 2008 cross country season, defeated Virginia's #1 ranked Mearns and Group AAA state title contender Richardson with a third place finishing time of 15:37. His time is just two seconds behind the Maymont performances by two of the past three AAA state cross country champions in Mike Spooner (2006) and Jason Witt (2007).


Photo by John Herzog


Meanwhile, the Stevens twins of Blacksburg have been a class above the rest of the runners in the state of Virginia, so with one of North Carolina's best in Carolyn Baskir (East Chapel Hill) in the race with a recent low 17 minute 5K performance coming in, a serious challenger was expected for the twins. Baskir and the twins re-entered Maymont Park from Byrd Park running together. Baskir was able to shake Joanna Stevens first and then lastly Kathleen Stevens for a second win in 17:42 and significantly drop the year old record of 17:55 held previously by Megan Marsico, a Foot Locker finalst last year at Glenvar High School.


Kathleen Stevens ran a great race despite finishing second as she ran under Marsico's meet and course record time in a personal best time of 17:44. Twin sister Kathleen third in 18:04, matching her time from Knights Crossing Invite two weeks ago on a more difficult course at Maymont. The top three finishers at Maymont all showed they are Foot Locker finalist caliber runners.


However, Foot Locker Nationals will not likely be in the cards for the Stevens twins as their win at Maymont against Tatnall (DE) makes it more apparent this team is very capable of qualifying for Nike Cross Nationals later in the season out of the Southeast region. The Blacksburg girls tallied a team score of 76 points and team average of 18:51 on the Maymont course as rounding out their top five were Sarah Dorrell (18th, 19:09), Leah Fitchett (19th, 19:11), and Hannah Brown (37th, 20:09). Blacksburg put four runners ahead of Tatnall's second finisher, but Coach DeMarco would likely prefer a smaller gap, more depth and security after their fourth runner as Tatnall's seventh runner was only 20 seconds and six places behind Blacksburg's fifth runner.


The West Springfield girls stepped up with a big team performance to snab the third place team trophy at Maymont with 161 points and finish ahead of hometown team and last year's AAA state runners-up Maggie Walker (4th, 171 pts).


The Blacksburg boys did not have a single individual finish among the top 15, but their top four certainly came in a quick and short wave after that. Only 11 seconds and 7 places separated Caman Skelton (16th, 16:30), Frank Locascio (17th, 16:30), Matt Howard (21st, 16:39), and George Carter (23rd, 16:40).


The Baldwin boys out of Pennsylvania gave them their toughest challenge to date this season and Morristown-West of Tennessee raced much better against them than two weeks ago at Knights Crossing, but Blacksburg still found a way to win with a team score of 98 points. Through four runners, Blacksburg and Baldwin were tied with 65 points and Morristown-West in third with 75 points.


Blacksburg junior Zach Link ended up being the performer of the day for Coach DeMarco with his 36th place finish of 17:10 putting many places ahead of Baldwin or Morristown-West's fifth runners to get the victory for his top ranked squad. The remaining top five finishing teams were all out-of-state with Cherokee of New Jersey (4th, 182 pts) and Salesianium School of Delaware (5th, 189 pts).


Despite having one of their top runners both sporting protective boots cheering their team on the sidelines, both Group AA squads Grafton (6th, 201 pts) and Western Albemarle (7th, 203 pts) ran well despite not being at full strength. With both schools having state meet podium aspirations though, Grafton will need #2 runner David Gunnerson to return as well as Western Albemarle needing the services of #1 runner Derek Armstrong.




Photo Gallery by John Herzog


Photo Gallery by Dave Watt


Race Videos by Brandon Miles


Below are the performances entered for the meet that met the national silver standard.

HS Girls
5000 Meter Run 17:42.00 Carolyn Baskir East Chapel Hill
5000 Meter Run 17:44.00 Kathleen Stevens Blacksburg
5000 Meter Run 18:04.00 Joanna Stevens Blacksburg
5000 Meter Run 18:27.00 Lindsey Olivere Archmere Academy
5000 Meter Run 18:27.00 Haley Pierce Tatnall
5000 Meter Run 18:42.00 Courtney Dobbs Deep Run
5000 Meter Run 18:43.00 Megan Lacy Cherokee HS
5000 Meter Run 18:49.00 Gloria Roberts Frederick Douglass High School
5000 Meter Run 18:53.00 Madalyn Nuckols Deep Run
5000 Meter Run 18:54.00 Paige Kvartunas West Springfield
5000 Meter Run 18:56.00 Clarissa Schick Maggie Walker
5000 Meter Run 18:58.00 Bonny Turnage Lee-Davis
5000 Meter Run 19:00.00 Erica Dobbs Deep Run
5000 Meter Run 19:02.00 Daniella Moreno Warren High (SS)
5000 Meter Run 19:04.00 Madelyn Rhodes Thomas Edison
5000 Meter Run 19:05.00 Alex Watt West Springfield
5000 Meter Run 19:06.00 Danielle Rodriguez Warren High (SS)
5000 Meter Run 19:09.00 Sarah Dorrell Blacksburg
5000 Meter Run 19:11.00 Leah Fitchett Blacksburg
5000 Meter Run 19:22.00 Alison Smith East Chapel Hill
5000 Meter Run 19:23.00 Allison Bartels Brentsville District
5000 Meter Run 19:26.00 Lauren Blackwell Tatnall
5000 Meter Run 19:30.00 Kallie Fehr Tatnall
5000 Meter Run 19:31.00 Amirah Johnson Eleanor Roosevelt High School
5000 Meter Run 19:32.00 Amanda Lineberry Lee-Davis
5000 Meter Run 19:34.00 Anna Spiers Maggie Walker
5000 Meter Run 19:34.00 Anna Ryba Walt Whitman High School
5000 Meter Run 19:38.00 Hannah Lieberman Trinity
5000 Meter Run 19:39.00 Carly Egan Brookwood
5000 Meter Run 19:40.00 Anneka Wilson The Potomac School
5000 Meter Run 19:42.00 Jenny Gallagher Lake Norman
5000 Meter Run 19:43.00 Morgan Price Brentsville District
5000 Meter Run 19:45.00 Heidi Peterson Lafayette
HS Boys
5000 Meter Run 15:32.00 Blake Williams Northern Durham
5000 Meter Run 15:33.00 Cory Puffett DeMatha Catholic High School
5000 Meter Run 15:37.00 Kevin Dowd Fairfax
5000 Meter Run 15:41.00 Colin Mearns Jamestown
5000 Meter Run 15:43.00 Kyle Wheeler Green
5000 Meter Run 15:46.00 Ted Richardson James River (Midlothian)
5000 Meter Run 16:01.00 Petros Welday Archbishop Carroll High School (DC)
5000 Meter Run 16:10.00 Kyle King Grafton High School
5000 Meter Run 16:12.00 John Harwell Asheville High
5000 Meter Run 16:12.00 Spencer Frantom Morristown-West High School
5000 Meter Run 16:16.00 Ryan Lee Archmere Academy
5000 Meter Run 16:16.00 Dylan Papp Green
5000 Meter Run 16:17.00 Grant Pollock Mills Godwin
5000 Meter Run 16:22.00 Matt Cecala Baldwin
5000 Meter Run 16:25.00 Cody Snyder Lee-Davis
5000 Meter Run 16:26.00 Isaac Presson Asheville High
5000 Meter Run 16:27.00 Eric Schuler Reservoir High School
5000 Meter Run 16:29.00 Andrew Catanese Atlee
5000 Meter Run 16:29.00 Caman Skelton Blacksburg
5000 Meter Run 16:30.00 Frank Locascio Blacksburg

53 National Elites.