The VISAA State Championships are just a few days away. This year the meet will be run on the decently quick Pole Green Park lower course, the one that goes in the woods. With fields not too large this could mean some fast times are ahead now that the weather is cooperating with us.
One of the titles up for grabs this Thursday is the Division One or D1 title. The team favorites right now are Saint Christopher's, Collegiate, and Bishop O'Connell. All three races two weeks ago at the MileStat.com XC Invite at Pole Green and finished in that order. Here though there are quite a few less teams and that means the scores will be much closer.
What this weekend will come down to is really that 4th and 5th runner. All three of these teams have strong runners up front but what matters the most is the athletes bringing up the rear and closing the meet out. St. Chris has the best depth so leading into the meet we'd have to say they are the current odds on favorites.
Last year's results were Saint Christopher's 1st, Bishop O'Connell 2nd, and Collegiate 3rd.
Individually though things could be even more interesting. Sophomore Yakob Kelley leads here and is trying to win a second title in a row for Bishop O'Connell. This sophomore is a Fayetteville Manlius transfer and has experience running on some big stages, he is in fact the only VISAA runner who has run at a national championship XC meet aside from D2 star Dan O'Brien.
That experience should bode well for him as he squares up against track state champion Liam Belllamy of Collegiate. His teammate Johnny White and St. Chris teammates Dhar and Valentine should also pose decent threats.
This race will be won in the woods for Kelley or down the homestretch in a sprint matchup that could play right into Liam's hands. This one should be very exciting.
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|5||Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School||129||6||22||28||31||42||-||-|
|7||Flint Hill School||244||16||19||66||70||73||-||-|
|9||St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School||270||15||52||53||74||76||-||-|
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