Pearl Watts

Liberty District Meet Day 1 Highlights Pearl Watts Feb 2, 2007

The Langley boys team looks determined to give defending champion Jefferson all they can handle after day one of the Liberty District Championship held at the Prince George\'s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, MD yesterday evening.

Liberty District Meet Preview Pearl Watts Jan 31, 2007

Preview by Pearl Watts for the 2007 Liberty District Indoor Track & Field Championships to be held February 1st and February 8th at the Prince George County Sports & Learning Center in Landover, Maryland.

F.I.T. Invitational Preview Pearl Watts Dec 27, 2006

The middle of the winter holiday season in this area will once again have a potential competition and spectator gap in track and field more than ably filled with the 12th Annual Friends of Indoor Track Invitational this Friday, January 27 at the Prince George\'s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, Maryland. Following is a preview of some of the top performers expected for the F.I.T. Invitational. Photo to left: Centreville\'s Brittni Finch will be one of the featured athletes in Friday\'s F.I.T. Invitational as she returns as the AAA state champion and record holder in the long jump (19-10.25 best).

Burke Lake All-Time Time List Pearl Watts Nov 1, 2006

Just in time for Thursday\'s Northern Region Meet to be held at Burke Lake Park\'s 2.98 mile list is the All-Time list for the historic course for the Northern Region. List compiled by Pearl Watts with special thanks to former Northern Virginia Journal sports editor Bill McDowell.

Northern Region Meet Preview Pearl Watts Oct 31, 2006

West Springfield\'s Mike Spooner and W.T. Woodson\'s Sarah Hadiji will be the individual favorites while the Oakton, Jefferson and West Springfield boys along with the Lake Braddock and Robinson girls are expected to battle for the team titles at the Northern Region Championships to be held at Burke Lake Park this Thursday.

Glory Days Grill Invitational Preview Pearl Watts Oct 12, 2006

Meet management is once again pleased to welcome all the competitors, along with the coaches, parents and other relatives of the participating runners as well as all other interested followers of cross country, to the 14th Annual Glory Days Grill Invitational at Bull Run Regional Park. Everyone concerned with the meet will again look forward to an exciting afternoon of racing with approximately 1,500 runners representing almost 60 schools scheduled to compete in one of the nine races on Bull Run\'s 5,000 meter (3.1 mile) layout.

AAA State Meet Preview Pearl Watts Feb 28, 2006

Time once again for one of the showcase events on the indoor track and field calendar with the Virginia AAA state championships to be held March 3-4 at the George Mason University Fieldhouse in Fairfax, Va. Defending girls team champion Bethel will be looking for their third consecutive title, led by one of the nation\'s truly outstanding performers in senior Francena McCorory while defending boys indoor champion Deep Creek should also be in the mix once again as they try to fend off a group of challengers led by Great Bridge and E.C. Glass.

Northern Region Meet Preview Pearl Watts Feb 23, 2006

The Northern Region Track and Field Championships will once again be a one day only affair and will be held at the GMU Fieldhouse this Saturday, February 25 beginning at 8:30 a.m. with Lake Braddock looking to fend off Centreville and Westfield in the chase for the girls team title while the boys team title hopes has a handful of schools capable of capturing the crown with Centreville appearing to be among the favorites with West Potomac, Edison, Westfield and Robinson also in the hunt.

Liberty District Wrapup Pearl Watts Feb 11, 2006

Thomas Jefferson High School was able to show that their switch to the Liberty District this season was certainly successful from an indoor track and field standpoint as they easily outdistanced the opposition in winning both the boys and girls team titles in their meet which concluded Thursday, February 9 at the Prince George\'s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, MD.

Concorde District Wrapup Pearl Watts Feb 11, 2006

The Westfield girls and Centreville boys teams captured the team titles at the Concorde District championships held at the Prince George\'s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, MD on Thursday, February 9. Yes, it is true. The Concorde, along with the Liberty District, travel across the Potomac River and around the Beltway into Maryland to the very nice Prince George\'s facility next to FedEx Stadium, primarily to give their competing athletes a chance to display their abilities under top flight conditions.

F.I.T. Invitational Preview Pearl Watts Dec 26, 2005

The 11th Annual Friends of Indoor Track Invitational appears to have brought together, once again, many of the top athletes from around the area as they continue their hoped for improvement heading into the new year. The meet was held for quite a few years as a relay only meet at George Mason University with very good success; but has now evolved into a regular track and field championship event format at the extremely nice venue at the Prince George\'s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, Maryland with the same continued success. Approximately 1,150 athletes representing forty six high schools will partake on the 200 meter unbanked six lane track in the hopes of eliciting some post Christmas cheer as they try to build up some momentum before heading into the brunt of the indoor schedule.

Burke Lake All Time List Pearl Watts Oct 27, 2005

Burke Lake\'s fastest ever Northern Region runners and their personal bests on the present 2.98 mile course, which was established in 1974. List compiled by Pearl Watts with special thanks to former Northern Virginia Journal sports editor Bill McDowell. Many of the times between 1978-1989 recorded to tenths of a second. All other times officially recorded to the full second.

Glory Days Grill Invitational Preview Pearl Watts Oct 5, 2005

We are pleased to welcome once again all the competitors, coaches, parents and relatives of the runners and all other interested followers of cross country to the 13th Annual Glory Days Grill Invitational here at Bull Run Regional Park. Everyone concerned with the meet are again looking forward to an exciting afternoon of racing with approximately 1,500 runners representing almost 60 schools, scheduled to compete in one of the nine races on Bull Run\'s 5,000 meter (3.1 mile) layout.

Group AAA State Meet Wrapup Pearl Watts Mar 4, 2005

The two most dominating programs in recent history, the Bethel girls and Deep Creek boys, once again stepped up when it counted most as they won the team titles at the Virginia AAA state indoor championships held at the GMU Fieldhouse on March 4-5.

AAA State Meet Preview Pearl Watts Mar 2, 2005

Defending indoor team state girls\' champion Bethel certainly comes in as one of the favorites. Bethel scored a decisive victory in winning the Eastern Region championships and should face their strongest challenges from Northern Region titliest Lake Braddock and Central Region winner Hermitage. Last year\'s quest for the boys team state title, both indoors and outdoors, was pretty much a two team battle going in and coming out between Deep Creek and Westfield with Deep Creek claiming indoors but Westfield rebounding to win outdoors. This year\'s indoor meet does not seem to have the decided front runners as last year. That could mean a race between a number of teams down to the wire, or just as easily, a team having a breakthrough weekend and surprising everyone with their margin of victory.

Northern Region Meet Summary Pearl Watts Feb 26, 2005

The Lake Braddock girls and Hayfield boys, both winners in the always tough Patriot District two weeks earlier, prevailed again as winners at the 2005 Northern Region Indoor Track and Field Championships held at the George Mason University Fieldhouse on Saturday, February 26.

Northern Region Meet Preview Pearl Watts Feb 25, 2005

Good day and welcome to all athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and spectators for the 2005 Northern Region Indoor Track and Field Championships. Once again, today\'s meet shows the promise of placing itself among the best in regional meet history as Northern Virginia\'s finest get a chance to showcase their talents.

F.I.T. Invitational Preview Pearl Watts Dec 28, 2004

The Friends of Indoor Track (F.I.T.) meet will once again showcase many of the top athletes from the Northern Region of Virginia as well as drawing from some of the fine Maryland public and private schools programs along with some of the top squads from the District of Columbia and the Eastern Region of Virginia.

Burke Lake's All-Time Best Times Pearl Watts Oct 29, 2004

In light of Hayfield senior Melissa Dewey running the third fastest all-time at the Burke Lake 2.98 course in Fairfax with her 16:42 clocking at the Patriot District Meet, Pearl Watts has released an updated version of the all-time best times that have been posted on this historical course where many Virginia greats have raced on.

Glory Days Grill Invitational Preview Pearl Watts Oct 8, 2004

Welcome to all the competitors, coaches, parents and other interested followers of cross country to the 12th Annual Glory Days Grill Invitational here at Bull Run Regional Park. This year's meet once again holds the promise of an excellent morning and afternoon of action with more than 1,500 high school runners representing almost 60 schools ready to compete in one of the nine races scheduled on Bull Run Park's 5,000 meter (3.1 miles) layout.

Alan Webb Interview by Pearl Watts Pearl Watts Jul 29, 2004

Being fortunate enough to personally be able to follow Webb\'s exploits ever since his freshman cross country season at South Lakes in 1997, I was fortunate even further a few days after the Oly Trials to discuss with Webb and coach Raczko about some of the progress and process behind this outdoor season\'s success.

Group AAA State Meet Summary Pearl Watts Jun 5, 2004

The Westfield boys won their first ever team title with senior Lashawn Merritt of Woodrow Wilson easily providing the outstanding individual boys performance while the Bethel girls, led by sophomore Francena McCorory, captured the girls team crown for the fifth time in the past seven years to highlight the 2004 AAA Outdoor Track and Field championships held this past Friday and Saturday at Todd Stadium in Newport News.

AAA State Meet Preview by Pearl Watts Pearl Watts Mar 3, 2004

This indoor track and field season which is rapidly drawing to a close, has already seen plenty of exciting invitational, district championship and regional championship meets and the usual bevy of outstanding individual and relay performances in numerous events. It's now time to cap it off with one of the top season ending meets on the East Coast, the Virginia AAA Track and Field Championships.

Microtel Invitational Preview Pearl Watts Jan 30, 2004

There has been plenty of cold and nasty weather to suffice on the Atlantic seaboard this past week, but if all the top flight entrants for the Virginia Tech-Microtel Invitational can safely make their way to Blacksburg, Virginia this Friday and Saturday, the heat will certainly be on at the Rector Field House in what promises to be the biggest and best Va. Tech Invite ever

F.I.T. Relays Preview Pearl Watts Dec 26, 2003

The location has changed and the format has changed, but it looks like the Friends of Indoor Track (F.I.T.) Relays will once again provide some great quality competition as we usher out year 2003 and springboard towards the 2004 indoor and outdoor track and field seasons.

Northern Region Meet Wrap Pearl Watts Oct 30, 2003

The Herndon girls and Thomas Jefferson boys squads succesfully defended their team titles while Melissa Dewey of Hayfield and Jefferson's Christo Landry ran to convincing individual victories at the Northern Region Championships held at Burke Lake Park on Thursday, October 30.