The Kellam girls and Ocean Lakes boys appear to be the teams to beat this fall in the Eastern Region, while Derrick Robbins is expected to easily defend his regional crown. Meanwhile, Western Branch freshmen Aurora Scott, who already has some national age group records under her belt, will be expected to make a huge splash on the Virginia high school running scene.
Excellent interview article on Kellam senior Natalie Sherbak, who recently capped off an amazing senior season at the VHSL Group AAA Outdoor State Meet by winning three state titles (4x800, 1600, and 800) to go along with her state title wins in cross country and 1000 meter run at the indoor state meet earlier in the year.
The Eastern Region meet provided many surprises and heartbreaks. Individually Derrick Robbins (15:27) of Woodside and Natalie Sherbak of Kellam (18:22) claimed the titles while Western Branch Boys and Ocean Lakes girls nabbed the team titles.
Beneath a clear October sky and with cool weather, Steven Walters asserted himself as the preeminent Virginia Distance Runner of the year. Many expected Walters to do well this year, but few expected him to dominate the state\'s competition as he has thus far. He is undefeated so far and has defeated many of the best runners in Virginia, as well as Brian Fuller, one of Pennsylvania
As the last weekend of September came and went, Eastern Region teams and individuals garnered some impressive wins and posted some fabulous times. As always, Steven Walters of Green Run was the highlight of the Eastern Region when he won (16:27) >the Maymont Cross Country Invite in Richmond. He ran most of the race with JR Tucker sophomore Michael Chapa until the final 300m or so when he kicked in to the finish line ahead of Chapa by 4 seconds.
The first test of the season for most teams came this week with all the districts in the region beginning their dual meets, as well as many teams travelling to invitationals. It was a great week for Steven Walters (Green Run, Beach District) as he nearly broke a course record and also set himself apart from the rest of the state
The first test of the season for most teams in the Eastern Region came on Saturday with the annual Newport News Invitational, which is run on the Eastern Region
This year's Eastern Region meet looks to be a Beach District show with the top two teams and top individual hailing from that district. The team title is a very close contest between perennial powerhouse Cox who have placed second or better in the region meet since 1997 except for 2001, and a fairly young and new team from Landstown that hopes to grab its schools first Region title.
This year's Eastern Region meet looks to be a Beach District show with the top three teams and top individual hailing from that district. The Beach has been the most dominant district at the regional meet for quite some time. The last non Beach District Girls Team to win the title was Great Bridge in 1994. Ocean Lakes and Kellam appear to be the strongest teams once again with Kellam returning a potential state champion.