Glory Days Invitational 2005

Manassas, VA
Hosted by Oakton

Articles Cross Country Boys Team MileSplit Staff Dec 7, 2005

The selection was very tough as always for the Team. As this cross country season like any other, anything can happen. What you expect to happens never seem to does and what happens you never would have expected. One week someone is hot, the next week that person is out of the picture. A star runner goes down, a newcomer comes out of nowhere. There were many deserving athletes to be on this list. Looking at this year\'s group, there are probably a dozen or so runners who are probably in a group of their own and then 3 dozen or more runners who could beat each other on any given day. Some of the runners missing from this list definitely deserve recognition for their fine seasons. Let these selections serve as a way to recognize the great accomplishments of the state\'s top athletes this fall, while serving as motivation and providing drive for those left off or returning next fall to strive for greater excellence in the future.

Oakton girls win impressively, TJ boys not as strong in victory at Glory Days MileSplit Staff Oct 10, 2005

Pushed back due to heavy rains that flooded the course for the original race date on Saturday, the Glory Days Grill Invitational went ahead with races on Monday with high schoolers out of school for Columbus Day. The top ranked team in the state, Thomas Jefferson boys, won the team title, but not exactly in dominating fashion as they won by 13 points over #8 state ranked Herndon. #4 West Springfield (3rd, 115 pts) and #3 Oakton (4th, 149 pts) fell back on a course still feeling the effects of the wet weather in previous days. Mike Spooner, after posting two convincing victories at Great American and the Salesianum Invitational, proved his legitimacy in his neck of the woods as he defeated Northern region rivals Abreham Daganchew of Herndon (2nd, 16:19) and Brad Siragusa of Chantilly (3rd, 16:20) in a time of 16:15 on the 5 kilometer course at Bull Run Regional Park. While no surprise given her performances in past years, Michael Nelson of The Potomac School has been under the radar this fall due to a lack of racing and was a surprise winner given that in the girls\' race with a 19:19 clocking. The Oakton girls (67 pts) ran away with the team title by a 46 point margin over #6 state ranked Fairfax (113 pts). The Lady Cougars, ranked #2 in the state currently and current favorite for the AAA state crown, placed four runners in the top 15.

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.