Coverage Cross Country Boys Team 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.

Midlothian girls conquer Pole Green demons, Hermitage boys survive fall to break 26 year old curse Nov 5, 2005

Pole Green Park has never been kind to the Midlothian boys and girls\' cross country teams. In years\' past at the regional meet, the Trojans have had sub-par days and sometimes even just complete breakdowns at the 5K course found in Mechanicsville. However, a minor course change due to park scheduling conflicts, was enough to erase those bad memories as the girls dominated the region with four of the top five finishers, while the boys had their first regional individual champion on the four year old regional meet host site in sophomore Jason Witt (16:08). James River sophomore Kristen Wolfe was able to prevent a top four sweep from the Lady Trojans as she won the regional title in the second fastest time ever recorded on a Pole Green 5K course in 18:43 (Aurora Scott ran 18:13 earlier in the season). The Hermitage boys won their first regional title since 1979. John Vial was the team\'s top finisher in second at 16:23, but Alex Bowman had been the team\'s top runner and race leader down the final stretch on pace to possibly break 16 minutes, but collapsed and ended up gathering himself enough to cross the line in 16:29 for fifth place.