MileStat.com Athletes of the Week for the week ending in April 7th are both juniors in Blacksburg's Peter Dorrell and Park View's Natalie Baird. Dorrell faced Florida's best in Gainesville over the weekend at the Florida Relays and came away with a personal best for 1600 meters in 4:15 and doubled back for a 9:10 3200 meter rin. Meanwhile, Baird swept the throws at the Colonial Relays including a personal best mark of 42'9" in the shot put and five throws of six over 140 in the discus.
Photos taken by Brandon Miles of college events at the 2007 Colonial Relays. Photos are limited as MileStat.com's primary coveraged was obviously towards the high school events.
Video clips by Brandon Miles from the 2007 Colonial Relays held at William & Mary's Zable Stadium in Williamsburg, Virginia on Friday, April 6th. Day two of events of Saturday, April 7th were cancelled due to a snowstorm. Video highlights including Atlee's Emma Dejarnette clearing a meet record height of 11'2" in the pole vault (pictured right).
Video by Brandon Miles of MileStat.com of Day One of the Colonial Relays @ William & MaryPhoto Gallery by Don Rich of the 4/7 Bruce Dallas Invitatonal @ Cumberland Valley High School
Video sample of more to come from day one of Colonial Relays high school action with the boys 3000 meter run.
Video interview by Brandon Miles with Park View junior Natalie Baird at the 2007 Colonial Relays. Baird set a new meet record in the discus throw with a mark of 145'1" and threw for a personal best of 45'1" to win the shot put.
Video interview by Brandon Miles with Colonial Relays 3K winner Andrew Mearns of Jamestown. Mearns closed in 61 seconds in his final 400 meters to take a 8:39.42 victory. His time is equivalent to a 9:17 3200 meter time, which would be 18 seconds faster than his 3200 meter best of 9:35 from last spring.
Photo Gallery by Brandon Miles of MileStat.com, of PA athletes at the 4/6-7 Colonial Relays @ The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA
A breakthrough day for Jamestown senior Andrew Mearns in the high school 3000 meter run at the Colonial Relays for Friday's events. Competing in front of the home crowd in Williamsburg, Mearns dueled it out with AAA indoor 1000 meter state champion Chris Tyson in the final lap of the 3K and had the strongest finish of the two with a 61 second last 400 meters for a 8:39.42 victory. His time converts to a 9:20 two mile and 9:17 3200 meter time, which would be a great improvement from his junior year best of 9:33. Tyson took second in 8:45. Meanwhile, Natalie Baird of Park View also had an outstanding showing at the Colonial Relays on day one in winning both of the throwing events including a 42'9" personal best mark in the shot put and was consistent in the early morning and very cold competition of the discus throw with 5 of her 6 throws over 140 feet including a 145'1" best. Day 1 High School Results - Day 2 cancelled due to snowstorm.Colonial Relays Meet Summary Colonial Relays Video Interviews: Natalie Baird - Andrew Mearns Colonial Relays Race Videos: Boys 3K - More to come! Colonial Relays Photo Gallery - More photos to be added!
Photos by Brandon Miles of the high school events at the 2007 Colonial Relays held at William & Mary's Zable Stadium in Williamsburg, Virginia on Friday & Saturday, April 6th & 7th.
After a three year absence of the Colonial Relays, one of the most historic meets in the state of Virginia with its beginning in 1963, due to reconstruction at William & Mary's Zable Stadium, the meet returns on an brand new track for the great high school and college competition that will converge in Williamsburg for the two day event. Several of Virginia's top high school athletes will be competing in the Colonial Relays including Natalie Baird, Chris Tyson, Kristy Tobin, Marcus Robinson, Thomas Porter, and Kristy Tobin. Expect to see plenty of "old faces" competing as well with the many colleges also competing at the relays having some of the old high school stars on their rosters. Pictured to right by John Herzog: Washington-Lee sr Chris Tyson stands a strong shot at winning both Friday's 3K and Saturday's mile run at Colonial Relays. Tyson was a state champion for 1000 meters (2:31) and an All-American in the mile (4:19) indoors.
In all, there were seven meet records, six in field events and one on the track at the 6th BRUCE DALLAS INV @ Cumberland Valley HS. There were a few double champs, and a few athletes who soloed and contributed to three or more event wins. CV swept the team titles behind Juan Steward and Abby Huber, but AA Boiling Springs was 2nd in the girls team chase. Justin Shirk got a MR in the Jav to start his soph campaign. At the COUNCIL ROCK KIWANIS INV at Council Rock North HS, Coatesville was 42 points better that Neshaminy in the 19-team invite, powered in large part by their distance squad. Jason Ward won the 3000, with teammate Jason Leonard 2nd. Drew Mahoney took the 5000. Owen Dawson was 2nd in the 800 to Tennent's Mike Pio. And Kyle Dawson was 2nd in the 1500. Isaac Bryan of Pennridge took 1st. Coatesville won the DMR and the 800 sprint medley relay. In the pole vault, both Joe Berry of Hatboro-Horsham and Max Chichkin of Council Rock South cleared 14-06. Abington's Jerret Eaton captured both the 110 and 400 hurdles. Quick sprints from Kyle Reeves of Pennsburg in the 100; by Chad Sargent of Neshaminy for 200; and Cheltenham's Brandon Bing in the 400. At the MORGAN STATE HS INV in Maryland, Norristown performed well in the blustery conditions. Gabriella Rinehart won the shot put. Peter Selby took 1st in the 110 hurdles and the guy's 4x400 was 3rd. At the SUSQUEHANNA HS CLASSIC at Susquehanna University, The Hughesville hurdle-jump tandem of Rachel Houseknecht and Rebekah Newhart were busy accumulating points. Rachel won the 100 and 300 hurdles. Rebekah was 2nd in the 100 hurdles, and took 1st in the high jump, long jump and triple jump. Williamsport's Josh King edged Montoursville's Gary Bush in the 100, and led the Millionaire's 4x100. Zachary Barr of Williamsport put the javelin out 180'. At the CHESTNUT HILL ACADEMY INVITATIONAL, Chestnut Hill's Phil Thomas bettered a year-old meet record in the long jump by an inch. Wayne Crawford tuned up in the shot put with a throw of 52'. And Penn Charter's 1600 sprint medley relay ran 3:47.4. The COLONIAL RELAYS in Williamsburg VA returned after a two-year absence with a familiar flavor – lots of PA teams. Oh... and PA on top on in the 4x800. Archbishop Prendergast ran a strong 9:37.49 for the win, with Saint Basil Academy close for 2nd in 9:42.66. LaSalle led the boys' race, winning in just over 8 minutes. Great Valley took 2nd, followed by Upper Dublin in 4th, Germantown Friends in 5th, and Archbishop Ryan in 6th. Basil's Kathleen Davis captured the 3000 in 10:21.13. Germantown Friends' Jake McKenzie had the best showing for the PA boys in the 3K. PA – or should be say Monsignor Bonner? – went one-two in the shot put. Sean Wilks threw 50-11 for the win. Chris Licci was 2nd with a toss of 49-00. Five PA girls' team moved to the finals of the 4x100, behind the top qualifying time of Swenson.Four PA boys' teams qualified. Father Judge had the 2nd best qualifier. Leemue Koimene of Father Judge cleared 6-1 to take the boys' high jump. (In the photo by Brandon Miles of MileSplit.com, you can see the snow that led to the cancellation of Day Two). It was cold and windy in Southwest Virginia at the FASTER, FARTHER, HIGH INVITATIONAL at Radford University on Saturday as well, and Wilson HS of West Lawn PA must have felt like it was home. But Tory Toso persevered and won the pole vault. She also ran on the winning 4x100 relay. The Wilson girls also won the 4x800. For the Wilson boys, Donnie Wonnie won the 400 and ran on the winning 4x400. The girls tied for first in the team competition with 112 points. The boys were 2nd. On Thursday 4/5 at the RUSTIN INVITATIONAL at West Chester's new Bayard Runsin HS, it was quite a workout for Unionville ace Paul Springer. He won the 800 and ran tempo to take 2nd in the 1600 and 3200. He also ran the 4x400, which Unionville won. Alanna Owens ruled the shot put for the home team. On Wednesday, 4/4 at the LARRY SIMMONS INVITATIONAL at Penncrest, Ridley's Sam Smarkola pulled off a quick sprint double in the 200 and 400. In the half-lapper, Cardinal O'Hara's Sarah Houtmann was sub 26. For the boys, Kevin Wilbank sub-23. The 3200's were strong and with some good depth. Rob Speare of Strath Haven set the pace and Radnor's Hannah Granger and Liz Milewski went one-two. Cardinal O'Hara swept the 4x100's and 4x400's. In the throws delayed until Saturday because of Wednesday's weather, Karen Shump of host Penncrest, won the Discus and shot put.
Performance list for the 2007 Colonial Relays to be held Friday and Saturday, April 6th and 7th at William & Mary's Zable Stadium in Williamsburg, Virginia. After the historic meet had a hiatus for a couple years due to reconstruction for a new track at W&M, the Colonial Relays return this year. MileStat.com will be on-site with coverage from Brandon Miles.