CNU High School Showcase 2008

Newport News, VA


Athlete Spotlight: Tasia Potasinski Jan 17, 2008

Westfield senior Tasia Potasinski (pictured left by John Herzog) was rolling last weekend at the CNU Showcase in Newport News. The fastest returning 800 meter runner in the state (2:12.21 PR) anchored her 4x800 meter relay last Friday to a US #1 time of 9:22.90 with a 2:15 anchor leg split. She followed up on day two of events with a near personal best and US #10 time of 2:59.36 in a 1000 meter run as she defeated a strong field including defending state 1000 meter champion Paige Johnston of Midlothian. Potasinski looks to keep the momentum going into this weekend at the Asics Invitational at Liberty University where she will compete against another state champion runner in Laura Rapp (4:55 1600 best) of Heritage in Friday night’s 1600 meter run. The Westfield girls were able to win that elusive first state title in the 4x800 meter relay last June after coming into several previous state meets as one of the top squads in the event. Maybe it is Potasinski’s time to win her first individual state title as well after she broke out onto the scene as a freshman with a 2:15 800 meter win at the Northern Region Outdoor Meet. The country of Poland certainly has been kind to the Virginia high school running community as of late with allowing us to have 2007 Nike Indoor Nationals 800 champ Axel Mostrag compete at Fork Union as well as Potasinski with Polish heritage. Potasinski’s father was born in Poland.’s Brandon Miles caught up with the Westfield middle distance star for an athlete spotlight interview.

CNU Showcase Coverage Jan 12, 2008

Norfolk Collegiate freshmen Nefertiti Smith fell a few inches short of matching her US #1 triple jump mark from earlier in the season at CNU of 39'3.5", but still was flying high again with a 38'11.50" win in the event that she still leads the nation in as a mere freshmen. (Photo by John Herzog) More US top 10's were posted on day two of the CNU Showcase on Saturday in Newport News. Complete results are now posted along with the rest of's coverage of the meet including a large photo gallery by John Herzog, race videos, and interviews.Saturday's US Top 10 Performances at CNU Showcase: US #3 Boys 500 - Javell Bullard (Bethel) 1:06.25US #4 Girls 3200 - Kathleen Lautzenheiser (Midlothian) 11:00.86US #4 Girls 500 - Cierra McGee (Landstown) 1:17.38US #5 Boys 300 - Keith Ricks (King's Fork) 35.18US #5 Boys Shot - Frede Spellman (Oscar Smith) 59-3US #5 Girls 500 - Becca Sinichko (Lake Braddock) 1:17.94US #6 Boys 300 - Torry Womack (Western Branch) 35.22US #6 Boys 3200 - Bobby Peavey (Kellam) 9:32.76US #7 Boys 300 - Taylor Sykes (Great Bridge) 35.42US #7 Boys 3200 - Brian Welch (Mills Godwin) 9:34.01US #9 Boys 500 - Ulrick Smith (Douglas Freeman) 1:06.96US #9 Girls 500 - Keshia Rudolph (Grassfield) 1:18.60US #10 Girls 1000 - Tasia Potasinski (Westfield) 2:59.36 CNU Showcase Complete ResultsCNU Showcase Photo Gallery by John Herzog - 1633 total photos.CNU Showcase Race Videos by Brandon Miles - 33 total videos. CNU Showcase Interviews: Chris Copeland (Lakeland) - Emma Dejarnette (Atlee) - Cierra McGee & Marlena Wesh (Landstown)

2008 CNU Showcase Jan 12, 2008

Photos taken by John Herzog at the 2008 CNU Showcase held at Christopher Newport University's Freeman Center in Newport News, Virginia on Friday and Saturday, January 11th and 12th.

CNU Showcase Heat Sheets Jan 10, 2008

Heat sheets are now posted for this weekend's CNU Showcase in Newport News. CNU Showcase Heat Sheets 

CNU Showcase Preview - Saturday\'s Events Jan 10, 2008

The fast sections of the girls 1000, boys 300, and girls 4x400 are clearly the featured events on Saturday at CNU. Here are the names why...Girls 1000: Paige Johnston, Tasia Potasinski, Kerry Hartman, Brittany SevachkoBoys 300: Curtis Campbell, Daniel Nix, Keith Ricks, Taylor Sykes Girls 4x400: Landstown, Grassfield, Booker T. Washington, Bethel There will be several meet and high school facility records expected to go down this weekend as there were actually be three current facility record holders in the building back to improve upon their Freeman Center records including Oscar Smith's Frede Spellman in the shot put and the Bethel boys' 4x400 meter relay. 

CNU Showcase Preview - Friday\'s Events Jan 09, 2008

Photo by John HerzogThe Eastern Region will be coming out in full force for this weekend's CNU Showcase in Newport News. Many of the state's top teams will be testing to see where they are at with less than two months before the indoor state championships in George Mason. Virtually all of the top girls teams will be at the Freeman Center including the  Landstown girls, who had some of the state's fastest sprint relays last winter and spring. Northern Region powerhouse Lake Braddock and defending AAA state indoor champion Midlothian girls will also be bringing their "A" teams into Newport News. Landstown is not the lone great team out of the Eastern Region though as Booker T. Washington, Grassfield, and Western Branch girls will have relays and athletes making noise at CNU.'s Brandon Miles previews Friday's events with a preview article of Saturday's events to be posted on Thursday. will be on-site with Brandon Miles and John Herzog. CNU Showcase Preview - Friday's Events CNU Showcase Performance List   

Finally...some track and field to get excited about! CNU will be loaded! Jan 07, 2008

Finally after a very quiet indoor season so far, the big guns are coming out to make some noise at this upcoming weekend's CNU Showcase in Newport News. The two day meet is quite large as well as filled with a good majority of the state's best individuals, relays, and teams. Not one event is lacking of talent and stars. A preliminary performance list is now posted. will be posting a preview article by Thursday morning as well as bringing on-site coverage with videos, photos, and interviews. Get pumped!CNU Showcase Preliminary Performance List