This week was states week and it did not disappoint. Colby Burcham won his second consecutive title as the Deep Run girls stole first place, Maggie Walker continued their dominance, and Mary Caroline Heinen destroyed her competition.
In the aftermath of his girls' team's surprise victory at the Class 5 state meet, Deep Run Coach Drew Spicer has shifted into post, post-season gear, with several athletes preparing for this Saturday's Nike Cross (Southeast) Regionals.
For the past decade, the Lake Braddock girls' cross-country team has been the epitome of dominance. They took to the Great Meadow course on Saturday looking for a "one for the thumb" win - a fifth state title to finish the decade.
Using the On Course Rating Systems calculator, we are able to project post-season times at the Foot Locker South and NXN Southeast regionals next weekend from the top 50 runners who competed at the VHSL Class 4-6 State Championships at Great Meadow last weekend.
One of the most gratified individuals in attendance at last Saturday's Class 4-6 state cross-country finals was neither an athlete nor a coach. Well, not anymore.
In the anticipatory hours leading up to the Class 4 boys' race on Saturday, one comment continued to emerge verbally throughout members of the Great Meadow spectators. "Who's going to come in second?"
Although twelve teams qualified for each race at the state cross-country meets held in Salem and The Plains, there were also 20 individuals from each Class who earned the right to run for a state championship.
Vote here for who you think was the true winner from the state championships this year.
Hear all the interviews from this Saturday's winners right here.
Which course is faster? What is the time difference between the two courses?
Girls team merge of the results from all 6 class races run at two different sites for the 2019 VHSL State Cross Country Championships.
Boys team merge of the results from all 6 class races run at two different sites for the 2019 VHSL State Cross Country Championships
John Champe senior and Furman commit, Bethany Graham, finally won her first state title in cross country on Saturday. She also ran the fastest time of the day on the Great Meadow course with her 17:43 clocking.
Watch all the state meet races from Great Meadow right here.
Check out the over 4,000 photos from VHSL States right here.
Stay updated with all of the action at both state locations right here.
The "experts" at MileStat.com have made our selections for the individual and team winners this weekend. Check them out here.
Athletes. That is what this weekend is about, athletes and state titles.
The finish lines at both of the VHSL State Championships will be streamed live
Check out the final forecasts for both state meets right here.
Here we look at the 2019 state meet favorites and see where they finished at states these past few years.
Here is the last thing they say before the gun goes off.
Here are 10 athletes of varying degrees that we think are underdogs in their race but could place very high and even win the title.
For those unfamiliar and those just needing a refresher... here is everything you need to know about the state cross country courses.
Here is the coverage plan for this pre-state week. Check out all the planned articles for the week.
Seven teams and six individuals return to the state meet this year with hopes of defending their title while the rest of the fields are trying to changeup that history.
Check out the awesome bird's eye view of the Great Meadow State Cross Country Course.
These are the five biggest matchups of the weekend that you absolutely cannot miss.
This weekend there are quite a few records that we think could fall. Here are the records and streaks you should be watching.
Here you will find links to both the top individuals in each classification and to virtual meets that feature just the 12 teams competing.
Here are the official, 12 teams virtual meets for the class 6 state meet races.
Here are the official, 12 teams virtual meets for the class 5 state meet races.
Here are the official, 12 teams virtual meets for the class 4 state meet races.
It is regionals week! That means the state meet fields will soon be decided for next week's state championships in The Plains and Salem. Here is our updated table for the teams and athletes making the state meet.
See here whose program has made it to the most consecutive state championships.
Needless to say, this race is going to be exciting and without a clear favorite it is going to be hard to call even later in the season.
The class four girls are no joke considering they have more sub 19 girls (8) than any other classification this year.
This year could be a redemption year both for teams and individuals who want to build on last year's performances.
Here we preview the Class 6 girls' state meet based on where things stand right now.