With the impressive times that come consistently from the larger AAA and AA division in Virginia State track, the A group is often pushed to the back of people’s minds. Clarke County High senior, Ben Veilleux, however has proven this year that the smaller division A is still capable of producing runners that can compete on the highest level, and in a lot of cases, come out on top.
Photos taken by Brandon Miles from the 2008 Glory Days Grill Invitational held Saturday, October 11th at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, VA.
Photos taken by Ted Plunkett from the 2008 Glory Days Grill Invitational held at Bull Run Regional Park, Manassas, VA on October 11th.
The Bishop O'Connell girls may not be favored to win this weekend's Glory Days Grill Invitational in Manassas with Southeast regionally ranked squads Thomas Jefferson and Lake Braddock in the field, but they certainly could it make close. Closer than most would normally expect even the best private school squad in the state to have a fighting chance against the top public school teams in Virginia, but the 2008 Bishop O'Connell cross country team is not your typical private school state champion caliber squad. A win at the Octoberfest Invitational and 7th place finish at Maymont against a field of ranked teams in Virginia and throughout the Southeast region proved that Coach Cindy Walls has a special group of girls and is doing some great things this fall under her guidance. Led by returning Virginia Independent Schools state cross country champion Megan Fitzpatrick and bolstered by several few faces in senior Claire Whitesell and freshmen Nicole Carty, Coach Walls talks with MileStat.com prior to Glory Days about an outstanding season so far for the Lady Knights and what to look forward for the remainder of this season. More...
Photo by Ted Plunkett In just her second year of cross country, Anneka Wilson seems to be hitting her stride perfectly as The Potomac School junior has been rolling as of late on every course she races on with a streak of four consecutive invitational victories heading into this weekend's Glory Days Grill Invitational. Wilson is part of an outstanding class of private school runners this fall emerging in Virginia between herself, Barbara Strehler of Trinity, and defending state champ Megan Fitzpatrick of Bishop O'Connell. An English citizen, Wilson's worldly travels with her family after stays in Belgium, Singpapore, and England have brought her across the Atlantic Ocean to Virginia in an indirect route to become of the state's top prep distance runners this fall. The former field hockey player has had to transition this season from her previous coach who helped convince her to give up the field hockey stick for a pair of racing spikes, but seems to be running better than ever under the guidance of her new coach. MileStat.com's Brandon Miles interviewed Wilson just one day prior to her big race at Glory Days in which she will look to extend her streak to 5 major invitational wins as well as go after her first sub 18 minute 5K performance. More..
#1 and #2 ranked teams face off for the first time this season to settle the debate (for now at least) at Saturday's Manhattan Invitational. Jamestown and Oakton boys have been head and shoulders better than the rest of the competition so far this fall, but both will have their hands full when they race against each other and a loaded field at the Manhattan Invitational. Meanwhile, Glory Days Grill Invitational will feature 6 schools which are ranked among the top 10 currently led by the Octoberfest champs from James Robinson, who are racing in their fourth major invitational in as many weekends and so far have improved their team performance each weekend.
The James Robinson boys will be the favorites at Glory Days this weekend and shooting for their second straight invitational victory after winning Octoberfest last Saturday. The Rams should see challenges though from Thomas Jefferson, Potomac Falls, Clarke County, and Gonzaga. (Photo by Ted Plunkett) The second Saturday in October finds meet management once again very pleased in welcoming all competitors, coaches, parents and other relatives, friends, and also just plain old supporters of high school cross country to the 16th Annual Glory Days Grill Invitational at Bull Run Regional Park. Everyone involved with the meet is looking forward to another exciting morning and afternoon of racing. with more than 2,500 runners representing 75 different schools from the area scheduled to compete in one of the nine different races to be contested on Bull Run's approximate 5,000 meter (3.1 miles) layout.
Its time to roll and run some PR's! Glory Days is fast approaching this weekend as the meet which has established itself as the meet to go to if you want to run some fast times prior to championship season will host another large field with plenty of ranked teams and individuals set to race at Bull Run Regional Park. MileStat.com will be on-site with coverage from Brandon Miles, Ted Plunkett, and others. A preview article from Pearl Watts to come soon!
Virtual meet previews based off of 2008 season best 5K performances for this Saturday's Glory Days Invitational to be held at Bull Run Region Park in Manassas.