Photos taken by Brandon Miles from the 2008 VISAA State Championships held November 7th at Woodberry Forest School in Woodberry Forest, VA.
Division I Boys: Brenden Leavitt (Norfolk Collegiate) 16:32, Woodberry Forest 70 pts Woodberry Boys prevail on home course, Leavitt becomes second Tidewater champion Photo by David Fleenor Division I Girls: Anneka Wilson (The Potomac School) 18:32 Course Record, Bishop O'Connell 37 pts Wilson defeats 2 past champions in 18:32 course record, O'Connell girls win big as expected Photo by David Fleenor Division II Boys: Raleigh Hazel (Fredericksburg Academy) 17:12, Roanoke Catholic 59 pts Hazel overtakes a hill charging Zook, team DQ gives Roanoke Catholic the title Division II Girls: Dalton Kuhar (Fuqua) 20:45, Covenant 37 pts Kuhar and Bowser create late race suspense, Covenant girls win in rout VISAA State Championships Photo Gallery by Brandon Miles - 1,645 total photos VISAA State Championships Video Interviews: Anneka Wilson - Brenden Leavitt VISAA State Championships Photo Gallery Race Videos (Part 2 is race finish): Division I Boys (Part 1 - Part 2) - Division I Girls (Part 1 - Part 2) - Division II Boys (Part 1 - Part 2) - Division II Girls (Part 1 - Part 2) Note from meet management on disqualification of Peninsula Catholic boys team: The VISAA Cross Country Games Committee disqualified Peninsula Catholic School as a team in the Division 2 Boys championship, but we allowed the PCS individuals as unattached so no team points will be awarded to PCS. Two reasons for a team disqualification: 1)Two bandit runners were stopped during the race and disqualified for not wearing a uniform and 2) subsequently they belonged to PCS who ran more than 12 runners on the team. These rules were fully explained on the entry form mailed to each coach, e-mailed to each AD, listed on the VISAA website, and listed on Milestat. At the awards ceremony today, we purposely did not publish individual results or team results for the Division 2 Boys' Race. However, we did hand out individual awards to the top 20, and we awarded plaques to the qualified top three teams excluding PCS without referring to their disqualification.
Bishop O'Connell girls will be heavily favored to repeat as VISAA Division I state team champions. Virtual meet scoring for VISAA State Championships with race breakdown by divisions (Division 1 & Division 2).
Fredericksburg Academy senior Raleigh Hazel bidded his time in becoming the VISAA Division II state champion with Austin Ellis of Covenant holding a reign of dominance as a four-time winner. He exhibited the same patience in his race last Friday afternoon at Woodberry Forest as he moved in the lead for good not until in the final half mile of the race for a state individual title to lead his team to a state runner-up team showing as well. MileStat.com's Brandon Miles intervied Hazel after his state championship win at the VISAA State Cross Country Meet.
Trinity's Barbara Strehler owns the fastest 5K time this season among private school girls as well as the entire state of Virginia at 17:39 (Photo by Brandon Miles) Two private school rankings with database generated team scoring of top 25 teams and top 50 fastest 5K performances this season. More to come on Wednesday and Thursday in pre-meet coverage of the Virginia Independent Schools State Championships to be held Friday at Woodberry Forest.
St. Christopher's senior Harrison Tucker has a private school leading time of 15:47 and Prep League victory to ride into Woodberry Forest for the VISAA State Championships as one of several race favorites. (Photo by Brandon Miles) Prep League boys champions Collegiate and WCAC girls champions Bishop O'Connell girls are the top ranked private school teams in Virginia heading into Friday's VISAA State Championships. TCIS champion Brendin Leavitt of Norfolk Collegiate and ISL champion Anneka Wilson of The Potomac School will be individuals with the #1 rankings, but both will have tough challengers.
Norfolk Collegiate's Brendan Leavitt (pictured right by Andy Paisley) has been the most dominant private school runner in the Tidewater area throughout this fall with a series of victories following a runner-up showing in a field of the Eastern Region's best at the Chesapeake Invite in late September. Leavitt this past weekend won his second straight TCIS Championships this past Friday and will be considered one of the pre-race favorites this coming Friday at the VIS Championships held at Woodberry Forest. MileStat.com junior staff writer Ryan Wroblewski interviewed Leavitt prior to his win at TCIS.
Episcopal sophomore Reid Nickle is one of a handful of serious threats to win the Division 1 state title. Nickle placed 7th in the 2007 VISAA State Cross Country Championships as a freshmen. (Photo by John Herzog) Race division assignments for Friday's 2008 VISAA State Cross Country Championships. Division 1 schools are considered larger schools with enrollment of 161 students or more for their specific gender's population. Division 2 schools are smaller schools with enrollment of less than 161 students for the specific gender.
Cream of the crop rankings prior to this weekend's state cross country championships. VA #1 ranked boys team: Jamestown VA #1 ranked girls team: Midlothian VA #1 ranked boys individual: Andrew Colley (Jamestown) VA #1 ranked girls individual: Megan Marsico (Glenvar)
Part 2 from the Division 2 boys race from the 2008 VISAA State Championships.
Part 2 of the Division 2 boys race from the 2008 VISAA State Championships.
Part 1 of the Division I boys race from the 2008 VISAA State Championships.
Part 1 of the Division 1 girls race from the 2008 VISAA State Championships.
Part 2 of the Division I girls race from the 2008 VISAA State Championships.
Interview with Division I boys champion Brenden Leavitt of Norfolk Collegiate at the 2008 VISAA State Championships held Friday, November 7th in Woodberry Forest, VA.
Part 1 of the Division 2 boys race from the 2008 VISAA State Championships.
Interview with Division I girls champion Anneka Wilson of The Potomac School with the 2008 VISAA State Championships held Friday, November 7th in Woodberry Forest, VA.
Part 1 of the Division 2 girls race from the 2008 VISAA State Championships.
Meet Comment: VISAA State Championships 2008
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