Photos taken by Brandon Miles at the 2009 Great Meadow Invitational held Saturday, August 29th at Great Meadow in The Plains, VA.
Before the month of August ends, Virginia's best teams will have already face off in a very early season battle at this Saturday's Great Meadow Invitational. The meet moved from its traditional date on the first weekend of September and still has attracted many of Virginia's top ranked teams and individuals. In the boys race, the Blacksburg boys and Mountain View boys are considered two of the state's top returning teams. Meanwhile, the defending four-time AAA state champions of Midlothian and defending three-time AA state champions of Blacksburg will match up as well in the girls' race. The individual races will be thrillers as well, especially for the girls with the likes of Kathleen Lautzenheiser, Kaitlyn Davis, Joanna Stevens, Kathleen Stevens, Amy Witt, and Julie Strange. It will be interesting to see the results on Saturday compared to the results on second Saturday of November when athletes return to Great Meadow for the VHSL State Championships. Meanwhile, the boys race will feature some of the best runners from this year's junior class including Brayden Burleigh, George Carter, Cody Snyder, and Silas Frantz.
Photos taken by Linda D'Amato at the 2009 Great Meadow Invitational
The Blacksburg program clearly established itself as the best starting out the 2009 cross country season and in a decisive way as the Group AA school scored convincing victories against two favorites and contenders for Group AAA state crowns this fall in the Midlothian girls and Mountain View boys. Read more... Complete Results - 16 National Elites - Race Videos & Interviews - Photo Gallery by Brandon Miles (JV & Varsity B races photos still to be added) - Photo Gallery by Linda D'Amato
Interview with Blacksburg's top finisher Frank Locascio (3rd, 16:23). Blacksburg won the Varsity A division with 34 points
Interview with Varsity A boys race champion Grant Pollock of Mills Godwin (16:13).
Grant Pollock (Mills Godwin, Sr) 16:13 - Blacksburg boys 34 pts
Ben Peton (Blacksburg, Jr) 17:22
Joanna Stevens (Blacksburg) 18:12 - Blacksburg girls 27 pts
Michelle Kauffman (Blacksburg, Jr.) 21:05
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