Making the state meet is a big deal. For some teams and athletes though it is expected and routine. Here are the teams who are rolling deep at the state meet this week.
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The VHSL State Cross Country Championships will be the center of attention this weekend for the entire Virginia running community. The meet features over 1,248 athletes from 215 teams all running on the historic Great Meadow state meet course.
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Here are the individuals that MileStat has named athlete and field event athletes of the meet for their state meet.
That means this weekend that many more teams than normal will be fighting for just two titles that will take near perfect efforts to win.
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The State Meet is just under a month away, it is the perfect time to start looking at the team rankings and leaderboards for each and every classification.
Cody Cain almost by himself has his Thomas Walker High School boys' track team ranked among the top 3 squads in Group A as of April 20th according to MileStat.com's power team rankings (based on performances in the site's database).. At last week's Coalfield Invitational, Cain won 5 events (100, 200, HJ, LJ, TJ) including a personal best clearance of 6'8" in the high jump.
A list of the top returning individuals in each event among Group A schools from last year's outdoor season and links to full returnees rankings lists in each event. Northwestern recruit Hannah Rose of Wilson Memorial has won two state titles in cross country, but would like to finish with more than one state title in track with her 3200 meter state meet victory last June. Rose has the best returning 1600 meter time in Group A by 14 seconds with her 5:10 personal best, while her 10:50 best in the 3200 puts her at a whopping time difference of over a minute and a half from closest competition currently in her classification.
Hannah Rose of Wilson Memorial won her second consecutive Group A state cross country individual title last month at Great Meadow in decisive fashion by a margin of 47 seconds from her nearest competitive. Her second Virginia state cross country championship meet (after moving to Virginia from New Jersey) was an even greater experience than her first one as she got to also celebrate on the podium with the rest of her Wilson Memorial team as the Group A state cross country team champions.
Wilson Memorial had never experienced the joy of being the last team called up on the podium to receive a state champion trophy until a special group of senior girls under the direction of coach with nearly 30 years of experience in Gary Kessler were able to put together a stellar season's finish to be the last team standing at Great Meadow for the Group A girls' awards.
Interview with the Region B boys individual cross country champion Stephen Good of Wilson Memorial. Good won the Region B Championships at Panorama Farms last Tuesday with a personal best 5K performance of 16:48 at Panorama Farms, while also leading his Wilson Memorial squad to a two point victory over the defending Group A state cross country champions from George Mason.
A virtual meet preview of the Group A girls state cross country race with all 16 team qualifiers and their runners. Team scores are generated based off the season best 5K times in the MileStat.com database. Individual qualifiers are not included in this virtual meet preview.
A virtual meet preview of the Group A boys state cross country race with all 16 team qualifiers and their runners. Team scores are generated based off the season best 5K times in the MileStat.com database. Individual qualifiers are not included in this virtual meet preview.
Despite failing to win district and regional titles, can the George Mason girls become only the third team in VHSL State Cross Country Championships meet history to win 5 straight team titles?
At the Region B Cross Country Championships on Wednesday in Charlottesville, Wilson Memorial enjoyed a clean sweep of the team and individual titles. Wilson Memorial boys and girls dethroned the George Mason boys and girls as team champions, but the margins were narrow enough that there certainly will be no strong favorites in the Group A race at next Saturday's VHSL State Championships and revenge will be within range for the defending champs.
Virtual meet rankings for Group A teams and individuals as of October 3rd. The Radford boys led by defending Group A state champion Walker Mogen and his 15:45 5K season best are just ahead of Region C rivals Galax and Floyd County in the virtual meet rankings. Defending Group A state champion George Mason boys have raced in only one 5K invitational this season with that being a slower and challenging Oatlands course to have them currently 6th on this list based on their 5K season best times.
The George Mason boys look to start their own streak of state titles similar to their female counterparts at Mason who currently have won four straight cross country state titles. The Mason boys are the defending Group A state cross country champions and only graduated their #7 runner from a team which won last year's state championship by a dominant margin of 48 points. The margin could be even greater in 2012.
The George Mason girls have won the Group A state cross country team title every year since 2008. Julie Bravin has been their head coach for every one of those seasons, but after a four year run state title run, George Mason will have a new head coach with Bravin moving onto an administrative position while they were able to land quite an accomplished runner as their new head coach in Alisa Harvey.
Interview with Wilson Memorial junior Hannah Rose, who heads into the VHSL State Championships as the favorite in the Group A girls' race. She moved to Virginia from New Jersey last winter.