Previewing the DC area's top private school girls conference championships for a potential 2020-21 cross country season.
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Previewing the DC area's top private school boys conference championships for a potential 2020-21 cross country season.
These sisters took home the 800 and 1600 meter state titles in what was both of their's first state title.
For those that say track is an individual sport, you should check out what Episcopal did this past weekend at the VISAA State Track Championships.
There are two dark horses though in this race for the best 4x200 and they are Episcopal and St. Stephen's School.
The St. Catherine's girls have been settling for second behind Bishop O'Connell and their dominant rule of the private school ranks for several years now. Is this the year that St. Catherine's can overtake O'Connell with nearly an entire top 7 back with 5K PR's at 20 minutes or faster?
You can tell someone is a good coach when they are successful at almost every school which they coach at. Most programs need continuity in coaching and take time to build. However, if you want an expedite transformation of your high school cross country program. Simply call on "Buz". Coach Buz Male has been successful at all his stops at Episcopal, Langley, University of Virginia, Miller School, and Albemarle.
Photo by John Herzog Shantell Bingham, the Virginia leader in the girls’ 55-meter hurdles, doesn’t see drills simply as a way of training her body. They fine-tune her nervous system. At practice, the Episcopal senior slides hurdles closer together, then drags them farther apart. After getting the barriers set, she jumps over them in an all-out sprint. It’s all in an effort to teach her synapses to fire quicker. She’s processing information so fast now, Episcopal assistant coach George Harris says, that it’s almost instinctive Bingham, who says she’s crashed into plenty of hurdles while doing drills, hopes to be smooth over the barriers at the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Championships Saturday at St. Christopher’s in Richmond.
Despite losing their long-time coach Mike Schroer after last outdoor track season, The Potomac School's top runners have continued to press on and appear to not be missing a beat after seeing two individuals win titles at Saturday's Woodberry Forest Invite on the home course of the Virginia Independent Schools State Championships. Potomac School sophomore Campbell Ross, younger brother of the 2007 VIS state champion Johns Ross, won by a convincing margin of 27 seconds against some of the better private school runners in the state with a 16:50 win. Meanwhile, Potomac School junior Anneka Wilson (pictured above by Ted Plunkett) has now improved her odds of winning a state championship this fall by winning at Woodberry Forest against last year's close state runner-up Barbara Strehler of Trinity in an impressive time of 19:23 given the heat and challenging course. More... Woodberry Forest Invitational Results: Varsity Boys - Varsity Girls - JV Boys - JV Girls
Photo by John Herzog The state of Virginia is in search of its next great half miler. Axel Mostrag, Richard Smith, and Alan Webb have spoiled Virginians with the huge splashes they made on the national scenes in the middle distance event this past decade with Webb running a state record time of 1:47 in 2001, while both Mostrag and Smith won 800 meter national titles. The state's current fastest time at 800 meters sits at 1:54. Episcopal junior Allante Keels may or may not end up as the state's fastest half miler at season's end, but he certainly has the tools to become a great one by the time he is done next year. Keels, a transfer from Maryland to the Alexandria boarding school last year and starting cornerback for Episcopal's football team, has great speed as shown with a 49.00 400 and 22.25 200 double this past weekend at the Draper Invite. However, both Episcopal coach Damian Walsh and Keels know his future lies in the two lap middle distance event as shown with a 1:56 performance indoors. He also has some prized spikes to carry him to some fast times after getting them signed by Olympic 400 meter gold medalist Jeremy Wariner at this past April's Penn Relays. MileStat.com's Brandon Miles was able to catchup with Allante Keels for an interview prior to his first 800 meter race this spring at the TJ Penultimate Experience coming up on Saturday.
Photo by David Fleenor Episcopal junior Allante Keels, the current state leader in the 500 meter dash, ventured up to New York this weekend for the Eastern States Championships held at the New York Armory to jump up to his first 800 meter race indoors this season. Keels dropped a personal best and state best time of 1:56.78 to finish fourth in the race. Expect to see Keels in more 800 meter races this spring as he could be one of Virginia's very best in the event.Eastern States Championships Meet Page w/ Results
Photo by David Fleenor Pre-season rankings for the private school girls by the coaches of Virginia place Trinity's Barbara Strehler (pictured above, left) as the unanimous #1 ranked individual with qualified credentials as the defending Division I state champion in cross country as well as state winner at 3200 meters both indoors and outdoors to along with a sub 5:10 mile. Meanwhile, defending Division II champion Jane Gay is close behind ranked #2 among private school girls as Gay won her state race last year 30 seconds faster than Strehler's top time. Megan Fitzpatrick (pictured above, center) leads what should be an even more powerful front lineup for the Bishop O'Connell girls with Gloria Roberts (19:14 5K best) transferring in from Archbishop John Carroll (DC) to join two of the top five returning runners from the VIS State Meet in Fitzpatrick and Katie Walls. O'Connell takes the top spot for teams. Read on for full rankings!
First of MileStat.com's VA Coaches Pre-season Cross Country Rankings to be released today (Wednesday, August 29th) with the top 10 teams and top 15 individuals among private school boys, which is voted on by coaches among the private school ranks. Two champions from last year are still ontop as pre-season #1's as the Fork Union boys are looking to make it a third straight Division I state title, while Covenant's Austin Ellis (pictured above leading the 2006 VIS Division II state race with #4 ranked Thomas McConnell and #2 ranked Johns Ross) is looking to make it a perfect sweep of state championships with a 4-peat in the smaller school Division II classification. Read on for the full rankings!
Last year\'s VIS state champions Paul VI returns a squad that should contend to win another title this year as they have several key returnees from a year ago including a strong front three in 2005 VIS State Cross Country Championships top 15 finishers Michelle Kew (7th), Kelsey Budd (9th), and Natalie Cowden (13th). The Paul VI girls were state champions by a significant margin of 44 points last year, but only 13 points separated places two through five in the team standings as all four of the squads would like to make up ground on the defending champs this year.
That agonizing stretch of school after Thanksgiving and before Winter break has come to a close, so it\'s time for another Jois Report. Of course, we\'ll need to wait a few more weeks for Indoor to get serious, and we missed out on a few potentially high quality meets due to rough weather, including the Episcopal Relays and a FUMA meet. Nevertheless, some athletes have already put forth noteworthy performances this indoor season.
The League of Independent Schools Championship was held on November 4th on the very flat campus of Norfolk Academy.