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Our Path to the State Meet series focuses on a random selection of individual qualifiers and their seasons and path leading up to qualifying to compete at this weekend's VHSL State Championships. Abingdon junior Audra Yarber qualified for the state meet with a 11th place finish of 19:32 at Panorama Farms in the 3A West Regional Meet.
Salute to Senior series article on Abingdon distance runner Tanner Cook, who was a Group AA All-State runner in cross country (junior year) and track (indoors this past year). The King College recruit Cook was putting together a strong senior season of cross country including a 15:56 5K PR down at the Wendy's Invitational before an injury shut down his season.
The Blacksburg girls have had to deal with the Hidden Valley girls as a thorn in their side for much of the past four cross country seasons, but the Blacksburg boys have remained relatively unchallenged in their neck of the woods at the district and regional level during that same time period. That might all change this fall though with Abingdon emerging as a legitimate contender in the Group AA ranks. They will waste no time facing off this season as both squads open up on Saturday at the Clash with the Titans in Roanoke.
Hannah Brown (pictured above by Frank Locascio) sure picked a difficult course to set a new 5K personal best and break a meet record on. The Blacksburg junior who ran under 5 minutes for 1600 meters and won the Group AA 800 outdoor state title with a 2:12 personal best in the event showed herself to be just as capable of excelling at the 5K distance in her first race of the cross country season by winning the Blue Demon Invitational in a new meet record time of 18:59. Following individual race champion Brown, the Blacksburg put three more runners under 21 minutes on the Christiansburg High School's hilly and challenging home 5K course layout while placing six among the top 15 places for a low team score of 27 points. The Jefferson Forest girls (64 pts) finished as a respectably solid second place in the team standings with distance and points to spare on the third place and host school Christiansburg girls (110 pts). For the second straight weekend, Cave Spring freshmen Katie Fortner ran strong up front in the field to take runner-up honors and join a short list in the course's history under 20 minutes at 19:40. The Blacksburg boys put on an even more dominant team display than their female counterparts by flirting with a near perfect score of 15 with only Group AA All-State caliber runner Cody Seymour of Cave Spring able to break up their top five in fourth place with a time of 16:45. Battling it out for first place individually were Blacksburg teammates Frank Locascio and George Carter with Locascio pulling out a slight margin of victory at the end in a time of 16:21 over Carter in second at 16:22. Despite not running one of their top five runners in Anthony Noegel, Blacksburg followed Locascio and Carter pushing the pace up front with Caman Skelton (3rd, 16:36), Zach Link (5th, 16:59), and Matthew Paiser (6th, 17:10) for a 49 second spread and team average of 16:41. A 5K performance under 17 minutes at Christiansburg usually is a good sign for an eventual Group AA All-State finisher, so Blacksburg might have a handful of guys on the podium at Great Meadow come November. The Abingdon boys certainly stamped themselves as the next best team in Southwest Virginia and Region II following Blacksburg with their runner-up finish and team score of 69 points putting them well ahead of the other teams competing at the Blue Demon Invitational. Abingdon had a great 17 second swarm of finishers for their top four runners finishing between places 8 and 14 as well as times between 17:33 to 17:50. Blue Demon Invite Results: Varsity Boys - Varsity Girls - JV Boys - JV Girls Race Videos by Tayloe Skelton: Varsity Boys - Varsity Girls - JV Boys - JV Girls Photo Gallery by Frank Locascio Photo Gallery by Tayloe Skelton
Abingdon junior Griff Graves certainly showed that his preseason mention by many as a Foot Locker Nationals qualifier this fall was right on the money as he clocked a 15:03 5K to finish second in the 3A race at the Wendy\'s Invitational held on the same course in which Foot Locker South will be held at in November at the McAlpine Greenway Park in Charlotte, North Carolina. Graves finished second to one of North Carolina\'s best in Hickory junior Ryan Hill, who won in 14:55. Graves and Hill\'s times topped the winning times in the more competitive invitational (Jay Heller, Walton GA, 15:15) race division. Graves time is a state best for 5K this fall by 32 seconds, besting Maymont Festival champion Mike Spooner\'s 15:35 last Saturday in a win over Graves.
When Tom Graves set the Class AA state cross country meet record as a Sandburg senior in 1977 at Peoria\'s Detweiller Park, he never could have dreamed his son would try to chase that mark on the same course 29 years later. Especially since the Graves family no longer calls Illinois home. Dr. Tom Graves, who is the assistant superintendent of the Washington County Public School District in Abingdon, Va., will accompany his son, Griff, to Detweiller Park on Saturday for the Peoria Notre Dame Invitational. Griff, a junior at Abingdon High School and a Virginia state cross country champion himself, will participate in the meet unattached in an effort to see just how close he can come to his father\'s still-standing 3-mile mark of 13 minutes, 56.6 seconds.
The Run Fer Da Hills Invitational course was lengthened from its traditional 3 mile course to a 5K distance at South Holston Dam in Bristol, Tennessee as two of Virginia\'s top returning runners in Abingdon junior Griff Graves and J.J. Kelly senior Brittany Killough hope to have set new course records in their 2006 wins that will stand for a while. Graves won by over a minute in a time of 16:13, while Killough (19:48) finished a decent margin ahead of runner-up Sabrina Hall of Pulaski County (20:21), who helped her squad to a team title at Run Fer Da Hills.
Competing at Wanner Knights Invitational at Prospect High School in Illinois, Griff Graves ran the fastest time of the year so far among Virginians in the 3200 meter run with a 9:13.9 clocking to finish seventh in one of the nation\'s deepest 3200 meter races this spring. The race featured four Foot Locker finalists including Ryan Craven, who finished third at Foot Locker Nationals in December, which Graves finished ahead of at Prospect. Only a sophomore, the Abingdon star will be competing in a hot mile race at the Southern Track Classic on Friday, May 12th.
Returning to his former homestate of Alabama, Abingdon sophomore Griff Graves finished second in the two mile run at the Mobile Meet of Champions with a time of 9:25.93 as the lone Virginian athlete competing in the meet. Graves time converts to a personal best 3200 meter time of 9:22.53, which ranks him first in the state currently in the event. Graves will be looking to add to his state titles in cross country and 1600 meter run indoors this June at the Group AA State Meet.
Battlefield\'s Jason Driscoll had a fine showing at the Wendy\'s Invitational as he dipped under 16 minutes for the first time for 5,000 meters with a 15:53 clocking in the open boys\' race. Driscoll\'s time placed him second overall in the race. The Battlefield star is currently ranked 12th in the state. Abingdon\'s Griff Graves, ranked #9 in the state, led his squad to a fourth place finish (123 pts) in the 3A race with a time of 16:08 as he finished fourth individually himself. The #2 Group A ranked Patrick Henry boys (225 pts) finished sixth in the same race as Charlie Counts was the team\'s top finisher with a 16:45 clocking for 11th place honors. Female teammate Maggie Lester, ranked #6 in Group A, finished fourth in the girls\' 3A race with a time of 19:29.
The first true weekend of racing action for high schoolers kicked off with several in-state invitationals with plenty of top teams and individuals squaring off with one another in early season contests.
At last week\'s Run For The Hills Invitational Jefferson Forest\'s Cate Jackson (pictured left) and Christiansburg\'s Justin Hatch both finished third respectively as Dena Spickard of Marion won the girls\' race and Tommy Antenucci finished second in the
Just a few days after a successful start on the cross country season by Dena Spickard of Marion and Tommy Antenucci of Abingdon at the Run For The Hills Invitational, they continued that streak as both garnered wins at the Kingsport Optimist Invitational
The challenge of cross country is constantly pushing your limits. Run faster, race harder. On Saturday in the 2002 Shoney\'s Run for the Hills Cross Country Meet at South Holston Dam, Marion\'s Dena Spickard and Jamestown\'s Jonna Reinhardt rose to the ch