One of the most gratified individuals in attendance at last Saturday's Class 4-6 state cross-country finals was neither an athlete nor a coach. Well, not anymore.
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Athletes. That is what this weekend is about, athletes and state titles.
Here we look at the 2019 state meet favorites and see where they finished at states these past few years.
Most of the time the teams just worry about themselves and their own classification but deep down they want to beat the other badly. That means the two times they meet a year matter a lot
Weddington earned National Runner-Ups in a historic 4x800m battle between them and Loudoun Valley that came down to .16 seconds
Team Virginia will have the rare opportunity of advancing multiple teams and individuals onto the national championships this weekend at NXN-SE.
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.
Not only did we rank the top 10 guys teams in the state but here we tell you why they are in that spot and why they moved between weeks four and six. Click over to the next pages and countdown to VA #1.
While almost a third of the state was running at one of the fastest and biggest meets of the regular season, the Milestat Invitational, 30 teams headed over to the Albemarle Invitational.
Here we preview 10 very big questions we hope to get answered this weekend.
While the rest of the state is competing on flat-fast courses, some 30+ teams will be pushing themselves on the Panorama Farms hills.
Heading into the weekend the state leading time was 18:15, this afternoon though Virginia now has three girls under 18 and a whopping 26 girls now under 19 minutes.
Round one is in the books but things are just getting started between cross-town rivals Albemarle and Western Albemarle.
This season could be another one for the record books. Making their strong return to the top spot this year is Loudoun Valley.
State meet preview written as if states were this weekend.
Your early predictions for who will win each and every event this year at Dogwood.
Meet all the athletes and relays being honored for their performances during the 2018 indoor season.
Your mega preview for the 5A and 6A State Championships this weekend.
The ultimate stats feature which analyzes the depth at 300 and 500 meters for the teams who have made the all-time list for 4x400.
What Adrian and his staff did was bring together a team of guys around a common goal and smartly run together all the way to the state team title.
Here are the award winners for the 2017 XC season.
This weekend was just the icing on the cake for the Albemarle senior and Rice University commit.
Loudoun Valley Boys and Blacksburg Girls are looking to not only run well but to win the entire meet and make it to NXN in Portland.
Here are the teams and individuals entered in this Saturday's NXN-Southeast Regional Championships.
That of course didn't matter because both took care of business, made moves at the right time, and were able to step up onto the Judges Stand victoriously.
Its finally time for XC MileStates. Here is your in-depth preview of the 12 races this weekend.
In their penultimate race of the season and in their final race on their home course the Albemarle varsity squads took care of business in historic fashion.
Quietly on their Panorama Farms home course the boys of Albemarle are training and running their way to a potential podium finish this fall.
Not all major victories come in the Race of Champions, sometimes the big victories come in the JV race from athletes you may not know by name but know in essence.
Here is your chance to pick the performance or performer of the past two weeks.
After two state runner-ups and one state championship Ryann Helmers enters the season as one of the fastest and most decorated runners in the entire state. The Albemarle senior boasts a best of 17:47, run on the state course, and is the top returning 5A runner on paper.
Here are the top seven athletes to watch at the debut of the Queen Track Classic in Richmond, Virginia
The 2009 national record setting quartet from Charlottesville and Albemarle high school just received word that they will be inducted this April onto the Penn Relays Wall of Fame. This group of guys will be the 21st high school relay team to achieve this honor since 1900.
Check out the top 25 boys performances all-time in the MileSplit database at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.
Almost lost in the parade of dominant performances from last weekend's 5A/6A state track meet was Kathryn Mayo's fine run on Saturday afternoon. The Albemarle junior took the lead in the 5A girls' 800 meters right from the starting gun and ran away with a 2:11.78 win, three seconds ahead of runner-up Ashley Brown from Henrico High.
This weekend will mark the 32nd annual Albemarle Invitational. A meet and course that has seen nearly all of the legendary Virginia runners and also made a lot of history. From hosting championship meets for the past 40 years to the Albemarle Invite, all the way to hosting an NCAA Regional this year, Panorama Farms is one of the storied courses in Virginia and one of the best backdrops for a XC Invitational.
Results and coverage from all of the 8 conference championship cross country meets in the VHSL Group 5A classification.
At Panorama Farms on Saturday, Albemarle senior Ryan Thomas will get one of his last opportunities to race on his home course as his team welcomes 35 schools to the grassy rolling hills of Panorama for the Albemarle Invitational. The 2013 Group AAA state indoor 1000 meter champion Thomas is coming off his best race of the season with a personal best 5K clocking of 15:25 at Great American. He is the top returnee from last year's Albemarle Invitational when he finished 4th with a time of 16:02.
MileStat.com will be on-site today covering the Ragged Mountain Cup at Panorama Farms outside of Charlottesville. The Cup is the annual season opener for Charlottesville area schools with a 4x2 mile relay format for team's varsity runners followed by an open 2 mile race to follow for the remaining runners on the team.
MileStat.com visited the Albemarle boys cross country team on Thursday evening on their home cross country course at Panorama Farms just outside of Charlottesville. Their squad is coached by Buz Male, who enters his 40th year of coaching high school cross country. After competing in the competitive Commonwealth District out of the Northwest Region in Group AAA, the Albemarle Patriots move to 5A this fall in the 5A North Division.
The Northwest Region cross country champion from Albemarle High School in junior Ryan Thomas had a somewhat of an up and down cross country season. Highlights for the 2:29 1000 meter runner included district and regional individual titles as well as 15:30's runs twice at WakeMed Soccer Park for Great American and NXN Southeast.
Can any of these Virginia boys make it to Oregon individually as one of the first five finishers from a non-advancing team at the Nike Cross Southeast Regional on Saturday in Cary, North Carolina? Find out more in the Virginia meet preview for NXN Southeast.
The Colonial Forge girls and Battlefield's Nicole Carter repeated as Northwest Region cross country champions, while the Osbourn Park boys narrowly edged out Battlefield for the team title and Albemarle's Ryan Thomas needed a last straightaway kick to overtake Forest Park's Andrew Gaiser for the individual title.
MileStat.com was on-site Tuesday covering the 26th annual Ragged Mountain Cup, which gathered 17 schools from the Charlottesville area at Panorama Farms for a 4x2 mile relay race.
A 2:28 1000 meter runner and 4:13 miler as a sophomore, Ryan Thomas of Albemarle High School recalls his very first high school cross country race.
Photo by Ted Plunkett Ben Deal is a graduating senior from Albemarle High School in Charlottesville, Virginia. Deal was a two-time Group AAA All-State performer in cross country in 2010 and 2011 despite missing a vast majority of his track seasons due to injury. Deal has personal bests of 1:59 for 800, 4:20 for 1600, 9:44 for 3200, and 15:53 for 5000 meters. He will be attending and running for Columbia University this upcoming year.
Middle distance runner Robby Andrews is competing in New York, with an eye toward the U.S. trials and a spot in London for this summer’s Olympics. (via )
Photo by Ryan Kelly Adam Visokay did not start taking running seriously until his junior year and the rest of Virginia is grateful for his late start or he would have left many more runners in his wake of his furious final lap kick at 3200 meters. After catching everyone off guard last indoor season with a surprise runner-up finish in the 3200 meter run, the UVA recruit Visokay has turned it on at the end when it matters each following season. With a sub 60 second last lap in last spring's VHSL Group AAA State Outdoor Championships, Visokay was able to run down the two pre-race favorites for his first state championship in a 9:09 PR. This fall, Visokay ran for team instead of individual glory for much of the season with one of the top ranked cross country teams in Virginia. However, after a second place team finish and third place individual finish at the state cross country meet behind two eventual Foot Locker finalists in Ahmed Bile and Sean McGorty, Albemarle coach Buz Male let his star runner loose at the NIke Cross Nationals Southeast regional in Cary, North Carolina. Visokay unleashed a 5K PR of 15:10 at the Southeast Regional to place second and earn the trip to Oregon for the national race. In Portland, Visokay showed that he had another level of performance or gear in him as he placed 10th (15:37) in a field including many of the nation's best distance runners to rival the top 15 performances by McGorty and Bile at the Foot Locker Nationals in San Diego. This weekend at the New Balance Indoor Nationals, Visokay once again gets an opportunity to measure up against the nation's elite at the two mile distance following a second state title in his high school career with a 9:15 3200 PR run at the indoor state championships on February 25th. MileStat.com interviewed Visokay, the two-time state champion at 3200 meters, prior to his indoor nationals race.
Albemarle's Adam Visokay (2nd, 15:10) and Princess Anne's Matthew Schwartzer (5th, 15:20) qualify individually for the Nike Cross Nationals. Albemarle boys are the top finishing VA squad in 4th place followed by Stafford (12th), Blacksburg (22nd), Midlothian (27th). NXN Southeast - Championship Boys Results
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.
Top 50 boys cross country teams in our database rankings (as of 9/13) based on current season best 5K times among their top 7 runners. Albemarle scored a dominant win at the Oatlands Invitational and Midlothian rolled as well to fast times at the adidas Cross Country Challenge in Cary, North Carolina to establish both right now as the best two teams in Group AA. Meanwhile, Blacksburg and Lafayette with victories at VMI and William & Mary appear to be the top performing squads in Group AA so far.
The Albemarle boys were impressive in their season debut at the Ragged Mountain Cup as they broke the 4x2 mile relay race record (with a 9:52 anchor leg split from Adam Visokay) in the 26th annual season opener meet for Charlottesville area schools.
Adam Visokay shocked the field in the 3200 meter run at this past June's AAA State Outdoor Championships with a devastating last lap kick to claim his first individual title. Visokay and his Albemarle teammates will look to pull off another upset this fall to become both individual and team champions. Annandale's Ahmed Bile is a returning Foot Locker All-American and will be heavily favored to repeat as state cross country champion again, while the 2010 team champions Midlothian look to be the deepest squad entering the season with a top 7 of runners all having 5K personal bests under 17 minutes. Visokay, who will have a strong top four surrounding him in 2010 All-State cross country finisher Ben Deal, indoor nationals freshmen mile champion Ryan Thomas, and sub 10 minute two miler Chris Springer, will be one of several top returning individuals looking to not make a repeat for Bile easy. Both Midlothian (US #14) and Albemarle (US #18) were ranked in XCNation.com's Top 25 pre-season national team rankings and should be in contention for Nike Cross Nationals berths within the Southeast region.
Mattie Webb 18:14 Kyle King 15:37 Photos by John Herzog On an unseasonably warm day with temperatures rising to the mid 80s at Panorama Farms in the afternoon start for the Albemarle Invitational (due to SAT testing date), two runners were not to be broken by the heat or the top competition against them in Western Albemarle senior Mattie Webb and Grafton senior Kyle King. Both Webb and King were pre-season favorites in Group AA and their races at the Albemarle Invite only further reinforced them as the top runners in their classification. Webb had three top 10 ranked runners in the race against her including Group AAA state title contender Hannah Lowery of Stafford, while King was facing two individuals who prize the Group AA state cross country title which he won as a junior last year. In similar races, Webb and King dropped their challengers by the two mile mark to roll to decisive wins with final times of 18:14 for Webb and 15:37 for King. The Albemarle boys appear to have gotten a lift from transfer Chris Springer coming back from injury and inserting freshmen and full-time JV football player Ryan Thomas into their top five as Ben Deal, Austin McPhillips, and Adam Visokay took care of the rest as their top three finishing among the top 20. The Patriots claimed the team title over Commonwealth District and Northwest Region rivals Stafford and Riverbend, while cross town rival Western Albemarle experienced an off day following their great runner-up performance at Maymont. The Ocean Lakes girls have to feel very good about their chances of finishing high at the state meet this year after a second straight trip to the western part of the state for a hilly 5K course against top competition. Last week, the defending Eastern Region champions placed a respectably close second to the top Northern Region squad Thomas Jefferson and this week notched a comfortable team victory against higher ranked squads Western Albemarle and Osbourn Park. Audrey Batzel led Ocean Lakes with a sixth place finish, while the remaining five were well packed with a group featuring a pair of older and younger sister combos in the Bethune's and Park's. Albemarle Invitational Results: Varsity Boys - Varsity Girls - JV Boys #1 - JV Boys #2 - JV Girls - Middle School Boys - Middle School Girls Photo Gallery by John Herzog - 1,609 total photos from all high school races. Race Videos: Varsity Boys - Varsity Girls - JV Red Boys - JV Blue Boys - JV Girls - Middle School Boys - Middle School Girls Video Interviews: Kyle King - Mattie Webb - Albemarle Boys Top 3 - Audrey Batzel - Colin Taylor - Krista DeCault More to come from Albemarle Invitational including race videos, photo gallery, and interviews!
MileStat.com visited the "No Name Bunch" as Coach Buz Male sometimes coins his Albemarle boys at their home course Panorama Farms for a 4x1200 meter workout on Tuesday, September 28th. The nickname is given because the Albemarle team has enjoyed in recent years having some star runners on their squad including Anthony Kostelac and other members of their national record setting 4x800 meter relay from two years ago. However, this might be the best true cross country team for Coach Male since joining the staff at Albemarle after coaching previously at the Miller School, University of Virginia, Langley, and Episcopal. The Albemarle boys last year finished second at the Northwest Region Meet after some did not expect them to even qualify out of the Commonwealth District Meet. With only Kostelac as the major graduation loss (albeit a big lone loss), the Albemarle boys figure to be even stronger this year through five runners. Adam Visokay, Ben Deal, and Austin McPhillips are all key returnees from last year's squad, while Lousa County transfer Chris Springer was a mid 16 minute 5K runner and Jefferson District cross country champion last year to make them solid through four runners. Springer is coming back off an outdoor season ending injury, but Tuesday's workout was his major test as he passed with flying colors running up front with his new teammates for all four repeats under 4 minutes (sub 5:20 mile pace). Following one of their best showings ever at Maymont after historically not racing well on the last weekend of September the past few years on that same course, Albemarle enters a very important two weekend stretch of races where they look to point towards another state meet appearance in November. The Patriots race this weekend as one of the top teams in the seeded invitational (2nd best division) at Great American and follow up the next week on their home course at the Albemarle Invitational. Senior captain Austin McPhillips organized members of the team to purchase red pen striped and 1970s era-esque shorts to compete in this season, but the team had to make a bet with Coach Male that in order to actually race in those shorts which obviously would draw attention to themselves, that they would have to win a major invitational this season. After completing a successful 1200 meter repeat workout as a whole for their squad, the Albemarle boys hope to notch a first place trophy in the next two invites in order to bring out their flashy shorts in championship season. Watch the workout video with the Albemarle boys and interviews with Coach Male and the top four runners for the Partiots below! Pre-Workout Interview w/ Coach Buz Male The Warmup 4x1200m Workout Post-Workout Interview w/ Coach Buz Male Interview w/ Adam Visokay, Ben Deal, Austin McPhillips, & Chris Springer
The Western Albemarle boys and girls swept the varsity 4x2 mile relay races at the Ragged Mountain Cup on Tuesday afternoon at Panorama Farms in Charlottesville. The Western Albemarle boys, ranked #4 in the state of Virginia, won by a total of 1 minute and 40 seconds over cross town rival and #9 ranked Albemarle. Coach Lindy Bain had six boys break 11 minutes led by "A" team anchor Derek Armstrong who ran the fastest split at 10:08. VA #1 ranked Kevin Bennert of Woodberry Forest was unchallenged on the first leg with a 10:16 split, while Monticello senior Nathaniel Hermsmeier looked strong as the fourth leg with the second fastest split of the day at 10:13. The VA #2 ranked Western Albemarle girls ran without two of their top six runners in Emily Moffett and Peri Bowser, but still dominated the relay race for girls as their "A" team crossed the line with a time of 51:51 and 75 seconds ahead of the runners-up from Albemarle (53:06). Group AA state title contender Mattie Webb made it a no contest for the Western girls from the start with her 11:33 opening leg split, which was only a few seconds off the course record still held by two-time Group AAA state cross country champion Rachel Rose of Albemarle. Webb's split was nearly a full minute faster than the next fastest split at the Cup, which helped give her team enough breathing room on the Albemarle girls having three of the next four fastest splits in sophomore Allison Huschke (12:31), freshmen Olivia Lewis (13:04), and senior Elizabeth Sinclair (13:11). Ragged Mountain Cup Results: Individual - Team Race Videos: Varsity Relay Race (Part 1) - Varsity Relay Race (Part 2) - Open Race Interviews: Mattie Webb - Derek Armstrong Photo gallery to be posted on Wednesday
2009 was an abnormally great year for high school state records to be broken as a total of three new state outdoor track & field records were broken in Virginia last spring with the national record breaking 4x800 from the Albemarle boys at the Penn Relays. as well as the Blacksburg girls DMR and Bethel girls 4x400 setting new Virginia state outdoor records on the final day at the Nike Indoor Nationals. Are there any records in jeopardy of being broken in 2010? Check out the full list of Virginia high school outdoor track & field state records.
Photo by Don Rich The most feared and respected middle distance runner in the state of Virginia, Anthony Kostelac of Albemarle, will be competing this weekend in the 1600 and 1000 at the VHSL Group AAA State Championships. If Kostelac were to win both events, he would be the first male athlete to win both since Alex Tatu of Thomas Dale in 2003 and join a small list of half dozen able to achieve the double in the meet's history. After running on the national record breaking 4x800 meter relays, the attention and focus on Kostelac this year is competing in individual events. The Millrose Mile runner-up Kostelac has stated goals of 4:05 in the 1600 and 1:48 in the 800 which if reached would cement him as arguably the second best high school middle-distance runner in state history behind only mile national record holder Alan Webb. Read more for interview with Anthony Kostelac...
Pre-meet team rankings for the Northwest Regional tomorrow in Landover, Maryland. Albemarle boys and Osbourn Park girls are the defending team champions. Osbourn Park girls expect to repeat, while Albemarle and their two man show of Anthony Kostelac and Jordan Hill will be seriously challenged be a well balanced Stafford squad with more than a half dozen individuals capable of scoring points including Matt Hazelgren (pictured left by John Herzog) in the pole vault and high jump.
Athletes from across the country made it official today as they signed their letters of intent. Keep checking back as we continue to add photos of athletes. Send your photos!
Virtual meet preview for the 2010 Commonwealth District Indoor T&F Championships based on performances currently in the MileStat.com database as of February 2nd.
The first MileStat.com Athlete of the Week honors for the 2009-2010 indoor track & field season. Monica Williams of Green Run was one of several athletes selected after her sub 40 second clocking this past weekend in the 300 meter dash at the Boo Williams Sportsplex, which ranks her #1 in the US currently in the early stages of the indoor season.. Athletes of the Week were selected for various discipline of events including sprints, distance, hurdles, relays, pole vault, jumps, and throws.
It is hard to believe, but the Albemarle boys were actually defeated in relay action last year. The national record breakers in the 4x800 indoor and outdoor as well as DMR national champions at Nike Indoor Champions proved to be beatable but in a cross country setting last September in the 2 mile leg-4 runners relay at the Ragged Mountain Cup at the hands of Western Albemarle with Foot Locker finalist Kyle Satterwhite and Nike All-American miler Tyler Stutzman. The landscape of Central Virginia high school running has changed drastically with the graduation of a great 2009 class of runners, so Tuesday evening's Ragged Mountain Cup should usher in new names and teams to carry the torch for this fall. MileStat.com will be on-site at the Cup with race videos, photos, and interviews! First race at Panorama Farms begins with the varsity (boys & girls) 4x2 mile relay at 5 PM.
Albemarle Boys - 7:30.67 4x800 National Record From left: Garrett Bradley (1:55.43), Luke Noble (1:55.34), Zach Vrhovac (1:50.57), Anthony Kostelac (1:49.33). Photos by Tim Fulton While many in Virginia are still in the process of having to put their jaws back in place after learning of the 7:30.67 national record breaking time, MileSplit US brings you the 4x800 race video and post-race video interview with the Albemarle boys after their epic relay performance at the Penn Relays on Saturday. Enjoy! Race Video Interview with the Albemarle 4x800
PHILADELPHIA – Morris Hills senior Liam Tansey peeked over his shoulder with a lap to go. The move was partly a check to see if Ablermarle anchor Anthony Kostelac was still shadowing him and partly to extend an invitation to Kostelac to take the lead.
The greatest HS 4x800m relay race ever held as top two squads shatter HS record. (PHOTOS BY WWW.WINGEDFOOTFOTOS.COM)
The Millrose Games this upcoming weekend at the Madison Square Garden will feature the nation's fastest two high school boys' 4x800 meter relays. The mile races are typically the highlight of the high school portion of the Millrose Games, but this year's 4x800 meter relay could trump the individual races with a highly anticipated matchup between US #1 Morris Hills of New Jersey and US #2 Albemarle of Virginia.
Congratulations to the following 2008 All-MileStat.com Cross Country Team award winners: Boys Team of the Year: Jamestown Girls Team of the Year: Blacksburg Boys Runner of the Year: Thomas Porter (Mountain View) Girls Runner of the Year: Megan Marsico (Glenvar) Boys Coach of the Year: Buz Male (Albemarle) Girls Coach of the Year: Daniel King (Hidden Valley) Boys Freshmen of the Year: Shaquon Wilkins (Riverbend) Girls Freshmen of the Year: Sarah Stites (Thomas Jefferson S&T) Boys Most Improved Runner of the Year: Jordan White (Great Bridge) Girls Most Improved Runner of the Year: Stephanie Cario (Lee-Davis) Boys Comeback Runner of the Year: Ben Veilleux (Clarke County) Girls Comeback Runner of the Year: Allison Homer (Blacksburg) Full write-up on each award winner to come soon!
Team rankings broken down by regions in Group AAA. These rankings were calculated by scoring the performances entered in the database so far this season as a meet. We took the individual rankings and relay rankings and scored them as a normal meet: 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1. #1 ranked teams for each region Central Region: Deep Run boys & Deep Run girls Eastern Region: Western Branch boys & Western Branch girls Northern Region: South Lakes boys & Lake Braddock girls Northwest Region: Albemarle boys & Osbourn Park girls
The 2008 McDonald's X-Country Festival at Maymont will not only help sort out who will be the favorites for state cross country titles this fall, but also who will be the runners and team seeing themselves racing into December in either Portland or San Diego this season. The Jamestown boys (Williamsburg, VA) have been racing at the Maymont Festival for years and this year's meet could be the most important as the top ranked team in Virginia and #2 ranked team in the Southeast region will be the squad which everyone else in the invitational division will be attempting to measure themselves up against and try to knock off the top ranked school from Williamsburg. The race for first among the top individuals should be even more exciting and wide open with five of the top six ranked runners in Virginia in the field as well as 12 of the top 15. Read more... Pictured left by John Herzog: Andrew Colley of Jamestown is the top individual returnee from the 2007 Maymont Festival as Colley placed 3rd in the invite field behind Peter Dorrell and Jason Witt in a time of 15:39.
Norfolk Academy has made regular appearances at the Outer Banks cross country invitational over the years and traditionally faired very well in the event with several team victories, but this year another Virginia school showed up to steal the show as the Albemarle boys and girls came down to the North Carolina beaches for some fun and sun in a cross country run. The Patriots swept the first place finishes for both team and individuals. Luke Noble (pictured left by David Fleenor) zipped through the fast and flat 5K course at Manteo High School in a winning time of 15:52.8, which was a considerable personal best for Albemarle's top runner. More... Outer Banks Invitational Results: Varsity Boys - Varsity Girls - JV Boys - JV Girls
So 9:42 might not sound fast for two miles for a runner of the caliber of Tyler Stutzman with track bests of 9:15 for 3200 meters and 4:14 for 1600 meters, but the Western Albemarle senior broke well under 10 minutes on a hilly and challenging two mile layout at Panorama Farms on a hot and humid afternoon for the 2008 Ragged Mountain Cup. It was an amazing feat, which should be taken seriously by all other top runners in the state of potential great things to come from Stutzman. He broke his own course record by 20 seconds from a year ago and also bested the previous best times on the older version of the two mile course for the Cup by a dozen seconds with his sensational anchor leg for the Western Albemarle Warriors. Many outstanding cross country runners have failed to come close to breaking 10 minutes at the Cup and Stutzman today simply shattered the barrier. More.. Ragged Mountain Cup Results: Team Results - Individual Results - JV Race Results Ragged Mountain Cup Interviews: Kyle Satterwhite (Western Albemarle) - Coach Male (Albemarle) - Coach Bain (Western Albemarle) - Steve Murray (Owner of Panorama Farms) Ragged Mountain Cup Race Videos: Varsity Relay Race - JV Race Photos to come!
Luke Noble and the Albemarle boys expect to be a tougher challenger for Western Albemarle at tomorrow's Ragged Mountain Cup. Western Albemarle will still be the favorites with three sub 16 minute 5K runners in Tyler Stutzman, Kyle Satterwhite, and James Howard-Smith and finished nearly 2 minutes ahead of a fourth place Albemarle squad at the 2007 Cup. However, Albemarle's confidence is much higher from a year ago with three of their cross country team members running on a 7:42 4x800 meter relay this past June. (Photo by Ted Plunkett) The Ragged Mountain Cup kicks off at 5 PM tomorrow at Panorama Farms as Charlottesville area schools will gather to compete in the 4x2 mile relay season opening race. Western Albemarle and Albemarle figure to battle it out in both boys and girls races.
Photo by Ted Plunkett She did not run cross country last fall, but Colonial Forge's Colleen Wade came out of nowhere in the spring to emerge as one of the top freshmen distance runners in the state. Wade earned All-State honors in a stellar double at the state meet with a 5:10 performance in the 1600 from the slow section and coming back later in the heat to finish seventh in the 3200. Wade, the younger sister of former Colonial Forge star K.C. Wade, also won a pair of district titles in the spring and also took the Northwest Region title in the 3200. She should translate her track success into some more glory this fall on the country course.
Yeah...she can definitely run with the boys. MileStat.com will be on-site with coverage on Tuesday evening at Panorama Farms for the Ragged Mountain Cup, which the 4 x 2 mile relay will be the first race of the season for all of the Central Virginia and Charlottesville area schools competing. Plenty of outstanding talent will be showcased at Panorma with some great cross country squads such as the VA #4 ranked Western Albemarle boys, VA #8 ranked Fork Union boys, and VA #10 ranked Louisa County boys. Top individuals will be battling each other possibly on different legs for the fastest split of the meet with the likes of VA #9 ranked Thomas Baker of Louisa, VA #11 ranked Kyle Satterwhite of Western Albemarle, private schools #1 ranked Austin Ellis of Covenant (pictured above, left), and private schools #3 ranked Jeremy Haney of Fork Union. Among the girls, the big name will be Liz Barclay (pictured above center in the 2006 Cup) as Albemarle's star runner begins her junior year as the #3 ranked runner in Virginia. The first race is at 5 PM.
Interview with Albemarle junior Liz Barclay (pictured above by John Herzog). Barclay finished a strong sophomore year as a top 5 finisher in the AAA state race and broke 5 minutes in the 1600 meter run at Albemarle. Barclay will be one of the contenders for the AAA state title this fall.
MileStat.com\'s Brandon Miles interviews Abingdon junior Griff Graves, who led the way for Team Virginia at Footlocker South Regionals as the first of three Footlocker Nationals qualifiers from the state and also help Virginia to the state team title (top five scorers) with his third place time of 14:55. The two-time 2A state cross country champion Graves will be joined in San Diego on December 9th for Foot Locker Nationals by fellow Virginians in Mike Spooner and Thomas Porter.
MileStat.com\'s Brandon Miles was able to catch up with Albemarle senior Rachel Rose, who was a surprise winner of the AAA girls race on Saturday at the VHSL State Championships despite being the defending champion after suffering a mid-season stress fracture injury back in late September. Rose\'s time of 18:53 was the fastest on the day between the AAA, AA, and A races.
A total of 43 schools will be in attendance at the 2006 Albemarle Invitational to be held at Panorama Farms 5K course in Charlottesville, Virginia this Saturday. The meet has its share of local Charlottesville area talent entered in the meet as well others including Northwest Region teams looking to get a preview of their regional meet course.
In the wake of Hurricane Isabel\'s destruction, many weekend invitationals were cancelled or postponed, but several invites in the Southwestern part of the state were able to go off as the area was not hit terribly hard by the storm.
A floodgates opened this past Friday across the state of Virginia as the state was drenched by a storm system that rolled through leaving many of the cross country courses for this past Saturday\'s invitationals in a muddy, sloppy, and slow mess.
The Albemarle boys and Brooke Point girls looked impressive in their wins at the Northwestern Region Meet as both squads look to place high at the AAA State Meet.
After simply crushing the talented field at the William & Mary Invitational last weekend, it seemed as though Western Albemarle would be just be unstoppable this season. However, at the Albemarle Invitational, cross town rivals Albemarle gave them a scare
The 2000 Woodberry Forest Invitational marked the beginning of South Lakes HS senior Alan Webb's final high school cross country season. Webb opened it shattering the course record with his time of 15:18.
Seniors Allen Carr of York and Jeannie Addison of Thomas Jefferson/Governor's School started off their last cross country season on the right foot and both ran blazing times on the Hardy National 3 mile course.
Photo by Tim Fulton of ArmoryTrack.com What’s different about the boys from Albemarle this year from last? Is it that they have 3 All-American performances, a state title, and numerous individual honors? Or maybe that they have already run a faster time than they did all of last year in indoor and its only the second week of December. One thing is for sure, the boys on Albemarle’s 4x800 meter relay team this year have the confidence and poise of champions, and will look to return to the podium this year at states and eventually nationals. As they head up to the Loughlin Games in the famous Armory of New York, MileStat.com took some time to sit down with the junior anchor runner of the 4x800 meter relay team in Anthony Kostelac and discuss the history of the team, and the history they will soon hope to make.