Friday's events at Class 5/6 did not disappoint. They were so good in fact that over the course of the four 4x8 finals, it took only 4.6 seconds to decide all three races with one coming down to a photo finish. You can check out the races below.
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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.
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.
Not even Rachel's coaches saw this one coming.
Here we preview 10 very big questions we hope to get answered this weekend.
It looks like the 2018 MileStat.com XC Invitational will once again be the home to nearly everyone's PR's and season bests.
They not only competed well as a team on both fronts but also had standout individual performances as well.
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.
West Springfield and Atlee both held on for the win Saturday in awesome races but the real story was how they won and the race itself.
Watch this race and more from the RVA Relays.
Will the fourth RVA Relays be the best one yet? Our bet is that it will be!
This weekend was quite the weekend for VA XC with roughly 2/3 of the entire state in competition. Here are our top seven headlines from the weekend on the following pages. Check them out and go to our results hub to see the compete results of the season too.
State meet preview written as if states were this weekend.
Rather than funnel more energy into repeating the same process, Gardner decided to call it a day after one jump, and with that decision, completed his 5A state-winning performance with a best jump of 6-8.
Winning here cements your name in history and that state title is something you never forget.
Dogwood Track Classic was one for the history books with meet records falling left and right.
Your early predictions for who will win each and every event this year at Dogwood.
Check out this race and more from the 2018 Lee-Davis Invitational right here.
A pair of Virginia's best 5A athletes will make the trip to this weekend's New Balance Nationals harboring expectations of finding their way to the medal stand.
Here are the individuals that MileStat has named athlete and field event athletes of the meet for their state meet.
Here is your chance to pick the performance or performer of the past two weeks.
In the 2017 installment of the RVA Relays the girls once again stole the show and showed the guys why they ran last in dramatic fashion.
Through just one day of competition we saw five All-American finishes and six EE/Freshmen champions from the state of Virginia.
Watch all of these quick and epic showdowns right here!
This marked over a decade of Atlee and Maggie Walker both racing the VITA Course in Richmond's Byrd Park the final friday prior to the start of school and the season.
All week long athletes will be taking over MileStat's snapchat! Check it out here.
It is truly never too early to begin to examine rankings. MileStat took that addage to heart and is previewing what we found is the likely outcome for next year's Outdoor season. Previewed here is both the Boys and Girls Group 5A.
One of the toughest things to decipher is the value of depth versus talent. Would the favorite for the AAA state meet (if it still existed) be the same as the favorite for the 6A or 5A State meet?
With the state indoor season now behind us it is not only time to look forward towards the outdoor season but also to next year's indoor season. This not only includes looking at the top 50 returnees in each event but also who will be fighting for the team titles and who are the major athletes to keep an eye on in next year's season.
Want to score the performance list and see what teams are in best position to compete for the state indoor team titles and top 3 finishes at the Group 6A and Group 5A State Indoor Championships? Sean Leyh of MileStat.com has already done that as he tallies up the state meet entries to project the top 10 or 12 teams heading into each state championship meet at Boo Williams this weekend.
Virtual meet girls previews (includes this year and last year's season best 5K times) for the 2013 Maymont X-Country Festival which has 116 schools entered in the meet. One of the state's better and more exciting rivalries between West Springfield's Caroline Alcorta and Lake Braddock's Hannah Christen will be renewed again on Saturday at Maymont in the invitational division race.
Atlee claimed both boys and girls team titles at Saturday's Woodberry Forest Invitational with Nathaniel Hall making a strong season debut with a 16:33 victory on the challenging Woodberry Forest School 5K course to win by a comfortable margin of 40 seconds as a repeat champion.
Top 25 pre-season "Cream of the Crop" all-classification XC team rankings for the upcoming season as we attempt to rank the best 25 high school cross country squads in the state of Virginia.
Three teams appear to have serious chances at becoming the boys' state team champions between Northwest Region champions and this past indoor's state champions from Forest Park as well as the Eastern Region and Southeastern District's best squads in Western Branch and Grassfield.
The Atlee boys ran a state leading time of 7:54.60 in the 4x800 meter relay at the Douglas Freeman Polar Bear Meet on Tuesday, January 29th.
MileStat.com is on-site both days providing coverage of the 54th annual East Coast Invitational at the Arthur Ashe Center in Richmond on January 15th & 16th.
Tallwood junior Steven Dunbar now has a share of the national leaderboard in the boys high jump after clearing a personal best height of 6 feet 9 inches at the CNU High School Showcase on Friday in Newport News, Virginia.
MileStat.com is on-site covering the first indoor track meet of the season at the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton, Virginia with the Peninsula District Ice Breaker.
An unfortunate illness the week of the state meet and then an early race fall at Foot Locker South prevented Nathaniel Hall of Atlee of having the close which he had hoped for after a consistently solid cross country season of race performances prior to his final two. The two-time Central Region champ Hall won three major invitationals during the season at Fork Union, Woodberry Forest, and Georgetown Prep while placing well in the top 10 at super competitive meets.
Central Region virtual meet pre-season preview for the upcoming 2012-2013 indoor track & field season. Virtual meet pre-season preview includes the top 8 returning individual performers from the 2011-2012 indoor season performances (relays are not included). Megan Moye may have graduated and moved onto NC State, but don't expect the Cosby girls to fade away as the prominent team in the Central Region. Alexandria Moseley figures to assume the star role and biggest individual point contributor for the Cosby girls as the Central Region's top returnee in the 55 (7.39), 500 (1:16.31) and 300 (40.93) meter dashes as well as ranked second best in the long jump (18'2.50").
There will be a big three of distance running stars coming back for the new 5A classification next fall between Thomas Edison's Louis Colson, Albemarle's Ryan Thomas, and Atlee's Nathaniel Hall who all have run in the 15:30's this season for 5K. Both Thomas and Hall were regional champions, while Colson was the highest finisher among the three in the Group AAA state race with a fourth place PR run of 15:36.
Kara Dickerson apparently does not need too many races to shake off any rust. After last year missing much of the cross country season due to a stress fracture, Dickerson came back to help her Midlothian squad to state team title with a sixth place state meet finish. This year, Dickerson had the early stages of a stress fracture with a stress reaction to start the season and caused her to sit out of all races until the Manhattan Invitational in mid October. In only her second race of the season, Dickerson won the Central Region title in a 5K PR time of 18:06.
Interview with senior Bizz Alidost, #5 runner on the Capital District cross country team champions from the Atlee High School in Mechanicsville, Virginia.
Interview with junior Katie Gardner, #5 runner on the Capital District cross country girls team champions from Atlee High School in Mechanicsville, Virginia.
VA #8 pre-season ranked runner and returning Central Region cross country individual champion Nathaniel Hall (Atlee '14) recalls his very first high school cross country race.
Interview with the Central Region boys' cross country champion Nathaniel Hall of Atlee.
Western Branch girls still remain well out in front as the top ranked team in Group AAA and will be favorites to repeat as state champions this upcoming weekend at Sports Backers Stadium. Trailing Western Branch is two more Eastern Region squads in Phoebus and Grassfield, while teams capable of breaking up an Eastern Region top 3 trophy sweep include Cosby, Thomas Dale, Lake Braddock, Osbourn Park, and South County. Ahmed Bile and John Jenkins along with their 4x400 meter relay have the Annandale boys as the slight favorite over indoor state champions Atlee heading into next weekend, while First Colonial and Colonial Forge could be threats capable of scoring near 40 points.
Group AAA team rankings as of April 22nd. Two types of rankings included with the power rankings scoring the database's rankings as a normal meet through 8 places, while the depth rankings scores through 20 places with 1st place receiving 20 points on down to 1 point for 20th place. Indoor state team champions Atlee boys and Western Branch girls remain ontop this spring as the top ranked teams in both rankings.
Virtual meet preview for the Central Region Indoor T&F Championships based on season best performances in the MileStat.com database. The Atlee boys and Cosby girls are projected to win regional team titles.
(Photo by Ryan Kelly) Atlee senior pole vaulter Chris Pillow has made a steady and consistent rise to become the state's top vaulter this year and also join only roughly a dozen vaulters nationally who have cleared over 16 feet during the indoor season. With his 16 foot clearance two weeks ago at St. Christopher's, Pillow joined an elite and small group of four Virginia high school vaulters ever to clear over 16 feet in state indoor history. MileStat.com interviewed Pillow this past week following his win at Virginia Tech, which is one of final three schools that Pillow is looking at.
Atlee's Marques Atkinson regained his US #1 in the 500 which he lost earlier last week with another drop in time at St. Christopher's. Atkinson is knocking on the door of becoming a VA all-time top 25 performer in the event (1:04.43 cut-off) after his 1:04.83 performance in a quad meet at St. Chris this past Saturday. Quite a historic meet for the Atlee pole vaulters and their vault coach Kyle Bishop with two of his athletes in Chris Pillow and Cameron Overstreet successfully clearing themselves as all-time greats in the event. Pillow's 16 foot clearance ties him for #3 all-time in Virginia high school state indoor history behind only Great Bridge High greats Mike Morrison and Lawrence Johnson, while Overstreet officially becomes the Virginia state indoor pole vault record holder with her personal best clearance of 12'9". Read more... Meet Results
Clover Hill senior Abby Badura has been selected as one of twelve national finalists for the Wendy's Heisman scholar athlete award. (Photo by Ryan Kelly) Two high school senior cross country runners from the Richmond area have been named as the Wendy's Heisman scholar athlete award winners for the state of Virginia in Atlee's Andrew Catanese and Clover Hill's Abby Badura. Badura also has been selected as one of the 12 national finalists who will travel to New York City for the awards presentation for the 2010 national finalist award winner on Saturday December 12th in conjunction with the collegiate football Heisman ceremony. Catanese has been an All-District and All-Region performer in cross country, indoor, and outdoor track numerous times, while earning All-State honors with a 7th place in the 3200 meter run at the 2010 Group AAA State Outdoor Championships. Badura was a USATF Junior Olympics cross country All-American in 2008 and has qualified for state competition four times total between cross country (2007, 2008), indoor (2010), and outdoor track (2009).
Atlee senior Andrew Catanese put in up to 75 miles per week this past summer to get himself ready for the 2010 cross country season. The higher mileage produced a 14:52 3 mile course record breaking performance to open the season for Catanese on Saturday at the Fork Union Invitational in a great duel with Silas Frantz of Douglas Freeman (pictured left together by John Herzog). With good genes handed down from his mom, a multiple NCAA Division III champion in cross country and track as well as being guided as an underclassmen by state champion Ben Dejarnette and all four years by long-time Atlee coach Jim Triemplar, Catanese appears to have made the jump this fall. The jump to not only be in the hunt for a Central Region title, but with the handful of individuals also considered state title contenders in that region, Catanese also puts his name in the hat of potential state champions. MileStat.com interviewed Catanese fresh off his great performance at FUMA...
The Dejarnette twins, Emma and Ben, could not be anymore different from each other including their track & field specialties with Emma as the pole vaulter and Ben as the distance runner. After graduating from Atlee High School in Mechanicsville, both went to two very different and distance colleges from each other this fall. However, they both also went into very competitive and challenging environments with Ben joining a list of big names and stars at the storied University of Oregon distance program while Emma went to one of the nation's top programs in the pole vault at Virginia Tech. Each has had to deal with their hard knocks and the difficult adjustment to college, especially just in practice alone being a part of such stacked teams of talented athletetes, which the Dejarnette twins hope will push them to a higher level of performance in the end result.
Ever since Kyle Bishop, an 8th grader with poor eyesight, raised his hand to try out for the pole vault and heard “you don’t look like a pole vaulter” from his neighbor he has had the determination to succeed. With this mental fortitude Bishop broke the school record and had been to the State Meet twice by the end of his high school career. After just two days of practice the boy who had mocked him quit, with no successes to take credit for. Bishop’s accomplishments display what he believes are the most important qualities in every pole vaulter, mental strength and being a calculated risk taker. MileStat.com staff writer Stacey Nobles interviewed one of the state's best coaches in the very specialized event of the pole vault. Atlee High School has been one of the Central Region's top track programs under the direction of head coach Jim Triemplar, which a good amount of their team's points in championship season is produced from one event consistently by vault coach Kyle Bishop and his crew of vaulters.
Atlee junior Chris Pillow cleared a personal best height of 14'6" today at the Florida Relays in Gainesville. Pillow, a third place finisher at the AAA State Indoor Championships and Central Region runner-up, had been previously been stuck at 14 feet as his all-time best. In his five previous major meets stretching back into December at a CNU indoor meet to up until his outdoor opener last week at Harrisonburg High School, Pillow had been consistent in clearing 14 feet but nothing higher. Pillow's breakthrough height down in Florida gained him a third place finish against many of the top vaulters from the Sunshine State and moves him closer to the top three vaulters currently in Group AAA in Eric Zwarycz of Mills Godwin, Matt Hazelgren of Stafford, and Matt Hoogland of Lake Braddock. All of which are seniors and not returning in 2011 like Pillow. Pillow's Atlee High School teammate Cameron Overstreet with her 12'0" personal best will be vaulting tomorrow in the girls' competition.
Click for more updates: Marques Atkinson used an impressive last lap kick in the final event of the boys pentathlon in the 1000 meter run to go from barely inside of the top 10 entering the event to coming out as a national runner-up in the final scoring for the multi-event. The Atlee junior amassed a total of 3,556 points and finished just 34 points behind the champion from Pennsyvalnia. Atkinson earned 893 points to his cumalative score in his 2:38.34 closing performance in the 1000. Christiansburg junior Travis Hudson had built up enough cushion of points entering the final event of the 1000 which would be his most difficult event for the high jump/hurdles specialist to maintain a top six final standing and earn his second All-American honor of the meet (high jump All-American on Friday) with a total score of 3469 points for sixth place. For the second straight year, Lizzie Powell of Patrick Henry is an All-American in the pole vault at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships. She finished just under her height from a year ago at the Armory with her sixth place clearance of 12'5.50" (3rd in 2009 at 12'6") in a more competitive field from a year ago. The performance is her third best ever indoors behind only her 2009 NSIC performance and her state meet record 12'7" clearance two weeks ago. Group AAA state 55 meter hurdles state champion DreQuan Hoskey of Henrico can feel a national title in reach after his semifinal performance in the 60 meter hurdles where he clocked the second fastest time among all finals qualifiers at 7.98. The Henrico senior was only one hundredth of a second slower than the fastest qualifier for the finals.Joining Hoskey in the finals and creating the possiblity of two All-Americans from Virginia in the event was Christiansburg's Chris Dobbins who posted the fiourth fastest time in the semifinals round at 8.05. Live Webcast
Photo by Don Rich Friday Meet Preview, Schedule, & Updates - Nikki Nunn on her final jump in the finals, uncorked a 19'9.75" to move herself into second place and finish as a national runner-up in the girls long jump. Her performances ranks her #6 all-time in VA high school indoor history. Another athlete representing Virginia very well on the national stage was Justin Hunter (pictured right by Ryan Kelly) of Ocean Lakes notched the state's first national title of the weekened by clearing a US #1 height of 7'0.25" in the high jump, which ranks him also #4 all-time in state indoor history. Add another national title for Justin Hunter as his second place showing in the long jump makes him the national champion in that event as well since first place was an high school athlete from Canada. His mark of 24'7" ranks him #8 all-time in state history, while ranks him #2 in the US this season. Not a bad start in his indoor nationals debut with a triple jump competition to go on Sunday. The Lake Braddock relay of Casey Lardner, Kelly Ball, Kelly Hagan, and Sophie Chase finished as national runners-up in the distance medley relay with a time of 12:06.46, which is a remarkable accomplishment considering Braddock lost their top leg Liana Epstein to a stress fracture injury prior to the regional meet. AAA 3200 state champion and freshmen Sophie Chase anchored their DMR with a sub 5 split and will be coming back this weekend to attempt to win the freshmen mile title at NSIC. Makes one wonder how much faster they could have gone and potentially won a title with Epstein healthy and competing. MileStat.com will be providing updates on performances by Virginians on Friday at National Scholastic Indoor Championships. A quick preview below of who are the top competitors from Virginia in Friday's events at NSIC including Justin Hunter of Ocean Lakes. Hunter (pictured right by Nicoll Knudsen) is competing in his very first national championship meet, but his incredible athletic ability and talent should override any lack of national meet experience as his best marks rank him as one of the favorites in both the high jump and long jump on Friday. Link to Live Webcast (starting Friday at 11 am to meet's conclusion)
Atlee junior Marques Atkinson leads the Central Region team champions into this weekend's Group AAA Indoor State Championships as one of most versatile athletes in the meet. Atkinson this season has competed in the hurdles, high jump, long jump, sprints, mid-distance, and relays. He will likely be the book end on both of Atlee's state qualified relays in the 4x800 and 4x400 along with competing in the high jump and long jump. The Central Region 500 champion will be featured in the fast section of his specialty event alongside twin brother Michael as they will attempt to score big points in the 500 against favorite and US leader Taylor Sykes for an Atlee squad looking to break into the top three and build towards an even stronger squad in 2011 with several key returnees. Read more for interview with Marques Atkinson...
Central Region Indoor T&F Team Rankings based on the best times/marks from the district meets at the Arthur Ashe Center and scored them as a meet. The Capital District champion Atlee boys will be strong favorites to win the regional crown.
Virtual meet for the Capital District Indoor T&F Championships based on performances currently in the MileStat.com database as of February 2nd.
With many schools shut out from finding a nearby indoor invitational to compete in this weekend, teams went outside this weekend in polar bears across the state including at Douglas Freeman High School in Richmond with 13 area high schools competing. With a sunny day and temperatures staying into the 40s for the majority of the day, conditions were decent enough for some quality times to be run on the 400 meter outdoor track. Many district and regional qualifiers occurred at the meet as well as several state automatic qualifying and national caliber performances including 1:05 500 meter performances from Atlee's Atkinson twins (both pictured above by Brandon Miles).
MileStat.com was on-site for the first meet of the 2009-2010 indoor season this past weekend at the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton. It was a very strong opener for the Atlee boys and Western Branch girls as both teams had more than their share of event winners. Western Branch girls did not show its full cards on the opening weekend of the indoor season, but certainly showed a glimpse of what to expect from them this season as they swept the relays and had five individual winners. Coach Jim Triemplar appears to have one of his better squads in recent years at Atlee. At least based off their team showing at the Peninsula District Icebreaker, which saw the Raiders collect of seven wins. The Atkinson brothers had a large role in many of those wins. More coverage from Peninsula District Icebreaker (photo gallery to be posted Monday)
Atlee had the front running and Hanover had the depth. Front running won at the Capital District Championships on Wednesday at Pole Green Park as the defending district champion Raiders of Atlee were able to fend off a valiant charge by the Hanover boys. One point ended up being the difference between the two teams with 37 points for Atlee and 38 points for Hanover.
The Capital District boys team race is shaping up to be a three way dogfight between defending champions Atlee, Hanover, and Lee-Davis. Atlee has the best top three, but has been struggling to find a quality #4 and #5 runner. Hanover does not have a true front runner, but has the best depth. Lee-Davis has the individual favorite in junior Cody Snyder, but Atlee's Andrew Catanese (pictured by Ted Plunkett) is hoping he can get revenge on Snyder from an earlier season loss at Maymont after breaking 16 minutes in a recent Wednesday meet. The Lee-Davis girls should easily cruise to a district title as they prep for the regional meet at Pole Green with Hanover not at full strength with some key runners missing due to illness. Lee-Davis freshmen Bonny Turnage ran the fastest time yet on the new Pole Green Park course with her 18:17 performance in an earlier Wednesday meet.
Kira Barcus was the first 12 footer in the girls' pole vault in Virginia and her AAA Outdoor State Meet record of 12 feet stood for many years until recent years when several girls made an assault on the height. Barcus was a two-time outdoor state champion at Atlee High School as a 2002 graduate. She competed four years at Georgia Tech. Read more for interview with Kira Barcus
A two-time state champion at 3200 meters (indoor 2008 and outdoor 2009), Ben Dejarnette certainly saved his best high school race for last at the 2009 VHSL Group AAA State Championships against two fellow MileStat.com All-Decade team members Thomas Porter and Bobby Peavey. Dejarnette made a bold move in the middle laps to break away from Peavey and Porter then held on to power his way to personal best time of 9:06. Dejarnette appeared to be destined to be a miler early on in his high school career as ran an impressive time of 4:15 as a sophomore, but the 3200 meter run turned out to be the event which his greatest performances would came from. Dejarnette set district and regional meet records in the event this past spring. Dejarnette was also a state runner-up in cross country and several times finished second individually in state track championships. Especially considering his share of ups and downs throughout high school with injuries and illness, it was a fitting close for a hard working runner well respected among his peers to win the 3200 state title. Though, it was not an intentional close to high school as Dejarnette had hoped to make a run a sub 9 in the 2 mile at Nike Outdoor Nationals only to discover a stres fracture while training for the post-season event. Dejarnette heads to arguably the most competitive and successful distance track program in the country nowadays at the University of Oregon, where he will only get better training with some of the nation's most talented young distance runners. Read more for interview with Ben Dejarnette...
MileStat.com caught up with Atlee senior Ben Dejarnette (pictured left by Ted Plunkett) prior to making his official visit to Oregon last weekend. Dejarnette is looking to make amends for a disappointing finish at Foot Locker South in which he hoped to earn a berth to the national race in San Diego with a strong season in track as well as good finish at the USATF National Cross Country Championships, which will be held relatively close to Virginians in Derwood, Maryland on February 7th. The returning Group AAA state 3200 indoor champion will be making his indoor debut this weekend at Virginia Tech in the invitational mile. The senior discusses the disappointment of the end of cross country as well as moving forward to track and the USATF Cross Country Nationals.
Photos by Ted Plunkett Georgetown Prep Classic and several other smaller invites this concluded the regular season of cross country for schools as we head into the district championships coming up this week. Two of Virginia's best in Anneka Wilson of The Potomac School and Ben Dejarnette of Atlee were winners at Georgetown Prep with Wilson setting a meet record time with a 17:45 5K personal best performance, while Atlee's Ben Dejarnette rolled as well to shatter the meet record time in 15:04 and help his team to a convincing victory with 65 points. Huge feats for both as Wilson became the first high school girl to ever break 18 minutes on the course, while Dejarnette dropped the old meet record by a whopping 30 seconds. Georgetown Prep Classic Results: Seeded Varsity Boys - Seeded Varsity Girls - Unseeded Varsity Boys - Unseeded Varsity Girls Georgetown Prep Classic Photo Gallery by Ted Plunkett
#1 and #2 ranked teams face off for the first time this season to settle the debate (for now at least) at Saturday's Manhattan Invitational. Jamestown and Oakton boys have been head and shoulders better than the rest of the competition so far this fall, but both will have their hands full when they race against each other and a loaded field at the Manhattan Invitational. Meanwhile, Glory Days Grill Invitational will feature 6 schools which are ranked among the top 10 currently led by the Octoberfest champs from James Robinson, who are racing in their fourth major invitational in as many weekends and so far have improved their team performance each weekend.
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.
Can any Virginian stop Solomon Haile at Saturday's Oatlands Invitational? The Ethiopian native competes at Sherwood High School in Maryland and is one of the nation's top returning distance runners after winning national titles in the 5K last year at Nike Indoor and Nike Outdoor Nationals. He will be given his toughest test likely until Foot Locker regionals as five of the top six runners in Virginia will be racing at Oatlands with #1 Tyler Stutzman, #2 Thomas Porter, #3 Ben Dejarnette, #5 Alex Ott, and #6 Kyle Satterwhite. (Photo from mocorunning.com) This Saturday should push the Oatlands Invitational over the top into becoming a nationally recognized event with a huge field of 101 schools featuring some national caliber teams and athletes including the Saratoga Springs girls of New York and Solomon Haile of Sherwood (MD). Both will be heavy favorites in Leesburg despite the fact that most of Virginia's best will be present to give their best against the national powerhouse squad and emerging individual national star.
Five Virginia boys teams and four Virginia girls teams are featured in the latest cross country regional team rankings by Marc Bloom and Rich Gonzalez for the Southeast Region. Oakton boys dropped from #1 to #2 in the region, while Jamestown gained a spot from #6 to #5. Thomas Jefferson boys fell 3 spots as well from #3 to #6. Two new Virginia squads are ranked though with Atlee in the #9 spot and Western Branch rounding out the top 10 with the #10 ranking. SE #4 Midlothian and SE #7 Oakton girls maintain their rankings from the previous week, while the Lake Braddock and Blacksburg girls make their first appearances in the rankings this fall as the #8 and #9 ranked squads in the Southeast region respectively. The state is certainly represented well in the latest regional rankings with 9 of the 20 ranked teams in the entire region from the Commonwealth of Virginia. These schools will be tested in the coming weeks with big showdowns looming at Oatlands and Maymont, while Manhattan on October 11th again appears to be the meet which will give a clearer picture if Nike Cross Nationals is a reachable goal.
Jamestown boys are new #1 in VA The latest Cream of the Crop Top 10 All-Class team rankings are now released with the rest of the team rankings to be published late Wednesday night. The top two boys teams in the state, Oakton and Jamestown, opened their 2008 cross country seasons this past weekend away from the rest of the big competition found at Brentsville and Knights Crossing. Both teams won their invitationals convincingly with Jamestown's slightly more impressive to give them the nod as the new #1 ranked team in Virginia. 9/18 Update: New team rankings posted now for Group AAA (& regions), Group AA (& regions), Group A, and private schools.
Photo by Brandon Miles Ben Dejarnette has had a long run with bad luck. He's optimistic that now, as a senior, he's finally on a short track to success. As a freshman, he started his first varsity season of cross country for Atlee High School with a stress fracture. He came back his junior year with a hip problem. And sometime last year, when his hip finally felt healthy, he picked up a pair of unpleasant intestinal parasites. "There's all kinds of little nagging things that pop up when you're trying to get back into training," Dejarnette said. "So really, after the outdoor [track] season, I took two weeks off, got everything rested, and it was kind of like starting new. Since then, it seems like every week I've been getting a little stronger, a little faster. Read full story by Andee Sears of The Richmond Times-Dispatch
Union Catholic, NJ Boys 4x200m - 1:28.35 US#1 Nadonnia Rodriques (Boys and Girls) 400m US#1, NY State Record 52.83 Dominique Booker (Immaculate Conception, NJ) 24.21 200m - US#3 Wayne Davis (Southeast Raligh, NC) Armory Record 55m HH 7.17 US Leader
Photo by wingedfootphotos.comAtlee's pole vault girls in Emma Dejarnette and Rachael Hawks ventured north for their first New York Armory experience at the Marine Corps Holiday Classic in New York. The meet is scored combining the top two finishers from a team in each event. It was no suprise after Dejarnette and Hawks both cleared over 11 feet in the same meet earlier this month at CNU (which was a first in VA state history) that they would easily win such a meet format. Dejarnette cleared 11 feet to finish second individually, while Hawks took third at a 10'6" clearance to give the Atlee girls a combined height of 21'6". Video of the Atlee pole vault girls competing at the Armory (courtesey of MileSplit US affilliate site ArmoryTrack.com)
The Capital District Meet was moved to Thursday from Wednesday with the severe weather that rolled through the Richmond area on Wednesday, but it was another storm rolling through on Thursday at Pole Green Park in the form of individual district champions Ben Dejarnette of Atlee and Lauren Hopper of Hanover. Both scored decisive wins while also leading their teams to district titles.
The Capital District Meet will be held on the home course for the Central Region Championships and certainly will showcase some of the best in region on Wednesday at Pole Green Park. Arguably the fourth and fifth best teams in the region with the Hanover and Lee-Davis girls will be battling out for the district title in a rivalry which will only be extended to the regional meet. The sophomore stars for both teams in Lauren Hopper for Hanover and Amanda Lineberry should also have a spirited race for the individual district crown. Lineberry is the defending champion, but Hopper has had more recent wins over her district rival. Ben Dejarnette looks lead his Atlee Raiders to a second straight district title, but the Lee-Davis boys have other plans as they return their entire top seven and some new faces from a 2006 Capital District runner-up squad.
Emma Dejarnette, one of the very few Virginians willing to make the trek across the country to California for the USATF National Junior Olympics Championships with the AAU Nationals closer by in border state Tennessee, made sure if she was going to make such a trip, it was going to be worth it. Bringing home a new personal best and All-American honors seems to have made the flight to California worthwhile as Dejarnette cleared a height of 11'11.75" to finish third in the intermediate girls division in the pole vault. Earning All-American honors in the event, the rising junior at Atlee High School, improved from her previous best height of 11'6". Already looked upon as the top returning pole vaulter in the state for next year, Dejarnette now is just a quarter inch away from joining a very exclusive and small club of past Virginian girls to have cleared 12 feet in the pole vault.
Atlee’s Ben Dejarnette (pictured left by John Herzog @ Dogwood Track Classic) was one of the state’s top freshmen milers last year for the Raiders and this year has emerged as one of the nation’s best at the distance among sophomores. Most notably, Dejarnette clocked the nation’s third fastest time among 10th graders at the Southern Track Classic with a 4:16.49 full mile. Dejarnette will be competing today at the Central Outdoor Track & Field Championships in both the 1600 and 3200 meter races and stands an excellent shot to win two regional titles as a top seed in the 1600 and second seed in the 3200. MileStat.com’s Brandon Miles interviewed the sophomore distance talent on the eve of his regional meet.
The meet was off to a flying start on Friday in the first day of events at the Christopher Newport University High School Showcase in Newport News. There were three US top five performances recorded during the event and several state leading performances also posted.
Mills Godwin senior Anne Marie Gordon likes drama apparently. Not only is she in theatre at school, but seems to like to wait till the final attempt when clearing personal best heights in the pole vault. At last March\'s National Scholastic Indoor Championships, Gordon cleared 11\'7.25\" on her third attempt at the height. On Saturday at the Keydet Invitational, Gordon cleared a best height of 11\'9\" in similar dramatic fashion on her final attempt at the height.
Everyone in the Capital District will be looking forward to another showdown between two of the state\'s best freshmen runners in Hanover\'s Lauren Hopper and Lee-Davis\' Amanda Lineberry at Wedney\'s Capital District Championships. Hopper and Lineberry have had several clashes already this season with the most recent two Saturdays ago at the Lee-Davis Invitational with a eight second victory over Lineberry in a personal best time of 18:59. Lineberry had defeated Hopper on the same course just three days earlier in a Wendesday meet as she posted a course record time of 18:53 on the new Pole Green course.
SAT\'s and homecoming dates had plenty of runners at this year\'s Glory Days Grill Invitational held at Bull Run Regional Park attempting a juggling act and being crunched for time on a pleasant and Sunny Saturday. Thankfully, a fast 5K course layout allowed runners to finish their races quickly to head off to the next destination.
Indoor track returned to Richmond
In the art of pole vaulting, it\'s Atlee High vs. the Capital District . . . perhaps even the whole Central Region. Raiders don\'t have to join the Air Force to be a force in the air. At least on the boys side, Atlee goes three or four deep in an event where many schools struggle to enlist even one capable vaulter. Junior Cameron Sovick, who has sailed as high as 13-6, ranks third in an Atlee pecking order that features seniors Justin Varner and Jordan Cole.
Many of the Central Region\'s best teams and athletes gathered to compete at the Green Dragon Relays held at the Arthur Ashe Center in Richmond. The meet serves as a final meet for most teams before winter break. One state best and several other solid performances were posted on the spikeless 145.45 meter track surface.
This year\'s second Tuesday night meet at Fork Union\'s Estes Athletic Center turned into the first and a much larger one as the first scheduled Tuesday meet was cancelled due to inclement winter weather last week. With 20 teams on hand for the meet, the Estes Athleti Center was packed for great competition. The Hardy Invitational is named after long-time retired head track coach at Fred Hardy Jr. Later in the week on Friday afternoon, Hardy\'s father, long-time University of Richmond coach Fred Hardy Sr. passed away. Our condolences go out to the Hardy family.
The third annual CNU Showcase showed just why the indoor track facility at the Freeman Center is one of the fastest in the state with a large number of state best performances as well as countless other performances to make this a very deep and competitive meet. Two of the state's top distance runners, seniors Kippy Keino of Fork Union and Alex Tatu of Thomas Dale made there major invite debuts for the indoor track season and in impressive manner.
Two long and active days of competition at the Arthur Ashe Center in Richmond as many great performances were witnessed at the East Coast Invitational. The Ashe Center is known for not being one of the fastest indoor tracks in the state, but some of the performances of individuals and relays at the meet were making the facility not seem so \"Ashe-like\".
Many of the top Richmond Metro area athletes gathered to compete in the Arthur Ashe Center over the winter break at the track invitational and clinic hosted by Maggie Walker. Menchville senior Dwight Porter posted the meet\'s sole state best performance as he won the 55 meter hurdles in a swift time of 7.55. Colonial Heights senior John Bailey yet again took another double victory in the long jump (21-2.75) and triple jump (42-8). Atlee senior Anthony Easter pulled off two impressive wins in the 300 meter (38.08) and 500 meter dashes (1:10.57). Maggie Walker sophomore Ritchie Vaughan had a great run in her 1600 meter win (5:23.66) as she won by over 30 seconds. Fellow Maggie Walker sophomore Emily Wauford also was a race winner in the 1000 meter run with her strong time of 3:20.83. Maggie Walker also had two individual winners in the distance events on the boys\' side as junior Daniel Howard in the 1000 meter run (2:43.23) and senior Jonathan Charlesworth in the 3200 meter run (10:22.04) were victorious. John F. Kennedy had the top two 55 meter dash sprinters on the day as Michael Drake (6.72) won for the boys and Shannon Hill (7.38) won for the girls. Pettes sisters from Armstrong ruled much of the girls\' side of the meet. Malaika Pettes, a senior, was the winner in 55 meter hurdles (8.93), high jump (5-1), and triple jump (35-1), while sister Shoshana, a junior, finished second in the high jump (5-1), long jump (16-3), and triple jump (34-6.25).
Possible thunderstorms and lightning loomed in the distance throughout much of the day, but those storms never came as the Gus Lacy Track Classic was blessed with excellent race conditions as it gave way to many outstanding performances.
When Fred Hardy and Winston Brown first saw the newly renovated track facility at Fork Union they knew they had to come up with something worthy of it. They also knew that they had to do something unique in order to attract quality teams. Thus, the Gus La
The third annual Gus Lacy Track Classic set for this Saturday has a loaded field and spectators can expect an assault on the record book. With Deep Creek and Atlee entered expect a great team battle in the Boys
Not since 1995 has a team other than Atlee won a boys or girls Capital District indoor track team title. And despite the performance of a small group of Armstrong girls, the pattern of Raiders dominance wasn
The question this Saturday was whether it was harder to negotiate the icy turns on the way to the Arthur Ashe Athletic center or the tight turns on the 145-meter rubber made track. Particularly in the sprints athletes had difficulty staying on their feet
The Atlee boys and girls cross country squads basically own the Capital District. Both squads won district team titles as neither squad had the individual district winner, but rather a "monsoon" of runners pouring in after the first place finisher.
Photo by John Herzog With one of the strongest high school cross country fields in the Southeast region year in and year out, the McDonald’s X-country Festival at Maymont will once again deliver a top-notch event to its top-notch competitors this weekend in Richmond. “I would say it was stronger than last year,” says event director Dan Ward. “And last year it was one of the top meets in the Southeast. We have schools from 10 states and the District of Columbia. They’re coming from as far south as Georgia, as far north as New York and as far west as Colorado.” Ward points out that the McDonald’s X-country Festival at Maymont, which has signed up 125 teams with over 2,865 runners, an all-time record, will have more Nike ranked and bubble teams at the national, regional and state level than any other meet in the Southeast. Read on for full story...
As one of the state's longest running high school indoor invitationals moved into another decade, two local female athletes really excelled at a familar venue for both of them in Orange County's Ashontae Jackson and Louisa County's Javanique Burruss with double wins in their specialty of events.