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Boys Top 15 XC Returning Countdown: #12 Conner Prosser Nolan Jez Aug 20, 2016

There are few teams in the entire state of Virginia that have quite the tradition that Brentsville has when it comes to XC. They are trained on the hills and always show up at Great Meadow ready to bring home some hardware. Conner's team enters the preseason ranked #12 in 3A but we have a strong suspicion that they are going to move up a whole lot before it is all said and done.

Nike SE Region Entries Nolan Jez Nov 29, 2014

Footlocker isn't the only race going on this weekend! We have the luxury in Virginia of not only having some of the best individual athletes in the entire nation but also some of the best teams. We have nearly five teams with legit shots at making NXN this year! Check out all the entries to see who is going where.

VA's Best Head South; Disney XC Classic Virtual Meet Nolan Jez Oct 10, 2014

This weekend, right as the weather is getting cold, a few Virginia teams are heading south to heat things up down at Disney. Leading the way in this front will be the starting five from Lake Braddock high school in Burke, Va. They will be joined by their county neighbors Brentsville District (Oatlands Team Champions) and James W. Robinson. Also joining these Northern Virginia teams will be Mountain View high school who is home to the meet record holder, Thomas Porter (class of 2009). Though this course is not quite WakeMed fast, with the right conditions and not too much heat things could get very fast down south this weekend.   

Too Close To Call! Best Performance Poll Nolan Jez Sep 21, 2014

Now this was a XC weekend! The state leaderboards were essentially rewritten and we got to see some of the best performances of the year both individually and team-wise. Though we got to see all of that, we want to hear what you think was the best performance of the weekend!

James Robinson boys conquer the Magic Kingdom of Disney Brandon Miles Oct 12, 2013

The VA #1 ranked James Robinson traveled all the way down to Orlando, Florida this weekend to compete at the Disney Classic at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex as well as a handful of other Virginia schools including Brentsville, Christiansburg, Hanover, Mountain View, Walsingham Academy, and Westfield. Competing in only their second 5K race of the season (first being in a 3rd place finish behind two nationally ranked squads at the Carlise Invitaitonal in Pennsylvania), the Robinson boys inserted 5 runners among the top 13 places to claim the team title in the 4A division (largest schools) with 43 points. Leading the Rams for the second meet in a race was John Tolbert with a 4th place finish of 16:20 and his teammates kept the spread tight to a mere 25 second margin.

Group 3A Virtual XC Meet Rankings (10/8) Oct 8, 2013

  Group 3A classification virtual meet cross country rankings based on 5K season best performances in the database as of October 7th. The Brensville boys had some key losses due to graduation from last year's 5th place squad (3 of top 6) in Group AA, but Corey Tooke out in front has a reloaded Brentsville team back in the mix and in contention for the state meet podium in the new 3A classification. At the Chesapeake Invitational 3 weeks ago, the Brentsville boys were runners-up to Osbourn Park and this past weekend at Great American in the seeded invitational race finished a solid 3rd place as a team. Tooke has been consistent as the #1 runner with three invitational race performances in the 16:10's range this fall.

Group AA Boys Virtual State XC Meet Preview Brandon Miles Nov 6, 2012

  A virtual meet preview of the Group AA boys state cross country race with all 16 team qualifiers and their runners. Team scores are generated based off the season best 5K times in the database. Individual qualifiers are not included in this virtual meet preview.

Group AA XC Rankings & State Meet Preview Brandon Miles Nov 6, 2012

A shocking upset was seen at last Thursday’s Region II Championships with Loudoun County senior Patrick Joseph able to break away and defeat defending Group AA state champion and returning Foot Locker finalist Thomas Madden of Skyline. Joseph had beaten before, especially on the track with Joseph being the Group AA state champion at 1600 and 800 meters. However, anything above 1600 meters was Madden’s territory to own with personal bests of 14:59 for 5K and 8:59 for two miles.  Madden will undoubtedly be out for revenge against Joseph this weekend and should setup for a great individual battle.  

Region II XC Championships Results Brandon Miles Nov 2, 2012

The Brentsville boys and Tuscarora girls were the top ranked squads coming into the Region II Cross Country Championships in Leesburg on Thursday and walked out as the top teams with first place team trophies. While Amber Hawkins of James Wood won big as anticipated with a 29 second cushion on second place, defending Group AA state cross country champion Thomas Madden of Skyline was upset by returning Group AA 1600 and 800 meter outdoor state champ Patrick Joseph of Loudoun County.

10/4 Group AA Virtual Meet Rankings Brandon Miles Oct 4, 2012

Skyline senior Thomas Madden bounced back from an off race at the Oatlands Invitational with a sub 15 minute 5K run and fourth place finish at the Great American Festival this past weekend in Cary, North Carolina. Madden's race also showed just how far ahead that he is from some of the next best runners in Group AA with Blacksburg's Nick Link in 31st place at 15:38 in the same race.

Chancellor Invitational Coverage Brandon Miles Sep 1, 2012

Starting out intentionally slow and racing in training shoes, the Oakton girls looked very much so the top ranked team in Virginia as they beat the #2 ranked team in Virginia, Colonial Forge, by 70 points at the Chancellor Invitational on Saturday in Fredericksburg.

Clash with the Titans Preview Brandon Miles Aug 24, 2012

Preview of Saturday's Clash with the Titans at Hidden Valley High School in Roanoke. Two of Virginia's best in Carolyn Bethel and Katie Fortner are not waiting at all to lock up this season with Bethel looking to establish a last record mark on her home course. Both of the Group AA top ranked Blacksburg squads will be sitting out a few of their top runners, which will leave the door open for their top challengers in Group AA  present for their opening invitational of the season  with the top 4 ranked Group AA girls' teams and 4 of the top 6 Group AA ranked boys' teams.

Group AA Boys Pre-Season XC Team Rankings Brandon Miles Aug 8, 2012

The Blacksburg boys are seeking their fourth straight Group AA state cross country team title this fall. Another state title would also be the ninth state title in school history which would push Blacksburg ahead of John Handley (8 state titles) as the most winningest boys' cross country program in Virginia. Blacksburg should be heavily favored to win with only their #6 runner graduating from a team last fall which were 47 points ahead of the state runners-up. 

Group AA Girls Pre-Season XC Team Rankings Brandon Miles Aug 8, 2012

  Defending Group AA state champions Blacksburg were head and shoulders above the rest in the 2011 cross country season as they won their state title by 55 points over their district rivals from the River Ridge District in Hidden Valley and Christiansburg. Could the River Ridge District sweep the podium again?

XC Practice Tour Stop - Brentsville District Brandon Miles Sep 15, 2010 visited the Brentsville cross country program on Monday, September 13th at their school in Nokesville, Virginia. The program has been in transition the past few years with longtime successful coach Rob Dulin slowing getting out of coach to focus on his running store business to leave the program with past assistant Darrell Earman, who has continued many of the things which made the Tigers one of the state's top teams in Group A for many years and Group AA for the last decade.   The Brentsville boys and girls have been sending teams to state meets for years, but the boys had that streak snapped two years ago when a young group was trying to step into a big role left by a mass graduation of their 2007 state champion squad. Not forgetting that tough early experience, that same group of runners are seniors now and ready to not only making a second straight trip to the state meet but contend for a top 3 podium position. Meanwhile, Morgan Price is the lone girl left from the last podium squad for the Brentsville girls when she finished 17th as a freshmen at the state meet for the 2007 Group AA runner-up squad. As an individual All-State hopeful with two near top 15 state meet finishes in past seasons, Price will look to lead a young team which aims to come on strong at season's end.   The Warmup Pre-Workout Interview w/ Coach Darrell Earman 6x1200 Meter Workout Circuits Interview with Zach Morrow, Matt Earman, & Andrew Hull Interview with Morgan Price Post-Workout Interview with Coach Darrell Earman

Group AA Boys Pre-Season XC Rankings Brandon Miles Aug 22, 2010

It was a dramatic finish to determine the Group AA state cross country champion in 2009 and expectations are for another exciting ending in 2010 with the top two finishers from that race back in defending champion Kyle King of Grafton and returning state runner-up Tommy Curtin of Loudoun County. King had a strong track season as a state runner-up three times in the 1000 indoors as well as the 1600 and 800 outdoors. Blacksburg's George Carter has been one of the best in his class since freshmen year, but no state title to show so far as he hopes to finish his high school cross country career with another team title for his top ranked Blacksburg boys by taking the individual title as well. Blacksburg has four individuals ranked among the top 20. Region II once again looks to be the unbalanced congregation of the majority of Group AA's top teams with 8 of the top 10 pre-season ranked teams with the Western Albemarle boys leading the bunch and crossing their fingers that their injuries and illness issues which kept them out of the state meet last year due not make another huge appearance this upcoming season. Potomac Falls boys still keep a solid core of runners including sub 4:20 1600 runner Juan Campos to make another podium run, while Brentsville looks to show it can still be a top notch program in the post-Coach Dulin era.

VHSL State Championships Preview - Group AA Brandon Miles Nov 11, 2009

Jamestown's Colin Mearns will look to become Jamestown’s second individual state champion in a row and follow in the footsteps of last year’s Group AA champion Andrew Colley, who set a new course record. Mearns appears to be taking his running to another level at season’s end similar to last fall when he had a great stretch of races extending into December for the Nike Cross Nationals.  Mearns is the top returnee from last year’s state race with his 15:28 fourth place finish among a collection of stars in the outstanding class of 2009 runners.

Region II Meet Summary Brandon Miles Nov 3, 2009

The Brentsville girls came through in crunch time to overtake the favored Western Albemarle girls for the Region II team title behind the successful individual repeat by senior Allison Bartels who outran Loudoun County's Julie Strange for a five second 18:58 win. The order and list of boys team qualifiers could not have been predicted by any knowledgeable expert on the region as the Skyline boys qualified for their first state meet ever led by freshmen Thomas Madden and from the Jefferson District, it will be the Monticello boys and not Western Albemarle who will move onto state competition as team. Like the Brentsville girls, Potomac Falls boys are looking like a state meet podium squad in their repeat as Region II champions as a one second spread for their top three runners finishing among the top 15 sparked their charge. Thomas Curtin of Loudoun County continued his breakthrough junior cross country season in winning the individual regional crown with a 16:08 performance at Panorama Farms, which is 17 places better and over a minute faster than his sophomore year regional race. Complete results, race videos, and video interviews with Bartels & Curtins posted. Photo gallery to be posted soon.

Region II Meet Preview Brandon Miles Nov 3, 2009

Loudoun County and Western Albemarle could enjoy championships twice on Tuesday at the Region II Championships in Charlottesville. There is a serious individual contender from Loudoun County in both races as Thomas Curtin (pictured left by Frank Locascio) and Julie Strange have both established themselves as race favorites with strong season best performances last month on the regional course at the competitive Albemarle Invitational. Curtin has been a great story this fall from starting off as a virtual unknown to now be considered as a darkhorse to win the Group AA state title and at least set himself up in great position to become a state champion as a senior in 2010. The Western Albemarle boys and girls have the smallest time difference for their top five among the top contender teams, which could seal a sweep of regional team titles if both squads are able to close the door on their team scoring well ahead of the other challengers' fifth runners with their tight packs.

Evergreen District Championships Virtual Meet Preview Brandon Miles Oct 27, 2009

Virtual meet preview for the Evergreen District Championships to be held Tuesday, October 27th at Brentsville District High School in Nokesville, Va. Warren County junior Seamus O'Reilly (pictured by John Herzog) will be heavily favored to win the individual boys title in the first ever Evergreen District meet with a season 5K best of 16:02. Brentsville will attempt to sweep the team titles today after dominating the Northwest District previously, but Fauquier boys could spoil those plans coming down to Group AA this year. Allison Bartels of Brentsville will look to a win at the district meet to build momentum ahead to the Region II meet, while Warren County freshmen Kayla Gibbons will look to challenge Bartels and at least break up Brentsville's top three.

Pre-Season XC Rankings - Group AA Boys Teams Brandon Miles Aug 25, 2009

The Blacksburg boys could be beginning a two year reign of dominance in Group AA (and throughout the state of Virginia) as many of the traditional powers over the last few years will be undergoing a rebuilding year. The scary thought about the Blacksburg boys is with the exception of Matt Howard (pictured left by Scott Rigler), virtually the same team will return for the fall of 2010 with a strong class of juniors.   On the other hand, a lot of question marks linger for the teams trailing Blacksburg in Group AA. Grafton had a lot of success on the track and posted quick times, but will need to translate the same success in major meets west including at Great Meadow for the state championships. Christiansburg and Cave Spring join district rival Blacksburg returning young squads from 2008. Meanwhile, Brentsville looks to make a run for the podium after failing to qualify for state competition last fall for the first time in many years. All-Decade Team Selection - Jason Cook Brandon Miles Jun 30, 2009

Jason Cook, a 2004 graduate of Brentsville High School, is now a NCAA All-American in the shot put at the University of South Carolina and throws the 16 pound shot well over 60 feet. However, Cook's specialty was the discus in high school with a personal best throw of 172 feet and 10 inches as well as the 2004 Group AA state title in the event. Cook's second best high school mark came in that outdoor state championship at 168'2".   Cook is now teamed up with another All-Decade thrower down in Columbia with former E.C. Glass star and past AAA state champion Mike Zajac as an All-American performer in the weight throw. Cook is ranked #9 among top performances this past decade by Virginia high school discus throwers. will be publishing a series of interviews with many of the All-Decade Track & Field Team members in the month of July leading up to the complete list of selections to be published on Wednesday, July 29th. We have attempted to contact all selected All-Decade team members and asked them to respond to our generic questions given out to all selections.

10/8 VA High School XC Rankings - Top 10 Girls Teams Brandon Miles Oct 9, 2008

Midlothian girls will be seeking redemption at Manhattan, while Thomas Jefferson and Lake Braddock girls will face off for the first time this fall to establish Northern Region supremacy heading into championship season at Glory Days. Bishop O'Connell girls want to show they belong as well and can run with the top teams at Bull Run Regional Park. Top ranked Blacksburg girls should win big at Albemarle, but Ocean Lakes and Osbourn Park hope to make them sweat a little.

Virginians run well at Hagan Stone Park Brandon Miles Oct 6, 2008

The crew from Virginia which competed at the Hagan Stone Park Classic in Greensboro, North Carolina had a very strong showing with many teams seeing their athletes post season best performances. The Brentsville girls won the Championship division with 55 points and a 19:30 team average on the Hagan Stone Park 5K course. The squad was led by race champion Allison Bartels (pictured left by Ted Plunkett), who scored her first major invitational victory with a personal best time of 18:47. She had four other teammates finishing among the top 20 individuals and under 20 minutes in Maggie Gentry (11th, 19:32), Morgan Price (13th, 19:35), Sarah Earman (14th, 19:41), and Lauren Bussian (20th, 19:58). The individual race for first place in the championship boys was a thriller as Hidden Valley's Bryan Lewis kept the top two runners of one of North Carolina's top teams in Green Hope High School from achieving a 1-2 finish for their team with a narrow 1 second over Green Hope's Doug Black with a personal best time of 16:03. Lewis will be considered one of the favorites to win the Region IV title along with Blacksburg's Matt Howard. Hagan Stone Park XC Classic Results: Championship Boys - Championship Girls - Developmental Boys - Developmental Girls - JV Boys - JV Girls Got photos from Hagan Stone Park Classic? Email them to us at

2008 Pre-Season XC Team Rankings by Brandon Miles Aug 25, 2008

The Oakton boys and Midlothian girls will begin the 2008 cross country season as the top ranked teams in the state of Virginia. Not far behind Oakton in the #2 spot is Group AA's top ranked squad in Jamestown. Meanwhile, a trio of Group AA schools are ranked ahead of the next Group AAA school after Midlothian in Blacksburg, Hidden Valley, and Brentsville. Rankings include: Top 10 rankings for Cream of the Crop All-Class Rankings Top 10 rankings for Group AAA, AA, A, and private school classifications Top 5 rankings for each region in Group AAA and AA

2008 XC Pre-Season Previews: Northwestern District Meet Brandon Miles Aug 20, 2008

The Brentsville boys pulled off a magical run to a state championship last fall when few were expecting them to. The odds are stacked against them once again not only to win another state championship, but possibly have to fight their way out to advance out of their own district with heavy graduation losses from the 2007 state champion squad. The Northwestern District after all qualified three teams for the 2007 VHSL State Championships with Sherando and Millbrook keeping their state qualifier teams more in tact from last year than Brentsville. Photo by John Herzog Sherando looks to be the pre-season favorite to win the boys' team title in the Northwestern District as they return six runners under 18 minutes with Colby Witt and Danny Stiefvater as their top runners. Witt (4:34 1600, 9:45 3200) and Stiefvater (4:35 1600, 9:45 3200) had outstanding spring track seasons as the Sherando pair are the top two performers from the track among returnees in both the 1600 and 3200 meter races. Along with teammate Scott Guichard, Sherando has three returning All-District runners from the 2007 Northwestern District Cross Country Championships.

VHSL State Championships Podcasts: Coach Rob Dulin (Brentsville) Brandon Miles Nov 14, 2007

Podcast interview with Brentsville coach Rob Dulin. Coach Dulin's Brentsville boys won the VHSL Group AA boys state cross country team title at this past Saturday's VHSL State Championships at Great Meadow. It was the fourth consecutive state title for the Brentsville boys, which is the second most all-time ever by a Group AA boys team. The Tigers came in as underdogs this season to defend their title, but were able to without a superstar front runner as they did not have a single individual earn All-State honors with a top 15 finish this past weekend.

Brentsville boys claim another state title Nov 10, 2007

Photo by John Herzog Talent may be in shorter supply on this Brentsville boys' cross country team than in years past. But working hard and running in unison can lead to great results. "Even though we may not have the strongest up-front runners as we've have had for the past four years, we have something else that other teams don't have and that's a strong core group of guys who work together," senior runner Ray Delgado said. Read full story... 

Parkes, Wilson win titles Oct 26, 2007

Millbrook wasn’t going to let Brentsville just walk away with the Northwestern District meet trophy. No, they were going to stand up and make sure they shook the hand of each Tigers runner. They were going to tell them exactly how much they respected them just minutes after Handley athletic director Bill Stewart announced the final results and confirmed what many who saw the race suspected — it was one of the closest and most competitive meets in recent memory. Brentsville, the three-time defending champions, edged regular-season champion Millbrook 39-41 in girls’ cross country action Thursday at Kernstown Battlefield. The Tiger boys, the three-time defending Group AA state champions, won the boys’ title by 22 points over Sherando (35-57). Read full story.... 

O\'Connell\'s Fitzpatrick Toughs It Out Oct 8, 2007

  Even before taking her place on the starting line, Megan Fitzpatrick's body was in shambles. Her stomach was doing somersaults. Her legs felt like lead weights. At yesterday's Octoberfest Invitational -- after running in two grueling meets earlier in the week -- Fitzpatrick nearly was depleted and on the verge of giving in. But on the final hill on the five-kilometer course in The Plains, the O'Connell runner's competitive spirit overrode every notion she had of easing off the throttle. Fitzpatrick mustered one last burst and powered past the race leader. She held off one more challenger down the stretch to earn a split-second victory in 18 minutes 26.85 seconds, a career-best time. Read full story... 

Midlo boys & girls pre-season #1\'s in NTN SE rankings, 8 other VA teams ranked Brandon Miles Aug 15, 2007

  The preseason regional rankings for the Nike Team Nationals have been released today with the Midlothian program holding the #1 spot for both the boys and girls, while eight other Virginia squads are ranked in the top ten rankings for the Southeast Region. Just initial reaction from the preseason NTN rankings, expect to see the pecking order to be different in the preseason state rankings to be released later this month based off of voting by the coaches in the state.   Virginia boys teams ranked in the NTN SE Top 10: #1 Midlothian, #4 Mountain View, #8 Jamestown, #9 Oakton, #10 Brentsville   Virginia girls teams ranked in the NTN SE Top 10: #1 Midlothian, #4 Lake Braddock, #9 Brentsville, #10 West Springfield.   Full rankings\'s Watchout List - Top 10 Girls XC Teams Brandon Miles Aug 12, 2007's Brandon Miles takes a crack at the top 10 girls cross country teams in the state for this upcoming season. The top 5 of the 10 are revealed on Sunday with the remaining 5 to be posted on Monday. No surprise with Midlothian on top as the Lady Trojans will have one of the country's most fearsome top sevens in the nation. Midlothian pulled off the huge victory last year at Manhattan Invite and gained valuable experience with a top 10 finish at Nike Team Nationals to better prepare for a likely return trip this fall. The Lake Braddock girls, who had a group last year which would have been Virginia's best any other year if it was not for the Midlo girls, return another team with plenty of firepower with four sub 11:30 3200 meter gals including Christine Moore (pictured left by John Herzog). The defending AA state champions of Blacksburg look to firmly establish themselves as the next team after Midlothian. Maggie Walker looks to be one of the squads to move further up the totem pole than others with a very strong front two in Susannah Piersol and Clarissa Schick and possibly give the Central Region a second year in a row of two of the three podium teams in AAA. Brentsville has a solid core of five back from their tough second place finish to Blacksburg in the AA state race and will look to thrive in the new underdog role and take back their title.  Complete top 10 teams list posted Monday 7:50 PM.\'s Watchout List - Top 10 Boys XC Teams Brandon Miles Aug 8, 2007's Brandon Miles analyzes the top five teams in the state to look out for this cross country season as part of a series of preview articles leading into this fall. Midlothian is the front runner again after holding strong last fall as a pre-season #1 to the finish and onto a dominating AAA state title and Virginia's first NTN appearance. The Trojans will have the handle the pressure of the bull's eye on them once again in 2007. The Western Albemarle boys have a team that has the talent to match up with Midlo's front three with the trio under 16 minutes in the Footlocker South sophomore race back. Oakton has the power in depth and numbers as last fall with six runners back under 10 minutes in the 3200. Jamestown is the sleeper with a very youthful squad as all of their top five runners will be back in 2008 as well. Mountain View is only three years old, but the road to the state meet podium looks to be paved ahead of schedule.

Top VA Group AA Girls XC Returnees Brandon Miles Aug 4, 2007

The Stevens twins, Kathleen and Joanna (pictured above by John Herzog), came on late last fall as freshmen to help the Blacksburg girls to a state championship over Brentsville, who had returned everyone from a 2005 state champion squad. More will be expected out of the twins to keep Blacksburg ontop in AA with Brentsville still as a legitimate contender with a very talented squad coming back this fall for Coach Rob Dulin. The Catherine White era is over in AA leaving the door open for a new champion as Laura Rapp of Heritage and Christina Lee of Potomac Falls look to be two of the top contenders after strong spring seasons on the track with AA state runner-up finishes to White.

Gus Lacy Track Classic Highlights Brandon Miles Apr 17, 2007

Gus Lacy Track Classic Highlights: Light rain and cool temperatures throughout the day did not keep the Gus Lacy Track Classic from being another classic held at Fork Union. The meet featured a US #6 4x800 performance by the Forest Park boys at 7:55.37, thrilling finishes in all three boys distance races, and the Manchester boys showing their strength outside of an injured Anthony Chesson. Complete results are posted with performances entered. Pictured left by David Fleenor: Manchester senior Reggie Hill picked up the slack in Chesson's absence with wins in the 100 and 200 meter dash and a dramatic come from behind anchor leg on the 4x100 to give the Lancers the win.   Gus Lacy Track Classic - Video Clips - All running events except for 4x400's. Gus Lacy Track Classic - Miles Photo Gallery - 1228 photos total by Brandon Miles. Gus Lacy Track Classic - Fleenor Photo Gallery - 151 photos total by David Fleenor.

Asics Invitational Preview Brandon Miles Jan 18, 2007

This weekend\'s Asics Invitational will be hosted at Liberty University\'s Tolsma Track Center in Lynchburg and will be hosted over two days on Friday and Saturday. The meet will feature four individual state leaders including the likes of Bethel\'s Shakia Forbes and Harrisonburg\'s Tim Beierle as well as the state\'s fastest 4x400 meter relay in the Osbourn Park girls. Events will start at 4:30 PM on Friday and resume again on Saturday at 9:00 AM.

Athlete Spotlight: Adam Henken Ryan Call Nov 2, 2006 caught up with Adam Henken on a quiet Wednesday in Nokesville to ask him a few questions. Read on to find out about the tradition of running for Brentsville, Coach Dulin, growing up in Nokesville, hopes of a NTN berth, and whether or not Adam\'s flowing red locks are going to be sticking around much longer...and much much more!

Top 10 List: Best District Boys Team Performances Brandon Miles Oct 29, 2006

Tackling the overwhelming task of summarizing the 64 district meets held in Virginia this past week, I have taken a different approach in making a list of the ten best team and individual performances this past week. Some of them will not be in order based off actual team and individual\'s current state rankings, but how I rate their most recent performances at districts. I\'ll also be trying to recognize some performances that can be overlooked. I cannot recognize all, but I\'ll try to do my best. As you will see with the first top ten list with the boys teams, I took heavily into account how last year\'s teams faired from districts to the state meet at Great Meadows in their time differences among their team averages (top 5 finishers). No perfect science in analzying this sport, but I think it is an important stat to look at because a lot of these teams are competing with the same runners, same coaches, same training plan, and most importantly same courses. The Brentsville boys and Hermitage boys for example cannot have the same application used as Brentsville competed in a totally different course for their district meet from 2005 and Hermitage competed on a different Pole Green course and had to deal with quite different weather and course conditions in their Saturday district meet than the pleasant conditions that were found statewide on the Wednesday and Thursday meets. Enjoy!

Nike Team Nationals Southeast Region Rankings: Week 6 Brandon Miles Oct 20, 2006

Midlothian girls join Midlothian boys as a Southeast #1 ranked team in the Nike Team National regional rankings after a huge victory at the Manhattan Invitational. Hermitage boys (SE #3), Brentsville boys (SE #4), West Springfield boys (SE #9), and Lake Braddock girls (SE #6) all maintain their positions from last week, while Jamestown boys (SE #7) and Blacksburg girls (SE #10) slip one spot each.

Hermitage upsets SE #2 Brentsville boys by a point at Disney Brandon Miles Oct 8, 2006

The Hermitage boys pulled a miracle turnaround in one week at the Disney Classic in Orlando, Florida as they upset NTN SE #2 Brentsville by a mere one point with both teams record low team scores of 31 and 32 points respectively. The Panthers had dropped out of the Nike Team Nationals Southeast Region rankings for the second time this season after a humbling eighth place finish at last weekend\'s Maymont Festival to only come back in one week to take down one of the top teams in the state and Southeast region in Brentsville.

NTN Southeast Region Rankings: Week 4 Brandon Miles Oct 6, 2006

Week 4 rankings for the Nike Team Nationals Southeast Region have been released. Jamestown boys at #5 and Oakton boys at #10 make first ranking appearances this season after their performances at Maymont. Midlothian and Brentsville boys maintain their #1 and #2 spots in the region after an off weekend. West Springfield boys reappear in the rankings at #6 and Thomas Jefferson boys drop from #3 to #6 after Maymont. All four of the Virginia girls\' teams from week 3 maintain their ranking positions with Midlothian at #3, Lake Braddock at #5, Blacksburg at #8, and Brentsville #10. Midlothian and Brentsville were off last weekend, while Lake Braddock won the Oatlands Invite and Blacksburg finished third at Maymont.

Three Virginia boys teams ranked in Harrier Super 25 Brandon Miles Sep 22, 2006

Brentsville and Thomas Jefferson S&T joined the Midlothian boys in the latest Harrier Super 25 national rankings done by Marc Bloom. The Midlothian boys, ranked US #17 in the preseason, moved up two places to #15. Meanwhile, the Brentsville made their first appearance in the rankings of the season at US #16 right behind Midlothian. Thomas Jefferson slipped in as the third Virginia team at #23. The Midlothian girls maintained their preseason US #11 ranking. Complete top 25 list can be found here.

The Road TO Hoover: Part 1 Brandon Miles Sep 22, 2006

The Midlothian team awaited the arrival of the Brentsville team and the charter bus that would be transporting them down to the Great American Cross Country Festival on the sidewalk of the bus loop of Midlothian High School. As the regular student body filtered out at 1:45 pm, some walked by in curiousity of where the large group of Midlothian students with plenty of bags packed was going, while current team members that would not be make the trip to the team came to wish them good luck before their trip. Some kids were probably wishing they should have joined the cross country team in getiing out of school early on Thursday and missing class on Friday. Too bad for them as these Hoover-bound runners earned this trip.

Brentsville Relays Preview Brandon Miles Sep 15, 2006

Who said relay meets are suppose to be fun and relaxed? With a total of seven teams ranked in the latest Nike Team Southeast Region Rankings, the 5x2500 meter Brentsville Relays is turning into an early barometer gauge for some of the best teams in the Southeast Region. The meet will feature the top two ranked boys and girls teams in the region with SE #1 Midlothian boys, SE #2 Brentsville boys, SE #1 Eleanor Roosevelt girls, and SE #2 Midlothian girls. Also competing will be SE #4 Thomas Jefferson boys, SE #5 Brentsville girls, and SE #8 Lake Braddock girls. The event is held under the lights at night and begins with the first race of the day at 4:45 PM and ends with the last race of the day, \"A\" division girls, at 8:45 PM.

NTN Southeast Region Rankings - Week 1 Brandon Miles Sep 15, 2006

Week 1 rankings for the Nike Team Nationals have been posted with a total of eight schools (4 boys, 3 girls) from Virginia found ranked in the Southeast region. Fork Union boys (SE #5) and Lake Braddock girls (SE #8) make their first appearances in the rankings. The Midlothian boys maintain their #1 position in the region, while Brentsville at #2 and Thomas Jefferson at #4 edge closer. West Springfield drops one spot to #8, while Midlothian girls move up one to #2. Brentsville girls maintain at #5.

Top ranked Midlo squads survive scares in opener Brandon Miles Sep 10, 2006

The state\'s top ranked boys and girls teams from Midlothian both survived scares at the Great Meadows Invitational in their opening races. The Nike Team Nationals Southeast #1 ranked squad in Midlothian ran well as shown by their low team total of 55 points in the competitive meet, but the NTN SE #6 ranked and two-time defending AA state champions Brentsville proved to be just as good as they finished two points shy of them in second place with 57 points. Midlothian junior Jason Witt took the individual title in a time of 16:03.15. Meanwhile, the Midlothian girls had two of their seven runners drop out of the race including top returnee and 4:53 miler M.C. Miller yet their amazing depth and talent was showcased still in dominating the #2 ranked team in the state and #5 ranked team in the NTN Southeast region in Brentsville by a 65 point margin of victory. The Lady Trojans were led by the Lautzenheiser twins, Kathleen (1st, 19:20.92) and Leia (3rd, 19:46.59), as the freshmen pair finished first and third respectively. More to come from Great Meadows...

Brentsville girls and White only looking better in 2006 Brandon Miles Aug 21, 2006

Predictability is a word that serves Group AA girls well this fall with the Brentsville girls returning a full squad from a team that simply dominated at the state meet last year and two-time individual state champion Catherine White looking fitter than ever heading into this season. Behind Brentsville and White, there are plenty of great teams and individuals filling out what should be a strong fall for Group AA. Cross Country Girls Team Brandon Miles Dec 8, 2005

Find out which cross country girls from the state of Virginia were selected to this year\'s team. Runner of the Year, Coach of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, and Most Improved Runner of the Year awards were given out as well as the first, second, and third teams consisting of seven runners each. Cross Country Boys Team Brandon Miles Dec 7, 2005

The selection was very tough as always for the Team. As this cross country season like any other, anything can happen. What you expect to happens never seem to does and what happens you never would have expected. One week someone is hot, the next week that person is out of the picture. A star runner goes down, a newcomer comes out of nowhere. There were many deserving athletes to be on this list. Looking at this year\'s group, there are probably a dozen or so runners who are probably in a group of their own and then 3 dozen or more runners who could beat each other on any given day. Some of the runners missing from this list definitely deserve recognition for their fine seasons. Let these selections serve as a way to recognize the great accomplishments of the state\'s top athletes this fall, while serving as motivation and providing drive for those left off or returning next fall to strive for greater excellence in the future.

State Meet Summary Brandon Miles Nov 12, 2005

Midlothian girls (63 pts) simply destroy NTN southeast #4 ranked Oakton (115 pts) for the AAA girls\' state team title. A NTN berth would be well deserved for the Lady Trojans (19:09 team average) after such a dominating performance with four runners hovering in and out of All-State honors with M.C. Miller (11th, 18:52.33), Paige Johnston (14th, 18:56.08), Erin Stehle (16th, 19:04.06), and Samantha Dow (18th, 19:13.86). Anne Tenser (40th, 19:41.45) ran a solid fifth for Midlothian. Rachel Rose runs the second fastest time of the day to win the AAA girls\' race in 17:57.77. The fastest time of the day belonged to Northside\'s Catherine White as she defends her AA state crown in 17:48.66. AA runner-up Becky Stewart (18:32.38) leads her Brentsville squad (19:19 team average) to their first AA state crown by a 25 point margin over Blacksburg. Craig County senior Lori Crotts surprised everyone in winning the girls\' Group A race over her Region C rival Kelly Clark of Glenvar (2nd, 18:55.11) as she did it in convincing fashion with a time of 18:15.45. No shocker in the girls\' team scores for Group A as Clarke County won by a 63 point margin. The Group AAA boys race sees a crazy finish with Chantilly senior Brad Siragusa (15:21.64) finally come up big in his final state meet as he outkicks favored junior Mike Spooner of West Springfield (15:25.26) for the win. The team battle was pretty wild as well as a mere four points seperated the top three teams in state champion Oakton (95 pts), state runner-up Thomas Jefferson (16:20 average, 98 pts), and state third-place finisher Midlothian (99 pts). Abingdon sophomore Griff Graves (15:51.34) got the last laugh on Christiansburg senior John Horst (16:01.40) in winning the Group AA individual state crown, while the Brentsville boys (16:24 team average) had a dominating team showing with 63 points putting them well-ahead of runner-up Western Albemarle. The Clarke County boys certainly showed they belong ranked among the top teams in Group AA and AAA with a dual meet-like score of 20 points to win the Group A state title with nearly 7 all-state individuals with their top 7 all in the top 17 places. Clarke County junior Simon Biddle-Snead successfully defending his title in 16:09.19, while senior teammate Michael Leonard was the race runner-up in 16:29.75. More detailed state meet summary to come later.

Brentsville squads are kings and queens of Region II Brandon Miles Nov 3, 2005

Quite possibly the deepest region in the state regardless of classification as many would say that Group AA\'s Region II can hold its own with the likes of the Central Region and Northern Region in Group AAA, the Brentsville boys and girls simply toyed with the field at the regional meet held at Great Meadows with convincing wins over quality competition. The Brentsville boys were led by regional champion Nick Gehlsen who clocked a PR of 15:49 and teammates Adam Henken (3rd, 15:58) and Henry Melius (4th, 16:06) who garnered top four finishes. Filling out an incredible top five were seniors Eric Ekholm (17th, 16:33) and Eric Truschel (33rd, 16:51). The Western Albemarle girls streak of Region II titles came to an end as expected with the favored Nike Team Nationals ranked Brentsville girls winning by a 53 point margin. The Lady Tigers (38 pts) were led by race winner Becky Stewart (18:25.75) who outkicked Western Albemarle senior Samantha Stafford down the final stretch to seize the regional crown in an exciting individual battle. The Brentsville girls fit their remaining top six in the top 20 and under 20 minutes with All-Region performers Amelia Emerson (5th, 19:02), Lauren Bussian (7th, 19:06.87), and Julia Mitchell (13th, 19:37) as well as Maggie Gentry (16th, 19:43) and Samantha Woodward (19th, 19:54).

VA teams find Northeast is no joke at Manhattan Invite Brandon Miles Oct 11, 2005

Rainy conditions and stiff competition greeted the Virginia schools that made the hike to the Manhattan College Invitiational held at the historic Van Courtland Park in New York City. The Brentsville and Midlothian girls got a taste of how competitive the Northeast Region is as they competed in the Eastern State division. Both teams failed to finish in the top ten in the team scoring of the race division which included six of the top ten teams ranked in the NTN Northeast Region including US #1 Saratoga Springs of New York. Forest Park senior Stefanie Slekis had the best individual run today among the Virginia girls as she clocked a time of 15:17.3 to finish 13th overall in the Eastern State girls\' race.