Results and coverage from all of the 8 conference championship cross country meets in the VHSL Group 5A classification.
Articles with Brooke Point
The Glen Allen boys cross country team is a squad on the rise in the new 4A classification after winning the Pole Green Cross Country Classic in Mechancisville on Saturday with three runners in the 16 minute range for 5K.
Katherine Walker (pictured left by Brandon Miles) of Brooke Point has proved to other female distance runners that you do not have to be running phenominal times out of the gate as an underclassmen to become of the state's elite athletes as a high school senior. Walker had modest times as a junior last year of 5:23 in the 1600, 11:22 in the 3200 3200, and 19:57 in the 5K while qualifying for her first state meet in the spring in the 3200 meter run with a 13th place finish at Todd Stadium. There was little indication of the huge jump which Walker would make in the following year. A new and vastly improved runner emerged in the fall as Walker was running consistently in the 18 minute range for 5K, pulled out an upset win at the Northwest Region Championships, and nearly claimed a state title as a first-time qualifier at Great Meadow falling to second in the final stretch of the Group AAA race. After two strong races and lifetime bests in back to back weekends with a 4:59 1600 two weekends ago at North Stafford and a 10:38 3200 this past weekend at Mountain View, Walker has asserted herself as one of the top state title contenders this spring. Read more for interview with Walker...
Brooke Point junior Roderque Gray (pictured right by Ryan Kelly) is one of the state's top returnees in the 100 and 200 meter dash based off his times last summer in age group club meet competition. He showed this past weekend in his outdoor season debut at the Brian Watkins I-95 Invitational that he is ready to validate those summer performances and perform right along the state's best during the actual high school season. At Potomac Senior High School in Dumfries on Saturday, Gray clocked personal best times of 10.97 in the 100 meter dash and 21.61 in the 200 meter dash as the 200 performance added a fourth school record to his credentials. Both times are early season state leader clockings in Virginia. Limited meets and practice due to the snowstorms of this past winter slowed him down from his potential in the indoor season as well as missing All-State honors in the 55 (7th) and 300 meter dash (10th). Following some good weather and quality training though since the end of indoor, Roderque Gray appears ready to become one of the top challengers to new sprint king and Nike Indoor Nationals 60 dash champion Darrell Wesh and definitely in position to become a rare sprint champion from the Northwest Region next year as an 11th grader currently. MileStat.com interviewed Gray following his stellar sprint double to start his spring season at the Brian Watkins I-95 Invite.
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.
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.
The Maggie Walker girls rolled out a decisive win with 26 total points at the Lee-Davis Invite against two solid teams from north of Richmond in the Northwest Region's Brooke Point and Northern Region's James Robinson by taking the first three places in the race. Maggie Walker junior Susannah Piersol won in 19:12 as she was 23 seconds ahead of sophomore teammate Clarissa Schick, who had ran number one from the team last week at the Newport News Invite. Natalie Davis rounded out the top three sweep with a time of 20:06 for third place as she was just ahead of Brooke Point sophomore Kellie Hall. Hall led Brooke Point, a team racing better than expected with top returnee Brittany Wilhelm out, with a time of 20:11 for fourth place. Brooke Point (51 pts) finished ahead in a close battle for team runner-up honors with James Robinson (3rd, 53 pts) as only two points separated the teams. Running very well were the James Robinson boys with a total of six athletes in the first dozen places as both Robinson seniors Martin Wester (2nd, 16:44) and David Stem (3rd, 16:48). The Rams were easy winners with 35 points. Mills Godwin's Brian Welch (pictured right by John Herzog) pulled away firtually without ease to win his first major invitational in 16:28 at Pole Green's 5K course. Lee-Davis Invitational Photo Gallery by John Herzog
Video interview by Brandon Miles at the Dogwood Track Classic with Brooke Point senior April Sinkler. Sinkler won the high jump, long jump, and triple jump with two meet records in the long jump (19-7) and triple jump (39-8.75).
Scudieri Team Challenge Highlights: Many stellar performances at the Scudieri Team Challenge at West Potomac High Schook, despite the meet went head to head with the Metro Run & Walk Northern Virginia Invitaitonal to spread out the Northern Region talent between the two meets. W.T. Woodson's Sarrah Hadiji (pictured right by Brandon Miles), fresh off a European spring vacation, showed she obviously stayed fit while on the other side of pond with a state leading time of 5:08.22 in the 1600 meter run and doubled back for a 2:20.25 meter run as two-time 3200 meter state champion sharpens up for the longer event and the 3K at Penn Relays. Robert E. Lee senior Sean Holston, fresh off his MVP 400 and 200 meter double at the Mobile Challenge of Champions in Alabama, came back to Virginia to put on a show for the home crowd with a 21.52 clocking in the 200 meter dash. Complete results and all performances are posted from Scudieri. Full meet summary...
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.
A steady downpour of rain that started yesterday and continued throughout today made Saturday\'s Octoberfest Invitational at Great Meadows a mud slop-fest as two over flowing creek crossings and long stretches of mud and puddles made for tough race conditions for the high school runners throughout the day. Not a day for anyone to run a personal best, but some outstanding performances were recorded throughout the day. Northside senior Catherine White took the \"A\" girls race in a time of 19:08.07, but more impressive was James River junior Kristen Wolfe only finishing nine seconds off the Foot Locker All-American in a time of 19:17.81. Meanwhile, Radford junior Nathan Brame pulled away from the field midway to come away with a 17:10 victory in the \"A\" race with Manchester senior Andrew Duty charging hard into a second place run of 17:16. Maryland\'s best in Quince Orchard (142 pts) as well as NTN Southeast #9 ranked squad knocked off SE #7 Thomas Jefferson (161 pts) for the \"A\" boys team title. The Northern Region took three of the top four team places in the \"A\" girls\' race with James Robinson (151 pts) finishing ahead of higher ranked AAA squads Langley (2nd, 178 pts) and Maggie Walker (3rd, 195 pts). Complete meet summary is posted with photos as well as video clips (clips of runners crossing creeks a MUST SEE) and a photo gallery from Octoberfest! More to come from other meets, Virginia teams and individuals participated in this weekend! Octoberfest Invitational Video Clips Octoberfest Invitational Photo Gallery
The high school cross country season in Virginia opened today at the Chancellor Invitational held at Loriella Park in Fredricksburg. The remnants of Ernesto soaked much of Virginia on Friday and rain continued to persist for Saturday morning races. However, the conditions did not stop the runners from performing at a high level. Mountain View sophomore Thomas Porter cruised to a 16:39 win in the boys race as he also led his squad (83 pts) to a seven point victory over Jamestown (90 pts). Meanwhile, the Colonial Forge girls (73 pts) were convincing winners by 48 points over Brooke Point (121 pts). The Lady Eagles were led by race winner Kaylan Comer, who came out on top in a time of 20:04 in a race which many lead changes occurred.
Chancellor Invitational to be held at Loriella Park in Fredricksburg. The opening meet will feature over 1,100 athletes representing a total of 32 schools. The Colonial Forge girls are the top ranked team in the field with their #8 state preseason ranking. Individually, Mountain View sophomore Thomas Porter is head of his class this weekend at Loriella as he will attempt to go after Devin Cornwall\'s one year old course record of 16:02, while a slew of girls are in the running to cross the line first at Loriella. AS OF 4:34 PM FRIDAY...CHANCELLOR INVITE IS STILL ON!
The Octoberfest Invitational saw some heavyweight matchups with some of the state\'s best racing against one another. The Thomas Jefferson boys proved their legitimacy as the top ranked team in the state with a convincing win by 55 points over second place Herndon with five runners under 16:50 on the Great Meadows hill course for 5,000 meters. Chantilly senior Brad Siragusa proved just why many are considering him the best runner in the state this year by getting revenge on Herndon\'s Abe Daganchew and beating Group AA\'s best in John Horst of Christiansburg and Zac Edwards of Northside in a time of 15:44.10. Horst finished a strong second in 15:48.09 for his second consecutive victory over a Group AA #1 ranked runner in Edwards (3rd, 16:01.43) this week and Abingdon\'s Griff Graves at Bristol Cross last weekend. Dagnachew, a race leader and with the lead pack for most of the race, faltered badly in the latter portion of the race to a 20th place finish. Another upset in the AA ranks was the Sherando boys (216 pts) knocking off Fort Defiance (247 pts) for fourth place honors. On the girls\' side, the individual and team winners were probably surprises to most, but no shocker for those who have seen Albemarle\'s Rachel Rose and the Blacksburg girls race all season. Albemarle junior Rachel Rose took a convincing victory over Group AAA #1 ranked Stefanie Slekis (18:16.41) with a winning time of 17:58.96. Rose had previously been ranked #2 in Group AAA behind Slekis. Meanwhile, the Group AA #3 and #9 state ranked Blacksburg girls defeated four higher ranked teams in #4 Westfield (2nd, 161 pts), #5 Fairfax (3rd, 185 pts), #6 Lake Braddock (4th, 206 pts), and #7 Brooke Point (5th, 209 pts) with a team score of 150 points. With a strong top four that all finished in the top 20 places in Ariel Burbey (7th, 18:56.64), Allison Homer (15th, 19:36.83), Laurel MacMillan (19th, 19:41.84), and Cate Berenato (20th, 19:42.06), the Blacksburg girls were able to negate a weak fifth runner to take it to the larger Group AAA schools from northern Virginia.
Culpeper senior Devin Cornwall kicked off his season in a big way as he broke the 10 year old Loriella Park 5K course record as he won the Chancellor Invitational in a time of 16:02.70. Cornwall demolished the old record by 20 seconds as he posted the fastest time on a course that is considered by some more than 30 seconds slower than the Great Meadows state course. While Cornwall finished 16th in last fall\'s Group AAA cross country state race, busting out such a tremendous performance at Loriella has to make him a sudden early favorite for the state crown along with other top state meet returnees such as Patterson Wilhelm (E.C. Glass), Brad Siragusa (Chantilly), and Mike Spooner (West Springfield).
Fauquier senior Sarah Bowman continued her dominance from last spring where she ended as a national champion and national leader at 800 meters by popping a national leading time not far off her personal best with a 2:05.41 clocking at the Taco Bell Classic in South Carolina. In a field that included the likes of fellow Virginian Katie Doswell of St. Catherine\'s, Bowman left no doubt that the national title for the 800 meter run still runs through her as she won the 800 with a time two seconds faster than her 2004 win at Taco Bell. Bowman scorched a 61 second first lap to finish up with a 64 second last 400 meters to cross the line first.
The Lake Braddock track squad concluded an excellent weekend for the Bruins as they picked up two additional All-American honors on Sunday to finish the meet with a total of five All-American performances. The Lake Braddock girls\' 4x800 meter relay (9:17.83) posted the state\'s fastest time of the season en route to a national runner-up finish in New York.
The 16th Annual Fork Union Military Academy Indoor Track Invitational held at the Estes Athletic Center may have been smaller than last year
The first true weekend of racing action for high schoolers kicked off with several in-state invitationals with plenty of top teams and individuals squaring off with one another in early season contests.
The 2002 Gar-Field Invitational is shaping up to be a hotly contested meet with some top athletes in the state expected to come, especially in the field events and sprints. The meet has gathered teams from within the host school's district and region as w
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.
The Northwest Region certainly has produced some of the most versatile female athletes in Virginia this past decade between the likes of Gar-Field's Sheena Johnson and Brooke Point's April Sinkler. The most recent being the 2007 Brooke Point High School graduate Sinkler (pictured above by John Herzog) who ironically broke two of Sheena Johnson's meet records from the Dogwood Track Classic in a great meet from Sinkler with marks of 19'7" and 39'8.75". Unfortunately, Sinkler never won a state title in some very competitive years in the jumpers including the epic 2007 state indoor battle in the high jump in which she cleared 5'9" as well as two others achieved the height. She had a nice consolation prize to wrap up her high school career in winning the high jump national title at the 2007 Nike Outdoor Nationals matching her personal best at 5'9". She had remarkable sweep of the jumps at several Northwest Region Championships and was also a Nike national runner-up in the triple jump. She joined the 40 foot club with a 40'3.75" triple jump at her senior outdoor regional meet. Sinkler currently attends Clemson University and hopes to enjoy the same success as fellow Virginian Adam Linkenauger (a 7-time ACC champion) experienced on the track & field team. Read more for interview with April Sinkler...