Here is the VISAA State Meet Preview, written as if States were this weekend.
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Sometimes you put everything together into just one race, everything feels great and then the gun goes off. The rest is history.
Some of the more exciting and close races of the weekend and of course infamous Friday the 13th will not take place at Great Meadow but rather at Fork Union Military Academy in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Over 3.1 Miles and four races we are all in for quite the show.
Trinity senior, Katie Bowe was just named to the US Junior Mt Running team. Check out more here.
That time when you lead the whole race and think you have your first state title wrapped up, then your younger teammate says otherwise
The William & Mary recruit Breidenbaugh had already been ready to race this late Into the post-season of cross country competing at the USATF National Junior Olympics this coming weekend, but now she will be traveling further west on her flight on Thursday as instead of stopping in San Antonio, Breidenbaugh will keep on going until she gets to Balboa Park in San Diego. MileStat.com interviewed the Trinity Episcopal senior Molly Breidenbaugh before she competes in her first Foot Locker Nationals race.
Video highlights from the 2013 cross country season for Trinity Episcopal School (Richmond, VA) senior and Foot Locker Nationals qualifier Molly Breidenbaugh. Enjoy!
Trinity Episcopal School senior Molly Breidenbaugh is the defending Virginia Independent Schools Division 1 state champion in cross country as well as a reigning 3200 champion on the track, which she ended up lowering her time down to 10:46 in the spring. After a successful first year and smooth transition to Trinity Episcopal School following spending her first two years at Hanover High School in Mechanicsville, Breidenbaugh has her sights set on even bigger goals this year including hopefully a trip to San Diego in December for the Foot Locker Nationals if she can be one of the top 10 finisher at the South Regional qualifier in Charlotte on Thanksgiving weekend.
MileStat.com visited the 3-time defending Virginia Independent Schools state cross country boys team champions at Trinity Episcopal as well as last year's League of Independent girls team champions and 3rd place state meet squad in the Trinity. It was also an opportunity to see one of the state's top returning girls distance runners in Molly Breidenbaugh, who won state titles in all three seasons last year and dipped well under 18 minutes for 5K and 11 minutes for 3200 on the track this past spring.
Molly Breidenbaugh became a state champion in her first season at Trinity Episcopal School and had the 9th fastest 5K time in Virginia this season with a 17:53 season best performance.
A former Trinity Episcopal School cross country runner himself, Marcus Jones came back to the school he graduated from to coach and elevate the program to become of the private school's best as shown with his boys' team winning their third straight Virginia Independent Schools Division 1 state cross country team title last Friday at Woodberry Forest School.
Virtual meet preview for the Division 1 girls race at the 2012 Virginia Independent Schools State Cross Country Championships based on the season best 5K times in the MileStat.com database. The transition for Molly Breidenbaugh from Hanover High School to Trinity Episcopal School has not only been smooth, but dominating. Breidenbaugh breezed through to the LIS conference title last week at Panorama Farms with a 18:43 performance.
Virtual meet preview for the Division 1 boys race at the 2012 Virginia Independent Schools State Cross Country Championships based on the season best 5K times in the MileStat.com database. From his 15:49 8th place finish at the competitive and fast Glory Days Grill Invitational, Bishop O'Connell senior J.J. Lapointe has the fastest 5K time among all private school runners this fall.
Interview with Buck Kirtland, #5 runner on the defending Virginia Independent Schools Division 1 State cross country boys team champions from Trinity Episcopal School in Richmond, Virginia.
Trinity junior Molly Breidenbaugh has established herself quickly as the top private school runner in Virginia after transferring over to Trinity Episcopal School during the summer from Hanover High School for academic reasons. In a virtual meet preview of the private schools after the month of September, the Trinity Episcopal School and Veritas Classical Christian School boys have separated themselves from the rest of the top private school squads in the state, but are neck and neck with each other as seen recently at Maymont.
Sub 18 minute 5K runner and VA #13 pre-season ranked Molly Breidenbaugh of Trinity Episcopal School (previously at Hanover High School) recalls her very first high school cross country race.
The best two returning private school boys' cross country teams may come from one city between Richmond's Trinity Episcopal School and Veritas Classical Christian School as the defending Virginia Independent Schools Division 1 and Division 2 state champions.
Loudoun County's Patrick Joseph went from 9th place at Oatlands last weekend to champion this weekend at Maymont in 16:11
The Trinity boys aim to better than they were last year with their entire top five returning from the 2010 VISAA Division 1 state cross country champions. Trinity runners continued to develop over the track season with four runners under 10 minutes for 3200 meters in Guy Shelby (9:40), Chris Cantone (9:51), Reider Strehler (9:56), and Mac Strehler (9:57). Also returning is the Division I individual state champion Scott Newton, who broke 16 minutes last fall at Foot Locker South. Outside of the Trinity top 4 and Collegiate's Newton, Avery Martin of Fork Union may be the next best individual in the private school ranks after running a 16:18 5K last fall as a member of Midlothian's cross country team then running 4:27 for 1600 meters and 9:53 for 3200 meters on the track at FUMA.
Guy Shelby (pictured left by John Herzog) has led the Trinity boys to two consecutive invitational wins at the Fork Union Invitational and most recently in the coastal division at the Maymont Festival. The Trinity boys are starting to make a serious push to draw consideration for MileStat.com's Cream of the Crop All-Clas Rankingas their squad matches up well against many of the ranked Group AAA and Group AA public schools. Private school cross country rankings as of September 30th with the top 10 teams and top 25 individuals.
Woodberry Forest senior Kevin Bennert (pictured left by John Herzog) is not only a favorite to win the private school state cross country title this fall while also trying to help lead his team to another state crown on their home course in November, but could be Virginia's best harrier this upcoming season. Bennert made news over the summer when he clocked a 15:01 5K on the track at the USATF Junior Olympic Nationals. The Woodberry Forest boys are known for slow starts and not necessarily being the strongest team on paper when looking at PR's especially from track yet still finishing strong when it matters in cross country, but the Trinity and Bishop Ireton boys are hoping their development during the track season does not go to waste in their attempts to knock off the Tigers at the Woodberry Forest 5K course in November. Woodberry Forest lost two members from its top seven, while Trinity and Bishop Ireton return a solid core of runners from a year ago who made strides over the track season. The Liberty Christian boys also figure to be in the mix with a solid front three.
After finishing fourth at last year's Virginia Indepedent Schools state cross country championships and returning five key members from that team, the Trinity boys are looking to make a historical run this year if not next year with no seniors among their top seven. The last time that Trinity Episcopal won the Prep League title was back in 1981 and the school has never won the private school state cross country title. Under the guidance of their young coach Marcus Jones, who ran at Trinity Episcopal (2000 graduate) and ran collegiately at Bucknell University, the school has definitely put its name on the map most notably by Barbara Strehler who won multiple state titles before taking her talents to the University of Virginia. Strehler's younger twin brothers, Mac and Reider, are part of a strong young core of Trinity runners including junior captains Guy Shelby and Chris Cantone, who expect to compete for a state cross country title over the next two years. MileStat.com visited the Trinity boys on Tuesday morning in their first workout of the season as they ease their way off their summer base mileage with a 2x2 mile tempo workout at Bandy Field (former venue for the Central Region Championships) in the West End of Richmond. Video of their workout session and interviews with Coach Jones and captains Guy Shelby and Chris Cantone below! Team Preview by MileStat.com The Warm-up The Work-out Post Work-out Interview w/ Coach Jones Post Work-out interview w/ Guy Shelby & Chris Cantone
After slow starts to their seasons, the Woodberry Forest boys and Anneka Wilson of The Potomac School are coming on strong in championship season and ready to defend their state titles from a year ago. The Bishop O'Connell girls are expected to stream roll through another state title with no signs of letting up in the near future with no seniors in their top seven, while Fork Union's Josh Morris appears more than fit to join the small list of sub 16 performers at Woodberry Forest.
The Woodberry Forest boys, coached by Ben Hale, appear ready to defend their 2008 state title from the VISAA Cross Country Championships with four of their top five back from a year ago. Those four returnees were all top 20 finishers in last year's state championship race including Kevin Bennert and Max Anderson. Bennert (4:35 1600, 9:48 3200) and Anderson (4:22 1600, 9:42 3200) made great improvements during the track season and figure to be among the top 5 best returning private school distance runners in the state. The Bishop O'Connell girls streak of state championships may be seriously threatened this fall by the St. Catherine's girls who lost very little from their 2008 state runner-up team and will have several impact newcomers to the squad. The O'Connell girls, coached by Cindy Walls, lost their #1 and former state champion Megan Fitzpatrick to graduation, but may have a new front runner emerging in Alison Dommell who did not run cross country last fall though ran times of 5:17 for 1600 meters and was a Catholic Schools State champion at 800 meters this past spring as a freshmen. Bishop O'Connell also returns four top 20 finishers from the 2008 VISAA State Championships.
A smile is not the normal expression worn on the faces of those running a 5000 meter race, especially when there's less than a mile to go and the view of the course is dominated by a steep, heartbreaking hill. Yet a genuine smile was what filled the face of Trinity senior, Barbara Strehler, as she charged up the hill of the USATF Virginia Association Championships at Pole Green Park this past Saturday.
Division I Boys: Brenden Leavitt (Norfolk Collegiate) 16:32, Woodberry Forest 70 pts Woodberry Boys prevail on home course, Leavitt becomes second Tidewater champion Photo by David Fleenor Division I Girls: Anneka Wilson (The Potomac School) 18:32 Course Record, Bishop O'Connell 37 pts Wilson defeats 2 past champions in 18:32 course record, O'Connell girls win big as expected Photo by David Fleenor Division II Boys: Raleigh Hazel (Fredericksburg Academy) 17:12, Roanoke Catholic 59 pts Hazel overtakes a hill charging Zook, team DQ gives Roanoke Catholic the title Division II Girls: Dalton Kuhar (Fuqua) 20:45, Covenant 37 pts Kuhar and Bowser create late race suspense, Covenant girls win in rout VISAA State Championships Photo Gallery by Brandon Miles - 1,645 total photos VISAA State Championships Video Interviews: Anneka Wilson - Brenden Leavitt VISAA State Championships Photo Gallery Race Videos (Part 2 is race finish): Division I Boys (Part 1 - Part 2) - Division I Girls (Part 1 - Part 2) - Division II Boys (Part 1 - Part 2) - Division II Girls (Part 1 - Part 2) Note from meet management on disqualification of Peninsula Catholic boys team: The VISAA Cross Country Games Committee disqualified Peninsula Catholic School as a team in the Division 2 Boys championship, but we allowed the PCS individuals as unattached so no team points will be awarded to PCS. Two reasons for a team disqualification: 1)Two bandit runners were stopped during the race and disqualified for not wearing a uniform and 2) subsequently they belonged to PCS who ran more than 12 runners on the team. These rules were fully explained on the entry form mailed to each coach, e-mailed to each AD, listed on the VISAA website, and listed on Milestat. At the awards ceremony today, we purposely did not publish individual results or team results for the Division 2 Boys' Race. However, we did hand out individual awards to the top 20, and we awarded plaques to the qualified top three teams excluding PCS without referring to their disqualification.
Despite losing their long-time coach Mike Schroer after last outdoor track season, The Potomac School's top runners have continued to press on and appear to not be missing a beat after seeing two individuals win titles at Saturday's Woodberry Forest Invite on the home course of the Virginia Independent Schools State Championships. Potomac School sophomore Campbell Ross, younger brother of the 2007 VIS state champion Johns Ross, won by a convincing margin of 27 seconds against some of the better private school runners in the state with a 16:50 win. Meanwhile, Potomac School junior Anneka Wilson (pictured above by Ted Plunkett) has now improved her odds of winning a state championship this fall by winning at Woodberry Forest against last year's close state runner-up Barbara Strehler of Trinity in an impressive time of 19:23 given the heat and challenging course. More... Woodberry Forest Invitational Results: Varsity Boys - Varsity Girls - JV Boys - JV Girls