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Articles with Chantilly
The Cassel's XBC Track Experience Invitational held each April by Chantilly high school represents way more than just a regular track meet, it represents a legacy and honors Chantilly alum XC "Boone" Cox, IV.
Nicole enters her senior season ranked 4th amongst her 6A peers but unlike them did not get a chance to race at XC states.
Chantilly alum and Stanford star, Sean McGorty made the most of his final college race. He crossed the line first.
Here we rank the top 300 Boys teams/programs in the NXN-Southeast region's history.
The Northern Region Championships is a meet chock full of history, and I am proud that we have had a number of squads or individuals who have left their mark.
Virginia has definitely had some dynasties in cross country. We've had teams nearly sweep a decade's worth of XC team titles and we've had quite a few teams make NXN and be untouchable on the state level. Out of all those teams on the guys' side we've only ever had one team to put six guys under 16:00 in a single year and that was the 2012 Chantilly team.
Great podcast interview to listen with two of nation's top middle distance runners in Chantilly's Brandon McGorty and Patriot's Rachel McArthur. McGorty and McArthur visited with Chris Farley of the Pacers Running stores this past weekend for their latest Run the Nation podcast series.
Which coast has the better boys distance runners?
Brandon McGorty leaves another lasting legacy in Northern Region lore.
The 53rd annual Dogwood Track Classic will feature national champions, national record holders, state champions, and many hopeful athletes looking to cement their place in history.
Watch Brandon close out his home track career with a big facility record.
Watch Brandon McGorty find a last minute race to run a fast 500 unattached in a college meet at George Mason!
Check out who are the top performers in the country currently with the national indoor track & field leaderboard as of January 1st in the MileSplit database.
Watch boys race from the 2016 VHSL Group 6A North Regional XC Championships at Burke Lake Park on Wednesday, November 2nd.
Having two big brothers at very prestigious schools definitely made the decision tough for Brandon as he received offers from basically every school in the nation.
The nation's top 800m runner hits the track for a cross country workout
3 of the top mid-distance runners in the nation met up for an epic 800 that will be remembered and talked about forever.
Breakdown of every winner in every single New Balance Nationals Indoor event!
This performance was the greatest sprint medley indoors ever and just adds to the list of amazing performances that VA has had thus far at New Balance Nationals.
While most runners would harness their focus to these two individual goals, let it be stated that most runners are not as intense as the Charger junior. So, last month, without provocation, McGorty approached Coach Matt Gilchrist and announced a new goal.
Watch the crazy finish between the Lyles in the 55m final!
Watch the nationally ranked races from the F.I.T. Invitational
Watch Titus Jeffries anchor his 4x400 meter relay to remarkable come from behind win at the Virginia 6A State Meet, but more impressive was the dance moves that his dad threw down after his son's rundown.
While the rest of the state was focused on the first weekend of regional championships, Chantilly was busy putting together a historic performance in the boys 4x800.
Miss any action this weekend? Here are the top performances from the weekend. We will be adding them throughout Sunday and Monday.
If this meet is known for one thing it would be fast times. This meet flat out produced some of the most impressive times of the season and also showed us a lot of the talent our state has going into the post season. Headling this talent were two of our state's biggest stars, Weini Kelati (Heritage) and Andrew Hunter (Loudoun Valley) who ran away with their races in very fast times. Kelati won her race in 17:31 while Hunter made quick work of his race by breaking his own course record by 30 seconds to run 14:54.
Saucony Flo50 ranked #6 Andrew Hunter ran his second sub 15 5K of the season with a 14:54 win at the Third Battle Invitational in Winchester, Virginia on Saturday. Hunter was a class ahead of the field winning by a margin of 36 seconds and breaking his own course/meet record by nearly 30 seconds.
With the state meet now behind us it is time to not only look forward towards the outdoor season but also the 2014-15 indoor season. Here are some of the top returning athletes in the state and predictions for who will take home the team titles next year.
Despite being a completely new regional championship many of the former AAA Northern Regional teams came in with a sense of not only setting meet standards for the new meet but for expanding on the already illustrious history of this meet.
The top 25 fastest boys cross country teams in Virginia from this past 2013 fall season based on scoring teams using the season best 5K times in the MileStat.com database. The Midlothian boys, 4A state champions this fall, ended up at season's end with being the fastest team in the state including at the state meet with a team average of 16:04 at Great Meadow as well as being the top finishing team from the state at the Nike Cross Southeast Regional.
The Chantilly boys and their coach in Dr. Matt Gilchrist knew the road to repeat as state champions would not be easy. Right off the bat, the Chantilly boys graduated their top three runners from last fall including two state champion individual runners Sean McGorty and Logan Miller. Their competition got tougher and deeper from a year ago as well. But never count out the heart of champions as the Chantilly boys proved coming out of top in fiercely contested 6A boys' state race last Friday at Great Meadow.
Highlights and coverage from Friday's races (Group 6A, 5A, & 4A) at the 2013 VHSL State Cross Country Championships. Much more to be added throughout Friday evening.
Coverage from Wednesday's 6A North Regional Cross Country Championship meet at Burke Lake Park in Fairfax County. On-site coverage includes two photo galleries, race videos, video interviews with the individual and team champions, and a full meet summary.
Preview for Saturday's Glory Days Grill Invitational at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, Virginia, which will feature the state's top male and female individuals in Louis Colson and Caroline Alcorta along with 5 of the top 6 ranked boys' squads clashing in a mega meet with 66 schools and over 3,400 athletes entered.
A great day for the James Madison High School (Vienna, VA) cross country programs at the Octoberfest Invitational as they had the two individual champions on the day in the varsity A races with junior Amanda Swaak (18:43) and senior Matthew Calem (15:49).
The VA #4 ranked Patriot boys were the top finishing team from Virginia at Maymont as runners-up behind Maryland state champions Severna Park with four guys under 17 minutes on the tough Maymont Park 5K course and able to defeat VA #3 ranked Chantilly, who ran well without their #2 runner Dakota Lange (missing due to grandfather's funeral) to grab 4th place at Maymont.
Check out MileStat.com's in-depth coverage of the 2013 Maymont X-Country Festival with meet results, race videos, photo galleries, interviews, and meet summary!
Chantilly boys will be looking to bounce back from a defeat by the Battlefield squad at the Oatlands Invitational last weekend with a victory at the Maymont Festival this weekend in their first appearance at the meet. The previously VA #1 ranked squad and last year's Group AAA state champion team will have two individuals expected to finish high up in the field between Ryan McGorty and Dakota Lange, but will need even better races from #3 and #4 runners Adam Huff and Peter Malander as well who ever steps up into the #5 position to win against a very tough team from Maryland in Severna Park.
Ryan McGorty and Dakota Lange not only lead the top ranked Chantilly boys, but also lead all of Group 6A currently as the top two ranked individuals in the largest school classification. Top 15 boys individual cross country rankings for each classification in the state of Virginia as of September 18th.
Meet coverage from Saturday's Monroe Parker Invitational, which serves as the 6A North Regional preview meet at Burke Lake Park in Fairfax County.
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.
The first racing action of the cross country season was found at Burke Lake Park in Fairfax County on Friday with two of the top returning programs for the new 6A North Region between Chantilly and James Robinson on both sides (boths & girls) as well as the Robert E. Lee cross country team. James Robinson won the scrimmage by a mere one point over Chantilly in both races.
MileStat.com visited the Chantilly High School cross country team on Wednesday, August at Burke Lake Park for stop #5 of our pre-season cross country practice tour. At the same course which their conference and regional championship meets will be held at later this fall, the Chantilly squad's workout for the day was 4 tempo repeats for either distance (1 mile for top group of boys) or time (5 minutes for top group of girls and others) with an 800 meter jog recovery in between. More to come from our visit including more detailed summary, pics, and videos!
On stop #5 of the MileStat.com pre-season cross country practice tour, we will make our first of possibly several visits to Burke Lake Park, a historic course and training grounds for many of the schools in Fairfax County that comprised of the old Northern Region. The team which we will be visiting on Wednesday morning for a 4xmile tempo workout which they have planned made a lot of history over the past 12 months both as a team and as individuals in the Chantilly cross country program.
Last year's Central Region team champions and Group AAA state runners-up in Midlothian return a solid core of four runners back for the 2013 cross country season in the Hahn brothers Collin and Randy as well as Tommy Mulroy and Evan Benjamin.
The Washington-Lee girls may not have been considered one of the top tier teams in the state of Virginia in cross country last fall, but their impressive track times and development over the spring time has the computer composite team rankings which takes into account numerous statistics from both cross country and track sees them as a team to look out and ranking among the best for this upcoming cross country season.
Pre-season girls team rankings for the 2013 cross country season based on outdoor 3200 meter times from this past spring of their returning runners. A more limited number of teams had 5 or more girls run the 3200 meter run this past spring returning, so the list will only include All-Class rankings and no rankings for each of the 6 classification in the VHSL (or private schools).
Pre-season boys team rankings for the 2013 cross country season based on outdoor 1600 meter times from this past spring of their returning runners. With the vast majority of their top 7 back including 6 runners who ran in the mid 4:30s or faster with three under 4:25 in John Tolbert (4:20), Nathan Schulte (4:23), and Luke Sharkey (4:24) this past spring in the 1600, the Robinson boys are due to rise to the top as one of the state's best this fall.
Day 2 highlights of performances by Virginians at the 2013 New Balance Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, North Carolina. The Western Branch girls ran a US #2 all-time performance in the shuttle hurdle relay with their 57.74 relay. Their program has produced great depth in the hurdles over recent years which has played a major role in their team's success at the regional and state level as well as shown today at the national level. Their near national record breaking group of hurdlers on Saturday at North Carolina A&T included Milan Parks, Irielle Little, Funlayo Oluwole, and Devin Heath.
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.
Western Branch boys have a large team as it can be found and accounted to be great in size at the end of every meet when they gather in a team circle. The numbers may have paid off for them to be the #1 team in MileStat.com's depth team rankings for the 2013-2012 indoor track season.
Day 2 highlights by the Virginians at the 2013 New Balance Indoor Nationals.
Douglas Freeman senior Zach Campbell is one of the top returnees from both last year's indoor and outdoor state championships when he placed fourth at Boo Williams last February with a clearance of 14 feet and then earned a third place showing at Sports Backers Stadium last June at a height of 14'6". The Central Region champion Campbell is the top seed with a season best clearance of 14'9" from a vault earlier this season at Boo Williams in the Hampton Roads Elite Invitational.
Chantilly standout Sean McGorty finishes in 9 minutes 7.50 seconds, the top time in the country this season. (via Washington Post)
South County’s Felecia Majors records nation’s best mark in the long jump at the PR Holiday Invitational. (via Washington Post)
Logan Miller of Chantilly almost led his cross country team onto Oregon for the Nike Cross Nationals without top runner and Foot Locker Nationals runner-up Sean McGorty with a 15:19 5K runner-up finish at the NXN Southeast Regional. It was one of the top individual highlights for Miller's season filled with so many great moments of team glory and success, which he played a key role in producing as the #2 runner for one of Virginia's better cross country teams all-time.
The Washington Post honors the area's top high school athletes from football, cross-country, field hockey, soccer and volleyball. (via The Washington Post)
Sean McGorty, far and away the top cross-country runner in the region, made a verbal commitment to Stanford on Sunday. The Chantilly senior was one of the nation’s most coveted recruits, drawing... (via Washington Post)
Only a handful of girls from Virginia with a sub 5 minute mile to her credit, Chantilly's Kendall Cowne showed that she can be equally successful at the 5000 meter distance this fall. Cowne was a top 5 finisher in three major invitationals during the course of the season at Monroe Parker (4th, 18:04 2.98mi), Oatlands (4th, 19:44 5K), and Glory Days (5th, 18:20 5K PR). After finishing 55th in her first state cross country championships last November, Cowne had a much better showing at Great Meadow this November with a 10th place All-State finish and time of 18:29.
Faris Sakallah of Chantilly is a classic case of late bloomer as a runner. He had modest cross country 5K bests of as freshmen over 21 minutes and over 19 minutes as a sophomore. As a senior and the #3 runner for the Group AAA state champions from Chantilly, Sakallah was running in the 15:30's for 5K including a season ending race of 23rd place finish of 15:36 at the NXN Southeast Regional.
Why run indoors when you can still roll outdoors? Especially when the weather is warm enough to bear it. That is what several Patriot District schools did on Saturday at Lake Braddock High School to attempt to get district, regional, and state qualifiers. For two special and talented young ladies, the start of their track season overlapped with a cross country season yet to be completed in Lake Braddock senior Sophie Chase and West Springfield junior Caroline Alcorta.
Group AAA boys 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). Forest Park junior Mustaqeem Williams won two state titles last year as a 10th grader with a swift 6.37 clocking for the Group AAA 55 meter dash state title, while taking the 100 meter dash title in the spring. The 7th fastest returnee in the 55 meter dash nationally, Williams will attempt to lower that 6.37 personal best into VA top 25 all-time territory this winter, which has a current cut-off at 6.33.
Northern 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). South County's Felecia Majors won quite a few state title last year as a junior (5 total-3 outdoor & 2 indoor). The state's most versatile athlete is back to see if she can double her state title count this year.
Results and coverage of the Virginians at the 2012 Nike Cross Southeast Regional.
Can any of these Virginia boys make it to Oregon individually as one of the first five finishers from a non-advancing team at the Nike Cross Southeast Regional on Saturday in Cary, North Carolina? Find out more in the Virginia meet preview for NXN Southeast.
Chantilly head coach Matt Gilchrist has coached and developed a handful of individuals who became state champions, All-Americans, and Foot Locker finalists during his time as the helm for the Chargers, but this fall was breakthrough season for himself as a coach and his Chantilly program on producing a team at that elite level.
Kroy (York IL) get their 9th straight NXN berth, Carmel girls win 2nd straight at NXN MW! Ashley Erba, Alex Riba get individual wins! (Photo by Ken Moreland)
Interview with junior Adam Huff, #5 runner on the Northern Region boys cross country champion Chantilly squad.
A virtual meet preview of the Group AAA girls 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 MileStat.com database. Individual qualifiers are not included in this virtual meet preview.
A virtual meet preview of the Group AAA 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 MileStat.com database. Individual qualifiers are not included in this virtual meet preview.
It is only fitting that in the last year of the existence of Group AAA as it currently exists before the six class system is implemented next year that arguably the most successful two girls’ cross country programs historically will be competing for the final Group AAA state cross country title (in the 3 class system). Lake Braddock was the team of the decade in the 1980s, while Midlothian was the team of the decade in the 2000s.
An epic fast Northern Region Cross Country Championships was only fitting for the final Northern Region Cross Country Championships. The meet had individual race winners in Sean McGorty (14:18) of Chantilly and Sophie Chase (16:42) of Lake Braddock who threw down times which rank them among the second (McGorty) and third (Chase) fastest ever on the historic Burke Lake 2.98 mile course in Fairfax County.
Erin Finn dominated in MI! Montoya rips up state in AZ! Finn and Bos bring it in MI! Neale flies in WA! Hauger gets record 4th title in MN! (Photo by Pat Davey, runmichigan.com)
The Lake Braddock girls did not qualify for the state meet last year, but as far as regional dominance through the years, no team can compare to the Bruins. Since the regional team championship and state qualifying process was instituted on the girls side beginning in 1978, Lake Braddock has qualified for the state meet an astounding 30 of the 34 years it has been in existence.
Christian Brothers Academy blasted a 12:44.54 team average for the course record. Edward Cheserek won in 11:58 and Mary Cain won in 14:03. (Photo by Kyle Brazeil)
New MileStat.com Cream of the Crop Rankings as of October 10th with updated Virginia high school cross country top 15 team rankings and top 25 individual rankings in the state of Virginia. Two new number one ranked teams with the Northern Region squads Lake Braddock girls and Chantilly boys leapfrogging the Oakton girls and Blacksburg boys.
The Chantilly and Blacksburg boys had juggled back and forth the #1 spot in Virginia over the first month of the cross country season as each squad would put up a new impressive team performance each weekend to leapfrog the other. Finally at Great American, the best team in Group AAA (Chantilly) and best team in Group AA (Blacksburg) faced off with Chantilly resoundingly establishing itself as the best team in Virginia this cross country season with a fourth place finish in the Race of Champions and putting nearly three runners under 15:30 for 5K.
CROSS-COUNTRY | Chantilly All-Met Sean McGorty sets meet and course records in winning the boys’ title at Great American Cross-Country Festival. (via Washington Post)
Highlights of Virginia's performances at the 2012 Great American Cross Country Festival in Cary, North Carolina.
Alli Cash rolls Rim Rock. US#1 Christian Brothers Academy started their quest for another national title in Wappingers Falls NY with a perfect 15 score. (Photo by Michael Frazier)
MileSplit's National Cross Country Rankings
New high school cross country team rankings after the first 3 weekends of invitationals in the 2012 season have been completed. Top 15 rankings for each classification and top 5 rankings for each region as well as the all-classification Cream of the Crop top 15.
Returning Foot Locker All-American and VA #1 pre-season ranked runner Sean McGorty of Chantilly High School recalls his very first high school cross country race:
Defending Group AAA state indoor 1600 meter champion Logan Miller of Chantilly High School recalls his very first high school race.
The Chantilly boys got over a big hurdle last fall in just qualifying for the VHSL State Cross Country Championships after the progarm had suffered a long drought without any state meet appearances in cross country. They finished a respectable fifth place in the Group AAA race last November at Great Meadow, but return an entire top 7 with their eyes on the greatest prize in becoming state team champions this fall.
A look at the top returning high school teams in Virginia for cross country based on 3200 meter season best times from the 2012 outdoor season as a virtually scored cross country meet through 7 runners. Blacksburg and Chantilly boys bring back 5 runners under 10 minutes in the 3200, while the Colonial Forge and Oakton girls return 5 runners under 12 minutes in the 3200.
Invited out to Oregon for the Nike Elite Camp to train with some of best returning high school distance runners in the nation for 2012-2013, Chantilly rising senior Sean McGorty also got the opportunity to race in front of a huge crowd gathered for the U.S. Olympic Trials with a special high school mile race organized for the elite campers in the middle of the meet this past Friday.
Photo by Andrew Kicinski Arthur McDuffy is a graduating senior from Chantilly High School in Chantilly, Virginia. McDuffy starred in the jumps for the Chargers including a strong senior year finish by earning a pair of All-State honors with top 8 finishes in the long jump and triple jump at the Group AAA State Outdoor Championships. The Concorde District indoor meet record holder and 2012 Northern Region outdoor champ in the triple jump, McDuffy posted high school best marks of 22'8" in the long jump and 47'4.25" in the triple jump.
Photo by Don Rich Coming from two high school and collegiate track star parents in pole vaulting dad Kevin McGorty and distance running mom Vicki Verinder (now Vicki McGorty), Chantilly junior Sean McGorty has already made a name for himself with his own two feet. McGorty this past fall qualified for the Foot Locker Nationals (like his mother did at Langley in the early 1980s) in San Diego and had an impressive run at Balboa Park to finish 10th overall and beat his friendly regional rival at Annandale High School in Ahmed Bile as well in the race. While not pressured or pushed hard to run by his parents when entering high school, McGorty made a big jump in his sophomore year to earn All-State honors in both cross country, indoor, and outdoor track. Most impressive among his All-State accolades as a sophomore was the fact that he was able to successfully double in the distance races with top 8 finishes both indoor and outdoor in the 1600 and 3200 meter run. McGorty is part of a growing list of national caliber and state champion distance runners being developed by Chantilly coach Matt Gilchrist in the past six years following the likes of Chris Foley, Lia Divalentin, and Brad Siragusa. The Chantilly team, led currently by McGorty, has been achieving some first-time feats and ending long droughts for the program including winning district titles last year in track and winning major invitationals in cross country as well as advancing for the state meet for the first time since 1992 this past fall. At the first day of the Concorde District Championships last week, McGorty got the Chargers out to a grew start when he ran a state leading and personal best time of 4:15 for 1600 meters. MileStat.com interviewed the 2011 Foot Locker All-American in McGorty in between the six day break between day one (January 26th) and day two (February 2nd) of his district indoor championship meet at the Prince George County's Sports & Learning Complex.
Sean McGorty and Chantilly boys continued what has been one of the program's most successful seasons in recent history so far with a big victory against many of Maryland's best at the Bull Run Invitational, which is the same venue for the Maryland State Championships.
2010 Foot Locker finalist Ahmed Bile and Sophie Chase won as expected at the Monroe Parker Invitational, but the biggest story or surprise of the meet belonged to the Chantilly boys winning the team title. More to come from Monroe Parker...
Mohamed Labor-Koroma (pictured above by Nicoll Knudsen) or simply known as "Mo" to his teammates and coaches at Chantilly High School in Fairfax County is the engine which fuels the Charger track team. After helping the Chantilly boys to their first Concorde District indoor track title since 1996 through his individual efforts of scoring in 6 events, Labor-Koroma now narrows his focus into this Saturday's Northern Region Championships and even more so at next weekend's VHSL Group AAA State Indoor Championships as one of the expected top seeds in the 500 meter dash.
Virtual meet preview for the 2010 Concorde District Indoor T&F Championships based on performances currently in the MileStat.com database as of February 2nd.
Chantilly senior Chris Foley was knocking on the door of elite company two weeks ago at the Monroe Park Invitational with his 15:03 victory. The sub 15 list at Burke Lake Park includes a list of many past Foot Locker/Kinney finalists from the Northern Region. Many of which did not run as fast at Burke Lake as Foley did early in the season at Monroe Parker. Last year, Foley outkicked Leoule Degfae of Thomas Edison to win the Monroe Parker Invite. Degfae later that fall went onto qualify for Foot Locker Nationals and earn All-American honors in San Diego. After a great indoor state meet last March with a third place finish in the 3200 meter run, Foley had to shut his spring season down at the outdoor district meet. Learning from the highs and lows from his junior year, the Northern Region runner is ready to apply lose lessons and experiences to finish his senior season of cross country on a high note.
Alyssa Aiken exhibited incredible range in the sprints while at Chantilly High School with bests ranging from 6.96 in the 55 meter dash, 38.30 in the 300 meter dash, and 7.98 in the 55 meter hurdles during her high school indoor seasons. As a senior, Aiken won outdoor state titles in 2000 at 200 meters (24.44) and 400 meters (53.83). Her 400 time was the fastest time run at the state meet this past decade as only two runners have won with times under 55 seconds and none under 54 seconds. She was ranked among the top 12 in the nation in both the 400 meter dash and 400 meter hurdles (60.62) best as a high school senior. She was a national runner-up at 400 meters in the 1999 adidas Outdoor Championships to fellow Virginian Faith Rein and a third place finisher in the event at the 2000 Nike Indoor Classic. She had defeated Rein prior to the 1999 national meet in setting the still standing AAA State Outdoor Meet 400 record of 53.45. Aiken won a total of 6 state titles (3 indoor, 3 outdoor). Aiken later went onto compete at the University of Texas and still competes currently on the professional circuit.
Before the recent string of dominance by the Central Region girls on the state level, there was Nicole Kazuba as the current William & Mary track athlete was the last vaulter outside of the Central Region to win the AAA state title in the girls' pole vault. Kazuba (photo left by Tim O'Dowd) swept the state vault crowns in 2006 while at Chantilly High School. Kazuba cleared over 11 feet at least 8 times in high school competition including achieving a high school best of 11'6" at the 2006 VHSL Group AAA State Outdoor Championships, which ranks her as the #9 performer during the decade. Kazuba has continued to improve at the next level collegiately as she recently competed at the NCAA Championships for the Tribe and has already claimed CAA and ECAC titles during her time at William & Mary. MileStat.com will be publishing a series of interviews with many of the MileStat.com 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.
James Robinson senior Jared Berman scored a major individual win over the Degfae twins of Thomas Edison in Wednesday's scrimmage at Burke Lake with a 16 second PR of 15:28 at home course for the Northern Region Championships. Berman looks to lead his team to bigger things this fall and make a state meet podium run. (Photo by Ted Plunkett) Chantilly, James Robinson, and Thomas Edison gathered their cross country teams at Burke Lake Park's 2.98 mile course on Wednesday, August 27th for a final scrimmage prior to the start of the official season next week. The results showed a highly competitive scrimmage which had two ranked AAA squads in #3 James Robinson and #9 Thomas Edison facing off, while the girls' team scores showed an even more tightly contested meet with only one point separating the three schools and a sixth runner tiebreaker determining the winner.
Several cross country scrimmages have already taken place this month. If you would like the results of your scrimmage posted on MileStat.com, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. MileStat.com had not previously posted results from scrimmages from previous years before on a regular basis, but why not even enter times from more meets into the database. Greater Danville Preseason Jamboree (Altavista, Chatham, Chatham Hall, Dan River, Franklin County, George Washington, Jefferson Forest, Halifax County, Peaks View, Tunstall) Clover Hill vs. Gloucester Scrimmage Chantilly, Robert E. Lee, & West Springfield Scrimmage
Video interview with Chantilly junior Lia DiValentin. DiValentin had a breakthrough sophomore year as she went under 10:40 indoors in the 3200 meter run and finished as a state runner-up in the event. Also claiming Northern Region 3200 meter titles, DiValentin looks to be one of the top returning runners in AAA and a pre-season favorite especially in the Northern Region with the graduation of Sarrah Hadiji.
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.
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 John Handley boys pulled off a shocker last week in upsetting defending A state champions and Nike Team Nationals Southeast Region #3 ranked team in Clarke County. Handley, a team projected to the qualify for the state meet out of AA\'s toughest region in Region II in the preseason, has projected themselves even further than previously predicted as a team that can run with the state\'s best. At Saturday\'s Judges Classic, the Handley boys will get another chance in front of the home crowd to show last weekend\'s performance was no fluke as they will be a team to be reckoned with this fall.
Chantilly senior Brad Siragusa was kind enough to keep a journal of his Foot Locker Nationals experience this past weekend in San Diego. Very in-depth journal that gives site visitors a good feel for what it feels like to be a part of a Foot Locker Nationals meet.