Athletes. That is what this weekend is about, athletes and state titles.
Articles with Christiansburg
Here are our 10 locks, 10 toss-ups and 10 dark horses heading into the state championships weekend. Check them out on the following pages and let us know which races or events we are missing. You can also watch these events live on the MileSplit network all weekend!
The 2019 MileStat.com Indoor T&F Coach of The Year is Christiansburg's Brian Porter.
Here are the first team, second team, and third team all-state athletes. Each athlete or team can only appear once on these lists and they are ranked based on their best overall event. Performances from states, nationals, and large meets are weighed heavily alongside consistency and rankings.
Making the state meet is a big deal. For some teams and athletes though it is expected and routine. Here are the teams who are rolling deep at the state meet this week.
Ahead of the biggest meet in the state it is a great time to think of big matchups and big rivalries in our state. Of course some come mind immediately but others are more subtle but just as intense. Here we analyze the biggest ones in our mind.
Team Virginia will have the rare opportunity of advancing multiple teams and individuals onto the national championships this weekend at NXN-SE.
Quietly and consistently Christiansburg has build a guys squad that is in serious contention for the 3A title this fall. They currently rank second in 3A and 10th overall in the entire state of Virginia.
Not only did we rank the top 10 guys teams in the state but here we tell you why they are in that spot and why they moved between weeks four and six. Click over to the next pages and countdown to VA #1.
It looks like the 2018 MileStat.com XC Invitational will once again be the home to nearly everyone's PR's and season bests.
The boys field is absolutely loaded with over 8 different runners that could come out victorious this weekend.
To preview this weekend here are previews for all four of these invitationals and some of the other meets being run as well. Expect photo and video coverage all over the state as well for this huge weekend.
This weekend is going to be huge. The Western Albemarle boys look better than ever and the Hidden Valley girls want to seal the deal this time around.
See the combined results and the combined races right here.
Fifteen events over five classifications will decide the biggest winners in our sport this season.
Its finally time for XC MileStates. Here is your in-depth preview of the 12 races this weekend.
Christiansburg, Hidden Valley, and Abingdon though are all seeking to upend Western's state title hopes and realistically all have a shot.
My greatest moment would have to be finally achieving All-State medals in all three seasons.
After all the action it is time to look back at the team title races and see how things played out for these teams that left their venues with the first every state championship in each of their divisions.
With only hours left until the state meet championships begin it is time to look at two of the most closely contested state meets to be held this weekend. Headling these meets will be Zajac, Davidson, Hagen, Holdsworth, Hunter, Angermeier, Fleming, Brown, Johnson and many more!
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.
Anyone who attended these meets would no doubt say they were very entertaining and exciting all the way through. Despite this new “watered-down” format it seemed that the competition was better and that the team titles were much better competitions.
The team title race likely will be a three team battle between Lafayette, Christiansburg, and Blacksburg. These three teams are very familiar with each other and were all in the top four last season in the old AA classification.
Coverage from Tuesday's Group 3A West Regional Championship meet at Panorama Farms outside of Charlottesville.
A Group AA 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). Brunswick's Donmanique Hardy (pictured above by Andrew Kicinski) was a Group AA state champion in both indoors and outdoors last year a junior in the long jump with a personal best of 22'11".
A virtual meet preview of the Group AA 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 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 MileStat.com database. Individual qualifiers are not included in this virtual meet preview.
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.
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.
James Robinson junior Macey Schweikert tied the Blue Demon Invitational meet record with a runaway victory of 18:59. At the 2010 Blue Demon Invite, Hannah Brown of Blacksburg also won in a time of 18:59. A 5K PR of 18:01, Saturday's race was an impressive season opening run on the hills of Christiansburg for the VA #14 ranked Schweikert. She is clearly fit and ready to roll out a time in the 17 minute range at Burke Lake Park next week for the Monroe Parker Invitational.
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.
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.
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?
MileStat.com will be doing a weekly feature to recognize the many great and often underappreciated high school coaches in the state of Virginia. MileStat.com's newest staff member Stacey Nobles is a familar name to most and will be starting this new feature to the website.. Nobles won state titles in cross country and 3200 meters outdoors last year at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach. She currently runs for James Madison University and will be doing weekly stories on coaches throughout the state of Virginia. Photo by David Bradshaw Shane Guynn, the track coach at Christiansburg High School, feels that if a coach is doing their job right they have a second full time job on their plate. He started at only 19 years of age and, although he is much more efficient with preparations now, he states one thing hasn’t changed: “the amount of time and energy I put into these kids.” His family would be quick to agree, noting the many sacrifices Shane has had to make because of his devotion to creating a successful program. This, however, does not hinder their endless support both now and throughout Shane’s childhood. He credits much of his competitive, aggressive qualities and passion for the sport to the heavy involvement of his father when he was younger. Read more...
Photo by David Bradshaw Travis Hudson of Christiansburg High School is one of Virginia's most versatie athletes as while he excels most in the high jump as a Group AA state indoor and outdoor champion with a 6'9" all-time best, Hudson is very competitive in the long and triple jump along with the hurdles to make him a big point scorer for the Blue Demons. His all-around performances at last week's Group AA State Indoor Championships played a huge factor in leading to Christiansburg defeating their district and regional rival Blacksburg for the team state title. Hudson will test his versatility in competition this week at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships in New York City as an entrant in the pentathlon. Hudson took the time to speak with MileStat.com intern Elisabeth Greenwood last week in an exclusive interview. Read more...
Only two days removed from strong races at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games, the Stevens twins (pictured above by Frank Locascio) of Blacksburg knocked half dozen seconds off their US #1 and #2 10:26 3200 meter performances earlier in the season at Monday's River Ridge Championships. After being usurped from the top of the national leaderboard in the 3200 meter run two weeks ago by Foot Locker Nationals champion Megan Goethals of Michigan with her 10:25 performance, the Stevens twins got an opportunity to run a fresh 3200. On the banked Virginia Tech indoor track, Kathleen Stevens won in a US #1 time of 10:19.85 and followed in by twin sister Joanna Stevens in a US #2 time of 10:20.64.
The Hidden Valley girls, ranked #19 in the nation according to MileSplit US recent national team rankings, began their 2009 season with a victory in their home invitational in the second annual Clash with the Titans. The Hidden Valley girls were competing without three of their top five runners, but still were able to hold off Christiansburg by 10 points for a first place team finish with 47 points. Mary Catherine Sowder (pictured by John Tyree), a runner-up in last year's Clash with the Titans, won easily without her other teammates in the race with a time of 20:56. Coming from the flat land of Tidewater Virginia, Greenbrier Christian Academy's Michael Bailey sure had no problem tackling the hills on Hidden Valley High School's home course. Bailey pulled away for 17:10 win with Christiansburg's Andy Eddleton 12 seconds back at 17:22.
At the Clash With The Titans, VA #1 ranked Hidden Valley girls will open their season in their home invitational against teams in the Roanoke Valley area. Hidden Valley should win big if all five of their top 5 returnees are racing led by 2008 Group AA state runner-up Annie LeHardy. LeHardy won last year's inaugural Clash With The Titans with a one second victory over teammate Mary Catherine Sowder in 20:45. The top three boys teams coming into the meet feature a strong #1 runner each who will be battling for first individually on Saturday in Group AA #5 ranked Andy Eddleton of Christiansburg, Group A #3 ranked Jared Miller of Radford, and Group AA #14 ranked Cody Seymour of Cave Spring.
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.
With the Blacksburg team being cleared last second to attend the Manhattan Invitational in New York, the clarity of the favorites for the Runnin With The Wolves Rocktoberfest has been dramatically changed with the door opened to new teams and individuals with one of the state's top girls teams in Blacksburg and top boys individuals in Peter Dorrell headed to NYC. Without them, the show will still go on as Jefferson Forest coach Jerome Loy will be putting on a great meet with a wild start and plenty of tunes to keep the runners pumped through the entirety of the challenging 5K course.Pictured right by John Herzog: Turner Ashby's Alex Ott finished just a second ahead of fellow Group AA runner Tim Smith of Cave Spring at Maymont two weeks ago. The two return in action against one another on Saturday at the Runnin' With The Wolves Rocktoberfest and could press each other to go under Mike Spooner's 16:25 course record at Wolf Branch Farm.
Nathan Richards elevated his running to another level on Saturday by taking down the Presbyterian Home 5K course record previously held by former E.C. Glass star Patterson Wilhelm with a 16:13 win at the second annual Hilltopper Invitational. In the process, Richards also reversed his finish order with Nathan Brame of Radford from earlier in the year at Franklin County's Eagle Invitational with a 20 second margin of victory over the defending Group A state cross country champion Brame (2nd, 16:33). The E.C. Glass senior bested Wilhelm's course record by five seconds, which says a lot about the difficulty of the course as Wilhelm went onto run 4:14 for 1600 meters and 9:17 for 3200 meters on the track. Full story...
Video interview with Christiansburg coach Shane Guynn and Louisa County coach Jerry Cutright on the very important changes occuring in Group AA starting this fall shifting teams to different regions to try and even out of the numbers as well as competitiveness in the process of teams in each region. Christiansburg moves to Region IV from Region III with its fellow River Ridge District teams, while Louisa County stays in Region II but benefits from the Valley District being moved to Region III.
If anyone thought that Northside senior Catherine White was having an off season this fall they better guess again. Especially her fellow Foot Locker South favorites throughout the region. White broke the meet and course record at the Runnin\' With The Wolves Rocktoberfest Invitational by 23 seconds with a time of 18:24 competing in the open race. The returning Foot Locker All-American had set the course mark last year in a time of 18:47. Instead of competing in the varsity high school girls division, White opted to compete in the open division as she was paced by former Northside teammate and 2006 AA state outdoor 3200 meter champion Zac Edwards. Meanwhile, in the most exciting finish of the meet, Jefferson Forest junior Matthew Kadak was able to surge past Christiansburg\'s Caleb Hughes right before the finish to take the win on his home course in 16:56 with Hughes a tick back at 16:57. Team champions were Christiansburg boys and Jefferson Forest girls. Martinsville\'s Amy Smith won the varsity girls\' race in a solid time of 20:28 on the challenging 5K course layout found at Wolf Branch Farm. An outstanding meet run by Coach Jerome Loy and the rest of the Jefferson Forest crew that I would definitely highly recommend to any coach to put on their schedule next fall. BEST START TO A RACE, great music all over the course, creek crossings, leaps over logs, and overall great atmosphere for a cross country event! More to come from Runnin With The Wolves including quotes from the winners, story, photos, and video clips as MileStat.com was on-site with Brandon Miles and Ryan Call. SUNDAY: Varsity Girls Photo Gallery (194 photos) - Varsity Boys Photo Gallery(184 photos) - Open (94 photos) MONDAY: Q&A with Catherine White - Q&A with Matt Kadak - Full Story - Video Clips
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.
The Run Fer Da Hills Invitational course was lengthened from its traditional 3 mile course to a 5K distance at South Holston Dam in Bristol, Tennessee as two of Virginia\'s top returning runners in Abingdon junior Griff Graves and J.J. Kelly senior Brittany Killough hope to have set new course records in their 2006 wins that will stand for a while. Graves won by over a minute in a time of 16:13, while Killough (19:48) finished a decent margin ahead of runner-up Sabrina Hall of Pulaski County (20:21), who helped her squad to a team title at Run Fer Da Hills.
The great thing about high school cross country is the fall colors. Take Wednesday\'s Region III championships at Green Hill Park, for instance. There was the maroon hair of Pulaski County\'s Will Frye and Lance McDaniel. There were the gray disguises worn by Jefferson Forest. However, in the long run the day belonged to the Blue Demons of Christiansburg on the boys\' side, the Blacksburg girls\' team and Northside\'s Catherine White.
The annual Draper Mile, held on a fast downhill course in Blacksburg, put out some impressive performances, but not by any high school or college athletes, instead by college and high school coaches! The runners at VMI, Virginia Tech, Christiansburg, Rockbridge, and Washington & Lee better be doing their training over the summer because their coaches sure are!
In the wake of Hurricane Isabel\'s destruction, many weekend invitationals were cancelled or postponed, but several invites in the Southwestern part of the state were able to go off as the area was not hit terribly hard by the storm.
A floodgates opened this past Friday across the state of Virginia as the state was drenched by a storm system that rolled through leaving many of the cross country courses for this past Saturday\'s invitationals in a muddy, sloppy, and slow mess.
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.
At last week\'s Run For The Hills Invitational Jefferson Forest\'s Cate Jackson (pictured left) and Christiansburg\'s Justin Hatch both finished third respectively as Dena Spickard of Marion won the girls\' race and Tommy Antenucci finished second in the
The challenge of cross country is constantly pushing your limits. Run faster, race harder. On Saturday in the 2002 Shoney\'s Run for the Hills Cross Country Meet at South Holston Dam, Marion\'s Dena Spickard and Jamestown\'s Jonna Reinhardt rose to the ch
The Pulaski County girls and Christiansburg boys track teams literally ran away with the team titles in the first annual New River Invitational. The Invitational was brought about by the vision of Coach Kelly of Giles County.
A little known sophomore named John Crews from Rockbridge County surprised a lot of people and the runners in the race as he won the boys race at the Wildcat Invitational which was hosted by Crews' own school.