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Boys Top 15 XC Returning Countdown: #11 Ryan McCracken Nolan Jez Aug 24, 2016

There is no disputing that 5A is going to be the toughest title to win this year but Ryan has an inside source to help him place very high this season. He enters the 2016 XC season ranked 11th in the state and 4th in his classification. He is the third fastest runner in his county and 5A South. 

Group 5A State Preview & Top 50 Leaderboards Nolan Jez Nov 13, 2014

With only mere hours separated us from the penultimate meet, the VHSL State Cross Country Championships, it is time to look and preview each classification. Inside is a breif preview of the classification and the leaderboards for the top 50 individuals in the classification. 

Duplicate Performance by Holt Twins Brandon Miles Oct 4, 2014

The Holt twins, Heather and Ashley, were inseparable at birth and apparently are inseparable as well as high school cross country runners. Freshmen at George C. Marshall High School in Northern Virginia, the Holt sisters went 1-2 crossing the line virtually at the same time at the Octoberfest Invitational on Saturday with both timed at 18:38.'s Way Too Early Girls Indoor '15 Season Preview Nolan Jez Mar 4, 2014

With the state indoor season now behind us it is not only time to look forward towards the outdoor season but also to next year's indoor season. This not only includes looking at the top 50 returnees in each event but also who will be fighting for the team titles and who are the major athletes to keep an eye on in next year's season. 

Path to the State Meet: Peyton Artz (Douglas Freeman) Brandon Miles Nov 13, 2013

Our Path to the State Meet series focuses on a random selection of individual qualifiers and their seasons and path leading up to qualifying to compete at this weekend's VHSL State Championships. Douglas Freeman junior Peyton Artz qualified for the state meet with a ninth place finish of 16:18 (PR) at Bells Mill Park in the 5A South Regional Meet.

Athlete Spotlight: MacKenzie Kerr (Douglas Freeman) Brandon Miles Mar 27, 2013

Douglas Freeman sophomore MacKenzie Kerr was trying out for the school soccer team early last spring when she saw her indoor track teammates training for the upcoming indoor state championships, which she missed out on qualifying after having a subpar regional meet at the Ashe Center as an inexperienced freshmen. She felt like she was missing out and soon gave up her sport since as a young child in soccer to re-join her track teammates for the outdoor season.

2013 VHSL Group AAA State Indoor Meet Preview - Boys Pole Vault Brandon Miles Feb 21, 2013

  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. XC Runner: Ronnie Calkins (Douglas Freeman) Brandon Miles Dec 4, 2012

  For Douglas Freeman senior Ronnie Calkins, one of his signature wins of the season came at the Albemarle Invitational as he came across the line first among a deep field (featuring many team members) with a 5K personal best of 15:46. Calkins was able to bounce back from his 7th place finish regional race to get on the podium at Great Meadow for the state meet with a 12th place effort of 15:53, which was his 5th sub 16 minute 5K race of the fall.

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

  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 database. Individual qualifiers are not included in this virtual meet preview.

Central Region XC Championships Coverage Brandon Miles Nov 3, 2012

Kara Dickerson apparently does not need too many races to shake off any rust. After last year missing much of the cross country season due to a stress fracture, Dickerson came back to help her Midlothian squad to state team title with a sixth place state meet finish. This year, Dickerson had the early stages of a stress fracture with a stress reaction to start the season and caused her to sit out of all races until the Manhattan Invitational in mid October. In only her second race of the season, Dickerson won the Central Region title in a 5K PR time of 18:06.

Colonial District Virtual Meet Preview Brandon Miles Feb 10, 2011

  Virtual meet preview for the Colonial District Indoor Championships predicts team titles for the Douglas Freeman boys and Maggie Walker girls. Douglas Freeman senior Silas Frantz (pictured above by Andrew Kicinski) had a late start to his indoor season after giving himself a break of racing following qualifying for and competing in the Foot Locker Nationals in early December to end his cross country season. Despite only competing in two meets this indoor season, Frantz took full advantage of those two racing opportunities to take care of state qualifiers in the 1600 (4:22) and 3200 (9:21), while posting a solid personal best time of 2:36 in a rare 1000 meter race for the long-distance geared Frantz. Athlete Journal: Silas Frantz (Entry #1) Oct 7, 2010

Douglas Freeman senior Silas Frantz joins our growing list of top runners in the state of Virginia contribuing weekly journal entries for Frantz is part of a very special and talented group of individual runners for the Central Region boys this fall. Building off his All-State 9:30 3200 PR finish to the outdoor track season, Frantz has started with a consistent and strong start to his 2010 cross country season with two major invitational wins at the Octoberfest Invite and William & Mary Invite as well as a close runner-up 14:53 3 mile performance under the old course record at Fork Union. In his introductory journal, Frantz shares how he got into running by joining his dad on runs at age 8 and bringing readers up to speed to present day.

Douglas Freeman Polar Bear: Atkinson twins 1:05 500's, Grant Pollock sub 2:30 1000! Brandon Miles Jan 23, 2010

  With many schools shut out from finding a nearby indoor invitational to compete in this weekend, teams went outside this weekend in polar bears across the state including at Douglas Freeman High School in Richmond with 13 area high schools competing. With a sunny day and temperatures staying into the 40s for the majority of the day, conditions were decent enough for some quality times to be run on the 400 meter outdoor track. Many district and regional qualifiers occurred at the meet as well as several state automatic qualifying and national caliber performances including 1:05 500 meter performances from Atlee's Atkinson twins (both pictured above by Brandon Miles).

Central Region Meet Preview Brandon Miles Nov 2, 2009

The Midlothian girls have won the last four Central Region cross country titles to coincide with their four straight Group AAA state titles. Do not expect the regional streak to discontinue this weekend for the Lady Trojans, but Lee-Davis freshmen Bonny Turnage (pictured left by John Herzog) might attempt to spoil an individual three-peat for Midlothian senior Kathleen Lautzenheiser. However, a highly anticipated individual match-up between Grant Pollock of Mills Godwin and Ted Richardson of James River might be the top story coming into the 2009 Central Region Cross Country Championships. Pollock is also attempting to not only become Godwin's first boys individual champion in regional meet history but also lead his squad to their first Central Region team title ever.

2008 Pre-Season XC Previews: Colonial District Brandon Miles Aug 6, 2008

Photo by Ted Plunkett The boys' individual title figures to be wide open this fall with a handful of returning runners having realistic shots at making a run for first at Pole Green in late October. Nathan Puckett of Hermitage pulled a mild upset off last year over a group of favorites, so the door is always open in the district for another surprise. Roger Cooke would like to follow in the footsteps of not only teammate Puckett, but the past three Colonial District champions reigning from Hermitage with John Vial as the district champion in 2006 and Alex Bowman also as the race winner in 2005.

Lautzenheiser, Witt take titles, a first for a Group AAA school Nov 10, 2007

Midlothian cross country runners established a first at the Virginia High School League state meet at Great Meadow for the second year in a row. Running under low gray skies and in cold temperatures yesterday, sophomore Kathleen Lautzenheiser and senior Jason Witt  (pictured right by John Herzog) became the first runners from the same Group AAA school to win individual titles in the same year. The feat has been accomplished twice in Group AA (1980, 1986) and never in Group A. Read full story... 

Central Region Meet: Lautzenheiser and Wolfe looking to be inseparable heading into Great Meadow Brandon Miles Nov 3, 2007

Photo by John Herzog The Dominion District Meet came down to the final 50 meters before Kristen Wolfe of James River pulled away with the victory over Kathleen Lautzenheiser of Midlothian. At the Central Region Meet on Saturday at Pole Green Park, it was Lautzenheiser returning the favor with it taking literally the last strides by both to determine the winner with both clocking in at 18:21. There will definitely be challengers from the other regions, but it could be a repeat finish next week between the two gunning for the AAA state title as there has been little separation between both in their last two encounters.Photo by Linda D'Amato The Midlothian girls also won their third consecutive regional title with six in a tough top 15 to crack with many individuals from other schools capable of earning All-State honors next week. The top six for the Lady Trojans included Lautzenheiser, Samantha Dow (7th, 19:13), Amy Witt (9th, 19:25), Erin Stehle (12th, 19:31), Shannon Roplewski (13th, 19:35), and Krista Willard (14th, 19:37). Maggie Walker girls had three runners earning All-Region honors to spark their regional runner-up finish (76 pts) with Clarissa Schick (5th, 19:09), Natalie Davis (10th, 19:27), and Susannah Piersol (15th, 19:38). The predicted teams to finish in the top four held to form with Midlothian, Maggie Walker, Douglas Freeman (3rd, 99 pts) and Hanover (4th, 134 pts). Photo by John Herzog Jason Witt comfortably won his third straight Central Region title in a time of 15:56. Former teammate Mark Merritt lead the field out early, while Atlee's Ben Dejarnette was running off of Witt after two miles, but Witt as well as his Midlothian teammates broke away from the rest in the final mile. Midlothian boys had an impressive showing up front with Witt, runner-up Michael Hammond (16:04), and fourth place finishing freshmen Brayden Burleigh (16:06). Midlothian tallied 53 points to win their second straight title. However, their depth issue at the fifth spot allowed Douglas Freeman to finish only 10 points behind in second with 63 points. Freeman was led by a gutsy performance by Lewis McPherson coming back from his district meet collapse and the team's depth also helped with five runners in the top 25. The Colonial District boys dominated the team standings with their four representatives taking places two through five with Freeman, Deep Run (3rd, 112 pts), Maggie Walker (4th, 137 pts), and Hermitage (5th, 139 pts).  Maggie Walker was one of the biggest surprises of the meet since they finished fourth in their district meet last Saturday as well.Race Videos: Varsity Boys - Varsity Girls Video Interviews: Michael Hammond - Lewis McPherson Photo Gallery by John HerzogPhoto Gallery by Linda D'Amato 

Colonial District Meet Preview Brandon Miles Oct 23, 2007

 Photo by Ted Plunkett Without a doubt, the Colonial District Meet on Saturday at Pole Green Park will showcase the most depth in the Central Region. The Capital, Central, nor the Dominion will have as strong of a fourth place team squeaking out of the district onto the regional meet as the Colonial District will certainly have in both the boys and girls' races. The Maggie Walker girls and Susannah Piersol come in as favorites, but still are very wary of the potential of the defending district champions in the Douglas Freeman girls to run up to their potential come championship season. An upset by the Freeman girls would almost guarantee a team sweep as the Douglas Freeman boys have shown themselves to the be the second best team in the region this fall behind Midlothian. Freeman is led by one of the individual favorites in Lewis McPherson (pictured above), but Mills Godwin's Brian Welch and Patrick Henry's Davis Barry will make for an entertaining battle.

McPherson saved best for stretch run Oct 2, 2007

It may come as a surprise to area cross country aficionados that Douglas Freeman's Lewis McPherson (pictured left by John Herzog) already is a senior. Where have you been, Lewis? We hardly know you. Eyes grow red trying to find McPherson pre-2007 cross country results on Read full story. McPherson saved best for stretch run

Coach Brian Reutinger Podcast (Douglas Freeman) Brandon Miles Sep 6, 2007

Photo by John Herzog Podcast interview with Douglas Freeman coach Brian Reutinger. Coach Reutinger's Douglas Freeman boys and girls open up this weekend at the Great Meadow Invite with both teams ranked among the top 10 teams in the state and looking to gain valuable racing experience for this November's VHSL State Cross Country Championships.\'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 AAA Girls XC Returnees Brandon Miles Aug 6, 2007

James River senior Kristen Wolfe (pictured left by John Herzog) leads one of deepest and most talented pool of Central Region individuals and teams as the defending regional champion. Only the likes of Footlocker Nationals runner-up Aurora Scott, 15-time AA state champion Catherine White, and eventual 10:31 2 miler Sarrah Hadiji joined Wolfe under 18 minutes for 5K last fall as Wolfe has the fastest returning time in AAA at 17:58. 12 of the top 20 returning 5K times among AAA girls happen to be from the Central Region. Meanwhile, the Midlothian girls will be heavily favored to win their third consecutive state title, while Douglas Freeman and Maggie Walker return talented squads that can make podium runs and give the Central Region a possible rare accomplishment in a sweep of the top three positions. However, the Northern Region possesses several solid teams including last year's state runner-up Lake Braddock.  More in-depth preview as well as pre-season predictions from's own Brandon Miles to come in August.

St. Christophers Invitational Meet Summary Brandon Miles Jan 28, 2007

The first annual St. Christopher\'s Indoor Invitational in Richmond had nothing but rave reviews whether it was regards to the facility itself or how well the meet was run. The performances this past weekend certainly indicated that Richmond\'s newest indoor track facility will produce to many future great meets, times, and marks.

East Coast Invitational Preview Brandon Miles Jan 18, 2007

The East Coast Invitational continues to be one of the longest standing high school indoor invitationals in the state of Virginia as well as the country and continues to bring in some of the state\'s best talent. The first East Coast Invitational was held in 1960 and this year\'s meet will be the 48th annual. The meet use to be hosted inside the Richmond Coliseum on a wooden banked track before moving over to the Arthur Ashe Center in 1983. The 2007 edition of the East Coast Invitational will feature Shanneka Claiborne, Aramis Massenburg, Rachel Butler, and Anthony Chesson as some of the state\'s top athletes in the meet with the Manchester boys and Midlothian girls as the top teams attending.

Albemarle Invitational Preview Brandon Miles Oct 13, 2006

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.

2003 AAA Cross Country Preview Brandon Miles Jul 18, 2003

With no returning individual state champions, the AAA state cross country race will be one of the most competitive races in recent years with many elite athletes vying for the male and female individual crowns. Meanwhile, the two defending state team champions, Thomas Jefferson boys of Alexandria and James River girls of Midlothian, took only small losses due to graduation and will once again be in the hunt to defend their titles.

Freeman coach killed in car crash Brandon Miles Jan 2, 2003

A 53 year-old Douglas Freeman High School teacher and track coach was killed Tuesday when police said he pulled into the path of another car on U.S. 360 in King and Queen County. State police said Charles Barton Gordon was driving west on U.S. 360 in a 1979 Mercedes Benz around 6:40 p.m. when he attempted to make a left turn onto state Route 721. The Mercedes turned into the path of a 1996 Doge Neon, traveling west on U.S. 360, and was struck in the right front fender. Police could not determine whether Gordon, who lived in the 8500 block of Mark Lawn Drive, had been wearing a seat belt. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The passengers in the Dodge Neon were taken to Medical College of Virginia Hospitals. A report on their conditions was not immmediately available. The were identified as Daniel Arthur Turner, 33, of Westmoreland County, who was driving; and Arlethea Arlene Harris, 43, of King William County. Police believe both were wearing safety belts. The wreck remains under investigation. Gordon was a member of Freeman\'s Science Department and primarily taught ninth-grade Earth Science, said Freeman Principal Edward H. Pruden. Gordon was also a longtime member of Freeman\'s track staff, specializing as the school\'s sprint coach. \"I think over the years he\'s probably worked with many different areas of track and field,\" Pruden said. Gordon had been at Douglas since at least 1985, Pruden said.\"This was his 29th year in the classroom,\" said Pruden, adding, \"Our Freeman family is stunned and is grieving.\"

Words of remembrance for the late Coach Gordon Brandon Miles Jan 2, 2003

The Douglas Freeman running and school community is at a loss of words after the sad and devastating car accident which took the life of longtime Douglas Freeman track coach Charles Gordon on New Year\'s Eve. However, some current and past runners under Gordon were able to share some words of remembrance of their late coach. If anyone else feels free to contribute any words on his remembrance, feel free to do so, by emailing them at Let the healing start now.

Keino and Western Albemarle girls gap the field Brandon Miles Sep 14, 2002

Familiar outcome from last year\'s meet as Fork Union\'s Kippy Keino sets a blistering early race pace with a 4:28 first mile as Thomas Dale\'s Alex Tatu tried to give chase, but Keino was too much to pull away with a course record (previous record 15:25)

Piersol upsets Smith Brandon Miles Nov 4, 2000

Taking advantage of Midlothian senior Austin Smith's knee injury, Thomas Jefferson junior John Piersol upset the defending Central Region champion.