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The VHSL State Cross Country Championships will be the center of attention this weekend for the entire Virginia running community. The meet features over 1,248 athletes from 215 teams all running on the historic Great Meadow state meet course.
This weekend is jam packed with action and one of the biggest meets of the year is the Third Battle Invitational in Winchester.
Water crossing, mud, and great finishes highlighted one of the top regular season meets of the year!
Watch this epic race in the mud.
Racing against Andrew Hunter for your entire post-season has its ups and downs. We aren't going to sugar coat it at all, Alec was definitely overshadowed by the nation's best distance runner the past couple years. If that wasn't enough he also had a stellar teammate, Tyler Cox-Philyaw, who was a superstar too.
The race of the century was just that, the race of the century. Though Seufer ran a very impressive time, the real stars of the meet and the entire regional week were Weini Kelati and victorious Libby Davidson who showed just how good they are.
Coverage of Wednesday's VHSL Group 4A North Regional XC Championships at Loriella Park in Fredericksburg. Coverage includes a photo gallery as well as a meet summary to come.
Results and coverage from all of the 8 conference championship cross country meets in the VHSL Group 4A classification.
Highlights from Virginians competing at the Carlisle Invitational (PA), Greensboro Invitational (NC), Bristol Cross (TN), Stonewall Jackson Invitational, and Golden Eagle Invitational on September 28th.
Coverage from Saturday's Chancellor Invitational at Loriella Park in Fredericksburg. Complete results, race videos, and meet summary are posted, while two photo galleries to be uploaded by end of weekend.
There are a lot of great duos and tandems among the Group AA girls this cross country season including Millbrook's front two of Crystal Nelson and Presley Parkes, who both finished among the top 10 last Saturday at the Great Meadow Invitational. It was the first race for Parkes since the 2008 state cross country meet as she had missed all of her junior year and track season of her sophomore year due to injury. Parkes showed little sign of race rust finishing sixth overall in a strong field behind teammate Nelson, who garnered a third place finish. Nelson and Parkes join three other duos in the top 10 of the Group AA girls individual rankings including the stellar programs of Western Albemarle (Mattie Webb & Killian O'Connell), Blacksburg (Sarah Dorrell & Hannah Brown), and Hidden Valley (Annie LeHardy & Haley Cutright).
Loudoun County and Western Albemarle could enjoy championships twice on Tuesday at the Region II Championships in Charlottesville. There is a serious individual contender from Loudoun County in both races as Thomas Curtin (pictured left by Frank Locascio) and Julie Strange have both established themselves as race favorites with strong season best performances last month on the regional course at the competitive Albemarle Invitational. Curtin has been a great story this fall from starting off as a virtual unknown to now be considered as a darkhorse to win the Group AA state title and at least set himself up in great position to become a state champion as a senior in 2010. The Western Albemarle boys and girls have the smallest time difference for their top five among the top contender teams, which could seal a sweep of regional team titles if both squads are able to close the door on their team scoring well ahead of the other challengers' fifth runners with their tight packs.
Brentsville's move to the Evergreen District has made the Northwestern District more wide open than ever as today's district championships at Kernstown Battlefield will have at least three schools in both races having realistic shots of walking away as team champions. The Millbrook girls have a great 1-2 punch in sohomore Crystal Nelson (pictured by Ted Plunkett) and senior Tammy Cheung. Another sophomore in Britany Myers of John Handley is back to defend her individual district title from a year ago. A young Skyline boys squad behind top runner and freshmen Thomas Madden will attempt to pull out a mild upset and win their school's first district title, but the John Handley boys and individual favorite Thomas Delaney (16:07 5K season best) will be tough to beat.
The Brentsville boys pulled off a magical run to a state championship last fall when few were expecting them to. The odds are stacked against them once again not only to win another state championship, but possibly have to fight their way out to advance out of their own district with heavy graduation losses from the 2007 state champion squad. The Northwestern District after all qualified three teams for the 2007 VHSL State Championships with Sherando and Millbrook keeping their state qualifier teams more in tact from last year than Brentsville. Photo by John Herzog Sherando looks to be the pre-season favorite to win the boys' team title in the Northwestern District as they return six runners under 18 minutes with Colby Witt and Danny Stiefvater as their top runners. Witt (4:34 1600, 9:45 3200) and Stiefvater (4:35 1600, 9:45 3200) had outstanding spring track seasons as the Sherando pair are the top two performers from the track among returnees in both the 1600 and 3200 meter races. Along with teammate Scott Guichard, Sherando has three returning All-District runners from the 2007 Northwestern District Cross Country Championships.
Millbrook wasn’t going to let Brentsville just walk away with the Northwestern District meet trophy. No, they were going to stand up and make sure they shook the hand of each Tigers runner. They were going to tell them exactly how much they respected them just minutes after Handley athletic director Bill Stewart announced the final results and confirmed what many who saw the race suspected — it was one of the closest and most competitive meets in recent memory. Brentsville, the three-time defending champions, edged regular-season champion Millbrook 39-41 in girls’ cross country action Thursday at Kernstown Battlefield. The Tiger boys, the three-time defending Group AA state champions, won the boys’ title by 22 points over Sherando (35-57). Read full story....
A strong freshmen class of runners is appearing this fall in Group AA as three freshmen are now ranked among the top 15 in AA. Millbrook's Presley Parkes leads all freshmen in the #3 position after an idle weekend from her strong race at the Oatlands Invite the week prior. Meanwhile, Sherando's Krista Decault (pictured above) and Hidden Valley's Annie LeHardy pushed their way into the top 15 for the first time with strong performances this past week. DeCault clocked in at a personal best of 19:06 at Octoberfest, while LeHardy followed up a close third place finish at the Metro Championships on Wednesday to Blacksburg's #1 Laurel MacMillan with an invitational win at Staunton River. All three freshmen lead ranked squads with AA #3 Millbrook, #4 Hidden Valley, and #7 Sherando.
There is definitely room for two big meets on the final weekend of September as while the McDonald's Maymont Festival will be held in Richmond this weekend, an equally large invitational with over 3,500 runners will going off at Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg, Virginia for the Oatlands Invitational. The meet was able to draw one of the country's historically best cross country programs in the Saratoga Springs girls from New York and will feature some stellar individual runners. The Virginian girls will try to hold their own as Walt Whitman's Morgan Gay also could make it an out-of-state sweep, but VA #3 and AAA #1 ranked Lia DiValentin (pictured above by Ted Plunkett) of Chantilly leads an outstanding group of homestate girls to make a top ten finish no easy feat for some of the state's better runners.
Chantilly junior Lia DiValentin continued her strong start to the fall cross country season with a 13 second win at the Judges Classic over some of AA's top younger distance runners. Potomac Falls sophomore Christina Lee attempted to give DiValentin a challenge, but had to settle for third in 19:20 as Millbrook freshmen Presley Parkes scooted in for second at 19:13. After clocking in at 19:00 on a fair Kernstown Battlefield 5K course in Wincester, DiValentin now appears to be the only unbeaten in AAA as the other top returnees in the classification were dealt early season defeats already. Meanwhile, freshmen Parkes led the Millbrook girls (79 pts) to a team title as the #3 ranked squad in AA proved themselves to be a team worthy of state podium consideration in subduing a challenge from a tough Potomac Falls squad (86 pts). After picking up a big confidence booster win last Saturday over AAA school Thomas Jefferson, the Potomac Falls boys were brought back to reality in regards to the fact that it will be no easy feat to get out of the Region II Meet as Sherando, the 2006 AA state third place squad, scored a four point win with a total of 86 points over their regional rival Potomac Falls with 90 points. The power of the pack defeated Potomac Falls with only 27 seconds separating Sherando's top five, while 1:48 passed before Potomac Falls' fifth man came across after Potomac Falls top finisher in individual runner-up Joshua Hardin (16:27). Josh Wilson of James Wood won the varsity boys' race in 16:20. Judges Classic Photo Gallery by Robert Lee
Millbrook freshmen Presley Parkes made a big splash for herself as well as her team with junior sister Sullivan at the Chancellor Invite last Saturday. A second place finish by the talented freshmen at Loriella Park has moved her into a #4 AA ranking as an individual, while her Chancellor Invite champion squad shares the same position at #4 this week after both Parkes and her team were unranked in the preseason rankings. The Chancellor Invite and Ragged Mountain Cup saw many of the top boys individuals go head to head (or indirectly based on splits at Ragged) to shuffle the top 15 positions around, while many of the same runners stayed in the top 15 with only one new previously unranked runner in the mix.
Great finish in start of XC at Chancellor! Photo by Brandon Miles A great opener to the cross country season was held at Fredericksburg's Loriella Park for the Chancellor Invitational. The meet had two nationally ranked boys programs Jamestown and Mountain View clash in an early season test for both squads to see where they are at in beginning of this fall. The Chancellor Invite also saw a meet and course record go down by a somewhat surprise winner in Northwest Region outdoor 3200 meter champion Elizabeth Walls just dipping under the old Loriella best of 19:46 set by Kristyn Shiring of North Stafford with her winning time of 19:45 on a mild Saturday in September. While Walls pulled away for a decisive victory over a quality field in the last half of the race, Alex Ott and Andrew Colley could not shake each other off until the end in the varsity boys race with Ott pulling out the slight edge in a great finish. In a kicking battle to the line between two of AA's best juniors, Ott took the win in 16;30.8, while Colley settled as a close runner-up in 16:31.2. Colley did take home first place hardware though as his Jamestown team (54) defeated a Thomas Porter-less Mountain View squad (67 pts) by 13 points. The Eagles were able to overcome Mountain View putting five ahead of their fourth with three runners ahead of Mountain View's top finisher Daniel Porter (9th, 17:25.4). The Mountain View coaches wanted to see how well the rest of their guys could run without their ace Thomas Porter and their boys held up well as Mountain View at full strength against Jamestown on this day would have likely picked up a close win. While girls field lacked the powerhouse squads like Jamestown and Mountain View on the boys, one team stepped as a team to look out for thanks to the emergence of a talented freshmen. Sullivan Parkes had been a pre-race favorite coming in as a pre=season #13 ranked runner in the state, but she was not even the top finisher on her squad or household despite a solid fourth place time of 20:24 as her freshmen sister Presley Parkes ran a stellar high school debut race as runner-up in 19:58. With the firepower up front from the Parkes sisters, Millbrook won by a fair margin of 20 points over host school and AA #7 ranked Chancellor (2nd, 101 pts) with a team score of 81 points. Millbrook also defeated additional AA ranked squads in AA #5 James Wood (5th, 206 pts) and AA #6 Heritage-Leesburg (7th, 230 pts). Chancellor Invite Results: Varsity Boys - Varsity Girls - Developmental Boys - Developmental GirlsChancellor Invite Photo Gallery: Varsity Boys (348 pics) - Varsity Girls (358 pics) - Developmental Girls (148 pics) - Developmental Boys (247 pics) - Awards (38 pics) Video Interviews: Alex Ott - Andrew Colley - Elizabeth Walls Race Videos - Varsity Boys - Varsity Girls - Developmental Girls - Developmental Boys
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.
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!
Predictability is a word that serves Group AA girls well this fall with the Brentsville girls returning a full squad from a team that simply dominated at the state meet last year and two-time individual state champion Catherine White looking fitter than ever heading into this season. Behind Brentsville and White, there are plenty of great teams and individuals filling out what should be a strong fall for Group AA.
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).