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Spotswood's Jay Jarrels (pictured by Ted Plunkett) has shown his potential early in high school with some quick track times as an underclassmen, but appears to be finally putting it together in cross country for a strong senior season. He starts his championship season today at the Massanutten District Championships as he looks to lead his Spotswood squad to another district team title with a first place individual finish for himself. Spotswood could put five runners among the top 7 places. The Harrisonburg girls expect to remain on top of the district behind individual favorite in freshmen Tabea Zimmerman.
It was a tight district meet for the boys team title at the 2007 Massanutten District Meet. The first ever Massanutten District Cross Country Championships had three teams separated by only five points with Spotswood in first with 42 points, Harrisonburg in second with 46 points, and Turner Ashby with 47 points. Spotswood is the back with a squad ready to defend their district title and hopefully with a little bit more breathing room this year as the team has aspirations to not only win a growingly more competitive Region III Meet, but be a team to be reckoned at Great Meadow for the state meet. Photo by Tom Hoerner With two of the district's top returning individual runners in Caroline Young and Molly Skidmore, the Turner Ashby girls return as favorites to repeat their district team title from a year ago. Skidmore is the only returning female with a sub 20 minute 5K performance to her credit with a 19:58 run at Foot Locker South last November, while Young proved herself as the top miler in the Massanutten District with a 5:15 1600 and won district titles in both the 1600 and 800.
Final 2007 outdoor track rankings for the Virginia Group AA boys. Event rankings are 50 deep (or as deep as # of performances). Also in a first for MileStat.com, All-MileStat.com Teams are going to be extended to each classification (private, A, AA, and AAA). Erik Kuster (pictured right by John Herzog) of Liberty High School in Bedford has been selected field events athlete of the year among Group AA boys. Kuster won both the shot put and discus throw at the AA State Championships as he broke a 20 year old meet record with a state best throw of 179'0". The VMI bound Kuster earlier in the year against some of the state's best at the Southern Track Classic, was also a double winner in the throwing events against some AAA's best in the shot put and discus. Kuster shares athlete of the year honors with Blacksburg's Peter Dorrell. Dorrell became the first male distance runner to win all three distance races at a state championship with first place finishes in the 3200, 1600, and 800 meter races.
This weekend\'s Asics Invitational will be hosted at Liberty University\'s Tolsma Track Center in Lynchburg and will be hosted over two days on Friday and Saturday. The meet will feature four individual state leaders including the likes of Bethel\'s Shakia Forbes and Harrisonburg\'s Tim Beierle as well as the state\'s fastest 4x400 meter relay in the Osbourn Park girls. Events will start at 4:30 PM on Friday and resume again on Saturday at 9:00 AM.
Mills Godwin senior Anne Marie Gordon likes drama apparently. Not only is she in theatre at school, but seems to like to wait till the final attempt when clearing personal best heights in the pole vault. At last March\'s National Scholastic Indoor Championships, Gordon cleared 11\'7.25\" on her third attempt at the height. On Saturday at the Keydet Invitational, Gordon cleared a best height of 11\'9\" in similar dramatic fashion on her final attempt at the height.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Thomas Jefferson HS senior Jeannie Addison is going to have to build an extension to her medal rack as she won her 3rd major invitational of the season as she won the seeded girls race at the Georgetown Prep Classic in a time of 18:58.23.