The Warriors of Nansemond River held on Saturday to make it a sweep of titles for defending champions.
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It is truly never too early to begin to examine rankings. MileStat took that addage to heart and is previewing what we found is the likely outcome for next year's Outdoor season. Previewed here is both the Boys and Girls Group 5A.
MileStat is live and on-site in Greensboro, NC covering this year's New Balance Outdoor Nationals. Check here for live results, live webscast, and updates on all your Virginia teams and athletes competing.
Virginians did not waste anytime this Saturday as they lit up the track in the relays winning four national titles with the baton and one national title in the jumps. Leading the way for these performances was Western Branch's A shuttle hurdle relay squad, we do have to denote that this is the "A" squad because their "B" squad finished as the national runners-up. This team comprised of Funlayo Oluwole, Irielle Little, Milan Parks, and Ebony White ran a national record 56.55 to win the event.
After another blazing meet that produced some impressive times and marks it is now time to look back and select what the best performance was of the meet.
In its fifteenth year of being run, the Southern Track Classic did not dissapoint. With great afternoon weather it seemed as though it was going to be a perfect evening but the weather did not stay that nice all evening and decided to take a turn for the worse during the 400s. Soon after it began to rain but the speed and talent of the athletes still broke through leading to eight VA #1 times, many of which rank nationally, including many in the later events.
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. Hermitage junior Abby Bellows qualified for the state meet with a 10th place finish of 19:13 at Bells Mill Park in the 5A South Regional Meet.
Virginia was well represented today on the world stage in the IAAF Diamond League meet in Monaco with a 1-2-3 finish in the women's 100 meter hurdles from Queen Harrison (Hermitage HS), Yvette Lewis (Denbigh/Menchville HS), & Kellie Wells (James River HS). Meanwhile, Murielle Ahoure (Hayfield HS) set a new 200 PR of 22.24 in her victory and Francena McCorory (Bethel HS) broke 50 seconds in the open 400 for the first time.
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.
Virtual meet preview for the 2010 Colonial District Indoor T&F Championships based on performances currently in the MileStat.com database as of February 2nd.
The Jamestown boys did not face much competition at Saturday's Lee-Davis Invitational, but their team performance on a warm day at Pole Green Park would have been tough for any team in Virginia to seriously challenge. The #2 ranked team in Virginia had four of the top 5 finishers and nearly all under 17 minutes. Their top runner Andrew Colley (pictured right by Tom Hoerner), one of the favorites for the Group AA state titles, had a stellar race in his first meet back since suffering a season ending injury in the outdoor track season as he crushed the field with a 15:52 5K victory. Lee-Davis Invitational Results: Large School Boys - Large School Girls - Small School Boys - Small School Girls - JV Boys - JV Girls
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.
Start of the girls race at Thursday's St. Joseph's Villa. Photo by John Herzog.The 2007 St. Joseph's Villa 5K had a record number of entries and the larger field certainly brought greater competition as both course records also went down in the women's and men's race. Photos & videos from the Villa to be posted on Friday! RESULTS: MEN - WOMEN Select Pix by John Herzog - Top 5 finishers and start pics. More to come from Herzog and Brandon Miles Complete Photo Gallery by Brandon Miles - 501 photos total
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.
The meet was off to a flying start on Friday in the first day of events at the Christopher Newport University High School Showcase in Newport News. There were three US top five performances recorded during the event and several state leading performances also posted.
Tackling the overwhelming task of summarizing the 64 district meets held in Virginia this past week, I have taken a different approach in making a list of the ten best team and individual performances this past week. Some of them will not be in order based off actual team and individual\'s current state rankings, but how I rate their most recent performances at districts. I\'ll also be trying to recognize some performances that can be overlooked. I cannot recognize all, but I\'ll try to do my best. As you will see with the first top ten list with the boys teams, I took heavily into account how last year\'s teams faired from districts to the state meet at Great Meadows in their time differences among their team averages (top 5 finishers). No perfect science in analzying this sport, but I think it is an important stat to look at because a lot of these teams are competing with the same runners, same coaches, same training plan, and most importantly same courses. The Brentsville boys and Hermitage boys for example cannot have the same application used as Brentsville competed in a totally different course for their district meet from 2005 and Hermitage competed on a different Pole Green course and had to deal with quite different weather and course conditions in their Saturday district meet than the pleasant conditions that were found statewide on the Wednesday and Thursday meets. Enjoy!
Midlothian girls join Midlothian boys as a Southeast #1 ranked team in the Nike Team National regional rankings after a huge victory at the Manhattan Invitational. Hermitage boys (SE #3), Brentsville boys (SE #4), West Springfield boys (SE #9), and Lake Braddock girls (SE #6) all maintain their positions from last week, while Jamestown boys (SE #7) and Blacksburg girls (SE #10) slip one spot each.
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 modified Pole Green Park will be debuted on Saturday at the Lee-Davis Invite with 23 teams in attendance. The top team coming into the meet will be the Hermitage boys as last year\'s Central Region champions return to the venue of their 2005 regional championship. Meanwhile, the Maggie Walker girls will be aiming to win their second consecutive invitational of the season as their opened their cross country season with a win at last weekend\'s Fork Union Invitational.
The state\'s top ranked boys and girls teams from Midlothian both survived scares at the Great Meadows Invitational in their opening races. The Nike Team Nationals Southeast #1 ranked squad in Midlothian ran well as shown by their low team total of 55 points in the competitive meet, but the NTN SE #6 ranked and two-time defending AA state champions Brentsville proved to be just as good as they finished two points shy of them in second place with 57 points. Midlothian junior Jason Witt took the individual title in a time of 16:03.15. Meanwhile, the Midlothian girls had two of their seven runners drop out of the race including top returnee and 4:53 miler M.C. Miller yet their amazing depth and talent was showcased still in dominating the #2 ranked team in the state and #5 ranked team in the NTN Southeast region in Brentsville by a 65 point margin of victory. The Lady Trojans were led by the Lautzenheiser twins, Kathleen (1st, 19:20.92) and Leia (3rd, 19:46.59), as the freshmen pair finished first and third respectively. More to come from Great Meadows...
Last fall\'s AAA boys team and individual state cross country champions were determined on the final straightaway at Great Meadows. Chantilly\'s Brad Siragusa outkicked West Springfield\'s Mike Spooner for the individual state crown, while the Oakton boys secured the state title despite close challenges from runner-up Thomas Jefferson and third place finisher Midlothian. Spooner and the Thomas Jefferson and Midlothian squads return with hopes to reverse their fortune and come out on top in November. However, another tight finish is to be expected with the caliber of individuals and teams that return to challenge any pre-season favorites.
MileStat.com Athlete of the Week award for the week of May 7th through May 13th goes to Hermitage\'s Queen Harrison and Manchester\'s Anthony Chesson.
As a freshmen at Hermitage High School, Alex Bowman showed promise as one of the state\'s future middle distance stars. As a sophomore, he made a huge breakthrough when he dropped down to 4:20 in the 1600 meter run. After a junior year riddle by injury and lack of significant progression in his times, Bowman has regained his step and is running faster than ever as shown by his state leading and personal best 1600 time of 4:17 at the Virginia Tech Invitational where he defeated many of the state\'s top runners. As he gears up for this weekend\'s Central Region Meet and following AAA State Meet, Bowman has a full steam of momentum on his side to win not only his first regional titles but a state title as well.
No suprise with the amount of competiton and quality of track found at the Freeman Center\'s Vince Brown Track for the CNU Showcase that many of the state\'s best season times were turned in at the two day event in Newport News. In all, 14 state best peformances were recorded at the meet.
Christopher Newport University will host its second high school invitational of the season this weekend with the CNU Showcase. The two day meet held Friday and Saturday, January 7th and 8th at the Freeman Center\'s Vince Brown Track will be the start of several competitive meets after winter break with the state\'s best athletes going head to head. This weekend\'s meet will feature three of the state\'s biggest stars in Michael Morrison, Francena McCorory, and Angela Jenkins.
The Liberty Christmas Invitational turned out to be the meet of the weekend as seven state best performances were found at the first annual meet. The Blacksburg girls (90 pts) and Hermitage boys (55 pts) won team titles as the Blackburg girls blew out the field with their dominance in the distance events and relays, while the Hermitage boys barely squeaked out the win over three other teams in the hunt.
he Virginia Tech track and field program has announced the signing of Queen Harrison to a National Letter of Intent for the 2006-07 year. Harrison, a senior at Hermitage High School in Richmond, Va., earned All-American honors in the triple jump and in the 4x200 meter-relay in 2005. She was the runner-up at the Nike Indoor National Meet in the triple jump and helped her high school to a second-place finish in the 4x200m relay.
Iron is the key for John Vial. . . . No, not pumpin\' iron, but swallowing it. No runner has cut more time than the Hermitage High junior. His quality of life, on and off the running trails, turned around when it was discovered that Vial had a serious iron deficiency. \"I was tired all the time,\" he said. \"All I wanted to do was sleep.\" Once the iron supplement was prescribed for severe anemia, Vial transformed from a runner who practically needed goggles to keep others\' dust and mud out of his eyes, to who bolted near the front of the pack.
Hermitage hurdler star Queen Harrison suffered an unfortunate season ending injury at last night\'s Colonial District Meet. On the Wednesday portion of the Colonial District Meet at Douglas Freeman High School, Harrison was competing in the trials of the 300 meter hurdles. Out in the lead in her heat, Harrison hit the sixth hurdle and fell to the ground. She was able to get up and chase down the runners that passed her in the fall and win the heat in dramatic fashion. However, it was later learned that she suffered a broken collar bone and that it would take four to six weeks to heal. Harrison was just coming off a great performance at last Friday\'s Southern Track Classic where she posted the state\'s fastest time in a personal best time of 43.17 for the 300 meter low hurdles event and seemed to poise to win the state crown this June. Hopefully, Harrison will have a speedy recovery and begin preparation for a stellar senior season next year.
Two long and active days of competition at the Arthur Ashe Center in Richmond as many great performances were witnessed at the East Coast Invitational. The Ashe Center is known for not being one of the fastest indoor tracks in the state, but some of the performances of individuals and relays at the meet were making the facility not seem so \"Ashe-like\".
Cary Chaffee has long boasted of being the nephew of Suzy Chaffee, the Olympic ski captain who became more famous as \"Suzy Chapstick\" in television lip-balm ads. But the momentum of the family pecking order is changing. The way things are going, maybe
In a meet loaded with fast distance runners, John Piersol, Matt Wolak and Julia Siegel put on a show. All three set meet records - Piersol got two - but in Saturday