Athletes. That is what this weekend is about, athletes and state titles.
Articles with Kellam
Here we look at the 2019 state meet favorites and see where they finished at states these past few years.
Here we preview the Class 6 girls' state meet based on where things stand right now.
We saw VA athletes and teams winning in multiple states and of course a new VA #1 performance from Mary Caroline Heinen. Here is your rundown for how the weekend went.
This weekend was quite the weekend for VA XC with roughly 2/3 of the entire state in competition. Here are our top seven headlines from the weekend on the following pages. Check them out and go to our results hub to see the compete results of the season too.
Results and coverage from all of the 8 conference championship cross country meets in the VHSL Group 5A classification.
Coverage from the Wednesday, October 23rd joint conference championship meets for Conference 1 in Group 6A and Conference 9 in Group 5A at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex
Can the Martingayle siblings in freshmen Doria Martingayle and sophomore Harrison Martingayle both become conference champions on Wednesday afternoon at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex in the 5A Conference 9 race?
Salute to Seniors series article of Kellam distance runner Billy Boros. A late arrival to the sport (joined as a sophomore to get in shape for soccer), Boros made up ground quickly in his senior year to become arguably the top distance runner in the Eastern Region and one of the top tier runners in the state of Virginia.
After letting go of his first love sport of soccer, Kellam senior Billy Boros has really come on strong in his new love sport of running since last indoor track season when he placed 9th in the 1600 meter run as a first time individual state qualifier. The Eastern Region cross country champion last week in a 5K PR of 15:57, Boros should have no problem managing the hills at Great Meadow as shown with his strong finishes earlier in the season at the Maymont Festival and Albemarle Invitational as he aims for a top 10 finish in the Group AAA race on Saturday.
The final Eastern Region Cross Country Championships will be held Thursday, November 1st at Bells Mill Park in Chesapeake. It has been tough for any Eastern Region team over recent years to beat any cross country squad produced by coach Mike Nestor at Ocean Lakes. The Ocean Lakes cross country program will attempt to make it a sweep of the team titles for the third consecutive year.
Paul McElroy was the most important runner in the meet at Saturday's Chesapeake Invitational. While only finishing in 39th place with a time of 18:45. McElroy's individual performance as Hickory's sixth man was the final determining factor in giving his team the win over Kellam.
Virtual meet preview for the 2010 Beach District Indoor T&F Championships based on performances currently in the MileStat.com database as of February 2nd.
Natalie Sherbak was one of the toughest and most resilient female distance runners that the state of Virginia has seen in the past decade. She thrived in the underdog role and when others doubted she could pull off wins. Sherbak exhibited this will to beat the odds when she became the first cross country state champion from Virginia Beach since 1979 in her 2003 victory at Great Meadow. At the 2004 VHSL Group AAA Indoor State Championships, Sherbak was defeated in the 1600 meter run, but then was able to rally back to win the 1000 meter title later in the meet. Sherbak won a total of five individual state titles in her senior year and also ran on several state champion 4x800 meter relays at Kellam. In her senior outdoor state meet, Sherbak was a champion in one relay (4x800) and two individual races (1600 and 800 meters). The Nike All-American in the mile indoors had personal bests of 2:15 for 800 meters, 2:56 for 1000 meters, 4:54 for 1600 meters, 10:58 for 3200 meters, and 18:22 for 5K. Sherbak just completed her final season of track eligiblity at Virginia Tech in which she qualified for the NCAA Championships for a third consecutive year in the 10,000 meter run, which she also won an ACC title in the event this past spring. Read more for interview with Natalie Sherbak...
Kellam's Bobby Peavey (pictured right by John Herzog) will be one of three Virginians competing at the Millrose Games next weekend in New York City. He was estatic when learning of the news he had been selected albeit at a crazy late hour. "I had a feeling I might get invited after Montgomery, but it didn't hit me until my coach texted me at 3 AM that I was actually going to Milrose. It feels amazing." The senior Peavey earned his trip to New York based off two swift times posted this past month in the one mile race at the Montgomery Invitational and most recently in a 1600 meter race at the Eastern Challenge held in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He certainly has asserted himself early on in the indoor season as shown with a US #1 9:08 3200 meter performance in the December at CNU. Read more...
The Newport News Invitational saw a very early season showdown of the two runners who likely will be battling for the Eastern Region title later this season in Kellam's Bobby Peavey and Western Branch's Blake Theroux. The only definite heading into the race would be that fast times would be posted in a duel between the two as the #10 ranked (Peavey) and #11 ranked (Theroux) in the state of Virginia would meet on one of the fastest 5K courses in the state found at Newport News Park. The senior Peavey defeated the junior Theroux in their first head-to-head race of the season with a state leading 5K time of 15:32 to break the old course record of the newer version of the Newport News Park course. More... Newport News Invitational Results: A Boys - A Girls - B Boys - B Girls - C Boys - C Girls - JV Boys - JV Girls
Photo by Andy Paisley The Beach District boys' race should look something like this year. Not too different from last year with a Kellam runner running way out in front then followed by a pack of Ocean Lakes harriers. Bobby Peavey of Kellam should easily defend his district title, while also looking ahead to bigger wins at the regional and state meet. He will be more interested at the district meet if his team can give the defending team champions from Ocean Lakes a scare. The Dolphins return a potent top three in Drew Paisley, Conor Doan, and Seth Cunningham, but also had four graduations from their 2007 top seven. Meanwhile, Kellam returns their entire top 6 from a district runner-up squad last year. The Ocean Lakes girls could possibly have a perfect score at the district meet with the top four returnees from last year's race including All-State cross country runner Stacey Nobles. Landstown's Stephanie Frenchik could stop those plans of a top 5 sweep though as she really improved during the track season with a 3200 best of 11:22 as well as running on the state champion 4x800 meter relay.
Kellam junior Bobby Peavey is rarely mentioned among the others in the great junior class of distance runners found in the state of Virginia. Maybe its because he is in the Eastern Region, which normally takes a backseat to other parts of the state in cross country. Maybe its because he has yet to pop that great state meet performance. Whatever the reason may be, Peavey is ready to start making a name for himself on the state level as he heads into championship season this fall. Peavey set a course record of 15:47 at Bells Mill Park at the Chesapeake Invite in late September and looks to be the favorite for the Eastern Region title. While Peavey will be looking to take care of business in his region, he is also looking to come through big at the state meet and shake past disappointments in state competition. MileStat.com's Brandon Miles was able to catch up with the Eastern Region's best distance runner in an interview.
The Beach District Meet will be held on Wednesday at the Sportsplex 5K course in Virginia Beach. Both Ocean Lakes boys and girls\' teams will be looking to defend their team titles from last year, while Cox senior Eddie Judge will be making an assault on his own course record as the defending Beach District champ.
Many of the Central Region\'s best teams and athletes gathered to compete at the Green Dragon Relays held at the Arthur Ashe Center in Richmond. The meet serves as a final meet for most teams before winter break. One state best and several other solid performances were posted on the spikeless 145.45 meter track surface.
Sharing honors as Co-Athletes of the Year are equally deserving athletes in Fauquier junior Sarah Bowman and Bethel sophomore Francena McCorory. Hampton freshmen Tierra Brown, Western Albemarle sophomore Ashley Early, William Fleming senior Tiera Hubbard, Amherst senior Sheemeca Berkley, and the Bethel girls 4x100 and 4x400 meter relay teams also earned distinguished honors. Never are the the selections for the All-MileStat.com Team easy, and this year was no exception with a competitive spring of outdoor track and field that saw many athletes jostling with another to become the best in the state in their respective events.
The Kellam girls and Ocean Lakes boys appear to be the teams to beat this fall in the Eastern Region, while Derrick Robbins is expected to easily defend his regional crown. Meanwhile, Western Branch freshmen Aurora Scott, who already has some national age group records under her belt, will be expected to make a huge splash on the Virginia high school running scene.
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.
Despite a few teams not being able to make it to the Fork Union Invitational due to school closings Friday because of the snow storm, the majority of the teams entered in the meet made the trek to Fork Union to make for one exciting day of track and field.
Despite the adversity meet director Winston Brown and his crew faced with today's snow storm with a large number of teams and individuals not allowed to travel to the meet, the Fork Union Invitational survived the storm.