For the past decade, the Lake Braddock girls' cross-country team has been the epitome of dominance. They took to the Great Meadow course on Saturday looking for a "one for the thumb" win - a fifth state title to finish the decade.
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Athletes. That is what this weekend is about, athletes and state titles.
Here we preview the Class 6 girls' state meet based on where things stand right now.
Up next, and our final entry, in our New Balance Nationals Indoor preview series are the distance events.
Fun facts from one of the most storied meets in Cross Country.
For the first time in three years, the two defending national XC champions will be at the same meet.
In case you missed anything on the guys side here is your recap.
Zach Kinne won the boys' Brown Race, while Marlee Starliper won the girls' Brown Race on a warm day in Bethlehem.
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.
Marlee Starliper and Zach Kinne headline stacked individual fields, while North Carolina's Cardinal Gibbons will look to make a statement on Lehigh's fast course.
A list of the top 100 performances all-time at the =PR= Kick Off meet held annually at Bull Run Regional Park with races broken up by grade level at the two mile distance.
State meet preview for 6A written as if States were this weekend.
Check out the second and third teams right here.
In day two's action Team VA tallied up another four national titles, 18 All-American finishes, and a national record in the girls shuttle hurdles relay
Here are Team VA's best shots, at least in our opinion, at winning a national title this weekend.
Though Virginia will have chances here and there for national titles, the biggest chance we have is in the relays.
Winning here cements your name in history and that state title is something you never forget.
Breaking down the race, the reactions, and where we go from here.
Three performances on the guys' side of things truly stood out to us from the 124th Penn Relays. Those three performances where that of Lake Braddock in the 4x8 and of Frank Royal & Emmanuel Waller in long jump and 400H.
Meet the newest names atop the state leaderboards right here.
Your mega preview for the 5A and 6A State Championships this weekend.
The ultimate stats feature which analyzes the depth at 300 and 500 meters for the teams who have made the all-time list for 4x400.
Currently leading the state with solid marks are the Ocean Lakes Boys and West Springfield Girls. Both teams are obviously currently favored to win the 6A titles but the question is still out there... who has the best 4x800m relay in the state?
Relive the magic on the track from last year's girls DMR at the VA Showcase
Check out the top 25 girls performances all-time in the MileSplit database in the meet history of the Southern Maryland Classic.
Loudoun Valley Boys and Blacksburg Girls are looking to not only run well but to win the entire meet and make it to NXN in Portland.
Last year was a year of records when it comes to the DMR. The high school, collegiate, American, and world record all feel last year for the women's DMR.
Here are the teams and individuals entered in this Saturday's NXN-Southeast Regional Championships.
Here we rank the top 300 Boys teams/programs in the NXN-Southeast region's history.
For the first time in state history it was a clean sweep of an entire day by just three teams.
Its finally time for XC MileStates. Here is your in-depth preview of the 12 races this weekend.
Watch race videos from the large school boys and girls varsity races at Saturday's Frank Keyser Invitational!
Check out the top 500 girls times ever run at MileStat.com XC Invitational.
Here we go deep into each title up for grabs and try our best to predict and preview what is going to be an exciting set of races.
Most years Team VA is lucky to get Blacksburg Girls out to NXN but this year it looks like Team VA may fill an entire plane out to Portland.
Here is your Glory Days Grill Invitational virtual meet.
Here are our updated predictions for the top 4 individuals in each title race and which teams are winning it as well.
Here is part 2 of our recap of the many highlights that went down at Desert Twilight.
Here is part 1 of our overall meet recap of the Desert Twilight XC Festival.
Desert Twilight is gonna' be lit! Click here to read Josh Tucker give a rundown of the Boys Sweepstakes Race!
The thing that makes XC the best season for many is the undeniable team aspect of the sport. Though you can win national titles and state titles all while setting records as an individual, it truly takes five guys or girls to bring home a team trophy in cross country.
Check out this race and more from MileStates.
Watch stellar girls 4x800 meter relay with Rachel McArthur anchoring Patriot with a 2:03 anchor leg, but Lake Braddock girls hold onto the win with a state leading and US #5 time of 9:05.
Good news: Lake Braddock (Va.) High senior Kate Murphy is running again
The 3000m run has been one of the most unpredictable races over the last four seasons in high school track and field.
One of the many Lake Braddock girls who fits that mold is Samantha Schwers
MileSplit takes a look at the nation's top 50 returning 4x800 meter relay teams for the 2017 outdoor season based purely on the combined PR's of each team's top 4 returning 800 meter runners times from last spring.
Watch more of MileStat.com's interviews with day 1 champions at the VHSL Group 5A/6A State Championships.
Check out the top 500 fastest times in the country for the 4x800 meter relay indoors as of January 24th in the MileSplit database.
Relive the most epic meet of the year
Watch the national record performance!
A big weekend for the girls including 7 new US #1's among a total of 11 national best races can watch from the track below.
Saturday morning at the Ocean Breeze Freedom Games in Staten Island, NY, Lake Braddock Secondary's Kate Murphy broke the national senior record. She achieved this feat by clocking a US #1 9:14.12 time in the 3K at the Ocean Breeze facility. She went thru the opening mile in 4:59.
Check out the top 25 girls performances all-time in the MileSplit database in the F.I.T. Invitational meet history.
Records were made to be broken
This past Saturday Team VA put on a show down at the NXN-Southeast Regional. Though there were many races on the day at the WakeMed course in Cary, NC, the two centers of attention were the championship races just prior to noon. Up first was the boys race.
#7 Blacksburg and #8 Lake Braddock advance to NXN as top two teams
Check out Kate Murphy killing some mile repeats with the boys of Lake Braddock.
Knowing how talented and stacked the girls 6A race was it was no surprise that the race went fast. Though it was stacked, one athlete just showed that on that day she was the best ever. Lake Braddock Secondary senior and Oregon commit Kate Murphy blew past the field the final mile and went on to run a state meet and course record of 17:08.
Going into states it was clear that we had a great race ahead of us. James Madison entered as the favorite but twice defending champions Lake Braddock could not be counted out.
Watch 6A girls state race from the 2016 VHSL State Cross Country Championships.
There is truly no bigger race than a state championship race. It is a race an athlete works their entire career for and it has the perfect combination of happiness, excitement, sadness, and hardship.
There have technically been a couple meets this season already but we consider this weekend, the first big weekend, as the true opening weekend for VA's XC season.
Check out this awesome race where Kate Murphy cemented herself as one of the all-time greats at Burke Lake Park!
The recent University of Oregon commit Kate Murphy and the nationally ranked Lake Braddock girls rolled in their final tuneup before championship season at the Frank Keyser Invitational.
After likely a long and arduous decision making process, the nation's best returning track athlete, Kate Murphy announced via twitter that she would be an Oregon Duck.
Check out this awesome race for Team VA!
It is finally October... well it will be this Saturday and that means it is time for some big meets and fast times. Nearly one thousand Virginia athletes will make the trek down to Cary NC to race the blisteringly fast WakeMed 5K course. This course was home to the adidas XC meet in September and will be home to the NXN-Southeast Regional this November.
Kate is arguably the most prolific athlete to ever return to high school for her senior year. The only athletes who ever compared to her turned professional after their junior years making this season a big one for Kate. With that level of talent comes a ton of pressure but also the chance for some pretty big wins.
Not even Drew Hunter had quite a year in running like Kate Murphy did. She won the 6A State title in XC, the Nike SE regional title and then qualified and ran in the Olympic Trials.
Each year the Monroe Parker Invite provides the single best preview into the season for the Northern Region and subsequently a really good view in 5A North as well.
Merged results from all 8 races on Thursday at the 2016 =PR= Kickoff Invitational at Bull Regional Park in Centreville, Virginia. Lets see how the teams may have stacked up against each other not separated by classes as well as who were the top individual performers on the evening.
The Bruins return six scorers from 2015, when they won NXN SE
Can high schoolers beat professionals in a 1500m? All it might take is a little kickin!
MileSplit previews the Top 50 Returning girls' teams in the NXN Southeast Region.
Over the next 11 days the eyes of the entire track & field world will be on the US Olympic Team Trials out in Eugene Oregon. Competing there will be 15 athletes from Virginia in 18 declared events. The Virginia contingent represents athletes who go all the way from the favorite to the final qualifier.
NY North Rockland girls getting the nation's top DMR time of 11:29.39 at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor Meet.
Murphy torched the field in Boston.
BOSTON, Ma. - This Friday evening Lake Braddock junior, Kate Murphy, put on a complete show at the adidas Boost Games. Though she hasn't races a lot this season and she has actually dropped down in distance from what Virginia is used to seeing her run, she proved once and for all that the 1500m has to be her race.
The junior anchored Lake Braddock to the nation's fastest 4x800m relay time
The Bruins ran the second-fastest time in Virginia state history
Top news and storylines in high school track and field for the weekend of May 28
Watch the one and only champion dance!
Day one recap for Team VA from Philly!
Check out this race and all the day one races here!
It has been a long time in the making but this weekend has already started out as one of the most momentous our state has ever had and its only 1/3 done!
All time great performances, state records, photo finishes, and epic kicks highlight the races from the past week!
Watch the Lake Braddock distance star post the fastest 1000m so far this season!
Watch the nationally ranked races from the F.I.T. Invitational
Here are the top 100 Girls' relay performances all-time according to the MileStat database. This includes multiple performances by teams even in the same year. Looking at this data makes one beg the question, does history repeat itself?
Our recap of the Virginia teams and individuals competing at NXN this past weekend.
Tomorrow will be yet another historic day in what has bent he greatest season in Virginia XC history. 16 individuals will get off the plane in Portland Oregon and race in the Nike Cross National Championship.
Though all national eyes may have been on the huge Foot Locker South races, just a few hours away in Cary,NC some of the biggest and best races of the year were going on featuring the best from Virginia.
Virginia is nationally known for its star talent in all three seasons of our sport. This year Virginia is not only known for those elite individuals but also the teams that are coming from Virginia to compete at the NXN Southeast regional
Top returning 6A girls individuals and teams for next year's state cross country meet based on the results from this past weekend's VHSL State Cross Country Championships at Great Meadow removing all seniors.
Huge races and undeniable talent took to the course in day one's competition at Great Meadow. Over 600 athletes toed the line and finished a brutal 5K today in sunny but very windy conditions.
Check out the 6A State meet preview and both boys' and girls' virtual meets here specifically with the 12 teams competing in each race!
Watch the championship girls race from the 2015 Group 6A North Regional Championships, which Kate Murphy won in a time of 16:45 on the historic Burke Lake 2.98 mile course to lead Lake Braddock girls to title #12.
It is that time again this year. Time for the Grand Daddy of Them All, the 6A North Regional XC Championships. This region is jam packed with talent both on the team and individual level.
There are a lot of scary fast individuals in Virginia this year but there some even scarier teams that are not only fast but deep too!
Watch Kate Murphy cement herself in the history books as she runs 16:46 and wins by over 80 seconds at Burke Lake Park in Conference 7.
Check out the Girls' top 50 teams in Virginia Rankings here!
Check out this awesome footage from all of the races at the 2015 Glory Days Grill Invitational.
Unfortunately due to a lot of rain hitting both Virginia and North Carolina this weekend we had no major invitationals run this week. This included the canceling of both Great American and Octoberfest, some of the biggest and best meets of the season. Because of these meets not happening we have some major questions we want answers to still and we also want your opinion on them!
The Lake Braddock girls finished runners-up at the Virginia State XC Championship and just one point away from an NXN berth last fall. Can they put it together in 2015?
Led by USATF Jr National 1500m champion Kate Murphy, the Lake Braddock Bruins roll in at No. 9 on the Pre-Season Girls National XC Team Rankings
MileSplit is counting down to the cross country season by releasing the Top 10 Team Rankings
The list is getting more and more impressive! Check out the top 4 moment now.
The Lake Braddock, Va. sophomore's PR was a solo 4:46 1600m before Saturday, when she unleashed a monster kick to run the 10th fastest 1500m time in prep history
This Saturday a duo of Virginia runners will be on the big stage attempting to both take down the 3200m state record.
Watch arguably the greatest race ever in 6A! This race went down to the line between two all-time greats.
Each year we have named the athlete of the year, our highest honor, to a deserving and talented individual. Though that award represents mastery of our sport and dominance over the state and nation, it does not however fully encompass what some of these athletes do.
Quick times in the 4x800 meter relays from the Virginia 6A North Regional with Lake Braddock boys posting a VA #1 7:46 and Patriot girls clocking a US #5 9:03. More highlights from Virginia regionals!
Watch all the great races from the 6A North region here.
All and all Friday was another very successful day for Virginia and brings Virginia's total wins to three championships (Girls DMR, Girls 3K, Boys Mile) and a very impressive record of having the fastest American team finish in 3/5 COA races.
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 6A.
Check out our latest rankings on the boys side and see who are the top teams in the entire state.
Though we may have the largest meet in the country this weekend, here is arguably one of the largest and most historic quad meets in the history of our state!
To start our historic look at these storied programs we have to first introduce you and show you why we and everyone else should consider these programs some of the best in the entire state's history.
Watch Lake Braddock's Kate Murphy run all the way onto VA's All-Time list and the number one spot in the country with her 10:40 3200m performance.
Projected order of the 22 teams that will toe the line for NXN in Portland on Saturday
The 2014 edition of NXNSE proved to be a great event for Virginia’s harriers. Runners returned home from Cary, North Carolina’s Wake Med course boasting individual titles, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Team All NXNSE places, and team trophies.
Which 4 boys teams on the bubble deserve the phone call on Sunday that they are going to Portland?
This could be one of the last weekend's in Virginia cross country this year and that meant we had to sneak in one last practice visit for the season. This one though is different though because it is more in-depth with better video coverage and photo coverage too! Check it out to see how we are going to start doing this moving forward and how this awesome unit at Lake Braddock is preparing for NXR and hopefully NXN.
Footlocker isn't the only race going on this weekend! We have the luxury in Virginia of not only having some of the best individual athletes in the entire nation but also some of the best teams. We have nearly five teams with legit shots at making NXN this year! Check out all the entries to see who is going where.
Though knowing the top individuals in a Nike regional can be helpful, the real thing at stake are those very valuable two automatic qualifying slots. Check out how the Southeast Region is slated to go based on our system's bests for all the teams inside this region.
This weekend all the top individuals will not be in Charlotte racing the fast Foot Locker course, many of them are also on great teams that will be vying for a trip to Portland Oregon to chase a NXN title. Check out these top 100 individuals in the southeast NX Region.
Are you wondering how all the teams would have matched up versus eachother based solely on how they performed in their classificaiton? Check out these combined results featuring all the teams and the top 100 individual finishers. But do remember Friday's conditions were much windier and each team can only race those who they raced on the day of compeition meaning head-to-head things could be very different.
Are you wondering how all the teams would have matched up versus eachother based solely on how they performed in their classificaiton? Check out these combined results featuring all the teams and the top 100 individual finishers. But do remember Friday's conditions were much windier and each team can only race those who they raced on the day of compeition meaning head-to-head things could be very different.
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.
With all the hype leading up to this storied regional championship it was no suprise to see one of the best meets of the entire year both on the team side and individual side of things.
This weekend, right as the weather is getting cold, a few Virginia teams are heading south to heat things up down at Disney. Leading the way in this front will be the starting five from Lake Braddock high school in Burke, Va. They will be joined by their county neighbors Brentsville District (Oatlands Team Champions) and James W. Robinson. Also joining these Northern Virginia teams will be Mountain View high school who is home to the meet record holder, Thomas Porter (class of 2009). Though this course is not quite WakeMed fast, with the right conditions and not too much heat things could get very fast down south this weekend.
In her second high school race in America, Eritrean born Weini Kelati (US #9), now running as a junior at Heritage High School in Leesburg, Virginia, took over the nation's capital at the DCXC Invitational in Washington DC winning the junior race in the day's fastest time by 14 seconds with a 17:45 5K performance.
Interview with Lake Braddock's Coach Mangan about his trip, tradition, and success.
After almost a month of XC action, there are some shakeups in the Saucony Flo50 team rankings. Jimmy takes a look at some of those changes on the guys' side.
Chantilly's Ryan McGorty, one of the top cross country returners from the state of Virginia, won the historic Monroe Parker Invitational to become the third in his family to win at Burke Lake Park with his time of 15:02 following in footsteps of older brother Sean McGorty and mom Vicki Verinder.
Vote for MileSplit's National Boys XC Team Performance of the Week #1 (Monday, August 25th through Saturday, August 30th). The following 10 boys cross country teams from 9 different states had national noteworthy wins in major invitationals and meets this past week. Pick the one that most impressed you. Voting ends on Thursday, September 4th at 8 PM ET.
Final weekend of August and third week of cross country action in 2014 season. MileSplit US will be on-site with Brandon Miles and Jimmy Stevenson at the Marcus I Invitational with 2,220 athletes featuring some of the top runners and programs in the state of Texas.
The best boys team possibly in the Southeast this season could be found at Lake Braddock High School in Northern Virginia. Last year's Virginia 6A state runners-up, Lake Braddock returns a strong core of their top runners from that team. In their first meet of the season at the =PR= Kick Off Invitational on a two mile loop at Bull Run Regional Park, the US #23 ranked Lake Braddock had four of the top five finishers in the upperclassmen race with Kevin Monogue (2nd, 10:08), Alex Corbett (3rd, 10:09), Ben Fogg (4th, 10:17), and Colin Schaefer (5th, 10:18).
We teased you with a top 10 watch list article and a Who's #1?" video ranking the top 10 teams in the country. Now is the time to reveal our complete preseason top 25 national rankings of the best returning boys squads in the nation for the 2014 XC season.
A list of the top 25 fastest returning boys cross country teams within the states of the NXN Southeast Regional including Alabama, DC, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
With only days until the first ever outdoor championships, there are many questions on everyone's minds. Here are some of the highlighted things to look for at all of the state meets.
Though technically speaking this was a new regional meet, this meet lived up to and beyond the legacy of the old Northern Region meets. Here is your complete recap from the first ever 6A North Regional Championships.
Who are the powerhouse programs and track & field factories of the United States? Which team produces the best milers, quarter milers, half milers, two milers, sprinters, and hurdlers? Well MileSplit has those answers for you as our database can do a lot of things including show the deepest high school teams in each running event by taking the top 5 fastest on each team and averaging out for the fastest team averages to rank the squads nationally in order.
The office of the Penn Relays released and posted the accepted entries in the 4x800's and Distance Medley Relays this evening. These include some of the fastest teams and individuals in the state that are also favored in these relays.
With the state meet now behind us it is time to not only look forward towards the outdoor season but also the 2014-15 indoor season. Here are some of the top returning athletes in the state and predictions for who will take home the team titles next year.
Despite being a completely new regional championship many of the former AAA Northern Regional teams came in with a sense of not only setting meet standards for the new meet but for expanding on the already illustrious history of this meet.
The Lake Braddock Boys and South County Girls were crowned the inaugural winners of the Conference 7 Championship at Episcopal High School in Alexandria on Saturday.
A list of Group 6A state indoor automatic qualifiers as of December 18th. Rachael Fasana (10'6") and teammate Maggie Ruud (9'6") qualified for state indoor championship competition in the first week of the season at the Ram Invitational held outdoors at James Robinson High School. With three national caliber distance runners in Hannah Christen, Katy Kunc, and Katie Roche, Fasana in the pole vault and any other point contributors from the Lake Braddock squad would position them well to compete for the Group 6A state indoor title this winter.
The Lake Braddock program has had many outstanding individual girls' distance runners over the years and add Hannah Christen right there among the best to ever wear the purple and gold for the Lady Bruins.
Interview with Lake Braddock senior Katy Kunc prior to racing at the Foot Locker Nationals this Saturday at Balboa Park in San Diego. In only her second year of running cross country, Kunc made remarkable improvements after an incredible first year of running in cross country and track coming over as a soccer and basketball player in her first two years of high school.
Video highlights from the 2013 cross country season for Lake Braddock seniors and Foot Locker Nationals qualifiers Hannah Christen & Katy Kunc. Enjoy!
Pre-meet team rankings and preview for the 2013 Nike Cross Southeast Regionals by Brandon Miles of MileStat.com, a MileSplit US affiliate. A list of the top 10 ranked teams going into this meet which are competing at WakeMed Soccer Complex in Cary, North Carolina. Rankings took in consideration several factors to determine order including state meet performances, head-to-head matchups, speed ratings, history of team's post-season performances in past years, and projecting a team score based on their team's runners and displacers from others.
When adding in teams and point scorers from the other 5 classifications, the Lake Braddock boys go from runners-up in Group 6A state race to first in the results merge of teams from the 2013 VHSL State Championships.
This weekend at the MileStat.com XC Invitational pits the top two ranked teams in the state and last year's state champions in Group AA and Group AAA respectively between VA #1 Blacksburg and VA #2 Lake Braddock. Last fall, Lake Braddock was the state's best and nearly qualified for Nike Cross Nationals despite not running with their #1 at the regional qualifier meet. This fall, the Blacksburg girls appear in great position to compete for an NXN berth as they are just off the #1 ranking in the entire Southeast region and have been undefeated this season with the exception of a 1 point loss at Great American to SE #1 Assumption of Kentucky. Lake Braddock has several key members from last year's squad to challenge Blacksburg on Saturday at Pole Green Park including 3 talented individuals who have ventured under or right at 18 minutes for 5K in Hannah Christen, Katy Kunc, and Katie Roche. Virtual meet girls preview below, which is generated using the season best 5K times in the database of all the teams entered in this weekend's meet.
The Lake Braddock cross country team typically takes an annual trip out-of-state and has been picking almost a new meet each year for the past several years. This year the Bruins of Burke, Virginia traveled all the way out to Gilbert, Arizona for the Desert Twilight XC Festival, which gathers many of the top teams in the Southwest Region of the country. The VA #10 ranked Lake Braddock boys and VA #4 ranked Lake Braddock girls both ran impressively to each finish 3rd in the Sweepstakes Races standings, which is the top division race in the meet on a fast 5K course on the Toka Sticks Golf Course in Gilbert, Arizona.
Six years ago the Desert Twilight Invitational started with 5 races and 886 runners. With the Twilight Movie theme and a love for running at night the meet became an instant hit and the word spread quickly. The sixth annual Desert Twilight Invitational had over 4,000 runners crossing the finish line with teams from Coast to Coast attending. The cool night air and the fast course of Toka Sticks gave way to some outstanding times and competition.
The VA #4 ranked Patriot boys were the top finishing team from Virginia at Maymont as runners-up behind Maryland state champions Severna Park with four guys under 17 minutes on the tough Maymont Park 5K course and able to defeat VA #3 ranked Chantilly, who ran well without their #2 runner Dakota Lange (missing due to grandfather's funeral) to grab 4th place at Maymont.
Check out MileStat.com's in-depth coverage of the 2013 Maymont X-Country Festival with meet results, race videos, photo galleries, interviews, and meet summary!
Virtual meet girls previews (includes this year and last year's season best 5K times) for the 2013 Maymont X-Country Festival which has 116 schools entered in the meet. One of the state's better and more exciting rivalries between West Springfield's Caroline Alcorta and Lake Braddock's Hannah Christen will be renewed again on Saturday at Maymont in the invitational division race.
A steady rain as well as a downpour at times made the 2013 Braddock Relays a soaking event, but an exciting and fun event with the 4 relay races and additional extra and open races thanks to competitors, spectators, and meet workers that seemed to embrace the elements with great enthusiasm and few complaints.
Meet coverage from Saturday's Monroe Parker Invitational, which serves as the 6A North Regional preview meet at Burke Lake Park in Fairfax County.
The state's top two ranked runners in Thomas Edison's Louis Colson and George C. Marshall's Mackenzie Haight found each other quickly 200 meters into the junior/senior boys' race at Potomac River Running Kick Off Invitational on Thursday at Bull Run Regional Park. Colson and Haight ran stride for stride on the 2 mile course after a conservative first mile split of 5:06 until the final downhill stretch when Colson shifted gears to pull away for a 14 second victory in 9:57
Preview for today's =PR= Kick Off Invitational to be held at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, Virginia. An opening meet for dozen Northern Virginia schools as they run a series of 2 mile races separated by grade levels (freshmen, sophomore, and junior/senior races), which will likely spread out several team's varsity seven that might include underclassmen. The junior/senior boys' race will be the most anticipated in an early matchup between VA #1 pre-season ranked Louis Colson of Thomas Edison and VA #2 ranked Mackenzie Haight of George C. Marshall.
Top 25 pre-season "Cream of the Crop" all-classification XC team rankings for the upcoming season as we attempt to rank the best 25 high school cross country squads in the state of Virginia.
Today was a very different practice visit from all our preseason stops so far, but unique in a good and fun way with the Lake Braddock cross country team as they did their annual scavenger hunt run in Washington DC. The Lake Braddock XC squad organized into teams of at least 4 boys and 4 girls with an hour of time to try and answer scavenger hunt questions for nearly 2 dozen different monuments and memorials along the National Mall area in Washington DC.
Among the MileSplit's fastest returning XC girls teams (based on season best 5K times from the 2012 cross country season), five schools from Virginia are ranked among the top 150 in the nation led by Lake Braddock at #34 and followed by Blacksburg at #71, Oakton at #91, Ocean Lakes at #97, and Maggie Walker at #138.
Ranking the top 50 returning girls' cross country teams in the state of Virginia based off the season best 5K times from last fall of each team's top 7 returning runners. Links also to the same returnees 5K times team rankings for all 6 of the new VHSL classifications as well as private schools.
Pre-season girls team rankings for the 2013 cross country season based on outdoor 3200 meter times from this past spring of their returning runners. A more limited number of teams had 5 or more girls run the 3200 meter run this past spring returning, so the list will only include All-Class rankings and no rankings for each of the 6 classification in the VHSL (or private schools).
Salute to Seniors series article feature on Lake Braddock distance runner JJ Pitrelli. Behind his team's two state caliber runners in Nick Tuck and Alex Corbett, Pitrelli has been one of the Lake Braddock's squads consistent performances in the distance events as a regular member of the team's top 7 in cross country which placed 4th in the state meet this past fall and was able to run a 1600 PR of 4:36 in his final open race in the Patriot District Championships.
The indoor state team champions South County will be strong favorites to become outdoor state champions as well with one of the greatest and most versatile athletes in Virginia high school track & field history on their squad in Felecia Majors able to win the state meet by herself as she did during the indoor state championships back in February. Majors is slated to compete in 7 events over the two day meet between four field events in the pole vault, high jump, long jump, and triple jump along with the 100, 200, and 400 meter dashes. Majors is a defending state champion in the pole vault, long jump, 400, and 200, while she is definitely capable of being All-State and challenging for first in the high jump, triple jump, and 100 meter dash. South County has other individuals and relays qualified for the meet (but all their relays will be without Majors now maxed out with 3 individual running events). Athletes with the best chances to possibly add a few more points for South County will be Morgan Knight in the pole vault and 100 meter hurdles as well as Mary Cate Scully in the 1600. Majors scored 49 points among 6 individual events at the 2013 VHSL Group AAA State Indoor Championships and added a few more points as leg on the 4x400 meter relay. Entered in 7 individual events for this weekend's 2013 VHSL Group AAA State Championships, Majors is likely to shatter any existing record of most points scored by any individual in one meet in AAA state meet history.
Virtual meet rankings for Group AA girls and all four regions (Central, Eastern, Northern, Northwest) scoring all events through 8 places based off performances in the MileStat.com database as of May 1st. With Sophie Chase back healthy and running strong including her Penn Relays 3K repeat last week, the Lake Braddock girls are in much better position to challenge their Patriot District rivals from South County, who still have Felecia Majors who can compete for individually state titles in the 100, 200, 400, pole vault, long jump, and triple jump this spring.
Lake Braddock junior Katie Roche finally ran her first open 800 meter race two weeks ago at the New Balance Nationals. The recent Group AAA 1000 meter champion and new Lake Braddock school record holder at 1000 meters, Roche debuted with a 2:12.44 to finish 11th from a slow section at the indoor nationals in New York City. She has run plenty of 4x800 legs including the fastest split (2:13) for the VA #3 all-time indoor Lake Braddock 4x800 meter relay (9:11) from the VHSL Group AAA State Indoor Championships in Hampton last month, but she has focused on the 300 meter hurdles mainly in the past two outdoor track seasons. Roche expects to see herself focusing more on the 800 meter run this spring after two back-to-back great seasons of cross country and indoor track to start her indoor season.
A final rankings list of the top 25 girls' performances in each event from this past 2012-2013 indoor track season. Links to full rankings are included as well as the state leaders in each event being highlighted. The Woodbridge girls 4x400 meter relay was one of many state leaders, who posted historically all-time great performances as their New Balance Nationals third place time of 3:47.94 ranks them #2 all-time in Virginia high school indoor state history.
Was the Lake Braddock girls' depth in the distance events enough to topple Felecia Majors and the South County girls in MileStat.com's depth team rankings (scoring 25 deep in each event) for the 2012-2013 indoor track season?
In one week, Sophie Chase of Lake Braddock rolled out two impressive state leading times in the distance events. Chase clocked a 10:32 in the 3200 meter run at a home polar bear meet last weekend. This past Saturday with teammate Hannah Christen on her heels pushing her for much of the race, Chase won the 1600 at the Hampton Roads Elite Invitational in a US #4 time of 4:53.18. A list of the top performers in each event for each Group AAA district this indoor track season as of January 23rd and links to full events rankings.
Lake Braddock High School senior Sophie Chase finished 14th across the pond over in Scotland today in the Great Edinburgh International Cross Country Challenge junior women's 4K race with a time of 14:42. It was her first time competing internationally, but likely will not be her last.
Sophie Chase, Hannah Christen, and Hannah Christen as a trio alone could potentially pull the rest of their Lake Braddock team along to a state track team title this winter. With a fourth leg over 2:30, the Lake Braddock girls still ran a US #1 9:25 4x800 meter relay time at the =PR= Holiday Invitational this past Saturday in Landover, Maryland.
South County senior Felecia Majors was reported to have leaped a US #1 mark of 19'11" in the long jump today at the =PR= Holiday Invitational in Landover, Maryland. The mark would place Majors at #6 on the Virginia high school all-time indoor list in the long jump. More to come from the meet as soon as we receive official meet results after the conclusion as well as photo gallery from Steven Pham.
Felecia Majors (South County) rocketed out to a US#1 19-11 in the LJ (Photo by Steve Pham)
The Washington Post honors the area's top high school athletes from football, cross-country, field hockey, soccer and volleyball. (via The Washington Post)
The Washington Post honors the area's top high school athletes from football, cross-country, field hockey, soccer and volleyball. (via The Washington Post)
Bruins cross-country standout Sophie Chase will run for Stanford. (via Washington Post)
A returning All-American indoors at the two mile, Lake Braddock junior Hannah Christen made for one of the best top two's in the nation for any girls' cross country team this fall with teammate Sophie Chase. Christen began her season with a win at the Monroe Parker Invitational against eventual Foot Locker finalist Caroline Alcorta in a time of 17:40.
Lake Braddock's Nick Tuck owned the second place spot in many races this fall. Five races to be exact, the Lake Braddock was a runner-up including the Northern Region Championships and AAA boys' race at the VHSL State Championships
Why run indoors when you can still roll outdoors? Especially when the weather is warm enough to bear it. That is what several Patriot District schools did on Saturday at Lake Braddock High School to attempt to get district, regional, and state qualifiers. For two special and talented young ladies, the start of their track season overlapped with a cross country season yet to be completed in Lake Braddock senior Sophie Chase and West Springfield junior Caroline Alcorta.
Group AAA girls virtual meet pre-season preview for the upcoming 2012-2013 indoor track & field season. Virtual meet pre-season preview includes the top 8 returning individual performers from the 2011-2012 indoor season performances (relays are not included). One of the best track rivalries to look forward to in the 2012-2013 indoor track season is between Eastern Region hurdlers Chantel Ray of Hampton and Leah Lott of Landstown. Both are ranked #14 all-time in Virginia high school history with their 7.99 personal bests in the 55 meter hurdles,
Northern Region virtual meet pre-season preview for the upcoming 2012-2013 indoor track & field season. Virtual meet pre-season preview includes the top 8 returning individual performers from the 2011-2012 indoor season performances (relays are not included). South County's Felecia Majors won quite a few state title last year as a junior (5 total-3 outdoor & 2 indoor). The state's most versatile athlete is back to see if she can double her state title count this year.
Results and coverage of the Virginians at the 2012 Nike Cross Southeast Regional.
Sophie Chase of Lake Braddock has the opportunity on Saturday to become a three-time Foot Locker Nationals qualifier and potentially win the Foot Locker South Regional title (only two Virginia girls have won since 1999). Can any other girls from Virginia join her to be San Diego bound for the first time?
Can any of these Virginia boys make it to Oregon individually as one of the first five finishers from a non-advancing team at the Nike Cross Southeast Regional on Saturday in Cary, North Carolina? Find out more in the Virginia meet preview for NXN Southeast.
On Saturday at Great Meadow, Lake Braddock coach Mike Mangan guided his girls' squad to a fourth Group AAA state cross country team title since he took over the program in 2000 and added a 10th overall title to the storied progam's total count.
Kroy (York IL) get their 9th straight NXN berth, Carmel girls win 2nd straight at NXN MW! Ashley Erba, Alex Riba get individual wins! (Photo by Ken Moreland)
A virtual meet preview of the Group AAA girls 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 MileStat.com database. Individual qualifiers are not included in this virtual meet preview.
It is only fitting that in the last year of the existence of Group AAA as it currently exists before the six class system is implemented next year that arguably the most successful two girls’ cross country programs historically will be competing for the final Group AAA state cross country title (in the 3 class system). Lake Braddock was the team of the decade in the 1980s, while Midlothian was the team of the decade in the 2000s.
An epic fast Northern Region Cross Country Championships was only fitting for the final Northern Region Cross Country Championships. The meet had individual race winners in Sean McGorty (14:18) of Chantilly and Sophie Chase (16:42) of Lake Braddock who threw down times which rank them among the second (McGorty) and third (Chase) fastest ever on the historic Burke Lake 2.98 mile course in Fairfax County.
Erin Finn dominated in MI! Montoya rips up state in AZ! Finn and Bos bring it in MI! Neale flies in WA! Hauger gets record 4th title in MN! (Photo by Pat Davey, runmichigan.com)
The Lake Braddock girls did not qualify for the state meet last year, but as far as regional dominance through the years, no team can compare to the Bruins. Since the regional team championship and state qualifying process was instituted on the girls side beginning in 1978, Lake Braddock has qualified for the state meet an astounding 30 of the 34 years it has been in existence.
This is in a series of interviews with athletes whom MileSplit considers is among the top USA HS XC runners in 2012; with Hannah Christen, junior, Lake Braddock HS, Burke, VA.
Interview with senior Misha Suresh, #5 runner currently on the VA #1 ranked Lake Braddock girls cross country squad.
New MileStat.com Cream of the Crop Rankings as of October 10th with updated Virginia high school cross country top 15 team rankings and top 25 individual rankings in the state of Virginia. Two new number one ranked teams with the Northern Region squads Lake Braddock girls and Chantilly boys leapfrogging the Oakton girls and Blacksburg boys.
The Lake Braddock cross country squad makes an annual of-of-state trip for a meet and typically tries a new travel meet each year. This year's team made the trip to Texas this past weekend for the Nike South Invitational to face off against some of the better runners from that state who are previewing their Nike Cross Nationals regional course. The nationally ranked Lake Braddock girls proved themselves worthy of their national ranking with a runner-up finish behind only Southlake Carroll of Texas (55 pts).
Sophie Chase returns from leg pain and wins the Maymont Cross-Country Festival, her first title of the season. Severna Park won the boys’ team title. (via Washington Post)
Sophie Chase's first 5K of the season was a sub 18 minute performance at Maymont, while her Lake Braddock squad looked like Virginia's best in beating Missouri state champs from Lee's Summit West by putting four runners ahead of their #1 runner. In the invitational boys' division, US #5 Jacob Burcham of West Virginia broke the meet and course record in 15:28..
MileStat.com will be on-site today covering the =PR= Kick-Off Invitational at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville. The meet is a season opener for many Northern Region schools at a two mile distance broken up into six races for freshmen, sophomores, and upperclassmen (juniors/seniors).
This is the seventh in a series of interviews with coaches of whom MileSplit considers will be among the top USA HS XC teams in 2012. Photo - Lake Braddock’s Hannah Christen and Sophie Chase, by marleenvandenneste.com.
Returning Foot Locker All-American and VHSL Group AAA state cross country champion Sophie Chase of Lake Braddock recalls her very first high school cross country race.
2012 New Balance Indoor and Outdoor Nationals All-American two miler Hannah Christen of Lake Braddock High School recalls her very first high school race.
The Chantilly boys got over a big hurdle last fall in just qualifying for the VHSL State Cross Country Championships after the progarm had suffered a long drought without any state meet appearances in cross country. They finished a respectable fifth place in the Group AAA race last November at Great Meadow, but return an entire top 7 with their eyes on the greatest prize in becoming state team champions this fall.
More than any other classification in Virginia, the Group AAA girls will be a fairly wide open battle for the state team title with nearly a handful of teams with a legitimate shot. Five teams in particular with Oakton, Colonial Forge, Lake Braddock, Midlothian, and Ocean Lakes all have their eyes on the prize of being the last team called up on the podium at Great Meadow in November.
A virtual meet preview of the upcoming cross country season for the Group AAA girls teams and individuals in Virginia based on 5K bests from the 2011 cross country season in the MileStat.com database. The Lake Braddock girls are the top ranked team in the virtual scoring, while their top runner and returning Foot Locker All-American in Sophie Chase has the fastest returning 5K time at 17:06.
Will Greenwood is a graduating senior from Lake Braddock in Burke, Virginia. A distance runner for the Bruins, he was a member of two state qualifying cross country teams as a sophomore and junior and became an All-District performer in cross country and indoor track as a senior.
MORE THAN A GAME | Sophie Chase used to run alone in practice. Now she has a training partner, and competition, from Hannah Christen. (via )
TRACK AND FIELD | Old Mill’s Alexis Franklin and Lake Braddock’s Sophie Chase turn in impressive performances in their events. (via )
Virginia's top ranked runner, Sophie Chase, ran a state leading 5K time on Saturday with her sizzling 17:43 performance at the North Port Invitational in Florida. Chase, along with her Lake Braddock teammates, had a dominant showing at the mid-size cross country invitational south of Tampa, Florida. The Lake Braddock girls tallied a low team score of 24 points behind a sweep of the top four individual places in Chase, Hannah Christen (2nd, 18:33), Alyson Robinson (3rd, 19:26), and Katie Roche (4th, 19:36). The Braddock boys added another first place team trophy for the plane ride back home with 55 team points as junior Nick Tuck ran away from the field with his sub 16 minute 5K performance at 15:59.
Returning Foot Locker finalists Ahmed Bile of Annandale and Sophie Chase of Lake Braddock began their 2011 cross country seasons on Thursday by running the fastest times among all races at the Potomac River Running Kick-off Relays at Bull Run Regional Park in Manassas.
Western Branch girls still remain well out in front as the top ranked team in Group AAA and will be favorites to repeat as state champions this upcoming weekend at Sports Backers Stadium. Trailing Western Branch is two more Eastern Region squads in Phoebus and Grassfield, while teams capable of breaking up an Eastern Region top 3 trophy sweep include Cosby, Thomas Dale, Lake Braddock, Osbourn Park, and South County. Ahmed Bile and John Jenkins along with their 4x400 meter relay have the Annandale boys as the slight favorite over indoor state champions Atlee heading into next weekend, while First Colonial and Colonial Forge could be threats capable of scoring near 40 points.
Watch out Midlo. Lake Braddock is coming for you again. In a similar path taken last year en route to their shocking Group AAA state title over the four-time defending champions Midlothian, the Lake Braddock girls (pictured above by Ted Plunkett) are coming together and running their best as a team in each race leading up to Great Meadow. Last year, Lake Braddock lost their district meet only to bounce back and win the regional meet. The same reverse finish order occurred in 2010 with the Lake Braddock girls on Thursday recovering from a district meet title loss to West Potomac by turnaround in a week's time to claim the Northern Region title at Burke Lake Park. The difference from last year's regional meet is that Lake Braddock faced even tougher competition from not only their Patriot District champion rivals West Potomac (3rd, 108 pts) but the previously undefeated Thomas Jefferson girls out of the Liberty District. The Thomas Jefferson girls, who had defeated the likes of Bishop O'Connell and Blacksburg during their invitational season, had even gotten back to full strength with the return of Lisa Junta to their lineup after missing much of the last half of the cross country season. Led by individual champion Sophie Chase (pictured left by Ted Plunkett), who finished second in the regional race last November as a freshmen, the Lake Braddock girls matched up as the superior team through four runners and nearly putting three runners ahead of TJ's top finisher Kelly Rogers (8th, 18:34). Chase won by 12 seconds over Thomas Edison's Myah Hicks (17:50) as she bettered her district time by four seconds on the historic Burke Lake 2.98 mile course with a 17:38 clocking. Freshmen Hannah Christen was missing from the district meet due to illness and she made a huge difference once plugged back into Coach Mike Mangan's lineup finishing fourth overall with a time of 18:13 to win top freshmen bragging rights over Robert E. Lee's Bailey Kolonich (6th, 18:16). Casey Lardner (10th, 18:34) made for three Lady Bruins among the top 10, while Katie Roche (22nd, 18:54) and Tara Landy (38th, 19:24) for a final winning team score of 71 points to put them 31 points ahead of runner-up Thomas Jefferson (2nd, 102 pts). Despite losing their first meet of the season, the Thomas Jefferson girls still appear to be a state meet podium caliber squad and Junta's return is promising as another week of running under her might allow her to move up from her current fifth position on the team at the regional meet to higher spot and individual finish to lower the team score. Rogers and Stephanie Marzen (12th, 18:37) were the team's two All-Region performers, while Sarah Stites (23rd, 18:56) made for a third runner under 19 minutes. The Liberty District champions actually put six runners ahead of Lake Braddock's fifth runner with Rehka Schnepf (31st, 19:15), Junta (32nd, 19:17), and Sarah Neilsen (33rd, 19:18) finishing in a line together, but definitely will need better front running or their pack as a whole to move up for the state meet to fare better against the likes of Lake Braddock and top ranked Midlothian. The Patriot District champion West Potomac girls are certainly not out of the state meet top three podium picture either as they almost became the second team to defeat the TJ girls trailing them by only six points in third place with 108 points. The duo of Sarah Jane Underwood (8th, 18:31) and Dale Lescher (11th, 18:36) held their own up front for All-Region honors and their remaining top five kept their spread under one minute with Sophia Passacantando (19:01), Colleen Boye (19:05), and Sami Miller (19:29). The West Springfield girls showed how strong the Patriot District girls are this year by becoming the third team from the district to qualify for the state meet with a score of 130 points for fourth place to shut out Concorde District champions Oakton (5th, 164 pts) and Liberty District runners-up Langley (6th, 167 pts) from state meet appearances. It is probably a testament to his talent as he has pretty good genes with his father Abdi being a 1987 world champion at 1500 meters who boasted PR's of a 3:49 mile and 1:43.6 800, but the rest of the competition in the state of Virginia has to be scared that Annandale junior Ahmed Bile (pictured right by Dave Watt) is already running so well in only his second race back after missing the entire cross country season prior to the district meet due to injury. Bile bidded his time as he lurked behind the race leaders after 2 miles in Abraham Yacob of Robert E. Lee and Concorde District sophomore champion Sean McGorty of Chantilly before striking and using his top gear in the last quarter mile of the course to pull them in and pull away for a 15:22 win. The sophomore McGorty ran a tough race as part of the lead group throughout to hold off a hard charging W.T. Woodson junior Paul Gates (3rd, 15:26.8) for second place in 15:26.3. A total of 17 runners broke 16 minutes on the Burke Lake 2.98 mile course to make for a 15:57 cut-off for top 15 All-Region honors. It was a Patriot District battle for the boys' team crown between West Potomac (1st, 78 pts) and Lake Braddock (2nd, 84 pts). Lake Braddock closed the gap on West Potomac from their runner-up district meet to nearly match the Lake Braddock girls with a first place trophy as well by improving their fifth runner situation by 23 seconds from the district meet as the two squads ran nearly identical time averages from their district to regional races. The West Potomac boys are looking to get on the podium next weekend with the power of depth and pack, which was at a 33 second spread on Thursday with Brady Corum pacing the team in ninth place with a time of 15:44. Ben Aleixo (15:57) was West Po's top finisher at the district meet and followed Corum in by snagging the final All-Region spot in 15th place. Mark Hanak (16:09), Marc Lotterie (16:15), and Corey Rosenberg (16:18) rounded out Coach Jenn Dietz's top five for a team score of 78 points to give Dietz her first regional team title in her first season as the head cross country coach at West Potomac. Lake Braddock's Sam Rubenking was racing with the leaders over two miles before finishing fifth overall with a time of 15:35. Rubenking was one of three Lake Braddock runners to break 16 minutes as they were the only school to have a trio under the time barrier including Rubenking, Luke Sohl (11th, 15:53), and Nick Tuck (14th, 15:56). The South Lakes boys will be advancing to their first state meet in a decade as they might have had a goal of challenging for a regional title, they will certainly a third place finish (130 pts) and guaranteed spot in next Saturday's VHSL State Cross Country Championships after a long drought. With a few traditional powers in Oakton (8th) and Thomas Jefferson (6th) encountering down years, it has opened the door for new teams to break into the top four and represent the Northern Region at the state meet including a big surprise in fourth place with Herndon (4th, 147 pts) edging out James Robinson (5th, 152 pts) for the final state meet spot after finishing third at the district meet behind Robinson and Oakton. They were considered a long shot to qualify compared to other teams for that fourth spot. Northern Region Championships Results: Boys Race - Girls Race Photo Gallery by Ted Plunkett Photo Gallery by Dave Watt Race Videos by Ed Lull: Boys Race - Girls Race Race Videos by Chris Medrano - To be posted on Friday.
MileStat.com visited one of Virginia's most storied and successful cross country programs, Lake Braddock, on Monday at Burke Lake Park for the team's final workout prior to their big trip to California to compete at the Stanford Invitational against many of the top teams from one of the strongest cross country states in the country. Their workout broke up the historic Burke Lake 2.98 mile park into segments by running the first mile hard and then breaking up the rest of the course into 400 meter segments switching on and off with hard and recovery pace running. The Lake Braddock girls are the defending Group AAA state champions and the storied programs has won more state cross country titles than any other program spanning several decades of team and individual champions. The squad is currently led by potentially the most talented runner to ever come out of the program in sophomore Sophie Chase. Chase's remarkable freshmen year, which included a state title indoors and posting the fastest freshmen times ever by a Virginia high school distance runner in the 1600 and 3200 meter run, made her an easy choice to enter this season as the top ranked runner in the state of Virginia. Her talent is topped by her work ethic and desire to be great, which coupled together makes her a special individual athlete. At Stanford, Chase will be facing many of Cali's best including returning Foot Locker West champion and one of the nation's top ranked runners in Molly Grabill. Despite graduating several key members of their 2009 Group AAA state champion squad, do not be surprise to find the Lake Braddock girls as a state meet podium once again this November either as a top 3 finishing squad or state champions. Behind individual favorite Chase, a formidable top five is coming together with veterans Casey Lardner, Tara Landy, and Anna Markowitz as well as two exceptional ninth graders Hannah Christen and Katie Roche. Not to be overshadowed by their female counterparts after just missing the state meet podium with a fourth place finish at the 2009 state cross country meet are the Lake Braddock boys. Luke Sohl and Sam Rubenking have been inseparable since their freshmen year when the coaching staff noticed both as the top talents in their class and both enter their senior years with big goals of being two of the best in the Northern Region and led their team to another state meet. Rubenking has already garnered two strong runner-up finishes this season at Monroe Parker Invite and =PR= Kickoff Relays, while Sohl was racing and finishing right with some of the state's top ranked runners including Atlee's Andrew Catanese on first leg at the Sportsquest Relays this past weekend. Lake Braddock coach Mike Mangan is one of the longest tenured coaches now in the Northern Region as several of the region's top coaches have retired in recent years, so Mangan's experience and knowledge has helped continue the rich tradition of success for the Lake Braddock program within the competitive region. Coach Mangan has also assembled a large and great staff of coaches around him including former Gar-Field and Christiansburg coach Jeff Custer who coached Olympian Sheena Johnson, Lake Braddock's 2003 Group AAA state outdoor 3200 champion Steve Hoogland who also ran at the College of William & Mary, as well as other assistant coaches. The Warmup Workout Video: Mile Hard, 400s On/Off, Trestle Finishes Interview w/ Sophie Chase, Casey Lardner, & Anna Markowitz Interview w/ Luke Sohl & Sam Rubenking Interview w/ coaches Mike Mangan & Jeff Custer
Group AAA girls pre-season cross country rankings with 10 deep in teams and 25 deep in individuals PLUS top 5 team and top 15 individual rankings for each region. Despite graduating two key seniors from a team which saw its streak of state titles snapped by Lake Braddock, the Midlothian girls enter this season as a favorites in Group AAA after more top teams than usual are also taking losses from graduation. Midlothian's top returning runner will be sophomore Marie Johnston (pictured left by John Herzog), who earned All-State honors in all three seasons last year as a freshmen. Midlothian still returns five of their top seven from 2009 and also get another Johnston this fall with the youngest of the three Johnston sisters (oldest Paige Johnston was a state champion at Midlo and now runs at U. of Arkansas) in middle school county champion Kari Johnston. The Northern Region will be competitive for those four state meet spots as always with Thomas Jefferson girls looking to keep their top girls healthy and realize the potential saw two years ago when viewed as the next best upcoming team. The defending state champions from Lake Braddock graduated three of their top five, but look for the team to build quickly around individual state favorite Sophie Chase with new freshmen faces and improved runners from the summer stepping up into varsity roles. The Langley girls look great on paper and ready to make a jump onto the state scene, while West Potomac girls might be the most sure bet to move onto the state meet out of the region which is ironic considering their past of fifth place finishes at the Northern Region Meet. A total of seven returning All-State cross country finishers are returning with 3200 indoor state champion Chase (3rd), Stafford's Hannah Lowery (5th), Deep Run's Erica Dobbs (7th), Lee-Davis' Bonny Turnage (9th), Midlothian's Johnston (11th), Cosby's Megan Moye (12th), and Thomas Edison's Myah Hicks (13th). Chase, Lowery, Turnage, and Johnston are only sophomores.
MileStat.com will be visiting various schools in Northern Virginia this week in the second round of pre-season team practices that we will be touring this month. We hope that you all are enjoy bringing you these visits as we show you how many of the top programs and individuals in the state train as well as how each program can does thing differently yet all be successful. Each visit also includes Interviews with the head coaches providing insight on their team and outlook for the upcoming season and also getting to know the top individual runners and leaders on these squads. On Tuesday, we will be visiting the West Potomac boys and girls teams which begin a new chapter of the program with longtime coach Don Beeby retiring after getting both teams over the hump last year and qualifying the boys and girls to the state meet through the always competitive Northern Region Meet. Former Robert E. Lee runner Jenn Dietz takes over the head position with a very deep boys squad, which she was instrumental in developing during the past track seasons as well as a girls squad looking to build around their two key returnees from their 9:22 4x800 in Sarah Jane Underwood and Dale Lescher with four others who ran at least 5:35 or faster for 1600 meters this past spring. The West Potomac boys have three sub 10 minute 3200 guys in Brady Corum (9:42), Mark Hanak (9:52 - pictured left by Ted Plunkett), and Ben Alexio (9:54) as well as a 4:35 1600 performer as a freshmen in Marc Lotterie and two more sub 4:40 runners in Khoki Bernier and Corey Rosenberg. On Thursday, MileStat.com will be checking out the Colonial Forge boys and girls squads who had one of more impressive track seasons with their returnees than almost any program in the state with their shear depth. The Colonial Forge girls have an entire top seven who ran under 12 minutes for 3200 meters in the recent 2010 outdoor season with Hannah Somers (11:28), Shaina Manuel (11:28), Jenna Walker (11:43), Alyssa Devane (11:46), Lauren Benoit (11:53), Colleen Wade (11:53), Mackenzie McDonald (11:54), and Sara Myers (11:58). The Colonial Forge boys definitely expect to show much better than their 13th place finish at last year's state cross country meet as the only team in the state with four runners back who have ran under 9:50 for 3200 meters in David Pennesi (9:32 - pictured left by Frank Locascio), Jordanis Lozier (9:39), Brian O'Loughlin (9:40), and David Klimek (9:49). The Eagles are guided by two young coaches and two of their program's all-time greats in 2003 graduates Michael Porter and Sean Leyh. Colonial Forge is capable of having two teams on the podium this November at Great Meadow with the boys as serious contenders for the state title.
1996 Olympic gold medalist in the men's 110 meter hurdles and four-time World champion Allen Johnson announced his retirement from competition this week. Johnson, a graduate of Lake Braddock High School in Fairfax County, has been one of the top US track & field athletes for years and one of the sport's well-known figures spanning over nearly two decades competing as a professional now up to the age of 39. Not only has Johnson accomplished a lot on the track, but also made positive contributions off the track as he has also given back to his old high school and contributed money to help build their track facility (named in his honor) and sponsored the Allen Johnson Invitational for many years at Lake Braddock High School. Said former Lake Braddock head coach Bob Digby (1985-2005) of Allen Johnson: "He was always willing to do anything I asked of him, and is the classiest athlete I've ever met. I shared with him how proud I was to be along for the ride the past 15 years since his first World championship in 1995." Hurdle legend Allen Johnson calls time on long career (BBC)
Photo by Ryan Kelly Sophie Chase, a freshman distance runner for Lake Braddock, is fairly new to both cross country and track but has quickly risen in half of a year to become one of the state's best competitors as the Group AAA indoor 3200 meter state champion and freshmen mile winner at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships this past winter. With a cross country PR of 18:28, she was instrumental in helping Lake Braddock win the state championship in November to add another title to the storied program from Burke, Virginia. Chase's fast success as a freshmen is matched by very few in Lake Braddock's great history of past champions to encourage plenty of excitement towards the future and potential for this up and coming star. MileStat.com junior staff writer Hannah Lieberman interviewed Chase after her break from racing in between the indoor and outdoor seasons.
Click for more updates: Marques Atkinson used an impressive last lap kick in the final event of the boys pentathlon in the 1000 meter run to go from barely inside of the top 10 entering the event to coming out as a national runner-up in the final scoring for the multi-event. The Atlee junior amassed a total of 3,556 points and finished just 34 points behind the champion from Pennsyvalnia. Atkinson earned 893 points to his cumalative score in his 2:38.34 closing performance in the 1000. Christiansburg junior Travis Hudson had built up enough cushion of points entering the final event of the 1000 which would be his most difficult event for the high jump/hurdles specialist to maintain a top six final standing and earn his second All-American honor of the meet (high jump All-American on Friday) with a total score of 3469 points for sixth place. For the second straight year, Lizzie Powell of Patrick Henry is an All-American in the pole vault at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships. She finished just under her height from a year ago at the Armory with her sixth place clearance of 12'5.50" (3rd in 2009 at 12'6") in a more competitive field from a year ago. The performance is her third best ever indoors behind only her 2009 NSIC performance and her state meet record 12'7" clearance two weeks ago. Group AAA state 55 meter hurdles state champion DreQuan Hoskey of Henrico can feel a national title in reach after his semifinal performance in the 60 meter hurdles where he clocked the second fastest time among all finals qualifiers at 7.98. The Henrico senior was only one hundredth of a second slower than the fastest qualifier for the finals.Joining Hoskey in the finals and creating the possiblity of two All-Americans from Virginia in the event was Christiansburg's Chris Dobbins who posted the fiourth fastest time in the semifinals round at 8.05. Live Webcast
The Midlothian girls competed on Saturday in the high school 4x800 meter relay at the New Balance Collegiate Games in New York City. After the Lake Braddock girls established themselves as the front runners in the relay event several weeks ago when they went north and posted a swift time of 9:19.90 at the New York Armory, the Midlothian girls decided to take a crack at a fast time on the banked 200 meter track as well. With splits of 2:27 (Claire Benjamin,), 2:18 (Marie Johnston), 2:18 (Amy Witt), and 2:15 (Kathleen Lautzenheiser), the Lady Trojans were able to post a time just under their rivals from Braddock ran two weeks ago with a fourth place effort of 9:19.71. The state meet is shaping up to be a great showdown between two schools who have a long history this past decade of challenging each other for state titles in cross country and the 4x800 meter relay.
Virtual meet preview for the 2010 Patriot District Indoor T&F Championships based on performances currently in the MileStat.com database as of February 2nd.
MileStat.com's Athletes of the Week from a very light schedule of meets from this past weekend.
James Robinson girls 4x200 at the Suffolk Stars Invite last weekend in Hampton. (Photo by Nicoll Knudsen) Three Northern Region schools in James Robinson, Lake Braddock, and West Springfield ventured north to the New York Armory for the New Balance Games and put their best relays on the fast 200 meter banked track. The results were two state leading performances and additional swift times clocked by other relays.
The 2009 All-MileStat.com Cross Country Team has been announced with a total of 42 athletes being selected among the 7 member first, second, and third teams for both boys and girls. Awards winners also announced for Runner of the Year, Coach of the Year, Team of the Year, Freshmen of the Year, Most Improved Runner of the Year, and Comeback Runner of the Year. Congratulations to all selections for this fall's All-MileStat.com Team!
This year's VHSL State Championships could be a historic meet for the Northwest Region. The Northwest Region has arguably the greatest assembly of individual state title contenders with a big three in seniors Kaitlyn Davis of Mountain View, Ariel Karabinus of Osbourn Park, and Katherine Walker of Brooke Point. Meanwhile, the Mountain View boys will look to not only get on the state meet podium for the second time in three years, but also claim the school’s first state title. In the first cross country season without Thomas Porter leading the Wildcats, Mountain View is in its best situation since the school opened five years ago to win a state cross country team title.
A thrilling regional race with close finishes, shockers, and history being made as well as a rainbow sighting to start the meet. The Lake Braddock girls and Oakton boys as well as individual winners Paige Kvartunas and Chris Foley apparently found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow on Thursday afternoon at Burke Lake Park. It was a redemption meet for the Lake Braddock (pictured by Charles Fulghum) as they were inspired by the return of their top runner Liana Epstein and rise of a new star in freshmen Sophie Chase.
The Lake Braddock boys have not raced often against their top regional competition this season, so today's Patriot District Championships should be a nice measure up for a squad which is looking to advance onto the state meet next week. The defending Patriot District champions are led by Alex Clark (pictured by Rick Andrews for flrunners.com), who will be competing for the individual district crown along with Glory Days champion Natnael Mesert of Robert E. Lee. Few districts are going to find as quality of a third best team in the district as will be the case for the Patriot District girls with top 10 ranked state squads Lake Braddock, West Potomac, and West Springfield. Lake Braddock's Liana Epstein has already been under 18 minutes twice at Burke Lake this season and will try to drop even further below the barrier in her district race.
Great American: A significant day for Virginia girls teams in putting the state on the national map for the 2009 cross country season as three of the top five teams in the Race of Champions were from the state in runner-up Blacksburg (116 pts), third place Midlothian (130 pts), and fifth place Hidden Valley (137 pts). Octoberfest: The top ranked boys individual and team in Group AAA went down at Great Meadow with Centreville's Yazid Zouaimia and the Mountain View boys (pictured left by Nicoll Knudsen) defeating #1 ranked Kevin Dowd of Fairfax and the Grassfield boys. Kaitlyn Davis and Katherine Walker had a great Northwest Region duel with Davis picking up the win. West Potomac girls won by a wide margin. Results from elsewhere: Andrew McCullen and the Oakton boys had very impressive 2nd place finishes at Wendy's with McCullen (pictured by Ken Charnock, LandsharkPhotos.com) losing the individual title at the line with VA's fastest 5K time of 15:18. At the flrunners.com Invitational, the Lake Braddock girls take second place honors in the Race of Champions behind Winter Park of Florida with 114 points. In Greensboro, the Lee-Davis girls repeated as team champions at the Hagan Stone Park Classic with 3 runners among the top 5.
Blake Theroux on third leg for the Western Branch boys and Liana Epstein on anchor leg (5th) for Lake Braddock girls helped their team secure wins to start the season at the first annual Potomac River Running Relay Kick Off held on Thursday afternoon in Centreville, Va. Theroux, the top ranked runner in Group AAA, took the baton in seventh place (he also accidentally dropped his baton 2K into his leg) and gave his team the lead with time to spare with a 9:45 split. Western Branch lost the lead to Centreville on the fourth leg with Yazid Zouaimia running a strong leg with a 10:02 split, but George Matais ran the second fastest leg of the meet to teammate Theroux with a 9:52 anchor as the Group AAA #1 ranked Bruins won by margin of 1 minute and six seconds with West Potomac moving into second late in the race. Epstein (pictured left by Brandon Miles), a defending Northern Region champion in cross country, was given the baton with a slight lead over Thomas Jefferson girls who were running without 2 of their top runners in Sarah Stites and Lisa Junta. The Lake Braddock girls are look to challenge the returning team champions from TJ this season for the regional title and also get back on the state meet podium after a rare 3 year hiatus from a top 3 state meet finish. Epstein, a senior who started running cross country as a sophomore, has been on the podium as an individual but would like to bring her teammates up on the stage as well at Great Meadow. She was the fastest leg in the girls race by 12 seconds at 11:43 as Lake Braddock finished with a total time of 1:02:55 for the win. Read more and rest of coverage from =PR= Relay Kick Off...
Craig Gallimore was a 2003 graduate of Lake Braddock High School and while missing his senior year outdoor state meet due to injury, accomplished quite a lot prior in the hurdles to allow him to be considered as one of the hurdle greats in Virginia this past decade. Gallimore was the 2002 Group AAA state champion in the 300 meter hurdles and a narrow runner-up in the 110 meter hurdles in the same meet. His best high school meet came at the 2003 National Scholastic Indoor Championships in New York with a runner-up finish in the 60 meter hurdles in a 8.02 clocking as well as running anchor on a Lake Braddock 4x400 which would set a Virginia high school indoor state record at 3:19.22. Gallimore was also a state runner-up in the 55 meter hurdles in the same indoor season. Gallimore had high school bests of 7.41 in the 55 meter hurdles, 14.15 in the 110 meter hurdles, and 37.75 in the 300 meter hurdles. After finishing up a collegiate career at California Berkeley and extending his studies to graduate school at Virginia Tech, Gallimore now does weapon testing for the Navy. Read more for interview with Craig Gallimore...
Team rankings broken down by regions in Group AAA. These rankings were calculated by scoring the performances entered in the database so far this season as a meet. We took the individual rankings and relay rankings and scored them as a normal meet: 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1. #1 ranked teams for each region Central Region: Deep Run boys & Deep Run girls Eastern Region: Western Branch boys & Western Branch girls Northern Region: South Lakes boys & Lake Braddock girls Northwest Region: Albemarle boys & Osbourn Park girls
Midlothian girls will be seeking redemption at Manhattan, while Thomas Jefferson and Lake Braddock girls will face off for the first time this fall to establish Northern Region supremacy heading into championship season at Glory Days. Bishop O'Connell girls want to show they belong as well and can run with the top teams at Bull Run Regional Park. Top ranked Blacksburg girls should win big at Albemarle, but Ocean Lakes and Osbourn Park hope to make them sweat a little.
#1 and #2 ranked teams face off for the first time this season to settle the debate (for now at least) at Saturday's Manhattan Invitational. Jamestown and Oakton boys have been head and shoulders better than the rest of the competition so far this fall, but both will have their hands full when they race against each other and a loaded field at the Manhattan Invitational. Meanwhile, Glory Days Grill Invitational will feature 6 schools which are ranked among the top 10 currently led by the Octoberfest champs from James Robinson, who are racing in their fourth major invitational in as many weekends and so far have improved their team performance each weekend.
Liana Epstein leads the Lake Braddock girls to the Ocean State Invite in Rhode Island this weekend against a large field of top teams in the Northeast and New York including NE #2 Glastonbury (CT). (Photo by Ted Plunkett) While a large majority of Virginian high school cross country teams will be competing at Maymont on Saturday, there are also many other meets where teams will be racing at this weekend in-state and out-of-state. Lake Braddock is traveling the furthest as the Bruins head to the New Balance Ocean State Invitational in Warwick, Rhode Island. The Lake Braddock girls, ranked #5 in Virginia, will be competing against some top teams in the Northeast region and from the state of New York including NE #2 Glastonbury of Connecticut. Thomas Jefferson may have avoided direct competition last week at Oatlands having their "A" teams compete in the "B" division, but will not be avoiding top ranked squads this week at the Carlisle Invitational in Pennsylvania as the #3 ranked boys and girls team in Virginia will race against the top 6 ranked boys teams and top 5 ranked girls teams in Pennsylvania. Thomas Porter and Kaitlyn Davis of Mountain View will look to invade Maryland on Saturday and seize first place finishes on the home course for Maryland State Championships at Hereford for the Bull Run Invite. Porter's likely top competition will be Graham Bazell of Altholton High School in Maryland, who was the only runner willing to attempt to challenge Andrew Colley last week at William & Mary. Davis was the top Virginia finisher at Oatlands and will look to pick up her second major invitational victory this season after starting the season with a first place finish at Chancellor. Many teams in the Southwest portion of the state will be headed to Bristol Cross just across the state border in Tennessee. Almost the entire Eastern Region will be at the Chesapeake Invitational to get an opportunity to preview the regional championships course at Bells Mill Park.
Five Virginia boys teams and four Virginia girls teams are featured in the latest cross country regional team rankings by Marc Bloom and Rich Gonzalez for the Southeast Region. Oakton boys dropped from #1 to #2 in the region, while Jamestown gained a spot from #6 to #5. Thomas Jefferson boys fell 3 spots as well from #3 to #6. Two new Virginia squads are ranked though with Atlee in the #9 spot and Western Branch rounding out the top 10 with the #10 ranking. SE #4 Midlothian and SE #7 Oakton girls maintain their rankings from the previous week, while the Lake Braddock and Blacksburg girls make their first appearances in the rankings this fall as the #8 and #9 ranked squads in the Southeast region respectively. The state is certainly represented well in the latest regional rankings with 9 of the 20 ranked teams in the entire region from the Commonwealth of Virginia. These schools will be tested in the coming weeks with big showdowns looming at Oatlands and Maymont, while Manhattan on October 11th again appears to be the meet which will give a clearer picture if Nike Cross Nationals is a reachable goal.
Photo by Ted Plunkett At the Monroe Parker Invitational on Tuesday afternoon, the individual race for first among the boys was a thriller between Chantilly's Chris Foley and Thomas Edison's Leoule Degfae with both runners timed at 15:27 on the 2.98 mile course. With Degfae being more middle distance geared as a 1:54 half miler, it was a surprise for the crowd at Burke Lake to see the All-State 2 miler Foley reel in Degfae in the final loop to the finish and sprint past him for the win in the final strides. More... Monroe Parker Invitational Results: Boys Race - Girls Race Monroe Parker Invitational Photo Gallery by Ted Plunkett
For many years at the VHSL AAA State Outdoor Championships, the Lake Braddock girls have been a thorn in the side of the Eastern Region's attempt of complete dominance at the state meet as a team always expected to be in the hunt for a state title or at least a top three finish. However, the Lake Braddock girls have gone now three straight outdoor state championships without a top three finish including a very distance 26th place in 2007 with 9 points. The 2008 Lake Braddock girls appear to be ready to make a push to get back in the middle of the Eastern Region's plans for taking all three team trophies of the top three finishing schools thanks to the versatile hurdler and jumper Melanie Akwule as well as their new sub 5 miler in Liana Epstein (pictured above by Ted Plunkett), who clocked a state best time of 4:57.46 at the Northern Region Meet. Nonetheless, it looks like the drama in the girls team scoring may be only for second and third as the Landstown girls could double the total of points of the runner-up school. The defending AAA state indoor champions rested and sat out the majority of their top athletes at the Eastern Region Meet as they did indoors as well en route to a state title. Updated Group AAA girls team rankings with all regional performances entered and reflected in the new team rankings. These rankings were calculated by scoring the rankings as a meet. We took the individual rankings and relay rankings and scored them as a normal meet: 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1. It is important to note these rankings are not scored by what athletes will actually be competing in at the Group AAA State Championships as many athletes contributing points to the top teams will be forced to make choices on what events they will focus on with a limit of three running events and only one other running event on Saturday if competing in the 3200 meter run. The top 10 teams include in alphabetical order: Booker T. Washington, Centreville, Grassfield, Lake Braddock, Landstown, Osbourn Park, Potomac Senior, T.C. Williams, Western Branch, Westfield View full rankings with 55 teams scoring and see where each team may be getting their points at the state meet next weekend.
Check out a light-hearted and entertaining video of the Lake Braddock team enjoying themselves with some dancing in the post-race ceremonies at the Southern Stars Invitational in Tampa, Florida.
The Lake Braddock girls (pictured above by Jason Byrne of flrunners.com) finished a respectable second place at the Southern Stars Invitational on Saturday night in Tampa, Florida as the US #20 squad suffered a mild upset over a very strong Lourdes squad from Florida, who had defeated a previous nationally ranked squad in Episcopal of Florida earlier in the season. Still not at full strength as team with Christine Moore and others not competing, Lake Braddock still put their top five under 20 minutes with sophomores Kelly Hagan (15th, 19:10) and Amanda Parker (18th, 19:22) leading the way by taking 20 individual finishes. Many of Florida's top teams were present as the Lady Bruins competed in a top division of 20 schools. Rounding out their top five were senior Erin Landy (21st, 19:26), senior Anna Corrigan (23rd, 19:26), and junior Nadeen Khoury (44th, 19:54). As flrunners.com's Jason Byrne described the race, "It was a battle for who had the best pack all the way and it was hard to tell from watching the race." Southern Stars Invite - Girls Stars Race Video
The Lake Braddock team with their US #20 ranked squad will be flying down to Tampa, Florida this weekend for the Southern Stars Invitational as the Bruins will face many of Florida's best teams and individuals. It will be Lake Braddock's second meet in a row under the lights after taking this past weekend off and running in the Brentsville Relays on September 15th. Coach Mike Mangan had hoped to have his girls face off against another nationally ranked squad in US #24 Episocpal, but they will be attending another meet. However, Lake Braddock still may be facing the best team in Florida as Ladies of Lourdes defeated Episcopal two weeks ago and will be present at the Southern Stars Invite. A win over Ladies of Lourdes and the rest of the field at Southern Stars would reaffirm Lake Braddock's national ranking and strengthen NTN hopes. More...
Two Northern Region teams in the Oakton boys and Lake Braddock girls received national rankings in Marc Bloom's latest Harrier Super 25 national team rankings. Virginia having three different schools represented in the top 25 national rankings speaks loudly of the quality of teams found within our state, but there is one school which for some reason keeps being forgotten in the NTN regional rankings in particular.
Both course records went down in tonight's Brentsville Relays with some scorching individual splits and total team times as the cooler conditions must have been welcomed by the runners as shown by their race performances. The Eleanor Roosevelt girls (1st, 4:42) from Maryland showed they are still a force to be reckoned with in the Southeast region and nationally despite graduation losses, as they were a minute and a half faster than their 2006 course record win (46:13) at Brentsville to defeat a virtually identical Midlothian squad (2nd, 44:44) from last by a few seconds. Midlothian anchor Kathleen Lautzenheiser was able to make up quite a considerable deficit on Eleanor Roosevelt's Dominique Lockart for the fastest split ever at Brentsville Relays in 8:43, but not enough to pull Midlo ahead as the two outstanding programs gapped the field by quite a margin. Third place "A" race finishers from Lake Braddock won the combined team title as their depth was showcaed with the performances of their "B" and "C" teams earlier in the evening.After the preseason Southeast region and Virginia #1 ranked Midlothian boys were dealt a humbling fourth place finish in their season opener at Great Meadow and great adversity with a major transfer loss as well as a few injuries, they rebounded nicely at Brentsville Relays thanks to a 7:27 anchor leg from Jason Witt (pictured above) to come from behind on one of the teams which beat them last week in Mountain View with a 38:56 course record win. Mountain View (2nd, 39:15) had built an early lead after a great 7:26 second leg by Foot Locker finalist Thomas Porter. However, neither 2007 Foot Locker hopefuls Porter or Witt were distinguished with honors of the fastest split of the night as Turner Ashby junior Alex Ott opened up in a intense first leg battle with a 7:25 split. Mountain View showed why they still should be considered a better team than Midlothian until the Trojans can beat the Wildcats in a 5K race as their winning "B" and "C" teams earlier gave Coach Dave Davis' squad the overall title and second trophy to bring home.BRENTSVILLE RELAYS RESULTS - COACHES EMAIL YOUR SPLITS (ALL LEGS) TO MILESTAT@GMAIL.COMBrentsville Relays Photo Gallery by Ted Plunkett - 648 photos total. More photos to come from Brandon MilesBrentsville Relays Photo Galleries by Andy Paisley - B & C Girls (194 photos) - B & C Boys (87 photos) Brentsville Relays Video: B & C Boys Legs #1-3 (additional video) - B & C Boys Legs #4-5 - B & C Girls Legs #1-2 (additional video)- B & C Girls Legs #3-5 - Championship A Boys Legs #1-3 - Championship A Boys Legs #4-5 - Championship A Girls Legs #1-3 - Championship A Girls Legs #4-5
Photo by John Herzog Podcast interview with Lake Braddock coach Mike Mangan. Mangan coaches one of the historically most successful girls cross country programs in Virginia history with the number of Footlocker National finalists and state champion squads produced by the school. Since taking over at Lake Braddock in 2000, Coach Mangan's girls have reached the podium with a top three finish at the state meet more than any other AAA team in the current decade. Lake Braddock girls are currently ranked #4 in the Nike Team Nationals Southeast Region rankings.
The preseason regional rankings for the Nike Team Nationals have been released today with the Midlothian program holding the #1 spot for both the boys and girls, while eight other Virginia squads are ranked in the top ten rankings for the Southeast Region. Just initial reaction from the preseason NTN rankings, expect to see the pecking order to be different in the MileStat.com preseason state rankings to be released later this month based off of voting by the coaches in the state. Virginia boys teams ranked in the NTN SE Top 10: #1 Midlothian, #4 Mountain View, #8 Jamestown, #9 Oakton, #10 Brentsville Virginia girls teams ranked in the NTN SE Top 10: #1 Midlothian, #4 Lake Braddock, #9 Brentsville, #10 West Springfield. Full rankings
MileStat.com'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.
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 MileStat.com's own Brandon Miles to come in August.
4:21 is only good enough for 7th at Nike Spring Invite 1600 Mike Spooner of West Springfield and Chris Tyson of West Springfield worked out a pre-race plan to take the first 800 meters out together in 2:04 and then Tyson would push the third lap in hopes of both attaining personal best times and possibly a run at a sub 4:10. Neither was able to come close to breaking 4:10, but Spooner earned a PR in a 4:13.31 win and their bold racing strategy made the rest of the field come along for the ride with 7 runners at 4:21 or faster for one of the deepest races one will find in Virginia in the distance event. Check out the race video! (Photo by Brandon Miles) One of the biggest weekends so far with the number of invitationals being held across the state this weekend, so please be patient as we try to digest it all! MileStat.com's Brandon Miles tried his best to be everywhere by attending three meets in two days with the Fluvanna Invitational on Friday night, Gar-Field Invitational on Saturday, and Nike Spring Invitational on Saturday Night. Photos and video are forthcoming from all three meets by Brandon Miles as well as photos from other selected meets by MileStat.com contributors. Meet directors please email us your meet results. Results posted so far from Caroline Inv, Draper Invitational, EMU HS Qualifier, Five Forks Track Classic, Fluvanna Invite, Gar-Field Invite, Landstown Invite, Lee-Davis Subvarsity Invite, Lynchburg All-Area Meet, Nike Spring Invite, Suffolk Invite, Times-News Relays, T.C. Williams Invite, and VMI High School Classic. Check back Sunday for more results and throughout the week for more coverage from this past weekend with performances, meet summaries, photos, and videos to be added. Tuesday's focus of site work will be on capturing, editing, and uploading of video and pics from Fluvanna, Gar-Field, and Nike Spring.
Lake Braddock senior Michelle Presley is not only an outstanding individual runner as shown by her AAA All-State performances as a junior in cross country and during track for 1000 (3:00 PR) meters indoors and 1600 (5:01 PR) meters outdoors, but she is the flag bearer of a tradition of great teams for Lake Braddock. As a sophomore in her first season of cross country, Presley was a member of the 2004 AAA state champion cross country squad from Lake Braddock. She is the only member left from the state champion team and is attempting to held lead her Lady Bruins to the state meet podium again after the team failed to make it out of the competitive Northern Region Meet last year. Presley is coming off a district runner-up showing at the Patriot District Meet to help lead Lake Braddock to a district team crown. Led by Presley, the team looks to do on Thursday what the 2004 state champion team failed to do in winning the Northern Region title. MileStat.com\'s Brandon Miles was able to catch up with the top runner for the SE #6 Lake Braddock squad.
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 SE #5 Lake Braddock girls finished second to a very tough MW #3 Minister of Ohio team at the Jesse Owens Invitational held at the Oakville Indian Mounds Park in Oakville, Alabama as Coach Mike Mangan\'s team got its first true test this fall. The Lady Bruins earned a high grade in Alabama as they were 27 points behind the Ohio team as senior Michelle Presley led the team with a seventh place personal best run of 18:28.42.
Week 4 rankings for the Nike Team Nationals Southeast Region have been released. Jamestown boys at #5 and Oakton boys at #10 make first ranking appearances this season after their performances at Maymont. Midlothian and Brentsville boys maintain their #1 and #2 spots in the region after an off weekend. West Springfield boys reappear in the rankings at #6 and Thomas Jefferson boys drop from #3 to #6 after Maymont. All four of the Virginia girls\' teams from week 3 maintain their ranking positions with Midlothian at #3, Lake Braddock at #5, Blacksburg at #8, and Brentsville #10. Midlothian and Brentsville were off last weekend, while Lake Braddock won the Oatlands Invite and Blacksburg finished third at Maymont.
Who said relay meets are suppose to be fun and relaxed? With a total of seven teams ranked in the latest Nike Team Southeast Region Rankings, the 5x2500 meter Brentsville Relays is turning into an early barometer gauge for some of the best teams in the Southeast Region. The meet will feature the top two ranked boys and girls teams in the region with SE #1 Midlothian boys, SE #2 Brentsville boys, SE #1 Eleanor Roosevelt girls, and SE #2 Midlothian girls. Also competing will be SE #4 Thomas Jefferson boys, SE #5 Brentsville girls, and SE #8 Lake Braddock girls. The event is held under the lights at night and begins with the first race of the day at 4:45 PM and ends with the last race of the day, \"A\" division girls, at 8:45 PM.
Week 1 rankings for the Nike Team Nationals have been posted with a total of eight schools (4 boys, 3 girls) from Virginia found ranked in the Southeast region. Fork Union boys (SE #5) and Lake Braddock girls (SE #8) make their first appearances in the rankings. The Midlothian boys maintain their #1 position in the region, while Brentsville at #2 and Thomas Jefferson at #4 edge closer. West Springfield drops one spot to #8, while Midlothian girls move up one to #2. Brentsville girls maintain at #5.
The season opener for Northern Region schools in Virginia pitted two NTN Southeast ranked squads against each other in SE #5 Thomas Jefferson Science & Tech and SE #8 West Springfield. There was no surprise in Thomas Jefferson coming out as the winner by a 35 point margin of victory as their superior depth was shown by placing seven runners ahead of West Springfield\'s #5. Meanwhile, the Lake Braddock girls started off their 2006 season in impressive fashion at the Monroe Parker Invite as they won by a 45 point margin over Westfield with four runners in the top 14 places.
The 11th Annual Friends of Indoor Track Invitational appears to have brought together, once again, many of the top athletes from around the area as they continue their hoped for improvement heading into the new year. The meet was held for quite a few years as a relay only meet at George Mason University with very good success; but has now evolved into a regular track and field championship event format at the extremely nice venue at the Prince George\'s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, Maryland with the same continued success. Approximately 1,150 athletes representing forty six high schools will partake on the 200 meter unbanked six lane track in the hopes of eliciting some post Christmas cheer as they try to build up some momentum before heading into the brunt of the indoor schedule.
The Octoberfest Invitational saw some heavyweight matchups with some of the state\'s best racing against one another. The Thomas Jefferson boys proved their legitimacy as the top ranked team in the state with a convincing win by 55 points over second place Herndon with five runners under 16:50 on the Great Meadows hill course for 5,000 meters. Chantilly senior Brad Siragusa proved just why many are considering him the best runner in the state this year by getting revenge on Herndon\'s Abe Daganchew and beating Group AA\'s best in John Horst of Christiansburg and Zac Edwards of Northside in a time of 15:44.10. Horst finished a strong second in 15:48.09 for his second consecutive victory over a Group AA #1 ranked runner in Edwards (3rd, 16:01.43) this week and Abingdon\'s Griff Graves at Bristol Cross last weekend. Dagnachew, a race leader and with the lead pack for most of the race, faltered badly in the latter portion of the race to a 20th place finish. Another upset in the AA ranks was the Sherando boys (216 pts) knocking off Fort Defiance (247 pts) for fourth place honors. On the girls\' side, the individual and team winners were probably surprises to most, but no shocker for those who have seen Albemarle\'s Rachel Rose and the Blacksburg girls race all season. Albemarle junior Rachel Rose took a convincing victory over Group AAA #1 ranked Stefanie Slekis (18:16.41) with a winning time of 17:58.96. Rose had previously been ranked #2 in Group AAA behind Slekis. Meanwhile, the Group AA #3 and #9 state ranked Blacksburg girls defeated four higher ranked teams in #4 Westfield (2nd, 161 pts), #5 Fairfax (3rd, 185 pts), #6 Lake Braddock (4th, 206 pts), and #7 Brooke Point (5th, 209 pts) with a team score of 150 points. With a strong top four that all finished in the top 20 places in Ariel Burbey (7th, 18:56.64), Allison Homer (15th, 19:36.83), Laurel MacMillan (19th, 19:41.84), and Cate Berenato (20th, 19:42.06), the Blacksburg girls were able to negate a weak fifth runner to take it to the larger Group AAA schools from northern Virginia.
The Lake Braddock track squad concluded an excellent weekend for the Bruins as they picked up two additional All-American honors on Sunday to finish the meet with a total of five All-American performances. The Lake Braddock girls\' 4x800 meter relay (9:17.83) posted the state\'s fastest time of the season en route to a national runner-up finish in New York.
On day two at NSIC, Western Albemarle junior Ashley Early earned All-American honors with a national runner-up finish in the pole vault, while Potomac Senior\'s Kharya Brown has set herself up to have two opportunities to earn All-American honors in Sunday\'s finals by advancing out of the final preliminary rounds of the 60 and 200 meter dash.
On the first day of events at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships held at the Armory in New York City, the Lake Braddock High School track squad was able to garner three All-American performances, while several other Virginian relays and individuals had strong performances including a national runner-up performance by the Manchester girls in the 4x55 shuttle hurdle relay.
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 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.
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.
The third annual CNU Showcase showed just why the indoor track facility at the Freeman Center is one of the fastest in the state with a large number of state best performances as well as countless other performances to make this a very deep and competitive meet. Two of the state's top distance runners, seniors Kippy Keino of Fork Union and Alex Tatu of Thomas Dale made there major invite debuts for the indoor track season and in impressive manner.
The Monroe Parker Invitational served as an icebreaker for many of the top Northern Region teams and individuals on a hot and humid day in Fairfax at the 2.98 mile Burke Lake Park course. Some top teams and individuals opted not to run such as the Thomas
The 2002 Gar-Field Invitational is shaping up to be a hotly contested meet with some top athletes in the state expected to come, especially in the field events and sprints. The meet has gathered teams from within the host school's district and region as w
Gar-Field put together almost equally solid performances on both the boys and girls side to capture the team championship at the Fifth Annual Allen Johnson Invitational held at Lake Braddock this past Saturday.
The second largest field ever, with 29 schools entered, will be in attendance at the Twelfth Annual Mike Scudieri Team Challenge to be held at West Potomac this Saturday.
While the number of Virginians making the trip to compete in the National Scholastic Indoor Championships at the New York Armory was much smaller in comparison to those who went to the Nike Indoor Classic in Maryland, that didn't affect the performances p
Lockhart trains through meet in preparation for Winter XC Nationals, Gaeta, Carlstrom, and Huntzinger shine at star-studded first year meet.
In the boys and girls team battles at the Patriot District Meet, it was a dogfight between Robinson and Lake Braddock. In both races, the Lake Braddock squads had the superior top 3's but it was Robinson's depth 1-5 runners that gave them the victory.
The 2000 Woodberry Forest Invitational marked the beginning of South Lakes HS senior Alan Webb's final high school cross country season. Webb opened it shattering the course record with his time of 15:18.