The annual Manhattan Invitational is hitting 45 year milestone, and with it comes plenty of history.
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In the fast section at Saturday's Victor Cahoon Classic at Osbourn Park High School (Manassas, VA), Good Counsel (Olney, MD) senior Erin Pocratsky showed what sportsmanship is all about.
Douglas Freeman senior Zach Campbell is one of the top returnees from both last year's indoor and outdoor state championships when he placed fourth at Boo Williams last February with a clearance of 14 feet and then earned a third place showing at Sports Backers Stadium last June at a height of 14'6". The Central Region champion Campbell is the top seed with a season best clearance of 14'9" from a vault earlier this season at Boo Williams in the Hampton Roads Elite Invitational.
Photo by Ryan Kelly Miles Laubinger is a graduating senior from Langley High School in McLean, Virginia. Laubinger was a Group AAA state indoor qualifier at 1000 meters in 2012 and has run personal bests of 4:29 for 1600, 2:40 for 1000, and 2:00 for 800 meters. With numerous All-District honors in the Liberty District at Langley, Laubinger will next attend the University of South Carolina and study business as a major and music as a minor.
You can tell someone is a good coach when they are successful at almost every school which they coach at. Most programs need continuity in coaching and take time to build. However, if you want an expedite transformation of your high school cross country program. Simply call on "Buz". Coach Buz Male has been successful at all his stops at Episcopal, Langley, University of Virginia, Miller School, and Albemarle.
A list of the top 10 Northern Region girls performers in each event (links to full rankings included) through January 12th. Langley sophomore Courteney West (pictured above by John Herzog) has put together a streak of strong races to kick off her indoor season including a 11:13 3200 win at CNU last month and state qualifying for the 1600 meter run with a 5:13 full mile performance at Montgomery Invitational last weekend as the top Northern Region finisher in the race.
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.
Virtual meet preview for the 2010 Liberty District Indoor T&F Championships based on performances currently in the MileStat.com database as of February 2nd.
While the Thomas Jefferson boys as district champions again can almost be a certainty, there is very few definites among the Liberty District girls on who will be this year's team and individual champions. Langley's Lauren Shaw won the district title in 2007 with a time of 18:22 as her time put her just two seconds ahead of Stone Bridge's Stephanie Paradis at 18:24. Both are back and neither slowed down in the track as Shaw ran a 5:11 for 1600 meters and qualified for state competition in the event. Photo by Ted Plunkett Paradis won a close race over Shaw for the district 1600 meter title with a time of 5:11 as well, but her success on the track really came in the 800 with a 2:15 season best and capping off her season with a third place finish in the 800 meter finals at the VHSL Group AAA State Meet. Other individuals who could mix it up with both Shaw and Paradis come from Thomas Jefferson's amazing rising sophomore class of runners which look to make the girls squad at TJ as possibly the team to look out for at the state level instead of their boys. Lisa Junta and Stephanie Marzen, sophomores at Thomas Jefferson, are the district's top returning 2 milers at 11:23 and 11:28.
MileStat.com was on-site with coverage of day two of the Concorde and Liberty District Indoor Track & Field Championships on Thursday evening at the Prince George County Completex in Landover, Maryland. Complete results are up from both meets. Photos and videos from the meet will begin to be posted on Friday and meet summary from Pearl Watts is on the way. Congratulations to Liberty District team champions George Marshall girls and Langley boys as well as Concorde District champions Westfield girls and Centreville boys.
This weekend\'s Asics Invitational will be hosted at Liberty University\'s Tolsma Track Center in Lynchburg and will be hosted over two days on Friday and Saturday. The meet will feature four individual state leaders including the likes of Bethel\'s Shakia Forbes and Harrisonburg\'s Tim Beierle as well as the state\'s fastest 4x400 meter relay in the Osbourn Park girls. Events will start at 4:30 PM on Friday and resume again on Saturday at 9:00 AM.
A total of 43 schools will be in attendance at the 2006 Albemarle Invitational to be held at Panorama Farms 5K course in Charlottesville, Virginia this Saturday. The meet has its share of local Charlottesville area talent entered in the meet as well others including Northwest Region teams looking to get a preview of their regional meet course.
A steady downpour of rain that started yesterday and continued throughout today made Saturday\'s Octoberfest Invitational at Great Meadows a mud slop-fest as two over flowing creek crossings and long stretches of mud and puddles made for tough race conditions for the high school runners throughout the day. Not a day for anyone to run a personal best, but some outstanding performances were recorded throughout the day. Northside senior Catherine White took the \"A\" girls race in a time of 19:08.07, but more impressive was James River junior Kristen Wolfe only finishing nine seconds off the Foot Locker All-American in a time of 19:17.81. Meanwhile, Radford junior Nathan Brame pulled away from the field midway to come away with a 17:10 victory in the \"A\" race with Manchester senior Andrew Duty charging hard into a second place run of 17:16. Maryland\'s best in Quince Orchard (142 pts) as well as NTN Southeast #9 ranked squad knocked off SE #7 Thomas Jefferson (161 pts) for the \"A\" boys team title. The Northern Region took three of the top four team places in the \"A\" girls\' race with James Robinson (151 pts) finishing ahead of higher ranked AAA squads Langley (2nd, 178 pts) and Maggie Walker (3rd, 195 pts). Complete meet summary is posted with photos as well as video clips (clips of runners crossing creeks a MUST SEE) and a photo gallery from Octoberfest! More to come from other meets, Virginia teams and individuals participated in this weekend! Octoberfest Invitational Video Clips Octoberfest Invitational Photo Gallery
A floodgates opened this past Friday across the state of Virginia as the state was drenched by a storm system that rolled through leaving many of the cross country courses for this past Saturday\'s invitationals in a muddy, sloppy, and slow mess.