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The State Meet is just under a month away, it is the perfect time to start looking at the team rankings and leaderboards for each and every classification.
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.
Group 2A classification virtual meet cross country rankings based on 5K season best performances in the database as of October 7th. Sophomore Blaise Sevier leads a George Mason girls squad which has a big challenge in trying to close the gap on the new powerhouse of the small schools in Maggie Walker after George Mason being that team to beat for so many years in the old Group A classification. Sevier opened her season with a 19:36 5K PR at the Great Meadow Invite and finished runner-up in her last big race two weekends ago at the Stonewall Jackson Invitational behind only 2013 Group A state track champion Julia Wood of Rappahannock County.
Highlights from Virginians competing at the Carlisle Invitational (PA), Greensboro Invitational (NC), Bristol Cross (TN), Stonewall Jackson Invitational, and Golden Eagle Invitational on September 28th.
Before coach Jim Holdren retires (if he ever does), he may enjoy a nice close to a long and successful coaching career with a late boost in state team and individual champions with his Maggie Walker Governor's School cross country program moving down to the 2A classification in the new 6 class system next fall.
A virtual meet preview of the Group A 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.
A virtual meet preview of the Group A boys 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.
Despite failing to win district and regional titles, can the George Mason girls become only the third team in VHSL State Cross Country Championships meet history to win 5 straight team titles?
At the Region B Cross Country Championships on Wednesday in Charlottesville, Wilson Memorial enjoyed a clean sweep of the team and individual titles. Wilson Memorial boys and girls dethroned the George Mason boys and girls as team champions, but the margins were narrow enough that there certainly will be no strong favorites in the Group A race at next Saturday's VHSL State Championships and revenge will be within range for the defending champs.
Interview with junior Lauren Meinhart, #5 runner on the defending Group A state cross country girls team champions from George Mason High School in Falls Church, Virginia.
Interview with junior Austin Gogal, #5 runner on the defending Group A state cross country boys team champions from George Mason High School in Falls Church, Virginia.
Virtual meet rankings for Group A teams and individuals as of October 3rd. The Radford boys led by defending Group A state champion Walker Mogen and his 15:45 5K season best are just ahead of Region C rivals Galax and Floyd County in the virtual meet rankings. Defending Group A state champion George Mason boys have raced in only one 5K invitational this season with that being a slower and challenging Oatlands course to have them currently 6th on this list based on their 5K season best times.
The George Mason boys look to start their own streak of state titles similar to their female counterparts at Mason who currently have won four straight cross country state titles. The Mason boys are the defending Group A state cross country champions and only graduated their #7 runner from a team which won last year's state championship by a dominant margin of 48 points. The margin could be even greater in 2012.
The George Mason girls have won the Group A state cross country team title every year since 2008. Julie Bravin has been their head coach for every one of those seasons, but after a four year run state title run, George Mason will have a new head coach with Bravin moving onto an administrative position while they were able to land quite an accomplished runner as their new head coach in Alisa Harvey.
A virtual meet preview of the upcoming cross country season for the Group A school teams and individuals in Virginia based on 5K bests from the 2011 cross country season in the MileStat.com database. The George Mason boys and girls are the top ranked teams, while Radford's Walker Mogen (16:18) and Wilson Memorial's Hannah Rose (18:13) have the fastest returning 5K times.
The daughter of a long-time successful high school cross country coach in Pennsylvania (Bill Bravin at Hollidaysburg Area HS), George Mason High School head coach Julie Bravin has to have made her coaching dad proud with the program that she has built on her own in over a decade at a small Group A school in the city of Falls Church. Under Coach Bravin in the past 12 years, George Mason has become one of Group A's top programs producing state champion individuals in Susanna Sullivan (cross country/outdoor track) and Natalie Young (outdoor track) along with several state meet top three finishing podium squads. The girls' team has qualified for the state meet every year in cross country during that entire time period.The 2010 George Mason girls' cross country team returned all seven runners from the 2009 Group A state cross country champion team and they have been showing no signs of letting down at all this fall in pursuit of a three peat (won first title in 2008) as their final race before the pinnacle race at Great Meadow was a dominant 7 finishers among the top 11 for another Region B crown. More impressive this fall is Bravin's coaching job with the George Mason boys who recently won their school's first regional cross country title on Wednesday at Panorama Farms against an Altavista squad which has finished among the top four in the last two state meets as well as maybe picked up the torch from the Clarke County dynasty with their numerous state titles in the last decade after the Mason boys snapped their streak of district championships last week. They will attempt to match or better the performance of their 2003 squad which finished as a shocking state runner-up following a fourth place regional finish. MileStat.com interviewed Coach Bravin following her team's school history making day and momentum building regional race into the state championships...
George Mason boys join George Mason girls as Region B team champs Defending state champion Katlyn Ayers pulls away comfortably for 19:12 win Clarke County boys team may be down, but Steven Trayer & Paul Myer look to continue individual state glory Full meet summary, race videos, interviews, and photo gallery to come from Wednesday's Region B Cross Country Championships at Panorama Farms in Charlottesville. Complete results posted. Region B Meet Results: Boys Race - Girls Race Region B Meet Photo Gallery by Brandon Miles - 817 photos total. Race Videos - To be added Thursday morning. Interviews - To be added Thursday morning.
Group A girls pre-season cross country rankings with 10 deep in teams and 25 deep in individuals. The George Mason girls will be trying to keep up with defending individual state champion Katlyn Ayers (pictured above by Tom Hoerner) while Ayers and her Strasburg teammates will be trying to challenge the defending team state champions from George Mason. Ayers only runs cross country in the fall, but her talent has overidden the fact so far that she is not a year around competitor. She will have another state track champion to deal with in 1600/800 meter champion Clare Moretz of Madison County.
The George Mason girls repeated as Group A state team champions with no seniors among their top seven and missing their top runner due to injury. Katlyn Ayers of Strasburg started off the first race of the day with a runaway 19:03 victory. Strasburg and Radford had a close team battle for second and third place despite having very wide difference in team spreads.
Strasburg sophomore Katlyn Ayers figured to be the third best runner in the Group A classification coming into the season but injuries to defending champion and course record holder Megan Marsico of Glenvar and Natalie Young of George Mason have opened the door of opportunity for Ayers to win her first state title. She has went undefeated in all of her races this season and another first place finish should be in the works for her on Saturday at Great Meadow.
The George Mason girls ended Clarke County's streak of state championships last fall by a narrow three point margin of victory. The gap should widen between the George Mason girls and the rest of Group A this fall as Coach Julie Bravin will bring back her entire top seven which included four freshmen and three All-State finishers last fall, while all other contenders suffered a few loses. The Radford girls aim to try to leap frog Clarke County this year and be George Mason's top challengers as they had several girls fare well in track and qualify for state competition in the 1600 and 3200 meter races including Amber Thompson (pictured left by Scott Rigler). Clarke County lost two multiple All-State finishers in Sophia Holmes and Erin Broy, but return their remaining top seven from last year's runner-up squad.
Clarke County's Ben Veilleux continues his path to a Group A state cross country title and possibly greater feats in the post-season at Wednesday's Region B Meet in Charlottesville (Photo by Ted Plunkett) The best two girls teams in Group A happen to be in the same district and region this fall as the Bull Run District Meet saw an exciting and extremely close team race between George Mason and Clarke County. George Mason was able to knock off the defending district, regional, and state champions by a thin 2 point margin. The Region B Championships on Wednesday at Panorama Farms figures to have another small margin of victory with the Clarke County girls hungry to avenge their district loss.
Four schools from Virginia headed north and were able to escape much of the rain (at least before it moved up the East Coast by the afternoon hours) from Tropical Storm Hanna at the Gettysburg Invitational in Pennsylvania. Teams from Battlefield, Chancellor, George Mason, and Heritage of Lynchburg all competed among the three group races of the varsity division in the meet. The George Mason girls in particular were impressive as a Group A school finishing second in the Group 2 varsity race and finishing ahead of Virginia Group AA teams Chancellor (5th, 222 pts) and Heritage (7th, 252 pts). The 2007 Group A state runner-ups in cross country were led by two freshmen and one sophomore all finishing in the top ten. A new star could be emerging in Group A and potential challenger to defending state champion Megan Marsico in Natalie Young (pictured left by Don Rich of penntrackxc.com) at George Mason. While well behind Group 2 race winner Jordan Jenkins (18:38) of New Oxford (PA), Young was well ahead of the third place finisher by almost a full minute with her runner-up time of 19:23. Read more... Gettysburg Invitational Results: JV Boys Groups 1,2 - JV Boys Groups 1,2,3 - JV Girls Groups 1,2,3 - Varsity Boys Group 1 - Varsity Boys Group 2 - Varsity Boys Group 3 - Varsity Girls Group 1 - Varsity Girls Group 2 - Varsity Girls Group 3
Group A #1 ranked Susanna Sullivan of George Mason (pictured right by Don Rich of penntrackxc.com) went north this past weekend to compete against some of Pennsylvania's best at the Gettysburg Invitational and came away with confidence building third place showing. The winner of the race was one of the Keystone State's top runners in Kara Millhouse, who ran 10:35 for 3200 meters this past spring. Sullivan was only 12 seconds behind a potential Foot Locker qualifier in Millhouse (18:42) with her final time of 18:54. The George Mason senior's performance at Gettysburg is her fastest 5K time ever on a cross country course as she ran 18:17 for 5K on the track at Nike Outdoor Nationals and had only broken 19 once before in cross country as a sophomore in the Group A state race. From Virginia, George Mason and Chancellor both competed as teams at the Gettysburg High School 5K course. While Sullivan competed as an individual in the Group I top division race, the Chancellor girls ran in the Group II division and finished second as a squad out of 33 teams with 158 points. Leah Schubel was the team's top finisher in 16th place with a time of 20:58.Small Photo Gallery of the VA Athletes by Don Rich
Photo by John Herzog Podcast interview with George Mason senior Susanna Sullivan. Sullivan is probably the fastest returning runner in the state that no one has ever heard of. Sullivan broke 11 minutes this past spring for 3200 meters at 10:57 and clocked a 5K personal best of 18:17 at Nike Outdoor Nationals. Sullivan was only one of three Virginians to win multiple state titles in the distance races this outdoor season joining the elite company of AA three-event winners Catherine White and Peter Dorrell by winning the Group A 1600 and 3200 meter state titles.
No girls\' cross country program has held the level of dominance over their state classification the past two years than the Clarke County girls have as the Lady Eagles will be joining their male counterparts in attempting to win their third state cross country title. If both teams walk away with first place hardware from Great Meadows on November 11th, they will become the first team in VHSL history to win three consecutive state cross country titles with both teams during the same years. The Clarke girls will be led by junior and 2004 state cross country champion Danielle Moyer, who will be an individual contender once again, but is certainly not the only runner vying for the state crown. George Mason junior Susanna Sullivan is the top returnee from last year\'s race and nearly broke 11 minutes for 3200 meters this past spring. J.J. Kelly senior Brittany Killough has had several great state races and at the Group AAA level as she transferred to J.J. Kelly from Franklin County during the track season.