Arguably the biggest performance from States this past weekend was actually three performances by Riverbend senior Jaren Holmes.
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Riverbend senior Jaren Holmes is coming for all the points this weekend. He enters the Group 6 Championships as the favorite in both the long and triple jumps and also as a contender in the high jump as well. Indoors he won both horizontals and finished 4th in the high to tally up 25 points.
On the guys side it is Daniel O'Brien returning and ranking 31st all-time while on the girls side it is Allison Fick returning with her 2nd all-time ranking by time.
Winning the inaugural championships and punching their tickets to the state meet were the Colonial Forge Girls and Cosby Boys.
Not every team is realistically fighting for a state title, in fact few are, but many have great stories.
Check out the rankings for every freshman boy that has run thus far this season here!
Starting out intentionally slow and racing in training shoes, the Oakton girls looked very much so the top ranked team in Virginia as they beat the #2 ranked team in Virginia, Colonial Forge, by 70 points at the Chancellor Invitational on Saturday in Fredericksburg.
The Riverbend boys were arguably the best team in the state not to advance out of their district meet last fall after finishing fifth in the very competitive Commonwealth District. Returning their top three runners (Shaquon Wilkins, Ryan Kuhns, & Gabe Fisher) who all qualified individually to compete in the outdoor state championships despite not having an indoor season with Spotsylvania County getting rid of the winter sport last year, Riverbend is determined and motivated from last year's end of season disappointment to not only get out of the district this fall but go onto compete for a state meet podium finish with their current Group AAA #3 ranking. One major change from last year's team starts at the top with new head coach Brian Treakle, who is trying to put the emphasis on his runners posting their fastest times and adding in the speedwork later in the season than in past years. Tuesday's workout at Riverbehind High School saw the athletes competing for varsity seven spots running a loop shorter than a mile close to a 1500 meter distance with limited recovery for 4 repeats. Last year's Northwest Region individual runner-up Shaquon Wilkins led the boys squad on the workout negative splitting the 1500 meter intervals with the first two repeats around 5 flat with the group before dropping down and separating from the pack with 4:35 and 4:32 clockings on his last two repeats to close the workout strong. Meanwhile, Riverbend's top two female runners in Lauren Givens and Peyton Lowe started off running together right at 6 minute pace consistently for much of the repeats before running under the time in the final two. Lowe was the team's top runner last fall and finished her 2009 season strong with a 21st place finish in the Group AAA state race. She is slowly working herself back into top form after a summer knee injury setback. Meanwile, Givens has led the Riverbend girls so far in 2010 cross country season after running 2:23 in the spring for 800 meters. The Riverbend girls finished fifth at the Northwest Region Championships last November and if they are able to get out of nearly as strong Commonwealth District for girls, they will be a darkhorse challenger for a top 4 spot in the region once again. Pre-Workout Interview w/ Coach Brian Treakle The Workout - 4x1500 Meters Post Workout Interview w/ Coach Brian Treakle Interview w/ Shaquon Wilkins, Ryan Kuhns, & Gabe Fisher Interview w/ Lauren Givens & Peyton Lowe
Not much movement among the Group AAA girls from the pre-season rankings, while the Great Meadow Invitational certainly shook things a little bit for the boys especially among Northwest Region teams and individuals, while six of the top ten ranked teams are from the region led by #3 ranked Riverbend moving ahead of Colonial Forge as Ryan Kuhns led them as the second highest Group AAA finisher to move into this week's top 10. The Great Meadow Invitational also saw two of the state's returning sub 11 minute 3200 meter runners featured with race winner Hannah Lowery of Stafford and second place Carolyn Hennessey of Herndon (both pictured left by Brandon Miles). Their actual race finishes matched up with their pre-season rankings (#2 Lowery and #6 Hennessey) order along with another top 10 ranked Bonny Turnage of Lee-Davis taking fourth place.
The 2009 Oatlands Invitational should prove to be one of the biggest and most competitive meets in the state of Virginia this year with another great field of teams assembled by meet directors Derek Farrey and Matt Oblas. The meet will feature team of all classifications and different regions throughout the state of Virginia as well as schools from the states of Maryland and West Virginia. At last count, close to 90 schools in all will be represented on the Oatlands Plantation 5K course in Leesburg on Saturday, September 26th.