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Athletes. That is what this weekend is about, athletes and state titles.
Here we look at the 2019 state meet favorites and see where they finished at states these past few years.
Here are the top seven storylines, predictions, and races to watch this weekend.
Rob Napolitano and Tim Gorman also go Sub 4. Megan Mansy won the women's elite mile.
It is almost time for MileStates yet again! This one is going to be the most exciting one yet. Check out our team and MVP predictions on the following pages for each and every state meet.
Many athletes have the pieces to be great, few though put them all together.
Midlothian high school has had one of the strongest and longest lasting dynasties under the leadership of Coach Stan Morgan. His Midlothian Trojans have made it to the podium 12 times since the year 2000 while no other team has made it over nine in any classification.
Van Cortlandt Park has once again brought some of the best competition short of a national championship.
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.
Will the fourth RVA Relays be the best one yet? Our bet is that it will be!
To preview this weekend here are previews for all four of these invitationals and some of the other meets being run as well. Expect photo and video coverage all over the state as well for this huge weekend.
The 4A classification once again looks to be the strongest in the state and now on Saturday could produce some of the fastest times on the weekend thanks to the flatter surface.
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.
Now that it is regional week we are not only looking forward to all the competitions over the next few days but also looking back at some of the best ones ever.
The annual Manhattan Invitational is hitting 45 year milestone, and with it comes plenty of history.
In just a few hours the sun will set and it will be time for yet another set of epic races under the lights at Pole Green Park.
We go back and take a look at the top 500 times run at the NXN Southeast Regional's meet history as well as look at the top performing programs all-time taking the top 7 runners over the meet's history.
The Midlothian boys cross country program has produced many great runners over the last 15 years. Let's take a look at how many with a top 100 list of fastest 5K performers since 2000.
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
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!
Check out this awesome race that came down to the final 400m after 12,000 previous meters!
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 4A.
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.
With states now complete and all the performances in the system it is time to look at where everyone stands inside the top 50 and beyond. Check out inside and compare them to a week ago to see where you and your athletes rank.
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.
In the first ever boys official rankings it was a real battle for points between the top five teams. Three different teams were the top picks for the different voting groups meaning this decision was truly a split decision. Despite this closeness, Midlothian average higher then all the other teams and despite not being the coaches, computer, or athlete's first choice, they are the top team in this week's rankings. Check inside to see if your team made it into the rankings.
After a super sophomore year, Andrew Hunter of Loudoun Valley (VA) began his season on Saturday as the US #10 ranked runner at the Great Meadow Invitational, which is held on the same venue for the Virginia state meet. The 2014 Penn Relays 3K champ Hunter blazed the course on a hot and humid morning in Virginia with a 15:27 win.
With only hours left until the state meet championships begin it is time to look at two of the most closely contested state meets to be held this weekend. Headling these meets will be Zajac, Davidson, Hagen, Holdsworth, Hunter, Angermeier, Fleming, Brown, Johnson and many more!
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.
This meet’s three favorites will pick up their respective points in very different places and at different times throughout the meet but at the end will likely race in the final two events for the title.
Not the greatest day to end the cross country seasons for Virginia's two lone representatives at the Nike Cross Nationals with girls team qualifier Blacksburg finishing 21st out of 22 schools and boys individual team qualifier Tommy Mulroy of Midlothian finishing 99th out of 197 runners. This year's national race at Portland Meadows in Portland, Oregon was not as much of a mudfest as in years past, but a chilly frozen tundra of a course for runners to compete on which allowed for course records and much faster times than in previous years.
Tommy Mulroy will be the lone Virginian in the championship boys race on Saturday in Portland, Oregon for the 2013 Nike Cross Nationals. MileStat.com interviewed the Midlothian senior Mulroy after his breakthrough 15:07 runner-up PR performance at the NXN Southeast Regional and prepares for his first national race this weekend.
The top 25 fastest boys cross country teams in Virginia from this past 2013 fall season based on scoring teams using the season best 5K times in the MileStat.com database. The Midlothian boys, 4A state champions this fall, ended up at season's end with being the fastest team in the state including at the state meet with a team average of 16:04 at Great Meadow as well as being the top finishing team from the state at the Nike Cross Southeast Regional.
A former football coach who never ran cross country in high school and did not start coaching cross country until later in life around the age of 50, Midlothian head coach Stan Morgan has put together a remarkable run of teams since his first podium boys' team in the 1999 season. Over that span, the Midlothian boys have won 5 state titles and been state runners-up four times. The years that they have not been a podium team have been extremely rare. Add in the 6 past state champion squads for girls along with the great potential and possibilities in the coming years in their new 4A classification facing now similar size schools (Midlothian's enrollment has been in the 1400-1600 students range for much of the last 12-15 years), the 70 something year old Coach Morgan and the Midlothian program could be actually entering their prime years of championship glory.
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.
A list of the top 50 indoor track & field returnees per event among Group 4A boys. The Midlothian boys are in great position to compete for the 4A state indoor track team title with a well-balanced squad with distance, sprints, jumps, and relays expected to score significant points for them at the state level. The Hahn brothers were #3 and #4 runners for the Midlothian boys in the cross country season, but could be their top distance talent on the track with sophomore Randy having the fastest returning 4A times in the 1000 and 3200, while older brother in junior Collin having the fastest time at 1600 meters from last indoor season.
Highlights and coverage from Friday's races (Group 6A, 5A, & 4A) at the 2013 VHSL State Cross Country Championships. Much more to be added throughout Friday evening.
Coverage from Wednesday's VHSL Group 4A South Regional XC Championships at Pole Green Park in Mechanicsville. Coverage includes aphoto gallery as well as a meet summary to come.
Results and coverage from all of the 8 conference championship cross country meets in the VHSL Group 4A classification.
Updated Cream of the Crop Top 25 All-Classification Team Rankings for the state of Virginia as of October 22nd. Some of the biggest rises from our last edition include the Midlothian boys who went from VA #16 to VA #3 as they got a boost in the return of Randy Hahn to their lineup at the MileStat.com Invitational to claim second behind only the state's top ranked James Robinson boys and leapfrog many of the state's best teams previously ranked ahead of them. The 4A favorites Midlothian arguably have one of the state's best teams thru four runners with three guys under 16 minutes this season in Tommy Mulroy, Evan Benjamin, and Collin Hahn then a fourth runner in Randy Hahn coming off a 16:18 season debut PR at Pole Green.
Group 4A classification virtual meet cross country rankings based on 5K season best performances in the database as of October 7th. Midlothian's Brittany Whitt has been one of the most improved runners in the state this fall. The senior Whitt had a 5K personal best of 20:09 prior to this season, which she has already lowered her PR under 19 minutes with a 18:39 clocking at the adidas XC Challenge. Whitt also has two top five finishes in invitaitonals this season at Great Meadow Invite (5th) and in the seeded race at Great American (4th). Whitt is leading a Midlothian squad which includes two track athletes in hurdler Alice Babashak and sprinter Gabby Runge running varsity that is trying to work some end of season magic to run down top ranked Jefferson Forest.
Clocking the state's second and third fastest times this weekend and fastest among all Virginians at the adidas XC Challenge were Midlothian runners Evan Benjamin (15:40) and Tommy Mulroy (15:42). Benjamin has been particular impressive this fall as based off track PR's and speed (PR's of 4:40 in the 1600 & 10:01 in the 3200), he would project to be the 4th best runner on the Midlothian squad behind Mulroy and the Hahn brothers Collin and Randy. However, the junior Benjamin has led the Trojans in their first two races this fall with his most recent performance down in Cary, North Carolina being a 14 second PR for him. (Photo by Mary Ann Magnant)
West Springfield's Caroline Alcorta and the Blacksburg girls cross country further legitimized themselves to be considered as part of the nation's best with their runaway victories at the adidas XC Challenge on Saturday in Cary, North Carolina.
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.
Last year's Central Region team champions and Group AAA state runners-up in Midlothian return a solid core of four runners back for the 2013 cross country season in the Hahn brothers Collin and Randy as well as Tommy Mulroy and Evan Benjamin.
De'Nisha Smith of Cosby ran a state leading time of 44.93 in the 300 meter hurdles on Wednesday in a tri meet at Midlothian with her teammate Elisa Hendriksen running a four second PR for runner-up and MileSplit US national elite time of 46.12. It was an impressive return to top form for Smith (43.61 PR last year) was setback by injury in the last half of the indoor season.
Day 1 highlights and updates from Friday's performances by Virginians at the 2013 New Balance Indoor Nationals in New York City.
Midlothian coach Stan Morgan probably wishes that he got the opportunity to work with senior distance runner Tessa Riley more than just one year. The feeling is clearly mutual from Riley. After moving all the way from Missouri for her senior year after her father's job transferred him and the family to the Richmond area, Riley has really shined and excelled almost instantly once becoming a member of the storied Midlothian girls' cross country and distance track running program under Coach Morgan.
Meet highlights from the 2013 Dominion District Indoor Track & Field Championships held on Wednesday, February 6th at the Arthur Ashe Center in Richmond.
At the Bulldog Invitational this past Saturday at Liberty University, only fully automatic timing and a finish line camera could be able to determine the winner in the girls 55 meter dash as it was virtually a dead heat between four runners at the finish line between George Washington's De'ana Forbes (7.25), Heritage's Latrice Morris (7.25), Blacksburg's Alyn Carr (7.26), and E.C. Glass' Zakiya Bateman (7.27)
You can count the number of races by Kara Dickerson this fall on one hand (five total). The Midlothian senior suffered a stress fracture earlier in the season that even doctors suggested to her to possibly give up running since she it was not her first stress fracture injury, but Dickerson was was determined to race again this fall and worked hard in the pool and cross training to stay fit while not running.
Race videos from the Midlothian Polar Bear Meet held on Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 at Midlothian High School in Midlothian, Virginia.
After showing great promise as a freshmen including winning the freshmen mile at the Nike Indoor Nationals, the next two years for Midlothian's Sean Willard did not see the same exponential rate of success translate as well. However, Willard came on strong to show his full potential in his final cross country races of his senior year.
Central 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). Megan Moye may have graduated and moved onto NC State, but don't expect the Cosby girls to fade away as the prominent team in the Central Region. Alexandria Moseley figures to assume the star role and biggest individual point contributor for the Cosby girls as the Central Region's top returnee in the 55 (7.39), 500 (1:16.31) and 300 (40.93) meter dashes as well as ranked second best in the long jump (18'2.50").
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.
In 4A next year, the Jefferson Forest girls will no longer have to deal with the Blacksburg girls standing in their way for a state cross country title, but will have compete with another traditional powerhouse in Midlothian in their new classification. Both Jefferson Forest and Midlothian were third place state meet podium teams last week.
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.
A virtual meet preview of the Group AAA 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.
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.
Blacksburg's Bonnie Angermeier and Nick Link ran the state's fastest 5K times so far this season at the weekend at the adidas XC Challenge in Cary, North Carolina with the sophomore Angermeier leading the Blacksburg girls to a runner-up team finish with her 18:27 sixth place individual effort, while Link was the top finisher for the team champions from Blacksburg with a seventh place run of 15:38.
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 boys teams and individuals in Virginia based on 5K bests from the 2011 cross country season in the MileStat.com database. The Midlothian boys are the top ranked team in the virtual scoring, while returning Foot Locker All-American Sean McGorty of Chantilly has the fastest returning 5K time at 14:56.
The 2011 All-MileStat.com Cross Country Team has been published. Selections include Runner of the Year, Coach of the Year, Freshmen of the Year, Most Improved Runner of the Year, and 7 runners selected each for the first, second, and third All-MileStat.com teams. Greatest weight given to championship season (district, regional, and state) as well as post-season (Foot Locker/NXN) performances in the selection process, but consistently strong performers during the invitational season was taken into consideration as well if a subpar race or two down the final stretch. Congratulations to all members of this year's All-MileStat.com Team!
Albemarle senior Adam Visokay had one of the best individual races yet by a Virginian in the history of the Nike Cross Nationals with his 10th place finish in a loaded field of the nation's top runners. Only Midlothian's Jason Witt in 2006 with his sixth place finish has placed higher from Virginia at NXN and Visokay arguably ran in a tougher field since the addition and growing popularity of the individual qualifier component of the meet. The 2011 Group AAA 3200 meter state champion Visokay clocked a time of 15:37 on the muddy Portland Meadows 5K course, which was 35 seconds behind the winner Futsum Zeinasellaissie of Indiana. Matthew Schwartzer of Princess Anne (59th, 16:05) and Carolyn Bethel of Hidden Valley (99th, 19:22) also made the trip across the country to Virginia and faired respectably in their national championship appearance. Meanwhile, the Midlothian girls were making their second Nike Cross Nationals appearance as a full squad with a completely new lineup from their 2006 squad which finished 10th in Oregon. An at-large selection from the Southeast Region, the Midlothian girls ended up placing 19th out of 22 teams as only Kara Dickerson (86th, 19:10) was able to break into a very deep top 100 finishers which saw the Group AA state champion Bethel barely squeak into. More coverage from the MileSplit US National Team
The Midlothian girls received word this morning that they had been selected as one of the four at-large team selections for next weekend's Nike Cross Nationals. This will be the second trip to Portland, Oregon for the Midlothian girls' program after qualifying last in 2006. The Midlothian boys have qualified twice for NXN in 2006 and 2010. Midlothian was eligible for at-large consideration after finishing third at yesterday's Southeast Regional in Cary, North Carolina and only three points behind the second place automatic qualifier. The Midlothian girls should be suited well to be competitive in the national race with a strong front four of All-State caliber runners in Kara Dickerson, Skylar Evans, Marie Johnston, and Kari Johnston. Dickerson had already qualified individually for Nike Cross Nationals with a fifth place personal best run of 18:08 at the Southeast Regional. Under the guidance of longtime coach Stan Morgan, Midlothian has won six of the last seven Group AAA state cross country team titles.
Photo by Jeff George of ncrunners.com Midlothian girls 3rd, Blacksburg 6th, Hidden Valley 9th, Grafton 11th at the NXN Southeast Regional. Hidden Valley's Carolyn Bethel (4th, 18:04) and Midlothian's Kara Dickerson (5th, 18:08) qualified individually for Nike Cross Nationals. The Midlothian girls were only 3 points away from the automatic qualifying 2nd place team spot and now will have to wait and see if they get one of the four at-large selections. NXN Southeast - Championship Girls Results
Despite dealing and grieving with the loss of her father after a long battle with cancer this fall, Midlothian's Skylar Evans has found the cross country course to be her steady path through tough personal times.
Top 50 boys cross country teams in our database rankings (as of 9/13) based on current season best 5K times among their top 7 runners. Albemarle scored a dominant win at the Oatlands Invitational and Midlothian rolled as well to fast times at the adidas Cross Country Challenge in Cary, North Carolina to establish both right now as the best two teams in Group AA. Meanwhile, Blacksburg and Lafayette with victories at VMI and William & Mary appear to be the top performing squads in Group AA so far.
Midlothian (VA) swept the team titles, but NC's boys took command of the individual race in their turn to shine.
Two big guns compete in the college race tonight, while the best boys' field so far this fall squares off tomorrow.
New Cream of the Crop All-Class rankings by MileStat.com for the top 15 teams and top 25 individuals in the state of Virginia as of September 15th. Midlothian girls impressed despite short-handed at the Pole Green Classic placing three girls ahead of outdoor nationals 800 meter champion Kimberley Ficenec, while the Midlothian and Albemarle boys are still the top two ranked squads after training through invitational races this past Saturday holding back and competing in trainers.
Adam Visokay shocked the field in the 3200 meter run at this past June's AAA State Outdoor Championships with a devastating last lap kick to claim his first individual title. Visokay and his Albemarle teammates will look to pull off another upset this fall to become both individual and team champions. Annandale's Ahmed Bile is a returning Foot Locker All-American and will be heavily favored to repeat as state cross country champion again, while the 2010 team champions Midlothian look to be the deepest squad entering the season with a top 7 of runners all having 5K personal bests under 17 minutes. Visokay, who will have a strong top four surrounding him in 2010 All-State cross country finisher Ben Deal, indoor nationals freshmen mile champion Ryan Thomas, and sub 10 minute two miler Chris Springer, will be one of several top returning individuals looking to not make a repeat for Bile easy. Both Midlothian (US #14) and Albemarle (US #18) were ranked in XCNation.com's Top 25 pre-season national team rankings and should be in contention for Nike Cross Nationals berths within the Southeast region.
The "Big Three" in returning Foot Locker finalist Sophie Chase of Lake Braddock, 2011 Group AAA indoor and outdoor 1600 meter state champion Megan Moye of Cosby, and defending AAA state cross country champion Hannah Lowery of Stafford will be one of the most exciting stories for the upcoming 2011 cross country season. All three runners have already accomplished so much, yet will have at least another full year (two years for juniors Chase and Lowery) to add more feats as well as more highly anticipated match-ups with one another. Midlothian, Maggie Walker, and Colonial Forge all shared the state meet podium last November at Great Meadow as the top three finishing teams at the VHSL State Cross Country Championships. It was Midlothian's fifth state title in six years, while Maggie Walker finished as runners-up for the second time to Midlo in recent years and the Colonial Forge girls were the newbies on the podium. The Colonial Forge girls had another strong spring on the track developing their solid core of returnees, while Midlothian girls were fairly quiet with the Johnston sisters (Marie and Kari) doing soccer instead of track. Maggie Walker has the least graduation losses from 2010 among the three podium teams (albeit All-State caliber runner Anna Spiers), but junior Rachel Galton and sophomore Daisy Banta look to fill her shoes together.
A list of the top 25 boys' cross country teams in Virginia based on track times (3200 meters & 1600 meters) from the 2011 outdoor season. Sometimes, track times can be a better indicator of a cross country team's success since those performances are more recent to reflect the current level of fitness and development of each team's runners. Lists only show teams with at least five returning runners (no graduation years missing) who have times in the database from this past outdoor season. Midlothian have graduated two All-State caliber runners in Darren Barlow and Brayden Burleigh, but still return a strong core from their 2010 AAA state cross country team including another developing duo to run up front for them in rising juniors Sean Willard and Andrew Gorsuch, who ran 9:36 and 9:46 respectively for 3200 meters as sophomores this past spring.
The state of Virginia was represented by one team and two individuals at the 2010 Nike Cross Nationals held Saturday, December 4th at Portland Meadows in Portland, Oregon. Course conditions were arguably worse than ever in meet history as times absolutely went out the window as runners raced only for highest individual and team placement possible with one another. It was a mixed bag of results for the Virginia delegation in Oregon this weekend. Photo by Ryan Kelly The Midlothian boys had a disappointing showing in the mud at Portland Meadows for the 2010 Nike Cross Nationals. This year's Virginia 3A state cross country champions and NXN Southeast Regional team champions placed 21st out of 22 teams with 462 points. Competing as the Chesterfield XC Club, Darren Barlow led the Midlo boys as the team's top finisher in Oregon with a 103rd place finish (17:43) and sophomore Sean Willard was one of the team's individual bright spots in 108th place (17:50). Nonetheless, the Midlothian had a very successful season in becoming the fourth boys' team from Virginia to qualify for the Nike Cross Nationals (Midlothian - 2006, Thomas Jefferson S&T - 2007, Jamestown - 2008) and winning their fourth state cross country team title in school history. Photo by Ryan Kelly Hidden Valley's two individual qualifiers in Annie LeHardy and Haley Cutright had much better showing than the Midlo team in Portland. Both Hidden Valley seniors competed last year at NXN when their team qualified as an at-large berth and used their experience from a year ago to their advantage to improve upon their 2009 NXN finishes. LeHardy went from 52nd place in the 2009 race to 26th place (19:28) in 2010 as the Group AA state cross country champion was the highest finisher among the Southeast Region individual qualifiers. Her teammate Haley Cutright was only 12 places behind in 38th place (19:51) to improve drastically from her 90th place finish in the 2009 Nike Cross Nationals. LeHardy and Cutright look to build upon their fall success into the track season, which Cutright has never ran track before while LeHardy has never ran indoor track. The possibility is more likely for both happening for the first time in the 2011 track season, which could help form a potential state record chasing 4x800 with teammates Carolyn Bethel and Ashleigh Torres. Full Coverage of Nike Cross Nationals at MileSplit US Meet Page
MileStat.com's Brandon Miles and Ryan Kelly are in Portland, Oregon covering the Nike Cross Nationals this weekend for MileSplit US, which also features a small group of Virginian participants with the Midlothian boys and individual qualifiers Annie LeHardy and Haley Cutright of Hidden Valley. MileStat.com interviewed the Midlothian boys and the Hidden Valley duo on Thursday at the Nike Campus. Midlothian Boys Pre-Meet Interview Annie LeHardy & Haley Cutright Pre-Meet Interview
The Midlothian boys won the Nike Cross Southeast Regionals, while the Hidden Valley girls will be sending a pair of individuals in Annie LeHardy and Haley Cutright to nationals with second and fourth place finishes respectively. Two Virginia schools finished among the top four in the championship girls' team standings, but outside of the top two automatic places with Hidden Valley taking third and Midlothian placing fourth. Western Albemarle's Derek Armstrong just missed becoming one of the five individual qualifiers as the seventh place finisher overall. Read Full Meet Summary... NXN Southeast Regional Meet Page w/ Complete Results, Photos, & Videos Photo Gallery by Frank Locascio - 815 photos total. Photo Gallery by Brandon Miles - More photos to be added later on Sunday. Race Videos: Championships Boys - Championship Girls - Open Boys - Open Girls Video Interviews: Midlothian Boys - Annie LeHardy/Haley Cutright - Derek Armstrong
The Midlothian High School cross country team and long-time head coach Stan Morgan made their annual trip every October to Van Cortlandt Park for the Manhattan College Invitational. Riding high from their runner-up team finishes by both the boys and girls at Great American earning them national rankings and recognition, the expectations were high for another big day this weekend in their second travel meet in consecutive weeks. However, the state's top ranked boys and girls squads from Midlo did not enjoy as great of a day as Great American. The Midlothian girls ran respectable for fourth place but still have work to do to seriously challenge Delaware's Tatnall squad to become the best team in the NXN Southeast Region. US #2 and Great American champions Saratoga Springs of New York pulled out last second, so US #1 ranked and defending Nike Cross Nationals team champions Fayetteville-Manlius of New York won quite convicingly with a 14:43 team average on the 2.5 mile course and team score of 32 points. The Tatnall girls looked strong and the best from the Southeast in second place this weekend with 80 points and were clearly superior to Midlothian at Manhattan, who finished in fourth with 164 points. Midlothian hopes to maintain itself at least as the #2 team in the Southeast Region next month in Cary, North Carolina for one of the two NXN automatic qualifiers from the region. Midlothian freshmen Kari Johnston ran spectacular in her first trip to Manhattan to finish among the top 20 with a time of 15:32 for 19th place. Midlothian had a great tightly bunched top four pack at Great American, but was unable to keep the same pack together at a 1K shorter distance this weekend with Johnston and teammate Claire Benjamin (23rd, 15:35) coming in close together, but the rest of their top five spreading out. The Midlothian boys only had 34 seconds separating their top five but their front end and back end both needed to finish higher in order to be competitive in a field against many of the top teams in New York and Northeast region. Brayden Burleigh was projected to finish well within the top 10 and well under 13 minutes on the historic Van Cortlandt Park course after his 15:20 5K PR run at Great American, but suffered an off race in 21st place with a time of 13:15. The team's chances of finishing high in the field were severely dampered without an individual among the top 15. The Eastern States team champions Shaker (102 pts, 13:14 avg) of New York did not have a single runner break 13 minutes, but nearly put four runners ahead of Midlothian's top finisher and brief 15 second swarm was it took for their entire top five to finish (13:08 to 13:23). The Midlo boys finished 7th in the 19 team field with a team score of 207 points and 13:30 average. It will be 18 days from now until Midlothian will race their top squad again at full speed in their district meet at Pocahontas State Park.
Virginia's top ranked boys and girls cross country teams from Midlothian will be racing on Saturday against the top teams in the Northeast in the Eastern States Championship division at the Manhattan College Invitational. In our MileSplit affiliate site in New York, ArmoryTrack.com's meet preview, the Midlothian boys were ranked as the #2 fastest team coming into the meet based off the famous Tully Runners speed ratings at a 177.4 speed rating behind Christian Brothers Academy of New Jersey at a 178.4 speed rating. The Midlothian boys program has never ran this fast at this point of the season as the Trojans ran last Saturday nearly putting six runners under 16 minutes on the 5K course at Great American. The Midlothian girls made history and rocked the foundation of the New York girls dominance in high school country back in 2006 when they won the title at Manhattan. Could the Midlothian boys be primed to pull off such a monumental feat? Read more on VA preview for Manhattan... Boys Eastern States Preview Girls Eastern States Preview Race Assignments Time Schedule Course Map - Google map has info on bathrooms, starting line, and much more Van Cortlandt Park - even more info on races at Van Cortlandt, where to eat, park, and watch the races.
Brayden Burleigh not only leads a Group AAA top ranked Midlothian squad, but a very strong group of boys individuals within the Central Region who all are capable of competing with the best in the state this fall with Burleigh, Cody Snyder of Lee-Davis, Silas Frantz of Douglas Freeman, Andrew Catanese of Atlee, and Evan Niciphor of Cosby. Without a single distance runner in Group AAA with an individual state title to his name, the 2010 state cross country title will be hard fought between athletes hungry for that first championship glory. Grassfield's Jeremy Greenwald and Colonial Forge's David Pennesi might be the best in their respective regions as both also earned All-State honors in the 1600 meter this past spring and just ahead of the Burleigh. The team scenarios are very interesting. Midlothian boys have a great track record of performing well in cross country despite not having runners with impressive track times as shown with their third place state meet podium finish and solid showing at the NXN Southeast Regional last November. However, the Colonial Forge and West Potomac boys have closed the gap on Midlo during the track season with their decent size lists of returning sub 10:00 3200 and sub 4:40 1600 runners.
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.
The Midlothian distance runners pipeline of tomorrow's champions appears to be alive and well, especially with a freshmen class of runners which has brought longstanding coach Stan Morgan two talented younger siblings of former Midlothian athletes this year in freshmen Marie Johnston and Sean Willard. Johnston nearly won the Group AAA state title in the 1000 meter run, while Willard most recently won the Nike Indoor Nationals freshmen mile title in a thrilling finish with a PR time of 4:31 for a full mile. Willard (pictured right by Matt Shatkus) has been around high school track meets for years following and watching his older sisters Tierney and Krista compete, so the Midlothian ninth grader was well prepared of what to expect at the next level transitioning from being one of the top middle school runners in his county to having to work his way up the ranks in his first year of high school. His ascension has been pretty quick up the ladder in finishing his cross country season with a PR just over 16 minutes for 5K and qualifying indoors for state competition in the 1000 meter run with a runner-up regional finish. With the opportunity to run on a fast 200 meter track for the first time in over 2 months at the 1600 meter/mile distance, Willard took full advantage to knock off 10 seconds from his previous best and more importantly reel in the race leader in the final lap to win the NIN freshmen mile title. Read more for interview with Willard...
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.
There was a total of 13 US top 10 performances on the first day of events at the CNU High School held Friday at the Freeman Center's Vince Brown Track in Newport News. The Midlothian girls 4x800 meter relay had the leading performance of the evening with their US #2 and state best time of 9:36.64. Despite nearly missing the race with a late arrival and no time for a warm-up, Midlothian senior Kathleen Lautzenheiser motored a 2:17 split on anchor leg for the Lady Trojans.
Midlothian junior Brayden Burleigh competed this past weekend at the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Oregon. The top runner on likely one of the top returning teams for next fall is anxious to make a return trip back to NXN and potentially with his team. His race at Portland Meadows was not spectacular with a 74th place, but the fact that he qualified was an achievement in itself as Burleigh (pictured by Cheryl Treworgy of prettysporty.com) was certainly not on the short list of Virginia runners expected to compete in a national race this season. The former Nike Indoor freshmen mile champion had a breakthrough cross country race at the NXN Southeast Regional with a 15:24 fourth place finish to earn the trip to Portland.
MileSplit US will have on-site coverage at the Nike Cross Southeast Regional in Cary, North Carolina this weekend from Brandon Miles of MileStat.com and various photographers. Expect race videos, photos, interviews, and complete results to be posted soon after the completion of the meet. An in-depth meet preview highlighting the top ten teams and top dozen individuals is now available.
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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.
The Midlothian girls have won the last four Central Region cross country titles to coincide with their four straight Group AAA state titles. Do not expect the regional streak to discontinue this weekend for the Lady Trojans, but Lee-Davis freshmen Bonny Turnage (pictured left by John Herzog) might attempt to spoil an individual three-peat for Midlothian senior Kathleen Lautzenheiser. However, a highly anticipated individual match-up between Grant Pollock of Mills Godwin and Ted Richardson of James River might be the top story coming into the 2009 Central Region Cross Country Championships. Pollock is also attempting to not only become Godwin's first boys individual champion in regional meet history but also lead his squad to their first Central Region team title ever.
It does not matter if their top boys' runner drops out. It does not matter if two of their top seven runners on their girls' team are missing. Midlothian is still going to find a way to win another Dominion District cross country season and still comfortably.
Several close and exciting finishes to determine the individual race winners in Charlottesville including an incredible course record 18:02 performance by Ariel Karabinus of Osbourn Park as runner-up Katherine Walker of Brooke Point was also under the old course record in 18:13. Despite not having their usual #3 and #5 runners, the Osbourn Park girls dominated the field by a 67 point margin and team average of 19:14 on the Panorama Farms 5K course. Meanwhile, the Hidden Valley girls traveled all the way down to Nike South in Texas and left the Lonestar State as champions as they defeated the top teams in Texas by a 30 point margin of victory. In Florida, the Mountain View boys knocked off one of the top ranked teams from the Sunshine State by 9 points at the Disney Classic. More to come from this weekend's meets!
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.
The Midlothian girls (pictured above by Linda D'Amato) tied history last year when they became only the second team ever in the history of Group AAA girls cross country to win four straight VHSL state titles as they matched the feat of the Lake Braddock girls from 1985 to 1988. The Lady Trojans have plenty of firepower and talent this year to extend the streak of titles which began with the 2005 team and become the only Group AAA school to win 5 straight. In Group AA, Blacksburg won 5 straight from 1982 to 1986 and Brentsville won an incredible 7 straight titles from 1995 to 2001 in Group A. With the exception of returning Northwest Region champions Osbourn Park with their top seven back from 2008, the top 10 pre-season ranked teams in Group AAA is dominated by two regions in the Central and Northern, which also means some good teams could be left home after the state qualifier meets from both regions. Two teams ready to make big jumps are Deep Run and West Potomac. The Deep Run girls had huge success on the track especially at the state outdoor meet, while the West Potomac girls will be hungry to send off long-time coach Don Beeby with a nice retirement gift in state meet berth and strong finish after coming up short with too many 5th place finishes at regional meets in the past decade.
Paige Johnston (pictured by John Herzog) just completed a stellar high school career at Midlothian High School in which she was a mainstay as one of the state's top middle distance runners for the past three years. Johnston won the indoor 1000 and outdoor 800 state titles as a sophomore then returned to state championship glory as a senior doubling with a pair of titles at the 2009 VHSL Group AAA State Indoor Championships in the 1600 and 1000 meter races. The University of Arkansas bound recruit also posted one of the fastest 1000 meter times in state history with her 2:51.05 runner-upperformance at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational as a junior. Johnston also won numerous Central Region titles in indoor and outdoor track. Read more for interview with Paige Johnston
Last indoor track and field season did not end on the note that Midlothian senior, Paige Johnston (pictured right by Ted Plunkett), had wanted to. After winning the 1000 at VHSL AAA State Indoor championships her sophomore year, Johnston came in second her junior year to Tasia Potasinski of Westfield by less than a second after being seeded first by over seven seconds. This season, Johnston has made a strong return and has nothing short of dominated the 1000m race in Virginia. She currently holds the #1 time in Virginia in the 1000m at 2:54.84 and the 1600m at 4:59.59 (not including Blacksburg’s Joanna Stevens’ converted one-mile performance, 4:59.27). She looks to reclaim her state title in the 1000m run this season and has trained with dedication paired with a new sense of humility. “I would love to reclaim my title in the 1000m and end my last high school state meet on a good note,” said Johnston, “but I just need to keep working hard and know that anyone can step up on any certain day. Getting second last year put everything into perspective and made me really appreciate my title sophomore year even more.”
Congratulations to the following 2008 All-MileStat.com Cross Country Team award winners: Boys Team of the Year: Jamestown Girls Team of the Year: Blacksburg Boys Runner of the Year: Thomas Porter (Mountain View) Girls Runner of the Year: Megan Marsico (Glenvar) Boys Coach of the Year: Buz Male (Albemarle) Girls Coach of the Year: Daniel King (Hidden Valley) Boys Freshmen of the Year: Shaquon Wilkins (Riverbend) Girls Freshmen of the Year: Sarah Stites (Thomas Jefferson S&T) Boys Most Improved Runner of the Year: Jordan White (Great Bridge) Girls Most Improved Runner of the Year: Stephanie Cario (Lee-Davis) Boys Comeback Runner of the Year: Ben Veilleux (Clarke County) Girls Comeback Runner of the Year: Allison Homer (Blacksburg) Full write-up on each award winner to come soon!
Photo by Larry Rouse There are several paths to compete at a national high school cross country championships. Ask Kathleen Lautzenheiser. As a freshmen, she competed alongside her teammates at the Nike Team Nationals in Portland, Oregon as the Midlothian girls were selected by a committee based off their championship season performances as well as big win at the Manhattan Invitational. As a sophomore, Lautzenheiser raced alongside the 40 best high school cross runners in the country in sunny San Diego at Foot Locker Nationals after qualifying from the South regional with a top 10 finish in the seeded race. Now as a junior, Lautzenheiser returns back to Portland Meadows and the Nike Campus, but as an individual qualifier without her team in the new format and new named Nike Cross Nationals (formerly Nike Team Nationals). This weekend in Oregon will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for the other individual qualifiers from Virginia and team qualifier Jamestown, but Lautzenheiser on the other hand is growing quite accustomed to making an annual trip to the West Coast every December for a national championship race. MileStat.com's Brandon Miles caught up with Lautzenheiser as she makes her second trip in three years to test her mud running skills at Portland Meadows.
Stan Morgan had just started to coach cross country at Midlothian High School when the Lake Braddock girls were wrapping up their four year streak of Group AAA state team championships. Fast forward 20 years later and Coach Morgan is still at Midlothian and during that time has built a program to a similar statewide and nationally recognized stature of Lake Braddock as shown with the Lady Trojans recently matching the feat of four consecutive state cross country titles last weekend at Great Meadow. With only one senior graduating from their top 7, his team has a strong chance of becoming the first AAA school to win five straight state titles. The former football player and quarter miler on the track has become arguably one of the most successful high school cross country coaches ever from the state of Virginia. Most of Morgan's coaching success has came after the age of 60, but he has no plans of slowing down anytime soon. MileStat.com's Brandon Miles interviewed Coach Morgan following another state championship by the Midlothian 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.
Each week from now until the end of the season, we'll provide a Top 15 Weekend Round-Up. This MileSplit feature will include main highlights of each of the MileSplit nationally ranked squads and their results on the weekend. See who performed well and who didn't live up to their ranking this week.
Highlights and Results from: NB Ocean State Inv. (RI), McDonald's XC Festival (VA), McQuaid Inv. (NY), Roy Griak Inv. (MN), Stanford Inv. (CA), Carlisle Inv. (PA), Jim Danner Inv. (OR), Culver Inv. (IN), Palatine Inv. (IL), LoboCat Inv. (CO), Albuquerque Academy Inv. (NM) & Midwest Meet of Champs. (OH) The best weekend yet. That's an easy way to describe this weekend's national cross country action. Most of the top teams in the land took part in an invitational, with some teams coming up very big. US#5 York (IL) kicked off their season by winning the Palatine Invitational, one of the big highlights of the weekend thus far.
A lot of competitive invitationals took place last weekend, meaning that a few of the top teams in the country lost to unranked squads. With those loses comes new teams jumping into the week #4 MileSplit National Cross Country Rankings. See who's in and who's out in this week's edition.
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.
Jamestown boys are new #1 in VA The latest Cream of the Crop Top 10 All-Class team rankings are now released with the rest of the team rankings to be published late Wednesday night. The top two boys teams in the state, Oakton and Jamestown, opened their 2008 cross country seasons this past weekend away from the rest of the big competition found at Brentsville and Knights Crossing. Both teams won their invitationals convincingly with Jamestown's slightly more impressive to give them the nod as the new #1 ranked team in Virginia. 9/18 Update: New team rankings posted now for Group AAA (& regions), Group AA (& regions), Group A, and private schools.
With many of the top teams in the country running in their first or second competition of the year, the MileSplit National CC Rankings are starting to take better shape. Boys U.S.#1 North Central (WA) opened their season in victorious fashion, while Girls U.S.#1 Fayetteville-Manlius (NY) has yet to compete, but is looking strong in practices.
The high school cross country team regional rankings by Marc Bloom and Rich Gonzalez have been released by the National Scholastic Sports Foundation with many Virginia teams being featured in the initial list as the Oakton boys top the list as the #1 ranked team among the Southeast region (AL, DE, FL, GA, KY, MD, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV). Several surprises in the inclusions and omissions in the rankings of Virginia schools as the regional rankings certainly do not match up with the pre-season state rankings on MileStat.com. The Thomas Jefferson Science & Tech boys shocked many in their improbable run to Nike Team Nationals and a Group AAA state championship last year. Despite losing their top four runners and being left out of MileStat.com's pre-season top 10 All-Class rankings, the returning Group AAA state cross country champions are featured as the #4 ranked team in these regional rankings for the Southeast. The pre-season Group AA favorites and VA #2 ranked Jamestown boys are the third squad from Virginia in the Southeast boys' top 10 in the #6 spot. For the second year in a row, the Blacksburg girls seem to be overlooked at the start of the season despite being the two-time defending Group AA state champions and a team which has held its own against tough out-of-state competitors. The top two finishing schools in last year's Group AAA state race are ranked among the top 10 with three-time AAA champs Midlothian at #4 and the 2007 state runner-ups from Oakton at #7. Congrats to the Oakton program and Coach Phil Tiller for being the only school in the Southeast region to have both a boys and girls team featured in the rankings. With many of this weekend's meets looking to be a wash due to Tropical Storm Hanna, the Virginia squads on the bubble will have to wait for the coming weeks to prove themselves in big meets such as Oatlands, Maymont, Octoberfest, Glory Days, and Manhattan.
Photo by Brandon Miles Paige Johnston has one season left to help see Midlothian strongly out in front before she leaves it behind her. Now a senior, she was part of the first Trojans team to win a girls state cross country title back in 2005. That fall, Johnston was the fastest freshman in the Group AAA state meet, as well as the fastest freshman in her district and region meets. "We were the underdogs, and it was the first time our school had ever won a girls state cross country championship," she said. "Every year after has been just as exciting, but I think that year was just a tad bit more because we had no idea, and then the next year comes with expectations." Read full story by Andee Sears of The Richmond Times-Dispatch...
The Oakton boys and Midlothian girls will begin the 2008 cross country season as the top ranked teams in the state of Virginia. Not far behind Oakton in the #2 spot is Group AA's top ranked squad in Jamestown. Meanwhile, a trio of Group AA schools are ranked ahead of the next Group AAA school after Midlothian in Blacksburg, Hidden Valley, and Brentsville. Rankings include: Top 10 rankings for Cream of the Crop All-Class Rankings Top 10 rankings for Group AAA, AA, A, and private school classifications Top 5 rankings for each region in Group AAA and AA
Midlothian High School had the first ever pair of AAA state cross country individual champions this fall and now have the first pair of Gatorade State Cross Country Runner of the Year award winners in senior Jason Witt and sophomore Kathleen Lautzenheiser. Not only did both Witt and Lautzenheiser win individual state titles this past cross country season, but also qualified to compete at Foot Locker Nationals. Gatorade award winners are selected not only for their outstanding athletic performances, but for meeting high academic-achievement standards while demonstrating exemplary personal character on and off the field.VA Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year - Jason Witt VA Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year - Kathleen Lautzenheiser MileSplit US article: Gatorade Selects State Runners of the Year
Midlothian cross country runners established a first at the Virginia High School League state meet at Great Meadow for the second year in a row. Running under low gray skies and in cold temperatures yesterday, sophomore Kathleen Lautzenheiser and senior Jason Witt (pictured right by John Herzog) became the first runners from the same Group AAA school to win individual titles in the same year. The feat has been accomplished twice in Group AA (1980, 1986) and never in Group A. Read full story...
Photo by John Herzog The Dominion District Meet came down to the final 50 meters before Kristen Wolfe of James River pulled away with the victory over Kathleen Lautzenheiser of Midlothian. At the Central Region Meet on Saturday at Pole Green Park, it was Lautzenheiser returning the favor with it taking literally the last strides by both to determine the winner with both clocking in at 18:21. There will definitely be challengers from the other regions, but it could be a repeat finish next week between the two gunning for the AAA state title as there has been little separation between both in their last two encounters.Photo by Linda D'Amato The Midlothian girls also won their third consecutive regional title with six in a tough top 15 to crack with many individuals from other schools capable of earning All-State honors next week. The top six for the Lady Trojans included Lautzenheiser, Samantha Dow (7th, 19:13), Amy Witt (9th, 19:25), Erin Stehle (12th, 19:31), Shannon Roplewski (13th, 19:35), and Krista Willard (14th, 19:37). Maggie Walker girls had three runners earning All-Region honors to spark their regional runner-up finish (76 pts) with Clarissa Schick (5th, 19:09), Natalie Davis (10th, 19:27), and Susannah Piersol (15th, 19:38). The predicted teams to finish in the top four held to form with Midlothian, Maggie Walker, Douglas Freeman (3rd, 99 pts) and Hanover (4th, 134 pts). Photo by John Herzog Jason Witt comfortably won his third straight Central Region title in a time of 15:56. Former teammate Mark Merritt lead the field out early, while Atlee's Ben Dejarnette was running off of Witt after two miles, but Witt as well as his Midlothian teammates broke away from the rest in the final mile. Midlothian boys had an impressive showing up front with Witt, runner-up Michael Hammond (16:04), and fourth place finishing freshmen Brayden Burleigh (16:06). Midlothian tallied 53 points to win their second straight title. However, their depth issue at the fifth spot allowed Douglas Freeman to finish only 10 points behind in second with 63 points. Freeman was led by a gutsy performance by Lewis McPherson coming back from his district meet collapse and the team's depth also helped with five runners in the top 25. The Colonial District boys dominated the team standings with their four representatives taking places two through five with Freeman, Deep Run (3rd, 112 pts), Maggie Walker (4th, 137 pts), and Hermitage (5th, 139 pts). Maggie Walker was one of the biggest surprises of the meet since they finished fourth in their district meet last Saturday as well.Race Videos: Varsity Boys - Varsity Girls Video Interviews: Michael Hammond - Lewis McPherson Photo Gallery by John HerzogPhoto Gallery by Linda D'Amato
Peter Dorrell recently was ranked among the top 10 best runners in the country by MileSplit US national editor Scott Bush in his Footlocker Power Rankings. The Blacksburg senior was the only newcomer in the top 10 as his victory at the Maymont Festival over an outstanding field of individuals two weeks ago helped earn him the high national ranking. Meanwhile, returning Foot Locker National runner-up Aurora Scott remains in the top 10 in the #8 position after another week idle from racing.MileSplit's Foot Locker Power Rankings Meanwhile, the Midlothian girls will enter Saturday's Manhattan Invitational as the #3 ranked team in the United States and will have a shot at taking the #1 spot if they can defeat defending Nike Team Nationals champions and current US #1 Fayetteville-Manlius of New York as well as the rest of the Eastern State Championships field at Van Courtland Park.MileSplit's National Team Power Rankings
US #4 Midlothian girls came ready to make a statement at the Maymont Festival's invitational division race as the Lady Trojans put four runners in a loaded top 20 to take the team title by a 42 point margin of victory against a great field which included two fellow US top 25 squads. Midlothian was led by individual champion Kathleen Lautzenheiser (pictured right by John Herzog) as the sophomore broke away from a pack of a half dozen with well under a mile left for a 18:41 5K win. The state of Maryland was well represented with US #6 Eleanor Roosevelt in second place in their first 5K race of the fall, while Southeast Region bubble team Winston Churchill stepped it up big to take third place honors over many quality teams. The Blacksburg girls showed themselves as a team to be reckoned with taking the next highest place by a Virginian squad after Midlothian in fourth despite not having their top runners at full strength. Joining Lautzenheiser under 19 minutes from Virginia in the invitational race were Liz Barclay (3rd, 18:49), Laura Rapp (5th, 18:51), Paige Johnston (6th, 18:55), Kristen Wolfe (7th, 18:58). More on the Maymont girls...
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
With nearly all of the top AAA teams and individuals kicking off in the upcoming weekend's invitationals, very little changed in this week's rankings due to the sparce number of races last week. Her meet record run at the Chancellor Invite helped Battlefield's Elizabeth Walls move into the rankings for the first time at the #11 spot. Even though the Oakton boys were idle last week, the late summer news of Mark Merritt's transfer (#8 AAA ranked individual) to Cosby has changed who the coaches view as the top team in AAA as defending champions from Midlothian slip to the #2 spot with Oakton seizing the #1 ranking. Saturday's Great Meadow Invite will be more telling of who the best team in AAA is currently with the top three ranked squads all scheduled to race with Oakton, Midlothian, and Mountain View.
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.
MileStat.com's Brandon Miles analyzes the top five teams in the state to look out for this cross country season as part of a series of preview articles leading into this fall. Midlothian is the front runner again after holding strong last fall as a pre-season #1 to the finish and onto a dominating AAA state title and Virginia's first NTN appearance. The Trojans will have the handle the pressure of the bull's eye on them once again in 2007. The Western Albemarle boys have a team that has the talent to match up with Midlo's front three with the trio under 16 minutes in the Footlocker South sophomore race back. Oakton has the power in depth and numbers as last fall with six runners back under 10 minutes in the 3200. Jamestown is the sleeper with a very youthful squad as all of their top five runners will be back in 2008 as well. Mountain View is only three years old, but the road to the state meet podium looks to be paved ahead of schedule.
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.
Video interview with two important pieces of the state title and Nike Team Nationals run by the Midlothian boys last fall as well as top returnees for a possible repeat in team performances with seniors Michael Hammond and Mark Merritt. Hammond, Midlothian\'s sixth man last fall, ran a 4:16 1600 meter best this past spring as the AAA state runner-up in the event.
Video interview with Midlothian senior Jason Witt. Witt is the top returnee from last year\'s AAA state cross country race and leads the defending state champion and NTN selected Midlothian squad. Witt also won the Nike Indoor Nationals title in the 5000 meter run and claimed his first state championship in the 3200 meter run indoors.
Video interview with Virginia Tech's Billy Berlin at the High Performance Distance Academy in Blacksburg. Berlin, a 2004 graduate of Midlothian High School, has had a remarkable progression as runner. As a high school sophomore, Berlin had bests of a 20:05 5K, 5:10 1600, and 2:11 800. This past outdoor track season at Virginia Tech, Berlin went sub 1:50 in the 800 as the ACC runner-up in the event and ran a NCAA Nationals qualifier of 3:41 (equivalent of a sub 4 mile) in the 1500 meter run.
MileStat.com's Brandon Miles reviews the top freshmen girls this spring in the state of Virginia including top 25 rankings per event. There were plenty of ninth graders making quick impacts on the state scene. Kathleen Lautzenheiser of Midlothian won the AAA 1600 meter state title, while Christina Lee of Potomac Falls has emerged as one of AA's best distance girls with a state runner-up finish in the 1600. Meanwhile, Tynita Butts (pictured left by John Herzog) of T.C. Williams looks to help carry on what was an amazing year in the girls' jumps after leaping to a personal best mark of 19'5.50" in a state runner-up finish to NON champ Shakia Forbes. Jazmen Townsend had a large role in Deep Creek's state team championship as the Eastern Region 200 meter champ anchored home their 4x100 meter relay to a state title, while Ariel Karabinus was a savior for Osbourn Park's previously subpar state team showing in the 3200 meter run and gives them strong team aspirations for next year. Mills Godwin nor Patrick Henry may have to wait long for replacements in the graduation of the state's top two vaulters in Anne Marie Gordon and Anne Powell with Caitlin Walton and Lizzie Powell already matching or exceeding their mentors freshmen year bests in the vault.
Coach Claude Toukene at Western Branch High School and Coach Stan Morgan at Midlothian High School have been announced as the 2007 All-MileStat.com Indoor Track Team Coaches of the Year.
Video interview by Brandon Miles with Midlothian's M.C. Miller and Paige Johnston at the 2007 Nike Indoor Nationals. Both Miller and Johnson ran on all three of Midlothian's All-American relays at NIN in the 4xMile, DMR, and 4x800 including a national championship in the 4xMile.
Video interview by Brandon Miles with Midlothian sophomore Paige Johnston, who was a surprise winner in the 1000 meter run at the AAA State Indoor Meet with a five second personal best time of 2:55.05. Johnston's win and 2:15 third leg on their US #11 all-time 4x800 on Friday helped Midlothian to the AAA state team title, which was the first time that a team had won the title on distance points alone. (Photo by John Herzog)
Midlothian coach Stan Morgan has been involved with coaching high school track for 40 years. Next year's VHSL Group AAA State Indoor Championships will be the 50th anniversary of Morgan's come from behind anchor leg on the 4x400 meter relay to give Washington-Lee a state title win in the event in 1958. Despite enjoying state championship glory then, Coach Morgan had yet to experience a state team championship in track since with 40 plus years of coaching. That all changed for Morgan on Saturday thanks to a group of talented distance girls at the AAA State Championships.The Midlothian girls stopped track powerhouse program Bethel from winning a record fourth straight indoor championship as they tallied 49 points to become the first AAA team to win a state championship on distance points alone. "To go into that meet and win without sprinters, jumpers, and throwers," Morgan pauses. "It was pretty incredible."Feature story on AAA boys champs Western Branch and Coach Toukene coming soon!
The East Coast Invitational continues to be one of the longest standing high school indoor invitationals in the state of Virginia as well as the country and continues to bring in some of the state\'s best talent. The first East Coast Invitational was held in 1960 and this year\'s meet will be the 48th annual. The meet use to be hosted inside the Richmond Coliseum on a wooden banked track before moving over to the Arthur Ashe Center in 1983. The 2007 edition of the East Coast Invitational will feature Shanneka Claiborne, Aramis Massenburg, Rachel Butler, and Anthony Chesson as some of the state\'s top athletes in the meet with the Manchester boys and Midlothian girls as the top teams attending.
The meet was off to a flying start on Friday in the first day of events at the Christopher Newport University High School Showcase in Newport News. There were three US top five performances recorded during the event and several state leading performances also posted.
In their first NTN experience, the Midlothian XC Club girls of Virginia had some growing pains. Luckily for them, only one runner graduates from their top seven in senior M.C. Miller. The team\'s usual number two or three runner, Miller, fell midway through the race and broke her arm. She was never able to recover and faltered to a 97th place finish in 21:55 as the team\'s sixth finisher. The team from Midlothian finished 10th overall in the team standings with 255 points. The bright spot for Midlothian and the Southeast boys was the individual run by junior Jason Witt. The boys championship race had a major spill that included dozens of runners within the first quarter mile and first turn of the race and Witt went down in the middle of it. Witt continued to pick runners off throughout the race and until he found himself finishing seventh overall in 16:51. However, Nike Team National is a team event and Midlothian has a team took a so-so finish of 14th place. Not great in looking at the team\'s optimstic expectations coming in, but not awful either consider the outsider\'s expectations of the team. More to come from NTN with on-site coverage from Brandon Miles. Replay the Webcast on DyeStat.com Photo Galleries by Brandon Miles: Pre-Meet Festivities - Championship Girls Race (417 photos) - Championship Boys (392 photos) - Open Girls (261 photos) - Open Boys (360 photos) Southeast Teams Meet Summary - By Brandon Miles NTN Audio Interviews - By Brandon Miles with Midlothian\'s Tommy Reese, Midlothian\'s Jason Witt, Eleanor Roosevelt\'s Marika Walker, and Chapel Hill\'s Taylor Muir Tuesday & Wednesday: Indoor previews
The Southeast Region did not have the greatest day at Nike Team Nationals. The boys had the last place team in the field with Chapel Hill XC Club (Chapel Hill NC) and despite having a pre-race favorite in Midlothian XC Club (Midlothian VA) and predicted top five finisher in Greenbelt XC Club (Eleanor Roosevelt MD), neither ended up cracking the top five at Portland Meadows. The news was not entirely dim for the Southeast. Despite being part of a major fall and pileup with less than 300 meters into the race, Midlothian junior Jason Witt had a gutsy run to take seventh overall in 16:51. While the Southeast girls were unable to matchup with the Northeast, who continued their dominance at NTN with three of the top four teams, the region\'s three team representatives all finished in the top 12 and their first two top ten teams.
MileStat.com\'s Brandon Miles interviews one of the four Group AAA All-State individuals to make for one of the most dominant team showings in VHSL State Championships history by the Nike Team Nationals bound Midlothian girls in junior Samantha aka Sammy Dow. Dow finished 8th overall as the team\'s third finisher in a time of 19:20. Dow transferred to Midlothian from Guiderland High School in New York last year as sophomore and earned All-State honors indoors for 3200 meters.
After their huge win at Manhattan over previous US #1 and defending Nike Team Nationals champions Hilton of New York among other top ranked teams, the Midlothian girls have been elevated to a US #2 ranking in the recent edition of the Harrier Super 25 national cross country rankings by Marc Bloom. Meanwhile, their male counterparts in Southeast #1 ranked Midlothian boys find themselves two spots higher than last time at #11 in the nation. Full top 25 rankings list found below.
Tackling the overwhelming task of summarizing the 64 district meets held in Virginia this past week, I have taken a different approach in making a list of the ten best team and individual performances this past week. Some of them will not be in order based off actual team and individual\'s current state rankings, but how I rate their most recent performances at districts. I\'ll also be trying to recognize some performances that can be overlooked. I cannot recognize all, but I\'ll try to do my best. As you will see with the first top ten list with the boys teams, I took heavily into account how last year\'s teams faired from districts to the state meet at Great Meadows in their time differences among their team averages (top 5 finishers). No perfect science in analzying this sport, but I think it is an important stat to look at because a lot of these teams are competing with the same runners, same coaches, same training plan, and most importantly same courses. The Brentsville boys and Hermitage boys for example cannot have the same application used as Brentsville competed in a totally different course for their district meet from 2005 and Hermitage competed on a different Pole Green course and had to deal with quite different weather and course conditions in their Saturday district meet than the pleasant conditions that were found statewide on the Wednesday and Thursday meets. Enjoy!
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.
Video clips from the tri meet held at Pocahontas State Park\'s middle level 5K course in Chesterfield, Virginia between Midlothian, Monacan, and James River on Wednesday, October 18th.
Midlothian girls pulled off the big shocker in winning the Eastern States Championship race at Manhattan Invitational against the nation\'s best teams including US #1 and defending Nike Team Nationals champions Hilton of New York. WIth 148 points, Coach Stan Morgan\'s Lady Trojans finished ahead of not only Hilton but SE #1 Eleanor Roosevelt of Maryland (2nd, 172 pts), NE #3 Saratoga Springs of New York (3rd, 190 pts), and Hilton (4th, 203 pts). It was also a great day for the Southeast region with three of the top five finising teams against some of the best team\'s in the nation and Northeast region with Midlothian, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Tatnall of Delaware (5th, 229) giving the region great legitimacy for an at-large berth for Nike Team Nationals. More to come from Manhattan as well as other meets this weekend in Virginia. Check out the great post-race video interview by Rich Gonzalez on DyeStat.com with the Midlothian coach and girls (WARNING: High school girls screaming loudly may pierce ear drums)
The Midlothian girls head off to New York City this weekend to compete in the Eastern States Championship division of the Manhattan Invitational that is being billed as one of the greatest high school cross country fields ever assembled with many of the nation\'s top ranked teams on the East Coast in attendance. Currently ranked #3 in the Southeast and previously ranked #11 in the nation earlier in the season, Virginia\'s defending 3A state champions from Midlothian have high hopes of being selected as one of the teams to compete at the Nike Team Nationals in early December. The Midlothian girls will be making the trip without their SE #1 boys as they will be staying home due to conflicts with SAT and being whipped to their homecoming dates at Midlothian High School. The Midlothian girls had to turn down a line of dates, because the only date that matters to them is December 2nd in Portland, Oregon for Nike Team Nationals. Plenty of focus is not only focused on them, but the entire Southeast region as SE #1 Eleanor Roosevelt of Maryland and SE #2 Episcopal of Florida will be competing at Manhattan as well to see if the region can matchup with arguably the toughest region in the nation currently for high school girls\' teams in the Northeast. Automatic and at-large berths will be on the line for both regions based off the outcome of Manhattan.
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.
Brentsville and Thomas Jefferson S&T joined the Midlothian boys in the latest Harrier Super 25 national rankings done by Marc Bloom. The Midlothian boys, ranked US #17 in the preseason, moved up two places to #15. Meanwhile, the Brentsville made their first appearance in the rankings of the season at US #16 right behind Midlothian. Thomas Jefferson slipped in as the third Virginia team at #23. The Midlothian girls maintained their preseason US #11 ranking. Complete top 25 list can be found here.
The Midlothian team awaited the arrival of the Brentsville team and the charter bus that would be transporting them down to the Great American Cross Country Festival on the sidewalk of the bus loop of Midlothian High School. As the regular student body filtered out at 1:45 pm, some walked by in curiousity of where the large group of Midlothian students with plenty of bags packed was going, while current team members that would not be make the trip to the team came to wish them good luck before their trip. Some kids were probably wishing they should have joined the cross country team in getiing out of school early on Thursday and missing class on Friday. Too bad for them as these Hoover-bound runners earned this trip.
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 state\'s top ranked boys and girls teams from Midlothian both survived scares at the Great Meadows Invitational in their opening races. The Nike Team Nationals Southeast #1 ranked squad in Midlothian ran well as shown by their low team total of 55 points in the competitive meet, but the NTN SE #6 ranked and two-time defending AA state champions Brentsville proved to be just as good as they finished two points shy of them in second place with 57 points. Midlothian junior Jason Witt took the individual title in a time of 16:03.15. Meanwhile, the Midlothian girls had two of their seven runners drop out of the race including top returnee and 4:53 miler M.C. Miller yet their amazing depth and talent was showcased still in dominating the #2 ranked team in the state and #5 ranked team in the NTN Southeast region in Brentsville by a 65 point margin of victory. The Lady Trojans were led by the Lautzenheiser twins, Kathleen (1st, 19:20.92) and Leia (3rd, 19:46.59), as the freshmen pair finished first and third respectively. More to come from Great Meadows...
The Midlothian boys and girls cross country programs find themselves as only one of two schools this fall to have both squads nationally ranked in Marc Bloom\'s Harrier Super 25 with the Midlothian girls ranked #11 in the nation, while the Midlothian boys are ranked #17 in the United States. Only Albuquerque Academy in New Mexico has both boys and girls teams preseason ranked in the top 25 in the nation. Congratulations to Midlothian coach Stan Morgan and his athletes for being distinguished with such a preseason honor. Complete top 25 rankings can be found at dyestat.com and support Marc Bloom and The Harrier by subscribing to the magazine here. For $35/year, you\'ll receive 8 issues of \"The High School DIstance Magazine\".
Last fall\'s AAA boys team and individual state cross country champions were determined on the final straightaway at Great Meadows. Chantilly\'s Brad Siragusa outkicked West Springfield\'s Mike Spooner for the individual state crown, while the Oakton boys secured the state title despite close challenges from runner-up Thomas Jefferson and third place finisher Midlothian. Spooner and the Thomas Jefferson and Midlothian squads return with hopes to reverse their fortune and come out on top in November. However, another tight finish is to be expected with the caliber of individuals and teams that return to challenge any pre-season favorites.
MileStat.com Athlete of the Week award for the week of April 30th through May 6th goes to Midlothian\'s M.C. Miller and Phoebus\' Corey Vinston.
Erin Stehle doesn\'t have time to worry about any parties or dances she may be missing on weekends. She\'s content kicking up her heels on the running circuit. In interviewing the 15-year-old Midlothian High sophomore about her racing spirit, one word keeps popping up - \"passion.\" \"Yes, it is a big commitment . . . you do give up a lot . . . but that\'s not hard for me because of my passion for the sport,\" she said. \"I\'m a running nerd. My favorite Web site is MileStat.com.\"
No suprise with the amount of competiton and quality of track found at the Freeman Center\'s Vince Brown Track for the CNU Showcase that many of the state\'s best season times were turned in at the two day event in Newport News. In all, 14 state best peformances were recorded at the meet.
Christopher Newport University will host its second high school invitational of the season this weekend with the CNU Showcase. The two day meet held Friday and Saturday, January 7th and 8th at the Freeman Center\'s Vince Brown Track will be the start of several competitive meets after winter break with the state\'s best athletes going head to head. This weekend\'s meet will feature three of the state\'s biggest stars in Michael Morrison, Francena McCorory, and Angela Jenkins.
Many of the Central Region\'s best teams and athletes gathered to compete at the Green Dragon Relays held at the Arthur Ashe Center in Richmond. The meet serves as a final meet for most teams before winter break. One state best and several other solid performances were posted on the spikeless 145.45 meter track surface.
Find out which cross country girls from the state of Virginia were selected to this year\'s All-MileStat.com team. Runner of the Year, Coach of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, and Most Improved Runner of the Year awards were given out as well as the first, second, and third teams consisting of seven runners each.
The selection was very tough as always for the All-MileStat.com Team. As this cross country season like any other, anything can happen. What you expect to happens never seem to does and what happens you never would have expected. One week someone is hot, the next week that person is out of the picture. A star runner goes down, a newcomer comes out of nowhere. There were many deserving athletes to be on this list. Looking at this year\'s group, there are probably a dozen or so runners who are probably in a group of their own and then 3 dozen or more runners who could beat each other on any given day. Some of the runners missing from this list definitely deserve recognition for their fine seasons. Let these All-MileStat.com selections serve as a way to recognize the great accomplishments of the state\'s top athletes this fall, while serving as motivation and providing drive for those left off or returning next fall to strive for greater excellence in the future.
Midlothian girls (63 pts) simply destroy NTN southeast #4 ranked Oakton (115 pts) for the AAA girls\' state team title. A NTN berth would be well deserved for the Lady Trojans (19:09 team average) after such a dominating performance with four runners hovering in and out of All-State honors with M.C. Miller (11th, 18:52.33), Paige Johnston (14th, 18:56.08), Erin Stehle (16th, 19:04.06), and Samantha Dow (18th, 19:13.86). Anne Tenser (40th, 19:41.45) ran a solid fifth for Midlothian. Rachel Rose runs the second fastest time of the day to win the AAA girls\' race in 17:57.77. The fastest time of the day belonged to Northside\'s Catherine White as she defends her AA state crown in 17:48.66. AA runner-up Becky Stewart (18:32.38) leads her Brentsville squad (19:19 team average) to their first AA state crown by a 25 point margin over Blacksburg. Craig County senior Lori Crotts surprised everyone in winning the girls\' Group A race over her Region C rival Kelly Clark of Glenvar (2nd, 18:55.11) as she did it in convincing fashion with a time of 18:15.45. No shocker in the girls\' team scores for Group A as Clarke County won by a 63 point margin. The Group AAA boys race sees a crazy finish with Chantilly senior Brad Siragusa (15:21.64) finally come up big in his final state meet as he outkicks favored junior Mike Spooner of West Springfield (15:25.26) for the win. The team battle was pretty wild as well as a mere four points seperated the top three teams in state champion Oakton (95 pts), state runner-up Thomas Jefferson (16:20 average, 98 pts), and state third-place finisher Midlothian (99 pts). Abingdon sophomore Griff Graves (15:51.34) got the last laugh on Christiansburg senior John Horst (16:01.40) in winning the Group AA individual state crown, while the Brentsville boys (16:24 team average) had a dominating team showing with 63 points putting them well-ahead of runner-up Western Albemarle. The Clarke County boys certainly showed they belong ranked among the top teams in Group AA and AAA with a dual meet-like score of 20 points to win the Group A state title with nearly 7 all-state individuals with their top 7 all in the top 17 places. Clarke County junior Simon Biddle-Snead successfully defending his title in 16:09.19, while senior teammate Michael Leonard was the race runner-up in 16:29.75. More detailed state meet summary to come later.
They popped out of the woods, like some blue-and-gold swarm, and on this day, M.C. Miller was the queen bee of Midlothian High cross country. While injuries have wreaked havoc with the Trojans, the pig-tailed Miller had a full bill of health and a full head of steam at the Dominion District championships at Pocahontas State Park.
Rainy conditions and stiff competition greeted the Virginia schools that made the hike to the Manhattan College Invitiational held at the historic Van Courtland Park in New York City. The Brentsville and Midlothian girls got a taste of how competitive the Northeast Region is as they competed in the Eastern State division. Both teams failed to finish in the top ten in the team scoring of the race division which included six of the top ten teams ranked in the NTN Northeast Region including US #1 Saratoga Springs of New York. Forest Park senior Stefanie Slekis had the best individual run today among the Virginia girls as she clocked a time of 15:17.3 to finish 13th overall in the Eastern State girls\' race.
One familiar face was missing at this weekend\'s VHSL State Cross Country Meet in Midlothian senior Amanda Patterson. Patterson has been one of the state\'s best runners over the past year with some of the fastest times posted by a Virginian high school prep (4:54 1600m, 9:54 3000m, 10:34 3200m, 18:11 5K) in recent years. An All-American two miler and two-time state champion as a junior, Patterson began running this week after a season ending injury knocked her out of competition for her district, regional, and state meets. With all the questions circulating about her health and future such as her college decision, Patterson was willing to answer questions in an exclusive interview with MileStat.com
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.
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.
Two long and active days of competition at the Arthur Ashe Center in Richmond as many great performances were witnessed at the East Coast Invitational. The Ashe Center is known for not being one of the fastest indoor tracks in the state, but some of the performances of individuals and relays at the meet were making the facility not seem so \"Ashe-like\".
Very grueling analyzing and researching was put into selecting this year\'s All-MileStat.com boys cross country team as there were so many qualified athletes and coaches that deserved recognition. Well after lots of second guessing, debating, and contemplating, here is your 2002 All-MileStat.com boys cross country team...
The state\'s top harriers gathered in Great Meadows for one exciting state meet in the midst of chilling rain, temperatures in the 40\'s and muddy and slippery course conditions. While the weather broke a few top individuals and teams, there were many others that rose to the occassion and stepped it up on championship Saturday.
Shoe salesman Anthony D'Amato is willing and able to demonstrate his own rubber-soled merchandise.D'Amato has peddled sneakers at Runner Bill's Sports for four years. During that same time, the Midlothian High senior has developed into one of the area's
MileStat.com got some nice publicity recently with an article from the Richmond Times Dispatch as Clover Hill High School runner Katie Raney wrote an article on the site and site creator, Brandon Miles.
Six straight district championships and a 50-point lead toward No. 7 should have ended the drama Wednesday at the Arthur Ashe Center. Only someone forgot to tell the girls from James River. The Midlothian boys, similarly deep in the longer races, had muc
Taking advantage of Midlothian senior Austin Smith's knee injury, Thomas Jefferson junior John Piersol upset the defending Central Region champion.
The Midlothian boys and Manchester girls won convincingly at the 2000 Dominion District Meet held at Pocohantas State Park. Both individual race winners came from both teams as well.
Massive number of fast times! Oct 7, 2000
The most competitive invitational so far in the state this season has to unquestionably be the William & Mary Invitational. Tops teams from AAA, AA, and A and in state and out of state, converged in Williamsburg.
Photo by John Herzog With one of the strongest high school cross country fields in the Southeast region year in and year out, the McDonald’s X-country Festival at Maymont will once again deliver a top-notch event to its top-notch competitors this weekend in Richmond. “I would say it was stronger than last year,” says event director Dan Ward. “And last year it was one of the top meets in the Southeast. We have schools from 10 states and the District of Columbia. They’re coming from as far south as Georgia, as far north as New York and as far west as Colorado.” Ward points out that the McDonald’s X-country Festival at Maymont, which has signed up 125 teams with over 2,865 runners, an all-time record, will have more Nike ranked and bubble teams at the national, regional and state level than any other meet in the Southeast. Read on for full story...