Two multi-event specialists put on a clinic this Saturday at the VISAA State meet. These two, Elby Omohundro and Will Stupalsky, combined for a staggering 75 points.
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These championships will feature more teams and athletes than any other single Virginia state meet this post-season.
This marked Coach Winston Brown's 20th state team title overall in just 15 years of coaching.
Your early predictions for who will win each and every event this year at Dogwood.
Meet all the athletes and relays being honored for their performances during the 2018 indoor season.
The Cadets from Fork Union Military Academy scored a big 125 points to win the VISAA State Indoor Team title for the first time since 2013.
He can single-handedly deliver the team title for them this weekend where they are predicted to score a few points less than defending champs, Saint Christopher's
There are two dark horses though in this race for the best 4x200 and they are Episcopal and St. Stephen's School.
Former FUMA star Peter Lomong had a huge breakout race for an All-American 8th place finish at NCAAs.
It was a complete sweep for the home teams this year as both Saint Christopher's and Saint Catherine's walked away with the VISAA State Team Titles this weekend. St. Chris snuck away with the win late by just 10 points over FUMA while St. Catherine's sealed the deal an hour in and never looked back with a 112.5 point margin of victory.
Get ready for the first state championships of the track season taking place this Saturday in Richmond. MileStat will be on-site with photo and video coverage as well as live results! Be sure to follow us on twitter @MileStatDotCom for live updates as well.
3 of the top mid-distance runners in the nation met up for an epic 800 that will be remembered and talked about forever.
Check out the best race of the day from Fred Hardy!
The 3200m, high jump, SMR all have new US #1s as the throws, 4x400m's, and miles saw some great marks dropped but not quite worthy of the whiteboard
Miss any action from Dogwood? Check out all of day one's races here!
With under 10 days until the 2015 installment of the VISAA Championships it is time to take a look at the virtual meet rankings by event and for teams for the boys side of the competition and boy do we have a tight competition
With only hours to go until Saturday's state meet when all the questions will be answered, it is now time to look at what the MileStat database has and see who is favored to score, win, and come home with the team title.
The Woodberry Forest boys and St. Catherine's girls will be the team favorites in Saturday's VISAA State Indoor Track & Field Championship meet at the 200 meter indoor track facility found within the St. Christopher's School field house in Richmond.
Photo by RothRE (User Uploaded) The first ever Tri-Cities Track Classic started off with a bang and would continue to have sterling marks over two days (April 19-20) at Science Hill High School’s Kermit Tipton Stadium. The meet began with 2000 US Olympian Tony Cosey starting his Olympic event, the steeplechase.
The Lomong brothers of Fork Union Military Academy and Micah Brickhill of Liberty Christian Academy currently led their respective track squads as the top ranked private schools in Virginia as of April 17th according to MileStat.com's power team rankings (based on performances in the site's database).
A list of the top returning individuals in each event among private schools from last year's outdoor season and links to full returnees rankings lists in each event. Fork Union Military Academy senior Clyde Gross (pictured by Tom Veazey) is the defending VISAA state champion in the 110 (14.69) and 300 (39.71) meter hurdles, but also the fastest returnee in the 200 meter dash at 22.14.
Day 1 highlights and updates from Friday's performances by Virginians at the 2013 New Balance Indoor Nationals in New York City.
Private school virtual meet indoor track & field rankings as of December 27th which includes team scores based off the top 8 performers in each event according to the MileStat.com database. Joe Zweng right now is head and shoulders above the next best pole vaulters in the state currently after seizing possession of the state leaderboard with a personal best 14'9" clearance at the Fork Union Mini Invite on December 18th. The Woodberry Forest and Fork Union boys do not have much separation at this point in the team rankings, while the St. Catherine's girls have quite a buffer in margin of points in the latest virtual meet rankings on the Liberty Christian Academy squad.
Private school boys 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). Hurdler Clyde Gross will lead the Fork Union boys as the team favorites in the VISAA. Gross was a state champion last spring in the 110 and 300 meter hurdles after finishing fifth indoors in the 55 meter hurdles.
Back in the fall of 2007, HBO aired a moving documentary about distance runner and U.S. Olympian Joseph “Lopez” Lomong. It told the story of the terrifying early life of the African native, who was kidnapped at the age of 6 by rebel soldiers of the Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA) and put in a refugee camp miles away from his home.
Virtual meet rankings for private schools in Virginia as of April 20th based on performances currently in the MileStat.com database. Virtual meet scores site's database rankings through 8 places for team scores. Fork Union senior Michael Idziak tightened up down the last 200 meters of his 800 meter race at the Gus Lacy Track Classic, but was on pace for a really swift time through 600 meters at 1:23. Idziak's final time of 1:56.56 last Saturday was a few seconds off his best from home in Poland, but he is looking to beat that time this spring while stateside at FUMA.
Private school team rankings as of April 22nd. Two types of rankings included with the power rankings scoring the database's rankings as a normal meet through 8 places (10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1), while the depth rankings scores through 20 places with 1st place receiving 20 points on down to 1 point for 20th place. Fork Union boys and St. Catherine's girls lead both power and depth rankings.
Fork Union's Wojciech Czernek was part of arguably two of the most exciting finishes in any distance races this season at Saturday's VISAA State Championships in Richmond. First race in the 1600 meter run, Czernek was part of a five way photo finish between five competitors who all smoked their last 400 meters in 59 to 60 seconds with the Polish national as the winner at 4:23. Czernek later came back for another great race with Episcopal's Reid Nickle and squeaked out another win in the final stride by a two hundredth of a second in 2:34.96. Fork Union reclaimed the VISAA state title after a rare year of being shut out by from a championship by St. Christopher's in 2009. Demitri Knowles of Liberty Christian Academy made Deshawn Wilson of Booker T. Washington's state leading and first sub 35 second performance of the season in the 300 meter dash short lived with his 34.83 clocking to add a second meet record to his 6.47 clocking in the 55 meter as well. The Collegiate girls came out ontop at the end in a spirited battle with in-town rivals St. Catherine's for the VISAA state crown. Full meet summary and 28 total race videos from the meet while photo gallery to be added by Tuesday.
Public school runners of Virginia. You have just been served by Josh Morris of Fork Union Military Academy. Chris Foley and Andrew McCullen dipping under 15 minutes yesterday at the Northern Region Meet and joining 26 other past Northern Region greats on the list of sub 15 on the historic 2.98 mile course was a great achievement by both young men. However, Josh Morris' run on Friday at the Prep League/LIS Championshps hosted at Fork Union's Hardy National 3 mile course trumped even their performances. On a more difficult and hillier 3 mile layout and the second place finisher 30 seconds behind him, Morris (pictured by David Fleenor) became the first runner ever to break 15 minutes on a course which several Foot Locker finalists have raced on with the most recent record holder being 2008 Foot Locker finalists Kyle Satterwhite at 15:05. Before Satterwhite, Kippy Keino of Fork Union (another Foot Locker finalist) held the record at 15:06. Prior to championship season, the state of Virginia appeared to be going through a down year in terms of national caliber boys individual distance runners but after the past two days, there is greater hope that Virginians will be able to mix it up in the post-season at the regional qualifiers for Foot Locker and Nike Cross Nationals and send some runners to national competition. Collegiate's Julia Sroba was dominant to win the LIS title in an 18:20 personal best, while St. Catherine's girls and Woodberry Forest boys claimed the team titles.
Photos by John Herzog It took a very talented and special group of young men at St. Christopher's to end a 21 year streak of dominance at Saturday's VISAA State Championships. The streak of consecutive private school state outdoor team titles by Fork Union Military Academy has arguably been the most impressive streak in the history of Virginia high school track & field. There was not much surprise in the final outcome as St. Christopher's is a squad loaded with the private school's best including Alex James, Ben Katz, and Kurt Fleming, but Fork Union had made a resurgence this spring after clearly experience a down year for the entire indoor season including being defeated by St. Christopher's for the VISAA and Prep League indoor team titles. It ended up being a resounding victory though for the Saints as they did not have just seven event winners throughout the day, but two meet record breaking performances from their 4x100 meter relay (42.98) and Ben Katz in the high jump (6'8.50"). The Norfolk Academy girls came out on top among three schools in the hunt for VISAA state girls team title between themselves and Richmond schools Collegiate (2nd, 101 pts) and St. Catherine's (3rd, 91.50 pts).Michelle Sutherland, the 300 meter hurdles winner, placed and scored in five events and also ran on Norfolk Academy's first place 4x400 meter relay. Multiple event champions included Nefertiti Smith of Norfolk Collegiate, Danielle Williams of St. Stephens & St. Agnes, and Barbara Strehler of Trinity. Smith was the top performer in the field events by sweeping the jumps, while also claiming another state title in the 100 meter hurdles. Williams was a part of two meet records in the sprints with a swift 25.26 clocking in the 200 meter dash, while also anchoring her 4x100 relay to a meet record 49.49 performance to go along with a state title in the 100 meter dash. Strehler competed in all three distance races and nearly won all three as she outdueled VISAA state cross country champ Anneka Wilson in the 1600 and 3200 meter run while coming up just short to Roanoke Catholic's Brennan Long in the 800 meter run as runner-up at 2:20.04. New Meet Records Boys 4x100 - St. Christopher's 42.98 Boys High Jump - Ben Katz (St. Christopher's) 6'8.50" Girls 200 - Danielle Williams (St. Stephens & St. Agnes) 25.26 Girls 4x100 - St. Stephens & St. Agnes 49.49 VISAA State Championships Complete Results VISAA State Championships Photo Gallery by John Herzog - 1,019 photos total.
Szymon Rola a freshman from Concord University is sitting in 11th place in the NCAA Division II rankings in the 800m. Competing in the fast heat at the Lou Onesty/Milton G. Abramson Invitation held at Lannigan Field on the campus of the University of Virginia Rola placed 6th with a time of 1:52.45. With this time, Rola has an excellent chance to make it to Nationals. Rola has Concord University records in the 800m and 1500m (3:58.50). He will be attempting to qualify for Nationals this coming weekend at the Wendy's West Virginia Wesleyan Invitational. Rola came to Concord University via Fork Union Military Academy located in Fork Union, VA. He is a natural born Polish citizen and has competed on the world scale with the Poland Junior National team. Next year will be Rola's first year of eligibility in cross-country . He will be joining a team that has 5 returning WVIAC All Conference members. Three of those returning are seniors who red-shirted last season. The addition of the amazing Rola solidfies the Concord University team as the early favorite for the WVIAC crown. Don't be surprised to see them highly ranked in the East Regionals. Coach Mike Cox has several outstanding recruits coming in to strengthen the already deep team and position Concord for the future.
Fork Union boys and The Potomac School girls were crowned private school state champions at Saturday's VISAA State Indoor Track and Field Championships in Richmond. Photo by David Fleenor Norfolk Collegiate freshmen Nefertiti Smith was spectatular with four individual titles in the long jump (18'6.50"), triple jump (37'10'), 55 meter hurdles (8.31), and 55 meter dash (7.33). Smith's efforts helped her win both Most Valuable Runner and Most Valuable Field Events Performer. Johns Ross of The Potomac School might have had the best individual race of the meet clocking a solo 9:20.51 3200 as he lapped the entire field. However, it was one of the lap-ees in Fork Union's Jeremy Haney who was named Most Valuable Runner of the meet as the 3200 was his third race of the meet after winning the 1600 (4:31.88) and 500 (1:08.09) meter races earlier before helping pace along his teammates Darren Simpson and Patrick Hayes to take the next three places after Ross in the 3200. Haney was not the only Fork Union athlete with a big day to help the team pull away from challenger St. Christopher's as Austin Ofoma leaped to first place showings in both the long jump (22'8.75") and triple jump (43'6.75"). As a result, Ofoma was selected as the Most Valuable Field Events Performer for the boys. Barbara Strehler of Trinity was a runaway winner in the 1600 (5:09.73) and 3200 (11:38.09), while Anneka Wilson of The Potomac School was a runner-up to Strehler in both distance events and helped her team follow up their outdoor state title from last May. Patricia Brandt also played a key role for The Potomac School as the 500 meter champion and anchor leg for the winning 4x400 meter relay. VISAA State Indoor T&F Championships Complete Results VISAA State Indoor T&F Championships Photo Gallery by David Fleenor - 1026 total photos. VISAA State Indoor T&F Championships Videos - 36 total videos. Video Interview with freshmen phenon Nefertiti Smith of Norfolk Collegiate - Smith won 4 individual state titles on Saturday.
Private school boys indoor track rankings as of January 22nd with top 25 performances in each event. Roanoke Catholic's Thomas Connell (pictured right by Ted Plunkett) had a successful meet this weekend at the Asics Invitational held in Lynchburg as he posted the fastest private school boys 1000 meter time in Virginia at 2:37.2 as well as the second fastest 1600 meter time at 4:27.18. St. Christopher's has the most state leaders at five with Fork Union in second with a total of four.
More than 80 schools will be represented at Saturday's William & Mary Invitational as many outstanding cross country runners and teams from Virginia, Maryland, DC, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and North Carolina will be spread out among the three varsity race divisions. Leading the individuals will be newly minted stars with Foot Locker South rankings in Virginia private school runners Johns Ross (pictured above by Linda D'Amato) of The Potomac School and Barbara Strehler of Trinity. The Jamestown boys will be the overwhelming team favorites with none of their fellow NTN regionally ranked Virginia squads present to take on the NTN Southeast #3 ranked Eagles on their home course at Eastern State Hospital. Meanwhile, Eastern Region title contenders in the Western Branch and Ocean Lakes girls look to clash for the first time this season with several Northern Virginia teams looking to make things interesting.
After putting Fork Union out in the lead for the second year in a row at the Ragged Mountain Cup as well as defeating head to head preseason #1 ranked Austin Ellis of Covenant by 14 seconds on the two mile loop, Fork Union's Jeremy Haney has moved into the #1 ranking in private school. Fork Union did not hurt its claim as the #1 ranked team either after giving Western Albemarle more of a challenge than previously expected at the Cup. Both Roanoke Catholic and Miller School make their first showings in the team rankings after a solid starts this past week.
Video interview at the Ragged Mountain Cup with Fork Union senior Jeremy Haney. For the second year in a row, Haney put FUMA out in the lead with a strong opening leg. Haney had the second fastest 2 mile split of the Cup at 10:06.
Yeah...she can definitely run with the boys. MileStat.com will be on-site with coverage on Tuesday evening at Panorama Farms for the Ragged Mountain Cup, which the 4 x 2 mile relay will be the first race of the season for all of the Central Virginia and Charlottesville area schools competing. Plenty of outstanding talent will be showcased at Panorma with some great cross country squads such as the VA #4 ranked Western Albemarle boys, VA #8 ranked Fork Union boys, and VA #10 ranked Louisa County boys. Top individuals will be battling each other possibly on different legs for the fastest split of the meet with the likes of VA #9 ranked Thomas Baker of Louisa, VA #11 ranked Kyle Satterwhite of Western Albemarle, private schools #1 ranked Austin Ellis of Covenant (pictured above, left), and private schools #3 ranked Jeremy Haney of Fork Union. Among the girls, the big name will be Liz Barclay (pictured above center in the 2006 Cup) as Albemarle's star runner begins her junior year as the #3 ranked runner in Virginia. The first race is at 5 PM.
First of MileStat.com's VA Coaches Pre-season Cross Country Rankings to be released today (Wednesday, August 29th) with the top 10 teams and top 15 individuals among private school boys, which is voted on by coaches among the private school ranks. Two champions from last year are still ontop as pre-season #1's as the Fork Union boys are looking to make it a third straight Division I state title, while Covenant's Austin Ellis (pictured above leading the 2006 VIS Division II state race with #4 ranked Thomas McConnell and #2 ranked Johns Ross) is looking to make it a perfect sweep of state championships with a 4-peat in the smaller school Division II classification. Read on for the full rankings!
Photo by David Fleenor Podcast interview with Fork Union cross country and track coach Winston Brown. Coach Brown's team will be in the running for a third straight Virginia Independent Schools Division I state title this fall led by Jeremy Haney.
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.
A list of the top returnees among private school boys for the upcoming 2007 cross country season. List includes all sub 17:30 5K performers returning for this fall as well as teams bringing the most back. Collegiate boys are the only team with four back under 17:30 led by Graham Glass, while defending Division I state champions Fork Union lurks with the transfer of Darren Simpson from Fuqua School (9:54 3200) as well as two other sub ten minute 3200 meter runners in Jeremy Haney (9:33) and Patrick Hayes (9:43). 2006 Division II champion Austin Ellis (pictured above) returns with his defending state champion squad in the small school classification for Virginia private schools, while Johns Ross of Potomac School had a stellar 15:21 5K performance at Nike Outdoor Nationals and looks to stop Ellis from winning his fourth straight state title. More in-depth preview as well as pre-season predictions from MileStat.com's own Brandon Miles to come in August.
Photo by John Herzog Final 2007 outdoor track rankings for the Virginia private school girls. Event rankings are 50 deep (or as deep as # of performances). Also in a first for MileStat.com, All-MileStat.com awards are going to be extended to each classification (private, A, AA, and AAA) with coach, athlete, sprinter, distance runner, hurdler, and field events athletes of the year. Greg Jones of Woodberry Forest (pictured above) won the VISAA 300 meter hurdles title, while finishing as a close runner-up in the 100 meter hurdles to earn himself hurdler of the year honors.
Pictured above: Fork Union coach Winston Brown showing off the recently upgraded Estes Center. Fork Union Military Academy recently finished an upgrade to the famed Estes Athletic Center. Beynon Surfaces poured the new polyurethane surface over top of the existing one, which has made for a much more comfortable feel. The new color scheme greatly enhances the lighting in the nineteen- year old facility. Another new feature is the surfaced hallways and lobby, which will cut down on damage from spiked shoes. That idea came from FUMA AD Micky Sullivan. Other new features include, one finish line and new relay zones which will be located in the corners rather than in the center of the straight-aways. The pole vault runway will be the same surface as the track, which will eliminate the need for a roll out runway and the shot put sector is now up to code as well.
Fork Union Track & Field: 20 Years of State Champions The Fork Union boys (team picture above by David Fleenor) made history, which is on a completely different atmospheric level from what any team in Virginia high school track and field has ever done. At Saturday's VISAA State Championships in Richmond, Fork Union extended their streak of private school outdoor track and field state championships to an incredible number of 20. Calling their run as a dynasty is an understatement! Could this be the most impressive streak in Virginia high school history??? Debate it on the forum! Coach Winston Brown's squad accomplished it common theme at many of the past 19 championships with complete domination of the other private schools. FUMA tallied 179 1/2 points on the day with Woodberry Forest in a distance second place with 94 points. Fork Union swept all three relay races and had a total of six individual state champions including their 800 meter national champ Axel Mostrag (pictured left by John Herzog), who clocked a state leading time of 1:54.02 in the 800 meter run. Meanwhile, The Potomac School girls (131 pts) stopped a streak in finally getting over the hump to beat St. Catherine's (112 pts) as Michaeline Nelson led the squad with a tough triple in the 1600, 400, and 800 meter races. Nelson won the 1600 and 800, while placing third in the 400. More to come from the VISAA Championships including large photo galleries from John Herzog and David Fleenor as well as video clips from Brandon Miles. VISAA State Championships Boys Complete ResultsVISAA State Championships Girls Complete Results VISAA State Championships Photo Gallery by John Herzog - 710 total photos.VISAA State Championships Photo Gallery by David Fleenor - 750 total photos.
Fork Union boys ran a US #3 time of 7:47.78 at the Volunteer Track Classic today as they broke the meet record by 15 seconds. FUMA was the runaway winner as Smiths Station (AL) was a distant second in 8:09.49. Peter Dorrell got even with FL South champ Ryan Hill from North Carolina after finishing second in Friday's 3200 with a victory in the 1600 meter run in 4:17.46. More to come from Knoxville....
Fork Union senior Szymon Rola had a splashing debut in the 2000 meter steeplechase in Friday night's portion of the Volunteer Track Classic at the University of Tennessee. Rola won the race in six seconds with a final time of 6:19.99. Rola's time is only five seconds off the national qualifying time in the event for Nike Outdoor Nationals, but the qualifying time is insignificant to Rola as both Fork Union teammate Axel Mostrag and Rola will be headed back home to Poland at the end of the May and jump into the track championship meet series there. Mostrag competes in the 3200 meter run later this evening with current state leader Peter Dorrell of Blacksburg (9:10 best), while Fork Union will be loading up their outstanding 4x800 meter relay on Saturday in Knoxville. The Fork Union boys without Mostrag or Rola won the DMR in 10:36.09, while the Blacksburg girls (12.33.51) were a close second with less than two tenths of a second separating them from a win in the girls' race.
Fork Union coach Winston Brown is not only at the helm of one of the state's top track programs, but is arguably one of the biggest supporters of high school track and field in the state of Virginia. With his weekly radio show, Track Talk with Coach Winston Brown on ESPN radio and his overall genuine care and interest in the other athletes, coaches, and teams throughout the state, very few coaches in the state give back to the sport as much as Coach Brown. While he has the state's top distance relays in the DMR and 4x800 meter relay and one of the state's top track teams, it is Coach Brown's giving back to the sport that earns him this week's MileStat.com Coach of the Week honors.
"Matka (Polish for mother)! I'm going to be a Vol!" is a likely phone call that Fork Union senior Axel Mostrag made to his mother back home in Poland this week. Another big committment has came in a short time span among Virginia's best this week after Sean Holston announced today that he'll be attending Florida State and now Fork Union middle distance star Axel Mostrag has made his college decision. Mostrag, the Nike Indoor Nationals champion for 800 meters, will be coached by past Virginia high school prep great George Watts (Thomas Edison HS) at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Tennessee had already picked up another one of Virginia's top distance harriers earlier in the year with West Springfield senior and Footlocker finalist Mike Spooner signing with the Volunteers. Mostrag has personal bests of 1:50.60 for 800 meters, 2:26.11 for 1000 meters, 3:52.20 for 1500 meters, and 4:13.42 for 1600 meters. Both Mostrag and Holston have yet to sign their letters of intent, but have made their verbal committments to Tennessee and Florida State respectively.
In a series of featured videos to be released this week, Fork Union senior Axel Mostrag has been selected as the boys distance runner of the year on the 2007 All-MileStat.com Indoor Track Team. Plenty of similar featured videos to be released throughout the week to make up the 2007 All-MileStat.com Indoor Track Team! Enjoy!
Sean Holston, Axel Mostrag, Catherine White, and Dania Sanford will be representing the state of Virginia this weekend at the New Balance Collegiate Games competing in elite junior (high school) events at the college meet. Each will be facing stiff competition with Mostrag and White racing at 1000 meters, while Holston and Sanford will be competing in the 300 meter dash.
The first annual St. Christopher\'s Indoor Invitational in Richmond had nothing but rave reviews whether it was regards to the facility itself or how well the meet was run. The performances this past weekend certainly indicated that Richmond\'s newest indoor track facility will produce to many future great meets, times, and marks.
The Fork Union boys showed a glimmer of the performances they are capable of on a fast track on Friday night at a quad meet hosted at St. Christopher\'s School in Richmond. Their top four distance runners each won a race with Axel Mostrag in the 3200 meter run, Szymon Rola in the 1600 meter run, Jamie Reichlen in the 1000 meter run, and Jeremy Haney in the 1000 meter run.
The rest of the country better not be sleeping on Fork Union senior Axel Mostrag again. Last year at Nike Indoor Nationals, Mostrag showed those on the national scene how talented of a middle distance runner he is by nearly bringing his team\'s distance medley relay far from behind for a national championship and finishing up as a national runner-up for 800 meters. After his performance in the 1600 meter run at the Fork Union Indoor Invitational, anyone would be foolish to make the same mistake again to overlook the Polish national.
Mills Godwin senior Anne Marie Gordon likes drama apparently. Not only is she in theatre at school, but seems to like to wait till the final attempt when clearing personal best heights in the pole vault. At last March\'s National Scholastic Indoor Championships, Gordon cleared 11\'7.25\" on her third attempt at the height. On Saturday at the Keydet Invitational, Gordon cleared a best height of 11\'9\" in similar dramatic fashion on her final attempt at the height.
Jamie Reichlen Audio Interview
Feeling a little bit slighted by the Nike Team Nationals rankings process as they have been unable to return to the Southeast top ten after finishing seventh at the Maymont Festival on September 30th, the Fork Union boys decided to let their feet do the talking at the Prep League Championships held at Collegiate School\'s Goochland Campus 5K course in Richmond on Friday afternoon. Fork Union averaged 16:25 as a team on the course and tallied a team score of 27 points with five of the top nine finishers including individual champion Axel Mostrag at a 15:52 5K personal best.
A total of 43 schools will be in attendance at the 2006 Albemarle Invitational to be held at Panorama Farms 5K course in Charlottesville, Virginia this Saturday. The meet has its share of local Charlottesville area talent entered in the meet as well others including Northwest Region teams looking to get a preview of their regional meet course.
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 Fork Union boys look stronger than ever and ready to defend their Virginia Independent Schools state cross country championship from a year ago at Woodberry Forest this fall. The Cadets look to be one of the stronger private school squads that the state has seen in years as they have four key returnees from last year\'s squad including 800 meter indoor national runner-up Axel Mostrag. The transfer of Jeremy Haney from nearby Fluvanna County High School has elevated the team from VIS champion favorites to a potential Nike Team Nationals Southeast region ranked squad this season. The first of more than a handful cross country season featured preseason articles on the way!
Axel Mostrag, who recently completed his junior year at Fork Union Military Academy, has been posting some stellar times this summer in his homeland of Poland on the road to Poland\'s Junior Youth Championships to be held next weekend. Mostrag\'s first race in Poland was an 800 meter race, where he won in a state best time of 1:53.08. The following weekend, he won a 1500 meter race in another state leading time of 3:52.20, which roughly converts to a 4:09 1600 meter time or 4:10 full mile time. Both converted times would stand as state bests. Mostrag did it again this past weekend as he dropped his 800 meter best to a sensational time of 1:50.60, which included a 53.6 first 400 meters. His times this summer have definitely shown he was geared for a late summer peak, even though he still went undefeated in competition this spring in Virginia as his 1500 meter time ranks #5 in the U.S.and his 800 meter time ranks #4 in the U.S. this year.
It has been since the fall of 2004 that MileStat.com has awarded weekly athletes of the week honors, but we will be restarting giving out that weekly honor this week with awarding two of private schools top athletes in Fork Union\'s Brandon Caleb and St. Catherine\'s Katie Doswell winning the distinguished honor after helping lead their respective teams to Prep League and LIS Championships this past Saturday at St Christopher\'s in Richmond.
With Fork Union being shut out from competing at this past weekend\'s Virginia Tech Invitational due to new enforcement of sanctioning rules, several Fork Union athletes went to Liberty University to compete in their college meet. While Axel Mostrag could have posted a US #1 in the 1000 meter run at Virginia Tech most likely after posting a 2:33 on Fork Union\'s 160 meter unbanked track earlier in the season, he could take satisfaction at Liberty on Saturday in running the nation\'s fastest time this year so far in the 800 meter run with a second place finish 1:54.40. The Fork Union boys also put together an impressive DMR including Mostrag to finish fourth among the college teams with a final time of 10:34.44.
The year of 2005 was a very significent year in the state of Virginia\'s high school and college running community with many big stories filling out the 12 months. From the terrible losses with an unusually high number of deaths by young student-athletes in the sport to the stories of championship glory, MileStat.com counts down the 10 biggest news stories of the year. While there were many important events throughout the year, these 10 come to mind as some of ones that really stood out among the rest as attention grabbers.
That agonizing stretch of school after Thanksgiving and before Winter break has come to a close, so it\'s time for another Jois Report. Of course, we\'ll need to wait a few more weeks for Indoor to get serious, and we missed out on a few potentially high quality meets due to rough weather, including the Episcopal Relays and a FUMA meet. Nevertheless, some athletes have already put forth noteworthy performances this indoor season.
This year\'s second Tuesday night meet at Fork Union\'s Estes Athletic Center turned into the first and a much larger one as the first scheduled Tuesday meet was cancelled due to inclement winter weather last week. With 20 teams on hand for the meet, the Estes Athleti Center was packed for great competition. The Hardy Invitational is named after long-time retired head track coach at Fred Hardy Jr. Later in the week on Friday afternoon, Hardy\'s father, long-time University of Richmond coach Fred Hardy Sr. passed away. Our condolences go out to the Hardy family.
Welcome, everyone, to the inaugural edition of the Jois Report, the world\'s first attempt at regular, exclusive, and in-depth coverage of Virginia Independent Schools cross country and track. We will be kicking off with a recap of the 2005 cross country season for private schoolers. In the future, you can expect much more frequent, possibly weekly, coverage.
At the Volunteer Track Classic in Knoxville, Tennessee, Great Bridge and Fork Union represented the state of Virginia with some very impressive individual performances. Most notably, the Great Bridge duo of senior Daniel Magness and junior Michael Morrison both cleared 16 feet to finish 1-2 in the pole vault competition. Morrison also ran a state best in the 110 meter hurdles with a 14.49 clocking to place third overall. Fork Union sophomore Axel Mostrag won the 800 meter with the state\'s second fastest time in 1:55.71.
Two Virginians have been invited to run in the elite Millrose Games high school mile races as both Fork Union senior Kippy Keino and Hickory senior Jennifer Boyd have received invitations. This is the 96th annual Millrose Games as it will be held on February 7th at the Madison Square Garden in New York City. Both Keino and Boyd are the current state leaders in the 1600 meter run.
The third annual CNU Showcase showed just why the indoor track facility at the Freeman Center is one of the fastest in the state with a large number of state best performances as well as countless other performances to make this a very deep and competitive meet. Two of the state's top distance runners, seniors Kippy Keino of Fork Union and Alex Tatu of Thomas Dale made there major invite debuts for the indoor track season and in impressive manner.
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...
Kippy Keino Keino, had lots of billing going into the Foot Locker South race as a pre-race favorite to qualify and even made it publicly known that was his goal. And despite the overwhelming pressure, Keino came through as predicted. None for his fast starts, the race was perfectly suited for Keino as he was with the leaders through the mile at 4:38 and the two mile at 9:38. A pack which had consisted of more than eight runners at that point, begin to string out as Kentucky\'s Bobby Curtis took command of the lead with North Carolina\'s Matt Debole giving chase. As others begin to drop back off the hard early pace, Keino stuck with the Florida duo of Ryan Deak and Steve Hassen as they pulled each other along. Then in the final 100 meters, Deak and Hassen kicked it in together for third and fourth and left Keino behind, but still Keino fought his way to the line to a sizzling time of 15:01 on a not so sizzling day with temperatures hovering around or below 50 degrees with fair gusts of wind. His time placed him fifth in the race and punched his ticket to run in San Diego where Kippy will surely be welcomed by the warmer weather he loves like back home in Kenya.
The state of Virginia had its finest showing in recent memory at the Foot Locker South Regional Meet today at McAlpine Greenway Park in Charlotte. The state advanced two individual representatives, one on the boys\' side and one of the girls\' side with two Independent school state champions in Kippy Keino of Fork Union and Cara Kiernan of The Potomac School. Also quite a rarity as well as an amazing accomplishment for the Virginians was winning both boys and girls team titles in the seeded races to add to the great day for Virginia, which included a few more race winners and record breaking performances.
No runner in the state of Virginia has such a great family running background as Fork Union senior Kippy Keino does. Keino\'s father, Kip Sr., beat Jim Ryun to win 1,500m gold medal at 1968 Olympics and then won Olympic gold again in steeplechase at 1972 Summer Games. His father is now currently the President of The Kenyan Olympic Committee and a member of the International Olympic Committee. He also is still actively involved with training future African Olympic hopefuls. Kippy who heads into this weekend\'s Foot Locker South Regional Meet as a hopeful national qualifier, does not feel he has to live up to any special standards because of his family\'s running history. His brother Martin, was one of Kenya\'s top middle distance runners on the international scene in the 90\'s as he boasted bests of a 3:52 mile and a 3:33 1500 meter time. Despite what would seem obvious pressure for Kippy Jr. to live up to his family billing, the youngest of the Keino boys, the only pressure he acknowledges is the pressure he puts on himself.
Fork Union\'s Kippy Keino wins athlete of the week honors after his dominating win over Alex Tatu at the Fork Union Invitational.
Familiar outcome from last year\'s meet as Fork Union\'s Kippy Keino sets a blistering early race pace with a 4:28 first mile as Thomas Dale\'s Alex Tatu tried to give chase, but Keino was too much to pull away with a course record (previous record 15:25)
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Possible thunderstorms and lightning loomed in the distance throughout much of the day, but those storms never came as the Gus Lacy Track Classic was blessed with excellent race conditions as it gave way to many outstanding performances.
When Fred Hardy and Winston Brown first saw the newly renovated track facility at Fork Union they knew they had to come up with something worthy of it. They also knew that they had to do something unique in order to attract quality teams. Thus, the Gus La
The third annual Gus Lacy Track Classic set for this Saturday has a loaded field and spectators can expect an assault on the record book. With Deep Creek and Atlee entered expect a great team battle in the Boys
Millrose Games miler Kippy Keino went three-for-three to lead host Fork Union to the Prep League indoor track title Saturday at the Estes Athletic Center. In the League of Independent Schools meet, young multi-event talent Katie Doswell was the difference
Picture gallery of Richard Smith and Alex Tatu's epic 1000m battle at Virginia Tech.
Two of Virginia's finest in juniors Alex Tatu of Thomas Dale and Kippy Keino of Fork Union have been selected to run in the elite Millrose Games Mile.
Despite the adversity meet director Winston Brown and his crew faced with today's snow storm with a large number of teams and individuals not allowed to travel to the meet, the Fork Union Invitational survived the storm.
What one word can best describe a track meet that triples the population of a town in the frosty month of January? Perhaps competitive, or intense, or maybe even colossal. On Saturday the 13th running of the FUMA Indoor Invitational will take place.
Many teams and athletes from the Central Virginia area got their indoor season underway at the all-comers meet held at Fork Union Military Academy's 160 meter indoor track at the Estes Athletic Center.
As one of the state's longest running high school indoor invitationals moved into another decade, two local female athletes really excelled at a familar venue for both of them in Orange County's Ashontae Jackson and Louisa County's Javanique Burruss with double wins in their specialty of events.