Oscar Smith alum, Michael Cherry anchored Team USA Sunday to a world record and world championship gold medal in the mixed 4x4.
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Aaron Shirley won the 400 meter hurdle national title with his 51.65 clocking from the unseeded section.
See who was named to Virginia's 1st, 2nd, and 3rd all-state teams right here.
Here we preview some of the best events and why we are excited for them.
Although twelve teams qualified for each race at the state cross-country meets held in Salem and The Plains, there were also 20 individuals from each Class who earned the right to run for a state championship.
Coach Stan as he is known is not only a coach who coaches elite athletes but a coach who develops talent at every level of the sport and clearly makes it his mission to improve every one of his athlete's lives.
Check out on the following pages all of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd All-State athletes. These athletes were awarded these positions based on (in this order) State rank & performance, national meet performance, major meet performance, and consistency.
The Warriors of Nansemond River held on Saturday to make it a sweep of titles for defending champions.
In the girls shuttle hurdle relay a staggering nine teams were disqualified and one of those was Western Branch who set the national record.
We will be keeping you updated on all of the biggest stories from New Balance Indoor Nationals as they happen
The Oscar Smith Tigers successfully defended their shuttle hurdle relay national title and improved to rank inside the top ten all-time.
Ahead of the biggest meet in the state it is a great time to think of big matchups and big rivalries in our state. Of course some come mind immediately but others are more subtle but just as intense. Here we analyze the biggest ones in our mind.
The VA Showcase is one month away and once again this meet will be the THE MEET this indoor season.
In day two's action Team VA tallied up another four national titles, 18 All-American finishes, and a national record in the girls shuttle hurdles relay
Kurt Powdar was on a mission, he didn't want to make it even close and this afternoon that is exactly what he did to win the Boys 110mH national title.
Team Virginia had quite the showing in day one of the 2018 National Championships. That included two national champions and five All-American finishes.
Vote here for who you think will win these big state championship battles.
The secret is out, Oscar Smith has the best hurdle group in the entire nation.
Few parents get the chance to see their child go on to set records.That hasn't been the case with Stan Holloway though.
Which state won New Balance Nationals Indoor? Check out our story here to find out.
The Tigers of Oscar Smith came and conquered in the boys' shuttle hurdle relay.
The Tigers of Oscar Smith have some big goals for this weekend. Specifically their shuttle hurdle relay team.
Your mega preview for the 5A and 6A State Championships this weekend.
Fifteen events over five classifications will decide the biggest winners in our sport this season.
Less than five years after his epic AAA State Meet performance Oscar Smith's Michael Cherry is the 400m national champion. He won this event at the USATF Indoor Nationals with his 45.53 indoor personal best.
Check out the top 100 boys indoor rankings in the state of Virginia as of January 18th.
There will be no shortage of big PA names at the VA Showcase which is Friday and Saturday in Lynchburg, VA
Despite losing some major points from Alfred Shirley III, the duo of little brother Aaron Shirley and Kurt Powdar spells some good time ahead for the Tigers.
Last year's VHSL Class 6A XC champion, Peter Smith, has indicated he's transferring to nationally relevant Gig Harbor High in Washington
Oscar Smith senior Peter Smith, better known as Sneaky Pete and the 6A State XC Champion, will not be defending his title this year.
Through just one day of competition we saw five All-American finishes and six EE/Freshmen champions from the state of Virginia.
The Oscar Smith Tigers were not ready to roll over.
This weekend in the seeded Boys 6A 1000m race a bizarre thing happened, Peter Smith (Oscar Smith) was called for a false start and subsequently disqualified. Now we will be transparent, at the time watching the race live, about 10 feet away, we though it was completely the right call. It was also a somewhat refreshing thing to see a false start in a distance race but that really got us thinking... was this a fair false start or a fair enforcement of the rule.
Watch the 6A boys race from the 2016 VHSL State Cross Country Championships.
Just two months ago it was looking like Peter Smith was on the verge of becoming a big name in our sport. The performances were there last outdoor season giving off the clue that he was going to make a big step in the right direction this season.
Our second guy on our top 15 countdown is another athlete hailing from 6A South, Peter Smith. Though he would likely say he is more of an 1600m runner with his 4:19 personal best, we think he has a ton of untapped potential in the 5K this year.
Check out all our field and running event coverage from the 2015 5A/6A State meet.
She just can't lose at Boo! Destiny Ward remains a perfect 6/6 in the 300 at Boo Williams and in high school! She is the defending 6A State Champion and seems to be in better shape then ever. Check out her race and many more here.
Three teams appear to have serious chances at becoming the boys' state team champions between Northwest Region champions and this past indoor's state champions from Forest Park as well as the Eastern Region and Southeastern District's best squads in Western Branch and Grassfield.
Western Branch boys have a large team as it can be found and accounted to be great in size at the end of every meet when they gather in a team circle. The numbers may have paid off for them to be the #1 team in MileStat.com's depth team rankings for the 2013-2012 indoor track season.
MileStat.com interviewed Oscar Smith's Michael Cherry as he reflects on his national record 300 meter race and stellar state meet triple from this past weekend, while also turning his attention to the New Balance Indoor nationals in which he should give an honest challenge the national record at 400 meters as well.
Watch below race video of Oscar Smith senior Michael Cherry (Chesapeake) breaking a 27 year old national record in the 300 meter dash indoors. This past Saturday, Cherry broke the previous national record of 33.19 held by William Reed (Central, Philadelphia, PA) from 1986 with his incredible performance of 33.05 on Saturday at the 2013 VHSL Group AAA State Indoor Track & Field Championships. The 300 meter dash national record like most sprint events indoors are usually set on a fast 200 meter banked track, but Cherry's performance holds even greater reverence as a record now by establishing the new all-time national best in the 300 on a flat 200 meter track surface at the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton, VA.
Oscar Smith senior Michael Cherry was a late scratch from the 300 meter dash at the Southeastern Invitational after receiving a late invitation to run the 400 meter dash at the Hispanic Games in New York City. Cherry, who last year set the high school junior class record in the 400 meter dash at the New York Armory with a third place 46.66 third place finish in the New Balance Indoor Nationals, once again rolled out a fast time in his return trip to the Armory with a US #2 48.08 clocking.
Speedy sophomore sprint star Marcus Taylor of Highland Springs was able to runaway from a finals field in the 55 meter dash at Friday's Southeastern Invitational which included many of the state's fastest so far this season in Kecoughtan freshmen Jacion Fugate (6.54) and Grassfield junior Isaiah Harper with the nation's fastest time in a 6.43 clocking.
Oscar Smith senior Michael Cherry rolled out a 1:03.84 500 meter performance on Saturday at the Friends of Indoor Track Invitational at the Prince George County's Sports & Learning Center in Landover, Maryland. Cherry had to work for the win and was pressed by Pikeville (MD) junior Maury Sall (2nd, 1:04.13), but the end result for the 2012 New Balance Outdoor Nationals 400 meter dash champion was a US #1 time and the #11 all-time best performance in Virginia high school indoor history.
South County senior Felecia Majors was reported to have leaped a US #1 mark of 19'11" in the long jump today at the =PR= Holiday Invitational in Landover, Maryland. The mark would place Majors at #6 on the Virginia high school all-time indoor list in the long jump. More to come from the meet as soon as we receive official meet results after the conclusion as well as photo gallery from Steven Pham.
Group AAA 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). Forest Park junior Mustaqeem Williams won two state titles last year as a 10th grader with a swift 6.37 clocking for the Group AAA 55 meter dash state title, while taking the 100 meter dash title in the spring. The 7th fastest returnee in the 55 meter dash nationally, Williams will attempt to lower that 6.37 personal best into VA top 25 all-time territory this winter, which has a current cut-off at 6.33.
Michael Cherry had been fortunate to be part of some great relays at Oscar Smith for his first two years of high school including an outdoor state champion 4x400 as a freshmen and nearly a second 4x400 state title last spring if not for a uniform violation disqualified his relay last spring. Cherry, who was the only freshmen 400 meter dash state qualifier in Group AAA two years ago, started to break through individually on the state level in making the finals of the 400 meter dash at the 2011 VHSL Group AAA State Outdoor Championships and over the summer dropped his 400 meter time down to 48.30 while competing for the Five Star Track Club. With Cherry as the lone returnee from Oscar Smith's 3:18 4x400 meter relay last year, the focus has shifted more to his individual events for his junior year. Over the winter break at the Boo Williams Sportsplex, he defeated one of the state's top returning quarter milers in Woodrow Wilson's Kenneth Williams with a US #9 clocking of 49.20. The Oscar Smith junior is becoming a serious contender and challenger for state titles in the 300 and 500 meter dash indoors as well as certainly will be in the mix for the 400 meter dash in the spring of 2012. Cherry ran a state leading and US #5 time of 34.76 last week at Boo Williams and will be looking to drop his 500 meter time this weekend at the Hampton Roads Elite High School Showcase. MileStat.com interviewed Cherry as he tunes up for his third 500 meter race ever on Saturday.
Virtual meet preview for the Southeastern District Indoor T&F Championships based on performances currently in the MileStat.com database as of February 2nd.
Wesley Smith won two AAA state outdoor titles while at Oscar Smith High School in 2007 and 2008 in the long jump. Smith (pictured left by Ted Plunkett), who currently competes in track & field at the University of Louisville, was also a Nike All-American and AAU age group national champion in the long jump with his high school best mark of 24'7". At Louisville in his freshmen season this past year, Smith was an All-Big East performer and qualified for NCAA regional competition. Smith went over 23 feet in a dozen meets as a prep and ventured over 24 feet twice including his 24'7" win at the 2008 AAA State Outdoor Championships. Read more for interview with Wesley Smith...
Ed Lowery, a long-time track coach at Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake and recently at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach, lost a two year battle with lymphona on Monday night as he passed away at the age of 51. A memorial for Lowery is scheduled for Friday at Ocean Lakes High School at 3 PM followed by another service at 4 PM at St. John's the Apostle Church in Virginia Beach. MileStat.com sends its condolences to the loved ones of Coach Lowery as well as the current and past members of Ocean Lakes and Oscar Smith track family mourning the loss. The Virginian-Pilot article: Long-time area coach Lowery succumbs to lymphona
The Virginia Beach Flames Invitational this past weekend had some of the best high school performances in the summer track season so far this year with numerous noteworthy marks and times in the intermediate boys and girls as well as young men and women divisions. Booker T. Washington junior DeShana Briggs (pictured left by John Herzog), who has struggled in the past with her consistency in the high jump as well as performing well in state competition, seems to be correcting that now after being a non factor at the AAA State Indoor Meet despite clearing 5'8" two occassions before the season. Briggs cleared 5'8" in two early season outdoor meets and returned back to her season best height at the AAA State Championships to place third in the event. Much of the higher expectations which were placed on Briggs this year were due in large part to a clearance of 5'10" last summer at the AAU State Meet. Well she is back in top form again after this weekend with her second clearance ever at 5'10". With the likes of multiple state champion Ashley Gatling and Nike Outdoor Nationals champion April Sinkler graduating, the expectations will once again placed on Briggs to win a state championship after another 5'10" clearance to tie Gatling as a state leader for the year.
Audio interview by Brandon Miles with Oscar Smith junior Frede Spellman. Spellman recently joined a small group of past Virginian throwers in the 60+ foot club with a US top 5 throw of 61'2.50" mark at the St. Christopher's Invitational and improved upon that mark at the Southeastern District Meet with a personal best throw of 61'11.50".
MileStat.com Athletes of the Week winners for the week ending January 27th are Oscar Smith junior Frede Spellman and Fauquier senior Dania Sanford.
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.
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.
Never are the the selections for the All-MileStat.com Team easy, and this year was no exception with a competitive spring of outdoor track and field that saw many athletes jostling with another to become the best in the state in their respective events. Girls team to be posted tomorrow.