Stafford senior and multiple time state champion Gennifer Hirata set not one but two state records at the St. Chris Invitational. She ultimately cleared 13-6 to win the pole vault after also clearing 13-4 (a new state record) earlier in the competition.
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Stafford senior and University of South Dakota commit, Gennifer Hirata made the most of her season opener with a 13-3 clearance at the Commonwealth Games.
New course, different weather, but the same champion would be how to describe this year's race.
Stafford (now senior) star Gennifer Hirata saved the best for last. This past weekend in Greensboro, in less than ideal conditions, vaulted her way to a national runners-up finish and to VA #2 all-time.
Her mark now ranks VA #5 all-time. Check out the updated top 10 here and the awesome clearance also.
Its finally time for XC MileStates. Here is your in-depth preview of the 12 races this weekend.
Virginia has always had speed and this year we are blessed with more than just speed, we have depth too.
Race footage for the varsity A boys race from the 2017 Great Meadow Invitational.
Phillip may not have had one of the best XC or indoor seasons but by outdoor season it was very apparent that he was the real deal. Over the past few months the Stafford star tallied up an undefeated record in the 3200 and even took home the 5A state title in 9:11.
Stafford's Philip Lambert couldn't contain his excitement.
Watch the varsity boys race from the Chancellor Invitational, which Duke DiEugenio (17:05) of Stafford was able to summon one final kick to edge out Evan Leach (17:06) of Riverbend.
With all the buildup leading into today's meet the performances definitely did not dissapoint. Highlighting the performances was Milan Parks of Western Branch hurdling an impressive US #3 7.99 55 hurdles.
First race of the season for senior Nikki Park after missing the entire season before due to injury and she showed a remarkable level of fitness coming back from her season-long obstacle in a runner-up individual finish to help lead the Ocean Lakes girls to a dominant team victory at the 6A South Regional. Her return certainly bolsters the lineup for Ocean Lakes to the point that they have to be considered a strong contender for a top 3 state meet finish next Friday in the Group 6A race at Great Meadow. More coverage to come from the 6A South Regional!
Results and coverage from all of the 8 conference championship cross country meets in the VHSL Group 6A classification.
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.
Starting out intentionally slow and racing in training shoes, the Oakton girls looked very much so the top ranked team in Virginia as they beat the #2 ranked team in Virginia, Colonial Forge, by 70 points at the Chancellor Invitational on Saturday in Fredericksburg.
Full meet summary, race videos, photo gallery, and interviews with Lowery & Joseph from the 2012 Great Meadow Invitational coverage to come! Complete results posted.
Preview for Saturday's Great Meadow Invitational to be held at Great Meadow in The Plains. There will be a good feel for the Northwest Region after the meet which features the top two ranked boys' teams in Battlefield and Stafford, while the past two individual girls' winners in Hannah Lowery and Nicole Carter face off. Group AA 1600 and 800 meter outdoor state champion Patrick Joseph of Loudoun County is the individual race favorite for the boys.
2010 VHSL Group AAA state cross country champion and 10:37 3200 meter runner Hannah Lowery of Stafford High School ('13) recalls her very first high school cross country race.
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.
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!
Stafford sophomore Hannah Lowery (pictured above by John Herzog) has had a very busy fall. Between winning numerous cross country invitational races as well as winning district, regional, and state titles to go along with helping the Stafford field hockey team advance all the way to state semi-finals, the Governor's School student Lowery has had a full plate for the past few months. She has at least moved field hockey off her plate for the time being and now only has one more race left to cap off one of the most impressive and successful cross country seasons in recent history by a Virginia high school female distance runner. Lowery won a total of five major invitationals this season, while taking only second twice to Cosby's Megan Moye at the competitive Oatlands Invite and MileStat.com Invite. Herself and fellow sophomore Sophie Chase of Lake Braddock have had two thrilling finishes with one another in their only two encounters this fall with Lowery getting the narrow win in both photo finishes determined by their chip timed feet. Since the two sophomores should make for a great rivalry over the next two years competing for state titles with only one able to be the champion, it would be fitting if both were to qualify for Foot Locker Nationals as two of the state's top hopefuls at the South regional next Saturday in Charlotte. However, the Stafford boys are expected to race on the same day at the Nike Cross Southeast Regional in Cary, North Carolina, so Lowery is still torn on which national qualifier meet to run in next week. While she has been a magician in being able to compete in cross country meets and field hockey games sometimes on the same day, she will unfortunately have to decide which race she will compete in next Saturday between Foot Locker South and Nike Cross Southeast. Either way, a West Coast-bound ticket earned to either Portland, Oregon for Nike Cross Nationals or San Diego, California for Foot Locker Nationals would be a well-deserved and well-earned trip for the 2010 Group AAA state cross country girls' champion Lowery.
Prior to this indoor season, Matt Hazelgren's claim to fame on MileStat.com was being the belly flop champion at the 2007 Blue Ridge Running Camp. Thankfully, Hazelgren (pictured above by John Herzog) has developed a few more skills and talents since then including become one of the state's pole vaulters this year. Hazelgren (pictured right by Nicoll Knudsen) is coming off a personal best and state leading clearance of 15'3" at the Northwest Regional Championships and will be favored at the AAA State Meet against another 15 plus foot vaulter in Matt Hoogland of Lake Braddock, who Hazelgren has defeated twice in head-to-head competition this season. Read more for interview with Matt Hazelgreen...
Pre-meet team rankings for the Northwest Regional tomorrow in Landover, Maryland. Albemarle boys and Osbourn Park girls are the defending team champions. Osbourn Park girls expect to repeat, while Albemarle and their two man show of Anthony Kostelac and Jordan Hill will be seriously challenged be a well balanced Stafford squad with more than a half dozen individuals capable of scoring points including Matt Hazelgren (pictured left by John Herzog) in the pole vault and high jump.
Virtual meet preview for the 2010 Commonwealth District Indoor T&F Championships based on performances currently in the MileStat.com database as of February 2nd.
A new #1 ranked boys' team in Virginia with Ocean Lakes moving into the top spot and previous #1 Western Branch slipping to #3 behind Stafford. Ocean Lakes team is a pretty much two man show with jumper Justin Hunter and distance runner Drew Paisley. Hunter is capable of winning all three jumping events at the AAA State Meet, while Paisley figures to contend in any distance race which he competes in. These rankings were calculated by scoring the rankings as a meet. We took the individual rankings and relay rankings and scored them as a normal meet: 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1.
The Potomac River Running Holiday Invitational, hosted on its rescheduled snow date of December 26th, had two state leading performances produced by Stafford freshmen Hannah Lowery in the girls distance races and South Lakes senior senior Adrian Vaughn in the boys' sprints.
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!
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.