Here are the teams with the most state meet entries this weekend (and Monday/Tuesday) ranked!
Articles with Western Albemarle
Here are the award winners from this cross country season.
Virginia's record 24 athletes who ran at NXN Saturday all showed grit and determination and on average performed great.
The Warriors of Western Albemarle made history Saturday by finishing fifth at Nike Cross Nationals. That is Virginia's second highest finish ever at this meet and the perfect culmination to the previous four years for these Warriors.
Saturday afternoon (at least here on the East Coast) we will have the largest group of VA athletes ever competing at NXN at one time.
A hub for every individual and team qualifier for Nike Cross Nationals thus far.
The 2019 Nike Cross Southeast Regional will once again be held this weekend at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina gathering the top high school cross country teams as well as many of the top individual runners from the Mid-Atlantic to the Deep South states.
Boys team merge of the results from all 6 class races run at two different sites for the 2019 VHSL State Cross Country Championships
The Warriors from Western Albemarle came and made history at the Class 3 State Championships Saturday.
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.
For quite some time Jack Eliason has been a strong runner and one of the biggest names in Class 3. This weekend though he Jack had the race of his life down in Cary, NC.
Watch Colonial division (varsity A) from the 2019 Fork Union Invitational, which Western Albemarle senior Joe Hawkes won for the 3rd straight year in 15:53.
Most years that would guarantee a team into NXN but with Loudoun Valley and rivals Albemarle also in their region it could be much harder than anticipated.
Most of the time the teams just worry about themselves and their own classification but deep down they want to beat the other badly. That means the two times they meet a year matter a lot
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.
The VHSL State Cross Country Championships will be the center of attention this weekend for the entire Virginia running community. The meet features over 1,248 athletes from 215 teams all running on the historic Great Meadow state meet course.
Quietly and consistently Christiansburg has build a guys squad that is in serious contention for the 3A title this fall. They currently rank second in 3A and 10th overall in the entire state of Virginia.
Not only did we rank the top 10 guys teams in the state but here we tell you why they are in that spot and why they moved between weeks four and six. Click over to the next pages and countdown to VA #1.
While almost a third of the state was running at one of the fastest and biggest meets of the regular season, the Milestat Invitational, 30 teams headed over to the Albemarle Invitational.
Here we preview 10 very big questions we hope to get answered this weekend.
While the rest of the state is competing on flat-fast courses, some 30+ teams will be pushing themselves on the Panorama Farms hills.
In case you missed anything on the guys side here is your recap.
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!
Round one is in the books but things are just getting started between cross-town rivals Albemarle and Western Albemarle.
This season could be another one for the record books. Making their strong return to the top spot this year is Loudoun Valley.
Don't miss this thriller of a race that made the timers review the video footage. It was a close one.
This weekend is going to be huge. The Western Albemarle boys look better than ever and the Hidden Valley girls want to seal the deal this time around.
Despite whatever mother nature throws at them though we are certain they will get the meet in and crown some state champions this weekend.
Vote here for who you think will win these big state championship battles.
Fifteen events over five classifications will decide the biggest winners in our sport this season.
For the first time in state history it was a clean sweep of an entire day by just three teams.
Breaking down the 2017 VHSL state cross country meet results by grade level below.
Its finally time for XC MileStates. Here is your in-depth preview of the 12 races this weekend.
Christiansburg, Hidden Valley, and Abingdon though are all seeking to upend Western's state title hopes and realistically all have a shot.
In the 2017 installment of the RVA Relays the girls once again stole the show and showed the guys why they ran last in dramatic fashion.
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.
Only two teams enter the season with six guys under 17 minutes and one of them is our number two preseason team. The thing though that makes them not only on pace for a huge season this year but also next year is the fact that their entire top seven returns this year.
The 2017 indoor track season produced not only national caliber individual performances but also very solid state champion teams. One of the stronger teams gathering points from across the board was the Warriors from Western Albemarle (Crozet).
History repeats itself but really this soon?
Not making the trip to San Diego? We have you covered! This is your one stop location for Virginia's live updates and coverage from Foot Locker Nationals.
This is a huge year for Virginia, it could be even bigger after this weekend!
The second day of the 2015 VHSL Cross Country Championships brought the strong possibility of three schools capturing the girls and boys team titles: Auburn, Maggie Walker, and Blacksburg. In the end Maggie Walker was the only school to pull off the double win in similar weather and ground conditions as the 4A/5A/6A teams the day before.
Check out the 3A State Meet preview and virtual meets for the 12 teams competing in each race!
Watch the 2015 Ragged Mt Cup race here!
Check out some of the top moments of the year here.
Coverage from Tuesday's Group 3A West Regional Championship meet at Panorama Farms outside of Charlottesville.
Many of the former top programs in the old Group AA classification find themselves in the new Group 3A West Region, which hosts its regional championship meet on Tuesday to kick off regional week. Regular cross country powerhouses such as Blacksburg, Western Albemarle, and Hidden Valley get to match up prior to the state championships, which could see all three on the podium together on November 16th at Great Meadow. Blacksburg and Hidden Valley girls were familiar foes in the old Region IV, while Western Albemarle now joins them as a new regional rival after spending years in Region II.
Both Blacksburg junior Bonnie Angermeier (18:39) and Albemarle senior Ryan Thomas (15:55) shifted into high gear on the final straightaway at Panorama Farms to claim individual victories at the Albemarle Invitational. Complete results posted. Race videos, photo galleries, interviews, and meet summary to come from our meet coverage!
At Panorama Farms on Saturday, Albemarle senior Ryan Thomas will get one of his last opportunities to race on his home course as his team welcomes 35 schools to the grassy rolling hills of Panorama for the Albemarle Invitational. The 2013 Group AAA state indoor 1000 meter champion Thomas is coming off his best race of the season with a personal best 5K clocking of 15:25 at Great American. He is the top returnee from last year's Albemarle Invitational when he finished 4th with a time of 16:02.
Virtual meet cross country rankings for all 8 conferences (#25-32) in the Group 3A classification which generates team scoring based off season best 5K times in the database. The Western Albemarle girls finally ran in their first 5K race of the season on Saturday at Maymont after starting their season with a win at the Ragged Mountain Cup (2 mile leg relays) and a runner-up showing at Fork Union Invitational (3 miles) on a sixth runner tiebreaker. The VA #15 ranked Lady Warriors were the top performing Group 3A squad in the meet with their 6th place in the invitational division from a team score of 163 points and a 20:36 team average on moderately slow 5K course at Maymont Park.
Virtual meet girls previews (includes this year and last year's season best 5K times) for the 2013 Maymont X-Country Festival which has 116 schools entered in the meet. One of the state's better and more exciting rivalries between West Springfield's Caroline Alcorta and Lake Braddock's Hannah Christen will be renewed again on Saturday at Maymont in the invitational division race.
Miles Clikeman (pictured above by Arnel Gonce) of Veritas School won his first major invitational with a 15:32 clocking on the Hardy National 3 mile course at the Fork Union Invitational on Saturday. The Western Albemarle boys nearly put their entire top 7 among the top 25 places to win the team title with ease averaging 16:10 and creating a 34 point buffer
MileStat.com will be on-site today covering the Ragged Mountain Cup at Panorama Farms outside of Charlottesville. The Cup is the annual season opener for Charlottesville area schools with a 4x2 mile relay format for team's varsity runners followed by an open 2 mile race to follow for the remaining runners on the team.
MileStat.com visited the Western Albemarle girls on stop #15 of our preseason practice tour at Panorama Farms on Wednesday afternoon for their two mile time trial. A steady downpour of rain slowed times down on the hilly 2 mile grass course (same used for Ragged Mountain Cup next week) before the varsity runners got to spike it up to run 2x1 mile tempo on the same loop.
Regardless of the misfortune found widespread among his top competition in Group AA's elite distance runners as of late, Western Albemarle senior David Taylor was not going to waste the opportunity to become the dominant runner for this past indoor season as Taylor won a pair of state titles in the 1600 and 3200 at last month's VHSL Group AA State Championships.
The Blacksburg boys had one of the most dominant wins in state meet history with their team score under 20 points in the Group AA race at Great Meadow last Saturday. The Bruins will still be in the running for a fifth straight title, but it will be in a new classification in the new 3A and the margin of victory might be significantly more narrow between them and this year's AA state runner-up Lafayette.
A virtual meet preview of the Group AA 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 AA 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.
MileStat.com was on-site Tuesday covering the 26th annual Ragged Mountain Cup, which gathered 17 schools from the Charlottesville area at Panorama Farms for a 4x2 mile relay race.
Group AA All-State distance runner and VA #14 pre-season ranked David Taylor of Western Albemarle High School recalls his very first high school cross country race.
The Blacksburg boys are seeking their fourth straight Group AA state cross country team title this fall. Another state title would also be the ninth state title in school history which would push Blacksburg ahead of John Handley (8 state titles) as the most winningest boys' cross country program in Virginia. Blacksburg should be heavily favored to win with only their #6 runner graduating from a team last fall which were 47 points ahead of the state runners-up.
Defending Group AA state champions Blacksburg were head and shoulders above the rest in the 2011 cross country season as they won their state title by 55 points over their district rivals from the River Ridge District in Hidden Valley and Christiansburg. Could the River Ridge District sweep the podium again?
Group AA followers have been well familiar with the Western Albemarle boys who have almost on an annual basis been in the hunt competing for state titles every November at Great Meadow. It was huge news in the one year which the Warriors from Crozet failed to qualify for the state meet out of the always competitive Region II Meet. The runners and faces have changed, but the one constant has been head coach Lindy Bain.
The Albemarle boys were impressive in their season debut at the Ragged Mountain Cup as they broke the 4x2 mile relay race record (with a 9:52 anchor leg split from Adam Visokay) in the 26th annual season opener meet for Charlottesville area schools.
The Western Albemarle boys were clipping right on Blacksburg's heels last fall at the VHSL State Championships as they were only 2 points from winning the AA state cross country crown. Western Albemarle heads into this season with more members (4 total) back from their top seven one year ago than Blacksburg (only 2), but Blacksburg saw several of their next group of runners develop nicely over the track season to likely put them back in contention for a state title once again. New contending schools will also be in the mix including last year's surprise 3rd place podium team Loudoun County. Similar to the Western Albemarle boys, Skyline rising junior Thomas Madden was painfully close to a state title himself individually last fall as the 2010 runner-up and will be hungry for his first championship this November. Warren County's Seumas O'Reilly and Cave Spring's Cody Seymour lead a large group of runners looking to challenge.
Virtual meet preview for the Jefferson District predicts the Louisa County boys and Western Albemarle girls winning the team titles. Western Albemarle has one of the best distance runners in Group AA with Mattie Webb, but also has a state title contender in the pole vault with Kelsey Grupp (pictured above by Andrew Kicinski) and her season best clearance of 11 feet.
Third journal entry from Western Albemarle senior Mattie Webb. Webb has continued her stellar season with a most recent 18:14 win at the Albemarle Invitational against a strong field. Webb's regular season of invitationals is now complete as she trains for the championship season approaching.
In his second entry for journal entry for MileStat.com, Western Albemarle senior Derek Armstrong enjoyed an off week from training last week after his win at Maymont to prepare for the Albemarle Invitational this week. Armstrong reveals the new design to his team's jerseys for post-season meets this fall in this week's entry.
Fresh off his huge upset victory at the Maymont Festival, Western Albemarle senior Derek Armstrong joins MileStat.com's group of elite high school runners contributing weekly journals of their life in running. Armstrong, a Canadian born and bred hockey player, has found a new love of the sport in running since moving "South of the Border". Despite having to overcome numerous stress fractures as a junior, Armstrong (pictured above by Brandon Miles) has been able to smartly train this fall to remain healthy and as Maymont showed, his full potential as a runner leading an emerging Group AA state title contender in the Western Albemarle boys. In his introductory journal entry, Armstrong goes in detail about his running background and why it has taken him till his senior year to finally arrive as a runner.
Western Albemarle senior Mattie Webb (pictured above by John Olson of scrunners.com) joins the group of Virginia elite high school runners now contributing weekly journal blogs for MileStat.com. Webb's introductory journal also recaps the week leading into her 18:20 cross country 5K personal best performance as the top Virginian finisher at the Maymont Festival's invitational division. Webb came into this season as a runner expected to go to the next level following a fantastic ending to her outdoor season running under 11 minutes for 3200 meters and 18 flat minute performance for 5K on the track at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals. She has done nothing but live up to those pre-season expectations with a 11:03 two mile trial on a MileStat.com workout visit, posting one of the fastest splits ever at the Ragged Mountain Cup, and winning the Judges Classic in dominant fashion prior to her Maymont race. The former swimmer converted to running superstar travels with her Western Albemarle teammates down to Cary, North Carolina this weekend for the Great American Cross Country Festival.
MileStat.com visited arguably the #2 ranked team in Group AA and top team within the competitive Region II at this point of the season in the Western Albemarle boys for a combination of hills workout on their school grounds in Crozet, Virginia on Tuesday, September 14th. Last year was a rare for longtime coach Lindy Bain (23 years) and the Western Albemarle boys without a team or single individual competing at the state meet. Injuries and illness as well as a tough and competitive region played a role in snapping their long streak of state meet berths, so the key for this year's team success is staying healthy especially their top runner Derek Armstrong who missed virtually all of cross country and outdoor track last year as a junior. The team has started off the 2010 season healthy and strong with two back-to-back wins at the Ragged Mountain Cup and Judges Classic. Pre-Workout Interview w/ Coach Lindy Bain The Warmup Combo Hills Workout Post-Workout Interview w/ Coach Lindy Bain Interview w/ Derek Armstrong, Henry Giles, David Taylor, & Ben Schiller
It was a dramatic finish to determine the Group AA state cross country champion in 2009 and expectations are for another exciting ending in 2010 with the top two finishers from that race back in defending champion Kyle King of Grafton and returning state runner-up Tommy Curtin of Loudoun County. King had a strong track season as a state runner-up three times in the 1000 indoors as well as the 1600 and 800 outdoors. Blacksburg's George Carter has been one of the best in his class since freshmen year, but no state title to show so far as he hopes to finish his high school cross country career with another team title for his top ranked Blacksburg boys by taking the individual title as well. Blacksburg has four individuals ranked among the top 20. Region II once again looks to be the unbalanced congregation of the majority of Group AA's top teams with 8 of the top 10 pre-season ranked teams with the Western Albemarle boys leading the bunch and crossing their fingers that their injuries and illness issues which kept them out of the state meet last year due not make another huge appearance this upcoming season. Potomac Falls boys still keep a solid core of runners including sub 4:20 1600 runner Juan Campos to make another podium run, while Brentsville looks to show it can still be a top notch program in the post-Coach Dulin era.
Jamestown's Colin Mearns will look to become Jamestown’s second individual state champion in a row and follow in the footsteps of last year’s Group AA champion Andrew Colley, who set a new course record. Mearns appears to be taking his running to another level at season’s end similar to last fall when he had a great stretch of races extending into December for the Nike Cross Nationals. Mearns is the top returnee from last year’s state race with his 15:28 fourth place finish among a collection of stars in the outstanding class of 2009 runners.
The Brentsville girls came through in crunch time to overtake the favored Western Albemarle girls for the Region II team title behind the successful individual repeat by senior Allison Bartels who outran Loudoun County's Julie Strange for a five second 18:58 win. The order and list of boys team qualifiers could not have been predicted by any knowledgeable expert on the region as the Skyline boys qualified for their first state meet ever led by freshmen Thomas Madden and from the Jefferson District, it will be the Monticello boys and not Western Albemarle who will move onto state competition as team. Like the Brentsville girls, Potomac Falls boys are looking like a state meet podium squad in their repeat as Region II champions as a one second spread for their top three runners finishing among the top 15 sparked their charge. Thomas Curtin of Loudoun County continued his breakthrough junior cross country season in winning the individual regional crown with a 16:08 performance at Panorama Farms, which is 17 places better and over a minute faster than his sophomore year regional race. Complete results, race videos, and video interviews with Bartels & Curtins posted. Photo gallery to be posted soon.
Loudoun County and Western Albemarle could enjoy championships twice on Tuesday at the Region II Championships in Charlottesville. There is a serious individual contender from Loudoun County in both races as Thomas Curtin (pictured left by Frank Locascio) and Julie Strange have both established themselves as race favorites with strong season best performances last month on the regional course at the competitive Albemarle Invitational. Curtin has been a great story this fall from starting off as a virtual unknown to now be considered as a darkhorse to win the Group AA state title and at least set himself up in great position to become a state champion as a senior in 2010. The Western Albemarle boys and girls have the smallest time difference for their top five among the top contender teams, which could seal a sweep of regional team titles if both squads are able to close the door on their team scoring well ahead of the other challengers' fifth runners with their tight packs.
Western Albemarle should make an easy sweep of the team titles with dual meet like scores at the Jefferson District Championships on Wednesday. The Western girls, in particular, could really dominate with the potential to put their entire top seven ahead of any other team in the district's #2 runner and even the #1 runner on some teams within the district. Louisa's Hannah Best should spoil plans of a perfect score 15 point total from the Western Albemarle girls, while Western Albemarle has not had a clear #1 runner this season so several of the team's individuals could take first place. A mere four seconds separates the season best 5K times of the top four runners for the Western Albemarle boys with times just above 17 minutes. Monticello junior Nathaniel Hermsmeier and Louisa sophomore Chris Springer (pictured by Brandon Miles) are the top individuals contenders after only one place and two seconds separated the two runners at the Albemarle Invite as they finished ahead of the Western Albemarle pack.
It is hard to believe, but the Albemarle boys were actually defeated in relay action last year. The national record breakers in the 4x800 indoor and outdoor as well as DMR national champions at Nike Indoor Champions proved to be beatable but in a cross country setting last September in the 2 mile leg-4 runners relay at the Ragged Mountain Cup at the hands of Western Albemarle with Foot Locker finalist Kyle Satterwhite and Nike All-American miler Tyler Stutzman. The landscape of Central Virginia high school running has changed drastically with the graduation of a great 2009 class of runners, so Tuesday evening's Ragged Mountain Cup should usher in new names and teams to carry the torch for this fall. MileStat.com will be on-site at the Cup with race videos, photos, and interviews! First race at Panorama Farms begins with the varsity (boys & girls) 4x2 mile relay at 5 PM.
The rivalry between the Blacksburg and Hidden Valley girls has been one of the state's best the past two years in cross country. In consecutive years, Hidden Valley has handed the Blacksburg girls a rare defeat at the regional meet, while the Blacksburg girls have turned it around in one week on both occassions to claim the Group AA state crown. Last year's state meet was as good as it gets and dramatic to an extreme as a sixth runner tiebreaker decided the state title in favor of the Blacksburg girls. The Hidden Valley girls got redemption in the post-season though in defeating both Blacksburg and four-time AAA state champions Midlothian at the NXN Southeast Regional in Cary, NC to position themselves well heading into the 2009 season returning their entire top five. With all the focus on two River Ridge District powerhouse schools emerging on a national level, it is easy to forget the other great teams in Group AA, which looks to be a highly competitive year. Potomac Falls will be much stronger with the return of their star runner Christina Lee after missing last fall due to injury, while Western Albemarle girls receive a boost in the transfer of private school Division II state runner-up Peri Bowser from St. Anne's-Belfield.
Ashley Early set the bar that all of today's pole vaulters in Virginia aspire to clear. Early, a 2006 graduate of Western Albemarle High School, set Virginia high school records indoors (12'9") and outdoors (12'10") in the pole vault which none have came close to threatening yet. She won a total of four Group AA state titles and set state meet records for both indoor and outdoor in the pole vault. On the national level, Early earned All-American honors on four occasions. She was named MileStat.com's Track & Field Athlete of the Year as a high school junior, which is a rare feat for an athlete who competes in a single event such as the pole vault. After a strong start to her collegiate career at Virginia Tech including winning ACC titles and qualifying for NCAA Nationals as a true freshmen, Early has been battling a lower back injury for the past two years and hopes to be back on the mend this year. Read more for interview with Ashley Early...
Tyler Stutzman just concluded his final season of high school track at Western Albemarle, which included helping his team to a state track team title with 3200 and 800 state crowns and a third place finish in the 1600 in a grueling triple at the AA State Outdoor Championships. Stutzman was the only runner under 4:10 for 1600 meters this spring from Virginia and was a Nike All-American indoors in the mile for a second year in a row. Stutzman finished with personal bests of 9:03 for 3200 meters and 1:53 for 800 meters. Stutzman ran some great anchor legs for Western Albemarle's DMR including a national indoor title in the DMR in 2008 and a 10:01 relay performance in 2009. In the fall, Stutzman will join another great from Virginia's deep class of 2009 male distance runners in Foot Locker Nationals 3rd place finisher Thomas Porter at Stanford University as they were recruited out Palo Alto by former UVA coach Jason Dunn. Read more for interview with Tyler Stutzman...
One cannot fault Tyler Stutzman (pictured left by Tim Fulton) for Western Albemarle coming up short in defending their title in the distance medley relay at the Loucks Games held in New York. Stutzman was given the baton as the 1600 meter anchor leg for the Warriors with a 25 yard lead on the second place squad from Westerly High School in Rhode Island. The Group AA indoor state 1600 meter indoor champion proceeded to run the next four laps in a split of 4 minutes and seven seconds, but it was not enough to hold off the Nike Indoor Nationals mile champion Andrew Springer, who posted an incredible split of 4:03.6 to catch Stutzman at the very end. Westerly and Springer claimed the win and US #1 time at 10:01.13, while Western Albemarle and Stutzman were second in a US #2 time of 10:01.87. The performance also ranks the Western Albemarle squad as the 12th fastest all-time in US history. It is amazing to think that the Charlottesville area has two of the best DMR's all-time in Virginia high school state history at the same time (with the except of Alan Webb and the South Lakes 9:49.78 national record DMR in 2001) as the Albemarle boys ran a state indoor record and just missed a national record in the DMR with their 10:02.13 victory at Nike Indoor Nationals. More to come from Loucks Games as MileSplit US affiliate, ArmoryTrack.com, is on-site with coverage.
Photo by Tim Fulton A thrilling DMR on Thursday at the Loucks Games as Andrew Springer of Westerly (RI) anchored his relay with a 4:03.6 1600 meter split to overtake Western Albemarle (VA) and Tyler Stutzman at the very end for a US #1 10:01.13 win. Western Albemarle and Stutzman, who ran a solid 4:07 anchor leg, were a close runner-up at 10:01.87. Shelby Greany, fresh off her high school national record performance in the 2K steeplechase this past week, brought her team from behind with a 4:47.6 anchor split to give the Suffern (NY) girls the victory in US #1 11:49.46. Full story by Chris Hunt MileSplit US affiliate, ArmoryTrack.com, was on-site and will be providing photo galleries, video, and story soon. 42nd Glenn D. Loucks Game Meet Page & Coverage at MileSplit US affiliate ArmoryTrack.com
It was not the best of times for Western Albemarle senior Tyler Stutzman in late November for the Foot Locker South in Charlotte, North Carolina. He had given his all in a quest to make it to the Foot Locker Nationals, but his body shut down on him. In top 10 position with less than 400 meters to go, a dehydrated and energy depleted Stutzman bonked and was unable to finish the race. Meanwhile, his teammate Kyle Satterwhite and familar rival Alex Ott went by him at that time to move onto the Foot Locker Finals in San Diego. It was not Stutzman's day, but this indoor season has proven to be very fruitful for him and he has rarely come up empty handed. Between punching his ticket to Millrose with an incredible negative split and 2:02 last half mile in a victory at the Montgomery Invitational mile earlier this month as well as most recently running the nation's fastest 3200 meter time at 9:05 in a great duel against Bobby Peavey at Virginia Tech, Stutzman has made up for that missed opportunity in November. His redemption from not making it to San Diego may come this weekend on the big stage in the high school mile at the Millrose Games, which will be televised to a national audience on ESPN. With one of the fastest mile times currently in the nation and fresh off his big PR 3200 performance at Tech, the senior from Crozet, VA has an excellent chance to make history in becoming only the third Millrose Games high school mile champion from Virginia. Read more...
Realizing a dream of a Foot Locker Nationals berth seemed to look bleak for Kyle Satterwhite (pictured right by Ted Plunkett) when he initially learned that he would be missing nearly all of his summer training due to an undiagnosed stress fracture from last spring's track season. Satterwhite, a returning All-South performer and one of the state's top returning cross country runners, aggressively cross trained to maintain his fitness as best as he could to get ready for his final high school cross country season. The work in the pool paid off as the Western Albemarle senior earned a trip to San Diego for the Foot Locker Nationals with his 7th place finish last weekend at the South regional seeded race in Charlotte. In 11th place with 800 meters to go at Foot Locker South, Satterwhite found another gear despite having already run a hard early pace through two miles to surge up well into top 10 position and as he states, "It would be a very long ride back home if I finished in eleventh place." Always known as a gutsy runner willing to push the pace, Satterwhite will certainly not be afraid to mix it up next Saturday with the 40 best high school cross country runners in the nation for the historic 30th anniversary of the Foot Locker Nationals.
#1 and #2 ranked teams face off for the first time this season to settle the debate (for now at least) at Saturday's Manhattan Invitational. Jamestown and Oakton boys have been head and shoulders better than the rest of the competition so far this fall, but both will have their hands full when they race against each other and a loaded field at the Manhattan Invitational. Meanwhile, Glory Days Grill Invitational will feature 6 schools which are ranked among the top 10 currently led by the Octoberfest champs from James Robinson, who are racing in their fourth major invitational in as many weekends and so far have improved their team performance each weekend.
So 9:42 might not sound fast for two miles for a runner of the caliber of Tyler Stutzman with track bests of 9:15 for 3200 meters and 4:14 for 1600 meters, but the Western Albemarle senior broke well under 10 minutes on a hilly and challenging two mile layout at Panorama Farms on a hot and humid afternoon for the 2008 Ragged Mountain Cup. It was an amazing feat, which should be taken seriously by all other top runners in the state of potential great things to come from Stutzman. He broke his own course record by 20 seconds from a year ago and also bested the previous best times on the older version of the two mile course for the Cup by a dozen seconds with his sensational anchor leg for the Western Albemarle Warriors. Many outstanding cross country runners have failed to come close to breaking 10 minutes at the Cup and Stutzman today simply shattered the barrier. More.. Ragged Mountain Cup Results: Team Results - Individual Results - JV Race Results Ragged Mountain Cup Interviews: Kyle Satterwhite (Western Albemarle) - Coach Male (Albemarle) - Coach Bain (Western Albemarle) - Steve Murray (Owner of Panorama Farms) Ragged Mountain Cup Race Videos: Varsity Relay Race - JV Race Photos to come!
Luke Noble and the Albemarle boys expect to be a tougher challenger for Western Albemarle at tomorrow's Ragged Mountain Cup. Western Albemarle will still be the favorites with three sub 16 minute 5K runners in Tyler Stutzman, Kyle Satterwhite, and James Howard-Smith and finished nearly 2 minutes ahead of a fourth place Albemarle squad at the 2007 Cup. However, Albemarle's confidence is much higher from a year ago with three of their cross country team members running on a 7:42 4x800 meter relay this past June. (Photo by Ted Plunkett) The Ragged Mountain Cup kicks off at 5 PM tomorrow at Panorama Farms as Charlottesville area schools will gather to compete in the 4x2 mile relay season opening race. Western Albemarle and Albemarle figure to battle it out in both boys and girls races.
Photo by Brandon Miles Despite being one of the state's best cross country teams and possessing two of the state's top distance runners in Kyle Satterwhite and Tyler Stutzman on their roster, the Western Albemarle boys could certainly not coast through the Jefferson District Meet with a formidable Louisa County squad as well as another top individual in AA 1000 and 800 meter state champion Logan Collins from Orange County. With Collins and several members of Louisa's squad now graduated, the Western Albemarle boys might not have to go into full throttle mode at the district meet this season as they approach bigger championship races at the Region II Meet, VHSL State Championships, and possibly NTN regional qualifier race.
Photo by Jeff Sitler Not all of Virginia's best will be at Southern Track Classic on Friday night (hard to believe when looking at the entry list for the boys mile). Western Albemarle coach Lindy Bain has made it an annual trip to take his top distance runners to the Loucks Games in White Plains, New York to compete against some of the top teams in the state of New York. The distance medley relay assembled for Thursday afternoon in three-day meet was simply of epic proportions. Already in the race were the top five finishing teams from DMR at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships. Meanwhile, Western Albemarle had won a national title in the DMR at the "other national meet" at Nike Indoor Nationals. The New York teams finishing in the top five in the DMR race and competing on the faster New York Armory banked track at NSIC all had ran faster than Western Albemarle's winning time at NIN of 10:25.73. When Western Albemarle got a chance to match up with those same NSIC teams for the first time on Thursday at the Loucks Games, they showed full well that they had much faster than a 10:25 in them from their national title in Landover by winning in a US #4 time of 10:11.32. Despite three solid legs with a 3:08.7 1200 split from Kyle Satterwhite, 49.0 400 split from Nick Ward, and 1:59.0 800 from Adrian Sitler, Western's 1600 anchor leg Tyler Stutzman received the baton with two teams ahead of him in Shenendehowa and Colonie of New York. Stutzman did not panic, he just ran fast. With a 4:14.5 split, Stutzman put Western Albemarle in the lead and brought home the big win as well as one of the faster times in state history in the DMR. More on ArmoryTrack.com with story on Western Albemarle boys DMR by Chris Hunt.
The Western Albemarle and Louisa County cross country teams made the trip together down to Cary, North Carolina this past weekend for the adidas Wolfpack Invitational. The Western Albemarle boys, recently ranked #3 in the latest Southeast region rankings, did not have the showing they hoped for with a third place finish behind two unranked North Carolina squads Broughton (1st, 64 pts) and Enloe (2nd, 77 pts). Despite having two of the top four finishers with Tyler Stutzman (3rd, 16:07) and Kyle Satterwhite (4th, 16:09), the two North Carolina teams were able to pull ahead of the Warriors (3rd, 79 pts) in the remaining top five positions as Broughton gained a 10 point advantage alone in the fifth man position. Louisa County had a solid showing in fifth place behind last year's NTN squad Chapel Hill (4th, 134 pts) with two top 8 finishers in Thomas Baker (6th, 16:31) and Lawrence Minor (8th, 16:42). L.C. Bird also represented the Commonwealth well with a sixth place finish in the invitaitonal division as they were paced by race runner-up Justin Kendall in a time of 17:09. Hannah Best's third place run of 20:27 led the Louisa girls to a fourth place showing in the invitational division, while the Western Albemarle girls finished sixth in the championship race. Aurora Scott also competed at the Wolfpack Invite as she won the championship division race easily with a 18:27 5K at SAS Park. Scott had competed two years ago at the same venue for the Great American Festival as she raced unattached in the college race in 2005 with a time of 17:35.
Video interview at the 2007 Ragged Mountain Cup with Western Albemarle coach Lindy Bain. Coach Bain's Western Albemarle boys, currently ranked #4 in Virginia, opened their season with a win at the Cup over last year's champs from Fork Union. Western Albemarle had three runners well under 11 minutes for their two mile splits with Tyler Stutzman (10:02), Kyle Satterwhite (10:14), and James Howard-Smith (10:22).
Video interview at the 2007 Ragged Mountain Cup with Western Albemarle junior Tyler Stutzman. Stutzman ran second leg for Western and ended up with the fastest split of the meet nearly broke 10 minutes for the two mile course at Panorama Farms at 10:02.
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.
Commonwealth's Four Horsemen! All photos by John Herzog The "Commonwealth's Four Horsemen" as they will be called this cross country season make up the top four cream of the crop individuals rankings with Peter Dorrell of Blacksburg, Jason Witt of Midlothian, Griff Graves of Abingdon, and Thomas Porter of Mountain View. All are legitimate qualifiers for Footlocker Nationals and will pair up against another for some classic battles for the state crowns in AAA with Witt and Porter then in AA with Graves and Dorrell. The state's elite are not just found with Graves and Dorrell for Group AA, as a total of six AA runners are ranked in the pre-season top 15, while Jamestown and Western Albemarle rank among the state's best teams at #3 and #4 in Virginia.
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.
Group AA boys will feature two of the best individuals and two of the best teams in the state this cross country season with Griff Graves of Abingdon and Peter Dorrell of Blacksburg as pre-season favorites as Footlocker Nationals qualifiers, while both Western Albemarle and Jamestown have Nike Team Nationals aspirations along with AA state team titles after returning the majority of their runners from state meet podium teams last November. Pictured right by Ted Plunkett: Tyler Stutzman and James Howard-Smith are part of a talented trio of rising juniors including AA 3200 indoor state champ Kyle Satterwhite, who will be leading the Coach Lindy Bain's Western Albemarle Warriors to AA state title and potential post-season NTN run. All three were under 16 minutes at Footlocker South last November. More in-depth preview as well as pre-season predictions from MileStat.com's own Brandon Miles to come in August.
Rarely do you actually find an event such as the freshmen/sophomore distance medley relay, but the event at the Charles Loucks Games in White Plains, New York was a perfect event for a program with the young distance talent found at Western Albemarle. The boys from Crozet, Virginia won the race by 24 seconds and broke the meet record in the event by an even larger margin of 27 seconds with their winning time of 10:39.07. Three of the four relay members consisted of that incredible trio in the sophomore race at Footlocker South this past November who were all under in 16 minutes for 5K with Tyler Stutzman as the 1200 leg (3:14.8), James Howard-Smith as the 800 leg (1:59.7), and AA 3200 indoor state champ Kyle Satterwhite as the 1600 anchor (4:32.2). Adrian Sitler ran as the 400 meter leg with a 52.5 split. They won the battle with the upperclassmen as well as the junior/senior Western Albemarle DMR squad finishing 17th in the upperclassmen division in 11:00.86. Guiderland of New York, anchored by Footlocker finalist Brian Rhodes-Devey, broke the meet record in the seeded divison of 10:14.52, which was previously held by a Virginian squad in one of the best ever DMR's in the 2004 Westfield team as Guiderland clocked in at 10:12.24.
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!
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.
Predictability is a word that serves Group AA girls well this fall with the Brentsville girls returning a full squad from a team that simply dominated at the state meet last year and two-time individual state champion Catherine White looking fitter than ever heading into this season. Behind Brentsville and White, there are plenty of great teams and individuals filling out what should be a strong fall for Group AA.
-- At the Jefferson District Meet, Western Albemarle senior Ashley Early broke her own indoor state record, while posting a US #7 mark of 12\'7\". The height was a personal best for the Virginia Tech bound Early as it bettered her outdoor state record best of 12\'6.25\". Wednesday\'s district meet was held at Fork Union\'s Estes Athletic Center in Fork Union, Virginia. Charlottesville won both the boys and girls district team titles.
In a featured MileStat.com interview, Western Albemarle senior Ashley Early has great expectations for her final year of high school track. A three-time Group AA state champion and three-time All-American, Early would like to better her two state records indoors (12-4) and outdoors (12-6.25) in the pole vault. As the state\'s top pole vaulter for the past two years, the sky is the limit for Virginia\'s All-American vaulter.
Video clip taken by Mike Zajac of Ashley Early successfully clearing a height at the Wally Gilbert Invitational held at Liberty University\'s Tolsma Track Center in Lynchburg on Saturday, December 10th.
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.
On day two at NSIC, Western Albemarle junior Ashley Early earned All-American honors with a national runner-up finish in the pole vault, while Potomac Senior\'s Kharya Brown has set herself up to have two opportunities to earn All-American honors in Sunday\'s finals by advancing out of the final preliminary rounds of the 60 and 200 meter dash.
On the first day of events at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships held at the Armory in New York City, the Lake Braddock High School track squad was able to garner three All-American performances, while several other Virginian relays and individuals had strong performances including a national runner-up performance by the Manchester girls in the 4x55 shuttle hurdle relay.
Blacksburg - Sarah Bowman a senior from Fauquier County set the national record in the 1000m in 2:43.40 as she smashed the old record set by Ari Lambie (2:45.46) of Massachusetts in 2003. I asked Sarah before the race what her plans were and she said she was skipping the 1600m in order to try to get the record in the 1000m. Bowman led from the gun until the finish as she went through the first 200m in 29 seconds, 400m in 62 seconds, and 800m in 2:08.
Western Albemarle\'s Ashley Early improved upon her state record in the pole vault (12-2) that she had sit earlier in the season by extending the state record to a new height of 12-4. Early cleared the height at the Region II Meet held Wednesday at Fork Union\'s Estes Athletic Center. The Western Albemarle junior broke the previous Region II meet record by 16 inches. Video Clip of Early\'s Record Breaking Clearance (2.78 mb size file) by Joe Showker.
In the wake of Hurricane Isabel\'s destruction, many weekend invitationals were cancelled or postponed, but several invites in the Southwestern part of the state were able to go off as the area was not hit terribly hard by the storm.
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.
If Joel Hanlon stays at James Wood instead of going to Millbrook then James Wood is the clear favorite to win the state title of AA State Cross-Country Champion. Even without Hanlon, they may just pull it off.
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)
Although the meet is four months away, the 2002 Southern Track Classic has a boatload of early commitments from elite talent. Several current National leaders, All-Americans and numerous State Champs have indicated that The Classic is on their schedule.
The Western Albemarle boys and girls cross country squads cruised to district titles on the challenging Darden Towe Park 5K course in Charlottesville.
After simply crushing the talented field at the William & Mary Invitational last weekend, it seemed as though Western Albemarle would be just be unstoppable this season. However, at the Albemarle Invitational, cross town rivals Albemarle gave them a scare
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.
Western Albemarle boys beats nationally ranked Robinson Sep 16, 2000
At the 2000 Virginia Tech Invitational, a star was born. That star (or runner) was Rockbridge County HS sophomore John Crews. Crews destroyed the talented field as well the course record (15:44 Nick Magnum) as he powered across the line in a time of 15:27
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.