Virtual meet preview for the Evergreen District Championships to be held Tuesday, October 27th at Brentsville District High School in Nokesville, Va. Warren County junior Seamus O'Reilly (pictured by John Herzog) will be heavily favored to win the individual boys title in the first ever Evergreen District meet with a season 5K best of 16:02. Brentsville will attempt to sweep the team titles today after dominating the Northwest District previously, but Fauquier boys could spoil those plans coming down to Group AA this year. Allison Bartels of Brentsville will look to a win at the district meet to build momentum ahead to the Region II meet, while Warren County freshmen Kayla Gibbons will look to challenge Bartels and at least break up Brentsville's top three.
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Emily Harrison was a two-time Group AA state champion in the 3200 meter run (2002, 2004) as well as a state runner-up in 2003 during one of the most competitive eras of female distance running in the Group AA classification. Featuring the likes of Sarah Bowman, Shannon Saunders, Jessica Fanning, Tasmin Fanning, Jennifer Beury, and Kirsten Hagen, any state titles would be hard earned in the distance races. Harrison had a coming out race as a sophomore in the 2002 Southern Track Classic when she broke 11 minutes for the first time and would run her high school best of 10:44 in the meet the following year racing against top runners from Group AAA and Group AA. After being defeated by Jennifer Beury of Hidden Valley at Southern Track and the state outdoor meet as a junior, Harrison was able to come out on top as a senior in state competition to run one or her fastest times in a 10:46 victory. Harrison went onto a successful collegiate career at UVA to lead the Hoos throughout her time in Charlottesville in cross country and track including three NCAA All-American honors. She qualified for NCAA Nationals all four years of college in cross country and qualified for nationals twice in the 10K. She is now continuning to run post-collegiate with the McMillian Elite group in Flagstaff, Arizona. Read more for interview with Emily Harrison...
Jefferson Forest's Josh Morris continued his hot streak of cross country victories on Saturday at the Eastern Mennonite Invite as the junior dipped just under 17 minutes on a challenging 5K layout at Peak View Elementary School. Morris, ranked #7 in Virginia, has become a rising star on the state scene early in the season especially after his convincing win last week at the Blue Demon Invite. The Jefferson Forest boys also were winners on a humid and hot day in Harrisonburg as the Cavaliers had three other runners in the top 15. Photo by Ted Plunkett It was a very successful meet as a whole for the Warren County cross country team as the girls team champions and race winners also came from the school. Warren County senior Mara Smith was a runaway winner in the varsity girls' race with a margin of victory well over a minute at 20:47. Smith will be looking for her first All-State honor later this season after qualifying for state competition in the 1600 and 3200 meter run this past outdoor season. More... Eastern Mennonite Invitational Results: Varsity Boys - Varsity Girls - Middle School Boys - Middle School Girls
The first true weekend of racing action for high schoolers kicked off with several in-state invitationals with plenty of top teams and individuals squaring off with one another in early season contests.
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.
Pre-season favorites to win the AA boys crown, Rockbridge, suffered a major letdown at the Eastern Mennonite Invitational as they were narrowly upseted by unranked Fort Defiance 53-64.
Only a few exceptional runners have the kind of talent where they can start off their cross country seasons setting a course record. One of those kind of runners is John Handley junior Bobby Lockhart.