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.
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Westfield's Emma Seetoo holds one distinction that will separate her from almost every one of her freshman peers as they enter 10th grade - that of defending state champion.
The ultimate stats feature which analyzes the depth at 300 and 500 meters for the teams who have made the all-time list for 4x400.
The best boys team possibly in the Southeast this season could be found at Lake Braddock High School in Northern Virginia. Last year's Virginia 6A state runners-up, Lake Braddock returns a strong core of their top runners from that team. In their first meet of the season at the =PR= Kick Off Invitational on a two mile loop at Bull Run Regional Park, the US #23 ranked Lake Braddock had four of the top five finishers in the upperclassmen race with Kevin Monogue (2nd, 10:08), Alex Corbett (3rd, 10:09), Ben Fogg (4th, 10:17), and Colin Schaefer (5th, 10:18).
Despite being a completely new regional championship many of the former AAA Northern Regional teams came in with a sense of not only setting meet standards for the new meet but for expanding on the already illustrious history of this meet.
Our Path to the State Meet series focuses on a random selection of individual qualifiers and their seasons and path leading up to qualifying to compete at this weekend's VHSL State Championships. Westfield junior Johnny Pace qualified for the state meet with a 12th place finish of 15:28 at Burke Lake Park in the 6A North Regional Meet.
The VA #1 ranked James Robinson traveled all the way down to Orlando, Florida this weekend to compete at the Disney Classic at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex as well as a handful of other Virginia schools including Brentsville, Christiansburg, Hanover, Mountain View, Walsingham Academy, and Westfield. Competing in only their second 5K race of the season (first being in a 3rd place finish behind two nationally ranked squads at the Carlise Invitaitonal in Pennsylvania), the Robinson boys inserted 5 runners among the top 13 places to claim the team title in the 4A division (largest schools) with 43 points. Leading the Rams for the second meet in a race was John Tolbert with a 4th place finish of 16:20 and his teammates kept the spread tight to a mere 25 second margin.
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.
The Westfield boys nearly pulled it off and almost became repeat Championships of America winners in the 4x800 meter relay. After running a 7:47 qualifying time for Saturday's finals in front of the biggest crowds of the weekend at the Penn Relays. The foursome of Max Chambers, Jeff Edmondson, Troy Sevachko, and Nathan Kiley for Westfield came to race in a title defense attempt and battled it out in a classic duel with New Jersey's Pleasantville High School.
The Westfield boys team may have been missing their top athlete in New Balance Indoor Nationals 800 meter champion Nathan Kiley at the Carolyn Legard Relays as he recovers from his hamstring injury suffered at the Leslie Sherman Memorial Invite, but their relays seemed to be doing just fine without him on Saturday at W.T. Woodson High School with victories in the 4x1600 (18:23.53), 1600 sprint medley relay (3:36.75), and 4x400 meter relay (3:29.27). However, their relays will certainly be bolstered with Kiley's return in the last half of the season. (Photo by Steven Pham)
A final rankings list of the top 25 boys' performances in each event from this past 2012-2013 indoor track season. Links to full rankings are included as well as the state leaders in each event being highlighted. The Thomas Edison boys 4x800 meter relay ran the state's fourth fastest time in indoor history with a 11 second improvement from their state meet performance (a fourth place 7:58 season best race) by finishing third at the New Balance Indoor Nationals with a remarkable 7:47.07 performance.
Oscar Smith's Michael Cherry in the 400 and Westfield's Nathan Kiley in the 800 winning national titles lead as the top performances by Virginians on the final day of the 2013 New Balance Nationals.
Northern Region 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). South County's Felecia Majors won quite a few state title last year as a junior (5 total-3 outdoor & 2 indoor). The state's most versatile athlete is back to see if she can double her state title count this year.
A list of top 8 finishers from Virginia in Friday's events at the 2012 New Balance Outdoor Nationals. The Cosby girls won a national title in the sprint medley relay, while David Johnson of Charlottesville in the triple jump and the Westfield boys in the 4x800 were national runners-up.
Westfield tops Kingston (JAM) in the COA 4x800 with a time of 7:39.73. Potomac (MD) 4th in the COA 4x100m, first US team! (Photo by Don Rich)
In the much-anticipated USA versus the World competition during the final day of the 118th Penn Relays Carnival, the Americans put on a show for the nearly 50,000 that filled the stands at Franklin Stadium by sweeping all six events. (Photo by Don Rich)
Virtual meet preview for the 2010 Concorde District Indoor T&F Championships based on performances currently in the MileStat.com database as of February 2nd.
**U.S. Girls 4x800m Relay Record: Eleanor Roosevelt (MD) in 8:43.12!!! Friday just keeps on getting better. In the girls 4x800m relay, Holmwood Tech (Jamaica) beat Eleanor Roosevelt (MD) (photo left by Tim Fulton) 8:41.52-8:43.12 in a simply perfect race. Eleanor Roosevelt's performance broke the U.S. record by seven seconds. Eleanor Roosevelt then came back to win the 4x400m relay in 3:37.16. Thursday marked day one of the high school portion of the Penn Relays. Topping the way in the highlights Thursday was Ryann Krais' (PA) (pictured above by Don Rich) big 400m hurdle win in 59.62. Edwin Allen (Jamaica) ran 45.28 in the 4x100m relay for the top time of the day and Eleanor Roosevelt (MD) ran 3:38.40 in the girls 4x400m relay, top advancing time of the day! We'll be brining you the best coverage around this weekend, so keep checking back inside. Results: Friday Boys / Friday Girls / Thursday Girls Schedule / Live Results / Girls Winners Table / Boys Winner Table Video Interviews / Meet Preview / Official Website
Tynita Butts continues to fly high this spring after a breakthrough indoor season, which included a state indoor record leap of 20 feet in the long jump and national title in the high jump. The T.C. Williams junior did it again with another amazing performance at Southern Maryland Track Classic joining an elite few of past Virginians to go over 20 feet outdoors in the event with a mark of 20'4.50". Butts also ran a state leading time in the 100 meter dash at 12.00. (Photo by Ted Plunkett) It is time to get serious this weekend in Virginia as a full slate of meets will be going off throughout the state. Also teams are traveling great distance out of state for competition including the Westfield girls making their way all the way to California for the loaded Arcadia Invite and others going south to Taco Bell in South Carolina. Peninsula Relays will be where the speed is at this weekend and Gus Lacy appears to have the strongest assembly of distance talent this weekend with such big names as Collins, Dejarnette, Lorusso, Peavey, Porter, Satterwhite, and Stutzman. MORE 4/12 WEEKEND COVERAGE 4/12 Weekend Invite Meet Pages: Arcadia Invitational (Arcadia HS - Arcadia, CA) - Results Posted & Performances Entered - Westfield VA #1 9:21.86 G-4x800, Tasia Potasinski (Westfield) VA #1 5:07.80 G-Mile, Brittay Sevachko (Westfield) 2:18.92 G-800, Eman Bani (Westfield) 2:18.94 G-800 Augusta Invitational (Wilson Memorial HS - Augusta, VA) C2 Invitational (Episcopal HS - Alexandria, VA) - Results Posted - Andrew Shiels (Episcopal) 150-7 B-Discus, Allante Keels (Episcopal) 1:58.94 B-800, Johns Ross (The Potomac School) 8:44.64 B-3K, Anneka Wilson (The Potomac School) 10:41.94 G-3K, Coles Lawton (Episcopal) 5:06.34 G-1500 Deep Run Invitational (Deep Run HS - Glen Allen, VA) - Results Posted & Performances Entered - Michael Quash (Douglas Freeman) VA #1 14.36 B-110H & 39.82 B-300H, Ulrick Smith (Douglas Freeman) 49.28 B-400, Matthew Armentrout (Deep Run) 15'6" B-PV, Adam Taylor (Lee-Davis) 158'4" B-Discus, Jasmine Craighead (Goochland) 5'6" G-HJ, Elaine Derricott (Henrico) 17'8" G-LJ & 36'6" G-TJ, Mitchell Shifflett (Cosby) 11.04 B-100 & 22.57 B-200, Team Champions: Deep Run Boys-66 pts & Maggie Walker Girls-101 pts Gus Lacy Track Classic (Fork Union Military Academy - Fork Union, VA)- Results Posted & Performances Entered - Thomas Porter (Mountain View) 9:18.33 B-3200, Ben Dejarnette (Atlee) 9:19.50 B-3200, Joe Lorusso (Oakton) 9:22.92 B-3200, Logan Collins (Orange County) VA #1 1:54.61 B-800, Manchester VA #1 49.23 G-4x400, Tyler Stutzman (Western Albemarle) 4:18.93 B-1600, Olu Olamigoke (Mountain View) 23'0.50" B-LJ & 46'2" B-TJ, Daniel Inge (E.C. Glass) 15'6" B-PV, Jayna McGehee (Great Bridge) 2:19.43 G-800, Team Champions: Fork Union Boys-65 pts & Manchester Girls-130 pts Judy Thomas Invitational (Patrick Henry HS - Glade Spring, VA) - Results Posted & Performances Entered Knights Classic (Roanoke College - Salem, VA) - Results Posted & Performances Entered - Peter Dorrell (Blacksburg) 4:19.04 B-1600 & 1:56.65 B-800, Russel Sawyer (James River) 159'9" B-Discus, Aimee Veatch (Cave Spring) 128'8", Megan Marsico (Glenvar) 5:10.52 G-1600 & 11:32.50 G-3200, Avery Mattingly (Blacksburg) VA #1 2:18.08 G-800, Jasmine Hairston (Franklin County) 17'5.75" G-LJ & 36'3.50" G-TJ, Team Champions: Blacksburg Boys-85 pts & Blacksburg Girls-80 pts LoudounPrepSports.com Invitational (Heritage HS - Leesburg, VA) - Results Posted & Performances Entered - Sam Saidi (Broad Run) 6'8" B-HJ, Schavan Hinds (Millbrook) 15.34 G-100H/48.01 G-300H/5'1" GHJ, Jazlynn Finney (Heritage-Leesburg) 17'0 G-LJ/12.60 G-100/26.47 G-200, Curtis Rustlin (Heritage-Leesburg) 46'2.50" B-TJ, Margaret Leonard (Loudoun Valley) 38'2.50" G-Shot, Stephen Lassiter (Millbrook) 9:42.82 B-3200, Potomac Falls 8:17.80 B-4x800, Team Champions: Stone Bridge Girls-86 pts & Jefferson (WV) Boys-81 pts Metro Run & Walk Northern Virginia Invitational (Thomas Edison HS - Alexandria, VA) - Results Posted & Performances Entered - Melanie Akwule (Lake Braddock) VA #1 14.59 G-100H/VA #1 37'9" G-TJ/17'1.75" G-LJ, Annandale 8:08.51 B-4x800, Liana Epstein (Lake Braddock) 5:10.66 G-1600, Elizabeth Heath (West Potomac) 11:17.64 G-3200 Norview Invitational (Norview HS - Norfolk, VA) - Results Posted & Performances Entered - Phoebus 48.87 -G4x100, Niamani Aduma (Phoebus) 46.17 G-300H/17'7.50 G-LJ/37'5" G-TJ, Chaneka Perry (Denbigh) 37'7.50" G-TJ/15.27 G-100H/46.70 G-300H, Rasul Crenshaw (Booker T. Washington) 10.89 B-100/50.48 B-400, Mike Jackson (Lake Taylor) 14.53 B-110H/38.45 B-300H, Cordaral Madison (Booker T. Washington) 38.45 B-300H/15.25 B-110H, Frede Spellman (Oscar Smith) 53'4" B-Shot/149'9" B-Discus, Team Champions: Booker T. Washington Boys-83.50 pts & Denbigh Girls-118 pts Peninsula Relays (Darling Stadium - Hampton, VA) - Results Posted & Performances Entered - Dejor Simmons (Green Run) 10.62 B-100 & VA #1 21-61 B-200, Green Run VA #1 41.95 B-4x100, Lavell Handy (Hampton) VA #1 23'5" B-LJ/46'7" B-TJ/14.49 B110H/39.40 B300H, Tiffany Harris (Churchland) VA #1 18'7" G-LJ, Ruth Hunt (Heritage) VA #1 12.14 G-100 & 24.92 G-200, Raven Wilson (Booker T. Washington) VA #1 24.86 G-200, Maia Wise (Menchville) 45.27 G-300H, Tylesia Miles (Booker T. Washington) 45.76 G-300H, Sherrard Marrow (Bethel) 38.86 B-300H, Ja-Vell Bullard (Bethel) 21.96 B-200 Running Store City-County Championships (Freedom HS - Woodbridge, VA) - Results Posted & Performances Entered - Battlefield 8:07.14 B-4x800, Wesley Jones (Potomac Senior) 49.25 B-400, Rex Parker (Battlefield) 22'6" B-LJ & 46'5.50" G-TJ, Maggie Gentry (Brentsville) 11:19.12 G-3200, Kim Blaylock (Battlefield) 12.68 G-100 & 25.90 G-200, Yvonne Amegashie (Potomac Senior) 12.79 G-100 & 25.40 G-200, Gar-Field 4:01.00 G-4x400 & 9:40.34 G-4x800, Andre Wanzer (Brentsville) 11.24 B-100/22.47 B-200/50.38 B-400, Paul DeVito (Osbourn Park) 14.76 B-110H, Potomac Senior 42.69 -B4x100 Southern Maryland Track Classic (North Point HS - Waldorft, MD) - Results Posted & Performances Entered - TYNITA BUTTS (T.C. Williams) 20'4.50" GLJ!/VA #1 12.00 G-100/5'6" G-HJ, Katherine Lee (West Potomac) 18'2 G-LJ, West Potomac 3:24.52 B-4x400, Langley 9:53.11 G-4x800, Erika Weidman (T.C. Williams) 2:20.66 G-800, Team Champions: La Plata (MD) Boys-63 pts & Langley Girls-58pts Taco Bell Classic (Spring Valley HS - Columbia, SC) - Results Posted & Performances Entered - Emma Dejarnette (Atlee) VA #1 12'6", Curtis Campbell (Grassfield) 49.09 B-400 & 21.97 B-200, Myesha Barr (Grassfield) 58.00 G-400 & 25.22p G-200, Allen Kelly (King's Fork) 15'0", Keith Ricks (King's Fork) 21.75p B-200 & 49.88 400, Andrew Hall (William Byrd) 1:58.98 B-800, Janel Reeves (Brookville) 5:15.63 G-Mile, Alisha Royal (William Byrd) 2:20.13 G-800 - Watch Video of Dejarnette clearing 12'6"! Turner Ashby Invitational (Turner Ashby HS - Bridgewater, VA) - Results Posted & Performances Entered - Natalie Baird (Park View-Sterling) US #2 & VA #1 158'4" G-Discus & 42'7.75" G-Shot, Katie Cummings (Fort Defiance) 43'3" G-Shot, Jasmine Burrill (Skyline) 17'11" G-LJ, Reuben Shanks (Warren County) 152'0" B-Discus, Brianna Mitchell (Spotswood) 13.04 G-100 & 26.64 G-200, Brett Olinger (Broadway) 15.54 B-110H & 40.72 B-300H, Melvin Carter (Charlottesville) 51'7.75" B-Shot, Team Champions: Turner Ashby Boys-109 pts & Spotswood Girls-78 pts Wolverine Invitational (North Stafford HS - Stafford, VA) - Results Posted & Performances Entered - Reynaldo Radlin (North Stafford) 14.69 B-110H & VA #1 38.15 B-300H, Jasmine Jones (Hayfield) 14.78 G-100H/45.19 G300H/25.51 G-200, Bilnita Armstead (James Monroe) 18'0.50" G-LJ, Jazmine Gordon (Riverbend) 12.51 G-100 & 25.55 G-200, Kellie Hall (Brooke Point) 2:20.30 G-800, James Monroe 8:13.64 B4x400, Team Champions: McLean Boys-84.50 pts & James Monroe Girls-97.50 pts Photo Galleries: Deep Run Invitational by John Herzog (Purchase Photos HERE) Gus Lacy Track Classic Photo Gallery by David Fleenor LoudounPrepSports.com Invitational by Robert Lee Metro Run & Walk Northern VA Invitational by Ted Plunkett Metro Run & Walk Northern VA Invitational by Dani Villiva Norfolk Academy Meet (4/11) by Andy Paisley Turner Ashby Invitational by Tom Hoerner Upload your videos from 4/12 meets HERE
Westfield leads the team scoring for both boys and girls after the completion of day one events at the Concorde District Indoor Championships. Events will resume at the Prince George County's Sports & Learning Center in seven days on February 7th. The loaded race of the evening was found in the girls 1600 meter run as it took a 5:15 effort to get out of the district with a top six finish, while there was a three-way battle for first with Westfield's Kerry Hartman (pictured left by John Herzog), Chantilly's Lia DiValentin, and Herndon's Hiruni Wijayaratne all being timed at 5:06 with Hartman as the district champion. It was a nice bounce back race for Hartman, who had an unfortunate fall in the invitational mile at Virginia Tech this past week to knock her out of the race. Wijayaratne also helped the Herndon girls to a 9:40.70 win in the 4x800 meter relay, while Oakton finished in a state meet qualifying time of 9:43.47. The Oakton boys should give 4x800 state leaders Thomas Edison a challenge at the Northern Region Meet as they won easily at the district meet with a time of 8:14.01. Oakton anchor Joe Lorusso also led a top 3 sweep by Oakton in the 1600 meter run with teammates Brian Hendricks (2nd, 4:33.52) and Scott Maxfield (3rd, 4:33.86) finishing right behind district champ Lorusso at 4:31.90. Westfield boys received big points out of the throws with seniors Branden Holmberg (49'0.50") and Ty Ruhland (48'5") as the top two finishers in the boys' shot put. The Westfield girls sit in good position for a district team title as the Lady Bulldogs already have a lead without even having to run two of the state's better middle distance runners in Tasia Potasinski and Brittay Sevachko yet, while possessing the fastest three qualifiers for the 55 meter hurdles finals led by Haley Boone at 9.01. In the pole vault, the Sun brothers of Chantilly brought home a district champion in Wesley Sun at a 12'6" clearance and district runner-up in Curtis Sun at 11'6". Concorde District Meet - Day 1 Results
Westfield senior Tasia Potasinski (pictured left by John Herzog) was rolling last weekend at the CNU Showcase in Newport News. The fastest returning 800 meter runner in the state (2:12.21 PR) anchored her 4x800 meter relay last Friday to a US #1 time of 9:22.90 with a 2:15 anchor leg split. She followed up on day two of events with a near personal best and US #10 time of 2:59.36 in a 1000 meter run as she defeated a strong field including defending state 1000 meter champion Paige Johnston of Midlothian. Potasinski looks to keep the momentum going into this weekend at the Asics Invitational at Liberty University where she will compete against another state champion runner in Laura Rapp (4:55 1600 best) of Heritage in Friday night’s 1600 meter run. The Westfield girls were able to win that elusive first state title in the 4x800 meter relay last June after coming into several previous state meets as one of the top squads in the event. Maybe it is Potasinski’s time to win her first individual state title as well after she broke out onto the scene as a freshman with a 2:15 800 meter win at the Northern Region Outdoor Meet. The country of Poland certainly has been kind to the Virginia high school running community as of late with allowing us to have 2007 Nike Indoor Nationals 800 champ Axel Mostrag compete at Fork Union as well as Potasinski with Polish heritage. Potasinski’s father was born in Poland. MileStat.com’s Brandon Miles caught up with the Westfield middle distance star for an athlete spotlight interview.
A total of seven athletes and one relay cracked into the recently published Virginia HS All-Time top 25 indoor performers list in this past weekend's invitationals. Congratulations to all for their historic all-time performances this past weekend!VA #3 All-Time Girls Pole Vault - Emma Dejarnette (Atlee) - 12'0" @ CNU Showcase VA #8 All-Time Girls Pole Vault - Rachael Hawks (Atlee) - 11'6" @ St. Christopher's Mini Invite VA #9 All-Time Girls 4x800m Relay - Westfield - 9:22.90 @ CNU Showcase VA #14 All-Time Girls 55m Dash - Jessie Gaines (Western Branch) - 7.05 @ CNU Showcase VA #14 All-Time Girls Pole Vault - Kate Collins (Nelson County) - 11'1" @ FUMA Invite VA #17 All-Time Girls Pole Vault - Colleen McGlade (Brooke Point) - 11'0" @ Montgomery InviteVA #23 All-Time Girls 55m Hurdles - Charisse Bryant (Green Run) - 8.16 @ Montgomery Invite VA #25 All-Time Boys 1600m Run - Peter Dorrell (Blacksburg) - 4:16.21c @ Montgomery Invite
There is definitely room for two big meets on the final weekend of September as while the McDonald's Maymont Festival will be held in Richmond this weekend, an equally large invitational with over 3,500 runners will going off at Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg, Virginia for the Oatlands Invitational. The meet was able to draw one of the country's historically best cross country programs in the Saratoga Springs girls from New York and will feature some stellar individual runners. The Virginian girls will try to hold their own as Walt Whitman's Morgan Gay also could make it an out-of-state sweep, but VA #3 and AAA #1 ranked Lia DiValentin (pictured above by Ted Plunkett) of Chantilly leads an outstanding group of homestate girls to make a top ten finish no easy feat for some of the state's better runners.
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.
MileStat.com was on-site with coverage of day two of the Concorde and Liberty District Indoor Track & Field Championships on Thursday evening at the Prince George County Completex in Landover, Maryland. Complete results are up from both meets. Photos and videos from the meet will begin to be posted on Friday and meet summary from Pearl Watts is on the way. Congratulations to Liberty District team champions George Marshall girls and Langley boys as well as Concorde District champions Westfield girls and Centreville boys.
The meet was off to a flying start on Friday in the first day of events at the Christopher Newport University High School Showcase in Newport News. There were three US top five performances recorded during the event and several state leading performances also posted.
On the same track that Sean Holston ran a US #1 500 meter dash time of 1:03.93 at last weekend\'s F.I.T. Invitational, he did it again with another national leading time in the event he considers his specialty in the 300 meter dash. At the Southern Maryland Mega Meet held at Prince George County\'s Sports and Learning Complex, the Robert E. Lee senior put his name on the national leaderboard once again on an unbanked track with a 33.99 clocking in the event.
The team from Westfield will be competing in the Iolani Invitational at the Kualoa Ranch in Iolani, Hawaii this Saturday. This is the eighth annual event and Westfield is the first Virginia school to make the trip to Hawaii since Midlothian and Lake Braddock did in 2004.
The season opener for Northern Region schools in Virginia pitted two NTN Southeast ranked squads against each other in SE #5 Thomas Jefferson Science & Tech and SE #8 West Springfield. There was no surprise in Thomas Jefferson coming out as the winner by a 35 point margin of victory as their superior depth was shown by placing seven runners ahead of West Springfield\'s #5. Meanwhile, the Lake Braddock girls started off their 2006 season in impressive fashion at the Monroe Parker Invite as they won by a 45 point margin over Westfield with four runners in the top 14 places.
Bethel senior Francena McCorory broke three meet records at the F.I.T. Invitational with three state leading times in the 55 (7.09), 300 (38.79), and 500 (1:17.59) meter dashes to highlight the performances from the meet held at Prince George County\'s Sports & Learning Complex in Landover, Maryland. Bethel teammate Russell Williams also posted a state best of 1:06.32 in the 500 meter dash. Thomas Jefferson senior Stephanie Reaves in the 1000 (3:03.31) and Westfield boys 4x400 meter relay (3:31.70) also ran the state\'s fastest times to date. Angela Jenkins of Buffalo Gap pulled another double win in the jumps with first place finishes in the long jump (18-4.25) and triple jump (38-9.50). Group AAA state individual runners-up this past fall in cross country, Mike Spooner of West Springfield and Sarah Haidiji of W.T. Woodson, both won their 3200 meter races with times of 9:39.49 and 11:37.76 respectively.
The 11th Annual Friends of Indoor Track Invitational appears to have brought together, once again, many of the top athletes from around the area as they continue their hoped for improvement heading into the new year. The meet was held for quite a few years as a relay only meet at George Mason University with very good success; but has now evolved into a regular track and field championship event format at the extremely nice venue at the Prince George\'s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, Maryland with the same continued success. Approximately 1,150 athletes representing forty six high schools will partake on the 200 meter unbanked six lane track in the hopes of eliciting some post Christmas cheer as they try to build up some momentum before heading into the brunt of the indoor schedule.
The Octoberfest Invitational saw some heavyweight matchups with some of the state\'s best racing against one another. The Thomas Jefferson boys proved their legitimacy as the top ranked team in the state with a convincing win by 55 points over second place Herndon with five runners under 16:50 on the Great Meadows hill course for 5,000 meters. Chantilly senior Brad Siragusa proved just why many are considering him the best runner in the state this year by getting revenge on Herndon\'s Abe Daganchew and beating Group AA\'s best in John Horst of Christiansburg and Zac Edwards of Northside in a time of 15:44.10. Horst finished a strong second in 15:48.09 for his second consecutive victory over a Group AA #1 ranked runner in Edwards (3rd, 16:01.43) this week and Abingdon\'s Griff Graves at Bristol Cross last weekend. Dagnachew, a race leader and with the lead pack for most of the race, faltered badly in the latter portion of the race to a 20th place finish. Another upset in the AA ranks was the Sherando boys (216 pts) knocking off Fort Defiance (247 pts) for fourth place honors. On the girls\' side, the individual and team winners were probably surprises to most, but no shocker for those who have seen Albemarle\'s Rachel Rose and the Blacksburg girls race all season. Albemarle junior Rachel Rose took a convincing victory over Group AAA #1 ranked Stefanie Slekis (18:16.41) with a winning time of 17:58.96. Rose had previously been ranked #2 in Group AAA behind Slekis. Meanwhile, the Group AA #3 and #9 state ranked Blacksburg girls defeated four higher ranked teams in #4 Westfield (2nd, 161 pts), #5 Fairfax (3rd, 185 pts), #6 Lake Braddock (4th, 206 pts), and #7 Brooke Point (5th, 209 pts) with a team score of 150 points. With a strong top four that all finished in the top 20 places in Ariel Burbey (7th, 18:56.64), Allison Homer (15th, 19:36.83), Laurel MacMillan (19th, 19:41.84), and Cate Berenato (20th, 19:42.06), the Blacksburg girls were able to negate a weak fifth runner to take it to the larger Group AAA schools from northern Virginia.
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.
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.
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.
With no returning individual state champions, the AAA state cross country race will be one of the most competitive races in recent years with many elite athletes vying for the male and female individual crowns. Meanwhile, the two defending state team champions, Thomas Jefferson boys of Alexandria and James River girls of Midlothian, took only small losses due to graduation and will once again be in the hunt to defend their titles.
Gar-Field put together almost equally solid performances on both the boys and girls side to capture the team championship at the Fifth Annual Allen Johnson Invitational held at Lake Braddock this past Saturday.