Nothing, outside of maybe winning an olympic gold medal, can truly compare to winning that first state title.
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States week is about more than just the teams and superstars in our sport. It is also about the stars who are trying to win that first state title.
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. West Potomac senior Katie Genuario qualified for the state meet with a ninth place finish of 17:53 at Burke Lake Park in the 6A North Regional Meet.
Highlights from Virginians competing at the Carlisle Invitational (PA), Greensboro Invitational (NC), Bristol Cross (TN), Stonewall Jackson Invitational, and Golden Eagle Invitational on September 28th.
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.
The Lake Braddock girls did not qualify for the state meet last year, but as far as regional dominance through the years, no team can compare to the Bruins. Since the regional team championship and state qualifying process was instituted on the girls side beginning in 1978, Lake Braddock has qualified for the state meet an astounding 30 of the 34 years it has been in existence.
Three Virginia schools in James Robinson, North Stafford, and West Potomac traveled up to Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to compete against many of that state's best teams as well as watch some top collegiate action at the Paul Short Run. The Robinson squad enjoyed a lot of success at the meet with their boys' squad, ranked #7 in Virginia, beating some of the top tier teams in Pennsylvania with a runner-up team showing. Meanwhile, Robinson's top girl in Macey Schweikert did not run, but her teammate Lauren Berman shined in her absence to finish runner-up individually with a 5K personal best time of 18:22 for the VA #15 ranked sophomore Berman.
MileStat.com will be on-site today covering the =PR= Kick-Off Invitational at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville. The meet is a season opener for many Northern Region schools at a two mile distance broken up into six races for freshmen, sophomores, and upperclassmen (juniors/seniors).
Photo by Andrew Kicinski West Potomac senior Sarah Jane Underwood will be racing Saturday evening in the invitational high school mile race at the first ever USATF U.S. Open, which is a meet that has been created to replace the Millrose Games at the Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Millrose Games still exist (which 3 Virginian girls have qualified for the mile in), but have moved this year to the faster 200 meter banked track at the New York Armory on a later date. However, the USATF has stepped up to host a indoor track & field meet at the historic short banked track found within the Madison Square Garden and this new meet has many of the same events of the Millrose Games including an invitation-only high school mile race which Underwood has been selected for. The West Potomac senior has already ran a 5:09 full mile earlier this month at the Montgomery Invitational and last month ran a personal best time of 2:55.97 in the 1000 meter run. This will be Underwood's second consecutive weekend in New York City after she ran on West Potomac's 4x800 meter relay last weekend at the New Balance Games which clocked a state leading performance of 9:26.50. This event will be broadcasted on ESPN2 on January 29, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Official USATF U.S. Open Meet Website MileSplit's Meet Page
Top 50 girls cross country teams in our database rankings (as of 9/22) based on current season best 5K times among their top 7 runners. West Potomac girls impressed this past weekend in Williamsburg at the William & Mary Invitational defeating pre-season #1 ranked Maggie Walker for the team title with six girls among the top 21 places including Sarah Jane Underwood breaking 19 minutes on a hilly 5K layout at Eastern State Hospital.
Returning Foot Locker finalists Ahmed Bile of Annandale and Sophie Chase of Lake Braddock began their 2011 cross country seasons on Thursday by running the fastest times among all races at the Potomac River Running Kick-off Relays at Bull Run Regional Park in Manassas.
Watch out Midlo. Lake Braddock is coming for you again. In a similar path taken last year en route to their shocking Group AAA state title over the four-time defending champions Midlothian, the Lake Braddock girls (pictured above by Ted Plunkett) are coming together and running their best as a team in each race leading up to Great Meadow. Last year, Lake Braddock lost their district meet only to bounce back and win the regional meet. The same reverse finish order occurred in 2010 with the Lake Braddock girls on Thursday recovering from a district meet title loss to West Potomac by turnaround in a week's time to claim the Northern Region title at Burke Lake Park. The difference from last year's regional meet is that Lake Braddock faced even tougher competition from not only their Patriot District champion rivals West Potomac (3rd, 108 pts) but the previously undefeated Thomas Jefferson girls out of the Liberty District. The Thomas Jefferson girls, who had defeated the likes of Bishop O'Connell and Blacksburg during their invitational season, had even gotten back to full strength with the return of Lisa Junta to their lineup after missing much of the last half of the cross country season. Led by individual champion Sophie Chase (pictured left by Ted Plunkett), who finished second in the regional race last November as a freshmen, the Lake Braddock girls matched up as the superior team through four runners and nearly putting three runners ahead of TJ's top finisher Kelly Rogers (8th, 18:34). Chase won by 12 seconds over Thomas Edison's Myah Hicks (17:50) as she bettered her district time by four seconds on the historic Burke Lake 2.98 mile course with a 17:38 clocking. Freshmen Hannah Christen was missing from the district meet due to illness and she made a huge difference once plugged back into Coach Mike Mangan's lineup finishing fourth overall with a time of 18:13 to win top freshmen bragging rights over Robert E. Lee's Bailey Kolonich (6th, 18:16). Casey Lardner (10th, 18:34) made for three Lady Bruins among the top 10, while Katie Roche (22nd, 18:54) and Tara Landy (38th, 19:24) for a final winning team score of 71 points to put them 31 points ahead of runner-up Thomas Jefferson (2nd, 102 pts). Despite losing their first meet of the season, the Thomas Jefferson girls still appear to be a state meet podium caliber squad and Junta's return is promising as another week of running under her might allow her to move up from her current fifth position on the team at the regional meet to higher spot and individual finish to lower the team score. Rogers and Stephanie Marzen (12th, 18:37) were the team's two All-Region performers, while Sarah Stites (23rd, 18:56) made for a third runner under 19 minutes. The Liberty District champions actually put six runners ahead of Lake Braddock's fifth runner with Rehka Schnepf (31st, 19:15), Junta (32nd, 19:17), and Sarah Neilsen (33rd, 19:18) finishing in a line together, but definitely will need better front running or their pack as a whole to move up for the state meet to fare better against the likes of Lake Braddock and top ranked Midlothian. The Patriot District champion West Potomac girls are certainly not out of the state meet top three podium picture either as they almost became the second team to defeat the TJ girls trailing them by only six points in third place with 108 points. The duo of Sarah Jane Underwood (8th, 18:31) and Dale Lescher (11th, 18:36) held their own up front for All-Region honors and their remaining top five kept their spread under one minute with Sophia Passacantando (19:01), Colleen Boye (19:05), and Sami Miller (19:29). The West Springfield girls showed how strong the Patriot District girls are this year by becoming the third team from the district to qualify for the state meet with a score of 130 points for fourth place to shut out Concorde District champions Oakton (5th, 164 pts) and Liberty District runners-up Langley (6th, 167 pts) from state meet appearances. It is probably a testament to his talent as he has pretty good genes with his father Abdi being a 1987 world champion at 1500 meters who boasted PR's of a 3:49 mile and 1:43.6 800, but the rest of the competition in the state of Virginia has to be scared that Annandale junior Ahmed Bile (pictured right by Dave Watt) is already running so well in only his second race back after missing the entire cross country season prior to the district meet due to injury. Bile bidded his time as he lurked behind the race leaders after 2 miles in Abraham Yacob of Robert E. Lee and Concorde District sophomore champion Sean McGorty of Chantilly before striking and using his top gear in the last quarter mile of the course to pull them in and pull away for a 15:22 win. The sophomore McGorty ran a tough race as part of the lead group throughout to hold off a hard charging W.T. Woodson junior Paul Gates (3rd, 15:26.8) for second place in 15:26.3. A total of 17 runners broke 16 minutes on the Burke Lake 2.98 mile course to make for a 15:57 cut-off for top 15 All-Region honors. It was a Patriot District battle for the boys' team crown between West Potomac (1st, 78 pts) and Lake Braddock (2nd, 84 pts). Lake Braddock closed the gap on West Potomac from their runner-up district meet to nearly match the Lake Braddock girls with a first place trophy as well by improving their fifth runner situation by 23 seconds from the district meet as the two squads ran nearly identical time averages from their district to regional races. The West Potomac boys are looking to get on the podium next weekend with the power of depth and pack, which was at a 33 second spread on Thursday with Brady Corum pacing the team in ninth place with a time of 15:44. Ben Aleixo (15:57) was West Po's top finisher at the district meet and followed Corum in by snagging the final All-Region spot in 15th place. Mark Hanak (16:09), Marc Lotterie (16:15), and Corey Rosenberg (16:18) rounded out Coach Jenn Dietz's top five for a team score of 78 points to give Dietz her first regional team title in her first season as the head cross country coach at West Potomac. Lake Braddock's Sam Rubenking was racing with the leaders over two miles before finishing fifth overall with a time of 15:35. Rubenking was one of three Lake Braddock runners to break 16 minutes as they were the only school to have a trio under the time barrier including Rubenking, Luke Sohl (11th, 15:53), and Nick Tuck (14th, 15:56). The South Lakes boys will be advancing to their first state meet in a decade as they might have had a goal of challenging for a regional title, they will certainly a third place finish (130 pts) and guaranteed spot in next Saturday's VHSL State Cross Country Championships after a long drought. With a few traditional powers in Oakton (8th) and Thomas Jefferson (6th) encountering down years, it has opened the door for new teams to break into the top four and represent the Northern Region at the state meet including a big surprise in fourth place with Herndon (4th, 147 pts) edging out James Robinson (5th, 152 pts) for the final state meet spot after finishing third at the district meet behind Robinson and Oakton. They were considered a long shot to qualify compared to other teams for that fourth spot. Northern Region Championships Results: Boys Race - Girls Race Photo Gallery by Ted Plunkett Photo Gallery by Dave Watt Race Videos by Ed Lull: Boys Race - Girls Race Race Videos by Chris Medrano - To be posted on Friday.
Brayden Burleigh not only leads a Group AAA top ranked Midlothian squad, but a very strong group of boys individuals within the Central Region who all are capable of competing with the best in the state this fall with Burleigh, Cody Snyder of Lee-Davis, Silas Frantz of Douglas Freeman, Andrew Catanese of Atlee, and Evan Niciphor of Cosby. Without a single distance runner in Group AAA with an individual state title to his name, the 2010 state cross country title will be hard fought between athletes hungry for that first championship glory. Grassfield's Jeremy Greenwald and Colonial Forge's David Pennesi might be the best in their respective regions as both also earned All-State honors in the 1600 meter this past spring and just ahead of the Burleigh. The team scenarios are very interesting. Midlothian boys have a great track record of performing well in cross country despite not having runners with impressive track times as shown with their third place state meet podium finish and solid showing at the NXN Southeast Regional last November. However, the Colonial Forge and West Potomac boys have closed the gap on Midlo during the track season with their decent size lists of returning sub 10:00 3200 and sub 4:40 1600 runners.
Group AAA girls pre-season cross country rankings with 10 deep in teams and 25 deep in individuals PLUS top 5 team and top 15 individual rankings for each region. Despite graduating two key seniors from a team which saw its streak of state titles snapped by Lake Braddock, the Midlothian girls enter this season as a favorites in Group AAA after more top teams than usual are also taking losses from graduation. Midlothian's top returning runner will be sophomore Marie Johnston (pictured left by John Herzog), who earned All-State honors in all three seasons last year as a freshmen. Midlothian still returns five of their top seven from 2009 and also get another Johnston this fall with the youngest of the three Johnston sisters (oldest Paige Johnston was a state champion at Midlo and now runs at U. of Arkansas) in middle school county champion Kari Johnston. The Northern Region will be competitive for those four state meet spots as always with Thomas Jefferson girls looking to keep their top girls healthy and realize the potential saw two years ago when viewed as the next best upcoming team. The defending state champions from Lake Braddock graduated three of their top five, but look for the team to build quickly around individual state favorite Sophie Chase with new freshmen faces and improved runners from the summer stepping up into varsity roles. The Langley girls look great on paper and ready to make a jump onto the state scene, while West Potomac girls might be the most sure bet to move onto the state meet out of the region which is ironic considering their past of fifth place finishes at the Northern Region Meet. A total of seven returning All-State cross country finishers are returning with 3200 indoor state champion Chase (3rd), Stafford's Hannah Lowery (5th), Deep Run's Erica Dobbs (7th), Lee-Davis' Bonny Turnage (9th), Midlothian's Johnston (11th), Cosby's Megan Moye (12th), and Thomas Edison's Myah Hicks (13th). Chase, Lowery, Turnage, and Johnston are only sophomores.
MileStat.com was on-site at West Potomac High School in Alexandria on Tuesday morning for the first visit of week #2 in our pre-season cross country practice tour. Both boys and girls team got over the "hump" last year to qualify for the state cross country meet and return this year with five of their top seven runners from 2009 back for both squads. Jenn Dietz takes over as head coach from longtime coach Don Beeby after serving as an assistant coach for the past few years under Beeby and as a head track coach this past year. The West Potomac runners appear to be transitioning very well in the coaching change after a very successful track season under Coach Dietz with many lifetime best performances recorded. Tuesday's workout saw West Po's varsity level runners getting some quality and quantity in their daily mileage with a fartlek on and off workout as they alternated between one mile hard at tempo pace or faster and one mile easy as recovery. Including the workout, warm-up, and cool down, the varsity boys got in at least 11 miles for the day and varsity girls put in a total of 9 miles. Workout videos & interviews posted below. The Warm-Up Coach Dietz Pre-Workout Interview The Work-Out Coach Dietz Post-Workout Interview Sarah Jane Underwood & Dale Lescher Interview Brady Corum, Mark Hanak, & Ben Alexio Interview
MileStat.com will be visiting various schools in Northern Virginia this week in the second round of pre-season team practices that we will be touring this month. We hope that you all are enjoy bringing you these visits as we show you how many of the top programs and individuals in the state train as well as how each program can does thing differently yet all be successful. Each visit also includes Interviews with the head coaches providing insight on their team and outlook for the upcoming season and also getting to know the top individual runners and leaders on these squads. On Tuesday, we will be visiting the West Potomac boys and girls teams which begin a new chapter of the program with longtime coach Don Beeby retiring after getting both teams over the hump last year and qualifying the boys and girls to the state meet through the always competitive Northern Region Meet. Former Robert E. Lee runner Jenn Dietz takes over the head position with a very deep boys squad, which she was instrumental in developing during the past track seasons as well as a girls squad looking to build around their two key returnees from their 9:22 4x800 in Sarah Jane Underwood and Dale Lescher with four others who ran at least 5:35 or faster for 1600 meters this past spring. The West Potomac boys have three sub 10 minute 3200 guys in Brady Corum (9:42), Mark Hanak (9:52 - pictured left by Ted Plunkett), and Ben Alexio (9:54) as well as a 4:35 1600 performer as a freshmen in Marc Lotterie and two more sub 4:40 runners in Khoki Bernier and Corey Rosenberg. On Thursday, MileStat.com will be checking out the Colonial Forge boys and girls squads who had one of more impressive track seasons with their returnees than almost any program in the state with their shear depth. The Colonial Forge girls have an entire top seven who ran under 12 minutes for 3200 meters in the recent 2010 outdoor season with Hannah Somers (11:28), Shaina Manuel (11:28), Jenna Walker (11:43), Alyssa Devane (11:46), Lauren Benoit (11:53), Colleen Wade (11:53), Mackenzie McDonald (11:54), and Sara Myers (11:58). The Colonial Forge boys definitely expect to show much better than their 13th place finish at last year's state cross country meet as the only team in the state with four runners back who have ran under 9:50 for 3200 meters in David Pennesi (9:32 - pictured left by Frank Locascio), Jordanis Lozier (9:39), Brian O'Loughlin (9:40), and David Klimek (9:49). The Eagles are guided by two young coaches and two of their program's all-time greats in 2003 graduates Michael Porter and Sean Leyh. Colonial Forge is capable of having two teams on the podium this November at Great Meadow with the boys as serious contenders for the state title.
Virtual meet preview for the 2010 Patriot District Indoor T&F Championships based on performances currently in the MileStat.com database as of February 2nd.
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.
A thrilling regional race with close finishes, shockers, and history being made as well as a rainbow sighting to start the meet. The Lake Braddock girls and Oakton boys as well as individual winners Paige Kvartunas and Chris Foley apparently found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow on Thursday afternoon at Burke Lake Park. It was a redemption meet for the Lake Braddock (pictured by Charles Fulghum) as they were inspired by the return of their top runner Liana Epstein and rise of a new star in freshmen Sophie Chase.
The Lake Braddock boys have not raced often against their top regional competition this season, so today's Patriot District Championships should be a nice measure up for a squad which is looking to advance onto the state meet next week. The defending Patriot District champions are led by Alex Clark (pictured by Rick Andrews for flrunners.com), who will be competing for the individual district crown along with Glory Days champion Natnael Mesert of Robert E. Lee. Few districts are going to find as quality of a third best team in the district as will be the case for the Patriot District girls with top 10 ranked state squads Lake Braddock, West Potomac, and West Springfield. Lake Braddock's Liana Epstein has already been under 18 minutes twice at Burke Lake this season and will try to drop even further below the barrier in her district race.
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!
Great American: A significant day for Virginia girls teams in putting the state on the national map for the 2009 cross country season as three of the top five teams in the Race of Champions were from the state in runner-up Blacksburg (116 pts), third place Midlothian (130 pts), and fifth place Hidden Valley (137 pts). Octoberfest: The top ranked boys individual and team in Group AAA went down at Great Meadow with Centreville's Yazid Zouaimia and the Mountain View boys (pictured left by Nicoll Knudsen) defeating #1 ranked Kevin Dowd of Fairfax and the Grassfield boys. Kaitlyn Davis and Katherine Walker had a great Northwest Region duel with Davis picking up the win. West Potomac girls won by a wide margin. Results from elsewhere: Andrew McCullen and the Oakton boys had very impressive 2nd place finishes at Wendy's with McCullen (pictured by Ken Charnock, LandsharkPhotos.com) losing the individual title at the line with VA's fastest 5K time of 15:18. At the flrunners.com Invitational, the Lake Braddock girls take second place honors in the Race of Champions behind Winter Park of Florida with 114 points. In Greensboro, the Lee-Davis girls repeated as team champions at the Hagan Stone Park Classic with 3 runners among the top 5.
The 2009 Oatlands Invitational should prove to be one of the biggest and most competitive meets in the state of Virginia this year with another great field of teams assembled by meet directors Derek Farrey and Matt Oblas. The meet will feature team of all classifications and different regions throughout the state of Virginia as well as schools from the states of Maryland and West Virginia. At last count, close to 90 schools in all will be represented on the Oatlands Plantation 5K course in Leesburg on Saturday, September 26th.
Blake Theroux on third leg for the Western Branch boys and Liana Epstein on anchor leg (5th) for Lake Braddock girls helped their team secure wins to start the season at the first annual Potomac River Running Relay Kick Off held on Thursday afternoon in Centreville, Va. Theroux, the top ranked runner in Group AAA, took the baton in seventh place (he also accidentally dropped his baton 2K into his leg) and gave his team the lead with time to spare with a 9:45 split. Western Branch lost the lead to Centreville on the fourth leg with Yazid Zouaimia running a strong leg with a 10:02 split, but George Matais ran the second fastest leg of the meet to teammate Theroux with a 9:52 anchor as the Group AAA #1 ranked Bruins won by margin of 1 minute and six seconds with West Potomac moving into second late in the race. Epstein (pictured left by Brandon Miles), a defending Northern Region champion in cross country, was given the baton with a slight lead over Thomas Jefferson girls who were running without 2 of their top runners in Sarah Stites and Lisa Junta. The Lake Braddock girls are look to challenge the returning team champions from TJ this season for the regional title and also get back on the state meet podium after a rare 3 year hiatus from a top 3 state meet finish. Epstein, a senior who started running cross country as a sophomore, has been on the podium as an individual but would like to bring her teammates up on the stage as well at Great Meadow. She was the fastest leg in the girls race by 12 seconds at 11:43 as Lake Braddock finished with a total time of 1:02:55 for the win. Read more and rest of coverage from =PR= Relay Kick Off...
The Midlothian girls (pictured above by Linda D'Amato) tied history last year when they became only the second team ever in the history of Group AAA girls cross country to win four straight VHSL state titles as they matched the feat of the Lake Braddock girls from 1985 to 1988. The Lady Trojans have plenty of firepower and talent this year to extend the streak of titles which began with the 2005 team and become the only Group AAA school to win 5 straight. In Group AA, Blacksburg won 5 straight from 1982 to 1986 and Brentsville won an incredible 7 straight titles from 1995 to 2001 in Group A. With the exception of returning Northwest Region champions Osbourn Park with their top seven back from 2008, the top 10 pre-season ranked teams in Group AAA is dominated by two regions in the Central and Northern, which also means some good teams could be left home after the state qualifier meets from both regions. Two teams ready to make big jumps are Deep Run and West Potomac. The Deep Run girls had huge success on the track especially at the state outdoor meet, while the West Potomac girls will be hungry to send off long-time coach Don Beeby with a nice retirement gift in state meet berth and strong finish after coming up short with too many 5th place finishes at regional meets in the past decade.
Photo by Ted Plunkett At the Monroe Parker Invitational on Tuesday afternoon, the individual race for first among the boys was a thriller between Chantilly's Chris Foley and Thomas Edison's Leoule Degfae with both runners timed at 15:27 on the 2.98 mile course. With Degfae being more middle distance geared as a 1:54 half miler, it was a surprise for the crowd at Burke Lake to see the All-State 2 miler Foley reel in Degfae in the final loop to the finish and sprint past him for the win in the final strides. More... Monroe Parker Invitational Results: Boys Race - Girls Race Monroe Parker Invitational Photo Gallery by Ted Plunkett
The Lake Braddock team with their US #20 ranked squad will be flying down to Tampa, Florida this weekend for the Southern Stars Invitational as the Bruins will face many of Florida's best teams and individuals. It will be Lake Braddock's second meet in a row under the lights after taking this past weekend off and running in the Brentsville Relays on September 15th. Coach Mike Mangan had hoped to have his girls face off against another nationally ranked squad in US #24 Episocpal, but they will be attending another meet. However, Lake Braddock still may be facing the best team in Florida as Ladies of Lourdes defeated Episcopal two weeks ago and will be present at the Southern Stars Invite. A win over Ladies of Lourdes and the rest of the field at Southern Stars would reaffirm Lake Braddock's national ranking and strengthen NTN hopes. More...
Photo by Ted Plunkett Podcast interview with longtime West Potomac coach Don Beeby. Coach Beeby's West Potomac girls finished just off making it to the state meet last fall in fifth place at the Northern Region Meet, but with six of their top seven back look to make a run at a possible podium finish in AAA led by 2006 Northern Region runner-up Elizabeth Heath.
MileStat.com's Brandon Miles takes a crack at the top 10 girls cross country teams in the state for this upcoming season. The top 5 of the 10 are revealed on Sunday with the remaining 5 to be posted on Monday. No surprise with Midlothian on top as the Lady Trojans will have one of the country's most fearsome top sevens in the nation. Midlothian pulled off the huge victory last year at Manhattan Invite and gained valuable experience with a top 10 finish at Nike Team Nationals to better prepare for a likely return trip this fall. The Lake Braddock girls, who had a group last year which would have been Virginia's best any other year if it was not for the Midlo girls, return another team with plenty of firepower with four sub 11:30 3200 meter gals including Christine Moore (pictured left by John Herzog). The defending AA state champions of Blacksburg look to firmly establish themselves as the next team after Midlothian. Maggie Walker looks to be one of the squads to move further up the totem pole than others with a very strong front two in Susannah Piersol and Clarissa Schick and possibly give the Central Region a second year in a row of two of the three podium teams in AAA. Brentsville has a solid core of five back from their tough second place finish to Blacksburg in the AA state race and will look to thrive in the new underdog role and take back their title. Complete top 10 teams list posted Monday 7:50 PM.
Scudieri Team Challenge Highlights: Many stellar performances at the Scudieri Team Challenge at West Potomac High Schook, despite the meet went head to head with the Metro Run & Walk Northern Virginia Invitaitonal to spread out the Northern Region talent between the two meets. W.T. Woodson's Sarrah Hadiji (pictured right by Brandon Miles), fresh off a European spring vacation, showed she obviously stayed fit while on the other side of pond with a state leading time of 5:08.22 in the 1600 meter run and doubled back for a 2:20.25 meter run as two-time 3200 meter state champion sharpens up for the longer event and the 3K at Penn Relays. Robert E. Lee senior Sean Holston, fresh off his MVP 400 and 200 meter double at the Mobile Challenge of Champions in Alabama, came back to Virginia to put on a show for the home crowd with a 21.52 clocking in the 200 meter dash. Complete results and all performances are posted from Scudieri. Full meet summary...
SAT\'s and homecoming dates had plenty of runners at this year\'s Glory Days Grill Invitational held at Bull Run Regional Park attempting a juggling act and being crunched for time on a pleasant and Sunny Saturday. Thankfully, a fast 5K course layout allowed runners to finish their races quickly to head off to the next destination.
The Hermitage boys pulled a miracle turnaround in one week at the Disney Classic in Orlando, Florida as they upset NTN SE #2 Brentsville by a mere one point with both teams record low team scores of 31 and 32 points respectively. The Panthers had dropped out of the Nike Team Nationals Southeast Region rankings for the second time this season after a humbling eighth place finish at last weekend\'s Maymont Festival to only come back in one week to take down one of the top teams in the state and Southeast region in Brentsville.
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 second largest field ever, with 29 schools entered, will be in attendance at the Twelfth Annual Mike Scudieri Team Challenge to be held at West Potomac this Saturday.