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This past week MileStat traveled to Bridgewater to visit with Turner Ashby high school and get some awesome coverage. Check it out here.
Coverage from Tuesday's Group 3A West Regional Championship meet at Panorama Farms outside of Charlottesville.
Photo by Brandon Miles Even with a 10-second head start, Adam Ott had no chance and he knew it. More than perhaps anyone else, the Turner Ashby High School junior understands the gut-wrenchingly frustrating but yet awe-inspiring exercise that is running with his stepbrother, Alex, so he knew what was coming. He shares a home and a last name with the defending Massanutten District and Region III cross country champion, but he doesn't share the genes that constructed the seemingly flawless distance dynamo. So whenever the two run together, he just hopes Alex lets him keep up. Sorry, Adam. After Alex finished the 800-meter practice interval Wednesday with almost as big a lead as Adam held when they started, Adam was still shaking his head after watching the phenomenon once more. Read full story by Dustin Dopirak of the Daily News Record
It was a tight district meet for the boys team title at the 2007 Massanutten District Meet. The first ever Massanutten District Cross Country Championships had three teams separated by only five points with Spotswood in first with 42 points, Harrisonburg in second with 46 points, and Turner Ashby with 47 points. Spotswood is the back with a squad ready to defend their district title and hopefully with a little bit more breathing room this year as the team has aspirations to not only win a growingly more competitive Region III Meet, but be a team to be reckoned at Great Meadow for the state meet. Photo by Tom Hoerner With two of the district's top returning individual runners in Caroline Young and Molly Skidmore, the Turner Ashby girls return as favorites to repeat their district team title from a year ago. Skidmore is the only returning female with a sub 20 minute 5K performance to her credit with a 19:58 run at Foot Locker South last November, while Young proved herself as the top miler in the Massanutten District with a 5:15 1600 and won district titles in both the 1600 and 800.
Photo by Ted Plunkett Turner Ashby senior Justin Smith bounced back quckly from a disappointing showing at Nike Indoor Nationals with a great start to his outdoor season in a duel meet on Wednesday evening with a personal best throw of 59'3". He threw the mark on his very first attempt. The Group AA state indoor shot put champion had a previous all-time best of 58'1.75" from his indoor regional meet last month. Smith set the AA State Indoor Championships meet record in the shot put and his great early start this spring bodes well for pushing towards a 60 foot throw this season as well as going after one of the toughest and oldest AA State Outdoor Meet records in the boys' shot put at 60'8" by Steve Kluge set in 1977.
Brian Phillips always knew Margaret Richards (pictured right by Scott Rigler) would be a perfect fit for cross country. The Broadway High School senior was good enough in outdoor track, qualifying for the Group AA meet in both the 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters as a sophomore, but she was one of those runners that just seemed to be built for longer races. She didn’t have the blow-you-away kick that true 800-meter runners have, but she was the type that seemed to be able to keep the same pace forever. All Phillips, the BHS cross country coach, needed to do was get her away from the marching band. “I pretty much had to keep bugging her and bugging her and bugging her,” Phillips said. In her senior year, he was finally successful, and – after quitting the band – Richards proved him right, winning the Massanutten District girls’ cross country individual title.Read full story...
With the Blacksburg team being cleared last second to attend the Manhattan Invitational in New York, the clarity of the favorites for the Runnin With The Wolves Rocktoberfest has been dramatically changed with the door opened to new teams and individuals with one of the state's top girls teams in Blacksburg and top boys individuals in Peter Dorrell headed to NYC. Without them, the show will still go on as Jefferson Forest coach Jerome Loy will be putting on a great meet with a wild start and plenty of tunes to keep the runners pumped through the entirety of the challenging 5K course.Pictured right by John Herzog: Turner Ashby's Alex Ott finished just a second ahead of fellow Group AA runner Tim Smith of Cave Spring at Maymont two weeks ago. The two return in action against one another on Saturday at the Runnin' With The Wolves Rocktoberfest and could press each other to go under Mike Spooner's 16:25 course record at Wolf Branch Farm.
Video interview with Turner Ashby junior Alex Ott at the 2007 Chancellor Invitational. In his first race at Loriella Park, Ott turned in a strong time of 16:30 on the difficult 5K course and withstand a close challenge from fellow Group AA junior runner Andrew Colley. Chancellor is the first invitational win for the 2006 Foot Locker South sophomore race champion.
Photo by John Herzog Podcast interview with Turner Ashby's Alex Ott. Ott is part of a strong group of rising junior distance runners. Ott led a total of five sophomores under 16 minutes for 5K in a Footlocker South sophomore race win. Ott finished out the spring with a stellar state meet including a 4:20 state runner-up finish in the 1600 meter run. He will be moving with his team from Region II to Region III this fall.
This weekend\'s Asics Invitational will be hosted at Liberty University\'s Tolsma Track Center in Lynchburg and will be hosted over two days on Friday and Saturday. The meet will feature four individual state leaders including the likes of Bethel\'s Shakia Forbes and Harrisonburg\'s Tim Beierle as well as the state\'s fastest 4x400 meter relay in the Osbourn Park girls. Events will start at 4:30 PM on Friday and resume again on Saturday at 9:00 AM.
Mills Godwin senior Anne Marie Gordon likes drama apparently. Not only is she in theatre at school, but seems to like to wait till the final attempt when clearing personal best heights in the pole vault. At last March\'s National Scholastic Indoor Championships, Gordon cleared 11\'7.25\" on her third attempt at the height. On Saturday at the Keydet Invitational, Gordon cleared a best height of 11\'9\" in similar dramatic fashion on her final attempt at the height.
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.
A steady downpour of rain that started yesterday and continued throughout today made Saturday\'s Octoberfest Invitational at Great Meadows a mud slop-fest as two over flowing creek crossings and long stretches of mud and puddles made for tough race conditions for the high school runners throughout the day. Not a day for anyone to run a personal best, but some outstanding performances were recorded throughout the day. Northside senior Catherine White took the \"A\" girls race in a time of 19:08.07, but more impressive was James River junior Kristen Wolfe only finishing nine seconds off the Foot Locker All-American in a time of 19:17.81. Meanwhile, Radford junior Nathan Brame pulled away from the field midway to come away with a 17:10 victory in the \"A\" race with Manchester senior Andrew Duty charging hard into a second place run of 17:16. Maryland\'s best in Quince Orchard (142 pts) as well as NTN Southeast #9 ranked squad knocked off SE #7 Thomas Jefferson (161 pts) for the \"A\" boys team title. The Northern Region took three of the top four team places in the \"A\" girls\' race with James Robinson (151 pts) finishing ahead of higher ranked AAA squads Langley (2nd, 178 pts) and Maggie Walker (3rd, 195 pts). Complete meet summary is posted with photos as well as video clips (clips of runners crossing creeks a MUST SEE) and a photo gallery from Octoberfest! More to come from other meets, Virginia teams and individuals participated in this weekend! Octoberfest Invitational Video Clips Octoberfest Invitational Photo Gallery
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.
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.