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.
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Despite whatever mother nature throws at them though we are certain they will get the meet in and crown some state champions this weekend.
Results and coverage from all of the 8 conference championship cross country meets in the VHSL Group 4A classification.
The Glen Allen boys cross country team is a squad on the rise in the new 4A classification after winning the Pole Green Cross Country Classic in Mechancisville on Saturday with three runners in the 16 minute range for 5K.
There will be a state championship meet at Liberty University next year, but instead of the current Group AA classification hosting its indoor state meet at the Tolsma Track Center in Lynchburg, four classifications will be competing with 1A-3A combined and 4A competing separately in the new 6 classificaiton system to be implemented by the Virginia High School League public schools. In the final Group AA state indoor track & field championship meet, the Tabb girls returned back to the Peninsula with the state team title trophy.
The daughter of two former high school track stars, Tabb junior Micah Hanks had a naturally good gene pool to pull from to eventually become a track star herself. Hanks has a lot of momentum heading into next weekend's VHSL Group AA State Indoor Championships after throwing down an impressive triple at the Region I Championships in winning all three sprint races in personal best times of 7.25 (prelims) in the 55 meter dash, 40.28 in the 300 meter dash, and 1:17.36 in the 500 meter dash.
Brittni King is one of the top athletes on Tabb sprint crew, which is one of the top tier in the state regardless of classification. King recently flirted with a sub 40 clocking in the 300 meter dash with a US top 10 performance of 40.08 at the Hampton Roads Elite Invitational. A list of the top performers in each event for each Group AA district this indoor track season as of January 23rd and links to full events rankings.
Tallwood junior Steven Dunbar now has a share of the national leaderboard in the boys high jump after clearing a personal best height of 6 feet 9 inches at the CNU High School Showcase on Friday in Newport News, Virginia.
Day one at the Boo Williams Winter Break Invitational included three US #1's as well as a big day for the Western Branch boys.
While the record books remained in tact and unchanged for the Group AA boys, their female counterparts will require the record keepers at the Virginia High School League to make some major revisions. A total of five meet records were set in the girls' portion of the 2012 VHSL Group AA State Indoor Track & Field Championship meet. A quick recap of those record breaking performances below along with photos and/or video. Photos by Andrew Kicinski Louisa County senior Javanique Burruss joins only former Blacksburg distance runners Peter Dorrell (boys 1600 & 1000) and Joanna Stevens (girls 1600 & 3200) as a meet record holder in multiple events. Burruss set a new meet record twice in the 55 meter hurdles. First in the prelims as the leading qualifier at 8.32 to break the record initially and then Burruss lowered her recently gained record by another 7 hundredths of a second in the finals to a personal best clocking of 8.25. In the long jump, the current US #3 performer with a season best of 20 feet 1 inches, Burruss once again etched her name in the VHSL state indoor meet record books with a leap of 19'7.25". Video: Girls 55H Prelims - Girls 55H Finals The meet started fast with all-time best performances between the double from Burruss and big throw from Christiansburg's Rochelle Evans. Evans, who already set the outdoor state meet record last spring at 45'9", is continuing to add more accomplishments to her high school career which will continue on next year the College of William & Mary. Evans bettered the old meet record by over 8 inches with her throw of 43'0" at Liberty University on Saturday. Hard to imagine that the Tabb girls could come back this year with a faster relay last year's crew which featured one of the fastest Group AA sprinters ever in Kiara Porter. Porter has since graduated and running well collegiately at VCU. In the meet history of Group AA State Indoor Championships, no girls 4x400 meter relay had even sniffed at sub 4 minutes with the record standing at 4:04.75 from the 2004 Western Albemarle squad. Despite having no competition to press them after their first leg got them out into the lead, the Tabb girls were able to destroy the meet record and the 4 minute barrier in the process with their 3:59.39 performance. Their relay team included Brittni King, Leigh Soistmann, Taylor Omweg, and Alison Harmatz. Video: Girls 4x400 Sections 3-4 The most impressive meet record performance of the meet may have belonged to John Handley senior Britani Myers in the girls' 500 meter dash. Not only did Myers successfully defend her state title in the event, but she broke a 10 year old meet record previously held by former Jamestown High and UVA runner Ashley Gore of 1:15.53 from the 2002 state meet at the banked track of Virginia Tech. The time by Myers at 1:15.34 would have won the AAA girls' 500 state race held on Saturday at the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton. Myers was not fresh for the race either having run a great anchor leg to break her John Handley 4x800 meter relay up into second place, but their team had been disqualified in the race. Video: Girls 500 Sections 6-7
Photo by Frank Locascio Kiara Porter was tired of finishing second. The Tabb High star was runner up in the quarter mile her sophomore and junior year, but got serious her senior season. She started training back in October and November and hasn't stopped yet. That dedication has propelled Porter to a new level, state champion.
Photo by Brandon Miles The Jamestown Eagles have a goal of winning another Bay Rivers District title, but a district win will only be a small stepping one to their bigger goals at season's end in their quest for their first state title since 2001 and become the first team outside of Region II to win the Group AA title since the last Jamestown squad did. Coach Howard Townsend's squad has also a strong shot at vying for a Nike Team Nationals berth this fall. Jamestown won the district title in 2007 in dominant fashion with 24 points and could have a lower team score this year with all of their top seven back and only a few runners such as Warhill's Kyle Ashley as legitimate individuals in the district to break up their top five from a perfect score. The potential sweep of the district team titles is possible for Jamestown, but the Lady Eagles will be a tough fight with the defending champions from Tabb. Jamestown's Rachel Apostoles returns as the defending district champion, but a strong outdoor season this past spring from Becky Dobosy of Lafayette with a sub 12 performance in the 3200 will not allow make a repeat easy for Apostoles.
The Jamestown boys can almost treat the Bay Rivers District Meet as a time trial with likely only a few individuals in the district able to break up their top five. The Jamestown girls have an excellent shot at joining the boys as district champions, but it will be more of a fight for the title with New Kent and Tabb looking to keep it very close. Jamestown coach Howard Townsend also has two of the district individual favorites leading both of his respective squads with juniors Andrew Colley and Rachel Apostles.
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.
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.
They weren\'t close to their best performances of the year, but the heavily favored Tabb boys and Jamestown girls still won Group AA Region I cross country titles Friday on the 3.1-mile Dunbar Farms Course at Eastern State Hospital.