One of the more unique occurrences of a track meet is the occasional jump-off - virtually the equivalent of sudden-death overtime in football. It is so rare that only two events entertain the possibility of continuing an event when two performers have reached the same height or distance.
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Today though marked a change, today he woke up as a state champion. His hard work and resilience had paid off.
From falling to the ground just feet away from a state title to being the top ranked 5A athlete, Henrik Anderson has done a lot of training and inner searching.
This weekend, right as the weather is getting cold, a few Virginia teams are heading south to heat things up down at Disney. Leading the way in this front will be the starting five from Lake Braddock high school in Burke, Va. They will be joined by their county neighbors Brentsville District (Oatlands Team Champions) and James W. Robinson. Also joining these Northern Virginia teams will be Mountain View high school who is home to the meet record holder, Thomas Porter (class of 2009). Though this course is not quite WakeMed fast, with the right conditions and not too much heat things could get very fast down south this weekend.
Results and coverage from all of the 8 conference championship cross country meets in the VHSL Group 5A classification.
The state of Pennsylvania ruled the high school DMR races on Friday at William & Mary with the LaSalle College boys picking up the W with a fine time of 10:17, while Germantown Friends were the girls winners at 12:11.54. However, there were some impressive splits among the Virginia girls' squads including a 3:47 lead-off 1200 meter leg for Grafton's Nicole Goff. Other notable splits included a 2:18 800 split from Mountain View's Jean Rouse as well as a 5:08 1600 PR for Megan Rebholz of Colonial Forge to help her team likely qualify for the Penn Relays in the event in third place at 12:29.
Mountain View's Meshala Morton and Jean Rouse went 1-2 together on their home track in the 400 meter dash with 57 second clockings at the Wildcat Invitational on Saturaday. Read on for more meet highlights and race videos by Rob Walker to be uploaded by Monday.
Two Virginia high school coaches have been selected as finalists for the Brooks Running Inspiring Coaches Award. Both coaches Dave Davis at Mountain View High School and Christian Cuthbert at Veritas Classical Christian School were nominated and then made the final cut among a large pool of coaches names submitted by athletes, parents, and other coaches for this national award. The voting for the final winner is being done online on the Brooks Running facebook page here. Go show your support for these two great Virginia coaches and cast your vote on their behalf!
Kimberley Ficenec’s principal never gets her name right. In fact, just about everyone she meets has trouble saying it. One time, someone mispronounced her last name “finance.” “It’s hard,” Ficenec, whose parents are from Czech Republic, says of her last name. “I’m not going to lie. If I met someone with a name like that I’d probably get it wrong, too.” Folks will probably start getting it right now that Ficenec (pronounced fitz-uh-nitz) has made everyone take notice by winning a state title. The Mountain View junior won the 1,000-meter run at the Virginia AAA championships Saturday in Hampton, crossing the line at Boo Williams Sportsplex in 2 minutes 54.47 seconds, the fastest time by a Virginia girl this season. Link to Race Video of Ficenec's surprise 1000 meter state victory
Virtual meet preview for the 2010 Commonwealth District Indoor T&F Championships based on performances currently in the MileStat.com database as of February 2nd.
The 2009 All-MileStat.com Cross Country Team has been announced with a total of 42 athletes being selected among the 7 member first, second, and third teams for both boys and girls. Awards winners also announced for Runner of the Year, Coach of the Year, Team of the Year, Freshmen of the Year, Most Improved Runner of the Year, and Comeback Runner of the Year. Congratulations to all selections for this fall's All-MileStat.com Team!
MileSplit US will have on-site coverage at the Nike Cross Southeast Regional in Cary, North Carolina this weekend from Brandon Miles of MileStat.com and various photographers. Expect race videos, photos, interviews, and complete results to be posted soon after the completion of the meet. An in-depth meet preview highlighting the top ten teams and top dozen individuals is now available.
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The effort of Davis and Lowery helped lead the charge for TEAM VA’s GIRLS as they handily defeated TEAM MD 65 to 145. Kaitlyn Davis also managed to add some intrigue to the Boys Seeded race. She had a hand in convincing the Boys of Mountain View High School to come race the Smokey Glen Farm double loop course to stay fresh for their attempt to earn a berth in the Nike Cross Nationals (NXN) Finals in early December at next Saturday’s NXN SOUTHEAST REGIONAL. Their goals were to use the race as a training run, and they hoped to assist Team VA in the Battle for the Potomac XC Cup.
This year's VHSL State Championships could be a historic meet for the Northwest Region. The Northwest Region has arguably the greatest assembly of individual state title contenders with a big three in seniors Kaitlyn Davis of Mountain View, Ariel Karabinus of Osbourn Park, and Katherine Walker of Brooke Point. Meanwhile, the Mountain View boys will look to not only get on the state meet podium for the second time in three years, but also claim the school’s first state title. In the first cross country season without Thomas Porter leading the Wildcats, Mountain View is in its best situation since the school opened five years ago to win a state cross country team title.
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.
A look at the top returning teams in each Group AAA region & district based off of 2008 cross country 5K performances. Coach Dave Davis (pictured left by John Herzog) has been successful at the many schools that he has coached at during his long and accomplished coaching career and his time at Mountain View has been no exception since the school opened several years ago. He also had a great individual runner to work with at the new school from its inception in Thomas Porter, who just wrapped up a stellar high school career with three Foot Locker National appearances (including a 3rd place in 2008), three state titles, and a sub 9 minute two mile to finish. Mountain View's top runner Porter may have graduated, but virtually the rest of the team is in tact from a year ago which was just two points shy of a podium finish in the AAA state cross country race to make them as a preseason favorite to win the school's first state title this November behind the guidance of Coach Davis. Group AAA Boys XC Pre-Season District & Regional Team Rankings Central Region: Capital District - Central District - Colonial District - Dominion District Eastern Region: Beach District - Eastern District - Peninsula District - Southeastern District Northern Region: Concorde District - Liberty District - National District - Patriot District Northwest Region: Cardinal District - Cedar Run District - Commonwealth District - Western Valley District Group AAA Girls XC Pre-Season District & Regional Team Rankings Central Region: Capital District - Central District - Colonial District - Dominion District Eastern Region: Beach District - Eastern District - Peninsula District - Southeastern District Northern Region: Concorde District - Liberty District - National District - Patriot District Northwest Region: Cardinal District - Cedar Run District - Commonwealth District - Western Valley District
Five high school cross country runners from Virginia flew out to San Diego today to compete this weekend in the Foot Locker National Cross Country Championships. Four of them are rookies to the event and will certainly be overwhelmed and likely distracted with the new experience between their stay at the famous Del Coronado hotel, beautiful SoCal weather, the beach, the ice skating rink, all of the free gear, meeting elite professional and high school runners, and the nerves of racing against the 40 best runners in the country on Saturday at Balboa Park. Nothing this weekend will be new for Thomas Porter (pictured right by John Herzog) though as a three-time finalist for the Foot Locker Nationals. Porter had fell short on several occassions of winning that first state title until this past November with his victory in the AAA race at Great Meadows. With the pressure of winning his first state championship off his back, he now turns his attention to the Foot Locker finals, where he has been unable to be competitive at in his two past trips due to being a surprise qualifier and just happy to be there as a sophomore then an injured qualifier and unable to race anywhere close to 100% as a junior. The Mountain View senior is one of only four returning finalist among the 40 qualifiers from the four regions, so his experience could be a huge advantage and potentially help him earn All-American honors with a top 15 finish. The state of Virginia has not produced an All-American in the boys race at Foot Locker Nationals since 2002.
Photo by Ted Plunkett It seems impossible for anyone as fast as Kaitlyn Davis to be intimidated by cross country competition. As a sophomore last fall, she finished third at states in North Carolina's second-largest classification. If anything, she's the intimidator. But when Davis transferred to Mountain View this year, she was unsure whether she could maintain her prowess. She compared the fastest times in Virginia and North Carolina and became anxious when she realized Virginia's generally were faster. After experiencing the competition first hand, though, she is at ease again. The latest calming influence was her easy victory yesterday at The Free Lance-Star All-Area meet at Culpeper High. Read full story from Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star Free Lance Star Area Meet Results
The Mountain View pair of senior Thomas Porter and junior transfer Kaitlyn Davis (previously from Jacksonville, NC) swept the individual titles for their team at the 20th annual Chancellor Invitational held on Saturday, August 30th at Loriella Park in Fredericksburg, VA. More... Chancellor Invitational Results: Varsity Boys - Varsity Girls - Developmental Boys - Developmental Girls Chancellor Invitational Photo Gallery - 1,259 total photos by Brandon Miles. A few more to be added from awards ceremony. Chancellor Invitational Race Videos: Varsity Boys - Varsity Girls - Developmental Boys - Developmental Girls Chancellor Invitational Video Interviews: Coach Bane (Meet Director) - Kaitlyn Davis (Girls Race Winner) - Thomas Porter (Boys Race Winner)
Photo by Ted Plunkett She did not run cross country last fall, but Colonial Forge's Colleen Wade came out of nowhere in the spring to emerge as one of the top freshmen distance runners in the state. Wade earned All-State honors in a stellar double at the state meet with a 5:10 performance in the 1600 from the slow section and coming back later in the heat to finish seventh in the 3200. Wade, the younger sister of former Colonial Forge star K.C. Wade, also won a pair of district titles in the spring and also took the Northwest Region title in the 3200. She should translate her track success into some more glory this fall on the country course.
The Mountain View boys enjoyed a worry free weekend down in Florida in the week leading up to the big clashes among NTN ranked teams at the Maymont Festival as they cruised to a second straight team title at the Embry-Riddle Smoothie King Invitational held in Daytona Beach. In a low-key event with little competition to test the NTN Southeast #4 ranked squad, the Mountain View boys tallied 17 points to better their 2006 team score of 36 points as they were led by race winner Thomas Porter (pictured right by Kelly Walker for flrunners.com) in a time of 17:16. Coach Dave Davis' squad took seven of the top ten places in an impressive team dispaly. Meet summary on flrunners.com
Both course records went down in tonight's Brentsville Relays with some scorching individual splits and total team times as the cooler conditions must have been welcomed by the runners as shown by their race performances. The Eleanor Roosevelt girls (1st, 4:42) from Maryland showed they are still a force to be reckoned with in the Southeast region and nationally despite graduation losses, as they were a minute and a half faster than their 2006 course record win (46:13) at Brentsville to defeat a virtually identical Midlothian squad (2nd, 44:44) from last by a few seconds. Midlothian anchor Kathleen Lautzenheiser was able to make up quite a considerable deficit on Eleanor Roosevelt's Dominique Lockart for the fastest split ever at Brentsville Relays in 8:43, but not enough to pull Midlo ahead as the two outstanding programs gapped the field by quite a margin. Third place "A" race finishers from Lake Braddock won the combined team title as their depth was showcaed with the performances of their "B" and "C" teams earlier in the evening.After the preseason Southeast region and Virginia #1 ranked Midlothian boys were dealt a humbling fourth place finish in their season opener at Great Meadow and great adversity with a major transfer loss as well as a few injuries, they rebounded nicely at Brentsville Relays thanks to a 7:27 anchor leg from Jason Witt (pictured above) to come from behind on one of the teams which beat them last week in Mountain View with a 38:56 course record win. Mountain View (2nd, 39:15) had built an early lead after a great 7:26 second leg by Foot Locker finalist Thomas Porter. However, neither 2007 Foot Locker hopefuls Porter or Witt were distinguished with honors of the fastest split of the night as Turner Ashby junior Alex Ott opened up in a intense first leg battle with a 7:25 split. Mountain View showed why they still should be considered a better team than Midlothian until the Trojans can beat the Wildcats in a 5K race as their winning "B" and "C" teams earlier gave Coach Dave Davis' squad the overall title and second trophy to bring home.BRENTSVILLE RELAYS RESULTS - COACHES EMAIL YOUR SPLITS (ALL LEGS) TO MILESTAT@GMAIL.COMBrentsville Relays Photo Gallery by Ted Plunkett - 648 photos total. More photos to come from Brandon MilesBrentsville Relays Photo Galleries by Andy Paisley - B & C Girls (194 photos) - B & C Boys (87 photos) Brentsville Relays Video: B & C Boys Legs #1-3 (additional video) - B & C Boys Legs #4-5 - B & C Girls Legs #1-2 (additional video)- B & C Girls Legs #3-5 - Championship A Boys Legs #1-3 - Championship A Boys Legs #4-5 - Championship A Girls Legs #1-3 - Championship A Girls Legs #4-5
With nearly all of the top AAA teams and individuals kicking off in the upcoming weekend's invitationals, very little changed in this week's rankings due to the sparce number of races last week. Her meet record run at the Chancellor Invite helped Battlefield's Elizabeth Walls move into the rankings for the first time at the #11 spot. Even though the Oakton boys were idle last week, the late summer news of Mark Merritt's transfer (#8 AAA ranked individual) to Cosby has changed who the coaches view as the top team in AAA as defending champions from Midlothian slip to the #2 spot with Oakton seizing the #1 ranking. Saturday's Great Meadow Invite will be more telling of who the best team in AAA is currently with the top three ranked squads all scheduled to race with Oakton, Midlothian, and Mountain View.
Great finish in start of XC at Chancellor! Photo by Brandon Miles A great opener to the cross country season was held at Fredericksburg's Loriella Park for the Chancellor Invitational. The meet had two nationally ranked boys programs Jamestown and Mountain View clash in an early season test for both squads to see where they are at in beginning of this fall. The Chancellor Invite also saw a meet and course record go down by a somewhat surprise winner in Northwest Region outdoor 3200 meter champion Elizabeth Walls just dipping under the old Loriella best of 19:46 set by Kristyn Shiring of North Stafford with her winning time of 19:45 on a mild Saturday in September. While Walls pulled away for a decisive victory over a quality field in the last half of the race, Alex Ott and Andrew Colley could not shake each other off until the end in the varsity boys race with Ott pulling out the slight edge in a great finish. In a kicking battle to the line between two of AA's best juniors, Ott took the win in 16;30.8, while Colley settled as a close runner-up in 16:31.2. Colley did take home first place hardware though as his Jamestown team (54) defeated a Thomas Porter-less Mountain View squad (67 pts) by 13 points. The Eagles were able to overcome Mountain View putting five ahead of their fourth with three runners ahead of Mountain View's top finisher Daniel Porter (9th, 17:25.4). The Mountain View coaches wanted to see how well the rest of their guys could run without their ace Thomas Porter and their boys held up well as Mountain View at full strength against Jamestown on this day would have likely picked up a close win. While girls field lacked the powerhouse squads like Jamestown and Mountain View on the boys, one team stepped as a team to look out for thanks to the emergence of a talented freshmen. Sullivan Parkes had been a pre-race favorite coming in as a pre=season #13 ranked runner in the state, but she was not even the top finisher on her squad or household despite a solid fourth place time of 20:24 as her freshmen sister Presley Parkes ran a stellar high school debut race as runner-up in 19:58. With the firepower up front from the Parkes sisters, Millbrook won by a fair margin of 20 points over host school and AA #7 ranked Chancellor (2nd, 101 pts) with a team score of 81 points. Millbrook also defeated additional AA ranked squads in AA #5 James Wood (5th, 206 pts) and AA #6 Heritage-Leesburg (7th, 230 pts). Chancellor Invite Results: Varsity Boys - Varsity Girls - Developmental Boys - Developmental GirlsChancellor Invite Photo Gallery: Varsity Boys (348 pics) - Varsity Girls (358 pics) - Developmental Girls (148 pics) - Developmental Boys (247 pics) - Awards (38 pics) Video Interviews: Alex Ott - Andrew Colley - Elizabeth Walls Race Videos - Varsity Boys - Varsity Girls - Developmental Girls - Developmental Boys
Photo by Brandon Miles A total of 34 schools and 1157 athletes will be competing at Saturday's Chancellor Invitational, which will be an season opener for all teams involved. MileStat.com will be on-site with coverage bringing you video, photos, and interviews from Loriella Park in Fredericksburg. First race begins at 9:30 AM with the varsity boys as the varsity girls, developmental boys, and developmental girls will follow thereafter. The meet will be an early clash between two Nike Team Nationals ranked squads in SE #4 Mountain View and SE #8 Jamestown, who will be led by two of the top individual harriers in the race with VA #4 ranked Thomas Porter (Mountain View) and VA #13 ranked Andrew Colley (Jamestown). Throwing in Turner Ashby junior and VA #6 ranked Alex Ott, the course record of 16:02 set by Devin Cornwall in 2005 could come under attack. Millbrook junior Sullivan Parkes finished 11th at the 2006 Chancellor Invite, but comes into this season as the #13 ranked runner in the state of Virginia and as a pre-race favorite for Saturday. However, defending Chancellor Invite champion Kaylan Comer (pictured above) might have something to say about that as a three-time All-State cross country performer in cross country.
The preseason regional rankings for the Nike Team Nationals have been released today with the Midlothian program holding the #1 spot for both the boys and girls, while eight other Virginia squads are ranked in the top ten rankings for the Southeast Region. Just initial reaction from the preseason NTN rankings, expect to see the pecking order to be different in the MileStat.com preseason state rankings to be released later this month based off of voting by the coaches in the state. Virginia boys teams ranked in the NTN SE Top 10: #1 Midlothian, #4 Mountain View, #8 Jamestown, #9 Oakton, #10 Brentsville Virginia girls teams ranked in the NTN SE Top 10: #1 Midlothian, #4 Lake Braddock, #9 Brentsville, #10 West Springfield. Full rankings
MileStat.com's Brandon Miles analyzes the top five teams in the state to look out for this cross country season as part of a series of preview articles leading into this fall. Midlothian is the front runner again after holding strong last fall as a pre-season #1 to the finish and onto a dominating AAA state title and Virginia's first NTN appearance. The Trojans will have the handle the pressure of the bull's eye on them once again in 2007. The Western Albemarle boys have a team that has the talent to match up with Midlo's front three with the trio under 16 minutes in the Footlocker South sophomore race back. Oakton has the power in depth and numbers as last fall with six runners back under 10 minutes in the 3200. Jamestown is the sleeper with a very youthful squad as all of their top five runners will be back in 2008 as well. Mountain View is only three years old, but the road to the state meet podium looks to be paved ahead of schedule.
Interview with Mountain View junior Thomas Porter (pictured above by John Herzog). Porter qualified for Footlocker Nationals as a sophomore and was only several seconds off the national sophomore 5K record indoors in an All-American performance at Nike Indoor Nationals. Porter will be gunning for his first state championship this fall.
Gus Lacy Track Classic Highlights: Light rain and cool temperatures throughout the day did not keep the Gus Lacy Track Classic from being another classic held at Fork Union. The meet featured a US #6 4x800 performance by the Forest Park boys at 7:55.37, thrilling finishes in all three boys distance races, and the Manchester boys showing their strength outside of an injured Anthony Chesson. Complete results are posted with performances entered. Pictured left by David Fleenor: Manchester senior Reggie Hill picked up the slack in Chesson's absence with wins in the 100 and 200 meter dash and a dramatic come from behind anchor leg on the 4x100 to give the Lancers the win. Gus Lacy Track Classic - Video Clips - All running events except for 4x400's. Gus Lacy Track Classic - Miles Photo Gallery - 1228 photos total by Brandon Miles. Gus Lacy Track Classic - Fleenor Photo Gallery - 151 photos total by David Fleenor.
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.
MileStat.com\'s Brandon Miles interviews Mountain View sophomore Thomas Porter who held off Kevin Schwab of Oklahoma for the final spot to San Diego for Foot Locker Nationals in finishing tenth overall in the seeded race at Foot Locker South with a personal best time of 15:13. Porter is the only underclassmen qualifier among the South region boys and has a sensational finish this fall after being ranked outside of the top ten in the state earlier in the season. Porter helped Virginia have their first trio of boys\' qualifiers since 2001 with Bobby Lockhart, Matt Keally, and Fleet Hower.
Tackling the overwhelming task of summarizing the 64 district meets held in Virginia this past week, I have taken a different approach in making a list of the ten best team and individual performances this past week. Some of them will not be in order based off actual team and individual\'s current state rankings, but how I rate their most recent performances at districts. I\'ll also be trying to recognize some performances that can be overlooked. I cannot recognize all, but I\'ll try to do my best. As you will see with the first top ten list with the boys teams, I took heavily into account how last year\'s teams faired from districts to the state meet at Great Meadows in their time differences among their team averages (top 5 finishers). No perfect science in analzying this sport, but I think it is an important stat to look at because a lot of these teams are competing with the same runners, same coaches, same training plan, and most importantly same courses. The Brentsville boys and Hermitage boys for example cannot have the same application used as Brentsville competed in a totally different course for their district meet from 2005 and Hermitage competed on a different Pole Green course and had to deal with quite different weather and course conditions in their Saturday district meet than the pleasant conditions that were found statewide on the Wednesday and Thursday meets. Enjoy!
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
Who said relay meets are suppose to be fun and relaxed? With a total of seven teams ranked in the latest Nike Team Southeast Region Rankings, the 5x2500 meter Brentsville Relays is turning into an early barometer gauge for some of the best teams in the Southeast Region. The meet will feature the top two ranked boys and girls teams in the region with SE #1 Midlothian boys, SE #2 Brentsville boys, SE #1 Eleanor Roosevelt girls, and SE #2 Midlothian girls. Also competing will be SE #4 Thomas Jefferson boys, SE #5 Brentsville girls, and SE #8 Lake Braddock girls. The event is held under the lights at night and begins with the first race of the day at 4:45 PM and ends with the last race of the day, \"A\" division girls, at 8:45 PM.
The high school cross country season in Virginia opened today at the Chancellor Invitational held at Loriella Park in Fredricksburg. The remnants of Ernesto soaked much of Virginia on Friday and rain continued to persist for Saturday morning races. However, the conditions did not stop the runners from performing at a high level. Mountain View sophomore Thomas Porter cruised to a 16:39 win in the boys race as he also led his squad (83 pts) to a seven point victory over Jamestown (90 pts). Meanwhile, the Colonial Forge girls (73 pts) were convincing winners by 48 points over Brooke Point (121 pts). The Lady Eagles were led by race winner Kaylan Comer, who came out on top in a time of 20:04 in a race which many lead changes occurred.
Chancellor Invitational to be held at Loriella Park in Fredricksburg. The opening meet will feature over 1,100 athletes representing a total of 32 schools. The Colonial Forge girls are the top ranked team in the field with their #8 state preseason ranking. Individually, Mountain View sophomore Thomas Porter is head of his class this weekend at Loriella as he will attempt to go after Devin Cornwall\'s one year old course record of 16:02, while a slew of girls are in the running to cross the line first at Loriella. AS OF 4:34 PM FRIDAY...CHANCELLOR INVITE IS STILL ON!
Last fall\'s AAA boys team and individual state cross country champions were determined on the final straightaway at Great Meadows. Chantilly\'s Brad Siragusa outkicked West Springfield\'s Mike Spooner for the individual state crown, while the Oakton boys secured the state title despite close challenges from runner-up Thomas Jefferson and third place finisher Midlothian. Spooner and the Thomas Jefferson and Midlothian squads return with hopes to reverse their fortune and come out on top in November. However, another tight finish is to be expected with the caliber of individuals and teams that return to challenge any pre-season favorites.
The selection was very tough as always for the All-MileStat.com Team. As this cross country season like any other, anything can happen. What you expect to happens never seem to does and what happens you never would have expected. One week someone is hot, the next week that person is out of the picture. A star runner goes down, a newcomer comes out of nowhere. There were many deserving athletes to be on this list. Looking at this year\'s group, there are probably a dozen or so runners who are probably in a group of their own and then 3 dozen or more runners who could beat each other on any given day. Some of the runners missing from this list definitely deserve recognition for their fine seasons. Let these All-MileStat.com selections serve as a way to recognize the great accomplishments of the state\'s top athletes this fall, while serving as motivation and providing drive for those left off or returning next fall to strive for greater excellence in the future.