Athletes. That is what this weekend is about, athletes and state titles.
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Here we look at the 2019 state meet favorites and see where they finished at states these past few years.
The VHSL State Cross Country Championships will be the center of attention this weekend for the entire Virginia running community. The meet features over 1,248 athletes from 215 teams all running on the historic Great Meadow state meet course.
Here is our state meet preview for the 2A classification written as if states were today.
They were more than close last year coming just 12 points away from a team title sweep but this year Auburn enters stronger than ever. Sophomore Caitlin Dominy will lead Auburn into Great Meadow with a great chance to do what her older brother did in 2015 in winning the individual and team title.
The second day of the 2015 VHSL Cross Country Championships brought the strong possibility of three schools capturing the girls and boys team titles: Auburn, Maggie Walker, and Blacksburg. In the end Maggie Walker was the only school to pull off the double win in similar weather and ground conditions as the 4A/5A/6A teams the day before.
With only mere hours separated us from the penultimate meet, the VHSL State Cross Country Championships, it is time to look and preview each classification. Inside is a breif preview of the classification and the leaderboards for the top 50 individuals in the classification.
Radford’s Cole Schafer received the highest honor given by the Virginia High School League on Monday, as he was named the 2014 The Allstate Foundation / VHSL Group 1A Male Athlete of the Year.
Radford High School cross country Mike Carrow had led his boys' team to two state titles in 2007 and 2012, but finally got his girls to achieve the same success at the state level with their first state title in school history on Saturday. The Radford girls won the Group 1A title by 37 points and were led by two underclassmen in freshmen Mary Elliot and Cameron Schafer taking two of the top three places individually in the race. After an unusual and difficult season for them following the controversial decision of their local goverment banning them from running on their city streets and roads, the Radford girls were able to overcome that adversity and distraction with a youthful squad and no seniors among their top 5 to claim their first state cross country team title and set themselves up well to go for a state title repeat in 2014.
Highlights and coverage from Saturday's races (Group 3A, 2A, & 1A) at the 2013 VHSL State Cross Country Championships.
The 1A West Regional champions from Galax are looking like the odds-on favorites to win the Group 1A state team title this coming Saturday at Great Meadow. Led by individual race favorite Cliff Conley (1A West individual champion) and several other runners behind him capabable of All-State top 15 finishes, the Galax boys are in great position to roll to a team championship.
Can the Rappahannock County girls hoist another first place trophy next Saturday at Great Meadow after winning the 1A East Regional title this past week in Williamsburg? It is shaping up to be a tight race for three podium spots between four teams.
There was irony Tuesday evening, as members of the Radford High school cross-country team walked through the same city streets, they've been banned from running on. (via wdbj7.com)
More than one hundred Radford High School student-athletes and parents are demanding answers from the Radford city school board and the superintendent. (via wdbj7.com)
A gallery of all the boys' state champions (teams, relays, and individuals) from the 2013 VHSL Group A State Outdoor Track & Field Championships held Saturday, June 1st at Radford University in Radford, Virginia. All photos are by either MileStat.com photographers Arnel Maddox or Sara Maddox, which both have full photo galleries uploaded from Radford.
Virtual meet rankings for Group A boys and all four regions (Region A, Region B, Region C, Region D) scoring all events through 8 places based off performances in the MileStat.com database as of May 1st. Three-time Group A state champion Nik Huffman of Virginia High School has been consistently throwing over 55 feet in the shot put and over 170 feet in the discus throw. The University of Kentucky signee enjoyed throwing in front of his home fans this past Saturday at the Bearcat Invitational as Huffman swept the throws as expected.
Cody Cain almost by himself has his Thomas Walker High School boys' track team ranked among the top 3 squads in Group A as of April 20th according to MileStat.com's power team rankings (based on performances in the site's database).. At last week's Coalfield Invitational, Cain won 5 events (100, 200, HJ, LJ, TJ) including a personal best clearance of 6'8" in the high jump.
The 1A classification will get a lot smaller next fall as some of the larger Group A schools in the current six class system will move up to the 2A class next fall in the new 6 class re-alignment. One of the top individual returning stars for 1A will be Rural Retreat's Matthew Farmer, who has a 5K best of 16:08 from this past season and finished fourth last weekend in the Group A race with a time of 16:35 at Great Meadow.
The Radford boys were able to leap over Region B's best on Saturday at Great Meadow to claim their second Group A state cross country title under coach Mike Carrow with their first title coming back in 2007. Both state champion Radford teams were led by an individual champion as Walker Mogen repeated as the individual state champion for the Bobcats. Their team came on strong at season's end with #2 runner Matt Turk coming back from illness that set him back earlier in the fall.
A virtual meet preview of the Group A girls state cross country race with all 16 team qualifiers and their runners. Team scores are generated based off the season best 5K times in the MileStat.com database. Individual qualifiers are not included in this virtual meet preview.
A virtual meet preview of the Group A boys state cross country race with all 16 team qualifiers and their runners. Team scores are generated based off the season best 5K times in the MileStat.com database. Individual qualifiers are not included in this virtual meet preview.
Despite failing to win district and regional titles, can the George Mason girls become only the third team in VHSL State Cross Country Championships meet history to win 5 straight team titles?
Interview with Cole Schafer, #5 runner on the Three Rivers District XC boys team champions from Radford High School in Radford, Virginia.
Virtual meet rankings for Group A teams and individuals as of October 3rd. The Radford boys led by defending Group A state champion Walker Mogen and his 15:45 5K season best are just ahead of Region C rivals Galax and Floyd County in the virtual meet rankings. Defending Group A state champion George Mason boys have raced in only one 5K invitational this season with that being a slower and challenging Oatlands course to have them currently 6th on this list based on their 5K season best times.
The George Mason boys look to start their own streak of state titles similar to their female counterparts at Mason who currently have won four straight cross country state titles. The Mason boys are the defending Group A state cross country champions and only graduated their #7 runner from a team which won last year's state championship by a dominant margin of 48 points. The margin could be even greater in 2012.
The George Mason girls have won the Group A state cross country team title every year since 2008. Julie Bravin has been their head coach for every one of those seasons, but after a four year run state title run, George Mason will have a new head coach with Bravin moving onto an administrative position while they were able to land quite an accomplished runner as their new head coach in Alisa Harvey.
Interview with the Region C champion Walker Mogen of Radford, who is also one of the individual favorites for the Group A state race on Saturday.
The Altavista boys will be favored to repeat as Group A state team champions with three returning All-State cross country individual finishers in Daniel Blanks, Sean Farney, and Forster McCracken. Lebanon's Jon Ulrich won his first state title last fall as a sophomore in a dramatic photo finish but chip-timed outcome and should be hard pressed again for another victory at Great Meadow. Read more...
Group A team rankings as of April 22nd. Two types of rankings included with the power rankings scoring the database's rankings as a normal meet through 8 places, while the depth rankings scores through 20 places with 1st place receiving 20 points on down to 1 point for 20th place. Radford and Stonewall Jackson boys share #1's with Radford leading the power rankings, while Stonewall Jackson rates #1 in the depth rankings. Meanwhile, the Manassas Park girls rank #1 in both depth and power rankings.
The Lebanon boys and sophomore John Ulrich (pictured right by Dee Perry) won out in an early season Group A battle at Run fer da Hills this past weekend with pre-season Group A #1 ranked Radford and their sophomore star Walker Mogen. Urlcich, who placed third in the 3200 at the Group A State Outdoor Championships last spring as a freshmen, won the race individually in a time of 16:59 joining a short list of runners who have ran under 17 minutes on the Holston Dam 5K course. The Lebanon boys, who move to a #2 ranking this week behind defending state champions Clarke County, finished second overall and 71 points ahead of a fifth place Radford squad. Ulrich leaps to the top of the individual rankings with strong opening win in Bristol, Tennessee. Very minor changes this week in the rankings for the Group A girls.
The George Mason girls repeated as Group A state team champions with no seniors among their top seven and missing their top runner due to injury. Katlyn Ayers of Strasburg started off the first race of the day with a runaway 19:03 victory. Strasburg and Radford had a close team battle for second and third place despite having very wide difference in team spreads.
Strasburg sophomore Katlyn Ayers figured to be the third best runner in the Group A classification coming into the season but injuries to defending champion and course record holder Megan Marsico of Glenvar and Natalie Young of George Mason have opened the door of opportunity for Ayers to win her first state title. She has went undefeated in all of her races this season and another first place finish should be in the works for her on Saturday at Great Meadow.
At the Clash With The Titans, VA #1 ranked Hidden Valley girls will open their season in their home invitational against teams in the Roanoke Valley area. Hidden Valley should win big if all five of their top 5 returnees are racing led by 2008 Group AA state runner-up Annie LeHardy. LeHardy won last year's inaugural Clash With The Titans with a one second victory over teammate Mary Catherine Sowder in 20:45. The top three boys teams coming into the meet feature a strong #1 runner each who will be battling for first individually on Saturday in Group AA #5 ranked Andy Eddleton of Christiansburg, Group A #3 ranked Jared Miller of Radford, and Group AA #14 ranked Cody Seymour of Cave Spring.
The George Mason girls ended Clarke County's streak of state championships last fall by a narrow three point margin of victory. The gap should widen between the George Mason girls and the rest of Group A this fall as Coach Julie Bravin will bring back her entire top seven which included four freshmen and three All-State finishers last fall, while all other contenders suffered a few loses. The Radford girls aim to try to leap frog Clarke County this year and be George Mason's top challengers as they had several girls fare well in track and qualify for state competition in the 1600 and 3200 meter races including Amber Thompson (pictured left by Scott Rigler). Clarke County lost two multiple All-State finishers in Sophia Holmes and Erin Broy, but return their remaining top seven from last year's runner-up squad.
The state meet podium could look almost identical for the Group A boys this November as last year at Great Meadow with 2008 champions Clarke County, runners-up Radford, and third place Altavista all returning at least five top 7 varsity runners each. Floyd County is hoping to make the biggest jump in Group A with all 7 runners back from a team, which placed 7th at the 2008 VHSL State Cross Country Championships. Despite being favored to defend their state title, it will be an interesting year for Clarke County though as Dustin Sweeney is no longer coaching the team which he had been so instrumental in the team's success and state titles over recent years. Sweeney is now coaching at James Madison University.
Podcast interview with Radford cross country coach Mike Carrow. Coach Carrow's Radford boys won the Group A state cross country team title this past Saturday's VHSL State Championships at Great Meadow. Radford defeated 3-time champs from Clarke County led by individual champion Nathan Brame.
Peter Dorrell (pictured left by John Herzog) felt drowsy. "Real snotty," he said, referring to his nose. "Just not feeling perky." The redheaded senior at Blacksburg High School was nursing a cold before Saturday's VHSL state cross country meet at Great Meadows. He was one of three Timesland runners to claim an individual title on Saturday. In Group A, Radford's Nathan Brame repeated as champion in the boys' division. Glenvar sophomore Megan Marisco added the girls' state title to go along with her first-place finishes in the Three Rivers and Region C meets. Read full story...
How dominant was Megan Marsico's performance at the Group A Region C cross country championship held at the Southwest Virginia Training Center Wednesday afternoon? Consider that the Glenvar sophomore's time of 18 minutes, 42 seconds (a course record) was 1:10 ahead of the second-place finisher, Brittany Bryant of Patrick Henry-Glade Spring. That 70-second spread was approximately the equivalent of the time differential between the third through the 15th finishers. "I feel good," Marsico (pictured right by John Herzog) said. "At least I didn't get lost. I'm kind of bad with directions."Read full story...
Photo by Ted Plunkett A list of the top returnees among Group A boys for the upcoming 2007 cross country season. List includes all sub 17:30 5K performers returning for this fall as well as teams bringing the most back. Jakob Maidens from Lebanon (pictured above) had a sensational state race last November at Great Meadow to nearly take state runner-up honors and will likely be defending state champion Nathan Brame of Radford's toughest challenger. Brame's Radford squad will look to give Clarke County its closest challenge in three years as Clarke has routed the Group A field the past two of their three consecutive state team championships. More in-depth preview as well as pre-season predictions from MileStat.com's own Brandon Miles to come in August.
Except for the hurdle events, all of last year's VHSL Group A Outdoor State boys champions in the individual running events return to make for what will certainly be an even greater year for the small schools than 2006. Radford junior Nathan Brame is one of those returning state champions for 1600 meters and stands an excellent shot at breaking 4:20 this spring and going after the state meet record of 4:19.1 held by New Kent's Guy Alton (2001). Meanwhile, the boys sprints should see some great competition including the likes of Goochland's D.J. Coles, a state champion for 100 meters last June as a sophomore. (Photo by David Fleenor)
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 Radford junior Nathan Brame and asks the tough questions circulating around the recent Group A state cross country champion in regards to his transformation from his freshmen year message board predictions, his rivalry with Clarke County and Simon Biddle-Snead, and discussing his breakthrough season of cross country.
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
Northside senior and defending AA state champion Catherine White opens her season tomorrow at the Knights Cross Invitational held at Green Hill Park in Salem. High expections are placed upon White this season as she was a three-time All-American last year in cross country and track including a national runner-up finish for two miles last indoor season at Nike Indoor Nationals. White has had some great performances at Green Hill in the past including a 17:57 5K at the Fab 5K last month. The meet will also feature one of the state\'s top girls teams in Blacksburg. A great individual battle should be waged between one of A\'s best in Nathan Brame of Radford and the #3 ranked individual in AA in Peter Dorrell of Blacksburg.
If her time at the Fab 5K is any indication of what it is to come from Catherine White in her senior season at Northside High School, this could be a very special year for the three-time All-American and nine-time AA state champion. In last year\'s Fab 5K, White clocked a swift 18:30 and bettered her time by over 30 seconds in this year\'s race as the top finishing female in the open division in 17:57. White finished out last fall\'s cross country season winning the AA state title in 17:57, qualifying for Foot Locker Nationals with a 17:17 PR run at Foot Locker South, and an All-American finish at Foot Locker Nationals in 17:53 on a challenging Balboa Park course in San Diego, California. Already 30 seconds ahead of herself from last year is a great sign for things to come.
The VHSL Group A State Meet, which will be held this Saturday at Radford University, should be a good one with plenty of great teams and individuals vying for state titles. The team title on the girls\' side could be determined by the performances of some of their star athletes. It appears to be a two way team battle between last year\'s state champs and state runners-up in Buffalo Gap and James Monroe. Defending Group A champions Buffalo Gap returns with star jumper Angela Jenkins who nearly won four state titles last year. The James Monroe girls finished in a distant second at last year\'s meet to Buffalo Gap by over 50 points. The gap should be a lot closer this year thanks to an improved squad with the addition of Courtland transfer Marie Fields.
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.