The 5th annual Chambersburg XC Alumni Race concluded with the dedication of a memorial to former coach Tim Cook.
The DVGTCA saw four amazing female runners get off to incredible starts this year.
The 1st ever Nike Team Nationals will be held this Saturday in Portland, Oregon and there will be Maryland representation there.
Congratulations to Jenny Barringer, Kelly Parrish, Justin Harbor, and Andy Biladeau who qualified for Footlocker Nationals in San Diego. Barringer was the top Florida finisher, winning the Girls Seeded race. The top eight from the seeded races at Footlocker south Region qualify.
Arthur Lydiard spoke in Charlotte Saturday after the Footlocker South Regional meet. Three photographs are now online from the Charlotte Running Company sponsored event. The event was called \"Coach of the Century\" Lecture Tour.
OK, here\'s a look at the South Carolina finishers at Footlocker. Biggest surprise? Not Kate geting another trip to San Diego, but that she wasn\'t our best finisher...
Jeff Weiss and Craig Miller, the two boys state champions in 2004, are in the Foot Locker finals set for December 11th at Balboa Park in San Diego, California. Their 6th and 8th place performances highlighted a great day for Pennsylvania athletes on the venue known simply as Vanny in New York\\\'s Bronx.
PA has 2 Footlocker Qualifiers, Jeff Weiss (AA State XC Champ - McGuffey) was 6th in 15:42.6 and Craig Miller (AAA State XC Champ - Manheim Twp) was 8th in 15:43. The 1st PA girl was Neeley Spence of Shippensburg, 14th in 18:47.6.
Post-race quotes with PA\'s latest Foot Locker qualifiers, Jeff Weiss of McGuffey, and Craig Miller of Manheim Township, who just happed to be our two state champions.
The Cedar Cliff colts (otherwise known as the Harrisburg Harriers) are going to Portland, Oregon next week to compete in the first Nike Team Championships.
78 photographs are now online from Saturday at the Footlocker South Regional in Charlotte.
20 photographs are now online from Saturday\'s Footlocker South action.
16 photographs are now online from the Footlocker South Region meet.
56 photographs are now online from Footlocker South meet headquarters on Friday.
16 photographs are now online from the Footlocker South Region meet.
11/27-Dennin, Lacolla, Meck, Lamparter, Burns, Sobrinski, Murtaugh get top 10's in NE FL Class races
A lot of PA's best runners chose to compete in the class races at the Foot Locker Northeast Regionals, with several getting top ten places. Frosh Mark Dennin and John Lacolla went 2nd and 7th; Kaitlynn Meck of Northern HS, was 10th in her race; Carlisle sophomore Marie Lamparter finished a strong 3rd in 19:50; juniors Meghan Burns and Marcie Sobrinski were 3rd and 6th; and Henderson senior Marissa Murtaugh took 5th.
The state of Virginia will be sending two representatives to this year\'s Foot Locker Nationals in Hayfield senior Melissa Dewey and Western Branch freshmen Aurora Scott. Dewey and Scott were among the top eight nationals bound finishers in the girls\' seeded race at the Foot Locker South Regional Meet held at McAlpine Greenway Park in Charlotte, North Carolina. Foot Locker South Photo Gallery by Lee Dick
Duke senior cross-country athlete Michael Hatch, a 2001 graduate of JL Mann High School concluded his last season as a Blue Devil with a top three finish at the IC4A Cross Country Championships at Van Cortland Park in Bronx, NY Saturday.
Two graduates of Fairfax County schools, American University junior Keira Carlstrom (\'02 Oakton HS) and Brigham Young University senior Laurie Turner (\'98 Centreville HS) earned All-American honors once again at the NCAA Division I National Cross Country Championships. Carlstrom became a two-time All-American with a 17th place finish, while Heiner became only the second athlete in her school\'s history to become a four-time All-American honoree in cross country. Meanwhile, Yale sophomore Cara Kiernan (\'03 The Potomac School) and Wake Forest sophomore Selina Sekulic (\'03 Ocean Lakes HS) received their first All-American honors with finishes of 33rd and 39th places respectively.
Freshman Christo Landry (Falls Church, VA) ran a spectacular race to earn All-America honors in his rookie season as 2004 CAA Champion William and Mary men\'s cross country competed this afternoon at the NCAA Cross Country Championship. For the second-straight season the Tribe suffered hardship at the NCAA Championship as four Tribe harriers succumbed to food poisoning before the meet, including 2004 CAA Champion Matt Keally and sophomore Keith Bechtol, each of whom have run in the No. 1 spot for the Tribe this year and could not start the race.
Tasmin Fanning, the 2004 VHSL AA cross country runner-up, signed a national letter of intent to compete in the 2005-06 cross country and track seasons at Virginia Tech during the early signing period on Nov. 10-12, announced the Hokie track staff.
North Allegheny grad Stephanie Madia led the Notre Dame women to a 4th place finish with 140 points at the Division I NCAA Championships at Indiana State University Monday 11/22. The highest placed PA finisher was Nazareth Academy grad Maureen McCandless, who was 5th in 20:38 for the University of Pittsburgh.
James Madison junior Shannon Saunders (Forest, Va./Jefferson Forest) finished 58th in the NCAA National Women\'s Cross Country Championships Monday. Saunders, who completed the 6,000-meter race in 21 minutes, 29.3 seconds, had the third-best women\'s NCAA national finish in school history. Only Mollie DeFrancesco, who placed 30th in 2002, and Bethany Eigel, who finished 46th in 1996, turned in better finishes
Virginia cross country athletes Emily Harrison and Soeren Lindner both competed at the NCAA Cross Country Championships today in rain-soaked Terre Haute, Indiana. The trip to the collegiate national championships was the first for both harriers. The Wabash Family Sports Center had been drenched with a couple days of rain, making for a sloppy, slow course. Harrison, running in her first year, took 109th in a time of 22:02 over the 6K, while Lindner, a second-year, ran 33:45 over 10K and finished 201st.
Some of Maryland\'s best high school runners will travel to New York over Thanksgiving break to run at footlocker.
PIAA AA high jump state champion Ryan Fritz of Octorara signed a National Letter of Intent with Penn State University last week during the early signing period.
What an incredible performance by the PA teams (and runners) at Division II NCAA Nationals. The Edinboro women finished 2nd, and the Kutztown women 18th. Three PA runners for Edinboro earned All-American status, including frosh Rachael Lanzel (St. Mary\'s, PA/St. Mary\'s), 16th-place (22:47.5), Heather Wilmoth (Sugar Grove, PA/Eisenhower) (18th -22:50.8) and Kelly Richards (Edinboro, PA/General McLane) (24th - 23:11.0). Seneca grad Lindsay Roberts completed the Edinboro scoring with a 38th place showing (23:22.3). One Lock Haven runner from PA earned All-American status. Council Rock North grad Joe Wiegner was 34th in 33:19. Also earning All-American certificates were Mindy Sawtille of Indiana University of PA, 8th in 21:54; Vanessa Andes of East Stroudsburg University, 14th in 22:20; and Manfield\'s Charity Learn, 33rd in 23:03. The top eight team placements mean the region will receive three auto qualifiers to Nationals in 2005.
The two remaining PA teams in the Northeast rankings have dropped in the preliminary final list of the season, one a single place, and the other, at least two.
2003 AA cross country state champion Emily Harrison of Warren County has made a quick and successful adjustment to collegiate running this fall at the University of Virginia. Harrison not only established herself as the top runner among her fellow top Lady Cavaliers this season, but as well one of the premier female collegiate distance runners in the state. At the NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Meet, Harrison placed sixth overall to earn one of the individual qualifying spots for this Monday\'s NCAA Division I National Cross Country Championships, which will be hosted in Terre Haute, Indiana. In her regional race, Harrison ran a personal best time for 6,000 meters of 20:32. Harrison was the first finishing freshmen in the race. Thus far, no graduate of the class of 2004 has seen more success this fall than Harrison. Only herself and JMU junior Shannon Saunders will be representing Virginia schools on the women\'s side at NCAA Nationals. Harrison was willing to be interviewed exclusively by MileStat.com prior to her departure to Terre Haute.
35 photographs are now online for viewing from the Region III Junior Olympics that took place on Nov. 20 at the Milliken Plant in Spartanburg.
Both Washington & Lee University\'s Lindsay Erickson and Nathan Johnson ran season best times at the NCAA Division III National Championship meet. The race was held at the Whitetail Golf Course in Colfax, Wisconsin. Both athletes were competing in their first ever college cross country seasons. Junior Nathan Johnson place 83rd out of 215 runners with a season best time of 25:48 for 8,000 meters. Freshmen Lindsay Erickson also ran a season best time of 23:04 for 6,000 meters to place 84th out of 215 runners. Erickson was also the 9th highest freshmen finisher at NCAA Nationals.
Carter Hamill (Collegiate HS - Richmond, VA) and Shauneen Garrahan (Thomas Jefferson HS - Alexandria, VA) once again earned All-American honors at the NCAA Division III National Cross Country Championships with fifth and 24th place showings respectively. The meet was hosted in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
Junior Sean Anastasia-Murphy (Gloucester, MA) raced to fifth place overall, leading four Tribe runners earning All-East honors, as 2004 William and Mary CAA Champion men\'s cross country claimed runner-up honors at today\'s IC4A Championship. La Salle won the Championship with 56 points, ahead of the second-place Tribe (87) and third-place Duquesne (109). The College\'s finish in the 20-team meet is all the more impressive considering its top eight runners did not compete, as they will contest the squad\'s eighth-straight NCAA Championship this Monday, November 22.
Sophomore Julia Cathcart (Starkville, MS) claimed a strong sixth-place overall, leading four Tribe All-East performers, as 2004 CAA Champion William and Mary women\'s cross country finished fourth in a tightly-contested ECAC Championship. Cathcart led an impressive showing by the Green and Gold, capped by four All-East performances. Cathcart clocked a solid 17:59 to claim sixth overall for the first All-East honors of her career in cross country.
Junior Nelly Anderson (Charlotte, N.C./ Cordillera Academy) placed eighth and led James Madison to a seventh-place team finish at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Women\'s Cross Country Championships Saturday in Van Cortlandt Park.
Two James Madison runners placed in the top 20 as the Dukes finished fifth Saturday at the IC4A Men\'s Cross Country Championships in Van Cortlandt Park. JMU sophomore C.W. Moran (Potomac Falls, Va./Potomac Falls) was 13th with a time of 25 minutes, 19 seconds over the five-mile course, and junior Allen Carr (Yorktown, Va./York) finished 16th in 25:22.
Photo gallery from last week\'s race in Gainesville.
The PIAA State Cross Country Championships will be aired on PCN on Wed Nov 24 and Sun Nov 28. Check your local listing for the cable channel in your area.
Slightly more than 30% of the PIAA State Championship medalists will be competing in the 2004 Northeast Foot Locker Championships on Saturday, November 27 at Van Cortlandt Park in New York City.
PA high schoolers registered for the 11/27 Northeast Foot Locker Regional in NYC.
A 2001 graduate of Midlothian High School, Princeton University senior Austin Smith will be entering his final collegiate cross country this Monday at the NCAA Division I National Cross Country Championships. Making this race more special for Smith is the fact that this will be his first NCAA Nationals competition as he has had several near misses for qualifying over the years. At this year\'s Mid-Atlantic Regional Meet, Smith secured a spot for nationals by finishing fourth overall in the race with a time of 30:33 for 10,000 meters. At Midlothian High School, Smith won multiple district and regional titles, while also earned All-State honors on more than a handful of occassions. Smith was kind enough to be interviewed by MileStat.com as gets ready for his final collegiate cross country race.
Several PA Foot Locker hopefuls took advantage of the New York Road Runner\'s Championships on Sunday Nov 14th to get a preview of Van Cortlandt Park. If their trial runs are any indication, they should be in the hunt.
James Madison University junior Shannon Saunders qualified last weekend for this Monday\'s NCAA Division I National Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana. Finishing fourth overall at the NCAA Southeast Regional Meet with a personal best time of 20:29 for 6,000 meters, Saunders was able to earn one of the individual qualifying spots for nationals. Monday will be Saunders\' second NCAA competition as she competed in the 10,000 meter run in last spring\'s NCAA Outdoor National Championships. Saunders is a native of Forest, Virginia, where she ran at Jefferson Forest High School. At Jefferson Forest High School, Saunders was a member of numerous state team champions as well as winning countless state titles individually. Saunders was willing to take the time to be interviewed for MileStat.com as she prepares for her trip to NCAA Nationals this weekend.
I always feel compelled to give a synopsis of the Paralympic Games whenever I discuss disabled sport. Many people in the United States equate the Paralympics with the Special Olympics. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Westside\'s Dennis Martin, Brandi Myers and Tempest Vance signed National Letter of Intents to continue their track and field career at the collegiate level.
Teammates in high school will also be teammates in college. That is the decision that Potomac Senior All-State caliber sprinters Kharya Brown, Fallon Hutcherson, and Candace Robinson have decided as all three made their college decision together. The three sprinters jointly signed their National Letters of Intent to compete in track and field at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Rob Rankin, the 2003 PIAA Outdoor Shot Put Champions in AAA, has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Rankin was...
This year's event could prove to be Remarkable! I have to start with theOhio Team. For the men, Jeff See, from Middletown,
Start lists now posted for the second annual VMI 3200 Elite Time Trial to be held this Friday, November 19th at Virginia Military Institute\'s outdoor track facility. The elite girls race starts at 3:45 PM, seeded boys race at 4:00 PM, and elite boys race at 4:15 PM. All races will have rabbits for lead runners.
One familiar face was missing at this weekend\'s VHSL State Cross Country Meet in Midlothian senior Amanda Patterson. Patterson has been one of the state\'s best runners over the past year with some of the fastest times posted by a Virginian high school prep (4:54 1600m, 9:54 3000m, 10:34 3200m, 18:11 5K) in recent years. An All-American two miler and two-time state champion as a junior, Patterson began running this week after a season ending injury knocked her out of competition for her district, regional, and state meets. With all the questions circulating about her health and future such as her college decision, Patterson was willing to answer questions in an exclusive interview with MileStat.com
The all-senior boys and girls teams which will represent Pennsylvania at the Mid-East Regional Championships in Kettering Ohio 11/20 have been finalized. Best of luck to everyone. You\'ve earned it.
After sitting atop the NAIA national rankings for most of the season, Virginia Intermont College
The state of Virginia will be represented well at the NCAA National Championships this upcoming weekend at the Division I and Division III level by many past great high school harriers. While the William & Mary men are the only in-state college program to have qualified to compete in the national championships, many individuals have qualified from schools in-state and out-of-state on an individual or team basis.
Addie Hutson is a sophomore at Broome High School. Hutson finished third in the girl\'s A/AA State Cross Country Championships on Nov. 6.
For a few seconds, many in the room thought they were about to hear a shocker. As West Catholic senior sprint and hurdles star Nicole Leach prepared to make her college announcement, she said she had had her decision made until her last official visit, which was to the University of Miami. \"It was my best visit.\" (Nicole receiving a congratulatory call from Bruin head coach Jeanette Bolden)
The Susquehanna River Raiders "A" team, aka the Cedar Cliff Colts XC team's top four, won the first relay in the 32nd Annual Harrisburg Marathon on Sunday, Nov 14. Justin Keller, Tim Johnson, Pat Caulfield and Mike Fulton combined to finish the 26.2 miles in 2:33:57. The Susquehanna River Raiders "B" team, consisting of Corey Creek, Tyler Longenecker, William Frailey and Mark Wilde were 7th in 2:45.41.
Sarah Bowman, the US#1 800 runner and the US#1 1500 runner last season as a junior, today announced that she will further her college career as a Lady Volunteer at the University of Tennessee.
Laurence F. Sanders, a regular contributor to the South Carolina Track and Cross Country Coaches Association awarded athletes from the State Cross Country Championships based on their performances in Columbia.
The Citadel announced early this week that Belton-Honea Path runner Sarah Strickland and David Vass, a former runner at Eastside High School and current Spartanburg Methodist College runner will join the Bulldogs in the fall. Both Strickland and Vass signed NLI\'s during the early signing period that runs from Nov. 10-17.
Exley McCormick is a senior at Daniel High School. McCormick captured his first state title on Nov. 6 in the 3A 5k in Columbia. McCormick started to run in the seventh grade.
History repeats itself at a new sports museum in Pittsburgh.
We compiled a list of all the elite performances earned this season and scored this list as a meet. Here is the team scores it produced. Who are the best teams in Florida?? Find out here!
Listed is a preliminary list of competitors for Friday\'s 3200m race being held at The Virginia Military Institute. The deadline for Entry is 5pm Wednesday, November 17th. A final updated list will be posted Wednesday evening. Three of the biggest names on the list include Patterson Wilhelm (9:17 3200 PR), Michael Chapa (9:18 3200 PR) and Brad Siragusa (9:21 3200 PR).
Now that the 2004 cross country season is over it is time to reflect.
Amber Hines is a senior at Chapin High School. Hines is looking into attending Erskine College, Wingate or Wofford. Hines finished second at the State Cross Country Championships on Nov. 6 leading Chapin to a third-place team finish.
Fast is fast. Just ask her boyfriend. A story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Lauryn Williams.
Dewey and Chapa destroyed the AAA competition. Eggleston holds off Yonts as White upsets Fanning in AA. Moyer and Biddle-Snead get A state titles. Thomas Jefferson boys and Lake Braddock girls grab AAA trophies. Clarke County wins two teams and two individual A state championships. Brentsville District and Western Albemarle claim AA titles. Full write-ups for each division of the six races now published. Photo Galleries: AAA, AA, and A Races by Mr. Dick - AAA Races by Mr. Herzog - AA & A Races by Linktrack
Excellent race shots by John Herzog of the AAA boys and girls races at the VHSL State Meet held at Great Meadows in The Plains, Virginia.
Nine excellent photo collages done by Jesse Hutcheson of Linktrack of the several races at the VHSL State Cross Country Meet held at Great Meadows in The Plains, Virginia.
30 photographs are now online for viewing from the state AAU/USATF Junior Olympics meet that took place on Nov. 13 at the Milliken Plant in Spartanburg.
Angelina Blackmon, a 2004 graduate of Northwestern High School rounded out the top 15 in the women\'s 6,000-meter run for NC State at the NCAA Southeast Regionals in Lake Kristi, NC Saturday.
The Clemson Tigers men\'s cross country team finished third at the NCAA D-I Southeast Regionals, one spot from receiving an automatic bid to Nationals and four points from finishing second in the team standings.
Liberty freshman sensation, Josh McDougal, continued his amazing year as he became the first Liberty and Big South runner to win a cross country regional title this afternoon at Lake Kristi, site of the 2004 Southeast Regional NCAA Cross Country Championships.
William & Mary Men Qualify for Eighth-Straight NCAA Championship With Runner-Up Showing at NCAA Sout
With four all-region performances, 2004 CAA Champion William and Mary men
At the NCAA South / Southeast Regional Championships, Washington & Lee University's Nathan Johnson and Lindsay Erickson simply continued on the path they
Virginia's Emily Harrison was the first rookie across the tape, earning All-Regional honors along with teammate Shannon Hawrylo as the Cavaliers took fifth place at the NCAA Southeast Regional meet on Saturday (Nov. 13). Three men also earned All-Regional honors as Soeren Lindner and Will Christian both finished in the top-10 and Ryan Foster ran third for the Cavaliers, taking 17th overall as the men finished fourth as a team.
James Madison junior Shannon Saunders (Forest, Va./Jefferson Forest) placed fourth in the NCAA Southeast Women
Sophomore Julia Cathcart (Starkville, MS) and senior Jackie Kosakowski (Sauquoit, NY) raced to All-Southeast honors as 2004 CAA Champion William and Mary women
Behind top 20 finishes by senior Ted Herbert (Virginia Beach, Va./Cox) and junior Allen Carr (Yorktown, Va./York) the James Madison men
Jessica Fanning led the Virginia Tech women's cross country team to a 10th place finish and earned all-region honors for her top-25 performance in the NCAA Southeast Regional Cross Country Championships hosted by East Carolina University today at Lake Kristi. The Hokie men tied for 14th place out of 29 teams, which is one place higher than they finished last year.
JL Mann senior Ashton Best signed a National Letter of Intent with Charleston Southern University Friday. The NCAA\'s national letter of intent early signing period runs from Nov. 10 to Nov. 17.
WACO, Texas -- LSU's men's and women's cross country teams wrapped up the 2004 season Saturday finishing sixth and 11th, respectively, at the NCAA South Central Regional Championships.
Three PA athletes have been launching the Lock Haven men\'s distance program to national status since last year, and the result is a second consecutive PSAC championship, along with a Division II NCAA championship. And 2002 AA state champ Heather Wilmoth from Eisenhower HS, helped the Edinboro women win the Division II Region. (Photo of Ryan Blood by Ryan Comstock)
We occasionally hear from PA high school grads about their progress, injuries, and other perspectives on their college life. We don\'t have time to publish everything we receive, but do make the attempt. 2004 Council Rock South grad Andrew Dubs had a pretty good senior year. He took 3rd in the Shot Put in both Indoor and Outdoor at the state meets. He went to the University of Connecticut. He started well, but in a workout in September, disaster struck.
Following a showdown that ended with Greer and Daniel\'s No. 6 runner the Yellow Jackets captured their third consecutive girl\'s state cross country title on Nov. 6 in Columbia, 62-62 over the Lions.
Diana Willard, a senior at Swansea High School captured her sixth state cross country title on Nov. 6, the most a cross country athlete can win in South Carolina. Willard, captured four of the state titles as an athlete for Pelion prior to joining the Swansea team for the 2003 season.
The 2004 All-State Cross Country Team was selected by a committee of the PTFCA (PA Track & Field Coaches Association) on 11/11 taking into consideration honors won, quality and consistency of performance and head-to-head competition. Congratulations to all new All-State athletes. (Photo of Katie Thaeder at PIAA States by James K. Wood)
If the current weather forecasts holds up for Saturday\'s VHSL State Meet, it will be a perfect day for cross country. Light wind, sunny skies and a high of 50 will set the stage for the season pinnacle for the state\'s best teams and individuals. This year\'s state meet will once again be held at Great Meadows just outside of the city of Warrenton. Not only will state titles be on the line Saturday, but as well as Nike Team Nationals bids.
Northwestern High School Trojan Tiaerra McLaurin signed a National Letter of Intent with Louisiana State University on Wednesday. McLaurin, one of the top sprinters in South Carolina will join the LSU Tigers in the fall.
There has been much debates, predictions, and speculations on message boards, lunch rooms, practice fields, and schools regarding which individuals and teams will be declared State Cross-Country Champions in AA on Saturday November 13, 2004 at The Great Meadows State Course in The Plains. After this week, the speculation will be over and champions will be known. The girls are scheduled to begin at 1:00 with the guys following at 1:45.
2004 CAA Champion William and Mary women's cross country will aim to qualify for the NCAA Championship this Saturday as it contests the NCAA Southeast Regional, hosted by East Carolina in Greenville, NC. The top-two teams from the 6,000m race, held on the Lake Kristi Course, will earn automatic berths to the NCAA Championship. 13 at-large bids will also be rewarded after all the Regional meets are completed and a team's finish at its Regional is crucial in securing an at-large bid. The Southeast Region is one of the deepest and most competitive in the nation and traditionally sends at least two at-large selections to the Championship. The Southeast currently boasts four teams ranked in the latest FinishLynx National poll: No. 5 Duke, No. 8 North Carolina, No. 10 N. C. State and No. 21 Wake Forest. The Tribe has been ranked as high as 22nd this season.
2004 CAA Champion William and Mary men's cross country, which has competed at seven-consecutive NCAA Championships, will seek its eighth-straight NCAA qualification this Saturday as the team contests the NCAA Southeast Regional, hosted by East Carolina in Greenville, NC. The top-two teams from the 10,000m race, held on the Lake Kristi Course, will earn automatic berths to the NCAA Championship. 13 at-large bids will also be rewarded after all the Regional meets are completed and a team's finish at its Regional is crucial in securing an at-large bid.
West Catholic sprinter Nicole Leach will sign a National Letter of Intent on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at her high school. But she\'s not the only one commiting to a college choice during the early signing period 11/10-17. Send your choice to Don Rich. And if you have a signing photo, even better.
ALL RACE FLOW PIX ARE ON - Including three pages of the Cedar Cliff-Coatesville drama. The photo galleries from the 11/6 PIAA State Championships @ Hersheypark have been posted since Tuesday.
Virginia Tech's cross country teams will compete in the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships hosted by East Carolina University on Saturday, November 13. "Our goals for the regional championships are to finish in top-ten as a team on both sides and have three women finish in the top-30 and five men place in the top-60," said head coach Ben Thomas.
Photo Gallery of the 11/7 Philadelphia Catholic League Championships @ Belmont Plateau.
RACE FLOW 3: The finish of the AAA Boys Race @ 11/6 PIAA State XC Championships @ Hersheypark
RACE FLOW 2: Just after 2-1/4 Miles of the AAA Boys Race @ 11/6 PIAA State XC Championships @ Hersheypark
RACE FLOW 1: Start and just after Mile One of the AAA Boys Race @ 11/6 PIAA State XC Championships
The Virginia men\'s and women\'s cross country teams will compete at the NCAA Southeast Regional meet this Saturday (Nov. 13) in Greenville, N.C. on the Lake Kristi course. The women\'s 6K race will start at 11:00 am while the men\'s 10K race will start approximately at 12:15. Both squads have been to the national meet in recent years, and the men look to return after last year\'s berth while the women are looking to return after a one-year hiatus.
A lot of questions were answered at the regional meet and there is a bit more certainty how in fact are the best teams and individuals in the state. The VIS Champions pretty much finalized the rankings for the private schools. However, Group A rankings will not be posted this week because Region B Meet management has yet to send results in and as a result, not allowing coaches to make informed votes for this week's poll.
No significant changes in this week's rankings as the majority of teams were off gearing up for their NCAA Regional Meet this weekend.
So here you go. Where I think people will finish on Saturday. And I\'m sure there will be no arguments, because everyone knows I\'m right. Sure......
At this weekend\'s NCAA Division III South/Southeast Regional Cross Country Meet, individual and team national championship bids will be on the line with several teams and individuals from Virginia universities in contention for those national qualifying spots. Emory University, the defending regional team champion on both the men\'s and women\'s side, is the regional host as the meet will be ran at last year\'s venue at the Georgia Regional Hospital. One team that certainly has an excellent shot at advancing onto the NCAA Division III National Championships in Wisconsin is the Christopher Newport University men\'s team. The CNU men are currently ranked number one in the regional rankings heading into the meet.
Cardinal O\'Hara used their own Kelly power to topple the St. Hubert\'s mini-dynasty, with sisters Katie and Kelly going one-two to help start an avalanche that secured a PCL championship by 32 points. The LaSalle boys - previously ranked in the top ten in the Northeast - didn\'t cut it as close as 2003 when they took the O\'Hara guys by a single point.
Congratulations to Jeff Weiss of McGuffey, who set a new course record with his winning time of 15:45, topping the 15:50 run by two-time AAA state champ Craig Miller, set in 2003.
Photo Gallery of AAA BOYS race at the 11/6 PIAA State Championships @ Hersheypark
Photo Gallery of AA BOYS race at the 11/6 PIAA State Championships @ Hersheypark
Photo Gallery of AAA GIRLS race at the 11/6 PIAA State Championships @ Hersheypark
Photo Gallery of AA GIRLSrace at the 11/6 PIAA State Championships @ Hersheypark
I want to thank Brandon Miles for the opportunity to participate in the MileStat page by providing a regular medical column. All of us who frequent MileStat share a passion for running. I am fortunate to incorporate this into my job as a sportsmedicine physician with a special interest in running medicine. Each month,
Jennifer Hitt of Anderson College qualified for the NCAA Division II National Cross Country Championship meet Saturday morning at the Southeastern Regional at the Wingate Cross Country Facility.
Photos from October 30th\'s Walker High Shoout.
30 photographs are now online from the state championships. Over 200 photographs will be posted Sunday and Monday.
The feeling of anxiety was palpable, even an hour after the race. And that was from the winning coach. On Saturday, they met their toughest competition of the season, holding off a talented young Coatesville team by just five points. Craig Miller actually had someone with him at 2.5 miles, but then pulled away for his second consecutive championship. And two of PA\'s top runners lost shoes very early in the race.
To hear the coach tell it, the seniors deserve credit for team leadership. To hear the top senior tell it, the freshman deserve the credit for doing the work. To hear others tell it, Unionville defines team. This team has been built from the ground up over eight years. The result was an individual title for senior Katie Thaeder, and a team title for Unionville. Plus, a crash may have cost some talented runners a place on the stage.
How would your team like to win the state title 80% of the time? Then ask Scranton Prep. Their top runner, Jack Doherty, got the last medal in 25th, a second under 17 minutes. But 47 seconds later, four of his teammates were across the line and they had their 4th team championship in the last five years. Senior Jeff Weiss of McGuffey from D7 is having a dream year. He\'s run the table in PA with wins over the past three weeks at Tri-States, D7 and now a state title in the fastest time of the day, 15:45.
11/6-Lynn Morelli and St. Basil survive and win AA by 20. Frosh Rachel Erny fastest of day in 18:50.
Saint Basil Academy didn\'t make States in 2003. They missed advancing from District 1 AA by two points to a very good Gwynedd Mercy team. This year, they stayed healthy and didn\'t leave anything to chance. But things happen. And Brentwood frosh Rachel Erny stayed patient through the mile, stayed on the competition after two, and then won her first state championship in the fastest time of the day, 18:50.
105 photos from tonight\'s night races at Ed Radice Park in Tampa. Some really dark photos of some really great times!
Region I Meet Summary held at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock. Southlake Carroll sweeps boys and girls 5A titles.
Excellent race shots taken by Mr. John Herzog of the varsity races at the Central Region Meet held at Pole Green Park in Mechanicsville, Virginia.
Individual: AA Girls - Rachel Erny, Brentwood AA Boys - Jeff Weiss, McGuffey AAA Girls - Katie Thaeder, Unionville AAA Boys - Craig Miller, Manheim Township Team: AA Girls - St Basil AA Boys - Scranton Prep AAA Girls - Unionville AAA Boys - Cedar Cliff
The final regional meet to be hosted leading up to next week\'s VHSL State Cross Country Meet was held at Pole Green Park as the best teams in the Richmond Metro area gathered together to compete at the Central Region Meet. J.R. Tucker\'s Michael Chapa and his Tigers squad re-asserted themselves as best in the state with regional title wins, while Christy Ward and the James River girls proved their legitimacy with first place finishes as well.
46 total photos taken by Mr. Lee Dick of the Northwest Region Meet held at Panorama Farms in Charlottesville, VA.
Sophie Chambers is a sophomore at Stratford High School. Chambers finished 19th at the 4A State Championships in 2003. Chambers has a 5k personal best of 19:14.
Erin Wendell is a junior at Union High School. Wendel placed 15th at the 2003 3A State Championships.
81 total photos taken by Brandon Miles of the girls\' race at 2004 Eastern Region Meet held at Newport News Park in Newport News, VA
57 photos total taken by Brandon Miles of the 2004 Eastern Region Meet held at Newport News Park in Newport News, VA
Exploring uncharted ground - D12 goes to States
Pre meet articles on the popularity of the Hershey course from the Harrisburg Patriot News & D12\'s first state meet from the Philadelphia Inquirer
Cramped quarters. A story on the Hersheypark state cross country course.
A mud slickened course could not stop the runners at the Eastern Region Meet from putting up some impressive times on the Newport News Park 5K course. The meet had been postponed an additional day due to heavy rains on Thursday, but once the gun went off on Friday afternoon, the antzy runners were ready to put forth the races of their seasons to this point. Western Branch\'s Adam Hutton won a down to the wire duel with Woodside\'s Derrick Robbins, while Western Branch Aurora Scott shattered the course record in a time of 18:03. Ocean Lakes boys and Great Bridge girls both won regional team titles.
The CM Wright XC Girls Club moved up to #2 in the Southeast rankings this week in the latest NTN rankings. Get those bags packed for Oregon!
Thanks to dominating performances in their respective district meets, the Cedar Cliff boys and the Unionville girls have solidified and enhanced their positions among the nation's elite teams.
Pushed back a day due to heavy rain on Thursday, the starting guns finally went off on Friday afternoon at Panorama Farms just outside of Charlottesville as the Northwest Regional Championships were held. A windy day for racing greeted the competitors, but Forest Park\'s Stefanie Slekis, E.C. Glass\' Patterson Wilhelm and the Brooke Point girls and Colonial Forge boys teams welcomed it as they blew away their competition en route to their regional title victories.
Elizabeth Tempel is a junior at Beaufort High School. Tempel finished 21st at the 2003 4A State Championships
It\'s unusual for already established stars to enjoy eye-opening breakthroughs. But Flagler Palm Coast High School junior Justin Harbor did just that when he recently ducked under 9:00 for 3200 meters in a meet in which he defeated former FPC star Sam Vasquez and Florida Southern College standout Tyrone Bell.
This team not only wants to win another state championship, they want to end the season as one of the top teams in the nation by capping the whole thing with a trip to Portland to race the inaugural Nike Team Championships. But first things first. Cedar Cliff believes they put too much effort into last year\'s District 3 championship. They may have a point. Craig Miller seeks to defend his 2003 State Championship. While the lead pack has a lot of talent, it could be his twin who provides the most competition.
There are two PA teams ranked in the top five in the Northeast US. One is in the boys AAA race, while the other is in this one. Last week, Unionville showed patience and poise in methodically dismantling the strong teams of D1 with a remarkable 18:42 team average on the always fast Lehigh University course. Katie Thaeder\'s first priority on Saturday will be to race well for her favored Unionville team. Racing well would mean starting off just as she did at her D1 meet, with one point.
At first glance, the team race seems to be a toss-up. But look closely at the district results, factor in the course difficulty, and you can begin to narrow the field of favorites to just two, Scranton Prep and Greensburg Central Catholic. Unfortunately for the AA guys who had been waiting for Chris Spooner to graduate, McGuffey dropped from AAA to AA this year. With that move, the front of the AA race changed completely.
Our previews of the 11/6 PIAA Cross Country State Championships are now posted. If you\'re racing, why not wait until Saturday night to see our predictions? Either way, we congratulate you on qualifying, and wish you all PRs! See you in Hershey.
Last year\'s frustration of missing qualification for States by a mere two points will be forgotten by Saint Basil. This is their year, individually and as a team. The defending champs from Dallas could give them a scare, but Basil\'s 19:08 average at the District 1 race was so dominant, only one team in the state is running better, and that\'s the #5 team in the Northeast US, Unionville. Individually, Lynn Morelli should lead get a state title. Her 18:07 at the Lehigh course was only surpassed by Unionville\'s Katie Thaeder. But the race won\'t be easy, because there are plenty of challengers.
One week after posting a perfect score in the Hogoheegee District boys
Courtland cross country runner Trevor O\'Toole likes to keep things simple. He never runs too strong or too light. Not until he has victory in his sights, that is. His practice regimen includes running seven miles a day. He never goes full throttle on those runs, either. His running philosophy has been the key to a turnaround that\'s seen the junior go from 15th in last year\'s Region I meet to first this year. O\'Toole paced himself over the first two miles of the rain-soaked 3.1-mile Loriella Park course yesterday. He took the lead for good going downhill and continued his pace for the rest of the race.
While the Northwest Region and Eastern Region postponed their regional championship meets to the next day, the competitive Northern Region Meet was still held under dire weather conditions because after all that is what cross country is all about. The Northern Region runners and teams rose to the occassion with some impressive performances at the Burke Lake 2.98 mile course. The Oakton girls and Thomas Jefferson boys maintained their dominance over the region heading into the state meet with regional title wins as did individual champions Melissa Dewey of Hayfield and Brad Siragusa of Chantilly.
The coaches give no sympathy to former #1 J.R. Tucker boys as the Tigers take a big plunge with their defeat at the Colonial District Meet to fall to #7 in the state and #5 in AA. The James River girls make the biggest jump in the rankings from going unranked to #4 in the state after defeating previous #4 Midlothian (Amanda Patterson did not race for Midlo) at the Dominion District Meet.
Two new #1's found in Division III with Nathan Johnson of Washington & Lee University winning the ODAC title ahead of a strong field including former number one Brian Flynn of Lynchburg College. Despite having yet to be defeated by any Division III school this season, CNU women drop to number three with a season ending injury to one of their top harriers in Bridgett Dryer. The JMU women are knocking on the door of #1 among Division I women as they lost by one point to #1 Division I ranked William & Mary.
Kristen Thomas is a junior at Clover High School. Thomas finished third overall at the 3A Upper State Championships on Oct. 30. Clover finished third overall in the team standings.
The great thing about high school cross country is the fall colors. Take Wednesday\'s Region III championships at Green Hill Park, for instance. There was the maroon hair of Pulaski County\'s Will Frye and Lance McDaniel. There were the gray disguises worn by Jefferson Forest. However, in the long run the day belonged to the Blue Demons of Christiansburg on the boys\' side, the Blacksburg girls\' team and Northside\'s Catherine White.
The much-anticipated battle of the State
The latest state-wide Coach\'s Poll Updated 11-3-04
Qualifiers for the 2004 PIAA State Championships, 11/6 @ Hersheypark
The VHSL AA Cross-Country meets get under way Wednesday November 3, 2004 with the first one being Region III. Green Hill Park in Salem is this year
The goals were set under the stars. Two have been met. One to go. "We went camping the first of the summer and we set down around the campfire and talked about our goals," Clintwood boys
Todd Hines is a junior and number one runner at Union High School. Hines finished 23rd overall at the 3A Upper State Championships on Oct. 30 at Furman University.
William and Mary men's cross country, fresh off dominating the CAA Championship for its fifth-straight conference crown, has been ranked 30th in this week's NCAA MONDO National Poll. The Tribe moved back into the rankings on the strength of a sweep of the top four positions at the CAA Championship, with junior Matt Keally (Virginia Beach, VA) racing to the individual title, and by witnessing eight of its harriers earn All-CAA honors at the meet.
30 photographs are now online from the Region 2-4A Championships. The meet took place on Oct. 30 at the Milliken Plant in Spartanburg
JMU's women's cross country team was among the teams receiving votes in the latest FinishLynx Women's Cross Country Rankings, announced Tuesday. The poll ranked 30 teams, and 15 additional teams received votes. The Dukes are coming off a second-place finish in the Oct. 30 Colonial Athletic Association Championships, run on JMU's home course in New Market, Va. In that meet, the CAA women
One point separated Youngsville's guys from 2nd place Greenville in AA boys competition. In AAA, it was a team sweep for General McLane over McDowell, Meadville, and everyone else.
The State College boys are back at States after a 12-year absence.
It doesn't get any closer than the boys AA race in District 4. Two teams tied at 99, with the 3rd a point back.
Over the past four years, Cooper City\'s Jacy Kruzel has established herself as one of the most consistent exemplars of distance-running power in South Florida. A tantalizing aspect of this consistency has been the perennial presence of a 4A cross-country rival -- friendly nemeses that have often kept Kruzel from the winner\'s circle at championship meets at which the soft-spoken senior has otherwise excelled.
Adele Stewart runs for Greenville High School. Stewart, an eighth grader finished first at the 2004 Region 2-3A Championships.
11 photographs are now online from the Lower State Championships that took place at Crooked Creek Park in Chapin on Oct. 30.
The Northwest Region Meet will be hosted on Thursday, November 4th at Panorama Farms in Charlottesville, Virginia. The first race goes off at noon time. The top 15 individuals and top 4 teams in the boys and girls\' races will advance to the VHSL Group AAA State Meet held at Great Meadows on November 13th.
Germantown Academy edged Agnes Irwin by one 75-76. Penn Charter 3rd with 96 with two other teams tied at 4th at 108 and 6th at 119. It was the closest race and most competitive in the 20 year history of the meet for the girls. Notre Dame's Stephanie Hayden ran 20:24 for the win. The ties for 4th and 6th would go to tiebreaker. In the boys race, LaSalle College HS repeated as champs behind a one-two finish from Sean McGinley in 16:13 and Pat Jeffers, 33 seconds back.
DENTON - The Flower Mound boys captured their first district championship and the Marcus girls won their second straight title Saturday at the District 8-5A meet at North Lakes Park
BEAUMONT, TX--University of Louisiana at Monroe sophomore Maya Aden won the Southland Conference men\'s individual championship in cross country Monday, running the 8,000-meter event with a time of 24:08.