Watch the nation\'s top high school running teams compete head-to-head at Portland Meadows from the comfort of home computer.
In the first two years of the existence of Nike Team Nationals, the state of Virginia failed to send one team representative to Portland, Oregon to compete against the 20 best high school cross country teams in the country. However, the 2006 Nike Team Nationals will feature both a boys and girls team from one school in Virginia. The Midlothian boys and girls, coached by Stan Morgan, will be representing the state of Virginia and Southeast region in Saturday\'s national championship races at Portland Meadows. The Midlothian girls arrive in Oregon as the #2 ranked team in the country and are considered by many as the favorites to win at NTN. Meanwhile, the Midlothian boys are projected to finish in the top 15 at least, but would like to exceed expectations and become the first Southeast boys team to crack into the top ten in the meet\'s three year history. MileStat.com will be on-site at Nike Team Nationals with Brandon Miles covering Midlothian\'s journey to NTN. Plenty to come throughout the week with updates from Portland. Live NTN Webcast - Catch the races live in a webcast on DyeStat.com. Begins at 1:15 PM EST. Girls race 1:30 PM EST. Boys race 3:00 PM EST. VIdeo: SE teams including Midlothian previewing the course at Portland Meadows...mud, mud, and more mud. Audio interview w/ Midlothian sr Tommy Reese overlapping video. Southeast Region Teams Preview - By Brandon Miles
Eighth grader runs 10:45, besting 10:50 meet record
Seventh grader Mark Blackmon tries to run senior race, completes junior race before disqualification
Aurora Scott and Kathy Kroeger both take down the old course record of 16:45 set in the 80s. Scott wins it in 16:25, with Kroeger in tow at 16:32. Ryan Hill won the boys seeded race with a time of 14:46, with Ben Hubers five seconds back.
Longtime friend passed Nov. 9, 2006, diagnosed with round-cell sarcoma. Singlet symbolizes friend\'s impact
Despite intense and repeated efforts to logically pursuade the Nike Team Nationals selection committee of the merits of offering the NE #4 Radnor girls an at-large bid, the offer has gone to the 3rd ranked team in Calinfornia. The team had been CA #5 until finishing 3rd at Saturday\'s CA State Champs in the combined score. They are unranked in the latest Harrier Super 25, while Radnor is ranked #13 (December 4th 2006. Vol 31, issue #V). However, it is time to celebrate the accomplishments of this team... because an NTN bid would have only been the a bonus, not an end....
It was a rough day for three of PA\'s top runners. And it wasn\'t just the competition. A tweaked hamstring and two falls by three of PA\'s best limit our qualifiers in a very strong year.
PA juniors Neely Spence and Carly Seymour \'relax\' their way to 1st & 3rd. Fellow junior Kacey Gibson was 12th, less than five seconds out of a spot. PA Girls are 2nd overall, placing five in the top 18.
Three Tennessee girls make the top 10 at the footlocker south meet in Charlotte NC.
Chapin junior runs 15:13, Daniel\'s Gammon runs 17:54
Southeast Region editor Brandon Miles of MileStat.com was able to land a pre-meet interview with sophomore Kathy Kroeger of Independence High School (TN) heading into Saturday's Footlocker South Regional to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina.
21st annual event set for Dec. 16, 2006 team released
Hines, now running at Wingate (N.C.), finishes 94th in 22:24 over the 6,000-meter course
The conditions were ripe for fast. Temps in the low 50\'s. Light breeze. Blazing late fall sun. Dry ground. And very talented girls. And boy (sorry, I mean girl), was it fast. 5:20 fast for the first mile. For some, it was foreign territory. And those athletes paid throughout the hills. For others who didn\'t quite keep up early, it was a blessing in disguise. When the leaves settled, Neely Spence had won, with Carly Seymour in 3rd. Kacey Gibson, Lara Crofford and Allison Sikora also made all-Northeast teams. In the boys race, it was a rough day for three of PA\'s top runners. And it wasn\'t just the competition. State AAA runner-up, senior Paul Springer of Unionville survived his brush with a school-assigned, ill-timed lifting session this past Monday to finish 9th and earn one of the coveted spots at Foot Locker Nationals. Vince McNally overcame a fall early in the race, and a brush with a Foot Locker announcer going by the finish line just after the start, to take 13th. And Boyertown senior Jason Weller took a spill in the woods, and never really had his legs under him. He would finish 23rd, also making the all-Northeast team. (Photo: Neely Spence closes in for the win (photo by John Nepolitan)
Tempo race. Felt good. A road race a tad over 6k
The 2006 KTCCCA Boys and Girls Super Teams. These are the top 10 runners in the state regardless of class. Coach of the Year for Boys and Girls are also included.
BATON ROUGE -- LSU head track and field coach Dennis Shaver announced the signing of five prep standouts to National Letters of Intent on Tuesday as each is set to compete for the Tigers beginning in the 2008 indoor season.
Senior Palmetto Mustang sets 19:46 personal best at state meet, entered in Saturday\'s Footlocker South meet.
Jacob Korir, senior at Eastern Kentucky University, finished seventh at the NCAA Division I National Championships held today, November 20, in Terra Haute, Indiana.
Nic Tones, junior at Bluffton, finished second at Class AAA state meet in 15:50 on Nov. 4.
Photo Galleries and Select Pix by Don Rich of the 11/18 Last Gasp Classic @ Rose Tree Park
INDIANAPOLIS - USA Track & Field announced the U.S. team for the 2006 International Chiba Ekiden, to be held in Chiba, Japan on November 23. A total of 11 teams including Team USA, Ethiopia, Kenya, Morocco, France and Great Britain will compete in the marathon relay. Team USA includes Pennridge grad Renee Gunning and Baldwin grad Ryan Sheehan.
The Milligan College women\'s cross country team made history Saturday morning at the 51st NAIA Cross Country National Championships in Louisville, Ky. The Lady Buffs, who entered the meet ranked 8th nationally, finished sixth overall, the highest-ever finish by a Milligan team at a national championship.
11/18 WEEK #11 SUMMARY: The Bridgetown Track Club tried out a new name, a new meet and a new course, figuratively and literally, but their results at the 2006 LAST GASP CLASSIC had a similar ring. The boys from the town of Coatesville were once again victorious in dominant fashion. Recovering from an illness earlier in the week, Liz Milewski of the Legit Track Club, fought off fatigue to finish 3rd in the race, leading her teammates from Radnor in taking five of the top nine spots. The course had been redesigned for a fourth time this season due to construction of a new water system, and runners were forced to navigate five former dig areas, some with heavy equipment tracks and rocks... not exactly cross country, but an interesting addition to the somewhat muddy conditions due to Thursday\'s torrential rains. At the MID-EAST REGIONALS in Ohio, Big Spring senior Lara Crofford led the PA team to a 3rd place finish. Pittsburgh Central Catholic\'s Scott Van Kooten was the top finisher for the PA boys. In western PA at the USATF REGION 2 CHAMPIONSHIPS at Cooper\'s Lake, Gettysburg freshman Michael Beegle took 2nd in 13:45.90. In Florida at the NCAA DIVISION II CHAMPIONSHIPS, East Pennsboro grad and Lock Haven University senior Ryan Blood finished 4th to earn all-American status in his final cross country race. His effort led his team to 11th place overall. Also on Saturday, Allegheny College\'s men finished 3rd overall at the NCAA DIVISION III CHAMPIONSHIPS in Ohio, while the Dickinson College women took 6th. Jed Christiansen and Jon Gries ran 2-3 for the champion Calvin College squad. In the NCAA DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIPS on Monday, Dan Mazzocco (Penn State/Baldwin) earned another all-American certificate. Craig Miller (Wisconsin/Manheim Township) scored 5th for the 2nd place Badgers. Ian Fitzgerald (William & Mary/North Hills) and David Mock (William & Mary/Westmont-Hilltop) ran 3-4 for the 8th place Tribe. Villanova junior Frances Koons (Allentown Central Catholic) was with the leaders at the halfway point, but finished 87th after losing power with 2K to go. Lauretta Dezubay (Virginia/Freedom) scored for the 14th place University of Virginia.
Seneca's Brookins signs with USC, James Island's Wood signs with Coastal Carolina
The problem is, when good teams do surface in states neighboring New York and New Jersey, they have to be much better than teams from those states in order to win an NTN selection because of the criteria for NTN selection and how it works in the Northeast. All things being near equal, the New York and New Jersey teams have a de facto lock on NTN selection from their region.
Senior talks about team winning the Class AAAA state title and his state meet race
Chinwe Okoro, senior at Russell High School, agreed yesterday to become a University of Louisville Cardinal next year. She signed her National Letter of Intent on November 15, 2006 at Russell High School.
\"Honestly, when I was doing that ranking, I overrated them,\" Bloom said yesterday. \"I was wrong. Radnor is not a top-10 national team, in my opinion.\"
State champion\'s sister finishes sixth, talks about meet and future
The North Allegheny boys cross country team is more than eager to start the indoor track season. And they should be after the fall they had. And they are even more excited about the prospects for their 2007 cross country campaign
Madison, WI - The No. 1-ranked Wisconsin men
In New York, Neely Spence tuned up for the upcoming Foot Locker Regionals with a very quick 17:38 at the NEW YORK ROADRUNNERS XC CHAMPIONSHIPS. Lara Crofford was the 2nd woman in the race. Terence Lee, Engineering & Science, was 3rd overall in 16:20. Frances Koons dominated the NCAA DIVISION I MID ATLANTAIC REGION. Rachel Papin and Leanna Nastase will join her in Indiana for the NCAA Championships. Dan Mazzocco qualified individually. Steve Hallinan led American to an auto bid with his 6th place in the meet at Lock Haven University.
West Virginia University women place 4th, Marshall University women finished 26th and the Marshall men placed 17th. Tad Davis provided the WVU recap portion that follows.
Niehaus 26th overall at West Regional, Blackmon 21st overall at Southeast Regional
Farley and the Chocolate Factory: Radnor to Hershey as favorites, and June makes it a sweet weekend.
Farley and the Chocolate Factory: Radnor to Hershey as favorites, and June makes it a sweet weekend. (Photo: June Farley with two Emmaus girls after the 2 mile mark)
Lexington\'s Josh Walker finished first in the class 4A boys race Nov. 4 in 15:44. The senior talks about his race at state and future.
Welcome to the first (and now final 2006 ranking) PennTrackXC.com PA Cross Country Team Rankings. We begin with the Pre-Season Top 10, which was developed through voting by a state-wide panel of coaches. Week one sees very minor changes with most teams idle.
The 2006 All State Outdoor Cross Country Team was selected by a committee of the PTFCA on 11/9 taking into consideration honors won, quality and consistency of performance and head-to-head competition. Congratulations to all the new All-State athletes, Athletes of the Year, Kacey Gibson, Neshannock, and Jason Weller, Boyertown; and Coaches of the Year, Tom Flanagan, Radnor, for the girls; and Keith Andrew, Coatesville, for the boys.
Kacey Gibson of Neshannock is just one of two runners, girls or boys, who run cross for her school. On Saturday she made up for that deficit by capturing the 2A girls title at the PIAA championships. And she did it in record setting fashion...
I was talking to my coach about the injury and she asked would I regret not racing state championships of my senior year and never knowing what would have happened or racing and always knowing what I did that day. Then I realized how bad it would have hurt emotionally to watch that race from the sidelines and not giving it my all which is definitely not displaying my personality.
The No. 10 ranked Milligan College women
In Greenville Tuesday night, Speaking in Spartanburg Wednesday
When St. Basil\'s girls cross country team stepped onto the starting line at its Bicentennial League Championship, the squad was toeing the line together for the first time this fall. \"It started in September with illness and injury, just the goofiest things,\" said coach Greg Green. \"In August we thought we could (win the 2A girls state championship), but by the end of September I was shaking my head. At the end of September we started all over again.\" (Kathleen Davies leads St. Basit with her 16th place finish)
Laura Steinmetz is a senior at Paul Dunbar High School in Lexington. She is the defending State Girls AAA Champion. She is looking to defend her title this Saturday at the Horse Park.
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Indiana University of Pennsylvania\'s Nicole Blaesser and Lock Haven University\'s Ryan Blood won the women\'s and men\'s individual championships, respectively, Saturday to highlight the results at the NCAA Division II Men\'s and Women\'s Cross Country East Regional hosted by Slippery Rock University.
Just for fun, I took all the results (Girls) and imported them into RaceTab. Combined all the divisions and scored it as one race.
Just for fun, I took all the results (boys for now) and imported them into RaceTab. Combined all the divisions and scored it as one race. I will try to get the girls race done later tonight.
Photo Galleries and Select Pix by Don Rich, Karen Ward and James K. Wood of the PIAA State Championships.
Performance List for the Class A State Meet. These are based on times from the Regional Meets. (Pictured: 1st Year Carlisle County Boys Team 3rd place Region 1)
Christ Church boys win 1A race in inaugural year
2006 Mens SEC XC Championships at Highland PArk in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
11/4 STATES WK+ SUMMARY: A historic PIAA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS on a sun-bathed, cool, perfect day as a new course began its sure-to-be legendary future. The Men of Black of Coatesville, scored a modern record team score of just 26 in one of the deepest fields in the state's history. Team #1 Kyle Dawson was 3rd, behind Jason Weller, Boyertown and Paul Springer, Unionville. Neely Spence won the girls' AAA race as the Radnor girls scored an 81-102 win over up-and-coming Emmaus. Lucas Zarzeczny, Avonworth, won the boys AA gun-to-tape. West Middlesex won the team title. In Girls AA, St. Basil Academy beat a strong Lancaster Mennonite team, as Neshanock's Kasey Gibson caught Central Cambria's Carly Seymour with 400 meters to go and held on for the win. At Sunday's PHILADELPHIA CATHOLIC LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS, packs ruled as LaSalle's boys four-peated and Cardinal O'Hara's girls three-peated. Phil Wood and Beth Kelly led their teams to the titles. Kelly's 18:44.7 was the 2nd best PCL League time ever, behind only Prendie's Sheila Klick.Coverage coming Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed to include photos, stories and as soon as possible, video(O'Hara JR Beth Kelly's 18:44.7 is #2 PCL all-time)
Senior Trojan prepares for last cross country meet in school uniform.
Brentsville (Va.) team excited about Panthers\' support
These are the Final Rankings of the regular season. Final 2006 Rankings will be detemined after the State Meet for All-Class.
On to the State Meet! Or is it
Video footage from the 2006 Women\'s SEC XC Championships hosted by LSU in Baton ROuge, Louisiana.