Two months ago, Patrick Castagno’s Tatnall girls cross country team wrestled the Southeast’s No. 1 ranking away from Collins Hill with a sixth-runner, tie-breaking victory at the McDonald’s X-Country Festival at Maymont Park in Richmond, Va. Tatnall - albeit running as Wilmington (Del.) XC - strengthened its hold on the top spot on Saturday by overwhelming Collins Hill (aka, Suwanee XC), 45-72 for the NXN Southeast championship title. The schools will continue their battle at Nike Cross Nationals this weekend in Portland, Ore.
WAPPINGERS FALLS – It’s hard enough not to dance when you win but how do you not dance when 50 kids are chanting for you to? “Shake your booty,” Don Bosco called. “Shake your booty.”
WAPPINGERS FALLS—There aren’t many times you’ll see anything like this. It wasn’t some local county meet or some small schools where one team breaks away and wipes the floor with everyone. This was the national qualifier, the Nike Cross Nationals New York Regional and Fayetteville-Manilus had clogged the front of the field like they were leading some ridiculously fast training run.
Index of all coverage from the state meet. More Videos and over 3000 photos will be posted in the next few days!
All that separated three close friends from finishing 1-2-3 in the Footlocker Northeast Regional meet was a rookie barely old enough to drive.
Former national champion Kathy Kroeger wins again this year at Footlocker South (17:13), while defending national champ Ashley Brasovan recovers from a bloody fall to finish in fourth. Billy Matthews took care of business in the boys race winning in 14:48.
NJ (West Windsor Plainsboro-North, Don Bosco Prep) swept the boys while Massachusetts (Lincoln-Sudbury, Newton South) claimed the girls qualifying bids.
MileSplit is onsite at each of the big meets post-turkey day... at the four Nike Cross Regionals (Southeast, New York, Northeast and California), and the first three of four Foot Locker Regionals (Northeast, South and Midwest)
Each week here at MileSplit we will be giving you a quick look at four of the nation's best runners. Featured this week are Juliet Bottorff (DE), Jonathan Nelson (UT), Laura Tremblay (CO) and Tyler Udland (NJ).
Who's going to Portland for NXN. Will FM boys and girls make the trip? How about Saratoga and Burnt Hills. ArmoryTrack.com will be on site this weekend at Bowdoin Park with race videos, pictures, interviews, and stories. So enjoy your Thanksgiving meal and break and we'll see you Saturday.
West Windsor Plainsboro-North continued its meteoric rise in the boys rankings with its win over Don Bosco Prep at the NJ MOC, while the girls from Fort Collins proved they belonged with an impressive win at the NXN Southwest Regional.
Teams from the Pacific Northwest swept the NCAA Division I cross country championships on a raw, windy Monday morning in Terre Haute, Ind. The Iona men’s team, under first-year Coach Ric Santos, was the only team close to the winning Oregon Ducks, scoring 147 to the winners’ 93 to finish second for the second year in a row.
Nationally ranked boys and girls teams from The Woodlands, TX swept the team titles at the Nike Cross Nationals South Regional on their home course.
Ashley Brasovan won her fourth straight FHSAA 4A XC title. Brian Atkinson (Paul White photo) posted the fastest effort in winning the 4A Boys crown. Results posted. Meet summaries, more photos coming.
NXN Southwest: Tremblay nips Tonn (Margot Kelly photo); Schwaderer edges Nelson; Fort Collins, Albuquerque triumph
Wellington senior Ashley Brasovan, Leon junior Matt Mizereck and Bishop Kenny junior Michael Wallace are among those vying for titles at the FHSAA XC finals on Saturday
Voorhees senior Melanie Thompson held off Chelsea Ley again. Milburn's Tyler Udland outlasted WWP-North's Joe Rosa, but Rosa's team upset Don Bosco for the title.
Kyle Dawson would probably trade exercise-induced anything for the form of exercise-enhanced condition he has known as Rhabdomyolysis. The condition cost him a red-shirt year in the 2007-08 season; not a bad thing as a freshman distance runner. Worse, it nearly cost him a real season of eligibility this cross country season.
NXN South/Southwest Regions: Texas should dominate the action at the NXN South Regional, while the Southwest features a renewal of battles between top New Mexico and Colorado rivals
Each week here at MileSplit we will be giving you a quick look at four of the nation's best runners. Featured this week are Steve Sulkin (IL), Jess Cygan (PA), Reed Connor (TX) and Abbey Leonardi (ME).
State entries for Nov. 29 meet at McAlpine Park in Charlotte on footlockercc.com. Race day...sc.milesplit.us will be onsite today.
NXN Midwest Region Champion York (IL), led by a resurgent Steve Sulkin, moves to No. 2 in the rankings, while Magnificat (OH) makes its first appearance, entering at #14 after a runner-up finish in the girls Midwest race.
There is a myriad of things that go into choosing a college, and making life decisions that can clog a teenagers mind and sometimes start a early-life crisis. But sometimes, choosing a college is as simple as this: “I just felt really comfortable,” Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake senior Sam Roecker said.
Auburn (AL) senior Patrick Gomez overcame a sub par junior campaign to reach his goal of winning a state title.
Gil-St. Bernards senior Doug Smith won the Non-Public B race at the 2008 NJSIAA XC Group Championships. Results posted.
Reed Connor and Sarah Andrews captured individual crowns to lead nationally ranked The Woodlands to a sweep of the Texas 5A titles.
NXN Midwest: Kroy (York, IL), led by Steve Sulkin, avenged its loss to Naperville North at the IHSA Champs a week ago. Geneva (IL) XC and Stephanie Morgan (OH) are winners. (Photos by Tracy Rollins)
WAPPINGERS FALLS – Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake coach Shaun Zepf said his team wanted a nasty course. He said they hoped for rain and mud. They got both.
NXN Regionals get under way in the Midwest, Northwest and Heartland; Also Saturday, Texas State Championships and NY Feds. NJ Groups have been postponed until Sunday. Check here for complete coverage.
Stan Morgan had just started to coach cross country at Midlothian High School when the Lake Braddock girls were wrapping up their four year streak of Group AAA state team championships. Fast forward 20 years later and Coach Morgan is still at Midlothian and during that time has built a program to a similar statewide and nationally recognized stature of Lake Braddock as shown with the Lady Trojans recently matching the feat of four consecutive state cross country titles last weekend at Great Meadow. With only one senior graduating from their top 7, his team has a strong chance of becoming the first AAA school to win five straight state titles. The former football player and quarter miler on the track has become arguably one of the most successful high school cross country coaches ever from the state of Virginia. Most of Morgan's coaching success has came after the age of 60, but he has no plans of slowing down anytime soon. MileStat.com's Brandon Miles interviewed Coach Morgan following another state championship by the Midlothian girls.
Ashley Brasovan announced to friends today that she will be going to Duke University next year. We talked with Ashley about her decision.
Ashley Brasovan, Bobby Nicolls, Doug Smith and Jordan Hasay are four of the best cross country runners in the country this fall, and they've each signed up to share their journey throughout the fall in our seasonal feature.
Each week here at MileSplit we will be giving you a quick look at four of the nation's best runners. Featured this week are Michael Wallace (FL), Amanda Winslow (GA), Brian Shrader (AZ) and Megan Goethals (MI).
Woodmont junior Aaron Ramirez's title in the Class AAA boys state cross country meet was not only his first, but the school's first in cross country Ramirez said in an e-mail Wednesday to scrunners.com.
Naperville North jumps to No. 2 in the rankings this week behind the juggernaut that is North Central (WA). Fayetteville-Manlius enters the poll for the first time this season, checking in at #15.
With the recent passing of his best friend weighing heavily on his mind, Knoxville West star Matthew Sonnenfeldt persevered to capture the most meaningful of state titles.
Coming into this season, Roselle (Lake Park) senior Lindsay Flanagan had one just one goal in mind – to bring home a state title. Flanagan won the IHSA 3A crown in 16:54, the fastest girls’ time of the day.
KINGS PARK – The thing about chasing something intangible is that the chase never ends. Every step is like a climb of a ladder with no end.
The Woodlands captured both 5A Region II crowns today at Vandergriff Park in Arlington. 4A Featured boys winner Mesquite Poteet and girls winner Forney. 3A saw Arglye complete the double with both boys and girls team taking the title. Ponder took the boys 2A crown while Brock dominated the girls race.
HAIL-E TO THE KING: Sherwood senior Solomon Haile (Photo by www.tristaterunnur.com) cruised to a course record 15:43 to capture the Maryland State 4A Cross Country title. Results posted.
Mark Feigen won a showdown with Rhode Island rival Andrew Springer at the New England XC Championships. In all, 16 teams ranked in the latest MileSplit National Poll were in action, with 10 of those squads securing titles. Results posted.
Running at Sunken Meadow State Park, Alex Hatz of Fayetteville-Manlius held off Alex Leuchanka of Shenendehowa for the individual title as both runners dip under 16:00 on the wet and sloppy day, but Shen is too tough for FM, beats them 30-47. FM girls win big as expected, beating Saratoga 22-48 as Courtney Chapman led her FM team with a win over a very deep field.
Comprehensive state championship meet previews and coverage available all weekend long on MileSplit.us and our affiliate sites.
The Second Cross Country Coaches National Youth Championship will be held at Voice of America Park, West Chester, Ohio, Saturday, December 6.
U.S. Olympian Gabe Jennings will discuss his running career and take questions from the audience at a free lecture to be held Saturday November 15th on the campus of Queens University of Charlotte.
Each week here at MileSplit we will be giving you a quick look at four of the nation's best runners. Featured this week are Matthew Sonnenfeldt (TN), Becca Addison (MI), Jimmy Tarsnane (PA) and Jessica Tonn (AZ).
The polls are closed here in the East, and at least as far as the MileSplit team rankings are concerned, there are very few changes. The top eight teams on the boys' side, and the top five girls' teams remain intact.
MileSplit US #13 North Penn, led by junior Brad Miles (PennTrackXC photo by Megan Clugh) overcame early season doubts and lofty expectations to claim its second straight PIAA Championship.
For the first time since its inception over two decades ago, the Pennsylvania Track & Field Coaches Association will not sponsor an all-star team of seniors in the Mid-East Regional Championships in mid-November in Ohio.
The Final k: Features stories from the 2008 PA Cross Country season by PennTrackXC