Sweeping the Sweepstakes Races at Woodbridge - Great Oak (CA)!
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Highlights, coverage, and results from the top meets across the country on the weekend of September 20th. Check back all weekend long with updates on the top national performances in high school cross country.
- Woodbridge Cross Country Classic (CA) - Great Oak (CA) girls (US #2) and boys (US #9) swept the sweepstake races on Saturday night with the girls putting their entire top 5 among the top 25 places led by race champ Destiny Collins (US #8) in 16:03, while the boys had 3 under 15 minutes and a spread under a minute. The US #5 Desert Visa (AZ) girls narrowly held off US #12 Saugus for runner-up honors. US #10 Austin Tamagano outkicked Phillip Rocha of Arcadia late to win he boys race in 14:04.
- Trinity/Valkyrie Invitational (KY) - The boys race turned out to be a battle for bragging rights in Indiana with Carmel's Ben Veatch (15:08) pulling away from Brebeuf Jesuit's Zack Snider (15:12) for individual title, while Carmel boys (75 pts) held off West Lafayette boys (79 pts). Ohio state champ Annie Heffernan ran away from the girls field with a 17:35 win, the US #6 Carmel girls were clearly a class above the competition placing 4 runners in the top 7 and averaging 18:18 as a team.
- Sundodger Invitational (WA) - The US #10 Kamiakin (WA) boys roll against US #7 Central Catholic (OR), while defending NXN champs show they are still formidable finishing second ahead of Central Catholic led by individual champ Tristan Peloquin with swift 15 minute 5K. Tristan's twin sister Brenna Peloquin finishes 2nd in girls race with time of 17:42. A now Efraimson-less Camas squad still is very competitive in win.
- adidas XC Challenge (NC) - US #7 Blacksburg girls dominate with 18:29 team average and 126 point margin of victory, while Broughton boys win 2nd straight major invite in as many weeks. Libby Davidson (17:16) wins battle of super sophomores over Sara Platek. Phillip Hall repeats as meet champ in swift 15:12.
- Northwest Classic (OR) - Still no US #2 Matthew Maton racing yet for the US #17 Summit (OR) boys, but it didn't stop them from dominating in the Oregon state course preview meet with 5 runners in top 16. There is Ella Donaghu (US #17) and then there is a gap with the next best in Oregon as she wins by 77 seconds with a time of 18:02 in Eugene.
- Jackson Invitational (MI) - US #1 Grant Finisher makes his season debut with a 15:22, which is 12 seconds faster than his 2013 win in the same meet. Michigan's other national elite runner in US #6 ranked Audrey Belf breezed to win by a fully minute in 17:27 with her Birmingham Seaholm teammate Rachel Dadamio next closest at 18:27.
- Oatlands Invitational (VA) - US #11 Andrew Hunter posts one of the fastest times ever in meet history with a 15:21 5K on the hilly Outlands course. A new name on the scene is Heritage freshmen Weini Kelati, a native of Eritrea, who won the girls race by 32 seconds in a time of 18:12.
- PIAA Foundation XC Invitational (PA) - Paul Ford set a new meet record on the PA state meet course with a 15:50 performance. Meanwhile last year's NXN qualifiers from Severna Park (MD), hold off Cardinal O'Hara (PA) by 10 points for boys team title. North Alleghany's Madeleine Davison continues to tear up courses this fall in Pennsylvania with the fastest girls time of the day at 18:18.
- Richard Spring Invitational (IL) - US #8 Glenbard girls win despite two of their top runners. US #13 Zach Dale runs just a little off US #9 Jesse Reiser's winning time a week ago on same course with 14:29 performance at Detweiler Park (3 miles). Peoria Notre Drame's Maryjeanne Gilbert won her home invite in a swift 16:30.
- Milaca Mega Meet (MN)
- Mountain West Classic (MT) With all the focus on the Morley sisters in US #6 ranked Makena Morley and kid sister Bryn along with US #21 ranked Christina Aragon coming into this race, someone forgot to tell Annie Hill who stormed past them all in the final 1000 meters in a 16:38 upset win against the top three runners from her state of Montana.
- Battle at Ocean County Park (NJ) - US #1 ranked Christian Brothers do not run their full "A" team, yet still placed second in meet with a 16:00 team average. The boys team champs from Cherry Hill East (NJ) were impressive nonethless with three guys under 16 minutes and a few more just over 16 including Aaron Groff posting fastest time of day at 15:29. The US #21 ranked Red Bank Catholic girls averaged 19:10 for their fastest five runners on the day and won the results merge by 22 points. Marin Warner of Holmdel had the fastest girls time of the meet at 18:10.
- Section 10 Pre-State Invite (NY) - Previewing the new New York state meet course, two past champs in US #25 Bella Burda of Arlington and US #25 Jessica Lawson of Corning faced off with Burda securing a 16 second victory in 17:57. The US #21 Liverpool boys (NY) bounced back with a humbling dual meet defeat by F-M last week and came out 76 points ahead in the varsity race results merge.
- Southern Stampede (MO) - After her big win against Taylor Werner last week at the Forest Park Festival, US #19 Hannah Long is still trucking with a 16:51 5K this weekend, which is second fastest time in the country.
- Flash Rock Invitational (IN) - In a matchup between two girls squads who recently debuted in the US top 25 rankings, the US #20 Avon (IN) girls edged out the US #14 Hinsdale Central (IL) girls by 4 points 67-71. The US #12 ranked Columbus North (IN) boys had to squeak out a 6 point win against unraked Bloomington South.
- UF Mountain Dew Invitational (FL) - A photo finish for boys between Nick Diaz of Miami Sunset and Steven Cross of Merritt Island with Diaz able to edge out the win as both runners were timed at 15:21. The Belen Jesuit boys won the team title with a team average of 16:19 in Gainesville and team score of 115 points. Alexa Cruz of St. Thomas Aquinas was chased by a 7th grader in Tsion Yared (2nd, 18:08), but able to take take first in 17:56 for her first sub 18 minute from the defending Florida 4A state champ. The class of 2020 runner Yard led her Pine Crest squad to first in the team standings.
- UTSA Richard Romo Classic (TX) - Two of Texas fastest girls match up in San Antonio with US #18 Devin Clark defeating 2013 Texas 5A state champ Paige Hofstad by 10 seconds with a state best 5K time of 17:26. Alex Rogers of New Braunfels Canyon wins the boys race in a new PR time of 15:28.