Running Around the Nation - Weekend Highlights

Oh what a weekend!  Huge meets sprouted up on the map from Connecticut to California, many with national worthy news.  Check out teams performing well and individuals reaching new heights.


MileSplit's "Running Around the Nation" - Weekend Highlights


Seymour Runs Solo 17:27 at Altoona Invitational (PA)

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Foot Locker favorite Carly Seymour (Sr., Central Cambria, PA) ran 17:27 for 5K, easily winning the Altoona Invitational on Saturday evening.



Brentsville Relays (VA)

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Both course records went down in tonight's Brentsville Relays with some scorching individual splits and total team times as the cooler conditions must have been welcomed by the runners as shown by their race performances. The Eleanor Roosevelt girls (1st, 4:42) from Maryland showed they are still a force to be reckoned with in the Southeast region and nationally despite graduation losses, as they were a minute and a half faster than their 2006 course record win (46:13) at Brentsville to defeat a virtually identical Midlothian squad (2nd, 44:44) from last by a few seconds. Midlothian anchor Kathleen Lautzenheiser was able to make up quite a considerable deficit on Eleanor Roosevelt's Dominique Lockart for the fastest split ever at Brentsville Relays in 8:43, but not enough to pull Midlo ahead as the two outstanding programs gapped the field by quite a margin. Third place "A" race finishers from Lake Braddock won the combined team title as their depth was showcaed with the performances of their "B" and "C" teams earlier in the evening.

After the preseason Southeast region and Virginia #1 ranked Midlothian boys were dealt a humbling fourth place finish in their season opener at Great Meadow and great adversity with a major transfer loss as well as a few injuries, they rebounded nicely at Brentsville Relays thanks to a 7:27 anchor leg from Jason Witt (pictured above) to come from behind on one of the teams which beat them last week in Mountain View with a 38:56 course record win. Mountain View (2nd, 39:15) had built an early lead after a great 7:26 second leg by Foot Locker finalist Thomas Porter. However, neither 2007 Foot Locker hopefuls Porter or Witt were distinguished with honors of the fastest split of the night as Turner Ashby junior Alex Ott opened up in a intense first leg battle with a 7:25 split. Mountain View showed why they still should be considered a better team than Midlothian until the Trojans can beat the Wildcats in a 5K race as their winning "B" and "C" teams earlier gave Coach Dave Davis' squad the overall title and second trophy to bring home.


Brentsville Relays Photo Gallery by Ted Plunkett - 648 photos total. More photos to come from others. 

More to come from Brentsville including complete results, full meet summary, photos, and video.



Adidas Raleigh Wolfpack Invitational (NC)

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This was hyped to be quite a showdown on the boy’s side. Western Albemarle(VA) just received the #3 ranking in the Southeast for the NTN Regional Poll. Broughton and Enloe both were named to the honorable mention list. Then of course you had Chapel Hill, who had represented the SE region at NTN for the last 2 years.


The girl’s Championship Race looked to be a battle from two teams from Chapel Hill, East Chapel Hill and Chapel Hill. East Chapel Hill was coming off a very good performance at last week’s Seahawk Invitational, finishing 3rd.  

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New York Weekend Highlights



Cherokee Challenge (NJ)

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The 12th Cherokee Challenge started out under threatening skies but ended in breezy sunshine with both Course Records in new hands.

On the Girls side, Soph Chelsea Ley (Kingsway HS) smashed the old CR with a time of 10:55. The record had been held by Danielle  Tauro at 11:25, which she ran as a junior in 2005.

Kevin McDonnell of Camden Catholic ran 9:45 in the Senior race to nip the Boys CR (9:47) set by Brian Leung last year. Leung, taking the ACT's did not compete today.

In the team competiton, Haddonfield ran to the Girls title while Ocean City took the Boys crown. (Full Results Posted)

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Kingsway Soph Chelsea Ley had the Days Fastest Time @ 

10:55, Breakng the CR Held by Danielle Tauro



New Prairie Invitational (IN)


  Speedy times were promised, as many of the top teams in Indiana took to the course at the New Prairie Invitational.  On the girls side, IN #2 Carroll (Fort Wayne) was upset by IN #3 Lake Central 89-107.  Lake Central beat Carroll with a strong 1-2 up front.  Individually, Foot Locker favorite Alex Banfich (Sr., Culver Academies) won in 17:58 over 5K, beating the field by 14 seconds.  Meanwhile on the boys side, Mike Fout (Sr., LaPorte) continues to dominate the best in Indiana, as he won by 32 seconds over an all-state stacked field!  Fout's IN #4 LaPorte team could not beat out IN #3 McCutcheon, losing on a sixth man tie-breaker, in a 107 point tie.   



Cedar Park Invitational (TX)

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Vista Ridge sophomore Ashley Isham took the lead from the start, followed
closely last year's Cedar Park Invitational individual champion Georgetown
senior Alicia Jenkins and homeschooler Catherine Westenhover. Isham hit the
mile mark in 5:25 with a :07 lead over Jenkins who was starting to break away
from Westenhover. Over the last mile, Isham continued to pull away from
Jenkins, who also continued to pull away Westenhover. Isham won in 11:22,
with Jenkins :16 back in 11:38 and Westenhover in 11:46. Vista Ridge junior
Zoe Galbraith (4th) and Georgetown junior Courtney Hale (5th) made strong
moves in the last half of the race to grab top five positions. Killeen
Ellison junior Anamaris Hernandez (6th), Harker Heights' Aliese Hyde (7th),
and Westwood senior Emily Potter (8th) clocked 12:00 or faster for the 2 mile
twisting course.
The girls team chase was rather close, with Georgetown coming out on top with
70 points over Vista Ridge (84 pts.), Cameron Yoe (86 pts.), and Harker
Heights (92 pts.)


This race was packed up front with Vista Ridge junior Zach Ornelas, Cedar Park
sophomore twins Jay and Bobby McIllece, Round Rock senior Carl Stones, and
Mayde Creek senior Daniel Balbontin forming a tight early pack in the front.
Ornelas lead the same lead pack by less than a stride through the mile mark in
4:42, followed closely by Georgetown junior Evan Hibbs and Corpus Christi
Carroll's Justin Adame and another couple of Cedar Park runners, senior Ben
Wroblewski and junior Austin Krohn. The race opened up slightly in the last
1.1 mile with Ornelas getting some space at the finish on Hibbs who was
charging hard in the last mile. Ornelas won in 15:39, followed by Hibbs in
15:42 and Balbontin in 15:47. Stones (4th), Adame (5th), Bobby McIllece
(6th), Georgetown senior Jonathan Kern (7th), Mayde Creek seniors Collin
Durham (8th) and Eric Doll (9th) and Georgetown's Jacob Guerrero (10th)
rounded out those who ran 16:00 or faster. Cedar Park's top runner, Jay
McIllece, who was in the lead pack for most of the race, had some late race
difficulties (dehydration?) and collasped shortly before the finish.

The boys team chase was close up top with Cedar Park edging out Georgetown 58
points to 64. Mayde Creek (80 pts.) rounded out the top three teams. A
second Cedar Park squad (115 pts.) grabbed 4th place, showing the impressive
depth of the Cedar Park program.