* Sam Rich won the South Carolina High School League Class 4A Championship in style
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South Carolina's state championships turned up the heat over the weekend.
He crossed the line in a season-best of 15:24.93, earning 185 speed rating.
In the 4A boys race -- arguably the best matchup of the entire championships --Sam Rich of Catawba Ridgeran a blazing 15:08.07 to earn a 190 speed rating, narrowly outkicking Eastside's Spain Vaughan, who was second in 15:13.65.
This was the fastest time of the day in South Carolina and this was Rich's fifth sub-15:15 performance for the 2020 season. Vaughan finished with a 188 speed rating.
Boys Individual State Champions:
- Ronan O'Neill from Pendleton won the 3A state title in 16:07.93.
- Senior Noah Ward finished the 5K course in 16:16.31 to win the 2A state title
- Eighth-grader Grayson Gibbons of Southside Christian won the 1A state title in 16:41.08
- 1A - Dixie
- 2A - Greer Middle College Charter
- 3A - Bishop England
- 4A - Eastside
- 5A - Dorman
- Senior Katie Pou of Nation Ford won her fourth consecutive 5A state title in 18:27.25.
- Freshman Hannah Vroon of James Island won the 4A state title in 18:25.39. This was her seventh straight win.
- Chapman's junior Emma Whitaker won her first 3A state title in 18:46.55.
- St. Josephs' Caroline Linen won the 2A title in 19:39.43.
Girls Team Champions:
- 2A - Greer Middle College Charter
- 3A - Seneca
- 4A - James Island
- 5A - J.L Mann
* Syracuse commit Kamari Miller won his first Georgia Class 7A State title
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Miller won his first individual state championship title in 15:29.72, marking his sixth sub-15:30 performance of the year.
But that wasn't all he did this weekend.
The Syracuse commit even broke the course record.
And on top of that, it also happened to be a standout year not only for Miller but for Marietta. In the midst of season during a pandemic, the Blue Devils were able to pull an upset and bring home the state title.
All five runners finished in the top 45 out of 206 runners. There was a two minute even split between Miller and senior Joe Compton. Marietta finished with an average time of 16:47 and with 99 points.
Harrison finished second with 116 points and Norcross finished third with 128 points.
* The Blue Devils won the 7A Georgia State Championship team title
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7A BOYS 5000 METER RUN FINALS PLACE ATHLETE TEAM RESULT POINTS 1 Kamari Miller 12 Marietta High School 15:29.72 1 2 Sully Shelton 12 Harrison High School 16:07.25 2 3 Hayden Marshall 12 Milton High School 16:16.42 3 4 Will Bray 12 Brookwood 16:20.66 4 5 James May 11 Marietta High School 16:33.35 5
TEAM SCORES PLACE TEAM POINTS SCORERS TIMES 1 Marietta High School 99 1+5+18+34+41 (51+60) 2:00 1-5 Split | 16:47 Avg 2 Harrison High School 116 2+11+22+36+45 (68+70) 1:27 1-5 Split | 17:00 Avg 3 Norcross High School 128 13+19+21+37+38 (86+111) 0:37 1-5 Split | 17:10 Avg 4 Denmark High School 145 6+23+33+35+48 (131+140) 0:59 1-5 Split | 17:13 Avg 5 Milton High School 194 3+26+27+64+74 (77+108) 1:46 1-5 Split | 17:20
* Former Woodbury runner, Tierney Wolfgram broke a USA U19 marathon record
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Over the weekend, in a race that had three runners competing, the 17-year-old broke Cathy O'Brien's USA U19 marathon record, David Monti reported in a tweet (below).
The 2017-2018 Minnesota Gatorade Athlete of the Year clocked a 2:31:49 to break O'Briens 2:34:24 time, which was set back in 1984.
Wolfgram's first marathon came in 2018 when she ran 2:40:03 as a 15-yea-rold.
While she had to overcome obstacles in enusing high school seasons, she battled through and was able to step to the line and place 76th at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in February. She crossed the finish line in 2:42:47.
*Abby Vanderkooi added another state title to her resume over this weekend
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State Championship In Michigan Were On Fire:
The Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 1 state championships produced the fastest times of the weekend.
Riley Hough of Hartland ran the fastest time of the day when he crossed the finish line in 14:49.62 to win his first state title and his 12th race in a row. The junior finished two seconds ahead of Ann Arbor Skyline's Hobbs Kessler. They both earned identical 196 speed ratings.
The boy's Division 2 race was just as exciting as Nathan Walker took the victory in 15:19.29, which was 23 seconds ahead of Pinckney's Caleb Jarema. This was Walker's ninth consecutive win for the 2020 cross country season.
Dadamio, who's ranked No. 13 on the MileSplit50 rankings, crossed the finish line in 17:46.07, producing a 142 speed rating performance by TullyRunners.
Both Forsyth and Flynn were undefeated until this competitive race.
Forsyth ran her third-fastest time of the year in 17:55.60. Flynn finished the 5K course at the Michigan International Speedway course in 17:59.18.
Girls D1 - Top Team Scores 1 Ann Arbor Pioneer 129 19:04 Avg 2 Traverse City Central 168 19:24 Avg 3 Clarkston 174 19:33 Avg 4 Holland West Ottawa 214 5 Saline 219 Girls D2 - Top Team Scores 1 Petoskey 68 19:09 Avg 2 East Grand Rapids 79 19:17 Avg 3 Grand Rapids Christian 143 19:42 Avg
In the Division 3 boys race, sophomore Hunter Jones of Benzie Central won his second consecutive title in 15:28.96. Abby Vanderkooi, moving up a division this season, took the Divison 3 title in 17:12.47. She remained undefeated for another week while earning a 153 speed rating.
In the Divison 4 boys race, Carson City-Crystal's Coleman Clark ended his senior year with his first cross country state title in 15:58.55. On the girl's side, Makenna Scott, a junior from Maple City-Glen Lake, claimed the victory in 19:30.20.
* Mustang's Gabe Simonsen won the 6a OSSAA title over the weekend
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Oklahoma's OSSAA State Meet:
On Wednesday, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association hosted its state championships in Edmond.
And Gabe Simonsen of Mustang (OK) High School ran the fastest Class 6A time of the day on the 5K course. He finished with an 18-second cushion to win his third consecutive state title, finishing with his third fastest time of the season in 15:31.79. He earned a 186 speed rating for his performance.
Mustang's top five runners finished 71 seconds within one another to come through with an average time of 16:21 for 5K. The Morsey's finished with a total of 57 points to take down the 2019 champions by five points. Deer Creek finished the day with 62 points for second place.
OSSAA 6A Boys Results:
VARSITY BOYS 5000 METER RUN FINALS PLACE ATHLETE TEAM RESULT POINTS 1 Gabe Simonsen 12 Mustang High School 15:31.79 1 2 Gilbert Velez 11 Deer Creek High School 15:49.58 2 3 David Boulanger 10 Westmoore High School 15:58.21 3 4 AJ Antonelli 11 Deer Creek High School 16:01.20 4 5 Halen Biggs 12 Westmoore High School 16:10.30 5
OSSAA 6A Boys Team Results:
PLACE TEAM POINTS SCORERS TIMES 1 Mustang High School 57 1+10+14+15+17 (42+49) 1:11 1-5 Split | 16:21 Avg 2 Deer Creek High School 62 2+4+11+19+26 (27+28) 1:09 1-5 Split | 16:25 Avg 3 Edmond Memorial High School 66 8+9+13+16+20 (69+71) 0:25 1-5 Split | 16:34 Avg 4 Westmoore High School 95 3+5+12+21+54 (62+83) 1:30 1-5 Split | 16:36 Avg 5 Broken Arrow High School 167 7+23+34+46+57 (78+84) 1:14 1-5 Split | 17:05 Avg
* Broken Arrow's Payton Hinkle defended her 6A OSSAA State Title
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On the girls side, Broken Arrow's Payton Hinkle defended her Class 6A state title in 18:23.64. Bixby's Cayden Dawson finished in second place in 18:34.34. Avery Mazzei of Jenks finished third in 18:56.94.
OSAA 6A Girls Results:
VARSITY GIRLS 5000 METER RUN FINALS
PLACE ATHLETE TEAM RESULT POINTS 1 Payton Hinkle 11 Broken Arrow High School 18:23.64 1 2 Cayden Dawson 11 Bixby High School 18:34.34 0 3 Avery Mazzei 11 Jenks High School 18:56.94 2 4 Lily Melton 9 Broken Arrow High School 19:08.89 3 5 Kennedie Rhein 10 Owasso 19:12.30 4
OSAA 6A Girls Team Results:
TEAM SCORES PLACE TEAM POINTS SCORERS TIMES 1 Owasso 69 4+14+15+16+20 (41+62) 1:12 1-5 Split | 19:56 Avg 2 Norman North High School 86 5+10+18+19+34 (67+77) 1:32 1-5 Split | 20:05 Avg 3 Jenks High School 91 2+8+25+27+29 (55) 1:42 1-5 Split | 20:03 Avg 4 Santa Fe High School 148 12+13+35+37+51 (58+73) 1:44 1-5 Split | 20:34 Avg 5 Broken Arrow High School 155 1+3+26+46+79 (84+92) 4:03 1-5 Split | 20:22 Avg
Photo Credit: Jonathan Halterman
*Jenna Hutchins earn her second TSSAA State Cross Country Championship title
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Science Hill (TN) High School junior Jenna Hutchins won her second TSSAA State Cross Country Championship title this weekend. Along the way, she ran her fifth sub-17 performance after she crossed the finish line in 16:30.84. This was her second-fastest performance of the year.
In the Divison 1 Large section, Hutchins finished 94.4 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher and earned a 168 speed rating.
During the spring, Hutchins focused on her nutrition, sleep, hydration, and rest. As the cross country season began, she was motivated to compete once again and suppor her team. This year especially, Hutchins was striving to earn another state title after being sick in 2019. Hutchins planned on running another postseason 5K.
Brentwood won the title with 101 points and in an average time of 19:14. Kaitlyn Vanderkolk placed third overall to help Brentwood earn the championship title. She scored a 135 speed rating. Farragut finished second with 112 points and Independence was third with 138 points respectively.
Girls Division 1 Large Results:
DIVISION 1 GIRLS 5000 METER RUN FINALS PLACE ATHLETE TEAM RESULT POINTS 1 Jenna Hutchins 11 Science Hill High School 16:30.84 1 2 Landri Wilcox 12 Cookeville High School 18:05.20 2 3 Kaitlyn Vanderkolk 12 Brentwood High School 18:09.80 3 4 Ann-Marie Braese 11 Arlington High School 18:11.92 4 5 Olivia Barnes 12 Arlington High School 18:12.62 5
Girls Divison 1 Large Team Results:
TEAM SCORES PLACE TEAM POINTS SCORERS TIMES 1 Brentwood High School 101 3+7+23+29+39 (60+77) 1:55 1-5 Split | 19:14 Avg 2 Farragut High School 112 14+16+24+25+33 (41+42) 0:37 1-5 Split | 19:37 Avg 3 Independence High School 138 8+10+26+27+67 (88) 2:29 1-5 Split | 19:33 Avg 4 Siegel High School 162 6+18+19+53+66 (72+139) 2:47 1-5 Split | 19:45 Avg 5 Houston High School 175 13+21+34+46+61 (63+70) 1:39 1-5 Split | 20:00 Avg
* Hardin Valley's boys won the Large D1 state championship team title with 33 points
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Kaden Keller and Andrew Schultz finished fourth and sixth, respectively, to help lead Hardin Valley to the team title in the Large School Division I race. Both agreed that it was a tough race and the nerves were there. Franklin and Bartlett have been adding the pressure throughout the season.
"To be honest going into it, I wasn't trying to get an individual state title," Keller said. "I wanted to go out and compete and compete for the team, but also just go out and run my own race. I wasn't trying to run anyone else's race."
Both boys finished with a new personal best. Keller crossed the line in 15:52.61, which was equivalent to a 180 speed rating. Schultz finished the race in 16:12.83. The team averaged 16:15 for 5K, accumulating a spread of just 51 seconds. Franklin finished with 134 points for second and Houston finished third with 162 points. Brentwood finished eighth overall.
* Aiden Britt won his first state title over the weekend
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Britt ran a season best time of 15:29.69 to win his first TSSAA state cross country title and was able to put everything together this race, earning a 188 speed rating -- his highest ever. The pressure was on to win this title.
The senior competed on this course for the Region 5 Championships just a week ago.
He later said he felt that was an advantage, since he knew when the best places to make the moves were -- on the hills in the last back loop, he said, because it was quiet and unexpected.
Britt plans on shutting down cross country and will head to Memphis to compete in a 3,200m on the track.
Division 1 Boys Large Results:
DIVISION 1 BOYS 5000 METER RUN FINALS PLACE ATHLETE TEAM RESULT POINTS 1 Aiden Britt 12 Lebanon High School 15:29.69 0 2 Kevin Vanderkolk 12 Brentwood High School 15:36.12 1 3 Miles Ally 12 Martin Luther King High School 15:40.67 0 4 Kaden Keller 11 Hardin Valley Academy 15:52.61 2 5 Jackson Martin 10 Creek Wood High School 16:11.66 0 6 Andrew Schultz 12 Hardin Valley Academy 16:12.83 3
Division 1 Boys Large Team Results:
PLACE TEAM POINTS SCORERS TIMES 1 Hardin Valley Academy 33 2+3+4+7+17 (21+100) 0:51 1-5 Split | 16:15 Avg 2 Franklin High School 134 12+20+29+31+42 (54+109) 0:37 1-5 Split | 16:53 Avg 3 Houston High School 162 5+15+39+46+57 (64) 1:09 1-5 Split | 16:55 Avg 4 Farragut High School 164 6+16+25+37+80 (92+127) 1:25 1-5 Split | 16:55 Avg 5 Siegel High School 193 10+24+38+51+70 (91+97) 1:12 1-5 Split | 17:01 Avg
- Saratoga Springs (NY) and Shenendehowa (NY) went head to head at Spa State Park on November 6. The Blue Streaks won both the girl and boy team titles. Shenendehowa's Nathan Brimhall ran a 15:33.9 to win the meet by six seconds. He finished with a 178 speed rating. Saratoga Springs' boys won the title with 21 points to Shenenedehowa's 35. On the girl's side, Ella Kurto ran a 132 speed rating when she won the meet by one second over her teammate, Mackenzie Hart. Kurto crossed the finish line in 17:50.1 and led Saratoga Springs to a perfect score of 15 points.
- Elgin's (OK) Gage Mcelhaney won his eighth meet of the season at the OHSSAA 5A State Championships. He finished the 5K course in 16:10.08 with a 174 speed rating.
- In a dual meet against Cicero-North Syracuse, Fayetteville-Manlius' Peyton Geehrer won his second 5K of the season by over 60 seconds. He finished in 16:16.90 for a 191 speed rating. Fayetteville-Manlius won the meet with 23 points, just 10 points ahead of Cicero-North Syracuse.
- Kate Putman of Cicero-North Syracuse won her fourth race of the season. The sophomore finished in 19:11.3 for 5K and earned a 133 speed rating.
- Mia Cochran of Moon Area (PA) defended her 3A PIAA State Championship title in 18:28.00.
- Brady Bigger of State College Area won the boy's 3A title in 16:07. His performance earned him a 188 speed rating. Devon Comber came in a close second place in 16:10.0.
- In the 2A PIAA division, Olivia Haas of Blue Mountain won the title in 18:56, which equaled a 134 speed rating.
- Gary Martin of Archbishop Wood earned a 186 speed rating after he won his state title in 16:12.0
- Colton Sands won the boys 1A PIAA title in 16:42, which gave him a 176 speed rating.
- At the Arkansas State Cross Country Championships, Jack Williams of Fayetteville won the 6A title in 15:38.44 to earn a 178 speed rating and Carson Wasemiller won the girl's title in 18:14.04. She earned a 127 speed rating.
- Aidan Cox, a sophomore from Coe Brown, won the New Hampshire NHIAA State Meet of Champions in 14:58.8. Cox won with a 190 speed rating.
- Concord senior Eben Bragg placed second with a final time of 15:23.8 to earn a 182 speed rating.
- Addison Cox won the girl's title in 18:01.2, which earned her a 132 speed rating.
- Rhode Island RIIL Class Championships crowned Evan Reynolds of Bishop Hendricken as the champion in Class A. Reynolds ran a 15:32.38 to earn a 185 speed rating at the Class A division, beating La Salle's Jack McLoughlin by less than a second.
- In the Class B division, Holden Vaughan earned the title in 16:38.76.
- Darius Kipyego of St. Raphael Academy won the Class C title in 16:16.32. His performance earned a 171 speed rating.
- For the girls Class A division, Kaylie Armitage took the victory in 18:17.56. She led La Salle Academy to the team title with 19 points and in an average of 19:13 for 5K.
- In the Class B division, Reese Fahys won in 17:56.73.
- Sophia Gorriaran of Moses Brown School won the Class C title in 19:14.93.
- UVA commits, Justin Wachtel of Mary Persons and Andrew Jones of North Hall went head-to-head at the 3A GHSA State Cross Country Championship. Wachtel won the title in 15:51.52 to Jones' 16:11.80 respectively.
- Nathan Moore of Uniont. Lake won the Divison 1 Ohio State Championship title with a 195 speed rating. He clocked a 14:59.5 to win the title.
- Senior Ryan Champa earned the Division 2 Ohio State Championship title, seven seconds ahead of Drennan Akins. Champa earned a 181 speed rating when he finished the 5K course in 15:42.9
- Fredericktown's Thomas Caputo won the Divison 3 Ohio State Championship title in 15:31.5. This equaled a 185 speed rating.
- Sophomore Mia Robillard of Centerville won the Divison 1 Ohio State Championship title. In the 5K race, she clocked a 17:58.5, a second a head of her teammate Emma Bucher. Robillard earned a 136 speed rating.
- Grace Hartman, a junior from Oakwood, ran a 18:04.1 to win the Divison 2 title at the Ohio State Championships. She won by 0.1 of a second to Ella Gilson of Hawken.
- Freshman Caleigh Richards of Maplewood won the Division 3 title in 18:22.3.
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