Weekend Rewind: More State Champions Crowned

* 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.

In the boys 5A Championship, Lexington junior Zander Jeffcoatremained undefeated for another race. He won his seventh race of the season and won his first SCHSL State title.

He crossed the line in a season-best of 15:24.93, earning 185 speed rating.

Mason Thomas of Northwestern finished second with a 15:44.79 and Wade Hampton's Ethan Rhodes finished third in 15:45.94. Both of these boys earned a 178 speed rating.

Ty Nelson, who finished seventh overall, led Dormanto a 5A state title with 75 points. Fort Mill finished second with 91 points and in an average of 16:17.

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
Boys Team Champions:
  • 1A - Dixie
  • 2A - Greer Middle College Charter
  • 3A - Bishop England
  • 4A - Eastside
  • 5A - Dorman
Girls Individual State Champions:

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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Kamari Miller of Marietta set a new standard over the weekend at the Georgia High School Association Class 7A state Cross Country Championships. 

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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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

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

GHSA State Cross Country Results, Videos and Photos

* Former Woodbury runner, Tierney Wolfgram broke a USA U19 marathon record 

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Tierney Wolfgram, a 2020 Woodbury (MN) High School graduate who enrolled (a year) early at Nevada-Reno, had a remarkable marathon effort in California.

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.

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*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.

In the girl's Division 1 meet, Audrey Dadamio of Birmingham Seaholm won over freshman Rachel Forsyth of Ann Arbor Pioneer and Julia Flynn of Traverse City Central.

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.

Emma Squires won the Divison 2 championship title in 17:54.56. Freshman Meghan Ford of Mason placed second in 18:18.08, and Madelyn Frens finished third in 18:22.07.

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 Lakeclaimed 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:

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:


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. 

Owasso scored 69 points to win the team title with an average time of 19:56. Sophomore Kennedie Rhein led the Bighorn Sheeps to the state title. All five runners finished in the top 23.

OSAA 6A Girls Results:


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:

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

OSSAA State Meet Results, Videos and Photos

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.

* Hutchins talks with MileSplit after her second state title win
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Girls Division 1 Large Results:

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:

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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Lebanon's Aiden Britt won the Division I Large Schools individual state championship. This was his sixth win of the season.

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. 

Brentwood's Kevin Vanderkolk finished the 5K course in 15:36.12. Miles Ally of Martin Luther King stopped the clock at 15:40.67.

Division 1 Boys Large Results:

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:


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

TSSAA State Cross Country Results, Videos and Photos

Top Performances Of The Weekend:
  • 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. 

The Weekend Rewind