The MileSplit Cross Country Journals: Brasovan, Nicolls, Smith & Hasay Scott Bush Oct 01, 2008

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, the MileSplit Cross Country Journals. In the first edition each athlete introduces themselves and talks about their summers. Keep checking back throughout the season as we have much more to come from each athlete.

Weekend Highlights: US#2 F-M Tops US#3 Burnt-Hills at McQuaid Scott Bush Sep 28, 2008

Highlights and Results from: NB Ocean State Inv. (RI), McDonald's XC Festival (VA), McQuaid Inv. (NY), Roy Griak Inv. (MN), Stanford Inv. (CA), Carlisle Inv. (PA), Jim Danner Inv. (OR), Culver Inv. (IN), Palatine Inv. (IL), LoboCat Inv. (CO), Albuquerque Academy Inv. (NM) & Midwest Meet of Champs. (OH)

The best weekend yet.  That's an easy way to describe this weekend's national cross country action.  Most of the top teams in the land took part in an invitational, with some teams coming up very big.  US#5 York (IL) kicked off their season by winning the Palatine Invitational, one of the big highlights of the weekend thus far.

York Opens Season with Big Win at Palatine Invitational Scott Bush Sep 27, 2008

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York opened up their season with an impressive win Saturday at the Palatine Invitational, scoring 59 points behind the 1-2 finish of Steve Sulkin and Jordan Herbert.  Lyons Township finished second with 117 points.  Meanwhile, the Palatine girls won with a decisive victory over Hinsdale Central 63-95.  Palatine's Sarah McIntosh won the race in 17:00, winning by 22 seconds.

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake: A Tight-Knit Team Achieving Great Things Scott Bush Sep 24, 2008

It's a tight-knit school, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School.  The community is small, parents are involved in their kids student-athlete lives, and with a smaller student population compared to most of the other top teams in the country, this team is achieving more than many think they could.  Over the past few years few teams have dominated girls cross country like Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake.

In the fall of 2007 the squad took another step forward, qualifying for Nike Team Nationals, with a fifth place finish overall at the national meet despite missing their number two runner. Many speculated that Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake would've placed second had they had their full line-up, as they finished 38 points behind runner-up Saugus (CA).

Regardless, the team now looks forward, hoping to build upon their '07-'08 success with even more success.  While no one will admit it, the thought of winning the Nike Cross Nationals title has to be on their minds.  A talented trio up top with Sam Roecker, Molly Pezzulo and Meaghan Gregory gives this team a distinct advantage few others teams can match. 

This is a season of hard work, challenging oneself to go above and beyond, and most of all having 40 girls coming together to strive towards the same goal.  It's something every team tries to do, but only so many actually accomplish it.  Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake will strive for greatness and how this journey ends will be something fans of the sport will watch all season long.

Running the Last Frontier with Trevor Dunbar Scott Bush Sep 24, 2008

Cross country runners in Alaska often get overlooked.  Being so far away from the lower-48, and ending the Alaskan season the first weekend in October, generally means that the focus the state could get is swept away as top invitationals start taking place elsewhere. 

However, Kodiak senior Trevor Dunbar has seemingly stopped that trend, or at least slowed it down.  Since his freshman year, Dunbar's been the top runner in Alaska.  He's set course record after course record, and this spring ran times on the track few Alaskans have ever approached. 

This fall Dunbar looks to take another step forward in his progress towards becoming one of the best runners in the country.  With his goals set high and his training right on schedule, Dunbar sits down with MileSplit national editor Scott Bush to talk about his expectations for this season, what it's like to live and train in Alaska and much more.

MileSplit Top 12 Individual Rankings (Week 4): Haile Leaps to NE #1 Scott Bush Sep 23, 2008

Week 4 of the MileSplit Top 12 Individual Rankings are up! A lot of movement took place in specific regions due to a few head-to-head match-ups that created some major results. In the Northeast, Solomon Haile moved to #1 after his winning Oatlands Invitational performance, making him the only new regional number one of the week.

Chris Derrick Update Scott Bush Sep 22, 2008

2007 State XC Champion Chris Derrick, who now attends Stanford University, is posting a cross country blog for Stanford.  In his first edition Chris discusses the team's two week training camp up at Mammoth Lakes in California.  This is a must read for any Illinois cross country fan.  Click Here for Blog Post

Weekend Highlights: Haile Impresses in Virginia, US#1 North Central Wins Firman Scott Bush Sep 20, 2008

The results keep flying in and the final tallies are showing some interesting stories across the nation. Top teams and individuals from coast to coast had much to prove this weekend, as the national level competitions really took off. Individuals like Solomon Haile and Jillian Smith showed their talents at the highest levels, while Saratoga Springs and North Central proved why they are two of the top teams in the country. See what else took place in our weekend highlights and results section.

Weekend Preview: The Season Heats Up, Big Meets All Around Scott Bush Sep 19, 2008

The past month has been an exciting one with the start of the cross country season. This weekend the season really gets going with numerous national-level match-ups get going across the land. Big meets in Virginia, Kentucky, Idaho, New Jersey, New York and Colorado feature top invitationals, while a half dozen others showcase nationally ranked squads and individuals. See who's where this weekend in our weekly weekend preview.

MileSplit Regional Top 12 Individual Rankings - Week 3 Scott Bush Sep 17, 2008

A few big match-ups across the nation mixed up the regional rankings a bit. Joseph Manilafasha's great performance at Liberty Bell (CO) put the senior atop the Midwest boys rankings, while Kathy Kroeger ran to the top spot in the South girls rankings after running 17:44 for 5k last weekend. See who ranks where in the week three MileSplit Regional Top 12 Individual Rankings.

Arizona's Finest: An Interview with Jessica Tonn Scott Bush Sep 16, 2008

A star since her freshman year, Jessica Tonn (Jr., Xavier Prep, AZ) heads into her junior year with high expectations. After qualifying for Foot Locker Nationals her first two seasons and finishing fifth in the NON two-mile in 2008, Tonn is ready for this cross country season to get underway. Tonn sat down with MileSplit and talked in depth about her goals this season, how she got into running, and much more.

U.S. #3 Saugus Dominates Seaside Invitational Scott Bush Sep 16, 2008

Ventura, CA:  It wasn't a matter of if they would win, but rather how much they would win by. U.S. #3 Saugus (CA) came up victorious, but in a much grander fashion they perhaps imagined. Last fall Saugus was ranked one of the top girls teams in the country, showing that they would be tough in 2007, but perhaps even stronger in 2008, as they finished second at Nike Team Nationals and returned most of their squad this season.

Forest Park XC Festival Scott Bush Sep 14, 2008

Not once, but twice, Kickapoo (MO) came up short Saturday at the Forest Park XC Festival in St. Louis, Missouri. Kickapoo finished second to team champion St. Louis University (MO) in the boys varsity competition, 87-159. In the girls race, Kickapoo fell to Jefferson City (MO)

Boys U.S.#1 North Central Wins Big Scott Bush Sep 13, 2008

Tracy Walter's Invitational (WA)

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The top boys team in the country, U.S.#1 North Central (WA), got their season underway Saturday at the Tracy Walter's Invitational, as the team easily beat a strong field by placing four in the top six. While the meet scored eight athletes in the final team standings, North Central beat Seattle Prep (WA) 79-150. The squads' 1-5 split ran 66 seconds.

North Central was led by senior Andrew Kimpel, who won the 5k race in 15:20.5, as runner-up Adam Thorne (Jr., Joel Ferris, WA) finished 15 seconds back in 15:35.3. Kimpel's teammates Jeff Howard and Leon Dean finished third and fourth, while Seattle Prep was led by junior Drew O'Donoghue-McDonald.

Katie Mahoney (Sr., Richland, WA) won the girls varsity race, outlasting the field by finishing the race in 19:13.5. Mahoney outdistanced herself from runner-up Laura Sauvage (Jr., Seattle Prep, WA) over the final mile, as Sauvage finished in 19:23.3. Seattle Prep (WA) took home the team title 105-111 over Richland (WA).

The Road to Peoria: The Debut of Verzbicas Scott Bush Sep 11, 2008

The first of three regular season invitationals in Peoria takes place this weekend, as the Peoria Woodruff Invitational brings together many of the top ranked teams in the state to race on the state meet course. This year seven of the top 13 ranked boys teams and six of the top ten girls teams will take part. Perhaps the most anticipated part is the debut of freshman superstar Lukas Verzbicas, who will face Danny Pawola, Jeff Thode, Anthony Manfrin, Aaron Beattie and Indiana's Drew Shields among others.

A Dynasty Continues to Grow: Fayetteville-Manlius Scott Bush Sep 11, 2008

Since Nike Team Nationals started in 2004, no school has had the success Fayetteville-Manlius (NY) has shown. Four seperate NTN meets, four seperate top three finishes (2 boys, 2 girls). This year, F-M's girls team is ranked U.S. #1 in the MileSplit National CC Rankings and looks to make a run at their third straight national championship. Why is this squad so successful? What's their magic? MileSplit national editor Scott Bush traveled out to New York to see for himself, and the results were surprising.

IHSA Regional/Sectional Assignments Released Scott Bush Sep 10, 2008

The IHSA released their regional/sectional assignments Tuesday on the website.  The addition of a fifth sectional in AAA creates a field of less than ten teams per regional competition, with some fields consisting of seven teams.  This set-up is a different alignment than last year and should produce a more equal playing field come the state series.

Class AAA: Boys / Girls

Class AA: Boys / Girls

Class A: Boys / Girls

IHSA Websites: Boys / Girls

MileSplit Regional Top 12 Individual Rankings - Week 2 Scott Bush Sep 09, 2008

With the second full week of the cross country season complete and in the books, many of the top athletes around the country have now had a chance to compete in some sort of competition. Each week we'll rank the top 12 athletes in each region, and now things start to get exciting as the big meets start to crank up with the season swinging into full gear.