Spring Valley alumna Kate Niehaus looks back at her high school and college experiences. Niehaus also gives insight on what she is currently looking to achieve.
KYtrackXC.com Top 12 of 2012 Below is the Top 12 Moments/Races of 2012. This past year was quite arguably the greatest year in XC/Track history for the state. Records were set across the board in track and XC. KYtrackXC.com has sorted through some of the moments/races that really set the state on fire in a sense in 2012.
Runners of the year are chosen by an anonymous panel from cross country meet results for 2012 season ending with the state championship.
CLEMSON – In one sense, the Geer family will have come full circle by the time son Matthew hands the game ball to the referee next weekend, prior to the start of the annual Shrine Bowl football game in Spartanburg.
Porter Gaud's Brent Demarest finished 25th out of 39 finishers at Foot Locker Nationals earlier today at Balboa Park in San Diego.
11/22/12 - 10:30 p.m.: The bus pulls out from the Fort Myers High School parking lot and noses north up US 41 towards I-75. On board are athletes, coaches and chaperones from Naples, Palmetto Ridge, Labelle, Fort Myers, Cypress Lake, Golden Gate and North Fort Myers high schools. Noted participants are Alex Pedraza, Tyler Bennett, Ace Brown, Bobby Ormsby and Buddy Gates.
Amelia (Millie) Paladino (L), a junior at University High School in Morgantown, WV and Maggie Drazba (R), a senior at St. Marys High School in St. Marys, WV are West Virginia's first females to qualify for Foot Locker Nationals.
Amazing 9 year old and double indoor AAU National Champion Noah Castro of Hurricane, West Virginia easily won the Foot Locker South Region 3000m boys 10 and under race with a blazing fast time of 10:59 for a 5:54 mile pace. The future of West Virginia and U.S. distance running is looking very good. Watch out world, here comes Noah! No ark needed this time.
CHARLOTTE -- Porter-Gaud's Brent Demarest qualified for Foot Locker Nationals with 10th place time of 15:06 at Foot Locker South today in McAlpine Park.
Cheserek wins 2nd straight title! Rocha back to FL Nats also. McGorty and Chase light up FL South! Manlius, CBA and Pennsbury win. Leingang, Rohrer win Midwest, KY teams, dominate Nike SE. (Photo by Kane Baker)
West Virginia entered sixty-six runners in various races at this prestigious meet, with eleven runners medaling and making the All-South Team.
Wesley Frazier's return to the national stage was one of many great performances by NC athletes in postseason regionals.
What an outstanding day for Georgia Harriers as Josh Brickell roared around McAlpine Park in 14:49 placing 2nd in the Boys Seeded race and Brad Hort earned his first trip to San Diego placing 6th cracking sub 15: as 2 of the best pure athletes in all of Georgia will make the trip to Foot Locker Nationals. It was a Great day for TEAM GEORGIA as the boys "team" won, scoring 67 points defeating mighty Virginia and the girls were 2nd scoring 78 points, Georgia's best showing in years...This TEAM GEORGIA thing has really improved our post season results in that when it started we had few kids run and now we are WINNING the meet! .Also of note is a strong showing from the up and coming 13/14 year olds. The ATC and Team Georgia committee are to be comended for their choices and need to take a bow as well! Pictured are the 5 Top Boys Medalists from Georgia.
Nick Trefz (senior) of Fairmont Senior and Matthew Brafford (junior) of George Washington were the fastest West Virginia runners at the Foot Locker South Region held at Mc Alpine Park in Charlotte, NC on Saturday.
Carmen Carlos, a senior at McGill-Toolen (Mobile, AL), now holds the title as the fastest female XC runner in Alabama prep history.
More coverage from the Virginians at Foot Locker South.
Assumption/St. Xavier Win Nike Cross Nationals & Thomson Qualifies for Foot Locker Nationals
Florida 4A Champion Bridget Blake will be making a return trip to San Diego this year! The Dr. Phillips senior will be the lone representative from the Sunshine State. Blake improved upon her seventh place finish last year with a sixth place personal best of 17:12 on the lightning fast McAlpine Park course.
More later, but Maggie Drazba of St. Marys was 3rd in 17:10 and Amelia Paladino of University was 10th! Both qualify for Foot Locker Nationals to be held on December 8, 2012 at Balboa Park in San Diego CA. Seeded Girls Video featuring WV girls 2012 FL South Seeded Girls Video
Tomorrow brings the running world in Kentucky two huge races both being held miles away in North Carolina. Foot Locker South sees Kentucky potentially having its first back to back national qualifier with Jacob Thomson. Nike Cross Southeast has Assumption back in a spot to qualify again after becoming the first Kentucky girls team ever last year. St. Xavier is also the same potential spot looking at their second trip to Portland (made NXN in 2005, before Regional Qualifying.) Regardless of what actually happens this day just like the whole year, it will be one that shows Kentucky is on the move up .
The south's top runners will head to McAlpine Greenway Park in Charlotte, North Carolina for the Foot Locker South Cross Country Championships. The top ten boys and top ten girls in the seeded race will advance to Foot Locker Nationals December 8th in San Diego, California.
Skyline's Thomas Madden along with Chantilly's Sean McGorty will attempt to successfully qualify for a second straight Foot Locker Nationals on Saturday at the South Regional in Charlotte. Madden is especially eager to race again to make up for a disappointing 7th place finish in the Group AA state race and get back to his sub 15 minute 5K form from earlier in the season at Great American.
Sophie Chase of Lake Braddock has the opportunity on Saturday to become a three-time Foot Locker Nationals qualifier and potentially win the Foot Locker South Regional title (only two Virginia girls have won since 1999). Can any other girls from Virginia join her to be San Diego bound for the first time?
The state championships have come and gone and now Florida's top runners will see how they fare against runners from across the southern United States. McAlpine Greenway Park in Charlotte, North Carolina the site of Foot Locker South Cross Country Championships. The Sunshine State has been well represented the past few years sending multiple runners to Foot Locker Nationals in San Diego, California. This year looks to be no different with the strongest hopefuls coming in 4A state champions Andres Arroyo and Bridget Blake.
Top 50 KY Runners at Foot Locker South
125 runners from Kentucky are registered to run at Foot Locker South on Saturday.
That pink blur at McAlpine on Saturday? That will be Alana Hadley, gunning for a return trip to San Diego and a higher goal.
Entries as of Nov. 21, 2012 at 7:46 p.m.