By Kelly Tuckwiller for MSNsportsNET.com October 31, 2009 MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The No. 4 West Virginia University cross country team finished second this afternoon at the BIG EAST Championship held at the Wayne E. Dannehl National XC Course in Milwaukee, Wis. The Mountaineers finished at the No. 2 spot for the second-straight year. Villanova took first with 30 points, while WVU followed with 74, Syracuse with 84, Georgetown with 92 and Providence with 108. (click on the title for the complete article)
The 2009 WV State Cross Country Meet was run in a steady rain and muddy conditions, and produced a few surprises. Results and performances are posted. Photos by Lance McDaniel are posted. Congratulations to Jefferson Girls and the host Cabell Midland boys on their AAA State Championship trophies. Cabell Midland Boys AAA State Champions Jefferson Girls AAA State Champions Alex Dent, a senior from Hurricane, upset 2 time defending State champion Letitia Propst of Elkins to take the individual spoils in the AAA girls race. Propst finished in 3rd. Alex Dent - Photo courtesy of www.tristaterunnur Junior Brandon Doughty of Jefferson pulled away from defending State Champion and #1 ranked Cody Pelliccioni of Morgantown. It was reported prior to the race that Pelliccioni was under the weather. Brandon Doughty - Photo by Lance McDaniel Congratulations to St. Marys girls and Grafton boys in capturing the AA-A State Championship hardware. St. Marys Girls AA-A State Champions Grafton Boys AA-A State Champions Freshman Maggie Drazba of St. Marys took the AA-A girls title and Drew Woodford, a junior from Grafton, claimed the top prize for the boys AA-A race. Maggie Drazba Drew Woodford - Photos by Lance McDaniel
WV State Meet Coverage Page I am pleased to post this extensive analysis by Josh Weekley on the WV State XC Meet predictions. A-AA Boys RunWV Predictions A-AA Girls RunWV Predictions AAA Boys RunWV Predictions AAA Girls RunWV Predictions Announcement from Coach Parsons: Congratulations to all that qualified for the West Virginia State Cross Country Championships to be held at Cabell Midland High School. Also, congratulations to all runners. Cross country is a grueling sport. Here is an announcement from Coach Parsons of Cabell Midland and a list of all that qualified for the State meet. Please keep checking the direct link for any changes. Attention coaches and athletes, All state meet qualifiers are listed. If anybody sees any misspelling or grade level mistake, please contact Coach Parsons at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make the corrections. We want everybody’s name to appear correctly in the state meet program, but due to the time frame for the printers, we need to be contacted on Friday (Oct 23rd) by 9:00pm. However, we can make corrections for state meet result purposes up to the actual meet itself. See you next Friday & Saturday at the WV State Cross Country Championship. Coach Parsons (Cabell Midland) WV Group AAA Girls State Meet Qualifiers WV Group AAA Boys State Meet Qualifiers WV Group A-AA Girls State Meet Qualifiers WV Group A-AA Boys State Meet Qualifiers
PRESS RELEASE: October 27, 2009 Cross Country THE WEST VIRGINIA Amateur Cross Country Championships are to be conducted at Coonskin Park Saturday November 7th , 2009 beginning at 10:00am. The event is sanctioned by both the AAU and USA Track & Field. The top 20 youth individuals and top three teams in each age division qualify for the AAU National Championship meet December 5, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. The top 25 youth individuals and top three teams in each age division qualify for the USATF Regional Championship meet November 21, 2009 at Masterson Station in Lexington, Kentucky. Regional qualifiers (top 12) compete in the USATF National Championships, December 12 n Reno, Nevada. For more information call Paul Gilmer at 304-389-1982 (PJGilmer @aol.com)
WV Wesleyan & Seton Hill Share WVIAC Men's Cross Country Title; Wesleyan Claims Women's Championship
Chris Kreger, Meet Director 10/24/2009 GLENVILLE, W.Va.)---The closest finishes in WVIAC history were anticipated and the 2009 edition of the conference's cross country championship meets did not disappoint as West Virginia Wesleyan and Seton Hill finished in a deadlock atop the men's standings and Wesleyan won a tight decision in the women's race. The WVWC women took their eighth straight title and the 14th in the past 15 seasons by only six points over runner-up Seton Hill. Third-place Concord was only seven points out as the top five squads were separated by a mere 22 points. Alderson-Broaddus' Sherry Borsos claimed the women's individual title with a time of 25:35.53, nearly 45 seconds ahead of WV Wesleyan's Jenna Brock. Megan Truelove (Wheeling Jesuit), Ashley Teets (Alderson-Broaddus), and Sarah Campanelli (Wheeling Jesuit) round out the top five. Concord finished 17 points back to place third in the men's team race as the top honors were shared for the fourth time in league history and the first time since 1999. Individually, Seton Hill's Dominic Camasso completed the 8K course in 28:45.11 to edge Wesleyan's Nate Edwards by seven seconds. Skyler McCoy (WV Wesleyan), Ryan Beabout (Wheeling Jesuit), and Jon Bogert (Seton Hill) completed the top five. Wesleyan's Jesse Skiles (women) and Seton Hill's Tim Creamer (men) were honored by their peers as the league's coaches of the year. Squads will now prepare for the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regionals hosted by Mansfield University. The November 7 event takes place at the Lambs Creek Recreational Area. Note by Daddy Doug: Please check out the awesome photos by Charlie Pritt. Congatulations to all and good luck at Region.
Directions Men's Course Map Women's Course Map (PRINCETON, W.Va.)---Tight battles are expected in both races during Saturday's WVIAC Cross Country Championship hosted by Glenville State College. West Virginia Wesleyan, which has won 14 of the past 15 titles, is the slight favorite in the women's race. The Bobcats edged Seton Hill in the final regular season women's team power ratings of the season. Alderson-Broaddus, Wheeling Jesuit, and Concord each provide threats to carry away the women's championship hardware. Alderson-Broaddus' Ashley Teets and Wheeling Jesuit's Sarah Campanelli are the top-ranked women's individuals and the only two-time WVIAC Runners of the Week in 2009. Other top contenders include West Liberty's Kallen Weaver, West Virginia Wesleyan's Jenna Brock, Concord's Chelsea Callaway, and Seton Hill teammates Andra Sanders and Hannah Lash. Defending champion West Virginia Wesleyan is only one part of what could be a wild and wooly battle for the men's crown. Seton Hill was a mere point ahead of Concord for the number one position in the final WVIAC men's team ratings of the season. Wheeling Jesuit also figures to be in the mix, while Alderson-Broaddus can't be counted out. Wheeling Jesuit's Ryan Beabout holds down the top individual male runner's spot going into Saturday's conference meet. West Virginia Wesleyan's Nate Edwards and Concord's Craig Pritt should be in contention, along with the Seton Hill pair of Dominic Camasso and Mike Ortiz. Alderson-Broaddus veteran runner Ryan Skotnicki and Concord's Szymon Rola, a standout during track season in the 800m, are two more threats. The starting gun fires at 10:00 a.m. for the women's race, while the men are slated for an 11:00 a.m. start. Junior varsity races take place on Friday afternoon.
The 2009 West Virginia Cross Country Region Meets will be held on Thursday, October 22. The 8 different meets will determine which teams and individuals advance to the West Virginia State XC Championship to be held at Cabell Midland High School in Ona, WV on Saturday, October 31. Group AAA Preview Group AAA Region I will be held at Apple Valley Golf Course in White Hall. On the girl’s side, this is shaping up to being one of the most hotly contested of all the region meets. It appears to be a four team race with North Marion the #1 ranked AAA girls team, the #2 team in University , #7 Preston , and #8 Morgantown. Jordan McDonald and Emma Harrison of North Marion, Lydia Martinelli of University and Chelsea Clark of Fairmont Senior are the leading candidates to take home a region title. For the AAA Region I boys, #2 ranked Fairmont Senior, #4 Preston, and #7 University are the team favorites. Individually, defending State champion sophomore Cody Pelliccioni and teammate Lucas Greza a junior from Morgantown are the top two ranked runners. Pelliccioni is the heavy favorite. Schools participating in Group AAA Region I: Brooke, Wheeling Park, John Marshall, Morgantown, University, Fairmont Sr., East Fairmont, Preston and North Marion. Group AAA Region II will be held at Elkins High School in Elkins. The 5th ranked girls from Jefferson are the favorites with #10 ranked Buckhannon-Upshur and #12 Hampshire as the closest competition. Individually for the girls, two time defending State Champion and junior Letitia Propst is a slight favorite over Alyssa Boucher a senior from Jefferson. Andrea Nickerson of Jefferson is expected to make a strong showing. Jefferson is leading the way for the AAA Region II boy’s teams as the 3rd ranked team in the State. Brandon Doughty , the #4 ranked runner in the State, leads Jefferson. Doughty is also the favorite to win the race. Hampshire is ranked a distant 2nd. Schools in the Group AAA Region II meet: Robert C. Byrd, Bridgeport, Buckhannon-Upshur, Elkins, Hampshire, Hedgesville, Martinsburg, Musselman, Jefferson and Washington. Group AAA Region III will be held in Charleston and hosted by Charleston Catholic. The girl’s team and individual races are toss-ups. Greenbrier East and Woodrow Wilson are the highest ranking girl’s teams. For the boys, George Washington is the highest ranked team and Greenbrier East is not too far behind. Picking an individual favorite for the boy’s race is difficult. It is wide open. Schools participating in Group AAA Region III: Greenbrier East, Woodrow Wilson, Nicholas County, Riverside, Capital, George Washington, South Charleston, Nitro, St. Albans and Princeton. Group AAA Region IV will be held at Valley Park in Hurricane. The girl’s race boasts 4 of the top 10 teams in the State. Cabell Midland and Hurricane are the #4 and #5 ranked teams in the State. Comparing their top 5 runners, only 5 points separate the two teams. However, the Hurricane team seems to have put up their times on more tested courses. The edge goes to Hurricane. #6 ranked Parkersburg and #9 ranked Parkersburg South are ready to stake a claim if the higher ranked teams experience any problems. Alex Dent of Hurricane is favored to win. For the boys in Group AAA Region IV, Cabell Midland gets the nod as the favorite. #5 ranked runner Jacob Burcham and heavily favored to win the region meet has been a steady force all year with continued improvements. Parkersburg South and Hurricane are outside chances to take the crown. Schools participating in Group AAA Region IV: Parkersburg, Parkersburg South, Ripley, Hurricane, Cabell Midland, Huntington, Spring Valley, LincolnCounty, and Winfield.
The 2009 West Virginia Cross Country Region Meets will be held on Thursday, October 22. The 8 different meets will determine which teams and individuals advance to the West Virginia State XC Championship to be held at Cabell Midland High School in Ona, WV on Saturday, October 31. Group A-AA Preview Group A-AA Region I will be held at Doddridge County High School in West Union. For the girls, look for St. Marys and Wheeling Central Catholic to battle for team honors. Pre race top individual favorites for the girls are Maggie Drazba of St. Marys and Brianna Robbins of Wheeling Central. Schools participating in WV Group A-AA Region I: Oak Glen, Weir, Wheeling Central, Cameron, Tyler Consolidated, St. Marys, Williamstown, Magnolia, RitchieCounty, Trinity, DoddridgeCounty, and Bishop Donahue. The boys Group A-AA Region I appears to be a 3 team battle with Magnolia High School the pre-race favorite. Look for Doddridge County and Ritchie County to be in the mix. Group A-AA Region II will be held at Berkeley Springs High School in Berkeley Springs. Look for host Berkeley Springs and Frankfort led by Rebecca McBride to battle it out for the top girls team. WV Group A-AA Region II participating schools: Grafton, Philip Barbour, Liberty (H), Lincoln, Tucker County, Pendleton County, East Hardy, Keyser, Frankfort, Berkeley Springs, Moorefield, Paw Paw, and South Harrison. Berkeley Springs is the heavy favorite for the boys. They are led by John Mundey , Jake Wise, and Cory Yarrington. Group A-AA Region III will be held at Pikeview High School in Princeton. Look for Shady Spring High School led by Desiree Roseberry to be the favorite. She will be challenged by Chelsea East of Pikeview. WV Group A-AA Region III schools: Webster County, Richwood, Greenbrier West, Oak Hill, Liberty (R), Shady Spring, Independence, PikeView, Bluefield, Mt. View, and Pocahontas County. The boys Group A-AA Region III looks to be a tight 3 team race between Pikeview , Shady Spring and Oak Hill. Jordan Weitzel of Pikeview is the highest ranked male runner. Group A-AA Region IV will be held at Charleston Catholic High School in Charleston. Charleston Catholic girls led by Sami Harris is the favorite. WV Group A-AA Region IV schools: Scott, Charleston Catholic, Sissonville, Roane County, Braxton County, Ravenswood, Calhoun County, Gilmer County, Herbert Hoover, Sherman, Wayne, Van, St. Joseph Central, Poca, Buffalo, and Pt. Pleasant. For the boys Group A-AA Region IV, Scott High School led by Chase Nelson and Ravenswood High School led by Matt Knowlton appear to be a close race.
Letitia Propst of Elkins is back in familiar territory. She is sitting on top of the individual High School rankings for girls. Propst, a junior, from Elkins is the two time defending State champion in Cross Country in the AAA division. At the NCAC Meet this past weekend, Propst set a season best 19:05 to capture first place. Propst's 5K personal best is 18:28 which she set last year at the West Virginia State Championships at Cabell Midland High School. Propst looks prepared to go after her 3rd consecutive State title. As usual there are several challengers and it is never easy to repeat. High School Girls Rankings
Cody Pelliccioni, a junior, from Morgantown continues to dominate this 2009 Cross Country season. He has taken on all challenges and has come out on top. This past weekend, Morgantown traveled to the great State of New York and went head to head with some pretty good schools. Pelliccioni took the McQuaid Invitational 3 mile AAA seeded race in 14:53 defeating Jay Boychuck of Ontario, Canada. Pelliccioni's time was the fastest of all competitors at the McQuaid Invitational which is a huge meet with 2,123 boys running in various 3 Mile races. To make it more amazing, Pelliccioni raced 4 days earlier in a conference meet. Pelliccioni has had a season for the history books. Earlier in the year, Morgantown traveled to Pennsylvania and he took 2nd at the Red, White, and Blue Classic. Morgantown also traveled to Virginia and Pelliccioni took the crown at the Oatlands Invitational. Do not be surprised if he continues to do great things in the future. He is a special talent.