Cabell Midland claims top team rankings for girls and boys. Some of the fast times were put up on the same course. As we get more into the season, a clearer picture will develop. Jorden Thornton, a freshman from Cabell Midland, moved into the top 3 rankings with her 19:12.59 at the Adidas Saturday Night Lights held at Centerville High School in Centerville, Ohio. The Cabell Midland girls sit atop the WVRunners team standings with an average time of 20:13.93 for the top 5 runners. Jefferson led by the top ranked runner, Alyssa Boucher, is in second, Hurricane is third, followed by University High School , Morgantown , and Preston As with all Cross Country rankings, it is not an exact science as courses and conditions are different for each meet. 2009 High School Girls Team Rankings. WVRunners team rankings for boys have Cabell Midland, led by freshman Jacob Burcham, on top with an average time of 16:46 for their top 5 runners. Jefferson is in 2nd place with an average time of 17:08. Jefferson is led by the 3rd ranked boy, Brandon Doughty, a junior. Doughty has constantly put up faster times each week as he raced to a 5th place finish in 16:12 at the Oatlands Invitational . Our current boy leader Cody Pelliccioni, junior from Morgantown, won the Oatlands race in 15:49 as he continues to dominate this Cross Country season. The rest of the boy’s team rankings show Fairmont Senior in 3rd place followed by University High School, Preston, Berkeley Springs, and Morgantown. 2009 High School Boys Team Rankings
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The past weekend may have been a slow week as far as the number of meets, but the times posted were not slow. Cody Pelliccioni, a junior from Morgantown, followed up his win at the Red, White, and Blue Classic with another dominating performance at the Mountaintop Combo held at Preston High School in Kingwood. Pelliccioni, posting a 16:23, ran away from the field in convincing fashion for a 23 second victory over 2nd place finisher Dayton McVicker (16:46) of Fairmont Senior. Lydia Martinelli, a senior from University High School, was just as impressive as she took first place honors at the Mountaintop Combo with a 34 second victory in 20:17 over Molly Summers of Grafton who crossed the finish line in 20:51. Moving into the #2 spot for the girl’s rankings is Sami Harris a freshman from Charleston Catholic with her victory at the Battle Run Invitational held at Nicholas County Cross Country course in Summersville. Running 3 days later in the Ripley Covered Bridge Invitational she took 2nd place in 20:11 to Maggie Drazba, a freshman, of St. Marys. Drazba took top honors with her winning time of 20:02. Drazba has had several top finishes this year including an earlier victory in the A/AA race at the Geico Classic. Forest Festival, held in Elkins, showcased several of the top ranked runners for the year and it did not disappoint. Alex Dent , a senior from Hurricane, and the #3 ranked girl won the big invitational against some stiff competition with a time of 21:09. Brandon Doughty, a junior, from Jefferson and the 3rd ranked boy took the boy’s race by 34 seconds in 17:40. Here are the boy’s rankings: WV Runners High School Boy Rankings Here is the girl’s list of the complete rankings: WV Runners High School Girl Rankings
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WV Runners Cross County High School rankings saw a big swing at the top for the boys and the top 2 remained unchanged for the girls. This weekend’s action has elevated the bar. Defending AAA State Champion Cody Pelliccioni, a junior from Morgantown High School, left little doubt that he is back to defend his State title. This past weekend at the Red, White, and Blue Classic held at the Schenley Oval 5K course in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Pelliccioni took 2nd place in 15:36. This is a 5:02 mile pace over the 3.1 mile course. Pelliccioni at last year's State Championship Teammate and senior Lucas Greza placed 8th in 15:57 to move into the 2nd spot of the WV Runners rankings. It appears Greza is ready to improve on his 13th place finish at last year’s State Championship. Brandon Doughty, a junior, from Jefferson improved his time and remained in the 3rd spot with a 2nd place finish at the 35th Annual Judges Classic held at the Kernstown Battlefield in Winchester, VA. Doughty’s time was 16:22. Here are the boy’s rankings: WV Runners High School Boy Rankings Click on the article for more and the girl's rankings
WV Runners High School early season rankings based on the results we have show some returning favorites for the girls and a new face at the top of the boy’s rankings. Alyssa Boucher, a senior, from Jefferson leads the way for the girls with a 19:08.40 with her 2nd place finish in the large school division at the Interstate Classic on 9/5/2009 at Clear Spring, Maryland. Andrea Nickerson, a senior, from Jefferson holds down the #2 spot as she placed 3rd at the Interstate Classic with a 19:26.90. Rounding out the top 3 for the girls is Lydia Martinelli, a senior, of University as she placed 1st in the AAA division with a 19:37 at the Chick-Fil-A Invitational held on 9/5/09 at Williamstown in Williamstown, WV. Here is the girl’s list of complete rankings: WV Runners High School Girl Rankings For the boys, Jacob Burcham, a freshman, from Cabell Midland took 1st place in 16:38 at the Chick-Fil-A Invitational in the AAA division. Last year Burcham was a standout for Barboursville Middle School. Patrick Jividen , junior, from Winfield placed 2nd in 16:43 at the Chick-Fil-A Invitational. Jividen was one of only two runners to break 17 minutes on this course in Williamstown. Brandon Doughty, a junior, from Jefferson ran to a 10th place finish in 16:45.10 at the Interstate Classic in Clear Spring, MD competing in the large school division. Here are the boy’s rankings: WV Runners High School Boy Rankings
WVIAC Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week: ---Hannah Lash, Seton Hill, Fr., Scottdale, PA: Lash won the 7th annual 2009 SHU Griffin Classic this past weekend with a course record time of 20:13.69, more than 30 seconds ahead of her closest competitor...The victory came in her first collegiate action as she led Seton Hill to a team triumph in their home event. WVIAC Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week: ---Szymon Rola, Concord, rFr., Chodel, Poland and Fork Union Military Academy, Fork Union, VA: Rola took home the individual championship at the 2009 SHU Griffin Classic this past Saturday, completing the tough 5-mile course in 28.30.79, 18 seconds faster than the second place finisher...His individual effort also helped lead the Concord men to the 2009 team title at the Griffin Classic. Click on the article for complete individual and team rankings