Philip Barbour Wins Boys and Girls AA-A State Championship The last race at the West Virginia State Cross Country Championships was expected to be the wildest race of the day. It was the boys’ AA-A race. It didn’t disappoint.
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Going into Saturday’s AA-A girls’ race, all anybody wanted to talk about was the showdown between Charleston Catholic’s Sami Harris and St. Mary’s Maggie Drazba.After the race, people were talking about Drazba’s complete domination of the Cabell Midland course.
Jacob Burcham and Victoria Cooke Take Individual Titles Morgantown Girls Set New Team Average Record of 19:36.0 The Jefferson boys pulled off the upset of the year by defeating favored Cabell-Midland in a race that came down to the wire. In the girl’s AAA race, Morgantown, led by freshman sensation Victoria Cooke’s sizzling 19:02.07, powered their way to victory over season-long rival University by a score of 38 to 55.
Victoria Cooke from Morgantown and Jacob Burcham from Cabell Midland 2011 AAA State Champions. Maggie Drazba from St. Marys, and Andrew Shaffer from Richwood 2011 A-AA State Champions. Morgantown girls and Jefferson boys 3A State Champions. Philip Barbour claims both girls and boys A-AA team titles. Results and performances are posted. We will have full meet recaps and photos later. 2011 West Virginia State Meet Page
Monarch girls win 5A title over stacked field, Classical Academy girls dominate 3A with strong pack! US#7 Jacob Burcham wins 2nd WV title! US#9 Abbey Leonardi gets Class A title in ME for the 4th straight year. (Photo by Alan Versaw)
Nothing should be assumed or predicted in the A-AA boys race. It appears to be the wild card of all the races on Saturday. Cross country will get a special treat because it will be the last race of the day.
It’s the classic individual, head-to-head cross country rivalry. Maggie Drazba versus Sami Harris.
With the season ending State Championships looming this Saturday at Cabell-Midland High School in Ona, West Virginia, it’s time to take a look at the contenders for this year’s AAA team and individual titles. 2010 Champion and current WVRunners #1 Cabell Midland again enters the meet as the clear favorite to emerge as team champions.
The girls AAA race sizes up as a tough clash between two powerful Region I teams. WVRunners #1 Morgantown barely edged WVRunners #2 University 39 to 42 for the Regional title. The State Championship race figures to be just as close with the outcome very much uncertain.
Shady Spring senior Sarah Phillips captured the girls’ AA-A Region III title. Richwood’s Andrew Shaffer ran 17:02 to take the victory in the boys race.
The Seton Hill women’s cross country team edged Wheeling Jesuit to win the WVIAC Championship Saturday morning.
The Seton Hill men’s cross country team won the 2011 WVIAC Championship Saturday morning at Pipestem.
WVRunners Top 3A 100 Boys and Girls Pre-State Meet 5K rankings
WVRunners Top 1A/2A 100 Boys and Girls Pre-State Meet 5K rankings
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Many athletes were idle, but there were a few big changes in the rankings this week. US#1 Julie Macedo (DE) continues to assert her dominance as she won the Joe O'Neill Invite by 42 seconds over US#9 Haley Pierce (DE) with a time of 16:55.26. US#19 Kelsey Braithwaite (UT) moves into the rankings with her course record setting performance to win the 4A title in 17:36.4. Also in the rankings for the first time is US#20 Amanda Fox (IL) who ran 16:35.8 for 3 miles at her conference meet. A lot is going on this weekend with 5 state championships taking place and the big Mt. Sac Invite in CA. Full updates on each athletes recent accomplishments are below. Be sure to click on each athletes name to see times, articles, photos and interviews of each athlete if available.
These are the final top 5 team rankings by classification. Even though 1A and 2A are combined at the the West Virginia State Cross Country championship, we want to recognize each classification.
Follow the action this Thursday from all of the WV Cross Country Region Championships. Update: All Regional Results are posted, individual performances are entered, and team standings are updated. If you like, please add your photos or videos directly to the meet page.
File Photo of Alyssa Scherich by Lance McDaniel Senior Alyssa Scherich of Fairmont Senior in a time of 21:32 won the tight battle for individual honors at the Big Ten Conference Championships held at North Marion High School, and Bridgeport girls edged past Philip-Barbour for team titles. Junior Nicholas Trefz running 18:27 led his team to victory and made it a sweep for Fairmont Senior in the individual championship honors.
Charlie Drazba of St. Marys is accustomed to taking 2nd seat to the other famous Drazba named Maggie. However, in his own right Charlie, a senior, is a very accomplished runner and led his team to a narrow 6 point victory over Doddridge County by taking individual honors in 17:43 on the 5K course at the Little Kanawha Conference (LKC) Championship held at Cokely Camp Ground hosted by Ritchie County High School.
File Photo of Tori Dent by Lance McDaniel WV#4 Hurricane girls and WV#1 Cabell Midland Boys ran away from the field with convincing victories at the MSAC (Mountain State Athletic Conference) Championships. Tori Dent of Hurricane and Jacob Burcham of Cabell Midland took the individual titles.
Many athletes were idle, but there were a few big changes in the rankings this week. US#1 Julie Macedo (DE) took the week off, but will race at the Joe O'Neil Invite in DE this weekend. Molly Seidel (WI) continues to improve as she put an incredible 13:10 4k clocking on the board with a win at the Lakelands Conference Champs. Another big mover in the girls rankings was Jillian Fanning (NY) who jumped to US#5 with her performance at the Manhattan Invite. Jillian led US#1 Fayetteville-Manlius to the win with her 14:03 clocking. Also making the at US#20 was Brianna Nerud (NY) who defeated Haley Pierce (DE) to finish 2nd in Manhattan with a time of 14:22. Frosh Alana Hadley (NC) made the list at US#24 by winning the UNC Charlotte Invite with a time of 17:30. Full updates on each athletes recent accomplishments are below. Be sure to click on each athletes name to see times, articles, photos and interviews of each athlete if available.
In another wet and soggy day at Sam Michael's Park, the Jefferson boys’ cross-country team turned in another dominating performance on Wednesday to win the Potomac Valley Conference large schools championship.
While the Preston High School boys’ team was in Gettysburg Pennsylvania, the lady knights were in Fairmont taking care of business. Sophomore sensation Kaitlyn Workman (20:21) led her team to victory as she won the individual battle between Alyssa Scherich (20:38) of Fairmont Senior.
Paladino File Photo Sophomore Amelia Paladino of University won the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference (OVAC) championship held at Meadowbrook High School in Ohio in a WV#2 best time of 18:26.50.
Peter Schwarzenberg a senior from Preston High School ran a personal best 15:48 to win the Gettysburg XC Invitational for his 3rd win in a row.
In their 3rd meeting of the year, Maggie Drazba of St. Marys with a time of 18:40 edged Sami Harris (18:47) of Charleston Catholic on Harris' home course at the Charleston Catholic Invitational.
Julie Macedo (DE) blasted a 17:26 5k in PA to run the 3rd best time on the Paul Short Invitational course to settle into the #1 spot. Grace Tinkey (GA) goes to the number two spot while Molly Seidel (WI) retains the third spot. Haley Pierce (DE) rockets up the rankings as she proves she is healthy with a win at the Great American XC Festival. Other newcomers to the rankings include New Yorker Mary Cain at #18, Maria Hauger (MN) at #22 and Sarah Fakler (AZ) at #23. Full updates on each athletes recent accomplishments are below. Be sure to click on each athletes name to see times, articles, photos and interviews of each athlete if available.
Sami Harris and Jacob Burcham lead all runners
Morgantown Girls and Cabell Midland Boys are #1 in the combined standings.
Kirtner Wins Seeded Race in 15:47 Daniel Moore (Holy Trinity FL) pulled a huge upset by running a course record 14:57.6 over the 5k layout to defeat US#4 Jacob Burcham (WV), who ran 15:00.2. Jacob Thomson (Holy Cross KY) was 3rd in 15:02.8. O'Hara PA boys got the team win with 119 points.
The Morgantown ladies have ventured into Pennsylvania and now Virginia and have taken team victories in large out of state meets.
Running without two of their regular varsity starters, the Jefferson boys demonstrated their depth today by dominating the field at the 34th Annual Frank Keyser Invitational in Boonsboro, MD.