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The 2011 West Virginia Cross Country Season Opens today. In Morgantown at University High School, we will get to see some early individual contenders for the AAA title. Seniors Jordan Brown-Stobbe from University and Peter Schwarzenberg of Preston, and junior Brody Born of Preston get to go head to head. For the ladies, top AAA contender Kaitlyn Workman of Preston gets to display her early season form. Philip Barbour has a home meet today and senior Morganne Phillips of Bridgeport Senior will be competing. Phillips placed 5th in last year's State championship. Philip Barbour is one of the favored teams to take home the team title. Magnolia traveled to Martins Ferry, Ohio and Huntington competed at Fairland High School in Proctorville Ohio yesterday to open their season.
By Daniel Whitehead for MSNsportsNET.com August 11, 2011 01:14 PM MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – As one of the top running programs in the nation, the West Virginia track and field team proved to be scholastic as well as it was named a United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches of America (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Team.
Philip Barbour Ladies Favored to Repeat as State Champions On the girls’ side of things in the AA-A classes, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is Sarah McCauley graduated and will be running at WVU this fall. The bad news is that Philip Barbour returns the other six runners that blew the away the second place Shady Spring by 58 points at the state meet. The Colts may have another runner take home the individual crown. Last year, then-sophomore Briana Waybright finished fifth and freshman Katie Mahoney finished ninth. However, when talking about the individual title, the conversation starts with St. Mary’s Maggie Drazba and Charleston Catholic’s Sami Harris.
Defending AAA Champion Jacob Burcham Nearing the Finish Line Last Year For anyone that has followed running in the state of West Virginia over the last few years, the names are familiar: Brandon Doughty, Cody Pelliccioni and Dayton McVicker. The threesome has now graduated and are beginning their collegiate careers--Doughty and McVicker at the University of Oklahoma and Pelliccioni at North Carolina State. A new wave of running talent is eager to leave their legacy in West Virginia cross country history. The up and coming talent is headlined by rising Cabell Midland junior Jacob Burcham the defending West Virginia AAA cross country champion.
Chelsea Callaway finished fifth a season ago at the WVIAC Championship. PRINCETON, W. Va. – The Concord Mountain Lions have been selected first in the 2011 women’s cross country coaches preseason poll, as announced by the league office. Concord picked up 10 first-place votes en route to accounting for 162 total points. The Mountain Lions won the 2010 WVIAC Championship.
Dustin Hall won the 2010 WVIAC Championship in 25:56 PRINCETON, W. Va. – The Wheeling Jesuit men’s cross country team was selected to win the WVIAC Championship, in a poll of the WVIAC coaches as announced by the league office. The Cardinals picked up nine of the 11 first-place votes and one second-place nod for 118 total points after winning the 2010 crown.
On the 7th day of the AAU Junior Olympics held at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans, LA, Aislyn Hayman competing unattached brought home the 7th WV medal at the games by placing 7th in the girls discus in the midget division with a throw of 77' 04". The 12 year old Hayman is a resident of Leon, WV. Tomorrow brings the conclusion of this prestigious national meet. Many medals are left to be awarded as finals of numerous events will be held.
Rising Hurricane freshman Lauren London and Brian Powell of Dunbar each earned 5th place medals on day six of eight at the AAU Track and Field Junior Olympic games. The 14 year old London competing in the youth division cleared a personal best of 10' 6" in the pole vault. This was 1' higher than 9' 6" she vaulted at the WV AAU championships. The winning vault of 11' 6" was by Meagan Gray of Kyle, TX. Allie Perry of Scott Depot also competed and finished 12th clearing 8' 6". Powell a rising sophomore from South Charleston High School and competing in the high jump in the intermediate division (15-16 yr. olds) cleared a personal best 6' 2" to bring home the 6th medal to be earned by West Virginia athletes. Powell has not competed in track and field for South Charleston, but his jump was the 8th best mark by a high school boy in the state.
Nine year old Noah Castro from Scott Depot, West Virginia placed 4th in the 1500m in 5:23.65 in the sub-bantam division at the AAU Junior Olympic games held at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans today. The winner was nine year old Brandon Miller from Ofallon, Missouri in a blistering 4:58.95. Castro also finished 12th in the 800m run in 2:36.80. Ramone Garnett of Charleston took 4th in the 13 year old boys shot put with a personnel best of 42’ 3”. Garnett also finished 10th in the Javelin throwing 93’4”.
Christian Buckley of Poca West Virginia competing in the youth division (13-14 year olds) pulled off a double All-American feat in the discus and shot put at the USATF National Junior Olympic Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. Buckley threw a personal best 157' 8" in the discus to earn 4th place and heaved the shot put 44' 10.25" to place 7th and another personal best. The top 8 places in the National meet earn All-American status.
Godwin at the WV State Championship - photo by Lance McDaniel Emily Godwin, a sophomore, from Buckhannon-Upshur earned her 2nd silver medal in as many days at the USA AAU Junior Olympics at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans, La. Competing in the intermediate girls age division Godwin cleared 5' 8" in the high jump to take 2nd place out of 65 competitors. Kendall Williams of Kennesaw, Ga won her 2nd gold medal by clearing the bar at 5' 10". The winning height equaled Godwin's best jump of the year when Godwin cleared 5' 10" at a Lewis County meet for the 5th best mark in the U.S. for a high school athlete. Godwin, the WVRunners female athlete of the year, is compiling quite a resume.
Godwin at the WV State Meet - Photo by Lance McDaniel PRESS RELEASE Capital City Striders, Inc. 501 C (3) Non Profit P O Box1243 Charleston, WV 25325 August 1, 2011 AAU National Championships Tad Gormley Stadium New Orleans LA After the second day of competition in the Girls 15-16 Heptathlon Capital City Strider Emily Godwin of Buchannon, WV holds on to a second place finish behind World Youth team member Kendall Williams of Kinnesaw, GA. Ms. Williams broke the AAU National Points Record scoring 5170. Godwin had 4474 points in her second heptathlon of the year finishing ahead of third place finisher Gabrielea Williams of Sparks,NV, who scored 4315. Sunday Godwin threw the Javelin 64’ 11”, Long Jumped 16” 10” and completed the 800 M run in 2:31.11. Saturday Godwin ran the 100 H in 15.55, Shot Put 29’ 8”, High Jump a winning 5’ 8 ¾” and ran a personal best 26.43 in the 200M. With the heptathlon over, Emily has one more event, the high jump, on Monday before returning to Buchannon. (more)