US#1 Edward Cheserek (NJ) set a new course record of 14:53 at Holmdel Park NJ. US#7 Anthony Armstrong and US#9 Amy-Eloise Neale top Sunfair in WA. (Photo by MaroonNews)
Drazba Blazes Field St. Marys with their convincing wins in both the girls and boys races at the Bearcat Invitational held at Grafton prove to be a worthy contender for the State titles which at one point seemed inconceivable with the dominance of Philip Barbour on the ladies side and Philip Barbour placing ahead of St. Marys last year at the State meet in the boys race.
Competing in the top Division at the 19th annual Carlisle Puma Meet of Champions in Carlisle, PA, the University High School girls led by sophomore Amelia Paladino’s 4th place finish in 19:12.55 placed a solid 3rd in the Puma division and overall. 63 girl teams and 445 runners from across the region converged on the 5000m course hosted by Carlisle High School. Puma Girls Video
Bridgeport Senior High School girls team led by junior Morganne Phillips’ 1st place finish of 20:00.60 captured the Don Swiger Invitational held at Hampshire High School. Bridgeport scored 49 points to runner-up Hampshire’s 61 points who was paced by 2nd place finisher and sophomore Rachel Lipps’s 20:15.7.
It's here! The 2011 Midwest Meet of Champions should present a smorgasbord of Ohio's top cross country teams and distance runners with several teams from neighboring states to add some regional flavor to the meet that many regard as Ohio's best regular season competition of the season. Many of the top programs in the state attend this meet because of the high level of competition that is found here each fall. This year should be no different.
Eric Graf The Jefferson boys cross country team finished fifth Saturday against an extremely strong field of 65 teams and over 2500 runners from Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia in the nationally recognized Oatlands Invitational Cross-Country meet in Leesburg, VA.
Photo by Jonathan Grooms US #6 Jacob Burcham, junior from Cabell Midland, ran his kind of race to win the prestigious Trinity/Valkyrie Invitational in Louisville Kentucky in 15:03. Burcham was content to stay in the lead pack and remained in 1st place or 2nd place for most of the race. With about a 1000 meters to go Brock Baker of Oakland High School in Tennessee made a move and Burcham went with him until he made his own move to outkick Baker who ran 15:07. Our fellow Kentucky Milesplit webmaster, Jonathan Grooms, was on site and here is some of his coverage. Burcham Video Interview Boys Race Video Boys Finish Line Video
The 2011 Trinity/Valkyrie Invitational has a lot going for it. The oldest meet in Kentucky not to mention the biggest has made Louisville the place where several of the best from all the surrounding states meet to showdown. This year’s version is no different with nationally ranked runners and teams from Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Ohio in attendance. In total close to 3,500 runners will roll on a super fast course with a great weather forecast projected.
Jacob Thomson Jacob Burcham Two of the nation's best in Cabell Midland's junior Jacob Burcham and Jacob Thomson, junior from Holy Cross High School, of Lousiville, KY, meet again at the Trinity/Valkyrie Invitational being held on Saturday September 17, 2011.
Morgantown coach Mike Ryan had it all mapped out - a path to victory in the ninth Red, White & Blue Invitational in Pittsburgh's Schenley Park.
Paladino Wins AAA Girls Race Sami Harris of Charleston Catholic evened the score against Maggie Drazba of St. Marys in their 2nd head to head meeting of the season. At the Chick-Fil-A Invitational in Mineral Wells, WV, Harris ran the fastest time of the day in all girl races with a quick 18:25. Drazba was in close pursuit with a 18:32 posting.
Narrowly Defeats Schwarzenberg of Preston Senior Eric Graf of Jefferson ran the fastest time ever posted at the Interstate Classic with a time of 15:40.20 held at Clear Spring High School in Clear Spring, Maryland. Graf beat the record time set by former Jefferson standout Brandon Doughty at the 2010 meet by 5 seconds. However, Peter Schwarzenberg, senior, from Preston made it interesting by placing 2nd in running the course in 15:49 for the 5th fastest all-time performance.
Drazba Wins Showdown Against Harris Maggie Drazba of St.Marys - File Photo The 2011 GEICO Classic held at the West Virginia State Championship course at Cabell Midland in Ona, gave us some insights to the early season form of many teams and individuals in the hunt for State titles.
Current results from 19 meets of national importance from around the nation. More to come all weekend right here on MileSplit!
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' The 2011 high school cross country season is about ready to let loose across the nation. Summer base work is reaching a climax and the last of the major running camps have finished cleaning the crumbs off their training tables. A few early meets have been held with a good many more scheduled for this weekend as the curtain is raised on invitational events. ' (via Running Times)
Wesley Frazier (NC) left little doubt as to who the best runner in the country is after the 2011 outdoor track season. The Ravenscroft harrier created her own form of history at the 2011 NBON meet by winning two events and finished an impressive third in another. Frazier won the 5000 meter run with a sophomore record of 16:24.83 after taking control of the race late. She then came back in the 2 mile and finished third with an impressive 10:10.86 clocking. She could have stopped right there and cemented her legacy as a super-soph, but Frazier was also entered in the mile.