The MS State Cross Country Championships ended a great year of racing and those runners who brought it on the biggest stage for Middle School runners have been selected as 'Runners of the Year' Also 10 athletes were selected as Honorable Mention. Improvement from the 2013 season and MS State performance weighed heavily. The 2014 Middle School Girls ROY is Haley Hooper of Lovett.
The MS State Cross Country Championships ended a great year of racing and those runners who brought it on the biggest stage for Middle School runners have been selected as 'Runners of the Year' Also 10 athletes were selected as Honorable Mention. Improvement from the 2013 season and MS State performance weighed heavily. Selected Boys ROW is Dawson Frey from Oglethorpe MS for the MS Boys.
ATLANTA – October 16, 2014 – Founded 50 years ago around the mission of honoring outstanding high school cross country and track & field athletes, Atlanta Track Club, is making enhancements to the All-Metro High School Cross Country Banquet as well as its awards selection process. As the organization moves into its next 50 years, it is recommitting itself to honoring the metro area’s top high school standouts in an exciting, new way.
In this article is a picture collage of the top 3 finishers including the Championship, Varsity Gold, Varsity Cardinal and Championship JV races. the cover pic is of Reilly Friedman of Galloway winning the Boys Championship Overall title in 15:50. All Images by Jonathan Speights.
Highlights, coverage, and results from the top meets across the country on the weekend of October 18th. (via MileSplit)
With the most teams ever at a Roper Park event, the Sharptop Invitational had 25 HS teams and 10 MS teams. On a perfect morning with cool temperatures and tons of runners, the course would see many things, including the boys’ course record broken by two runners, and very close team races.
The Coach Wood invitational (dubbed as the all classification state meet) did not disappoint. There were highly anticipated individual battles, and of 17 of the top 20 All Classification teams toed the line at Gaineseville College on this cool Saturday morning..
One couldn’t have asked for a nicer day down in Cochran as 9 races were contested as 6 State team champs were crowned. The Bleckley County crew as usual did a fantastic job putting on the meet and every race ran ontime. The competition was intense in every race and the fans seemed to really enjoy the meet atmosphere. He course was in excellent shape and definitely not a pancake and a true 2 Mile. The ‘Broom’ was in action today as Marist once again, after competing in very few meets that turn in results swept the Large School races as usual…Holy Innocents duplicated that feat in the Medium School races. The top performers of the day were Haley Hooper from Lovett as she crushed the field in the ‘medium school race’ going 12:04 and James Williams of Walton Youth Track was the boys top gun at 11:28 Pics Coming Sunday Evening...
Here is a collage of shots of the Winners and Contenders from the MS Championship Races. Enjoy! There is a 4 shot sequence of the incredible finish in the Large School Girls race included.
Wow, this year's MS Boys side of the state meet promises to be outstanding as over 89 teams are entered and nearly 30 individuals. 3 new champions will be crowned. There has been an additional class added as the meet has now grown to over 1600 athletes. A 'medium school' race will include MS that feed into 2A-3A high schools. As always, Bleckley County and the 'Runnin' Royals are great hosts as this meet has grown exponentially since its inception. The large School Boys race is going to look like the charge of the 'Barbarian Hordes' at the crack of the gun and the unsuspecting folks in Cochran may think a small quake hit. The finish is sure to pure chaos as the fans line the fence.
Wow, this year's MS Girls side of the state meet promises to be outstanding as over 89 teams are entered and nearly 30 individuals. Last year's Large school race winner Sydney Runyan is back to defend her title and at least 2 other new champions will be crowned. There has been an additional class added as the meet has now grown to over 1600 athletes. A 'medium school' race will include MS that feed into 2A-3A high schools. As always, Bleckley County and the 'Runnin' Royals are great hosts as this meet has grown exponentially since its inception.
The 2014 edition of the meet looks to be the same ultra-competitive meet it has been the last few years. Dubbed by many as the unofficial All Class State Meet, this year’s meet once again includes the top teams across all classifications, giving teams a chance to see where they stand with 3 weeks left until State.
Since 2004 the Nike Cross Nationals has brought the fastest high school cross country teams and athletes in the country to Portland, Oregon to compete for the ultimate prize – a national championship. In its 11th year, the Nike Cross Nationals will be contested for the first time ever at Glendoveer Golf Course.
Going with 1A and 1B this week for Girls. The battle for the title in a few weeks at Carrollton should be a good one. Way to close to call at this time. Many of the teams have decided to either visit Asics or Westover in the last few weeks before region to get some nice times. Those teams know that times like those will not be around when region in state come, but it does give a nice mental boost and comparison for the rankings. So a little movement on each side this week
Here are your Final regular season Fast Fifty MS Girls Rankings just 79 hours before the Georgia MS State Championships get underway down in Cochran at Bleckley County Elementary course. Can Sydney Runyan (pictured above) repeat as Large School Girls Overall Champion?
Who will come out as the Fastest MS Boy this Saturday at the Georgia Middle School State Cross Country Championships? No one has dominated this season like George Finch of Gratis did in 2013. But 3 New Champions will be crowned when the turf has settled...
Katya Bessiere from Dawsom MS/Great Strides (pictured above) and Janie Samson of Trinity Christian Dublin are MS Girls co-'Runners of the Week'
Andrew Scott from the Junior Hoyas is selected as MS Boys 'Runner of the Week' after placing 5th at Disney in 11:07. On the right is Elijah McCauley who won Golden Eagle this past week.
Week 8 produced the fastest 'average time' of all the Girls 'ROW' selections. Freshman Kaylee Dupont from South Forsyth seems to improve weekly and her 2nd place finish at Fox Hall Sporting Club course at 17:38 earned her the All-Class 'Runner of the Week' honors. As an fyi, our rankers try to recognize a different ROW for each Class weekly.
Chandler Kennedy of East Jackson (above) had the race of his career at Asics placing 3rd and besting twin brother Chase. The turf was on fire at Asics and Discussion Board for the wrong reasons after some tremendous competition. 6 of the 8 ROWs were from Asics including All-Class ROW Hakeem Mustafaa. I know very little about how courses are outside of Georgia, but Foot Locker South will sort out who the best are end of November.
There was no movement in 1A Private Girls. Kathryn Foreman and Nicole Fegans did not run last week for Landmark Christian. Hebron Christian won the 'Peter Pan' race at Disney continuing to run well. Whitefield and Providence Christian moved up. Hebron Christian and Galloway are both at Coach Wood Saturday.
Shake up in top 3 of 3A boys. Blessed Trinity takes the top spot after a NARROW head to head victory over East Jackson. If Chase Kennedy runs normal, East Jackson still wins. This is turning into a very close 3 horse race with Westminster, Blessed Trinity, and East Jackson. Westminster girls sent a message and separated a little bit at the top of 3A girls, although the Titans were missing #1. Hart County may well have their best Girls team in school history this Fall.
4A Boys was interesting as North Oconee really brought it for the first time this Fall winning Asics and besting North Hall. Darkhorse Johnson (Gainesville) snaked into 4th and Carrollton ran well in Florida. On the Girls end Woodward and Johnson both moved up. St.Pius X, Woodward and North Hall will tee it up at Coach Wood...
It was a veritable 5A face off at Asics last Saturday with teams getting a chance to compete against each other on a fast track...Starrs Mill, Dunwoody were very tight thru #6 with both moving up and Northgate ran well in the 5A-6A race as did Cambridge and Winder-Barrow. McIntosh was missing their top runner affecting their Asics race. Lakeside Evans, Creekview, Starrs Mill and Gainesville moved up on the Boys end. Its unfortunate Clarkston is not running at Coach Wood as they would collide with Forsyth Central...
Most of the heavy hitters in 6A were on the sidelines last week resting up for the slugfest/mud test at Coach Wood this coming Saturday. South Forsyth made some moves at Asics, Etowah's Girls and Cherokee's boys moved up after their wins at Cherokee County. Nearly All the Big Boys and Girls will be at Coach Wood.
Marietta's boys took a well deserved week off after their race at Great American. The big surprises this past week came from the fleet Asics Invitational where North Oconee had their most complete race of the season taking 1st as Harper Sigler rejoined the top 5. South Forsyth also ran like gangbusters moving up to 4th. For the Gals South Forsyth continued to move up as Kaylee Dupont is finding out how good she could be. Westminster's Girls continued to improve moving up the ladder.
MileSplit got the juice coast to coast this past weekend, which included some stellar performances as some of the nation's best went head to head.
Around 12 Georgia schools made the long trip down to Orlando (many as a reward) to compete at the Disney Cross Country Classic. Not sure if this was a first, but each race is named after some Disney character which made for some tedious research of how Ga squads fared. Lindsay Billings enjoyed the trip winning the 'Maleficent' race in 17:36 posting the fastest time of the day by 1:08...Hebron Christian's Boys won the 'Peter Pan' race!
Although not the 'featured' races of the day, 1A-4A and 5A-6A provided some fast racing and opportunity for runners to pr with only 2.5 weeks before region meets begin. Emma Grace Hurley blistered the course running all alone posting a 17:33..Ermais Tewolde of Druid Hills who clocked a 15:56 for the fastest boys time in these races. Northgate's girls ran well winning 5A-6A.
Led by the Eagles of Milton, Georgia squads captured all the team titles and many top-10 individual awards at the Furman University Golf Course at the 42nd rendition of this meet. Conditions were very humid but the course was well-groomed and included a log to jump on each of the three loops that make-up this iconic venue.
Asics Alexander Produces Some Hot Racing as North Oconee, Friedman, South Forsyth and Carnahan Win T
In an excellent event put on by Alexander MD/Head Coach Brian Robinson, over 2000 HS runners hit the Fox Hall course and raced very hard at Asics Alexander. Damn the course distance for the database, it doesn't change how well our Georgia athletes performed Saturday in one of our biggest meets of the year. Top squads from nearly every class went head to head (especially 3A-4A-5A) which will turn the weekly rankings on their very head! Let's be honest, 'Head to Head' racing does mean much more than times from course to course... North Oconee's boys shocked some people, Reilly Friedman 'fryed the field', South Forsyth's girls and Savannah Carnahan are going to be contenders in 6A. Can't we all just be at peace? No name calling, no calling coaches out, one united Coaches Association. What's important is the Sport, the student-athletes, coaches, parent volunteers...Come on man....more to come Sunday evening on Asics!
It was a beautiful day at Nash Farm Battlefield as 25 teams mixed it up at the Golden Eagle Invitational. West Florida Tech HS invaded from Pensacola FL (9 hr trip) and crossed back into the CST zone with both Varsity team 1st place trophies. Logan Poteet cruised to another win in the VB race and Rebecca Dow of Marietta was strong taking the Girls Overall title. Padeia swept the MS team honors and Overall titles. Meet Director Claud Spinks made several minor tweaks to the Battle of Atlanta course for the Golden Eagle