Fastest 25 Times coming into this weekend's Trinity/Valkyrie Invitational
We highlight the best girls performances by the Future Stars of the sport nationally from the first month of the high school country season. Presented by Hoka One One.
Top 25 Fastest Times from 2014 & 2013 for the Trinity/Valkyrie Girls Race
1A Private was quiet this past week as there was no movement in the Boys Rankings. Landmark Christian's girls widened the gap on everyone after Lindsey Biggar (frosh) stepped up with a 20:18 giving the squad a strong 5th runner. Hebron Christian moved ahead of ACS after winning the 1A-3A race at Carrollton. Galloway shot up to 6th after their 24:07 team average at Furman
For the 2A Girls the top 6 stayed intact and everyone raced. Bleckley began their ascent into the picture after placing 3rd at the Bay Invitational and Warner Robins Invite (5th) Pace Academy boys stayed atop 2A after placing behind 4A Carrollton with a 18:57 team average. Bleckley traveled to Panama City (FL) placing 3rd at Bay Invite. It remains to be seen if WEsleyan is going to pick it up in October..Benedictine and Union County's boys moved up..
East Jackson's Boys stayed atop the 3A Rankings this week as their strong top 4 carved up the competition at the Eagle Invitational. Westminster ran as a tight pack in the 1A-3A race at 'Ortho' moving ahead of Oconee who ran in the Championship race. Dawson County bested West Hall in Oakwood and Banks County moved into the top 10 finishing just behind West Hall (at the West Hall Invite) In the Girls action, the most significant move was by Westminster as the Lady Cats' placed 8th in the Championship Girls race within striking distance of 4 top ranked 6A squads moving ahead of longtime rival Blessed Trinity this week..
Not really much movement in 4A last week except for both Johnson (Gainesville) squads. Their coaches have rallied this once fledging program into a very competitive one, and they run hard every race supporting each other. It was refreshing to observe them have a team meeting after the NOHS Meet on 9-4 with everyone paying attention. The top 8 Boys squads stayed pat. White's girls were bumped up a spot after Warpath and North Oconee's lasses jumped 2 positions after Saucony Invite at Unicoi State Park.
Wow! Was there a ton of movement in 5A Boys this past week! Forsyth Central woke up and hit the ground running after dropping a few slots in Week 3 and tore it up at Warpath living up to their pre-season billing. Lakeside Evans ran well at Furman placing 2nd overall defeating 4A North Hall. Creekview supporters are rewarded after their Boys destroyed the field in the 4A-5A race at Carrollton and Starrs Mill had a good showing in the Championship race. Clarkston may have had a tough race at 'Ortho' dropping 7 spots. 4A Girls was fairly quiet as only Flowery Branch jumped over Cambridge and Woodland-Cartersville cracked the top 10 from the 'Watch List'
By the most excellent spreadsheet compiled by your 6A Ranker, its easy to reason why teams moved up or down this week. Our All Class/6A rankers collaborate before releasing Weekly rankings to be as objective as possible (much like the AJC, rofl) Marietta Boys, Northview Girls are rock steady at #1 again. Teams moving up All-Class, did the same in 6A. Milton had a great week as some forecasted they would rise up and be top 5 squads. Mill Creek showed promise of what can be come November...Brookwood, Walton and North Cobb boys enjoyed the week off.
After some serious racing this past weekend movement abounds in the All-Class Rankings. Marietta holds on to the top Boys spot and so far it seems they have a nice gap over the challengers. Milton rocketed to 2nd after their 3rd place showing at Knight's Crossing in Virginia beating some regionally top rated squads. Mill Creek logically moved into 4th from the watch list after finishing 4 points behind Peachtree Ridge at 'Ortho'. 5A Forsyth Central's stock rose dramatically after winning Warpath. The Lady Eagles of Milton, much like their Boys squad ran well in Virginia rising 5 rungs to 3rd. Landmark Christian may have found their much needed 5th runner at 'Ortho' placing 4th besting a few 6A top 10 teams along the way. Mill Creek moved up to 8th from the 'Watch List' and Westminster's vaunted Girls showed promise placing 8th at 'Ortho'. Marist and Northview have the makings of a nice showdown hopefully down the road
Austin Wagner of Jenkins County HS has been selected as 1A Public 'Runner of the Week' after his performance at the Ray Miller Invite held at Magnolia Springs State Park. Wagner clocked a 19:38 taking 1st place in the Small School Boys division. Hannah Whitehead of Towns County HS from way up in the mountains of Hiawassee is selected as 1A Public Girls 'Runner of the Week' after winning the George Walton Invite on 9-10, clocking the top time thus far for 1A at 23:08.
1A Private School runners make it difficult every week to choose an 'ROW' with so many talented runners in the class. For week ending 9-13 its Landmark Christian's Sarah Foreman and FPD's Will Martin.
And here are your 2A 'Runners of the Week' ending 9-13. Lauren Hooper from DARLINGTON and Miller Kettle of Greater Atlanta Christian.
3A ROWs are now ready to be released after I ran out of gas last nite at 3:00am...lol. Freshman Delaney Graham from Westminster has been named the 3A Girls ROW and senior Noah Hulett from top ranked East Jackson is the Boys ROW.
The Week Ending 9-13 'Runners of the Week' came from Warpath Invitational held at the hard packed fast Boling Park course. Picken's County star Sean Parker and Marist's Caitie Faust are the 4A 'ROWs" selected.
Once again, the action at the Carrollton Orthopedic Invitational determined runners of the week. Sam Bowie from Lagrange is selected as the Boys 5A 'ROW' and it was difficult to find her in the race pics, but Starrs Mill frosh Mary Valli is your 5A Girls 'ROW' after a great first race on "the State Course".
The Week Ending 6A 'Runners of the Week' came from the Carrollton Orthopedic meet and the fast Warpath Invitational. Selected athletes are Etowah's Kingsley Green and Marietta's Khayvonn Benson (pictured above)
The All-Class 'Runners of the Week' as well as many of the 'Classes' came out of the Carrollton Orthopedic Classic this past Saturday. Chozen were Lindsay Billings (pictured) of Northview HS and Issac Penman of Peachtree Ridge.
In only its 2nd year, The Furman Classic, run on the golf course at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, hosted over 20 large and small colleges from around the southeast as well as over 20 high schools from Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Having lengthened the loop course to compensate for the questionably “short track” last year (but still maintaining the log and hay bale jumps), this year’s races were run in the haze and humidity that has become prevalent this time of year. Nevertheless, strong times were turned in by the leading runners. And the Georgia teams fared very well against some stiff Southeastern competition.
Released are the Middle School Girls 'Fast 50' thru 9-13..With Middle Schoolers running so many different length courses (2 Mile, 3200, 3000) its hard to gauge who the fastest MS Girls are, so I am including a 'Fast 50' for each distance in this version week ending 9-13. Let's keep in mind its been confirmed that NEGA and Fall Run Away 3000's were both a little short...and Lee County Invite has been noted as short or extremely fast (Photo by Dan McCauley)
With Middle Schoolers running so many different length courses (2 Mile, 3200, 3000) its hard to gauge who the fastest MS Boys are, so I am including a 'Fast 50' for each distance in this version week ending 9-13. Let's keep in mind its been confirmed that NEGA and Fall Run Away 3000's were both a little short...and Lee County Invite has been noted as short or extremely fast...(Image by Dan McCauley)
This week begins with ga.milesplit's Middle School 'Runners of the Week' It needs to be understood that courses vary in distance, terrain and difficulty and these selections are made as objectively as possible..but several 'honorable mentions' are chosen as well. 7th grader and defending MS State Champ Sydney Runyan is MS Girls 'ROW' after her win at Warpath Invitational.
This week begins with ga.milesplit's Middle School 'Runners of the Week' It needs to be understood that courses vary in distance, terrain and difficulty and these selections are made as objectively as possible..but several 'honorable mentions' are chosen as well. For the MS Boys Sean Rager of the Alpha Crush is MS Boys 'ROW' after his performance at Warpath Invitational.
Milton travelled to the Roanoke Valley of Virginia competing at the 11th Annual Knights Crossing Invitational hosted by Cave Spring High School competing against some regional and nationally-ranked teams from North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia & West Virginia in very damp but cool conditions
The Winder-Barrow Invite had 12 HS teams and 11 MS/Clubs made the trip to Bramlett Elementary this past Saturday. Archer's Boys and Johns Creek's Girls won the Varsity team races while the Junior Hoyas from Cobb County stole the MS team trophy and Rabun County MS took the Girls hardware back to the mountains. Dax Willette, McKenzie Knudson, Andrew Scott and Katya Bessiere ran to individual titles in the Varsity and MS races. all photos by Dan McCauley
69 schools competed at the rejuvenated Carrollton Orthopedic Invitaional from as far south (or more) as Melbourne Florida. Some incredible racing occured, but Ga.MileSplit was unable to be onsite for this event and reports as to what transpired have been non-existent on the Discussion Board. A few things are certain, Lindsay Billings ran great winning the Championship Girls Overall title and Leon County (FL) Sukhi Khosla was untouchable as he dominated with a season best time of 15:53.
What Could be better than getting 2 different perspectives of the action Saturday at Boling Park. Logan Poteet was flawless as usual, is 'Iceman' a good description of his running strategy?
Warpath produced some blazing times this morning with many teams finally running a cooler morning race. It was very humid, but teams couldn't complain as there was cloud cover all day, including the later JV races. The track was packed firm and quick and some great competition produced super speedy September times. Logan Poteet was machine-like again winning unfettered while Emma Grace Hurley held off a late charge by Morgan Ilse taking the overall title.
Lamar Murphy Park course provided some good racing Saturday morning as the #1 ranked 3A Boys East Jackson won once again on the strength of its top 4 runners placing in the top 5 in the race easily winning the 8th Annual Eagle Invitational. Chase Kennedy added another win to his resume in 16:21..6A North Gwinnett's Girls edged a game 4A Buford squad by 3 points taking the Girls team title. East Jackson frosh Sue Anne Moralis continued to run well winning Girls overall in 20:37
After maybe having a few less teams attend than in the past, the Carrollton Orthopedic Invitational is 67 HS teams strong again and should have over 2000 runners registered for action Saturday. Many of the top programs in Georgia will run their entire squads and a few will hold out their top runners for another day... The Sunshine State has arguably three of the best boys teams in the state, two of the best girls teams in the state , the top freshman in the state on the girls side, and a potential foot locker finalist in Sukhi Khosla on the boys side lacing it up with our state's student-athletes. Its a star studded event that could turn into a barnburner depending on what teams from Ga choose to run in the Championship race....
Warpath looks like an interesting meet even with a few teams not running their varsity. On this quick course where only two have broken 15:40, Logan Poteet will be trying to reset his own course record. This 3 loop course has had some changes based on previous events held at the course. This year the middle school runners will be running last which puts the Varsity Girls start at 8am. This race looks like its setting up to be a good race to run a season PR for most.
It was another great (but hot) afternoon at the Jefferson Crows Lake MS meet as 20 teams converged upon Jefferson coming as far away as north Atlanta. That school would be Marist who handily won both Varsity MS races. A special moment was a middle school student played the Star Spangled Banner on an electric guitar ala Jimi Hendrix which drew a loud ovation after completion. Pictured above is Madison Britt from Prince Avenue Christian as she won the the MS Girls race.