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.
Galloway's Boys for the first time in recent history rose to #1 in the 1A Private Boys rankings after the Georgia XC Invitational (what has become of this former HUGE meet?) Landmark's boys moved up a spot and Providence Christian jumped 4 spots after their win at Athens Academy meet 9-3. On the Girls side a #5 has surfaced for Landmark cementing their top ranking while Athens Academy moved up to 2nd passing ACS who moved to 3rd.
Our Ranker saw alot of movement in this class as teams were dropping like flies in the 2A Boys rankings after Bleckley County's results from Kosh Classic wer figured in. Also, earlier tonight at the Warner Robins Invite Bleckley placed 2nd in Varsity Boys and their girls were 5th. Pace's boys and Lovett's girls held onto their #1 spots and Wesleyan's boys moved up a spot after Covered Bridge.
3A Rankings were very similar to 4A's for wek ending 9-6. Oconee County's Girls swapped places with Savannah Arts at 6-7 and Blessed Trinity's boys moved ahead of Oconee's boys after easily defeated Westminster at Covered Bridge. Blessed and Westminster's girls have not went head to head yet (as usual)
In 4A Boys the top 8 remained in the same positions with White County moving up to 9th and Sandy Creek busting the top10. Not much movement on the Girls side as well with only White County and Woodward swapping spots at 4-5.
Clarkston's Boys retain their top ranking despite not having ran in a weekend invite since Bob Blastow. Its possible they ran in a DeKalb meet... The top teams all moved up as Forsyth Central dropped a few spots and Creekview cracks the top 10. McIntosh and Starrs Mill moved into the top 2 spots after going head to head at ATT Panther.
Marietta's Boys stand pat, just like All-Class. Peachtree Ridge moves into 2nd after winning at Spurs & Spikes Invite with a 16:30 team average. Etowah and West Forsyth are 3rd/4th this week after a battle at Double Dip. Milton Boys moved up 2 spots to 5th after their win at Covered Bridge. Northview's Girls rocketed to the top of 6A Girls after winning handily at Covered Bridge with a 20:00 team average. South Forsyth rises to 3rd after Double Dip.
This week's All-Class Rankings have Marietta again at the top after a dominant performance at Cobb County. Etowah's boys cracked the top 10 moving up to 4th while Brookwood dropped 6 spots after Covered Bridge. Marist's and Northview's Girls rightfully moved to the top of the All-Class Girls rankings after their performances at Double Dip and Covered Bridge.
AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Jaguar men's cross country team is ranked sixth in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's (USTFCCCA) preseason Division II regional team rankings. (via www.jaguarsroar.com)
Its tough to pick 1A Private ROWs, but the rankers (past and present) have chosen to not duplicate ROW picks in a 4 week time span. This in no way takes away from this week ending 9-6 picks as Shannon Fair from Aquinas (Augusta) and Adam Hearn from Athens Academy are this week's selections.
I'm wondering after 3 great races how we have missed Serena Triodi as a 2A 'Runner of the Week', but she earned it after her great run at Double Dip. Jack Douglass of Pace Academy is recognized as 2A Boys 'ROW' after his race at the NGTC Mountain Eagle Invite.
Audrey Honiotes endured the steam being baked of the long grass as the Varsity Girls race started and waved goodbye to a competitive NE Ga field earning 3A Girls 'ROW' 9-6. Blessed Trinity's Ben McCoy was the top 3A boy at Covered Bridge deserving of 'ROW' as well.
Marist athletes claimed the 4A 'Runner of the Week' honors after their defense of their home turf at the prestigous Coach Benson Double Dip Invitational. Frank Pittman (pictured) was 2nd overall and Josie Wirtz 7th in the Varsity Girls race.
The 5A 'Runners of the Week' selected both came from the 3rd Annual AT&T Panther Invitational at the pristine Heritage Christian Church course southeast of Peachtree City. Riverwood International School's Elizabeth Graves 3rd place performance and Lakeside Evans stud Christian Bowles overall win in the Varsity Boys race were key.
This past week's 6A 'Runners of the Week' had outstanding races on Saturday at different venues. West Forsyth's John Green worked his magic at Double Dip and Lindsay Billings from Northview ripped apart the 'Covered Bridge' course in Roswell finishing :06 behind Emma Grace Hurley of FCS. .
The All-Class Runners of the Week were dominate in their races as Marist's Morgan Ilse won at Double Dip and Logan Poteet at Cobb County by a larger margin. Its possible they could go undefeated this Fall in GHSA competition.
On a cool and foggy morning at the UGA Equestrian Complex, something occurred that has not happened for five. years. The Georgia cross-country teams failed to sweep their season-opening event. (via The Red and Black)
Marietta sweeps team bragging rights as Poteet Kehoe represent for east Cobb - ACWORTH — For the second straight year Marietta’s boys and girls teams swept the county cross country championships at the Cobb Corps Property. Individually Kell’s Loga...
For the second straight year, Marietta’s boys and girls teams swept the county cross country championships at the Cobb Corps Property. (via mdjonline.com)
Warmer temperatures offset any potential time gains on the new course layout at Covered Bridge, but some runners and teams seemed undeterred as a new course record was set in the girls’ race. Over 1400 runners competed in 6 races, with the varsity races and the middle school races all having a few individuals turning in outstanding performances as they considerably outran the field.
It was lights out at the Cobb County Championships with a tight Varsity Girls team race with Marietta sliding by Harrison and Walton for the title. Ashley Kehoe built on her win last week following with another overall title. Marietta's boys continued to steamroll the competition while Kell's Logan Poteet was unchallenged.