The Georgia Track and Field Clinic will be held at Parkview High School on January 17, 2015. In the brief is Registration Information and early Clinic Information which will be detailed in the coming weeks. There are already some outstanding speakers lined up with more coming......
There wasn't much action in 3A this week. It seems as if may teams chose to throw down at practice instead of running in meets. There were some movers though, as Coahulla Creek ran very well on the speedy Baylor course and Hart County's boys moved into the top 10 with a good run at Crow's Lake. The Savannah Arts ladies climbed way up to 5th with their 22:40 average at Richmond Hill. Audrey Honiotes of Hart entered the season as the odds on favorite in 3A, but is seeing serious challenges from a couple of freshman, Delaney Graham of Westminster and Sue Anne Moralis of East Jackson. Honiotes and Moralis had a nice race at Crow's Lake, with Audrey taking the win by :08 seconds. These 3 will be fun to watch at state on November 8th.
Hebron Christian's Boys remained #1 after their showing at Coach Wood in the Varsity Gold race. Landmark and Athens Academy's boys both moved up. Landmark's girls stayed at #1, Galloway, Mount Pisgah, and Mount DeSales moved up. Walker's girls shot up to 7th....
On the girls side of things Lovett showed not only are they contenders for the AA title but also very high up in the All-Classification rankings with their 4th @ Coach Wood. SVA showed some fast times at Richmond Hill Fishy Invitational and placed a strong 2nd overall. Biggest pick up of the week was at Riverside meet where it seems Rabun County has come up with some good girls late in the season. For the 2A boys Pace showed its strength at Sharptop taking down some much bigger programs on their way to a 1st place team title. Benedictine had some good performances at Richmond Hill. Vidalia comes back into the top 10 after a few weeks after Paul Dixon led his team to several season best and PRs.
4A teams competing at Coach Wood were comprised of some heavy hitters including Marist, North Hall, Woodward, St.Pius X and Heritage Catoosa's Girls. Woodward's boys ran great placing 7th moving up to 3rd in the Rankings surpassing North Hall. St. Pius X placed a strong 2nd behind winner Marietta. Marist's girls got all they could handle from 6A Northview but showed there's a canyon between them and Heritage Catoosa. still. Pickens moved back into 9th after Sharptop.
Dunwoody's girls ran great at Coach Wood placing 7th in the Championship race beating Heritage Catoosa and many good 6A squads to surge into #1 this week. Columbus ran like a Podium contender sweeping the top 5 spots at the MCSD County Championships (:33 1-5 Split/21:33 team average) Richmond Hill is back in the top 10 after defending their turf at their Fishy Invite besting 2A 6th ranked St.Vincent's. Flowery Branch's boys bested Lakeside Evans at Coach Wood to leapfrog the Panthers this week. Forsyth Central competed in the Varsity Gold race at Coach Wood placing 1st with a team average of 17:39 defeating Harrison by 18 and #6 Creekview by 117 points. Clarkston ran who knows where?
Coach Wood was ahuge meet for Metro 6A's best of the best. Only South Forsyth and West Forsyth did not compete their with South Forsyth off. As the teams that went head to head so should be the rankings....Northview is looking untouchable in 6A if they stay healthy, Milton ran great moving up past Harrison.
The Nike-Fleet Feet Coach Wood Invitational served as a preview into what could happen at the State Meet in less than 3 weeks. Marietta's boys proved once again they are the team to beat with a team average of 16:33 and 1-5 Splt of :33. Milton's 3rd place finish moved them up 2 spots, but they were closely followed by Mill Creek, Brookwood, Etowah and Peachtree Ridge as 23 points separated these 6A giants. Northview's Girls were all over top ranked Marist falling short of an upset by 1 point. Milton and Lovett moved up as well performing well at Coach Wood, though not close to marist and Northview. Dunwoody shot up to 8th after being unranked.
Here is this week's Georgia natives Alumni Report. Inside you will find nearly all former Georgia runners and how they did this past week in collegiate meets. Take a look and see how the past stars of Georgia HS Cross Country are faring on the Collegiate level.
Jimmy gives the low down on all the XC action across America.
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.
Rockdale County HS won its 1st overall combined Boys and Girls, Newton-Rockdale (NewRock) County Championship since 1996. Dax Willette lead the way for the Rockdale Boys victory on a hilly and difficult Sims Elementary School course, winning in a time of 16:52, over Heritage High School’s Jallah Galimah (17:20), and Rockdale’s 3rd place finisher, Jonathan Butler (18:18). In the girl’s division, Kimola Mcallum placed 1st, in 23:32, pacing the Rockdale County Girls to a runner-up finish, behind Heritage who was led by 9th grader Synia White (2nd in 24:01).
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...Marist won the Large School Best Program Award, Holy Innocents the Medium School and Athens Christian the Small School Best Program Award.
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.