On a morning that started chilly, things heated up soon enough at the crack of the pistol as host Starrs Mill swept the Region 4-AAAAA XC titles and the Individual honors to boot. As projected Starrs, McIntosh, Morrow and Union Grove advanced on the Boys side to State and Starrs. McIntosh, Northgate and Union Grove will move on the ladies end.
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Is it already Region time?... and the answer to that was 1-AAAAAA being decided down in Moultrie (Colquitt County) Thursday and 4 others kick off Saturday. With Region most of the top squads will take care of business and try not to get injured. For those schools on the 'Bubble' it may be a day of rejoicing and for some heartbreak after hundreds of miles of training including hot Summer runs only to have your season and possibly HS running career end. Best of Luck to everyone the next 8 days. Pictured above is Starrs Mill's Joshua Warren
Is it already Region time and the answer to that was 1-AAAAAA being decided down in Moultrie (Colquitt County) Thursday and 4 others kick off Saturday as well as Last Chance Carrollton. Top 4 teams qualify for State and the first 6 Individuals regardless if their team doesn't make it in.
Each month, MileSplit will be selecting 21 sophomore girls as part of the Future Stars of XC Team presented by Hoka One One building into the end of season team to be finalized in early December. Check out the top sophomore girls XC performers nationally from the month of October split into a first, second, and third team of Future Stars.
Check out the 21 top sophomore boys XC performers nationally from the second month of cross country (October) split into a first, second, and third team of Future Stars.
The world’s largest cross country invitational will once again be in Walnut, California at the Brooks Mt. Sac Invitational. This will be the 67th edition of the meet, and 115 races will be contested over two days this Friday and Saturday. Flotrack and MileSplit will be on site this weekend covering all the action LIVE. Here is a preview of some of the top races, featuring the top prep talent in the country. (via MileSplit)
Michael Hans entered the Clarke/Oconee area cross country meet wanting to stick with the front guy. Turns out, the Oconee County junior was the front guy. "It felt great," said Hans, who won the boys varsity race with a time of 16:18.97. (via Online Athens)
Here are the Fifty Fastest GISA Boys heading into the State meet Saturday at the Darton State College course which is right around the corner of the new Westover course. It comes as no surprise that sr Kaleb McLeod from Trinity Christian Dublin sits atop the hill with a nice gap on everyone else. Can he qualify for Foot Locker Nationals this November?
These are the 50 Fastest Girls listed in the Independent Schools Individual Rankings on ga.milesplit.com Ashley Wood (a freshman) from The Heritage School tops the list with a 19:42 at the 4th Annual Coach Daley meet in mid-September.
After a great 2013 State meet at Loganville Christian School, GISA has shifted the meet to Darton State College's course just around the corner from the home of the Westover Invitational. MileSplit GA will have a photographer onsite and have a meet summary same night. Southland Academy seems to be the top Girls team along with Westminster Schools of Augusta. Two schools with good Girls programs last season jumped into the fire of GHSA competition in Mount De Sales and Stratford.
After a great 2013 State meet at Loganville Christian School, the GISA has shifted the meet to Darton State College's course just around the corner from the home of the Westover Invitational. MileSplit GA will have a photographer onsite and have a meet summary same night. Trinity Christian Dublin is probably the strongest Boys team in both classes featuring Kaleb McLeod. Southland Academy seems to be the top Girls team. Two schools with good programs last season jumped into the fire of GHSA competition in Mount De Sales and Stratford.
It should come as no surprise that many Freshman girls have produced some excellent times and placed highly in very competitive meets. Kaylee Dupont of South Forsyth though has a nice gap over the talented crop of frosh girls. 22 who have went Sub 20: this Fall...Many of the Top 10 have been named 'Runners of the Week' including Anna Marion Block of Athens Academy, Delaney Graham of Westminster, Josie Wirtz of Marist and Sue Anne Moralis from East Jackson.
Here's a list of your 50 Fastest Freshman Boys this Fall thru 10-22. There's an opportunity for many of these athletes to better their High School pr's at Region meets beginning this week thru next week. Yes, many of the fastest tmes came at 'racetracks' like Clinton Farms, Fox Hall Sporting Club and Boling Park. Jallah Galimah is still #1 with his 16:13 at Boling Park from the Warpath Invitational.
The Week 9 ending 10-19 Girls 'Runners of the Week' mostly came from the Coach Wood meet. Its hard to deny Northview's Lindsay Billings yet another 'All-Class' honor as she shattered the old course record with a swift 18:00 defeating Morgan Ilse by 24 seconds.
The Nike-Fleet Coach Wood Invitational produced 5 of the 8 HS Boys for week ending 10-19. Pictured are 5A ROW Christian Bowles and 6A ROW Khayvonn Benson. Reilly Friedman of Galloway was delected as the All-Class 'ROW' after his 1st place effort at Coach Wood in 15:50.
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)