Articles Archive

  • 12th Annual Fall Run Away Meet Summary

    The 13th Annual Fall Run Away MS meet added a 'Varsity Top 8' race this season and it showcased the host school's top rated 3A boys squad and the ACS Girls. Club team Great Strides dominated the MS Boys race and made it a sweep as their Girls topped ACS. 

    Bruce Taylor - August 31, 2014 - Comment
  • War Eagle Meet Summary- Gearing Destroys Course Record

    Chestatee hosted 13 schools on a nice day in Gainesville. White County's Girls bested Winder-Barrow by 7 points taking the team win as Jenna Gearing broke the Chestatee course record by :59 with her 18:49. Winder-Barrow easily won the boys side scoring 53 points.  Johnson's Garardo Suarez (17:00) and White County's Austin Thompson (17:03) put on a good show for 1st and 2nd.

    Bruce Taylor - August 31, 2014 - Comment
  • Top Ranked Marietta Rocks at Saucony Battle of Atlanta

    Marietta has become one of the top HS Cross Country programs in Georgia and the Blue Devils proved their top 6A 'Pre-Season' Rankings sweeping the varsity team titles Saturday at Nash Farm Battlefield. It was a great day of racing including Landmark Christian's Kathryn Foreman once again running 'on her own island' dominating the Varsity Girls race and North OC's Tyler Jones coming into his own taking the Varsity Boys overall win. MD Claude Spinks starts a horde of anxious MS Boys at beautiful Nash Farm Battlefield    

    Bruce Taylor - August 31, 2014 - Comment
  • St.Pius Boys, Harrison Girls Win at Berry Clara Bowl

    The Berry Invitational had some interesting twists and turns to it today.  A wrong turn in the HS Girls race shortened the course by approximately 300 meters, but otherwise things went smooth. Times seemed slower than normal, but it's hard to say for sure. The large start was not an issue at all and it never seemed crowded. The St.Pius Boys won their 2nd invite in a row besting a strong Auburn team and North Hall. Quintin Miles of NH (pictured) took the overall win in 16:18. Harrison's Girls were too fast for the field taking the team title. Ashley Kehoe of Pope was top individual in 17:58.

    Bruce Taylor - August 30, 2014 - Comment
  • 2014 Berry Clara Bowl Invitational Preview

    The Berry Meet is trying out a new format this season due to adding 2 Collegiate races early. The high school division includes three heats of girls and three heats of boys seeded according to coaches entries. Accurate individual predicted times will allow all runners to race with comparable skilled runners. Team scoring will merge the three heats recognizing the top 5 individuals from each team for points and the 6-7 individuals for point displacement. If a school enters more than 7 runners the fastest seven to finish will be counted for the team scoring. High School girls at 9:30, High School boys at 10:15.

    Bruce Taylor - August 28, 2014 - Comment
  • 2014 Saucony Battle of Atlanta Preview

    Armed with a sponsor this season the 7th edition of the 'Battle of Atlanta' has 60 teams signed up ready to run on historic Nash Farms Battlefield where a huge Civil War re-enactment is held every year. Last year's meet attracted close to 2000 runners more are registered this season. The Nash Farms course is a 2.5 loop 95% grass course. Most consider the course moderate and it is the most spectator friendly course in Georgia.

    Bruce Taylor - August 28, 2014 - 3 Comments
  • Ga.MileSplit 1A Private 'Runners of the Week" Ending 8-23

    1A Private ROW's laid down some fast times during this past weekend.  Kathryn Foreman of Landmark Christian is selected as Girls 'ROW' and 2014 1A Private 800/1600m Outdoor Champ Robby Keough is Week 1 Boys 'ROW'

    Bruce Taylor - August 28, 2014 - Comment
  • Ga.MileSplit 2A 'Runners of the Week" Ending 8-23

    The 2A 'Runners of the Week' selected were frosh Grace Clements from Bremen HS and Ben Davies from Holy Innocents.   

    Bruce Taylor - August 28, 2014 - Comment
  • Ga.MileSplit 3A 'Runners of the Week" Ending 8-23

    3A definitely has a new look to it this season. Week 1 ROW's are Mary Claire Solomon from Blessed Trinity and soph Chase Kennedy from East Jackson.   

    Bruce Taylor - August 27, 2014 - Comment
  • Ga.MileSplit 6A 'Runners of the Week" Ending 8-23

    In Week 1 for 6A Walton's Mitchell Sanders is Boys 'ROW' and South Forsyth's Savannah Carnahan is selected as 6A Girls 'ROW

    Bruce Taylor - August 27, 2014 - Comment
  • Ga.MileSplit 4A 'Runners of the Week" Ending 8-23

    Did 4A runners not come out like gangbusters in Week 1? Andrew Murfee from Woodward is the Week 1 'ROW' for Boys and Rebecca Entrekin of St. Pius X takes the 4A Girls honors. 

    Bruce Taylor - August 27, 2014 - 4 Comments
  • Ga.MileSplit 5A 'Runners of the Week" Ending 8-23

    Week 1 Ending 5A Runners of the week came from meets that were cross state from each other. Anna Hayden of Riverwood International School won Race 1 at Bon Blastow and 5A ruling distance 'King' Logan Poteet of Kell (at the Saucony Kickoff Classic in Savannah) just keeps winning races in GHSA competition. Can he Q' for Foot Locker Nats?

    Bruce Taylor - August 26, 2014 - Comment
  • Ga.MileSplit All Class 'Runners of the Week" Ending 8-23

    Week 1 Runners of the Week both took 1st at the Mercy XC Invitational including Sr. Reilly Friedman of Galloway and Jr Emma Grace Hurley of Fellowship Christian. Congrats to these athletes having wow performances so early meaning they put in some Summer mileage..

    Bruce Taylor - August 26, 2014 - Comment
  • Alan Webb To Be Onsite for 3rd Annual Nike Panther Invitational

    Alan Webb, American record holder in the mile, will be coming to the at&t Panther XC invitational on September 6th hosted by Starr’s Mill High School in Peachtree City.

    Bruce Taylor - August 26, 2014 - Comment
  • Hoka One One brings you the Future Stars of XC!

    The first program of its kind to identify, recognize and award the future stars and faces of the sport, Hoka One One and MileSplit will showcase the best underclassmen runners of high school cross country this fall. 

    Brandon Miles - August 26, 2014 - 4 Comments
  • Milton Boys On Fire, Heritage Catoosa Girls Amaze at Pickens Preview

    On an incredibly hot and humid day of racing at Roper Park, teams came out to scorch the competition. Milton Boys proved they are ready for the big show this year, having 5 in the top 7 made the race an easy win with 22 points. On the girls side, it was a race between two teams, Heritage Catoosa and Milton. In the end Heritage Catoosa proved stronger and made a last mile push to win by 16.  

    Taylor Ford - August 24, 2014 - 1 Comments
  • Bob Blastow Meet Summary

    It was a hot one at Clinton Nature Preserve as 42 schools, including many of the top rated teams in their respective classes warmed up early and raced with a few surprises.. Clarkston's Boys came out strong winning their race as did Woodward. Forsyth Central displayed their strength placing 2nd behind Clarkston. Alex Murfee had the quickest Boys time in 15:54.  Blessed Trinity's girls bested St.Pius in Race 1 while Cambridge came out on top in Race 2. Kathryn Foreman as usual disapeared early having the best performance of the meet for girls in hotter conditions at 18:24.  

    Bruce Taylor - August 24, 2014 - Comment
  • North Hall Boys Triumph, Marist Girls Hang On at NEGA

    North Hall lived up to their pre-season 4A #1 Ranking besting Marist and North Oconee's boys squads. Frank Pittman has stepped it up for Marist winning the Championship Boys overall title in 16:15 nipping NH's Quintin Miles. Marist Girls unleash a frosh girl Josie Wirtz who leads them to the Championship Girls team title. Savannah Carnahan takes the Girls overall title in 19:00. 

    Bruce Taylor - August 23, 2014 - 4 Comments
  • Mercy Invite Summary- Friedman and Hurley Dominant

    Compared to many meets today the Mercy Campus was about empty by 10:45am as the heat rushed patrons and runners alike to their cars/busses to get cool.  The Individual Varsity races were a display of domination by Reilly Friedman and FCA's Emma Grace Hurley. Whitewater's Boys took the team title over a deeper Rockdale Co squad. Mega-school Centennial won the Girls Varsity team race. On a sad note, Helen Williams of AIS is out for the season with stress fracture of the hip. 

    Bruce Taylor - August 23, 2014 - 2 Comments
  • Top 50 Returning Girls in 1A Private

    No conversation in 1A Girls Private can begin without the name of Kathryn Foreman being mentioned...A Foot Locker National finalist, sponsor of fund-raising 5Ks for the needy and honor student she has it all....and kid sis' Sarah joins the Varsity this season making it a real family affair for the Landmark Christian runners.

    Bruce Taylor - August 22, 2014 - 1 Comments
  • Top 50 Returning Boys in 1A Private

    1A Private Boys is arguably the 3rd most competitive Class in the GHSA despite its schools tiny enrollment.  Already one of the top runners All-Class, rumor has it that Galloway's Reilly Friedman has put in 70 mile weeks in Summer training which is scary....especialy for his 1A Private competition.  

    Bruce Taylor - August 22, 2014 - Comment
  • 2A Girls Pre-Season Top 5 Teams

    After the insanity that occurred at last season's Girls AA race things should be status quo for Wesleyan's Girls. It could end up being quite a season for their XC program as the Wolves are clear #1's on the boys side and now the Girls. Darlington is a formidable opponent they must dispatch as they have  moved up in Class and were 3rd in testy 1A Private last Fall.  

    Bruce Taylor - August 21, 2014 - Comment
  • 2A Boys Pre-Season Top 5 Teams

    The Wesleyan School is the top rated 2ABoys squad coming into the Fall Season. A strong 2nd last season to Westminster at State makes them the team to beat. What's interesting about this Class is every top 13 school  returns 5-6 runners from the top 7 except Darlington....

    Bruce Taylor - August 21, 2014 - Comment
  • Pickens Preview Outlook

    Teams from around the state will start their season off up in Jasper at Roper Park this Saturday for the Pickens Preview. A total of 21 high schools and 11 middle school teams, bringing over 1000 runners to compete will make this one of the biggest races of the weekend! The course is very interesting as runners will get to run through a tunnel that runs underneath the road on the way to some trails, then back again to the park and the finish. The day starts off with both middle school races, followed by the Varsity high school races then JV.

    Taylor Ford - August 21, 2014 - 10 Comments
  • Top 50 Returning Girls in 2A

    Its much more clear who the top returning 2A Girls are because their pr's correlated to their State meet performances more so than the Boys.  2 time defending champ jr Emma Garrison returns to defend her titles and is an overwhelming favorite to repeat after dominating everyone in XC. 

    Bruce Taylor - August 20, 2014 - Comment
  • Top 50 Returning Boys in 2A

    No disrespect to 2A Boys, but it remains the weakest Class teamwise/individually (excluding A PUB) Which actually opens up great opportunities for a few good men to step up and get some notoriety.  8 of the top 9 at State have graduated/moved up which really makes it WIDE OPEN.  The top 5 fastest returners all clocked their pr's on 'Speedways' so its anyone guess who really are the top 5 harriers.  Wesleyan has 3 of the top returners from the State meet making them instantly favorites for a team title with Westminster gone. 

    Bruce Taylor - August 20, 2014 - Comment
  • 3A Girls Pre-Season Top 5

    3A Girls is going to bring back memories of some great Blessed Trinity vs Westminster state battles from back in the day.  Blessed Trinity placed 1st in super tough 3A last season and Westminster tied Wesleyan in a contraversial after awards presentation decision reached by the GHSA.  Its going to be great watching them knock heads again.  Oconee County has a great shot at making the Podium based on data, with 4 other schools legit contenders to crack that stage and get some props.

    Bruce Taylor - August 20, 2014 - Comment
  • 3A Boys Pre-Season #5

    Who are these guys? I have to admit, they have never been on the radar since I joined gatfxc.com, but after their 10th place finish in highly competitive AAA last Fall find themselves #5 heading into this Saturday.  

    Bruce Taylor - August 20, 2014 - Comment
  • 3A Boys Pre-Season #4

    Westminster was decimated by graduation losses returning only 2 of their top 7 boys and the Cats have some work to do to win, or even contend for a 3A title this season. But with a program their size, surely there is talent that longtime coach Joe Tribble can hone in time for a ran come November.   

    Bruce Taylor - August 20, 2014 - Comment
  • 3A Boys Pre-Season #3

    Oconee County is going to benefit this season from their improvement the past 2 seasons and the departure of now 4A contenders NOHS, North Hall, St. Pius.  Its been along time since a Warrior team has been on the Podium (2005) and that was a bitter pill to swallow after falling 2 seasons straight to an arguably less talented/not as deep Westminster squad. 

    Bruce Taylor - August 20, 2014 - Comment
  • 3A Boys Pre-Season Rankings #2

    This could be the year East Jackson contends for a state title and has their best finish since placing 2nd in 2009. Hall of Fame coach Tomy Sitton has been instrumental in continuing to build the program slowly after Coach Bob Roller retired a few years back. If  their 5-7 runners develop they could be dangerous.

    Bruce Taylor - August 19, 2014 - Comment
  • 3A Boys Pre-Season Rankings #1

    Blessed Trinity's boys have emerged as 3A Pre-Season #1.  Having the 4 fastest returning boys (by time) and 6 returners from the top 7 puts a target on their back for Podium contenders.

    Bruce Taylor - August 19, 2014 - Comment
  • Top 50 Returning Girls in 3A

    One thing about 3A Girls is very clear...Hart County soph Audrey Honiotes now has an open door to run thru and dominate the Class after a superb frosh season. There's plenty of girls going to be in the chase from Westminster, Blessed Trinity and a region rival from Banks County though...

    Bruce Taylor - August 19, 2014 - Comment
  • Top 50 Returning Boys in 3A

    Its a brand new Rodeo in 3A this season with powerhouse teams moving up to 4A this season. One has to go down to 18th place in last year's 3A race to find fastest returners in this article. Westminster has finally moved up in Class after dominating AA for years which means a new champ will be crowned in 3A both teamwise and individually. Blessed Trinity boasts the top 4 in fastest returning times, but watch out for a few East Jackson harriers who have been receiving the benefit of some World Class coaching. 

    Bruce Taylor - August 18, 2014 - Comment
  • 4A Girls Pre-Season Rankings #5

    Heritage-Catoosa opened up just a few years ago, and since their inaugural season back in 2008 placing 6th, have been consistently one of top Girls teams first in 3A and the past few seasons in 4A. Before its opening, crosstown Lakeview Ft.Oglethorpe had been doing very well, but it seems like as if the old program just moved into the new school.

    Bruce Taylor - August 18, 2014 - Comment
  • 4A Girls Pre-Season Rankings #4

    The worm has definitely begin to turn for White County since Coach Sam Borg has been associated with the program. Having one of the top runners All-Class in jr Jenna Gearing has definitely been a boost as well.  The Warriors made the Podium for the first time in recent school history (I think) after placing 11th and 8th.   

    Bruce Taylor - August 18, 2014 - Comment
  • 4A Girls Pre-Season Rankings #3

      Woodward has been a Podium contender in recent years making it in 2012 at 4th, and in 2011/2013 just missing the party back in 5th. But circumstances are in their favor to make it again this Fall. Will the momentum of winning the 3A Track title spur the Cardinals efforts this season and allow them to leapfrog Heritage-Catoosa and maybe St.Pius?   

    Bruce Taylor - August 18, 2014 - Comment
  • 4A Girls Pre-Season Rankings #2

    The St.Pius Girls have been a power in AAA in recent years winning the title back in 2012 and placing runnerup to a tough Blessed Trinity squad last Fall. They should fare well in 4A this season and will be chasing Marist like their former 3A rivals who have moved up in Class.

    Bruce Taylor - August 18, 2014 - Comment
  • 4A Girls Pre-Season Rankings #1

    Marist's Girls have been dominant in 4A in recent years and this Fall should continue their reign. With several strong 3A teams joining the fray they will have some good competition. But after scoring 22 points at State last Fall and returning 6 of your top 7 of which 4 are among the top 7 fastest returners odds are good they will repeat.  

    Bruce Taylor - August 18, 2014 - Comment
  • 4A Boys Pre-Season Rankings #5

    It may seem like an abberation that Marist begins the season ranked 5th. There is actually a team (Whitewater) that rated a little better than them, but in good conscience, I couldn't rank them ahead of Marist....Because the 4A defending champs 'Improvement Rating' punished them so severely. Its hard to improve when your 2nd, 1st and 1st the past 3 seasons isn't it? Don't sleep on the War Eagles, because they get so many out for Cross Country in the Fall there's bound to be talent  that can be honed....

    Bruce Taylor - August 18, 2014 - Comment
  • 4A Boys Pre-Season Rankings #4

    North Oconee has been somewhat of an enigma the past 3 seasons, up and down.. But, currently this talented group seems to be healthy, including 3A 800m champ Harper Sigler which could boost the Titans make a run at a 4A State title this Fall. Some excellent incoming talent from Malcom Bridge MS has began to bloom as well, and having 'Hall of Fame' coach Brady Sigler helping out has been a plus...

    Bruce Taylor - August 17, 2014 - 3 Comments
  • 4A Boys Pre-Season Rankings #3

    The Golden Lions of St.Pius X have roaring the past 4 seasons to consecutive 3A State titles. Some of the credit must go to young gun Coach Ryan McClay who brought a new zeal to their program, and having Austin Sprague to boot was a blessing. Though losing 4 seniors to their top 7 don't feel sorry for St.Pius X as I expect them to be very strong come November. 

    Bruce Taylor - August 17, 2014 - Comment
  • 4A Boys Pre-Season Rankings #2

    Woodward has a good program and is set to improve upon the 3rd place finish in 3A  in 2013. They had a solid state meet, but lost River Holifield to graduation. North Hall got the best of them last season, can the Cardinals run them down come November?

    Bruce Taylor - August 17, 2014 - 2 Comments
  • 4A Boys Pre-Season Rankings #1

    4A Boys may be perhaps the strongest Class for top 5 squads this season filling the weekly All-Class Rankings with up to 4-6 squads on a regular basis. North Hall, St,Pius X, Woodward and North Oconee join the fray as well as Whitewater dropping down a class. North Hall earns it top ranking by virtue of their better 2014 Outdoor distance rating and returning the 2 fastest returners in the Class in Miles and Schuebert.  

    Bruce Taylor - August 17, 2014 - 2 Comments
  • Top 50 Returning Girls in 4A

    Marist has 4 Girls in the top 7 fastest returners in 4A this season and they weren't recorded at "Speedways" though Foot Locker's McAlpine Park and Boling Park are  quick courses. White County has moved up to 4A with star runner Jenna Gearing who virtually crossed together at FLS in 17:56 with Marist's Morgan Ilse setting up quite a possible battle in 4A at State.

    Bruce Taylor - August 17, 2014 - Comment
  • Top 50 Returning Boys in 4A

    AAAA Boys may be the most intense Class in the State this season with North Hall, St.Pius X, North Oconee and Woodward moving up in Class and Whitewater dropping down to give Marist a run for the 2014 4A State title. The top 3 returning runners finished within 1.47 of each other in the 3A race last Fall. Quintin Miles returns for North Hall as the fastest, highest State placer but plan on him having plenty of harriers in the mix.  

    Bruce Taylor - August 17, 2014 - Comment
  • 5A Girls Pre-SeasonRankings #5

    Northgate has made great strides in their XC program the past 3 years going from not qualifying in 2011 to placing 12th in 2013. The Vkings did not run any speedways last season and return their entire top 7 boding well for a run at a Podium spot this season.

    Bruce Taylor - August 17, 2014 - Comment
  • 5A Girls Pre-SeasonRankings #4

    Lakeside Evans should be back and ready to roll this Fall returning 5 runners from their top 7. The Lady Panthers have made the Podium the 2 of the past 3 seasons highlighted by a runnerup finish in 2013. Alyssa Hooker is back sporting the 2nd fastest returning time from last season.

    Bruce Taylor - August 17, 2014 - Comment
  • 5A Girls Pre-SeasonRankings #3

    Dunwoody comes out as pre-season #3. After winning the 5A title in 2012, they slipped a bit down to 3rd last Fall, but still ascended the Podium. Perennial All- State runner Alex Cameron has departed, but the Wildcats should remain potent. 

    Bruce Taylor - August 17, 2014 - Comment
  • 5A Girls Pre-SeasonRankings #2

    Starrs Mill comes  out as pre-season #2. They fell 1 position short of a Podium spot in 2013 and have the core of their top 5 returning for battle this season.  

    Bruce Taylor - August 16, 2014 - Comment
  • 5A Girls Pre-SeasonRankings #1

    The McIntosh Lady Chiefs are in great position to win the 5A State title after placing 7th in 2013. Returning your entire top 7 with the fastest team average time is going to make them hard to rundown. These are subjective rankings (not computer generated) they take into account returning team rankings, team rankings in the 1600 and 3200 from outdoor track, and a school's "Improvement Rating."  Improvement Rating is a metric developed by researching the improvement in a team's final place at State from 2011-2013. Each category is given rank points and added up coming to a final point total. Some squads made up for high point totals, getting ranked higher by virtue of number of returners (top 7) and by fastest returning XC team average.  Not all XC runners do Track (Soccer mostly) which can affect Outdoor team rankings, but not the top 5-7 teams)

    Bruce Taylor - August 16, 2014 - Comment
  • Top 50 Returning Girls in 5A

    With the departure of Northview, Lakeside DeKalb and Pope to 6A, and Dunwoody's Alex Cameron doing her work on the collegiate level this Fall, the Individual title is wide open and there is no prohibitive frontrunner like Kell's Logan Poteet on the Boys side. Caroline Nelson from Northgate is the top returning finisher from 2013 State having placed 4th in 19:59 being 1st out of 4 freshman girls to make the All-State team for 5A.

    Bruce Taylor - August 15, 2014 - 1 Comments
  • Top 50 Returning Boys in 5A

    5A has an incredibly talented group of runners in the top 5 returners who all acheived the MILESPLIT US FIRST TEAM ELITE 15:45 platform. The question is who can rundown Kell's Logan Poteet as he flat out dominated 5A distance running last year sweeping all the state titles. 

    Bruce Taylor - August 15, 2014 - Comment
  • 5A Boys Pre-Season Rankings #5

    Greenbrier has a quality XC program ran by Coach Katie Smallwood. Every season they mix it up with rival Lakeside Evans and the Wolves are hungry to return to the Podium this Fall. This class should produce an extremely close State race this Fall. 7 teams are close enough in potential to have a realistic chance to contend for a title.     

    Bruce Taylor - August 15, 2014 - Comment
  • 5A Boys Pre-Season Rankings #4

    Forsyth Central has risen from the depths of 5A to a possible contender this season. In 2011 and 2012 the Bulldogs failed to qualify for State, but made drastic improvement last Fall placing 17th. This class should produce an extremely close State race this Fall. 7 teams are close enough in potential to have a realistic chance to contend for a title. These are subjective rankings (not computer generated) they take into account returning team rankings, team rankings in the 1600 and 3200 from outdoor track, and a school's "Improvement Rating."  Improvement Rating is a metric developed by researching the improvement in a team's final place at State from 2011-2013. Each category is given rank points and added up coming to a final point total.   

    Bruce Taylor - August 15, 2014 - Comment
  • 5A Boys Pre-Season Rankings #3

     Starrs Mill has been up and down the past 3 years with a 2012 best making the Podium and placing 4th. They have a nice program, great home course at Highland Church and could contend for a title.These are subjective rankings (not computer generated) they take into account returning team rankings, team rankings in the 1600 and 3200 from outdoor track, and a school's "Improvement Rating."  Improvement Rating is a metric developed by researching the improvement in a team's final place at State from 2011-2013. Each category is given rank points and added up coming to a final point total. This class should produce an extremely close State race this Fall. 7 teams are close enough in potential to have a realistic chance to contend for a title. 

    Bruce Taylor - August 15, 2014 - 1 Comments
  • 5A Boys Pre-Season Rankings #2

    These are subjective rankings (not computer generated) they take into account returning team rankings, team rankings in the 1600 and 3200 from outdoor track, and a school's "Improvement Rating."  Improvement Rating is a metric developed by researching the improvement in a team's final place at State from 2011-2013. Each category is given rank points and added up coming to a final point total. This class should produce an extremely close State race this Fall. 7 teams are close enough in potential to have a realistic chance to contend for a title. Defending 5A champ Flowery Branch has been a powerhouse the past few years and the Falcons should definitely be in the hunt for another title.

    Bruce Taylor - August 15, 2014 - Comment
  • 5A Boys Pre-Season Rankings #1

    These are subjective rankings (not computer generated); they take into account returning team rankings, team rankings in the 1600 and 3200 from outdoor track, and a school's "Improvement Rating."  Improvement Rating is a metric developed by researching the improvement in a team's final place at State from 2011-2013. Each category is given rank points and added up coming to a final point total. This class should produce an extremely close State race this Fall. 7 teams are close enough in potential to have a realistic chance to contend for a title and 4A runnerup Lagrange has moved up in class adding to the drama. Lakeside Evans sits #1 in the pre-season rankings.

    Bruce Taylor - August 15, 2014 - Comment
  • Top 50 Returning Girls in 6A

    Here is a list of the top 50 fastest returners from the 2013 Cross Country Season. Its shaping up to be quite a battle with 2 defending champs merging into 6A including Northview's Lindsay Billings and Walton's Avery Bussjager.

    Bruce Taylor - August 14, 2014 - Comment
  • Top 50 Returning Boys in 6A

    Here is a list of the top 50 returning 6A Boys by fastest times from 2013 Cross Country. Miles Yapp from Brookwood could be the man to beat come November at Carrollton.

    Bruce Taylor - August 14, 2014 - Comment
  • Ga.MileSplit Needs XC Ranker for 2A

    Ga.MileSplit is seeking up to 2 coaches to do Weekly Rankings for Class 2A  and your assistance is needed.  Any head coaches that are interested with some knowledge of your current Class please e-mail eastwood42509@gmail.com   These are subjective rankings and are e-mailed to all the major Ga media outlets. It only takes a couple of hours a week, and they are due by Monday evening. This is a major part of discussion on the Forum and objectivity is a must. Our Rankers are dedicated, experienced high profile Coaches who love the Sport and the student-athletes.  You will remain igcognito as a Ranker unless you choose to go public.  At least 3 years of coaching XC, or distance in Track is required unless you are a new coach with a recent profile of hq distance running. WE NEED YOU, p;ease contact me. Thanks.

    Bruce Taylor - August 14, 2014 - Comment
  • 6A Girls Pre-Season Rankings #6

     These are subjective rankings (not computer generated); they take into account returning team rankings, team rankings in the 1600 and 3200 from outdoor track, and a school's "Improvement Rating."  Improvement Rating is a metric developed by researching the improvement in a team's final place at State from 2011-2013. Each category is given rank points and added up coming to a final point total. Its a big transition from 5A up to 6A, but on paper the Greyhounds are looking very good heading into the Fall and could be Podium contenders come November.

    Bruce Taylor - August 13, 2014 - Comment
  • 6A Girls Pre-Season Rankings #4

     These are subjective rankings (not computer generated); they take into account returning team rankings, team rankings in the 1600 and 3200 from outdoor track, and a school's "Improvement Rating."  Improvement Rating is a metric developed by researching the improvement in a team's final place at State from 2011-2013. Each category is given rank points and added up coming to a final point total. Walton will be tough as usual, and could have been ranked a bit higher if not for the improvement of the first 3 teams. Don't be surprised if they end up higher come November and challenge for a title. 

    Bruce Taylor - August 13, 2014 - Comment
  • 6A Girls Pre-Season Rankings #3

    These are subjective rankings (not computer generated); they take into account returning team rankings, team rankings in the 1600 and 3200 from outdoor track, and a school's "Improvement Rating."  Improvement Rating is a metric developed by researching the improvement in a team's final place at State from 2011-2013. Each category is given rank points and added up coming to a final point total. The program up in Woodstock must be high quality as South Forsyth's Girls matched their Boys pre-season Ranking coming in at 3rd.

    Bruce Taylor - August 13, 2014 - Comment
  • 6A Girls Pre-Season Rankings #2

    These are subjective rankings (not computer generated); they take into account returning team rankings, team rankings in the 1600 and 3200 from outdoor track, and a school's "Improvement Rating."  Improvement Rating is a metric developed by researching the improvement in a team's final place at State from 2011-2013. Each category is given rank points and added up coming to a final point total. Etowah Eagles should be amongst the top tier 6A Girls squads this Fall.  

    Bruce Taylor - August 13, 2014 - 1 Comments
  • 6A Girls Pre-Season Rankings #1

      These are subjective rankings (not computer generated); they take into account returning team rankings, team rankings in the 1600 and 3200 from outdoor track, and a school's "Improvement Rating."  Improvement Rating is a metric developed by researching the improvement in a team's final place at State from 2011-2013. Each category is given rank points and added up coming to a final point total.  Marietta's Girls have come a long way since 2011 with talent and solid coaching and look to contend for a title this season.    

    Bruce Taylor - August 13, 2014 - Comment
  • 6A Boys Pre-Season Rankings #5

    These are subjective rankings (not computer generated); they take into account returning team rankings, team rankings in the 1600 and 3200 from outdoor track, and a school's "Improvement Rating."  Improvement Rating is a metric developed by researching the improvement in a team's final place at State from 2011-2013. Each category is given rank points and added up coming to a final point total. Etowah has made great strides the past 3 seasons putting theirselves in contention for a Podium run in 6A this season.

    Bruce Taylor - August 12, 2014 - Comment
  • 6A Boys Pre-Season Rankings #4

    These are subjective rankings (not computer generated); they take into account returning team rankings, team rankings in the 1600 and 3200 from outdoor track, and a school's "Improvement Rating."  Improvement Rating is a metric developed by researching the improvement in a team's final place at State from 2011-2013. Each category is given rank points and added up coming to a final point total. Brookwood can never be counted out as a contender with the tremendous program they have built, and even when graduating most of their top 7 each year, just reload and tear up turf come November.   

    Bruce Taylor - August 12, 2014 - Comment
  • 6A Boys Pre-Season Rankings #3

    With the Cross Country season set to take off next Saturday with many large invitationals including NEGA, Bob Blastow, Mercy Invite, Mid-State, Pickens Preview and the Peachtree Ridge-Walton Stage Races this begins a series of articles on the top teams in each class. These are subjective rankings (not computer generated); they take into account returning team rankings, team rankings in the 1600 and 3200 from outdoor track, and a school's "Improvement Rating."  Improvement Rating is a metric developed by researching the improvement in a team's final place at State from 2011-2013. Each category is given rank points and added up coming to a final point total. South Forsyth could be primed to have their best Boys squad in school history this Fall...        

    Bruce Taylor - August 12, 2014 - 7 Comments
  • 6A Boys Pre-Season Rankings #2

    With the Cross Country season set to take off next Saturday with many large invitationals including NEGA, Bob Blastow, Mercy Invite, Mid-State, Pickens Preview and the Peachtree Ridge-Walton Stage Races this begins a series of articles on the top teams in each class. These are subjective rankings (not computer generated); they take into account returning team rankings, team rankings in the 1600 and 3200 from outdoor track, and a school's "Improvement Rating."  Improvement Rating is a metric developed by researching the improvement in a team's final place at State from 2011-2013. Each category is given rank points and added up coming to a final point total. Peachtree Ridge sits squarely at 2nd and should be in contention for the 6A title   

    Bruce Taylor - August 12, 2014 - Comment
  • 6A Boys Pre-Season Rankings #1

    With the Cross Country season set to take off next Saturday with many large invitationals including NEGA, Bob Blastow, Mercy Invite, Mid-State, Pickens Preview and the Peachtree Ridge-Walton Stage Races this begins a series of articles on the top teams in each class. These are subjective rankings (not computer generated); they take into account returning team rankings, team rankings in the 1600 and 3200 from outdoor track, and a school's "Improvement Rating."  Improvement Rating is a metric developed by researching the improvement in a team's final place at State from 2011-2013. Each category is given rank points and added up coming to a final point total. The 6A Boys are included in this article and Marietta is looking very strong.

    Bruce Taylor - August 12, 2014 - 1 Comments
  • Despite success, Archer's Serenity Douglas still just loves to run

    Running has always been something that just came naturally for Serenity Douglas. Since elementary school she has been beating all the girls and the boys in foot races on the playground. (via www.gwinnettdailypost.com)

    Bruce Taylor - August 11, 2014 - Comment
  • Brooks names Mira Costa's Renee Williams-Smith as Inspiring Coach of the Year

    Four decades ago, then-student Renee Williams-Smith was unsatisfied by the absence of a girls’ cross country program at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, Calif., so she stitched her own uniform to run with the boys. Years later, Williams-Smith again blazed a trail for female runners in Southern California by returning to the school where she famously bucked convention and launching Mira Costa’s girls’ cross country program. Today, Brooks Running Company recognizes her work and dedication by crowning Williams-Smith the 2014 Inspiring Coach of the Year. (via MileSplit)

    Bruce Taylor - August 11, 2014 - Comment
  • Douglas County football player collapses after practice

    Zyrees Oliver has big plans for his senior year at Douglas County High School. A captain for the football team with a 3. (via www.ajc.com)

    Bruce Taylor - August 07, 2014 - Comment
  • Remel Williams Commits to Shorter University

    Remel Williams, Scholar-Athlete, from Alexander High School recently signed her NLI with Shorter University to compete as a track and field athlete.

    Bruce Taylor - August 05, 2014 - Comment
  • Georgians Take Gold at AAU JO, Dingler Sets Meet Record in PV

    In the final National Junior Olympics meet of the 2014 Outdoor season 5 Georgia track stars earned Gold medals at the AAU JO held in Des Moines, Iowa. Not as many made the long 900 mile trip with school beginning for most this week as made the trk to Texas for the USATF JO. Carson Dingler set a new AAU 15-16 age meet record clearing 12-7....

    Bruce Taylor - August 05, 2014 - 2 Comments
  • Parkview Duo Sign their NLIs with Southern Wesleyan University in SC

    Parkview Duo Nick Edwards and Jordan Hargrave signed their NLI's to attend Southern Wesleyan University in Central, SC on Track and Field scholarships. 

    Bruce Taylor - August 01, 2014 - Comment
  • Kailon Brealond Signs his NLI with Pittsburgh

    Kailond Brealond from North Cobb HS signed his NLI to compete for Pittsburgh Panthers. Brealond specialized in the 800 meter run placing 3rd at Sectionals in 1:56.59 and has a pr of 49.36 in the 400m at the Cobb County Championships in 2014.

    Bruce Taylor - August 01, 2014 - Comment
  • 2014 All Time Top 10 Track and Field Performance List Revised

    Here is the most updated Georgia HS All Time Track and Field Top 10 Lists composed by Coach Andrew Hudson. I do not have a page that this can be added onto the website, but will soon try to work a link in that one can bookmark and keep a click away. These performances are pulled from 'HS Prep' meets including all regular instate competion and national meets like Golden South/West and the New Balance Nationals (NBN) It does not include Club performances like USATF/AAU, etc. etc. Tyler Craig's 16-5 has been added to the list!

    Bruce Taylor - August 01, 2014 - 5 Comments
  • Fastest Returning Girls in Foot Locker South Region

    The fastest returning girls runners within the Foot Locker South Region for the upcoming 2014 cross country season between the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

    Brandon Miles - July 29, 2014 - Comment
  • Bryaña Robinson signs her NLI with the University of Pittsburgh

    Bryaña Robinson from Pebblebrook HS signed her NLI with the University of Pittsburgh.   

    Bruce Taylor - July 29, 2014 - Comment
  • Fastest Returning Boys in Foot Locker South Region

    The fastest returning boys runners within the Foot Locker South Region for the upcoming 2014 cross country season between the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

    Brandon Miles - July 29, 2014 - 2 Comments
  • Former UGA track star Torrin Lawrence killed in wreck

    Former UGA and Team USA track and field standout Torrin Lawrence was killed early Monday when a tractor trailer hit his car on Interstate 75 near Cordele, the school has confirmed. He was 25. (via Online Athens)

    Bruce Taylor - July 28, 2014 - Comment
  • Georgia Athletes Shine at USATF JO National Championships

    Georgia tracksters made a long trip to Texas and did our state proud brimging back a treasure chove of hardware winning 31 Golds, 19 Silvers and 24 Bronzes in the 13-18 age groups at the USATF JO National Championships held in Texas this past week. Double Gold medalists included Candace Hill (pictured), Tia Jones, Daloria Boone and Sterling Lester.

    Bruce Taylor - July 28, 2014 - 8 Comments
  • WATCH U.S. 1-2 in Women's 100H Finish w/ Meet Record by Williams & HS National Record by Hall

    Watch the United States women go 1-2 in the 100 meter hurdles finals at the World Junior Championships with University of Georgia freshmen Kendell Williams set a new meet record with her 12.89 gold medal victory, while high school senior Dior Hall from Colorado broke a US high school record which lasted since 1979 (Candy Young from Pennsylvania at 12.95) with her 12.92 silver medal finish at Hayward Field.

    Brandon Miles - July 27, 2014 - Comment
  • WATCH US Women's 4x100 w/ 3 High Schoolers become World Champs

    The quartet of Teahna Daniels (FL), Ariana Washington (CA), Jada Martin (GA), and Kaylin Whitney (FL) brought home gold for the United States in the first relay finals of the World Junior Championships with a World Junior leading time of 43.46.  Watch their gold medal winning race video above and post-race video interview below.

    Brandon Miles - July 26, 2014 - Comment
  • Berry College Changes Format of Clara Bowl Event to Seeded Heats

    Long a traditional staple of early season Cross Country in Georgia with a festival like atmosphere, Berry College is changing the event to be ran in heats. Rather than divide races by school size, it will divide races by individual seed times. In effect it will be one large race with one set of complete results. The complete results will include one winner, one second place, one third place, etc. This has been a hot button topic on the Discussion Board and MD Coach Paul Deaton has responded here in the article. 

    Bruce Taylor - July 25, 2014 - Comment
  • North Oconee's Terry takes second at Junior Olympics

    Rising North Oconee senior Mary Terry placed second in the high jump at the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympic Games in Humble, Texas on Wednesday. (via Online Athens)

    Bruce Taylor - July 25, 2014 - Comment
  • Former GISA Schools Make the Jump to GHSA Competition

    Every 2 years not only does the GHSA re-align class and regions, but a door is opened for schools from the GISA to accept the challenge to compete against the best Georgia has to offer. 3 Macon area schools lead the way including Mount De Sales (who has a strong XC program) following First Presbyterian Day's move a few years back. Also, many may not be aware that the GHSA announced that it will begin allowing competition in non-power ranking team sports excluding Football, Basketball, Baseball and Softball.

    Bruce Taylor - July 23, 2014 - Comment
  • Athens Summer XC Series Finale is Thursday

    The Summer XC Series finale is upon us Thursday at Bramlett Elementary School in Auburn. The first 2 races had over 200 runners compete in 3Ks and will conclude with a 4K at the same venue as the Winder-Barrow Invitational. Its just $5 to run and everyone is welcome to participate with proceeds going to the host's XC program. Find included the entry form that can be printed.  Registration begins at 5:45 and racetime is 7pm. 

    Bruce Taylor - July 23, 2014 - Comment
  • Competing at Worlds? Nothing like it for two-time US team member Kenny Selmon

    Despite being a veteran to the IAAF World Championships meet experience as a World Youth bronze medalist last summer in Ukraine, the feeling is just the same for US hurdler Kenny Selmon. Nothing like it. Selmon won his preliminary heat with a 52.15 clocking and appears in strong contention to compete for a World championship medal again. 

    Brandon Miles - July 23, 2014 - Comment
  • Coaches Spotlight- Tim Hamling

    Coach Tim Hamling from Woodward Academy is in the 'Spotlight' this week. He coached the Woodward Girls team to the AAA State Track title last Spring in Albany winning a nailbighter over region rival St.Pius X. 

    Andy Christie - July 18, 2014 - Comment
  • 5A State Pole Vault Champ John Rudd Commits to Rice University

    John Rudd, the 5A State pole vault champ, has committed to Rice University. Rudd had the second best vault in the state this year at 14-7.

    Bruce Taylor - July 17, 2014 - Comment
  • NFHS: No more jewelry rule for high school track & field!

    Effective with the 2015 high school track and field season, the prohibition of jewelry will be eliminated. This was one of several rules changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Track and Field Rules Committee at its June 16-18 meeting in Indianapolis. The committee’s recommendations were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

    nfhs.org Press Release - July 15, 2014 - 10 Comments
  • Men's T 44 100m Final IAAF Diamond League Glasgow 2014

    Men's T 44 100m Final IAAF Diamond League Glasgow 2014 (via YouTube) Jarryd Wallace of Georgia Track Club places 4th!

    Bruce Taylor - July 15, 2014 - Comment
  • Alice Coachman Davis, First black Olympic gold medalist dies

    ALBANY, GA -- Alice Coachman Davis, the first African American woman to win an Olympic gold medal, died Monday at the age of 90, according to Albany (via www.11alive.com)

    Bruce Taylor - July 14, 2014 - Comment
  • Naim Fareed Signs his NLI with Coker College

    Please congratulate W.D. Muhammed school hurdler Naim Fareed. He signed a scholarship to attend Coker College in Hartsfield, South Carolina. 

    Bruce Taylor - July 14, 2014 - Comment
  • The freshmen Candace Hill adds another honor - MileSplit All-American

    Rockdale County freshmen Candace Hill continues to earn accodolades and titles in her first year of high school track. Add MileSplit All-American to one of her new honors as she was selected as one of the nation's top 8 sprinters this spring in the 100 meter dash. Don't be surprised the same recognition is bestowed on her in the 200 as well soon.

    Brandon Miles - July 13, 2014 - Comment
  • Introducing the World Juniors Snub Team

    A couple of interesting situations occurred at the USATF Junior Nationals with either event champions or top 2 finishers with the IAAF World Junior qualifier standard not meeting the criteria to be selected by the USATF and/or eligible according to the IAAF to be on the US team for the upcoming World Junior Championships in Eugene. Here is our unofficial World Junior Championships "Snub Team" for the United States. (via MileSplit)

    Bruce Taylor - July 10, 2014 - Comment
  • USATF announces Team USA roster for IAAF World Junior Championships

    Record-setting high schoolers and NCAA champions highlight Team USA's 89-member roster for the 8th IAAF World Junior Championships, scheduled for July 22-27 at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.  (via MileSplit)

    Bruce Taylor - July 10, 2014 - Comment