The best cross country runner in the nation for the fall 2014 season is realeased!
The links in the article body are for pre-registering for the annual GA Track/XC Coaches clinic, as well as basic information. This year mark's the 20th edition, and the best lineup of speakers ever! Hands-on/demonstration sessions for many events: Hurdles, Vault, Jumps, Throws, Starts, Relays. There will also be a session and info in the coaches' packets about the new GATFXCCA, the Georgia Track & Field / Cross Country Coaches Association, that is being formed now for our sport. A great group of vendors with some cool drawings will be included.
The release of the best cross country runner in the nation for the fall 2014 season!
Mary Terry from North Oconee HS signed her NLI to compete in the High Jump for the University of Georgia Dawgs Women's Track team. Trry won the GHSA Class 3A State title in the HJ last Spring as a junior going 5-6. She improved dramatically in a 2 year period improving by a full foot. Terry also is the USATF JO National Champ in the HJ this past Summer. Her Pr is 5-8.
Part of our Foot Locker Nationals coverage. (via MileSplit)
The 1st Annual North East Georgia All Regional Cross Country Team Banquet was held at East Jackson High School this past Monday evening. Chase Kennedy and Audrey Honoiotes were selected as the 'Runners of the Year'. Coach Tomy Sitton from East Jackson is the Boys Coach of the Year and Coach Ralph Moore of North Oconee HS the Girls Coach of the Year.
Chase Harris, a senior at Bainbridge High School (Georgia), signed his National Letter of Intent to attend Maryville University of St. Louis. Chase will compete for the Saints in Cross Country as well as Indoor and Outdoor Track. Maryville University is a member of NCAA Division II and competes in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
The Board’s selection of IAAF Representatives has been the topic of significant discussion within the USATF Community. The press release announcing our choices (http://www.usatf.org/News/USATF-Board-selects-IAAF-candidates.aspx) described the process as well as providing a brief statement about our discussion and rationale. (via www.usatf.org)
All you need to know from Foot Locker as the cross country season comes to a close
Watch MileSplit's extensive race footage of the boys race from the 2014 Foot Locker Nationals.
Watch MileSplit's extensive race footage of the girls race from the 2014 Foot Locker Nationals.
Photo galleries from the 2014 Foot Locker Nationals.
Complete results of the boys race from the 2014 Foot Locker Nationals.
Complete results of the girls race from the 2014 Foot Locker Nationals.
Watch the 2014 Foot Locker Nationals live on MileSplit starting at 8 AM PST (11 AM EST) on Saturday.
I'm a far better person because I was a runner in high school. Because I was dedicated to a pursuit that valued and rewarded camaraderie, strength and willpower. Because I was part of a team that saw me at my best and my worst.... (via The Huffington Post)
All you need to know from NXN including many firsts that went down at the new course
Watch the championship boys race from the 2014 Nike Cross Nationals!
There was a lot of hype, but she delivered! Watch Alaskan Allie O rule the field!
Complete results of the boys race from the 2014 Nike Cross Nationals.
Complete results of the girls race from the 2014 Nike Cross Nationals.
On Wednesday evening, December 3, Atlanta Track Club recognized 42 deserving scholastic student-athletes, 21 boys and 21 girls, at its annual Cross Country Awards Banquet. Each of the All-Metro athletes were chosen based on an updated, calculated ranking system, and in the weeks prior to the event, coaches, parents, media and the general public were given the opportunity to vote to determine the athletes’ placement as 1st Team, 2nd Team, or 3rd Team honorees.
Projected order of the 22 teams that will toe the line for NXN in Portland on Saturday
Projected order of the 22 teams that will toe the line for NXN in Portland on Saturday
If the national scene wasn't already hot enough! Brace yourself for the next two weeks
Watch Episode 2 of ON THE RISE: Allie Ostrander as she prepares to race the nation's best at NXN!
Georgia may have had overall, the most successful NXN Regional in history. 2 Athletes qualified as Individuals including Marist's Morgan Ilse and Galloway's Reilly Friedman. Also congrats to Marietta and Marist for their 5th place team finishes in the deepest year ever in the NXN Southeast Regional.
Although coming up without a National Qualifier, many of our underclassmen had successful outings at Foot Locker South and a few seniors closed out their HS Cross Country careers on a high note. One has to wonder how Reilly Friedman would have fared at McAlpine Park Greenway after he qualified for NXN Nationals out of Cary, NC same day. Logan Poteet ended his HS XC Career as top Georgian placing 27th in 15:30. Georgia sophs placed 2nd as a team led by Chandler Kennedy's 2nd overall in 15:49.
Over 500 athletes came from Georgia to compete in the Foot Locker South race held at Charlotte's McAlpine Park. Emma Grace Hurley from Fellowship Christian School came away with the biggest prize earning a top 10 spot placing 7th in the Seeded Girls race clocking a 17:15 earning a trip to San Diego at the Foot Locker National Championship. It was hard to watch Lindsay Billings fall just short of Q' for Nats at the Finish Line the final 5 meters as she was passed by Abby Gray who made a kamakazi bid the final 25 meters catching Billings who collapsed across the line perhaps unaware Gray was coming hard. Still, great races by Hurley and Billings. (Image by Dan McCauley)
Meet the 10 girls finalists for the 2014 Foot Locker Nationals from the South Region!
Watch the championship boys race from the 2014 NXN Southeast Regional in Cary, North Carolina.
Watch the championship girls race from NXN Southeast Regional in Cary, North Carolina.
Photo galleries from the Foot Locker South Regional. Over 8,151 total!
Watch the seeded girls race video from the 2014 Foot Locker South Regional in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Watch the seeded boys race from Foot Locker South, which Andrew Hunter rolls to US #2 time of 14:36!
Watch FULL Episode 1 of ON THE RISE: Allie Ostrander! Check Out Trailer for Sneak Peak!
MileSplit predicts the top 15 finishers for seeded girls race at Foot Locker South.
Who does the database predict to advance to Portland and compete for the team national championship?
There has been some speculation on a few top runners from Georgia opting for NXN Regionals in Cary, NC. Most notable is Reilly Friedman choosing NXN as an Individual which some may find unusual. But 550 athletes chose Foot Locker South hoping to end their season with a fast time on the quick McAlpine Greenway Course...
Meet Directors (via MileSplit)
The USATF Junior Olympic Regional Qualifier was held in Myrtle Beach South Carolina last Saturday at the Whispering Pines course. Athletes from the SC USATF Association were not required to qualify to move onto Nationals . But, a great many USATF GA State qualifiers took on the challenge. Dan McCauley took some great pics and he has passed them on to Ga.MileSplit.
Your weekend XC update including action from two down to the wire NXN Regionals
Registration is filling quickly for the 2014 All-Metro High School Cross Country Awards Banquet. Don’t miss out on this year’s event! On December 3, 2014 at the College Football Hall of Fame, Atlanta Track Club will present the 42 deserving scholastic student-athletes, 21 boys and 21 girls, to be named to the First, Second or Third All-Metro Cross Country Teams. Each of the All-Metro athletes will be recognized for their extraordinary seasons at the All-Metro Banquet and First Team All-Metro honorees will receive a $500 scholarship from Atlanta Track Club. Also honored that evening will be the All-Metro Women’s and Men’s coaches whose teams won State Championship titles, and four individual awards for Outstanding Male/Female State Cross-Country Athlete and Outstanding Dedication Award for the Male/Female Cross-Country Coach. This year’s banquet will feature an inspiring keynote speaker, the fastest marathoner in U.S. History, Ryan Hall. Hall will speak to the young athletes about his experiences running in high school, college and at the Olympics.
Most coaches would like their team to peak for the state meet. Gaining a precious few seconds per runner could be the difference in winning a championship and becoming an also-ran. Debates as how to prepare runners to peak at the right time have been both numerous and, at times, heated. Whereas I don’t pretend to have anything approaching all of the answers, I did find a way to explain about 20% of the variation in performance at the state meet. The other 80% of the variation shall remain proprietary information for some of the best coaches.
The following was chosen by a committee as the first inaugural North East Georgia All Region Cross Country Team that will be recognized on Dec. 15 at East Jackson High School: (Plans are to have the NE Ga. All Track Team recognized in May of 2015) Thanks to all that contributed to make this happen. A way we can recognize runners in the North East Georgia Area.
DeAndra Greer from Woodland Stockbridge HS, signed her NLI to compete in Track and Field for the Tennessee Volunteers. She holds the record at her highschool in the 100m & 200m and is excited about starting her next chapter in her life as an Tennessee VOL!!
CONGRATULATIONS Georgia on another outstanding year of Cross Country. in Georgia. For the 13th year in a row the Atlanta Track Club has continued its generosity with youth athletics and has agreed to sponsor TEAM GEORGIA by outfitting the top 15 boys and 15 girls who will run at the Footlocker South XC meet. The Footlocker South Regional will take place in Charlotte, NC on Saturday, 11/29 and is the precursor to the National XC Championships.
After essentially losing a year of his life due to a severe concussion, Seamus Love is now FINDING STRONG. (via MileSplit)
Atlanta Track Club is proud to present the 42 deserving scholastic student-athletes, 21 boys and 21 girls, to be named to the First, Second or Third All-Metro Cross Country Teams. Each of the All-Metro athletes will be recognized for their extraordinary seasons at the All-Metro Banquet and First Team All-Metro honorees will receive a $500 scholarship from Atlanta Track Club. Also honored that evening will be the All-Metro Women’s and Men’s coaches whose teams won State Championship titles, and four individual awards for Outstanding Male/Female State Cross-Country Athlete and Outstanding Dedication Award for the Male/Female Cross-Country Coach. This year’s banquet will feature an inspiring keynote speaker, the fastest marathoner in U.S. History, Ryan Hall. Hall will speak to the young athletes about his experiences running in high school, college and at the Olympics. http://atlantatrackclub.org/community/high-school-running
First year director of track and field/cross country Beth Alford-Sullivan has announced her first recruiting class on Rocky Top. Fifteen future Volunteers comprise the class, which includes nine women and six men. (via www.utsports.com)
Latest episode of ESPN's E:60, distance runner Kayla Montgomery was profiled on overcoming multiple sclerosis. (via MileSplit)
11/15/14 Heritage Christian Church was the beautiful venue for the 2014 USATF Georgia Association Junior Olympic Championship. Over 800 enthusiastic runners participated in this popular event for everyone from under 8 all the way to up to the experienced 18 year olds as many current and future HS stars braved the temps. Although cold temperatures greeted the early racers, the action was hot throughout the entire day. SPRINT! 73 Boys in the 8 & Under 2000m run were marking each other and digging deep coming into the finish. (pic above)
Top 500 boys times from the Foot Locker South Region states as of November 20th.
Top 500 girls times from the Foot Locker South Region states as of November 20th.
3 Time Defending 4A Cross Country Overall Champ Morgan Ilse of Marist School in Atlanta signs her NLI to join the Heels' of UNC Chapel Hill on the trail and track next Fall.
Former 4A Star Daniel Broahead of Wayne County High School signs his NLI with Georgia Regents University. Broadhead's scholarship was 'held' for 2 years by GRU as he was on a mission for the Mormon church (LdS)
Kiana Robinson from Grovetown High School signed her NLI to run Track for the Division 1 Savannah State Tigers. Kiana is coached at Grovetown by Rodney Tyson.
Top 21 best sophomore boys performers from the month of November in the nation.
The top 21 sophomore girls XC performers in the nation from the last 4 weeks!
The Clarkston High School cross country team is made up of mostly refugees. They started the season underfunded. They ended it as state champions. (via www.11alive.com)
Watch the trailer of On The Rise: Allie Ostrander, part of a new MileSplit original video series.
Furman senior Tripp Hurt talks about the Furman team and goals for this coming weekend and the road to nationals. (via MileSplit)
Eagles Add Two to Cross Country/Track and Field Program (via Georgia Southern University)
NXN Midwest & Northwest, Ostrander races for first time since early October, suprise Michiganders go big!
MileSplit Georgia had comprehensive race video coverage from the 2014 GHSA Cross Country State Championships. Watch all the races here!
Atlanta Track Club has selected 42 deserving scholastic student athletes, 21 boys and 21 girls, to be named to the First, Second or Third All-Metro Teams. The 42 honorees were chosen based on an updated, calculated, ranking system and now coaches, parents, media and the general public will vote to determine their place on the three teams. Only one vote is allowed per person.You will be ranking the list of 42 athletes and determining their placement on the First, Second or Third All-Metro Cross Country Teams. Coaches' votes will equal 80% of an athlete's total score. Public votes will equal 20% of an athlete's total score. Voting closes 11/17/14 at 11pm(EST) Click on the article header for Athlete Bios and Details.
Senior Jeremy Greenwald earned NCAA South All-Region Honors as the Georgia Tech men's and women's teams finished sixth and 11th, respectively, Friday at the 2014 NCAA South Regional Championships at Apalachee Regional Park. (via www.ramblinwreck.com)
Both the Georgia men and women's cross country teams finished better than their rankings coming in to highlight action at the NCAA South Regional Cross Country Championships at the Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Fla., on Friday morning. (via www.georgiadogs.com)
An interview with Quintaveon Poole about his signing with Mississippi State.
Robby Keough of Whitefield Academy has signed his letter of intent with the University of Virginia to run track. Keough is the 2014 Georgia State Track Champion in the 800 & 1600 Meter runs. Keough's PR in the 800m is 1:53.49 and 4:15.35 for the 1600m. Last Saturday, Keough earned the Silver Medal in the GA XC Sate Championship
The Atlanta Track Club Foundation will be granting a $2,500 college scholarship to a female Metro Atlanta High School Senior graduating in 2015. The scholarship is in memory of Patty Foell. Nominations can only be made by High School Coaches. To get an application, contact the Atlanta Track Club Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 404.231.9064 #11.
Get the lowdown on the standout underclassmen across the nation
Here is information from the first new GATFXCCA meeting held Tuesday the 11th at Marist School. 16 Coaches were in attendance discussing varying subjects. I would like to strongly encourage more of you to participate in the next meeting on Tuesday December 9th as we try to 'Make the Sport Better' here in Georgia. There is power in numbers, knowledge and spirit. Its time for Coaches who love our Sport to become active members of the GATFXCCA. Your input can be instrumental in effecting positive changes for the Sport we love. Photo by Dan McCauley
As state meets come to a close the Sacony Flo50 Rankings continue to heat up!
Is this the week a new #1 is crowned?
1A Boys Public hit the start line after all the dust had cleared from the afternoon, but did have cooler temps than the previous 2 classes (unless some self-appointed weathermen out there beg to differ like on The Discussion Board. The venue had nearly cleared after the A Private Awards were finished , but these guys were ready to race on a course that very few of them had experience on. Many of the top runners from the 2013 meet had graduated, and 2 time defending Champ Georgia Military was a bit down this season (like many A Public squads having a difficult job of fielding a full squad.) New champions would be crowned on this day...
A Public Girls once again closed out the GHSA State Cross Country Championships as the sun dropped behind the big hill providing some interseting lighting for Dan McCauley to work with. Carrollton has to be the toughest and longest course any of these athletes have faced this Fall. Towns County came in as the defending Champs along with their top runner Hannah Whitehead who might be a freshman. Towns and Commerce battled it out in the Area Meet and had met previously at an Athens Academy home meet.
NXN Regionals have begun, super fast state meets, off the wall 8th graders, and... another deadly debut!
A list of the top 100 boys squads from the team scores results merge of all 7 classification races from the 2014 Georgia High School State Cross Country Championships held on Saturday, November 8th in Carrollton.
A list of the top 100 girls squads from the team scores results merge of all 7 classification races from the 2014 Georgia High School State Cross Country Championships held on Saturday, November 8th in Carrollton.
A list of the top 500 girls individual times from all 7 classification races at the 2014 Georgia High School State Cross Country Championships.
A list of the top 500 individual times from all 7 classification races at the 2014 Georgia High School State Cross Country Championships.
Over 4,300 photos taken by Jonathan Speights from the 2014 Georgia State Cross Country Championship Meet.
The 2A Boys team title has never in recent history been as up for grabs as this Fall. Think of all (you old timers, lol) of the schools that have dominated this class in the 21st century...Primarily Westminster, Wesleyan (bobbing back and forth betwixt 1 and AA) Lovett and Blessed Trinity. Some serious wars were waged between these traditional powers. But it was all in good sportsmanship on the Boys side. It took until after region for Wesleyan to take the #1 spot in the rankings and they backed it up Saturday at Carrollton. Spencer Fields of Darlington must have felt like a man alone soon after the start as he just never looked back winning the Overall title.
The 2A Girls race favored Lovett as the Lions had dispatched any AA competition during the season and were looking for their first title in years. It doesn't hurt having the best harrier in AA leading the way in Serena Tripodi. Wesleyan figured to be a comtender having a strong program and being defending Champ. Pace Academy won the 1A Private title last Fall but lost some core runners. Darlington returned a strong experienced squad and Holy Innocents can't help but have some talent coming up from their State Championship MS program. St. Vincent's (Benedictine Military's sister school) runs well at Carrollton and woukd their be a surprise from a Mid GA squad?
1A Private Girls was a race that had set Individual contenders that were some of the fastest ladies All-State. Emma Grace Hurley has been defeated by no one, including a victory over Top Performer of the day Morgan Ilse and Lindsay Billings at Warpath mid-September. Not to mention Kathryn Foreman would be starting, though running thru pain at Region 5. Landmark Christian has been the team to beat in this class although at times being a bit inconsistent on the bottom end. Athens Academy showed signs of being a contender thru October if Landmark faltered, but a couple of squads had something to say about that in the final really competitive meet of the day. Have no fear, Hurley took off and never looked back and Landmark ran like days of past in the first decade and before. Here's a shout to Atlanta International's Helen Williams to get well and hopefully return this Outdoor Track season!
With the large rabid 6A races complete and Girls teams anxiously waiting for 'official results' to be released, A Private Boys kind of quietly began showing at the start line to settle who the best is this Fall. Anyone who has a clue was well aware of who Reilly Friedman is and how good he's become over the past 3 years after placing 21st his freshman year. Thru October and Region meets Hebron Christian and Galloway were looking like the cream of the A crop with Providence Christian, Athens Academy, Landmark Christian and possibly Paideia with opportunities to ascend the Podium. But, anything can happen at State...except to Friedman as he left no doubts that he is The Man in Georgia Cross Country this Fall.
Everyone was still trying to catch their breath after the fast and furious action of the 6A Boys championship race when the 6A ladies began to gather at the start line and form up stretching, doing the obligatory runouts, then huddling together (some with'some without their coaches) having final moments together getting charged up or praying even) As the final calls were made the time had arrived to put it all on the line (for some seniors perhaps their final Cross Country race) Most in the loop expected a team battle between top ranked Region 6 foes Northview, South Forsyth and a red hot Milton squad or to observe another work of art by Lindsay Billings. Sometimes one gets what they hope for, a great team battle and watching one of the state's best hopes for a Foot Locker National finalist.
You had to be there and watch the setting and atmosphere change as 4A began to race and the 6A schools and their rabid fans begin to arrive and populate the surrounding start/finish area and line both sides of the big hill below the school on top. The buzz could be felt in the air as the 6A Boys headed towards the start line and warmed up, doing runouts waiting for some sloooow AA girls to finish their stroll. Tension and anticipation mounted as squads toed the line and thousands of their faithful fans, jv runners roared as the race began...Marietta went to work taking care of business and no fewer than 10 guys mixed it up within 25 meters of each other till the end as Davis Stockwell emerged victorious...
This was one of the races everyone in the running community was highly anticipating as 4 of these AAAA squads have been ranked in the top 10 All-Class team rankings including most recently #2 St.Pius X and #3 North Oconee. But wait, isn't Marist in this race as well? Everyone would soon find out the 'Sleeper Has Awakened'. As many as 8 guys had legit shots at winning the Overall title if they brought it. No big shock St.Pius Boys won, but Marist as forewarned weaved their magic outrunning a talented North Oconee squad for 2nd! Senior Alex Murfee enjoyed a well deserved Overall win beating some nasty competition on the way.
Even though the final score clearly shows Marist's complete dominance, this was actually a very exciting race. The individual race was never really in doubt as Morgan Ilse Ilse was on a mission from the gun turning in the top Girls performance of the meet at 18:24. Marist Saturday clearly displayed the War Eagles are the top Girls TEAM in Georgia.
Another great race to continue the day (and thanks to Matt Day for the great commentary on the Live webcast today thru the 6A races!) It was Dunwoody's day to rule once again as they successfully defended their 2013 title as it seems the extra rest paid dividends for the Lady Wildcats today. Alyssa Hooker of Lakeside Evans took control of the race early and hung tough becoming the 5A Overall Champ in 19:45.
The GHSA State Cross Country Championships got off with a bang this morning at 7:45 with a light cover of frost in the 'bowl' at 39 degrees with little to no wind. All along it was a question of who would push Poteet and the answer was no one till it was too late. Clarkston vs Forsyth Central in the team race morphed into the Angoras vs Flowery Branch beginning the 2nd loop.
There was no fooling around at Carrollton in the 3A Girls Championship race. #5 All-Class Westminster was just too strong for the defending 3A Champs Blessed Trinity. Region 6 has often had these 2 squads collide in the past with the Region champ bowing to the runnerup at State. No such tomfoolery this Fall as the Cats crushed it. Audrey Honiotes has done something rare showing strong improvement from her freshman season when she placed 2nd overall to winning the Overall title Saturday in 19:26 on a Carrollton course that was running a bit slow.
Did this race ever turn into how it was billed? An East Jackson squad top heavy with 3 front runners, Blessed Trinity a solid squad with a couple guys who have been their top harriers with a tighter 1-6, and a Westminster squad which improved consistently thru October. At State (as a former Dacula trio knows) tighter packs and soild 4-5 guys win state titles. It went down to the bone decided by a 6th runner tiebreak witht he deeper Titan squad prevailing for the 3A title. One has to give credit to East Jackson's trio as they went 1.2,4 with Chase Kennedy taking the Overall crown.
ATLANTA – November 6, 2014 – This fall, Atlanta Track Club will select 42 deserving scholastic student- athletes, 21 boys and 21 girls, to receive All-Metro Cross Country Teams Honors. The 42 honorees will be chosen based on an updated, calculated, ranking system and then coaches, parents, media and the general public will be given the opportunity to vote for the athletes, determining their placement as 1st Team, 2nd Team or 3rd Team honorees. Voting to select the All Metro High School teams opens on November 11.
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Man, I'm scratching my head looking at this class...All season many have pondered when Wesleyan would ascend to the top and it took till Region for it to happen and by a measley 2 point margin on their home course which I've been told is quite beautiful and tough (Just look at the times from the Region 6 meet, very Carrollton like) Region 6 dominated the top 5 spots in the Boys Final Pre-State Class 2A Rankings and all the hot action from region 6 should continue Saturday as only 15 points separated the top 3 squads. Its WIDE OPEN for the team title and only 1 individual has been dominant this Fall in Spencer Fields of Darlington. Bleckley ran tough down in 4-AA. Can the Royals contend for a title?