Region !-AAA was held in Savannah and hosted by Savannah Arts Academy, but was held on the campus of Savannah Country Day School as Savannah Arts does not have a course. The boys ran at 10:00a.m. with near perfect conditions of slightly overcast skies and the temperature hovering around the mid 60's..Savannah Arts swept the team titles. The top 4 teams qualifying will be headed up to Carrollton, GA for the big dance on November 8th.
See how your times rank and matchup against other top teams and individuals in their NXN regional
The weather was amazing today as the kids in Region 4-6A finally got a break that their weekend counterparts will enjoy on Sat. Lots of great racing happened today at Allatoona Creek park as the runners ran the exact same course as was run on 9/6 at the Cobb Co XC Championships.
Kaleb McLeod had some company early in the AAA Boys race in the GISA State Championships but pulled away in Mile 2 posting a 15:30 for the win. It will be interesing to find out if he's been holding back something for Foot Locker South in 4 weeks as he was the top Georgia individual placing 15th in 2013.
It was a slow week of meets as Region meets began last Thursday. But Week 10's 'All Class ROW' came from the GISA State Championships as Ruthie Powell from the Heritage School dominated the last Mile clocking a 19:13 at Darton State's course.
Region meets began today for 1A Private down in Macon with Area 1 Private . These results will reflect in the 'Final' rankings before State. Athens Academy keeps getting stronger and closing the gap on Landmark's girls and with Kathryn Foreman possibly not running this Saturday could leap over Landmark in the 'Final' pre-State rankings. Alot of Girls squads moved up including Galloway, Whitefield, Mount De Sales and Mount Pisgah. Hebron Christian remained atop the Boys rankings, but moving up were Athens Academy, Paideia and Stratford. I suspect there will be more movement after taking Region into account.
The Region 4-AAAAA Championship was a glimpse of the Girls State race as Starrs Mill and McIntosh faced off with the host Panthers taking the win and jumping over McIntosh. Dunwoody rested 4 of their top 5 at Region. McIntosh girls jumped over Creekview. Union Grove's 21:09 at region moved them into 9th. Clarkston looked very strong in 6-AAAAA and passes Forsyth Central on the Boys side. Starrs Mill is a strong 5th after winning 4-AAAAA. Region 4 and 6 have 2 weeks to rest before State which could be a factor.
Athens Academy cross country coach Geoffrey Walton had observed freshman Anna Marian Block several years before she joined the Spartans' varsity squad, but he didn't know she'd contribute so much so soon. (via Online Athens)
There were only 4 Region Meets contested Tuesday and Ga.MileSplit has received results from 2-AA, 7-AAA and 3-AAAA. These are a few of the outlying more 'rural' regions especially 2-AA and 3-AAAA. There were no surprises from any as the better teams during the regular season all advanced.
Marietta runs with bull’s-eye on backs - Marietta’s boys cross country team appears to be in good shape for this week’s region meet. Some rival coaches agree saying they’d be happy to gun for a top-four spot in Wednesday’s Region 4AAAAAA champions...
Marietta’s boys cross country team appears to be in good shape for this week’s region meet. Some rival coaches agree, saying they’d be happy to gun for a top-four spot. (via mdjonline.com)
In the largest and most competitive region in AAAAA (representing 27% of the top ranked schools) the showdown will take place at the popular Boling Park course between 14 schools. 5 of the boys’ teams: Forsyth Central, Creekview, Cambridge, Dalton, and River Ridge; and 3 of the Girls teams: Creekview, Cambridge, and Riverwood have been in the State rankings or watch list for the majority of the season. Who will show up primed and ready to win a Region title?
Check out the 21 top freshmen boys XC performers nationally from the month of October below split into a first, second, and third team of Future Stars. Presented by Hoka One One.
This past weekend the largest XC meet in the world was held and the state meet train is at full blast. Jimmy breaks down an exciting weekend of XC!
Check out the 21 top freshmen girls XC performers nationally from the month of October below split into a first, second, and third team of Future Stars. Presented by Hoka One One.
Region 8-AAA got this week's action started at Lamar Murphy Park. I had to ask someone was this early September as it got hot and humid on the mostly wide open grass course. Hart County's Girls had to fight to beat Oconee County by 5 points. East Jackson's boys hunted down race leader Michael Hans as the foursome battled the entire race down to the finish line.
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Region meets listed on the XC Calendar began this past Thursday. 1-AAAAAA, 4-AAAAA, 2-AAAAAA, 6-AAAAA and 5-AAA took care of business early giving their athletes an extra week of rest for those Q' for Carrollton on 11-8. There were no real surprises in the outcome of any except for just 2 Girls teams coming out of 5-AAA. Region time always brings into question the GHSA qualifying process as a few teams make it in just by having 5 runners cross the finish line as opposed to teams in super tough regions being left out that would more than likely be top 10 (even possibly Podium contenders) at State. Abbas Abbkar of Clarkston is pictured above.
Those tricky AA Girls schools....ran up in the 3A- 4A races with Lovett and Wesleyan's Girls having a pre-State 'scout' of each other 2 weeks befote the 'Big Dance' at 12:40pm. Serena Tripodi and Jenna Gearing dueled for the Overall w/ Triodi winning by :20 in 19:28.. What was interesting if one looks at results, is Wesleyan proved they can run with Lovett and if 2 of Wesleyan's girls can best their counterpart on Lovett's squad its going to be CLOSE. White's Girls edged Woodward by 9 points. Westminster's Boys upended 4A power North Hall by 2 points showing late signs they will be in the mix w/ East Jackson and Blessed Trinity at State. Quintin Miles and Corson Teasley swept the top 2 spots for North Hall.
5A schools met some small school competition as schools are allowed to run up at Last Chance. Forsyth Central warmed up for Region winning the Boys race over A Private Athens Academy and Jones County. The Athens Academy Girls were not as kind winning the Girls race beating 4A ranked Columbus by 11 points showing steady improvement all season long and could give Landmark a race for their money in 2 weeks. Anna Marion Block from AA and Justin Weegar of Evans (pictured) were Overall winners.
It was a long day of racing and perhaps a few tempo runs at Carrollton Last Chance as evidenced by a few of the top athletes competing. In the 6-A races South Forsyth's squads toured the course winning both races easily as the other 6A 'Powers' opted to rest and prep for Region conpetition. Matt Patterson and Savannah Carnahan swept the Overall races for South....
It was a long day of racing and perhaps a few tempo runs at Carrollton Last Chance as evidenced by a few of the top athletes competing. Nineteen 1A & 2A schools were registered for the early and chilly 8:00am Boys start. However, only nine started with the others opting to run in later races. Galloway Boys proved they are title contenders beating several ranked squads. Friedman strolled to 1st in 16:47. Landmark's Girls (sans Kathryn Foreman who is nursing an injury) won the Girls race with Nicole Fegans and Sarah Foreman taking 1st and 2nd.
By the time the AA races began it had warmed up considerably. When the dust had settled a new champion was crowned as Mill Springs (out of Alpharetta) won the Boys team title and Brentwood (Sandsersville) took the Girls team title back to Washington County. We hope to have some pics up later of all races. Catherine McGarr from Crisp Academy is the Girls Overall Champ and Devin Hazzard (pictured) from Mill Springs top AA boy.
It was a great day of racing way down in Albany at Darton State College for the GISA State Cross Country Championships. The morning started out with temperatures in the high 40s, but as soon as the sun came up the temperatures warmed up quickly. The AAA boys team title was up for grabs as Southland and Trinity Christian Dublin had their 'Rubber Match' after going head to head thrice with TCD. Deerfield did a great job hosting the meet. Results were posted almost as soon as the last runner finished. Deerfield did a great job hosting the meet. Jason Potter, a Deerfield Windsor parent, was responsible for the course set up and finish chute doing a great job. Results were posted almost as soon as the last runner finished.
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.
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)
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.
Shake up in top 3 of 3A boys. Blessed Trinity takes the top spot after a NARROW head to head victory over East Jackson. If Chase Kennedy runs normal, East Jackson still wins. This is turning into a very close 3 horse race with Westminster, Blessed Trinity, and East Jackson. Westminster girls sent a message and separated a little bit at the top of 3A girls, although the Titans were missing #1. Hart County may well have their best Girls team in school history this Fall.
4A Boys was interesting as North Oconee really brought it for the first time this Fall winning Asics and besting North Hall. Darkhorse Johnson (Gainesville) snaked into 4th and Carrollton ran well in Florida. On the Girls end Woodward and Johnson both moved up. St.Pius X, Woodward and North Hall will tee it up at Coach Wood...
It was a veritable 5A face off at Asics last Saturday with teams getting a chance to compete against each other on a fast track...Starrs Mill, Dunwoody were very tight thru #6 with both moving up and Northgate ran well in the 5A-6A race as did Cambridge and Winder-Barrow. McIntosh was missing their top runner affecting their Asics race. Lakeside Evans, Creekview, Starrs Mill and Gainesville moved up on the Boys end. Its unfortunate Clarkston is not running at Coach Wood as they would collide with Forsyth Central...
Most of the heavy hitters in 6A were on the sidelines last week resting up for the slugfest/mud test at Coach Wood this coming Saturday. South Forsyth made some moves at Asics, Etowah's Girls and Cherokee's boys moved up after their wins at Cherokee County. Nearly All the Big Boys and Girls will be at Coach Wood.
Marietta's boys took a well deserved week off after their race at Great American. The big surprises this past week came from the fleet Asics Invitational where North Oconee had their most complete race of the season taking 1st as Harper Sigler rejoined the top 5. South Forsyth also ran like gangbusters moving up to 4th. For the Gals South Forsyth continued to move up as Kaylee Dupont is finding out how good she could be. Westminster's Girls continued to improve moving up the ladder.
MileSplit got the juice coast to coast this past weekend, which included some stellar performances as some of the nation's best went head to head.
Around 12 Georgia schools made the long trip down to Orlando (many as a reward) to compete at the Disney Cross Country Classic. Not sure if this was a first, but each race is named after some Disney character which made for some tedious research of how Ga squads fared. Lindsay Billings enjoyed the trip winning the 'Maleficent' race in 17:36 posting the fastest time of the day by 1:08...Hebron Christian's Boys won the 'Peter Pan' race!
Although not the 'featured' races of the day, 1A-4A and 5A-6A provided some fast racing and opportunity for runners to pr with only 2.5 weeks before region meets begin. Emma Grace Hurley blistered the course running all alone posting a 17:33..Ermais Tewolde of Druid Hills who clocked a 15:56 for the fastest boys time in these races. Northgate's girls ran well winning 5A-6A.
Led by the Eagles of Milton, Georgia squads captured all the team titles and many top-10 individual awards at the Furman University Golf Course at the 42nd rendition of this meet. Conditions were very humid but the course was well-groomed and included a log to jump on each of the three loops that make-up this iconic venue.
Asics Alexander Produces Some Hot Racing as North Oconee, Friedman, South Forsyth and Carnahan Win T
In an excellent event put on by Alexander MD/Head Coach Brian Robinson, over 2000 HS runners hit the Fox Hall course and raced very hard at Asics Alexander. Damn the course distance for the database, it doesn't change how well our Georgia athletes performed Saturday in one of our biggest meets of the year. Top squads from nearly every class went head to head (especially 3A-4A-5A) which will turn the weekly rankings on their very head! Let's be honest, 'Head to Head' racing does mean much more than times from course to course... North Oconee's boys shocked some people, Reilly Friedman 'fryed the field', South Forsyth's girls and Savannah Carnahan are going to be contenders in 6A. Can't we all just be at peace? No name calling, no calling coaches out, one united Coaches Association. What's important is the Sport, the student-athletes, coaches, parent volunteers...Come on man....more to come Sunday evening on Asics!
It was a beautiful day at Nash Farm Battlefield as 25 teams mixed it up at the Golden Eagle Invitational. West Florida Tech HS invaded from Pensacola FL (9 hr trip) and crossed back into the CST zone with both Varsity team 1st place trophies. Logan Poteet cruised to another win in the VB race and Rebecca Dow of Marietta was strong taking the Girls Overall title. Padeia swept the MS team honors and Overall titles. Meet Director Claud Spinks made several minor tweaks to the Battle of Atlanta course for the Golden Eagle
It was a tremendous race today at Boling Park, the location of the Cherokee County XC Championships the last 4 years. The 6 teams of Cherokee County lined up eager to take home the championship trophy. No dodging or ducking competition, each team sent out most of its top runners to earn bragging rights on a day that was less than ideal as early rains had left a soggy starting and finishing area and standing water was scattered everywhere on the course. Etowah proved its dominance once again with Cherokee’s Scarborough breaking up the winning streak this year with his victory in the Varsity boys’ race. Rolls of thunder could be heard in the distance as the Varsity harriers flew along the course, and with flashes of lighting just as the JV boy’s race was about to start coaches decided to suspend the JV races until Monday evening. A torrent of rain began to fall for about an hour after the field cleared.
The 2014 Golden Eagle is smaller than last year, but it gives xc runners an opportunity to compete on an excellent course that's moderately challenging with much less jostling than the 'Battle of Atlanta' Mostly area schools will be competing for team/individual awards. Bring a chair, set it on the top shelf and one can actually enjoy watching most of the race!
In an effort to 'catch up' for not publishing a MS 'Runner of the Week' we are going to select Co-Runners of the Week for the past 2 weeks of competition to try avoiding overlooking anyone deserving of the honor. Athletes in BOLD print are Ga.MileSplit's selections, with MS State looming only 9 days away ending Georgia's MS season. However, their will be the USATF GA Youth/Midget races as well as AAU and don't forget Foot Locker South's 3000 Meter race which is always a great way to end a season of racing. Pictured above (I believe) is Caroline Patterson from 'Great Strides' as she won 2 races less than 48 hrs apart to earn Co-MS Girls 'Runner of the Week' with Tift Middle's Emily Golden.
In an effort to 'catch up' for not publishing a MS 'Runner of the Week' we are going to select Co-Runners of the Week for the past 2 weeks of competition to try avoiding overlooking anyone deserving of the honor. Athletes in BOLD print are Ga.MileSplit's selections with MS State looming only 9 days away ending Georgia's MS season. However, their will be the USATF GA Youth/Midget races as well as AAU and don't forget Foot Locker South's 3000 Meter race which is always a great way to end a season of racing. For the Boys, Caleb Harris of Bainbridge MS and Nikolas Rowlands of Bonaire are selected after an epic battle at Westover.
Virtual girls meet preview for the Alexander Asics Invitational based on season best 5K times in the MileSplit database.
Virtual boys meet preview for the Alexander Asics Invitational based on season best 5K times in the MileSplit database.
It was a week for the Girls without Lindsay Billings or Emma Grace Hurley competing, and Lovett's Serena Triopdi took advantage on the newly redesigned 5K Westover course. Although it was muddy and slippery on many areas, Tripodi carved out a still pretty fast 18:43 defeating many former Class ROWs this past Saturday...
Its hard to argue that Reilly Friedman's 3rd place 15:15 finish in the 'Race of Champions' at Great American is not the choice for the Week 7 Boys All-Classes 'Runner of the Week' . Click on the article header to find out who were the ROWs by Class, including 1A Public!
Here are your Week 7 5A Team Rankings..Alexander Asics is a huge race for ranked 5A teams and should sort things out on what teams thrive on fast flatter courses. Westover had a big impact on the bottom 5 on the Girls side..
A Private Girls remained the same this past week (thru 10-7) with Athens Academy perhaps closing the gap on an inconsistent Landmark Christian squad (injuries?) Former GISA school Mount DeSales cracks the top 10. There was some shuffling on the Boys side as Hebron Christian assumed control of #1 after their performance at Great American with a 17:36 team average. Landmark, Athens Academy and Lakeview Academy all moved up.
The 15th Annual Alexander Asics Invitational is shaping up to be a very competitive race. Both the boys’ and girls’ fields will feature over 20 ranked teams from 1A-6A along with teams from South Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee.
Last Fall Owen Bailey of Woodstock kept Etowah from the complete sweep at the Cherokee County Championships. His victory in the Boy's Varsity was the only blemish Etowah had on either gender and at both levels (JV and Varsity). All four team victories went to Etowah including an impressive display of depth at the Boy's JV level in which the first 8 finishers were Eagles. However, 2014 might not find Cherokee County so willing to hand over all of their trophies and medals so easily.
Well, well...the more things change, the more they stay the same... But not so fast this week baby....Banks County ran well at the Mountain Invite as both their squads moved into 6th in the Week 7 3A Rankings. Let's look for some truth after next Saturday as finally........Blessed Trinity and Westminster's Girls are slated to compete looking at Asics' entries, to go 'heads up' in a sure barnburner at Asics!! (Don't be shocked if they end up in different races, LOL) East Jackson and Westminster's boys are 'possibly' on a collision course at Asics Alexander...(although at press time) Westminster's boys are not entered.
Not much changed this week, it seems like the teams that were off last week ran this week and others used this week as rest. On the girls side, Lovett showed that they are still looking strong by winning Westover. In the process, Lovett beat several large classification teams to bring home the title. Darlington had a very good day on Great American with overall individual winner and team placed 4th. The boys were much like the girls with few teams running, but those that did had fast days on courses known to produce low times. Lovett boys posted a sub 18 team average and put themselves in top 10 at Westover, while Darlington behind another great performance from Spencer Fields finished 19th at Great American. Union boys showed some solid improvement running up at Unicoi State Park.
Marist's girls are still on top followed by a gritty Heritage Catoosa squad. St.Pius X moved ahead of White County after their Great American race and Eagle's Landing gals enjoyed the pecan groves down at Westover rocketing to 7th. No movement in the top 6 Boys teams, but Johnson HS Gainesville is making progress at being a 'spoiler' come November...
How All-Class Rankings went reflected how 6A was affected. IMHO, no one gained any ground on Marietta's boys though Mill Creek and Walton ran great. Lakeside DeKalb's boys had a sweet race at Wendys cracking the top 10. Northview's girls were off and attached to a local 5k event. (per their school webpage) Mill Creek's gals were 11th in the ROC at Great American solidfying their #2 ranking. South Forsyth dominated at Mountain moving into 3rd. Etowah's lady Eagles ran well at Wendys slicing into 5th and Marietta's lasses are beginning to sniff Podium possibilities after placing 17th at Great American.
Take a Bottle, Shake it Up...Great American and Wendys (both NC) certainly affected All-Class Rankings this past week as no fewer than 6 Girls teams and 7 Boys teams had movement. Marietta's boys were 5 points away from winning the ROC at Great American and are stirring the pot in the Community as one of the greatest teams in recent GA XC history. Hopefully, they will get some respect Regionally from MileSplit National. Walton's boys catapulted up to 4th after Jesse Owens (AL) Mill Creek continues to improve after their Great American performance cruising to 3rd. Marist faced down tough comp at Great American staying put at #1. South Forsyth moved to 4th after Mountain Invite, Etowah enjoyed the beef at Wendys re-entering the top 10, and Marietta's girls had a solid race at Great American showing signs of their pre-season potential.
A list of the top 50 fastest boys 5K cross country times in the state of Georgia in the MileSplit database as of October 7th.
Emma Grace Hurley and Morgan Isle's race at the Warpath Invitational almost a month ago still stand as two of the fastest times run this cross country season in the state of Georgia.