Fox Hall Sporting Club in Douglasville, Georgia. This year's race is the largest ever. It has over 100 schools and over 3000 runners.
Here is a preview of the distance events at Meet of Champions this Saturday
86 schools and over 3000 athletes will mix it up at Foxhall Sporting Club this Saturday at Alexander Asics Invitational. photo by Daniel McCauley
This year’s Alexander Invitational looks to be a good one. We have several of the state’s top runners and teams. We also have teams coming from South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee.
For the first time the Bob Blastow Invitation will be run at McIntosh Nature Preserve. This years event has 49 teams that will compete on the flat McIntosh course. The race format will have four varsity races, two JV and an Open division.
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.
Boys- There are a total of 11 ranked teams from classes A-AAAAAA on the boy’s side. Leading the way is second ranked Peachtree Ridge from 6A. The Ridge is led by the veteran coach Ron Clanton. The Lions will see stiff competition from some of the top teams in AAA. Girls- The field has 12 ranked teams. Leading the way is 6A number 2 ranked Peachtree Ridge followed by several ranked teams from A-AAAAAA. Most noticeable are North Gwinnett, Alexander, South Forsyth and Blessed Trinity.
The Asics Invitational at McIntosh this Saturday looks to be as good as ever. Last year the meet was moved Clinton because of the flood, but the meet is back at McIntosh for the tenth time. Boys Preview: The boy’s race has 10 ranked teams in the varsity race with 4 of those teams coming from 3A alone. North Hall, Woodward, Oconee and Grady are all ranked in 3A and with this race being only 5 weeks from the state meet should provide fans of 3A a preview of things to come. Mill Creek and McIntosh represent the 4 and 5A classes with Blessed Trinity, Athens Christian, Gallaway and Providence Christian in 2A and 1A. The individual race should be good with Nathan Vassey of Woodward academy leading the way with a 15:44 PR this year. He is followed by Joshua Jenkins of Athens Christian, Jeff Bagley of West Forsyth and North Hall’s Cody Barger following closely behind. The boys race has over 20 runners with a sub 17 PR this year. Girls Preview: The girl’s race should be the highlight of the day. There are 11 ranked teams from classes’ 1A-4A. The match-up that everyone will be watching will be the showdown between Blessed Trinity and Westminster ranked #1 and 2 respectively in 2A. Individually the girls will be highlighted by Taylor Roeck of West Forsyth, Maddy Wetterhal of Chamblee, Destiny Jenkins of Athens Christian and Sahara Fletcher of Westminster.
Coach Brian Robinson of Alexander previews the 2010 Bob Blastow Invitational which many teams come to run and start the season off on a quick course.