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Here's a feature on legendary coach Joe Tribble of Westminster.
Here's a Senior Salute going out to Katherine Vuckovic of Westminster.
Here is a Senior Salute going out to Zachary Roe of Westminster. photo by Dan McCauley
Here's Who Won the Week for Georgia HS Girls in distance events. pictured is Katherine Vuckovic
Showdown in 3A boys with Pace vs Westminster. Lady Cats should roll..
Boys ROWS from this week of Region. pictured is Noah Hayes and Kamari Miller. photo by Paul Vaupel
In a torrid week of racing, McKenna Trapheagen of Woodland is the Week 8 Overall ROW
Championship races thrived on mild conditions pumping out some fast times. photos by Marc Logan
Here are the Week 4 HS Girls ROWS. McKenna Trapheagen is Overall ROW photo by Paul Vaupel
Parkview boys race to team win at hot humid Carrollton. photos by Marc Logan
MileSplit GA Week 3 HS Boys 'ROWS' including an Overall Runner of the Week. photo by Dan McCauley
Erin Fegans & Devin Wade win Overall titles at AT&T Panther. Auburn sweeps. photos by Dan McCauley
A preview of the AT&T Starr's Mill Invitational by Don Livingston. photo by Dan McCauley
Who will push Westminster this Fall and can Kaylee Bandy of Coahulla Creek contend for the Overall win?
This could be the most competitive 3A Boys class at the top in years.
AAA will once again be held down in Albany. A new Boys champ will assume the throne and will Monroe's girls upset GAC? photo by Daniel McCauley
Here's some highlights from Day 1 of the GA MS State. pictured is 3200m Champ Jared Fortenberry. photo by Luna McCauley shot on iPhone
Here are some of the highlights from the Westminster Relays in pics. pictured is Super Fast Frosh Jaylen Slade of Chapel Hill. photo by Marc Logan
Check out over 4000 pics broken down by event from the Westminster Relays by Marc Logan's Flash Forward Photography.
Check out all the race video from the Westminster Relays by Rich Castro.
Georgia tracksters warmed up the new track at the Chick Fil-A Invitational at Union Grove HS. Frosh Jaylen Slade (pictured) was en fuego. photo by Marc Logan's Flash Forward Photography
Georgia's Feature meet of the week was wet, windy and cold at Zaxby's Archer Invitational Saturday.
Here are the GA HS Girls 'Who Won the Week' Outdoors ending 2/17. pictured is Kimberly Harris of Buford
Georgia's finest harriers faced cold conditions and hot competition at the USATF Meet of Champions. photo by Daniel McCauley
The 2018 Meet of Champions will have the deepest field in its short 3 year history. its going to be frigid.. photo by Daniel McCauley
Naima Turbes warmed up for Foot Locker running away as Westminster made it 6 in a row. photo by Enrique Tomas
Westminster defends their 2017 team title and Devan Crow of North Hall is the Individual champion.
In the 3A Girls race, can Westminster bounce back and defend their State title?
Westminster is a heavy favorite to repeat as 3A team Champs. Devan Crow of North Hall is the man to beat for the Individual title.
Here are the GHSA Girls Region Runners of the Week. pictured is All Class ROW Naima Turbes of Westminster photo by Daniel McCauley
Here is a collection of images from the Alexander-Asics Invitational from the eye of Daniel McCauley.
Asics-Alexander and Great American will be huge factors in Week 8 Team Rankings. MS State and Coach Wood are on Tap next weekend..
In one of the largest and hottest (temps included) day of racing in early October, harriers raced to multiple prs at fast Foxhall Sporting Club. pictured is Jack Filan of Cambridge exalting in his win
With the top runners from Georgia facing off against some of the Southeast’s best, the Wingfoot XC Classic Girls Championship race is going to be a show-stopping race on the individual front (via www.atlantatrackclub.org)
Check out this Pic Collage from the Wingfoot Mile by Daniel McCauley
Monroe girls and Cedar Grove boys run wild in Finals
Its going to be hotter than Georgia Asphalt in Albany for AAA. pictured is Naima Turbes
Here are the AAA Virtual State meets based on Sectionals. pictured is Naima Turbes
Here were the 3A, 2A and A Pub Sectional 'AOWS' from last week heading down to Albany.
Here is an Athlete Q and A with top Girls 1600m runner Naima Turbes of Westminster
Here are the HS Girls Week 9 Athletes of the Week. Sterling Lester of Marietta had a GREAT week out in Cali at Arcadia.
In a slow week for Georgia HS Track, there were some great performances at Arcadia and Westminster Relays! pictured is Sterling Lester and Kennedy Simon
Watch all the Race Action by Matt Almand including some Record Breaking Distance Relays!
Here is a preview of the 2018 Westminster Relays by Coach Gary Jones. pictured is Coach Paul Koshewa
Here are the Week 8 GA HS Female Athletes of the Week. pictured is Naima Turbes.
It was 2 days of action packed racing and Field events at the Nike Panther Relays. Check out the race video.
Take a look at the Female HS 'Athletes of the Week' ending 2/25. pictured is
Naima Turbes of Westminster sets the bar high for distance runners in GA with her 1600 and 3200m performances Wednesday.
Anna Marian Block, Naima Turbes and Erin Leonard are all sub 5:00 returners in the Girls Outdoor 1600m.
Kyle Harkabus is the lone survivor from Georgia, qualifying for Foot Locker Nationals after 7th place effort of 15:06.
Westminster records lowest point total of GHSA Championships. Grace Clements capitalizes on opportunity seizes Individual title.
Westminster did what they often do best, beat all challengers at Carrollton, Devan Crow motored to AAA Boys Individual title.
Though separate programs, will XC Power Westminster sweep again, or will a brave Boys team, dare to throw a monkey in the wrench? photo by Daniel McCauley
A great week of racing all around. Naima Turbes of Westminster is All Class Girls ROW after winning Asics in 17:27
Wendy's Invitational is going to be one of the best meets of the year!
Dawson edges Westminster in the Champ race at Wingfoot XC and moves into top spot. (via MileSplit)
Westminster and Lovett establish themselves firmly as the top 2 teams after Wingfoot XC. (via MileSplit)
Alot of great performers from last week's racing. Elizabeth Funderburk of Colquitt is All Classes ROW.
Better late than never, here ar e HS Boys ROWS week ending 9/10
Westminster looks tough to beat, North Hall shined at Carrollton with a Strong 1-2 Punch, Dawson ran well at Double Dip. (via MileSplit)
Westminster ran well in first Invitational this season, best is yet to come for Cats (via MileSplit)
Some great competition at Carrollton Orthopedic. Jacob McLeod makes a statement...all photos by Ben Ennis
Here are the Georgia HS Boys 'Week 3 Runners of the Week' Jacob McLeod of Trinity Christian is All Class ROW.
© 2017 Copyright FloSports, Inc. (via MileSplit) Westminster is 'King of the Hill' until bettered 'head to head' against other AAA squads.
Westminster ran well at Berry. Look for Lovett and Pace to make big improvements thru September. Currently, North Hall and Dawson County are very close in a big race. east Jackson lost 4 of their top 5, but lead runner Shane Shelafoe is a contender to win Overall AAA state. (via MileSplit)
Top 500 girls returnees from last year's Georgia state cross country meet results.
Cedar Grove Boys make it 3 straight titles. GAC gals upsets Monroe on their home turf.
There were some great races at all 3 State Meet locations Friday evening including Albany.
Can Cedar Grove's Boys 3-Peat in AAA?
Monroe Albany will once again enjoy a huge competitive advantage competing at home in AAA Girls, but those are the breaks...
Here are the Girls Sectional Athletes of the Week. Kennedy Simon of Westlake HS Overall AOW
Here are the AAA Boys and Girls Top Athletes from Region Madness. pictured is Jack Rhea of Calhoun
Here are Day 2 Highlights in Pics of the Metro Atlanta Championships by Daniel McCauley
Check out the Day 1 Highlights of the Metro ATL Championships by Daniel McCauley
After an intense weekend of County meets, here are the Athletes of the Week. Overall AOW is Antuane Dennard.
Here are the HS Girls Athletes of the Week after some BIG County Meets. Erin Marsh of Buford is Overall AOW week ending 3/27.
East Jackson puts it all together, claiming their first Cross Country State title in school history. Chase Kennedy has the fastest time of the GHSA State Meet.
In a wild team race, Westminster holds off Lovett. Serena Tripodi has fastest time of the weekend at 18:17.
Here is the AAA State meet preview including Post Region Team Rankings.
(via MileSplit) Pace had a great race at the Hebron Christian meet, shooting up to 3rd passing Westminster and Lovett. Runners Fit Mountain Invitational helped sort out Week 8 rankings.
(via MileSplit) In Week 8, Coahulla Creek and Union County break into the top 10 in AAA Girls. Pace looked good at Hebron meet.
(via MileSplit) Slow week for most top 10 All Class squads. Marist ran well at FSU and Woodland moves up after placing 2nd at Asics.
(via MileSplit) No changes this week in AAA. Westminster showed they are the team to beat in AAA after Wingfoot team performance and #5 All Class ranking.
Here are the Week 5 Georgia HS Girls ROWS. Kaylee Dupont of South Forsyth is All Class after winning at Warpath. photo by Matt Almand
Dawson County boys are making big gains on Lovett and Pace Academy for push into top 4. Westminster very solid at Orthopedic. (via MileSplit)
© 2016 Copyright FloSports, Inc. (via MileSplit) Westminster assumes control of the top spot after Carrollton Orthopedic.
Alexander Boys let it rip at Carrollton in 6A-7A race and Clarkston wins Championship team title.
The anticipation lies in waiting for the first meet Lovett and Westminster tangle, as they are the top 2 squads by a wide gulf.
A strong top 4 squads will lead AAA this Fall including East Jackson, Westminster, Pace and North Hall. Can anyone hang with the Kennedy twins this Fall in AAA?
Let the games begin, as Lovett and Westminster will duke it out once again just like old times. Can 2 Public schools make the Podium again?
Defending champ Cedar Grove may flirt with scoring near 100 points in the 3A meet this weekend. photo by Daniel McCauley
Here is a Virtual meet for the 3A Boys State meet based on Sectionals. photo by Daniel McCauley
Maynard Jackson is the 3rd school this season to repeat as State Champions, but it wasn't without a challenge...photo by Daniel McCauley.
Here is a preview of the 3A Girls State meet. Maynard Jackson is in position to repeat. Should be very competitive for next 3 Podium spots. photo by Daniel McCauley
Here is a Virtual Meet for the Girls Class 3A State Championships based upon Region performances. Photo by Daniel McCauley
Here are some great pics from Friday's action at MS State by Daniel McCauley! Zack "Attack" Truitt of Landmark set a blistering pace on his way to a MS Record in the 3200m at 10:11.04
Here are the Top 50 3A Girls Individuals and Relay Squads this Outdoor Season thru 4/10. (photo by Daniel McCauley)
Here is the Metro Atlanta Championship in Pics by Daniel McCauley. The Woodward Girls earned the 1st place Team trophy in the Metro Atlanta Track & Field Championship with an impressive 202 points!
Here are the 3A 'Athletes of the Week' ending 4/3.
Here are the 3A Girls Virtual Team Power Rankings thru 4-4. Maynard Jackson is even better than 2015 and everyone will be chasing those ladies Saturday Finals. (photo by Daniel McCauley)
Here are the 3A Boys Virtual Team Power Rankings. Cedar Grove is primed to Repeat.
The 1st Edition of Georgia MS Girls 'Athletes of the Week' are Katherine Vuckovic, Jasmine Jones and Paideia's 4x400 squad ! (photo by Daniel McCauley)
The 3A 'Athletes of the Week' ending 3-5 are: Bailey Durham, Mecole Hardman, Sue Anne Morales, Claire Cotton, Cedar Grove Boys 4x400 and Cedar Grove Girls 4x100. (photo by Daniel McCauley)
Here are your 3A Track and Field Athletes of the Week (ending 2-27): Jack Cahillane, Sam Ellis, Taryrn O'Neal and Ryah Jackson.
Westminster's Girls make it 2 straight titles easily winning the team title, while it was the Sue Ann Morales show in the Individual race.
AAA Boys had their day in the MUD, with the Kennedy twins once again sweeping the top 2 spots and Blessed Trinity repeating as Team Champs.
This year's AAA meet will be very exciting! The forecast calls for mud and AAA will be the 5th and 6th races of the day out of 14 so it will be sloppy, but not as bad as later in the afternoon. When there's this much on the line, nobody cares about the weather, it's GAME ON!! Congratulations to all AAA State qualifiers and good luck on Saturday.
This year's AAA meet will be very exciting! The forecast calls for mud and AAA will be the 5th and 6th races of the day out of 14 so it will be sloppy, but not as bad as later in the afternoon.
AAA Boys had alot of movement from 6-10 from last week.
The Final Podium spot is wide open in AAA Girls after last week.
Here are your HS Girls ROWs by Class for Week Ending 10-25. Region Madness ROWS next week!
Only 1125 runners participated at the annual Last Chance meet at the 'State Course' Saturday. Very few ranked larger school teams ran their varsities or came at all, with those in attendance taking advantage all around, giving their JVs a chance to test out the layout. In 2 weeks though, this venue will be electric..can you feel it?
Like the Boys, a fairly dead week for the Girls. No movement amongst the top 10. It will be interesting how many AAA schools go to Last Chance for a preview. There will be some broken hearts at the 8-AAA meet on 10-27.
It wasn't a busy week of racing in Boys 3A and there was no movement amongst the top 10. the most significant performance was by Oconee County as the Warriors gave the All-Class ranked North Oconee squad all they could handle at the Clarke Oconee Championships Tuesday. No Warrior squad has raced this well since the 2004/2005 teams. Definitely closed the gap some on Westminster & Blessed Trinity and may have put some distance between an ever improving East Jackson squad.
Coach Wood will be a battleground Saturday for many of these top ranked squads. Little movement with Harrison jumping into 7th after Furman and Westminster is back in the top 10 after their 3rd place effort at Asics.
Westminster retained their top ranking running well @ Asics. Blessed trinity ran a mixed squad, Hart County remains a solid 3rd after Asics. Oconee County moves up after 22:44 team average @ Asics. Jefferson is back in the top 10 this week.
Blessed Trinity stays #1 after placing 3rd @ Asics. oconee County defeated East Jackson @ Asics, but the gap between the 2 is slowly closing...Jefferson beat Dawson last week. No other movement.
Weather looked to be an issue coming into this meet late Friday, but, after the course got a good soakin' overnight, it seemed to drain quite well by the early 'dark' start of the Championship Boys race. A thick blanket of mist enveloped the fields at first, but, as the morning progressed, it steadily rose up to reveal the beautiful, flat course ahead.
There wasn’t much movement in AAA, several girls teams solidified their positions.
There wasn’t a ton of weekend action in AAA, but 6 of our top 10 AAA boys teams went at it on a nice cool evening at the Mountain Invite.
Savannah Carnahan and John Green Take Individual Titles and South Forsyth swept the team races. Weather looked iffy an hour before the race, but as the morning wore on, the skies began to show patches of blue and the Sun made a very subtle appearance making for perfect racing conditions!
Here are your MS Runners of the Week from last week's action. Katherine Vuckovic from Westminster and XC newcomer John Higinbotham of North Atlanta Christian.
It was a muddy weekend of racing as several large invitationals across the state had AAA schools on their buses. Blessed Trinity’s boys continue to hold onto a narrow lead.We will see a AAA and AAAA showdown this Thursday at Mountain Invite where several ranked teams will go at it.
It was a muddy weekend of racing as several large invitationals across the state had AAA schools on their buses. Westminster’s girls did enough to take over the #1 spot in our rankings this week. We will see a AAA and AAAA showdown this Thursday at Mountain Invite where several ranked teams will go at it.
Here were your Fastest Middle School Girls from last week at 3 different race distances.
Here were your Fastest Middle School Boys from last week at 3 different race distances.
It was a fun filled wet morning for the runners at the Atlanta Classic. Some very competitive racing occurred despite conditions which slowed the course. Whitewater and North Oconee took it to the wire in the Varsity Boys race and Huntsville (one of Alabama's best Girls squads) took it out on Georgia teams winning by 34 over Westminster. Our young GaMileSplit crew hung tough, shooting race footage and stills all morning!
Watch Some Nice Race Footage from the Atlanta Classic Including Championship Races by Karl Brust.
Ga. MileSplit braved and endured rain all morning at the Atlanta Classic to bring you this Gallery from photographer Matt Almand. Huge 'Awards section also!
23 teams will line it up Saturday morning at Clinton Nature Preserve for the 2015 Atlanta Classic. The mostly single-loop 5,000 meter course will feature 3 hay bale jumps and an exciting 300 meter spectator-friendly finish.
This was a quiet week at the top of AAA, but Blessed Trinity did run the Fulton County Championships and several AAA squads faced off at the West Hall Invite early in the week. Banks County's boys and girls have now cracked the top 10 for the first time and there was some movement in spots 6-10 for boys and girls. Watch List squads from each week are all ranked 11th from this point on.
This was a quiet week at the top of AAA, but Blessed Trinity did run the Fulton County Championships and several AAA squads faced off at the West Hall Invite early in the week. Banks County's boys and girls have now cracked the top 10 for the first time and there was some movement in spots 6-10 for boys and girls. Watch List squads from each week are all ranked 11th from this point on.
We saw Westminster's Girls for the first time at Carrollton this week and they look poised for a title run as well. Blessed Trinity and Westminster will again be watching one another all season (especially Girls) and attempt to peak at the right time to take a state title. Big movers of the week are Morgan's girls moving up to 5th. Experienced XC stat guys and girls here in the state understand the difficulty of courses like Carrollton and Double Dip, so rankings are definitely taking course ratings into consideration.
We saw Westminster for the first time at Carrollton this week and they look poised for a title shot. Blessed Trinity and Westminster will again be watching one another all season and attempt to peak at the right time to take a state title. Big movers of the week are Jefferson's boys climbing up to the 4th spot. Experienced XC stat guys and girls here in the state understand the difficulty of courses like Carrollton and Double Dip so rankings are definitely taking course ratings into consideration.
Over 1400 runners gathered at the State Course on Saturday having great mid-September racing conditions in very uncrowded race situations for this venue. (excluding Championship Boys) Anticipation was high for those races with many top squads and Indivduals competing.Brief ReCap (more coming Monday)
AAA girls is a similar story with Blessed Trinity and Westminster giving serious quality at the top. Hart County has made giant leaps these past couple of seasons and lands at a comfortable #3 in AAA for now. Dawson could be our 4th podium team with several challengers coming up from spots 5-10. Blessed Trinity's Mary Claire Solomon have a target on her back as favorite for the Individual state title 2 months from now.
AAA boys open up the season with serious quality at the top. Blessed Trinity takes the #1 spot after beating Oconee head to head at Berry on Saturday. Oconee has made a big jump, in there very close with Westminster and East Jackson. The podium looks full with those 4 teams, but it's a long season. Individually, East Jackson's Chase Kennedy will have a target on his back as favorite for state title 2 months from now.
AAA Girls is very similar to Boys as Westminster and Blessed Trinity's deep and traditionally strong Girls programs are just on another level than everyone else. Westminster returns everyone and Blessed Trinity their top 6. It will be fun to see if they run heads up before Region as its seems they avoid each other during the regular season. Hart County is a strong 3rd but it would take cloning Audrey Honiotes x 2 to come even close to the Cats and Titans. There seems to be large gaps between other top 10 schools aside from Savannah Arts and Coahulla Creek at 4/5. 8-AAA's Dawson County, Morgan County, Fannin County and East Jackson will fight at Region for State spots. Decatur is a top 10 team early. Pierce County placed 15th at State and's a bit of a mystery due to the courses they compete on during the season. Oconee County graduated their core and after making the Podium in 2014 and will need to rebuild.
3A Girls will suffer no shortage of talent this Fall as an amazing 26 of the top 29 from State are back including defending Champ Audrey Honiotes from Hart County. What's crazy is all the frosh that will return including 3 XC All-Staters including: Westminster's Delaney Graham, East Jackson's Sue Anne Moralis (800 & 1600m Champ) and Emma Rose Bagwell of Blessed Trinity. Mary Claire Solomon of Blessed was 2014 XC runnerup who was making up ground on Honiotes the last mile at State. Westminster's Margaret Maxwell and Gabby Bunnell are also athletes to look out for.
3A is loaded Individually as 10 of the top 14 boys from the State meet are set to return headed by defending 3A XC and 3200 Meter Champ Chase Kennedy from East Jackson and his twin bro Chandler Kennedy (2nd in XC, 3rd in 1600) Look for Decatur's Sam Ellis to move up this season after a great Outdoor season in which he swept the 3A 800 and 1600 titles. Oconee boasts a pair of strong individuals led by Michael Hans and Issac Krumm. Blessed Trinity as a trio of speedsters with Ben McCoy, Robby Gipson and Leo Pryor.
Maynard Jackson HS looked great in the Rankings mid-season, and brought it when it mattered down in Albany earning the AAA Girls team championship overtaking perennial contender Blessed Trinity and upstart Westside Macon.
Mary Claire Solomon of Blessed Trinity went gonzo the final lap gapping Audrey Honiotes taking the AAA 3200 Meter title.
AAA may have a first time team Champion on the way as Westside Macon looks great coming out of Sectionals, but never count out battle tested Blessed Trinity or talented Maynard Jackson out of ATL.
These are your edited 3A Girls Team Power Rankings thru 4-2. Maynard Jackson could be well on their way to a State title. Blessed Trinity is a very strong 2nd....
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.
Podium teams look to be Blessed Trinity, East Jackson, Westminster, and Oconee County. Blessed Trinity has a small time spread 1-5, but East Jackson has one of the best front three in Georgia with the Kennedy Brothers and Noah Hulett. Westminster has tradition on their side while Oconee County showed at region they cannot be overlooked. Savannah Arts will need to prove they can handle the Hills and pressure of the AAA State race.
Although AAA is a little down after the departure of some heavy hitters to 4A, Westminster, Blessed Trinity, Hart County , and Oconee County should be the top contenders for a spot on the Podium. Westminster looks to be the favorite to win another title but did Blessed Trinity hold back at Region? Audrey Honiotes of Hart County, Westminster’s Delaney Graham, and MaryClaire Solomon should be in the lead pack once the gun goes off on November 8th.
Westminster Girls handled Blessed Trinity with ease at their home course. But, this has happened before...was Blessed Trinity sandbagging? Dawson County Girls clubbed Fannin and Banks County at Region moving up. Pierce County may be in the Rankings for the first time ever after their region meet and I have to question the course length..Westminster gave Blessed Trinty fits at Region in the boys race thus jumping over East Jackson. Savannah Arts easily won their region and are a darkhorse to make the Podium. We'll find out how they handle the Carrollton hills and pressure..SE Bullock snuck in the top 10 after a fast region time (course?)
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.
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....
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Westminster's boys ran well at Atlanta Classic besting rival Blessed Trinity moving into 2nd. East Jackson loos stronger than ever maybe having found their 5th...Jackson County beat Hart head on at Soaring Eagle moving into the top 10 this week. Westminster and Blessed Trinity's Girls programs successfully avoided racing against each other again last week...Oconee's girls showed some life at Aubrae Gunderson moving up after winning the 'Blue' race. Morgan and Banks cracked the top 10 this week.
Here all the Boys All-Class Rankings for Week Ending 9-20. We are trying out another new MileSplit Feature if you will click under the header in the article. let me know if the Rankings spreadsheet displays. Marietta stays on top after dominating at Darlington. No movement in top 5 (alot of squads were off or ran their JV) Top 5 Girls teams remain unchanged, South Forsyth won at McCallie moving into 6th, Harrison moved up 2 spots after a win down at Gulf Coast, Heritage-Catoosa breaks into the top 10 after besting Westminster and Walton at Atlanta Classic. Great American could shake things up next week..
Chiles invaded Georgia and swatted the competition winning the Championship team title scoring 34 points sweeping 3 of the top 4 places led by sr Avery Bartlett's 15:55. Heritage-Catoosa's Girls ran very well winning the Girls team title even though not having a runner in the top 10 Overall. Pelham (AL) runner jr Mary Grace Strozier was flawless in 18:08 taking the Individual title.
East Jackson's Boys stayed atop the 3A Rankings this week as their strong top 4 carved up the competition at the Eagle Invitational. Westminster ran as a tight pack in the 1A-3A race at 'Ortho' moving ahead of Oconee who ran in the Championship race. Dawson County bested West Hall in Oakwood and Banks County moved into the top 10 finishing just behind West Hall (at the West Hall Invite) In the Girls action, the most significant move was by Westminster as the Lady Cats' placed 8th in the Championship Girls race within striking distance of 4 top ranked 6A squads moving ahead of longtime rival Blessed Trinity this week..
After some serious racing this past weekend movement abounds in the All-Class Rankings. Marietta holds on to the top Boys spot and so far it seems they have a nice gap over the challengers. Milton rocketed to 2nd after their 3rd place showing at Knight's Crossing in Virginia beating some regionally top rated squads. Mill Creek logically moved into 4th from the watch list after finishing 4 points behind Peachtree Ridge at 'Ortho'. 5A Forsyth Central's stock rose dramatically after winning Warpath. The Lady Eagles of Milton, much like their Boys squad ran well in Virginia rising 5 rungs to 3rd. Landmark Christian may have found their much needed 5th runner at 'Ortho' placing 4th besting a few 6A top 10 teams along the way. Mill Creek moved up to 8th from the 'Watch List' and Westminster's vaunted Girls showed promise placing 8th at 'Ortho'. Marist and Northview have the makings of a nice showdown hopefully down the road
3A ROWs are now ready to be released after I ran out of gas last nite at 3:00am...lol. Freshman Delaney Graham from Westminster has been named the 3A Girls ROW and senior Noah Hulett from top ranked East Jackson is the Boys ROW.
After maybe having a few less teams attend than in the past, the Carrollton Orthopedic Invitational is 67 HS teams strong again and should have over 2000 runners registered for action Saturday. Many of the top programs in Georgia will run their entire squads and a few will hold out their top runners for another day... The Sunshine State has arguably three of the best boys teams in the state, two of the best girls teams in the state , the top freshman in the state on the girls side, and a potential foot locker finalist in Sukhi Khosla on the boys side lacing it up with our state's student-athletes. Its a star studded event that could turn into a barnburner depending on what teams from Ga choose to run in the Championship race....
3A Rankings were very similar to 4A's for wek ending 9-6. Oconee County's Girls swapped places with Savannah Arts at 6-7 and Blessed Trinity's boys moved ahead of Oconee's boys after easily defeated Westminster at Covered Bridge. Blessed and Westminster's girls have not went head to head yet (as usual)
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.
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.
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...
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.
I must have heard the score wrong after the 300m Hurdles team scores were announced during awards, hearing 'Westminster 67, Lamar County 61', meaning Lamar had to win the 4x400..and hope for Westminster to place 7th/last. But, Lamar actually had a stronger hand trailing by just 1.5 points and their 3rd place finish adding 6 points was more than enough to overtake the Cats' by 2.5 points sealing the 2A title for the Trojans. Lawrence and Lance Austin were key on Saturday scoring 26 points in the Hurdles and 200m as well as being legs on Lamar's relay teams that scored 18.
Team Champs were crowned Saturday, with each class having their own path to the title. A full summary of each class is coming beginning late Sunday afternoon, with pics of every winner in each event for all classes. Thursday Field Event participants had to endure blazing hot temps (much like Albany usually is) The 1600 Meter Finals topped off the evening as the sun dropped behind the scoreboard and trees making conditions for fast times possible. Friday, temps cooled, but the action on the Track for 2A-6A prelims was very hot, getting the contenders in position to make runs at titles Saturday. ACS dominated A Private scoring 118 points adding yet another title to their resume. Shiloh, Mt.Zion Jonesboro, Marist, St.Pius X, Lamar County and Hancock Central are your 2014 GHSA Team Champions.
2)A- Westminster had the upper hand in this race with Graham Huff and Charlie McKnight. A downpour ensued for 10 minutes between 1A Private and 2A races, but the skies cleared within minutes and 2A was back on the Track. Huff ran a smart race taking control with 700m left and and took the win in 9:53
Lovett has really improved from 2013 and as the season ground away took over the top spot in the 2A Team Power Rankings and haven't looked back. But, they suffered a big loss when Victoria Powell (got injured?) and was unable to compete at Sectionals costing Lovett up to 20-25 points at State. This brings perennial AA powers Wesleyan and Westminster right back into the chase. Thomasville has the potential to be a Podium squad as does Greater Atlanta Christian, Laney (who has speed) Monticello who boasts the triple threat Tiarra Whitlock, and Jefferson. Taylor DeLoach of St.Vincent's is another great athlete who could score up to 30 points by herself.
Geoffrey came to Westminster in 2004 and teaches English 9 and 10. An alumnus of the Westminster Schools from the Class of 1997, he was a member of the Wildcat Cross Country team for three years and was a team captain his senior season. Coach Sudderth earned a BA in English from Colby College in 2001. Prior to joining the Westminster faculty, Geoffrey spent two years as an elementary school teacher with Teach for America and worked in inner city Atlanta. In addition to his teaching duties, he also coaches Cross Country, Track and Field, and Baseball.
There was some good racing happening down in Barnesville at Section A as 21 National Elites were achieved. Taylor DeLoach of St.Vincent's had a career day going 20-1 in the LJ and turned in 2 fast short Sprints Q' times. Thomasville got their top athletes out as did Jeff Davis, Monticello and Bleckley County. On the Boys side Fitzgerald, Lamar County, Bleckley County will move on to Jefferson with their best. In Section 'B' at Norcross the usual suspects Lovett, Westminster and Wesleyan advanced their top girls to Albany and Laney will bring some heat. For the boys seems like caught a good tailwind in the 100 meters as all the runners had big prs including a 10.55 by Jaquivius Cannon of East Laurens. GAC performed well in the Sprints, Westminster dominated in distance events, Calhoun will bring speed and Keyth Fightmaster, Westminster and Jefferson q'd many Field Events scorers.
Class AA will be a battle of attrition at Sectionals but the AA 'Region' Athletes of the Week should qualify easily for State. Hailey Branch is beginning to show signs of peaking after sweeping the 6-AA distance events including a 11:10 3200m. Charlie Woerner from Rabun County scored big in 3 events at the 8-AA meet. Including winning the 110 Hurdles, Shot and placing 2nd in the Discus.
its going to be interesting who makes it out of Sectionals in Girls AA. Once again, the power resides in Region 6 with evenly matched squads, though WEsleyan pulled a minor upset taking the team title. Westminster, Lovett and GAC need to qualify their top athletes at Sectionals. Bleckley County, Thomasville, Fitzgerald, Jeff Davis, Jefferson, Monticello and Spencer have the potential to make the AA Girls Sectionals a train wreck.
6-AA is without a doubt the most competitive AA Region in the state as Westminster, Wesleyan, GAC and Lovett should qualify the majority of their athletes for State. Lamar County and Fitzgerald have speed and hops that will be on display at Sectionals. Thomasville seems to have gotten some athletes to compete in Track this Spring by their showing at Region. Regions 3-AA and 7-AA once again did not submit results....
Lovett has moved ahead of Westminster after their performances this past week. The Lady Lions are heavy on points in the distance events, but so is Westminster...Both schools are way ahead of some potential top 4 teams at state including a surprising Thomasville squad, Wesleyan and Greater ATL Christian.
2A Boys is shaping up 2 weeks out from Region meets to be the most competitive its been in several years. Westminster and Fitzgerald are really too close to call with Lamar County looking to break into the top spot and Jefferson a strong 4th.
Westminster's Girls make it a sweep for the Wildcats in the 2A Girls Team Power Rankings thru 3-18. Lovett, Thomasville, Wesleyan and GAC round out the top 5. These rankings were calculated by scoring the rankings as a meet. We scored 12 deep for individuals and 12 deep for relays. For example, for individuals 1st place received 12 points for their team, on down to 1 point for 12th place.
Westminster's Boys are the 'King of the Hill' for the 2A Boys Team Power Rankings thru 3-18. These rankings were calculated by scoring the rankings as a meet. We scored 12 deep for individuals and 12 deep for relays. For example, for individuals 1st place received 12 points for their team, on down to 1 point for 12th place.
Here are the 2A Boys Team Power Rankings thru 3-11. Westminster is around 80+ points heavy in the distance events, so Fitzgerald should be actually slighty higher ranked based on actual team scoring .Jefferson again is a very strong 3rd followed by Lamar County. These rankings were calculated by scoring the rankings as a meet. We scored 16 deep for individuals and 16 deep for relays. For example, for individuals 1st place received 16 points for their team, on down to 1 point for 16th place
Here are the 2A Girls Team Power Rankings thru Tuesday 3-12. Westminster is far ahead of WEsleyan even though they have too many points displaying due to their distance athletes are overlapping in the 1600 and 3200 (scoring more than 2 athletes per event) Jefferson is a strong 3rd, with Fitzgerald actually ahead of Lovett whose distance heavy with too many scoring runners.
We will begin posting "Highlights of the Day" for those weekdays that are 'high volume' with many meets. Check Tuesday thru Fridays for these around noon the following day as some meets don't report until the next day.
Was it ever a nailbighter in the AA girls race as Wesleyan outlasted region 6-AA rival Westminster by 2 points 43 to 45. Now we know why both squads rested their aces in preparation for this battle. But the decision was reversed and a tie declared by the GHSA recognizing co-Champions. Emma Garrison from Union County defended her 2012 Individual title placing 1st in 19:10 as she steadily increased her lead throughout the race and winning by over 200 meters. Freshman Serena Tripodi of Lovett shocked many of the top contenders placing 2nd in 19:37.
Westminster's boys packed it in as usual and were too deep for Wesleyan to forge a challenge adding yet another state title to their resume. The Cats' pounced on 4 of the top 8 spots led by Individual champ Jordan Flowers. My darkhorse pick Marcus Gouthro from Riverside Military raised his game placing 2nd.
A supreme display of gamesmanship was in play at the Region 6-AA meet, as Wesleyan and Westminster both sat their top 1-4? runners or more, perhaps outsmarting themselves, allowing Lovett to 'Carpe Diem' snatching the 1st place hardware. It's going to be a knockdown, dragout fight between these rival programs come Saturday afternoon. Defending champ Emma Garrison and Caroline Reed of Wesleyan could have a classic duel for the individual title.
A few weeks back, some would think Westminster was a lock to add another 1st place Cup in their huge trophy case. Wesleyan has picked it some at season's end, and ran well at 6-AA. The race for the boys individual title could come down to the final hill. Throughout the season, Jordan Flowers of Westminster has proven to be the favorite for the AA Boys overall title, but Matt Moratti of Wesleyan took the region 6-AA individual title.
The 5A race was packed with teams not in AAAAA as its customary for teams in lower classes to run in another (higher class race) against better competition, and avoiding going head to head against schools they will see in 2 weeks with a state title on the line. ACS, North Hall, Darlington, Westminster, Perry, Lovett and Hephzibah all competed in the 5A race. North Hall and Westminster won the team races prepping for region.
The Golden Eagle Invite was a much lower key event than the Battle of Atlanta, but 23 teams showed up prepared to tackle the much ballyhooed Nash Farms Battlefield course. The weather was nice early, but the course seemed to drain energy from the runners beginning with the Varsity Girls race. Westminster girls clad in white singlets and green shorts dominated the Varsity and JV Girls races.
Here is a recap of the Wendy's Invitational held at McAlpine Park, just east of Charlotte, NC. As most of you in the Community are aware of McAlpine Greenway is also the venue for the Foot Locker South Regional. Some highly ranked Georgia schools made it an overnighter including Etowah, Flowery Branch, Westminster and Lambert.
This season, the course at Carrollton has ran slower, and may have been lengthened a few meters which should favor the 'strength' runners. At press-time, it has been discussed that mats may possibly be covering the many pavement crossings which has been a sore subject for XC purists as the growth of Carollton Schools has stirred the pot enough for a few schools willing to loan the mats they have to cover the pavement. This article will include 2A thru 6A State Previews only. The weather for raceday looks very promising at this time and bodes well for fast times http://www.weather.com/weather/wxdetail3/USGA0096 6A...we have been saving the Best for Last, and here it is from Ga.MileSplit.com, thanks to Pre1962 as expounds his unique and detailed breakdown for the Community....Ga.MileSplit.com and GATFXC would like to thank all the Rankers and Runner of the Week Committee members for the tough, time consuming efforts put forth this season to rank each class along with contributing articles and selections. This often is a thankless endeavor, as the Community is eager to differ on selections. We care about the kids, programs, coaches, fans and parents who support the programs and athletes. Good Luck to everyone in Carrollton and once again congrats to the Class A Winners, Podium teams, All-State individuals and volunteers that made it happen!
The Berry Clara Bowl Invite once again robbed most of the attention this weekend with over 2000 runners and many ranked teams. Here are some briefs on the 4 Major HS meets held this past weekend including the Mountain Eagle Invite(cover pic)
Annie Kelly of Milton is 'Runner of the Week' for 6A. Image by Pinion Photography Every Week a Committee of Top Coaches will Determine a 'ROW' for each Class. 1A will be combined.
Walton's Tayla Carter crossed the finish line in 11.63 for the top 100m performance of the day Photo by Pinion Photography Athens Christian Makes it a 3-Peat, Walton outlasts MLK in 5A by 1 Point, Redan Sprints and Hurdles away from SW DeKalb in 4A, GAC blows away everyone in AA scoring in just the sprints and relays and Monroe Albany is too deep again adding another title to their padded resume.
It was another great duel this Saurday at the Darlington CC Festival between county rivals as Jesse Baker of Darlington and Christopher Akins of Model fought it out the entire race with Baker once again emerging the victor with a very fast 16:15 compared to Akins 16:20. Just a bit less than 2 weeks ago at the Floyd County Championships on the Ridge Ferry course both went at it turning in 16:39 and 16:41 respectively. Ansley McDurmon of Darlington, who led the Girls squad to the Class A title last year won the Individual title in the Girls Varsity race with a strong time of 19:47 Kennesaw Mountain's Girls won the team title scoring 30 points placing 5 runners in the top 11 led by freshman Brady Young in 20:06 and junior Mary McPartlan in 20:16. Megan Gavin of North Cobb Christian (pictured above) obliterated the MS Girls course record by over :20 in winning the overall title in 12:14. In a tightly contested team race Holy Innocents squeeked out a narrow victory with 71 points over a surprising Model MS squad (73). The MS Boys Team title was won by Westminster led by brothers Derek and Erek Cox at 11:17 and 11:41. Frank Pittman of Sutton MS was the overall champ at 11:07. all Images by Bruce Taylor-Fast Feet Timing/gatfxc.com