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
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BSN Sports Rumble In The Jungle is just one of Parkview's premier meets. By Daniel McCauley
The 19th Annual Whitley Freshman Showcase featured many of Georgia's best frosh. photo by Daniel McCauley
AIS Eagles Invitational showcased several of Atlanta's finest schools at a beautiful new facility. by Daniel McCauley
Check out all the highlight photos from the Christian Taylor Invitational by Daniel McCauley.
Here is an action packed photo collage from the 5th Annual Fleet Feet-Decatur Distance Kick-Off by Daniel McCauley
Georgia Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association presented it's annual Coaches Clinic this past weekend. photo by Daniel McCauley
Run in freezing conditions, Hoka One One Postal Nationals at Parkview produced fast times and awesome racing. photo by Daniel McCauley
Atlanta International peaked at the perfect time taking Team Title. Jackie Addy too strong to be challenged wins Overall. photo by Enrique Tomas
The team race for the A Private Boys team title is going to be very tight, and a new Individual Champ will be crowned.
The A Private Girls race is going to exciting and fast as it includes many top individuals in Georgia, and the team race for Podium spots will be intense.
Here is a collection of images from the Alexander-Asics Invitational from the eye of Daniel McCauley.
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
Here is a collection of images from the Rock Ranch Invitational by Daniel McCauley
A collection of images from the Milton Cross Country Invitational by Daniel McCauley
6th Milton Cross Country Invitational was dominated by South Forsyth as they win 4 of 6 contested races. photo by Daniel McCauley
A collection of images from The Coach Benson Double Dip Invitational at Marist by Daniel McCauley.
Marist swept the team titles on their home tuf and Leif Andersen won the Boys Overall title. pictured is Leif Andersen, photo by Marc Logan.
Here is the Frehman Girls Honor Roll from Week 3. pictured is Gabby Parsons of Union Grove
Here is an excellent collection of images from AT&T Starr's Mill Panther XC Meet by Daniel McCauley
Kyle Harkabus and Brynn Sumner take Overall wins - Starr's Mill boys and Auburn girls defend team titles.
An Image Collage from the Saucony Battle of Atlanta by Daniel McCauley.
Here are the Georgia HS Girls Week 2 Runners of the Week. pictured is Makena Gates of Creekview
Wachtel reigns in Boys race, Brookwood and Marietta take Varsity team titles. photo by Marc Logan
Check out this Pic Collage from the Wingfoot Mile by Daniel McCauley
Great races in every 1600 at Berry and bees.. photos by Rhett Butler
One thing is certain, A Private has come a long way in a few years. photo by Daniel McCauley
Which Freshman will Q out of Sectionals for State. pictured is Justin Wachtel
A great set of photos from MS State Championships shot by Daniel McCauley
It was 2 Great days of Track and Field at the MS State Championships. photo by Daniel McCauley
Here is another fine pic collage, this time from the Metro Atlanta Championships by Daniel McCauley
The Coaches Invitational once again did not disapoint as many of the top athletes in Georgia pushed it on the track, especially the Relays. photo by Daniel McCauley
Here are the selections of Middle School Girls Athletes of Week ending 3-4. pictured is Carrollton 4x400. photo by Daniel McCauley
Marietta MS Invite Highlights in pics by Daniel McCauley. pictured are the Girls team champs Carrollton Jr High
Here's a recap in pics of the highlights at the 4th Annual FleetFeet-Decatur Distance Kick-Off at Parkview this past Saturday. all photos by Daniel McCauley
Griffin McCauley and Mary Kellison Thorne are Overall Champs, Landmark Girls and Hebron Boys are Team Champs.
Girls Single A Private boasts some of the best individual talent in all of Georgia and this year this is no definite individual favorite for the State Championship. photos by Daniel McCauley
Single A Private Boys is now down to the Sweet Sixteen for Friday’s GHSA State XC Meet. photos by Daniel McCauley
Georgia HS Boys ran great in 4 different States this past week. Jacob McLeod was 3rd at Great American.
Due to illness, MS 'Runners of the Week' ending 10/1 are now being posted, we aplogize for the lateness. photo by Daniel McCauley
Alot of great performers from last week's racing. Elizabeth Funderburk of Colquitt is All Classes ROW.
Hebron Christian remains on top after Carrollton Orthopedic effort. Athens Academy rockets to 5th at Double Dip.. (via MileSplit)
Marist Boys destroy field at Double Dip, South Forsyth takes Girls title. photo by Eugene Buchko
Here are the Georgia HS Boys 'Week 3 Runners of the Week' Jacob McLeod of Trinity Christian is All Class ROW.
Starr's Boys win behind Nyman, Fegans remains undefeated. photo by Ben Ennis
Here are the Week 2 ending 8-26 GA MS Girls Runners of the Week. photo by Daniel McCauley
Marist Sweeps Varsity Team Titles. Erin Fegans and Mark White win Individual Overall. photo by Ben Ennis
Once again its time for the Saucony Battle of Atlanta to provide some great racing!
Athens Academy Spartan Girls defend their title, ELCA Boys put Region 4x400 DQ behind them and slash their way to Boys win.
There was some electric distance races at the Berry State meet Friday evening.
Landmark Christian's balanced attack could be the keys to unlock a 2nd consecutive A Private title. photo by Daniel McCauley
Athens Academy will be gunning to defend their A Private title up at the new Berry College venue. photo by Daniel McCauley
Here are the A Private Boys and Girls Top AOWs from Region Madness pictured is Ziggy Zoller. photo Dan McCauley
Here's a ReCap of the Georgia Middle School State Track Championships in Pics (photos by Chris D'Aquin)
To get the full depth of our meet coverage, become PRO! (via MileSplit) 7600 Photos, 4 Galleries from the GA MS State Track Championships by Chris D'Aquin.
Here is a pic collage of the Scots Invite highlights from the eye of Daniel McCauley...
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
Here are the MS Girls Athletes of the Week ending 3-20. photo by Daniel McCauley
Some great MS Track competition from last week thru Monday at DeKalb MS Championships. Pictured is Payton Musselwhite. photo by Daniel McCauley
Shiloh MS Invite Highlights in Pics. Shiloh Boys celebrate team victory. photos by Daniel McCauley
Here are the MS Boys Athletes of the Week ending 3-12. photo by Daniel McCauley
Here are the GA MS Girls Athletes of the Week ending 3-5. photo by Daniel McCauley
A most excellent Recap in pics at Marietta MS Invitational from the eye of Daniel McCauley, a must watch
Here were the 50 best MS Boys performances in each event. See who won the week, ending 3-5. photo by Daniel McCauley
Here were the 50 best MS Girls performances in each event. See who won the week ending 3-5. photo by Daniel McCauley
A recap in pics at Need For Speed VIII from the eye of Daniel McCauley
A recap in pics at Landmark from the eye of Daniel McCauley
The 2017 Outdoor season is off and running at the Big Peach Distance Kickoff this past Saturday. photo by Daniel McCauley
The Georgia Elite Team will debut at Foot Locker South this Saturday!
Landmark Girls Sweep Team and Individual titles like the Boys squad.
Here is the Race Preview for GHSA A Private. Post Region Team Rankings are coming. photo by Daniel McCauley
Here are Region Madness Female Runners of the Week All Class ROW is Nicole Fegans of Landmark Christian. photo by Daniel McCauley
6 New Team State Champions were crowned at MS XC State Saturday. Makena Gates and Zack Truitt set new meet records. photo by Daniel McCauley
Northwest Georgia teams battled for Rankings spots at Darlington Saturday. photo by Daniel McCauley
The Whitefield Middle School TT featured 453 enthusiastic competitors. photo by Daniel McCauley
Here are the Georgia HS Girls Runners of the Week, from week ending 8-28. Sophia West of Paideia is All-Classes Runner of the Week. photo by Chris D'Aquin
Almost 3000 runners ran in the blazing heat in a great morning of racing once again at the Saucony Battle of Atlanta. West and McLeod conquer Nash Farms Battlefied.
Great photo gallery at the Battle of Atlanta by Chris D'Aquin. Each race is broken down into subfolders as well.
Landmark Christian will be favored to defend their title once again this Fall. The 2-6 squads are fairly tight, so it will make for a geat team race at State. Pictured is Ben Davies of Holy Innocents. photo by Daniel McCauley
A Private Boys graduated 8 of the top 10 at 2015 State, but Wesleyan and Holy Innocents dropped down a class making things interesting. Griffin McCauley, the defending State champ is healthy again and will be the favorite to defend his title. photo by Daniel McCauley
The Wingfoot All-Star Mile went off late Tuesday evening, showcasing some of the top milers in the southeast, with 2 athletes coming from out of state to race Georgia's best. photos by Daniel McCauley
This was Sam Shaylor's best event and he wasn't going to let it get away.
Mark Stein hit the jets with 300m left and held on down the homestretch winning the A Private 1600m.
If Landmark Christian performs well, we should have a new A Private team champion this season. photo by Daniel McCauley
This A Private Boys Virtual meet is based on REgion meets as no 1600-3200 were contested at Sectionals.
Athens Academy won its 1st GHSA Girls Track and Field title Saturday at Hugh Mills Stadium led by Anna Block and Katie Phillips. photo by Daniel McCauley
Here is a Virtual State meet for A Private Girls based on Sectionals and Area meets 1600 & 3200 races. Is it time for Athens Academy to win a Girls State title? photo by Matt Almand.
Day 2 of the Georgia Middle School T&F State Championship is captured in pics by Daniel McCauley.
Just released is the Sectional Track Meet Information and Entry Lists for 2016. 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 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 1A Private Girls Virtual Team Power Rankings and it was not an easy feat to make point adjustments as many athletes were in the top 10 in up to 3-4 events. (photo by Daniel McCauley)
Here are your 1A Private Boys Virtual Team Power Rankings thru 4-4. Its a Landmark landslide currently in the polls...(photo by Daniel McCauley)
The Shiloh Generals Middle School Invitational featured outstanding performances from several of the most competitive teams in Georgia. (photos by Daniel McCauley)
Check out these great pics from the Landmark HS/MS Meet this past Saturday by Coach Daniel McCauley
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)
Here is a great pic collage of many highlights from the Strong Rock HS/MS Meet held 3-5 from the eye of Daniel McCauley.
Middle School Track is in full swing early March and here are the top 100 MS Girls per event thus far thru 3-5.
Here are some awesome photos taken at the Landmark HS and MS Meet from Daniel McCauley!
The Big Peach Distance Kickoff was a huge success as 20 schools competed on a cold, windy Saturday afternoon in which many outstanding performances were achieved despite the weather.
Watch these great Min-Features for the All Metro Cross Country Team Members produced by the Atlanta Track Club (still images by Daniel McCauley)
Here is an awesome pic collage from the Boys Championship race featuring Team Georgia members by Daniel McCauley.
Here are a bunch of GREAT PHOTOS from the masterful eye of Daniel McCauley of the Foot Locker South Championship Girls race.
Watch Interviews from Race Winners and Race Footage from the 6A, AA, 1A Girls, 4A Boys races! More Races & Interviews added Daily! Click on links to Watch.
This race had the best course conditions of the meet with Landmark repeating as Team Champs while Griffin McCauley of Paideia took the Overall title.
Anna Marian Block has top performance of the Day on 'Separation Slope Course, while Landmark Christian adds another team title to their trophy case.
A Private Boys is a down somewhat this Fall, individually and in team strength, which will make for an interesting first race of the day at 7:45am.
This is going to be one of, if not the fastest Girls race of the meet upfront as 8 girls have pr's under 19 minutes with 3 going sub 18: !
Here are the HS Boys Region 'Runners of the Week' for each Class. State 'Runners of the Week' will be decided on the course Saturday. Oops, left this in copy edit...
Region Madness had the 1A Private Boys scramling up and down the Rankings
Landmark Christian is firmly back in control after their Region 5-A Performance.
Helen Williams of AIS scorched the course posting an 18:02, McCauley wins Boys Overall, Landmark Sweeps titles. (Cover Photo by Daniel McCauley)
Landmark Christian is definitely the favorite to sweep the Team Titles. At last year's Region Championship, the weather was insane...
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?
This week's Rankings extended thru 10-20 taking into account Clarke Oconee Championships as Athens Academy moves into 4th. Galloway ran well at Coach Wood moving to 5th. OLM did well @ Coach Wood breaking into the top 10 at 8th. All teams designated 11th are in no particular order. Many teams will be at Last Chance including Landmark Christian, Athens Academy, Paideia, Galloway, OLM, FPD, North Cobb Christian and Whitefield Academy. It would be great if they ran in the same race...
Word going around is Landmark Christian is close to being healthy again...Athens Academy seems to have found their #5 at Clarke Oconee...
Many new Team/Individual State Champions were annointed in perfect conditions for Cross Country down in Bleckley County Saturday morning.
Over 1800 athletes from 110 schools will make the trek down to Cochran, Ga to decide who are the 2015 Middle School State Team & Individual Champions.
There wasn't much movement in 1A Private girls this past week. Hebron remains #1 after Furman. If Landmark Christian can get healthy by Region/State things could flip..Athens Academy remains 3rd as they beat PCA several weeks ago heads up. Mount Paran, Walker and Athens Christian all moved up.
An extremely active week for 1A Private Boys teams with Asics and Hebron Lions Showcase. Landmark Christian is the team to beat, though working thru some minor injuries. PCA moves ahead of Hebron after their Asics performance. Athens Academy moves into 5th after Furman and Whitefield shoots into 7th after running well at Asics.
Here are this week's HS Boys 'Runners of the Week' for each classification. Most of the selectees came from the Alexander/Asics Invitational.
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.
With 12 of the top 20 1A Private Girls Teams OFF - The decision was made for the rankings to NOT be changed this week. However, watch for movement following this upcoming Saturday! If we don't get flooded again as is the current forecast..Landmark Christian needs to get healthy by Region/State.
Most of the top 10 was off last week except #1 Landmark Christian who won the Strong Rock meet. Hebron Christian travelled to Jesse Owens and placed 4th in the Small School race (17:36) with Mark 'Franken' Stein winning the Overall title. North Cobb Christian also trekked to Jesse Owens, but competed in a large school race fairing well with a 18:22 team avg.
Hebron Christian moves into #1, they travel to the Jesse Owens Invite in Alabama this weekend. Landmark Christian drops to 2nd. Atlanta International, Mount Paran, Galloway and Paideia all moved up.
Landmark Christian held serve this past weekend placing a very respectable 8th at the Wingfoot Classic. Hebron Christian was OFF as well as Providence and Athens Academy. Paideia's top 2 horses were led 'off course' @ Aubrae Gunderson and will not be punished for course management's miscue. North Cobb Christian and Tallulah Falls continue to ascend higher this week. AIS ran well @ Wingfoot.
One must see these striking images from the wet and wild Aubrae Gunderson Invitational from the keen eye of Daniel McCauley, for everyone to enjoy !
Here's a large Aubrae Gunderson photo gallery from the eye of David Heaberlin as teams slogged it on the 'F' course in a downpour.
Here are the Georgia HS Girls 'Runners of the Week' by Classification for week ending 9/20.
Hebron Christian closed the gap considerably on Landmark after a great 6th at Gwinnett County, and in a race with 150 or more competitive runners it could be a toss up. Kathryn Foreman of Landmark has now not raced for 2 weekends... PCA ran well at Gwinnett but remains 4th as Athens Academy beat them heads up a couple weeks back. A real shakup from 5-7 as Warpath brought out the best in Walker, Fellowship Christian and Mount Paran.
Landmark Christian remains #1 after a strong showing at Fulton County placing 7th. Hebron Christian and Providence Christian ran well at Gwinnett. Paideia drops another spot to 4th. North Cobb Christian, Whitefield and Fellowship Christian were 22nd, 24th and 25th at Warpath
The 5th Annual Coach Daley Invite course was lengthened a bit for this Fall and the flat layout didn't yield so many quick times as in the past.
Here are several Photo Galleries from the Coach Daley Invitational by David Heaberlin. Click on header to access each race link.
Landmark Christian may drop out of #1 if they fail to mount a team score for this weekend..as Hebron ran well at Carrollton going 22:10. Athens Academy solidified their #3 spot after a 3rd place in Winder. Atlanta International (AIS) shoots up the board to after a 23:28 @ Furman. Paideia, Savannah Christian were off.
No real drastic movement in A Private Boys from last week. Landmark continues whipping other competitive squads. Providence moves past Athens Academy to 4th after their Ortho race. North Cobb Christian had a better race at Double Dip cracking the top 10.
Here are a few galleries containing 500 photos from the competitive Whitefield Middle School Time Trials from David Heaberlin.
Here are the 2nd set of 'Runners of the Week' selections from Ga.MileSplit.com and your vigilant 'Rankings Commitee' We do attempt to select a different runner at least for 3 weeks before repeating a choice to recognize more
Like in the pre-season outlook, after 3 weeks of competition this Class is wide open for the top positions. Landmark currently has the best team having defeated Paideia which got off to a slow start not having a team score at Saucony Battle of Atlanta, but bounced back a bit at at&t Panther. Hebron Christian should improve throughout the Fall. Athens Academy whipped PCA on the tough Spartan course. 3 unranked pre-season squads broke into the top 10 including a spirited Tallulah Falls squad, Our Lady of Mercy who is happy to have Coach Hofkes back at the helm and Mount Paran Christian who was right behing OLM at at&t Panther.
1A Private Girls may be a great showdown by State. Landmark has 3 of the top 6 Girls in their Class, but Hebron Christian is stronger from 1-5. If Athens Academy develps a #5 its anybody's guess what will happen in November. Providence Christian seems to have a nice gap between the next few teams at this point early. Fellowship Christian could make it out of region as a team this season...
The Middle School races at the at&t Panther Invitational were very competive. Zack Truitt of Landmark and Nyah Hernandez won the Individual races while Strong Rock Boys and Lovinggood MS Girls took the Team titles.
The at&t Starrs Mill Panther Invite was full of fast times on the beautiful Heritage Christian Church course. (All pics by Dan McCauley)
1A Private Boys Team:Much like the 1A Private Boys Individuals, this class currently does not a have a dominant squad coming into the opening weekend of big Invitationals. Defending champ Hebron Christian lost their big guns, Galloway lost Reilly Friedman (1 huge point), Athens Academy lost their top 2 (including Jihoon Choi) Landmark Christian seems to be the favorite going into the season with their top 6 coming back. Galloway and Providence Christian should be Podium and possible title contenders by November, and after a great Outdoor Track season in which their distance squad scored 34 points, Paideia cannot be discounted. After these 4 squads, it gets a little stretched out between each school on paper with Whitefield, Athens Academy, Athens Christian and Hebron Christian jockeying for position.
The Landmark Christian girls will be a force unlike any other in 1A Private. Coach Bill Thorn's Eagles are primed to make it four 1A Private titles in the last five seasons.
1A Private Boys is going to be absolutely wide open this Fall as the top 6 finishers from State have moved on to the next level. However, from 7-20 there are 11 underclassmen that are will be battling for supremacy, including a few who had great Outdoor seasons that will be in/near that front pack with good training. Five athletes with sub 17: prs returning are Will Martin from First Presbyterian Day (also top underclassman at State) Griffin McCauley and Max Heaberlin from Paideia who had good Summer Camps at Nike, Sam Shaylor (All State XC) from North Cobb Christian and Sammy Clough of Providence Christian. Jihoon Choi of Athens Academy had a strong Outdoor season and placed 8th at XC State.
1A Private Girls may be one of the fastest Classes up top this Fall. 17 of the top 20 Girls are set to return with Shannon Fair the sole departed senior out of the top 10 at the State meet in 2014. There will be incredible competition featuring defending State Champ Emma Grace Hurley of Fellowship Christian, former Foot Locker finalist Sr. Kathryn Foreman of Landmark Christian, Nicole Fegans also of Landmark who was runnerup at State (and rumor has may be the girl to beat this season...Lest we forget Anna Marion Block of Athens Academy who as a frosh dominated the 800/1600 during Outdoor Track and took a strong 3rd at XC State in 2014. Others sure to be frontrunners are sophs Sarah Foreman of Landmark and Sydney Hendricks of Providence Christian. Coming back after sitting her Frosh season is Sophia West from Paideia who was 2nd at MS State in 2013 and has a pr of 11:13 (3200) 5:11 (1600)
Morgan Ilse and Chase Kennedy won the Atlanta Track Club's Inaugural Wingfoot HS All-Star Mile on Tuesday night at Emory University. photos by Daniel McCauley
Reilly Friedman of Galloway HS ended his GHSA career by defending his 2013/2014 3200m titles at the Georgia Olympics turning in a solid 9:29.
Robby Keough of Whitefield defended his A Private 1600 meter title clocking a 4:17 in a very interesting race.
It was a race for the ages as Anna Marian Block turned it on the final 800 and set a new Class A State Meet record in the Girls 1600 Meters besting 3200 Champ Emma Grace Hurley going 4:51.68.
In one of the most anticipated 3200 races in recent history, Emma Grace Hurley proved she was the best in 1-A Private winning going away at 10:38.
The Scots Invitational marked the final home meet for Galloway's most accomplished Track & Cross Country star - State Champion Reilly Friedman. Sunny skies and rising temperatures greeted enthusiastic competitors, representing ten schools with excellent Track & Field programs. Here are some of MileSplit photographer Dan McCauley's favorite pics.
The Inaugural Metro Area Championships proved to be an exciting two days of jumping, throwing, and racing at St. Pius X on Saturday, March 28, & Monday the 30th. Meet Director Ryan McClay made adjustments to the schedule for the benefit of the athletes as unseasonably cold temperatures brought an unwelcome chill Saturday. In contrast, perfect, warm racing conditions on Monday greeted finalists and helped produce impressive times. Here are some of MileSplit photographer Dan McCauley's favorites.
Mother Nature gave Old Man Winter a nudge Saturday, letting him know his days are numbered. The opening meet of the 2015 season at Landmark Christian was hugely popular, with the maximum number of schools participating. Although a steady headwind down the finishing straightaway made conditions challenging, this did not deter very enthusiastic competition.
The 1st Annual Big Peach Distance Kickoff was a huge success to begin the Outdoor season as many competitive races were produced by the 12 schools that attended. It was windy as all get out, but eased up a bit after the 800 meter races began. Parkview as usual did a great job hosting the event.
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.
The Class A Private Boys race has one definitive fact about it: What time will Reilly Friedman post and will it be good enough in the last competitive boys race of the day to win the Best Performance award? His team, the Scots of Galloway are in contention for the state title vs a hungry Hebron Christian Lions squad. A Private boys are a little weaker overall with Darlington, Holy Innocents and Pace moving up to 2A and those teams are all in contention in the AA races Saturday.
Galloway Boys were very impressive at Region in frigid windy conditions. Hebron Christian was too in the Area 2 meet as these squads should provide some exciting racing late Saturday afternoon. Paideia was a strong 3rd at region without their 2 and 4. Landmark Christian was back at full strength at the 5-A meet but Kathryn Foreman was reported to be in pain after the race. Athens Academy's girls beat Hebron and Providence at Region. George Walton pulled the shocker in 8-A beating ACS out for 4th teamwise. Its still a slight mystery what transpired at Region 6-A except for some Discussion Board posts, which had 2 top 1-A Private athletes compete in with Emma Grace Hurley and Robby Keough...
I was there at 8am watching the wind gusts nearly blow over the finish line frameposts and destroy a couple of team canopies across the street as mother nature was rearing its ugly head, making conditions nearly miserable unless one had spent winters up north. Galloway's boys shone placing 5 runners in the top eight, posting an impressive 24 points to win the Region 5-A / Area 3 Championship., and Landmark's gals easily secured the team title as Kathryn Foreman won the Overall title...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Tyler Barber's mammoth performance at the Gwinnett County Championship earns him All-Class 'Runner of the Week' Other Class 'ROWs' were Jack Bluth from Milton, Jonathan Pelham from Lagrange, Stephen Martinez of St.Pius X, Brian Vincent from Pepperell and 2 freshmen from the 'Small School' classes: Jack Douglass of Pace Academy, and Griffin McCauley of Paideia who finished just ahead of Douglass at Coach Daley.
On the 1A Private Boys side not much change. Hebron and Galloway might as well be 1a/1b. Too close to call right now. Providence Christian is looking solid and Paideia continues to improve adding a new runner. For the 1A Gals Rankings Landmark seems to be running away with it, but several schools are packing up for a race to second including an improving Athens Academy squad, Hebron Christian, Providence Christian and Athens Christian who will all be competing for those final three podium spots!
Cooler temperatures and lower humidity greeted the grateful runners at the 4th Annual Coach Daley Invitational. Sam Bowie of LaGrange and Kathryn Foreman of Landmark Christian took advantage of the pleasant conditions and the relatively flat, fast course and blazed their way to solid victories.
With Middle Schoolers running so many different length courses (2 Mile, 3200, 3000) its hard to gauge who the fastest MS Boys are, so I am including a 'Fast 50' for each distance in this version week ending 9-13. Let's keep in mind its been confirmed that NEGA and Fall Run Away 3000's were both a little short...and Lee County Invite has been noted as short or extremely fast...(Image by Dan McCauley)
The Winder-Barrow Invite had 12 HS teams and 11 MS/Clubs made the trip to Bramlett Elementary this past Saturday. Archer's Boys and Johns Creek's Girls won the Varsity team races while the Junior Hoyas from Cobb County stole the MS team trophy and Rabun County MS took the Girls hardware back to the mountains. Dax Willette, McKenzie Knudson, Andrew Scott and Katya Bessiere ran to individual titles in the Varsity and MS races. all photos by Dan McCauley
The Middle School Track Championships was an all day affair filling the home side stands with screaming student-athletes and parents alike with fans mashed together hanging over the railings to get a glimpse of the future HS stars in Georgia Track. Oak Hill MS of Baldwin County are the Girls Team Champions and Hilsman MS from Athens are the Boys Team Champions.The stars of the meet for the Girls were 'Athlete of the Meet' Tia Jones of Full Throttle as she tripled in the 100/200/100 hudles, Anna Marion Block as she doubled in the 800/1600 and Sterling Lester from Marietta as she doubled in the 400m/300h. For the Boys Justin Long of Tucker MS was the Boys 'Athlete of the Week' sweeping the 200/400 and anchoring the 4x100 team to 1st. Griffin McCauley is 'Mr.Distance' as he set a new record in the 3200m Friday at 10:14, placed 2nd in the 1600, and 4th in the 800m.
Day 1 of the MS State Championships got off to a good start as 56 teams and over 1000 athletes began competition in some Track prelims, Field Event finals and the 3200 meter Finals. SMART event management has ran the meet since its inception serving as Georgia's 'unofficial' MS State Track and Field Championships. Griffin McCauley of Paideset a new MS state meet record in the Boys 3200 clocking a 10:14 and Sophie West of Paideia took the Gold in the Girls race in 11:13.
Kathryn Foreman was unflappable, followed her usual strategy going all out taking an early lead over Taylor Tuttle, picked it up in the 2nd Mile creating a cushion that was too large to gap winning her 2nd consecutive 1A Private individual title clocking the Girls 'Performance of the Day' in 18:42. Those crafty Pace Academy gals ran steady as they had all-season bouncing top ranked Darlington seizing the team title.
Another enjoyable event drawing nearly 1300 runners was again successful on a revamped, more fan friendly course (with 4 large display clocks) which the fans and runners had to enjoy. Holy Innocents was the Boys (SS) team champs and won the Best (SS) Combined Program award. Decatur was a surprise winner of the Girls (SS) team trophy. Jonathan Jenkins of the Newroc Rockets and Anna Marion Block of Athens Academy were the Individial titleists.
This Georgia MS State Championship thing continues to grow each season as 77 teams, 47 individuals and 1247 total athletes are slated to be compete this Saturday in Cochran. Ga.MileSplit has helped promote the meet dating back to 2009 and its now a monster with up to 3000 folks attending including athletes. I urge you to get a t-shirt early, or you could waiting in line for 1/2 hour after the Small School events. The feature races are the Large School Championship beginning at 10am and the Small School races at 11am. Comparing teams is extremely difficult as the MileSplit database doesn't calculate MS Team Rankings and 4 different distances have been contested including 2500m, 3000m, 3200m and the 2 Mile (which the new Bleckley Elementary course has been wheeled at or very close to 2 Miles) 29 full small school squads will duke it out and 21 large school teams (guestimate) Also, please don't take offense if your favorite team isn't mentioned, as evaluating MS teams is best left to dataholic in his rare spare time, lol. Thanks for understanding.
This week marks the final installment of the MS ROWs. All of the athletes honored this week will be competing to be Individual Champions. This week, Jonathan Jenkins from Newroc Rockets and Sophia West of Paideia are the 'chosen ones' Next week, each of the Individual Champs in the Large and Small School races will be the 'Middle School Runners of the Year' !
Middle School Runners of the Week will be chosen weekly for the remainder of the season culminating in announcing MS ROYs after the Georgia Middle School State Championships on October 19 in Cochran at Bleckley County Elementary. This week both runners came from the Battle of Atlanta with George Finch and Sophie West taking the Honors! This beautiful image was taken by Coach McKissic of Morrow High School as the sun dropped over the rolling hills of Nash Farms Battlefield..