This past weekend (10/13) up in Silver Spring Maryland, Northwood high school played host to the Montgomery County Public Schools Consortia Championship meet. The meet featured not only high school (5K) races but also elementary (2.25K) and middle school (2.5K) races.
Chase Weavarling Interview
Coming off an impressive victory last weekend at the Bull Run Invitational, Chase Weavarling (junior-Poolesville HS) has all the momentum in his favor. As this trend is continuing, Chase is becoming one of the premier cross country athletes in the state, not to forget he leads the state already with a 5k time of 15:39.
Yesterday marked the 40th annual running of the Woodward Cross Country Relays.
Seven days! This isn’t some cheesy reference to an early 2000s “horror” movie but is a show of elation for the 118th Penn Relays Carnival. Now lets not kid ourselves, everyone has ThePennRelays.com as their homepage like myself and is ready for next week like I am, if you aren’t you very well should be.
This Saturday morning, the same day as our high school state championship meet, another large championship meet was held, The NCAA Southeast Regional Championship. Playing host to this meet was the University of Louisville at Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Kentucky. This meet could not have had more perfect running weather as it was in the low 50s throughout the competition. For those who have not been to E.P Sawyer Park, it is a must see venue for XC runners being a very flat and fast course with beautiful scenery throughout.
Today at Masterson Station Park in Lexington Kentucky, Kentucky Track & Cross Country Coaches Association played host to the 2011 edition of the Meet of Champions. This meet featured many of the greater-Lexington area’s best runners throughout many races. For today the races were divided by gender and grade for high schoolers and by gender or open for 6th and under, 4th and under, and middle school. This was the state championship for all younger then high school with the middle schoolers running 4k, 6th & under running 3k, and the 4th & under running 2k.
Today at Veteran’s Park in Lexington Kentucky Tates Creek High School hosted their annual invitational. This meet could not have had better running weather as it was mid 60s to start the morning, rising slowly in a clear sky to low 80s by the start of the middle school races. For the high school races there were runners representing ten different teams.
The start of The Cross Country season may have already passed but the looming start of the school year is closing in on the runners faster that Leonel Manzano’s kick. This weekend, at Masterson Station Park in Lexington Kentucky the annual Henry Clay Invitational was held. This year the race featured only four races with over ten teams. The day started out at a pleasant & sunny 70 degrees at 8am and then climbed to a sizzling 92 degrees with a heat index of 96 degrees at 11: 30am forcing the meet officials to cancel the reserves’ races.
Today at the “Beat the Heat” meet, hosted by Woodford County High School, the meet did just that by providing an excellent early season tune-up for all three levels of cross country- Elementary, Middle and High School. The meet featured roughly 120 athletes competing from Woodford, Sayre, Lafayette as well as a few unattached runners. The weather for the race was much better than it could have been being a nice sunny high 80s day without a cloud in site.
With spring and the imminent hope for warm weather comes many things such as horse racing, spring football, picnics, biking adventures and much more but for me it means one thing, Penn Relays. The Penn Relays Carnival is one of the oldest and longest running (no pun intended) events in the sporting world. For someone who loves track and field The Relays, as they are colloquially known, represent the Mecca of the track and field world representing everything that is great and pure about the sport.
This past weekend (11/13) Tom Sawyer State Park of Louisville held host to the one of the nine NCAA regional XC meets, this one being for the Southeast region. This meet was contested on a very firm and fast course which proved so in the times produced at the meet. The gentlemen raced over 10k featuring two loops around the 5k course they made and the women raced 6K. This meet featured many unique things that were excellent for spectators such as real time splits on a electronic display with name and splits at each marker, this was due to the chip timing. This meet was one of nine regional meets that the top two teams from each region would get an automatic bid along with the top four individual runners who were not on teams getting an invite. Along with this the top 25 of each race received all region honors.
Not only was Masterson State Park home to many high school races but was also home to nine middle and elementary races with the highlight of these being six state championships. The younger kids started running later in the afternoon and were divided into many divisions, the first three divisions were middle schools, the second and third were 4th&under and then 6th&under. All of these three divisions were respectively divided three more times into boys, girls, and an open division.
For many years, including this one, the KTCCCA Meet of Champions has been a hallmark meet leading up to states. Once again, this meet turned out to be a great one with thousands of athletes competing in over 18 events. This meet was highlighted by the Middle School State Championships, 6th&Under State Championships, 4th&Under State Championships, along with 8 high school races too.
Full Recap of the Dunbar Invitational in Lexington.
This Saturday (9-11) KYtrackXC.com was on hand for the 37th annual Grant County Invitational held at Sherman Elementary School in Sherman, Kentucky. This meet is in its second year at The Sherman Elementary course, which had been at Grant County Park for about ten years prior. This meet featured some of the top guys’ and girls’ teams of the state in teams such as St. Henry District, Lexington Catholic, Bishop Brossart, Notre Dame, Ryle, and Dixie Heights whom all placed in the top 3 respectively. This meet also included many middle and elementary school kids bringing the total number of athletes to right around 1,300.
KYtrackXC.com has a new writer this season with University of Kentucky student Nolan Jez. He is a XC/Track enthusiast and former runner from Virginia. He will be covering meets in the Lexington area this year. He covered the Henry Clay Invitational today and recapped the action.
Photo by Ryan Kelly
Since the age of nine, Shakeela Saunders has been shining on the track, ever since this age she has not looked back, from being a speedster in basketball, it only took the keen eye of her uncle to notice that raw speed in her step, and with this, he started her in track and field. Shakeela is currently a sophomore at Great Bridge high school, a AAA school in Chesapeake. But Don’t let her age fool you; she is a becoming one of, if not the most, dominating female athletes produced in Virginia since McCorory. Her most notable recent performance would be her runner-up place at AAA indoor states, team competition that is! Her astounding finish, scoring forty-one points in five events is simply jaw dropping, few, if any athletes, guy or girl, can pull off that feat. Read more...
Few Athletes can compare what they do to the likes of great athletes such as Percy Harvin (Landstown 06’), but Shawn Minor surely can. Last week, Shawn Minor out of Powhatan High School in the AA Southside district opened his senior track season on a “High” note with a clearance of 6’10” in the high jump at a home tri meet. Shawn is currently becoming a not only a star high jumper but a star athlete on the Gridiron and Hardwood too. Minor is a three-sport athlete, something few can find here in Virginia. As time goes on, it seems that there are less student athletes out there excelling in three different sports today, due most likely to a growing fear of injury and special ability and size needed for certain sports. Playing as a starting guard and cornerback, he is not only showing his ability to jump and run, which he has definitively proven, but also his raw knack to compete and win in all endeavors he pursues. He currently holds both the high jump record (6’10”) and the 100m dash record (10.7) at Powhatan high school.