There is absolutely no disputing the fact that this year is 6A's year for the girls. It is going to be filled with tough team competition and this odd little fact that it will have two defending state champions too!
There is no disputing that 5A is going to be the toughest title to win this year but Ryan has an inside source to help him place very high this season. He enters the 2016 XC season ranked 11th in the state and 4th in his classification. He is the third fastest runner in his county and 5A South.
Year after year E.C. Glass superstar Libby Davidson keeps surprising us with more and more talent. Last year she finished as All-American at Foot Locker Nationals and also was national runner-up indoors. This season she is in it to win it at Foot Locker Nationals.
Just like the boys' competition, the girls competition looks to be all about the Green Dragons of Maggie Walker. They are led by 2014 State Champion and 2015 State Runner-up, Khloe Pointer. If she gets back into great shape then we can expect a sub 18:00 performance by the senior and a dominant season from her in 2A.
Last season it was no surprise to see Maggie Walker atop the podium again and with the defending individual state champion, Ryan Buscaglia, returning for the Green Dragons it looks like there will be no surprises this year either.
Nothing is cooler than a state championship that ends with a fire and police escort back to the high school. This was the case for the huge celebration last year when Auburn made school history and brought home their first XC State Team Title.
There are few teams in the entire state of Virginia that have quite the tradition that Brentsville has when it comes to XC. They are trained on the hills and always show up at Great Meadow ready to bring home some hardware. Conner's team enters the preseason ranked #12 in 3A but we have a strong suspicion that they are going to move up a whole lot before it is all said and done.
Ryan may have one of the best resumes of any returner in the state this year. He has more state championships than any other athlete returning with seven individual titles. That of course is coupled with his massive amount of team championships as well.
To many people this was a first in their lifetime to see this but for those in Virginia we had this happen just two years ago at the 4A State Indoor Championship.
Our second guy on our top 15 countdown is another athlete hailing from 6A South, Peter Smith. Though he would likely say he is more of an 1600m runner with his 4:19 personal best, we think he has a ton of untapped potential in the 5K this year.
Nothing is as tough as losing a team title by four points. Four points that equaled just four seconds on the state XC course. Blacksburg's boys suffered that loss last season but it looks like it only made them better competitors.
They were more than close last year coming just 12 points away from a team title sweep but this year Auburn enters stronger than ever. Sophomore Caitlin Dominy will lead Auburn into Great Meadow with a great chance to do what her older brother did in 2015 in winning the individual and team title.
There is only one thing a team can do after setting a state record and that is to set another one. Last season the Bruins of Blacksburg set the state record for team scores with 23 points. This actually equalled their 2014 performance as well which is then also joined by Western Albemarle's 1993 performance.
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Opening up our top 15 countdown for returners this year is Cox senior David Scherrer. He enters the season as the 15th overall boy, fourth in 6A and third in the 6A South region.
Despite having the slowest reaction time in his heat, Western Branch 2013 grad Byron Robinson traversed the ten hurdle barriers to auto-advance to the 400mH semi-finals.
In the fastest 400m ever ran, Portsmouth's own LaShawn Merritt ran his way onto the podium with a bronze medal place in 43.85.
The Olympics started last week but for TrackNation they really start today. Today kicks off over a week straight of non-stop track & field coverage when the entire world cares about our sport. Normally this would be exciting enough but as we said in a release last summer, this year you can legally gamble on the Olympics in the United States.
Glen Allen, Douglas Freeman, and Menchville all also gave strong chase but it seems that this year it will be their time to shine.
This upcoming cross country season could be more exciting than last and even more exciting than the boys' nail biter of a finish between three teams. The teams at play this year for the girls' 5A crown are Deep Run, Tuscarora, George C. Marshall, Hickory and Albemarle.
MileStat, Pocahontas State Park, and Midlothian high school invite you out to the Summer Poco XC series. These races are run Tuesday nights at Pocahontas State Park right off of State Route 10 (Iron Bridge) and State Route 288.
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Last year ended a long drought of Virginia not winning the Foot Locker National Title. This year we return seven former state champions and the best talent in the nation. Here are the top 1000 returning girls.
Last year was huge! We had a monstrous five qualifiers in the Foot Locker South Regional to make it to the prestigious Foot Locker National Championship in San Diego. Here are the top 1,000 returning boys from last year.
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Bydgoszcz, POLAND - Late Friday afternoon the two greatest sibling sprinters in US prep history both announced they would forgo their collegiate careers and turn professional. Both brothers tweeted at the same time to announce this huge news.