Around the nation this weekend, top teams and individuals take to the cross country courses at some very big meets. West of the Mississippi, the Liberty Bell Invitational in Colorado showcases seven ranked teams, including boys US #3 Albuquerque Academy. East of the Mississippi, the Hartford Cross Country Festival in Connecticut, will highligh the top boys team in the country, Danbury, CT, as well as a handful of potential Foot Locker qualifiers. This is one big weekend for high school cross country!
Chelsea Ley (Kingsway, NJ) smashesDanielle Tauro's course record at the Cherokee Challenge Oh what a weekend! Huge meets sprouted up on the map from Connecticut to California, many with national worthy news. Check out teams performing well and individuals reaching new heights.
The Western Albemarle and Louisa County cross country teams made the trip together down to Cary, North Carolina this past weekend for the adidas Wolfpack Invitational. The Western Albemarle boys, recently ranked #3 in the latest Southeast region rankings, did not have the showing they hoped for with a third place finish behind two unranked North Carolina squads Broughton (1st, 64 pts) and Enloe (2nd, 77 pts). Despite having two of the top four finishers with Tyler Stutzman (3rd, 16:07) and Kyle Satterwhite (4th, 16:09), the two North Carolina teams were able to pull ahead of the Warriors (3rd, 79 pts) in the remaining top five positions as Broughton gained a 10 point advantage alone in the fifth man position. Louisa County had a solid showing in fifth place behind last year's NTN squad Chapel Hill (4th, 134 pts) with two top 8 finishers in Thomas Baker (6th, 16:31) and Lawrence Minor (8th, 16:42). L.C. Bird also represented the Commonwealth well with a sixth place finish in the invitaitonal division as they were paced by race runner-up Justin Kendall in a time of 17:09. Hannah Best's third place run of 20:27 led the Louisa girls to a fourth place showing in the invitational division, while the Western Albemarle girls finished sixth in the championship race. Aurora Scott also competed at the Wolfpack Invite as she won the championship division race easily with a 18:27 5K at SAS Park. Scott had competed two years ago at the same venue for the Great American Festival as she raced unattached in the college race in 2005 with a time of 17:35.
Photos taken by Chapel Hill parent, Arne Johnson.
This weekend's Wolfpack Invitational sponsored by Adidas will feature teams from 4 different states, Maryland, Virginia, New York, and North Carolina. Preview article for the meet coming later this week. Update: Race Assignments now posted
Photos taken of the Virginians participating at the 2007 adidas Wolfpack Invitational held at SAS Park in Cary, North Carolina on Saturday, September 15th.
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