The last of the state meets, other than California, took place this weekend. Less than a half dozen state meets were run, but the action was promises to produce. Highlights and results are posted for: FL, MA, NJ and NY.
MileSplit State Meet Coverage (Nov. 16-18)
NJSIAA Meet of Champions
Brian Leung leads the way in the boys race
Voorhees rocked the field in the girls race Saturday morning in New Jersey. The team scored a mere 60 points against the best of the rest, winning the race by 62 points over Roxbury. The squad's leader, Melanie Thompson, led the way with the individual win in 18:02, holding off Jillian Smith (Southern Regional) by a one second. The two athletes, plus Kingsway's Chelsea Ley, broke away from the field very early on, proving that New Jersey's top three are Foot Locker favorites.
In the boys race, senior Brian Leung (WW-PS) beat the field by nearly twenty seconds, as his match-up against other US ranked Doug Smith (Gill-St. Bernard's) did live up to its billing as Smith did not finish the race. Leung ran 15:33 to beat runner-up Andrew Brodeur (Brick Memorial) by 18 seconds. Don Bosco won the team title with 69 points to beat second place finisher Christian Brothers by 81 points.
New York Federations
US #1 Fayetteville-Manlius beat US ranked Saratoga Springs for the second week in a row to win the Girls NY Fed. meet. F-M scored a 26-80 defeat over the perennial challengers, as the squad placed four runners in the top seven. The team averaged an amazing 18:38 top five, led by second place finisher Courtney Chapman (Fr.). Saratoga Springs' leader Hannah Davidson finished third place overall, second in the team scoring, to lead the team. East Aurora placed third with 124 points.
Individually sophomore Emily Lipari (Roslyn) won the race in 17:58, five seconds ahead of Chapman. Lipari has established herself as one of the young up and comers for next weekend's Foot Locker Northeast Regionals. Davidson finished third in 18:14.
On the boys side Shenendehowa beat Queensbury 101-159, using an impressive 33 second split to crush the field. Junior Brian Trainor led the way for Shen. finishing eighth in the team scoring. Pat DuPont (Sr., Fairport) won the individual title in 15:52, beating Kyle Merber (Sr., Half Hollow Hills West) by three seconds. Zach Rivers (Sr., Victor) finished third in 15:58, the only other runner under 16 minutes on the day.
Florida State Cross Country Championships
Ashley Brasovan (Jr., Wellington) continued her dominance on Florida Saturday as she won the 4A individual title in 17:04. Brasovan beat a strong field, including runner-up Emilie Amaro (Sr., Cypress Bay), who finished in 17:12. Brittany Koziara (So., Boone) placed a strong third in 17:31, as only three girls broke 18 minutes in the race.
In the team race Bartram Trail beat Lourdes for the championship 68-85, while Melbourne placed third with 89 points. Bartram Trail won with a strong top four, led by top ten finishers Melanie Novack and Callie Cooper.
The boys side spread out top results a bit better, as each of the 4A - 2A races showed strong results. In the 4A race Melbourne won the team title 62-114 over Ferguson. The squad scored a strong 56 second split, led by individual race champion sophomore Brian Atkinson, who won the race in 15:43.
In the 3A race, Leon won with a 16:21 average, while their sophomore front runner Matt Mizereck won the race in 15:30 over Washington senior Eric Larson by eight seconds. Joseph Fraklin (Sr., Godby) won the 2A race in 15:36, winning by four seconds.
Videos and more photos coming Sunday.
MIAA State Cross Country Championships (MA)
U.S. #8 Brookline entered Saturday's MIAA State CC Championships as the heavy favorite to win the Boys DI race. The team did not disappoint as they ran one of the best team performances in state history by beating runner-up Whitman-Hanson 25-101. Brookline was led by race winner Robert Gibson and second place finisher David Wilson, as the team secured four runners in the top ten and ran an amazing 48 second 1-5 split.
In the Girls DII race, standout Emily Jones (Jr., Bromfield) beat a very strong field decisively, running 16:06 over the 2.9 mile course. Jones beat runner-up Keely Maguire (Sr., Triton) by 15 seconds. Jones' first place finish also helped guide Bromfield to the team title, beating Oliver Ames 67-76, scoring a nice 17:43 average.
Lincoln-Sudbury ran a similar race in the Girls DI championship, averaging 17:45 to win the title with 48 points. The squad placed four runners in the top 16, a beat the field by 55 points with their strong 44 second split. Both Bromfield and Lincoln-Sudbury have a shot next weekend to grap one of the two national championship qualifying spots out of the Northeast Regional.