US#1 Edward Cheserek (NJ) set a new course record of 14:53 at Holmdel Park NJ. US#7 Anthony Armstrong and US#9 Amy-Eloise Neale top Sunfair in WA. (Photo by MaroonNews)
Craig Martin shares the inspirational story of Kaleb Wilson's 2011 season.
Freshman Lukas Verzbicas pleads his case, but Oregon cross country coach Vin Lananna won’t rush him | Lukas Verzbicas is “dying to race,” but Lananna will be careful with the nation’s No. 1 recruit
Oregon freshman Lukas Verzbicas would love to race this week. The nation’s most heralded prep distance runner was pleading his case to UO coach Vin Lananna on Monday as the Ducks prepared for the Bill Dellinger Invitational at Springfield Country Club on Saturday. It’s the only home meet of the season for the UO cross country teams. Verzbicas, the reigning world junior triathlon champion who was born in Lithuania, went to high school in Orland Park, Ill., and arrived in Eugene as the marquee name in what could be an historic recruiting class, is eager to get rolling. “He’s dying to race this weekend,” Lananna said. “I just don’t know if it makes sense or not. We have to be very careful and conscientious on when we open up our guys. “Lukas is very motivated to do really well at the highest level. (via www.registerguard.com)
During a break in training for the Olympics, Usain Bolt told young runners at a California clinic his best advice is to always have a goal. (via USATODAY.COM)
When you start looking at the top talent in Arizona, it's hard to miss Carter Macey and his Desert Vista teammates. And, although they took this past weekend off, they are taking the desert by storm. Photo by Margot Kelly.
The nations most complete high school cross country team rankings. The National High School Coaches Association Team Rankings will award the top team in the nation as official high school cross country national team champions. The NHSCA National Championship will be awarded December 1, 2011. (via www.xcnation.com)
2010 Foot Locker finalist Grace Tinkey will keep you updated on her season through MileSplit all the way through the 2011 season. (Photos by Margot Kelly and Don Rich)
Josh Ripley didn't have to stop. Running in a recent cross country meet for Andover (Minn.) High, the junior varsity runner was making his way through the trail at the Applejack Invite when he heard a loud scream during the first mile of a two-mile race. Most of the other kids running didn't pay much attention to Lakeville South runner Mark Paulauskas, who was writhing in pain at the time, as they passed by.
2010 Foot Locker finalist Erin Finn will keep you updated on her season through MileSplit all the way through the 2011 season. (Photo by Don Rich)
Darren Fahy (Sr., La Costa Canyon, CA) and Amy Eloise Neale (Jr., Glacier Peak) won the seeded races at the Stanford Invitational.
Shea Martinez, Sarah Feeney, and Summer Harper work the front of the pack at the Murray Invitational in Utah. Photo submitted by Corbin Talley.
Emily Sisson joins the Providence College Friars as a Sophomore this season, creates potential for a special season for PC. (Photo by dspics.com)
INDIANAPOLIS – Athletes with World Championships and Olympic experience, and a core group of young talent, will lead Team USA into the 2011 Pan American Games slated to be held October 24-29 in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Lynna Irby is a tween -- a 12-year-old girl straddling the line between child and teen -- but she's different from most tweens in at least one important way. (via The Indianapolis Star)
US#2 Futsum Zeinasellassie blasted a CR 14:36 for 5000 meters! Angel Piccirillo #2 AT @ Spiked Shoe. Fay-Man girls perfect in opener! US#1 Frazier opens season quietly in NC. (Photo by Bob Piccirillo)
This first episode covers core training techniques. These workouts will apply to you whether you are already on an elite level or just the beginning. For beginners they may serve as an intense workout to build your core muscles. If you're already in shape they are crucial for you to maintain and sharpen that core strength and to prevent injury by helping you stabilize your movement.
Give Quaker Valley High School cross country coach Dave Noyes credit. (via postgazette.com)
Although it's way too early to make hard predictions about who will get bids to the NXN-SW championship races, it's not at all too soon to look and see what's happening in the various states that may have implications for who might make it to the big dance.
We're proud to introduce the "The Fit Runner," a new series from MileSplit. Each month a new episode will be published related a fitness or wellness topic geared towards the runner.
Jacob Thomson Jacob Burcham Two of the nation's best in Cabell Midland's junior Jacob Burcham and Jacob Thomson, junior from Holy Cross High School, of Lousiville, KY, meet again at the Trinity/Valkyrie Invitational being held on Saturday September 17, 2011.
We begin our cross country season athlete journals with Harvard Westlake senior Cami Chapus. Cami returns this season as one of the top distance runners in the California. Photo left: Victor Sailor/Photorun. Photo right: Don Rich/PennTrack
Maryland is the next state on the "Who To Watch" list.
Minnesota top runners to watch include Amber Seidenkranz (So., Monticello), Brandon Clark (Sr., The Blake School), Erica Seidenkranz (Sr., Monticello), Maria Hauger (Jr., Shakopee Senior High) and Josh Thorson (Sr., Wayzata)
Remembering 9-11-01 by Walt Murphy I had just finished working as a free-lancer with Turner Broadcasting at the Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia. I was on a flight bound for Los Angeles with about three dozen full-time Turner employees, and most of us would be making connections to our final flights, me to New York, the Turner crew to their home-base in Atlanta.
BEIJING, China — Lukas Verzbicas captured the gold medal he was determined to win in convincing fashion Sunday at the ITU Junior World Championships.
XC 9/10 Ostrander wins again in AK! Mary Cain/Julie Macedo get wins. Roper/Tinkey light up the South
Big events happening across the country as the season gets into full swing!
Photo above: Maddie Meyers (Sr., The Northwest School) and Andrew Gardner (Jr., Mead) are two of the top XC runners returning this fall.
The next state in our "Who to watch" list is Delaware! Photo of Haley Pierce (above right) by Blue Hen Photography
It's still early, very early, but it's time to start looking at which teams are positioning themselves for a bid to the championship races at NXN-SW.
Within days of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani sent word to New York Road Runners: the New York City Marathon, scheduled for Nov. 4, must go on.
North Carolina is our next state on the "Who To Watch" list!
Tennessee is the next state in our who to watch series. Athletes will be added during the next week.
Rhode Island is our next state in the "Who To Watch" series.
All this week MaineTrackXC will be featuring interviews with some of the top XC runners in the state. Check out what the top athletes have been doing all summer, and what they would like to accomplish this upcoming season, plus much much more...
Current results from 19 meets of national importance from around the nation. More to come all weekend right here on MileSplit!
The nations most complete poll for prep cross country. A detailed algorithm that includes championship teams from every state, in-state and out of state historical benchmarks, the spread, historic courses, margin of victory verses ranked teams, strength of schedule, historical state championship references, winter-spring-summer track & field variables and many more important factors.. (via www.xcnation.com)
' The 2011 high school cross country season is about ready to let loose across the nation. Summer base work is reaching a climax and the last of the major running camps have finished cleaning the crumbs off their training tables. A few early meets have been held with a good many more scheduled for this weekend as the curtain is raised on invitational events. ' (via Running Times)
' 1. How Much Higher Can Fayetteville Go? Fayetteville-Manlius coach Bill Aris always says there’s no legacy, every season is fresh, it’s time to start over. That must be a tough mindset for the New Yorkers. They are teenagers, after all. ' (via Running Times)
Har-Ber High School senior Valerie Reina is one of the top runners in Arkansas. This year Reina is looking for her third state title and is hoping for a trip to Foot Locker Nationals. MileSplit's Todd Grasley talks with Reina to see how she is coming off injury, what she has done to train this summer, what artist pumps her up for a race, and much more in this Cross Cross Country Q&A
Wesley Frazier (NC) left little doubt as to who the best runner in the country is after the 2011 outdoor track season. The Ravenscroft harrier created her own form of history at the 2011 NBON meet by winning two events and finished an impressive third in another. Frazier won the 5000 meter run with a sophomore record of 16:24.83 after taking control of the race late. She then came back in the 2 mile and finished third with an impressive 10:10.86 clocking. She could have stopped right there and cemented her legacy as a super-soph, but Frazier was also entered in the mile.
' On a gray December afternoon, in a small town 40 miles south of Indianapolis, Ind., a group of boys with eager eyes and quiet determination run in a biting 19-degree wind chill. On their last practice of the season, like every day during the past year, they work to put their hometown on the map in a new way. ' (via Running Times)
We continue the series with Massachusetts' top runners including defending state champion Wes Gallagher (Pembroke, photo above left), Foot Locker Nationals finalist Catarina Rocha (Peabody, photo above right), Josh Lampron (Mansfield), Chris Allen (King Philip), Marika Crowe (Lincoln-Sudbury) and Annika Gompers (Gann Academy).
Vermont is the next state in the "Who to Watch" series. The runners in New England are trying to get their answers back but it has been a little difficult without power and without the internet.