Phil's gallery features unique looks at different events, plus the immediate aftermath of Schwartz's mile and her obvious recovery waiting to receive her medal.
Feature stories from the 2014 PTFCA Indoor Champs
Tori Dent of Hurricane was a double winner to lead West Virginia athletes in the Ohio River High School Invitational.
For some, three pole vaulters with Division I scholarship-worthy credentials continuing their careers at a Division III school speaks of a landmark recruiting coup.
(File photo from 2013 PTFCA Indoor Champs) It appears nobody told Brianna Schwartz that you shouldn’t run a PR, let alone a state record, in the opening race of your indoor season.
George Washington's Matthew Brafford joins a growing list of distance runners from West Virginia to sign with the University of Oklahoma.
It wasn’t a home meet or even their home state, but a snow-filled trek to the spacious indoor facility at Youngstown State appeared to make some western Pennsylvania track teams feel, well, right at home.
The orange crushed, and the blue blazed.
Tessa Barrett concluded an undefeated 2013 season, responding to another late challenge from Connecticut's Hannah DeBalsi.
Separated by just seconds at the finish, Michigan's Grant Fisher and Washington's John Dressel were even closer in the closing stages of Saturday's Foot Locker national championship.
(Photo by Margot Kelly)
Talent, determination, years of training and, finally, two fast laps around the winding figure-8 course at Balboa Park in San Diego. Follow along as Milesplit takes a trip in pictures and words around the layout that will determine the champions Saturday in the 35th annual event.
Nationally ranked heading into the Foot Locker Northeast Regional in New York City, Tessa Barrett had few external forces to move her along during a thus-far undefeated 2013 harrier campaign.
On Saturday at Van Cortlandt Park, 10th was as good as first for those in the championship races of the Foot Locker Northeast Regional, with trips to the National Final in San Diego awaiting those finishers.
Amelia Paladino Qualifies for 2nd Trip to Foot Locker National Finals!
With a certain runner from Newark, N.J., now competing in (and winning) national collegiate championships, Saturday's Foot Locker Northeast race can be summed up in two words - wide open.
Merinar Tops Field, Leads Bridgeport to State Championship
After a team wins a game or championship, it wants to win again. And then again.
Morgantown and Philip Barbour will look to extend state championship winning streaks today as West Virginia’s top cross country runners converge on Cabell Midland.
The boys’ AA race was hit hard by graduation as the top four, eight of the top 10 and 16 of the top 20 were in the Class of 2013.
Year No. 2 of three classifications for cross country might be as historic as the one that ushered in the new era last year. The key figure - Elk County Catholic senior Kennedy Weisner.
In pursuit of what would have been the school’s first-ever state qualifying berth for its girls’ team, Grove City Area showed as much resolve, commitment and dedication on the last Saturday morning in October as most coaches hope to get from their teams during an entire season.
It might not be up there just yet with death and taxes, but a North Allegheny victory in the Class AAA boys’ race at the WPIAL championship meet is getting close to being a certainty. The same may be said for Brianna Schwartz of Shaler when racing at Cooper's Lake.
With the skyline of Pittsburgh looking over their shoulder, Obama Academy’s Elena Woodworth and Carrick’s Zackary Wierzchowski decided it was a good time to sneak a peek back at their competition.
During the past year, many of the top distance runners in Pennsylvania tried – with little success – to break up Fox Chapel Area’s front-running tandem of Colin and Ethan Martin.
Shaler Area’s Brianna Schwartz and Fox Chapel Area’s Ethan Martin warmed up for next week’s district competition by taking individual gold at the Tri-State Track Coaches Association championship meet on a rainy, muddy layout at Cooper’s Lake. Fox Chapel's Ethan Martin needed an all-out sprint over the final 200 meters to catch and slip past Grove City’s Aaron Benka for the victory.
According to the pop hit from the 1960s, “One” is the loneliest number, but all the “One(s)” – as in No. 1s – at the Grove City Invitational were wearing big smiles and far from sad Saturday.
One of the top runners in District 10, the Grove City Area senior has qualified for the state cross country and track championships despite injuries that have forced her to watch instead of race for months at a time.
Ok, so it isn’t the proverb you learned as a child, but it was quite appropriate for the 2013 edition of the Sharpsville Blue Devil Invitational as heavy morning rain turned a dry circuit into a sloppy one once hundreds of harriers took the starting gun.
Anyone who witnessed last year's Division I boys' race at the Spartan Invitational more than likely had a course-side seat for the 2013 edition on Saturday.
And after watching hometown star Mark Hadley of Boardman and Nick Elswick of Chardon battle it out once again over 5,000 meters, those same people probably are staking out their spots for October 26 when the OHSAA regional meet is run over the double-loop course.
Sophomore Madeleine Davison’s runaway victory powered North Allegheny to the top spot in the Division I girls’ race Saturday at the Spartan Invitational.
NASCAR starts out each season with its biggest event. Saturday at Schenley Park in Pittsburgh, cross country in western Pennsylvania put its crown jewel on display with the Red, White & Blue Classic.
While all eyes were on Kampf in the women’s race, Macklin Chaffee wasn’t on anyone’s radar until he edged pre-race favorite Jordan McNamara in a stirring duel to the tape. (Photo by Phil Grove)
The whispers might not have made it back to St. Benedict's Prep School in Newark, N.J., but they were out there. (Photo by Margot Kelly)
Heading into Saturday's Foot Locker Cross Country Championships, many of the qualifiers have compiled a treasure trove of starting line time in the nation's most prestigious season-ending races. Thanks to their performances in Charlotte and Kenosha, a dozen Foot Locker Finalists from the South and Midwest are competing with the nation's best for the second time in eight days.
In a few short years, Catarina Rocha has learned how much the Foot Locker cross country races have meant to her family.
If Edward Cheserek were an automobile, the odds are pretty good that he would be a fiery red convertible. (Photo by Don Rich)
When successful high school sports programs lose athletes to graduation, they are expected to reload – not rebuild – for the coming year.
However when you win a state championship with three freshmen, three sophomores and a junior, what do you do?
Errin Baynes couldn’t wait to get his 2012 track season under way.
A first-meet clearance of 6 feet, 10 inches on March 31 made the Wheeling Park standout even more excited about the rest of the year.
Now with the state meet in Charleston just two weeks away, the Southern Cal signee is still waiting for the rest of the year.
In less than two years, the Wheeling Park, WV multisport star has gone from high jump first-timer to prized recruit of the most decorated collegiate track and field program. And according to his coach, you most likely haven’t seen anything yet. (Photo by Phil Grove)
A US=#6 clearance in the boys high jump highlighted a group of West Virginia winners in the South Hills Classic near Pittsburgh.
In his first track meet since last summer, Errin Baynes of Wheeling Park brushed off the rust and any questions about his recovery from a basketball injury with a resounding victory over the floppers. The Southern Cal-bound standout had a massive clearance of 6 feet, 10 inches, before missing thrice at 7 feet.
Photos from PIAA District 10, May 2011 - by Carl Strub
Morgantown coach Mike Ryan had it all mapped out - a path to victory in the ninth Red, White & Blue Invitational in Pittsburgh's Schenley Park.