Many miles are still to be traveled on the road to National Trail Raceway.
Several of the winners Saturday at the Spartan Invitational in Boardman took simply the next step on an expected path to the state championship meet. A few others completed giant, possibly unexpected leaps toward potential berths in the OHSAA finale.
Phil Grove recaps his trip to the Boardman Invitational and what he witnessed!
The heat and humidity had a big impact on the runners on Saturday, to the point where some couldn't overcome the opressive temperatures.
Poca throws standout Christian Buckley was named the Gatorade West Virginia Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
A six-part series on the 2014 Central Bucks South girls 4x800 meter relay that made Pennsylvania history on Saturday, May 24th when they claimed the all-time Pennsylvania best clocking in the event in 8:51.49.
It has been said more than once that consistency is the mark of a champion. And judging from his performances in 2014, Max Adams surely would meet any lofty standard of a champion that’s out there.
Millie Paladino solidified her standing as one of the nation's best distance runners with a 2014 season to remember. Her final race at the Brooks PR Invitational ended with another national-class time from the West Virginia recruit.
Former Jefferson standout Brandon Doughty finished fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the recent NCAA Division I championships in Eugene, Ore.
Amelia Paladino runs 4:46.69 in the mile at one of the top post-season invitationals.
West Virginia's 100th State Track and Field Meet
All told, six meet records fell as conditions more agreeable to record breaking welcomed competitors back to Baldwin High School.
In the face of drenching rains, districts 1, 3, and 6 instituted delays. District 7 did not.
Amelia Paladino won the Girls' Mile Run Championship on the opening day of the 120th running of the Penn Relays at historic Franklin Field in Philadelphia. (Photo by Chuck Martin)
For generations, countless Americans have trained in the “family business,” with the goal of one day taking over the grocery store, farm, restaurant or any other enterprise that their parents were operating.
Many people avoid the number 13 at all costs, carefully planning activities to distance themselves from the unlucky combination of digits.
Any NASCAR fan will tell you that North Carolina is the center for speed in their favorite sport. Trentavis Friday is lobbying hard that the Tar Heel state also deserves recognition for the speed of its track sprinters.
Sunday was the time to tidy up any loose ends or unfinished business from the 2014 indoor season, and one of the nation’s best relay teams definitely had some missions to accomplish on the final day of the New Balance Nationals Indoor.
A national title in the 800-meter run wasn’t the only thing on the line Sunday afternoon at The Armory when 10 middle distance standouts awaited the starter’s gun. As it played out, bragging rights for the state of Virginia also were very much at stake.
Somewhere in math class, two negatives make a positive. Sunday afternoon, Grant Fisher only needed one huge negative to make a positive, that being a New Balance Nationals Indoor championship in the boys’ mile run.
One could excuse Adam Kelly for being a little nervous and in a hurry. After all, national championships were on the line Sunday in New York City. Despite some anxious moments, the junior from Barrington, R.I., was able to withstand a late challenge and capture the New Balance Nationals Indoor title in the weight throw.
His victory in Saturday’s long jump competition left Nathaniel Moore looking forward to bigger and better things in the 2014 outdoor season. Another gold medal on Sunday has the Fremont, Calif., standout more anxious than ever to compete outdoors.
Not much got in the way of Canadian Paul Galas and a New Balance National title in the high jump. Well, nothing outside of a cleaning lady ready to tidy up The Armory as Saturday’s final event came to a close.
As much as anyone could feel at home in a metal cage with artificial turf, Benjamin Bonhurst might be that someone. And his “home” away from home is the throwing area at The Armory.
It was hardly beginner’s luck, but the Hoover, Ala., shuttle hurdle squad showed it didn’t need a lot of races together to get into sync and strike for gold medals.
Judging from the numbers registered during Saturday’s long jump finals, the runway at The Armory served as a pretty decent launch pad.
Ellen Dipietro brought a little March madness Friday to one of the most storied venues in track and field. Already the national leader in the girls’ high jump, Dipietro captured the New Balance indoor title by making like a power forward looking for a rebound, adding to her 2014 US best with a winning clearance of 5 feet, 10.5 inches.
New champions will be plentiful in the girls’ events at the New Balance Indoor Nationals as only three individual champions return from 2013. And one of those former winners will move down in distance to contest a different event on the 200-meter oval.
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.