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Southeast Region NTN Roundup

Week ending Sept. 3, 2006 Southeast Region

By Brandon Miles, Southeast Region Editor


SE #2 Trinity boys win easy at Shelby County
Parkview GA boys makes SE #4 Smiths Station GA sweat out 1pt victory at Clara Bowl
Holy Trinity FL boys look better in 2006 than 2005 opener (ended up ranked SE #3)
Pinecrest NC boys lost 5 of 7 from close 2005 state runner-up to Chapel Hill, but have lost a beat in 2006 opener



SE #10 Scottsboro AL takes down in-state rival SE #7 Mountain Brook AL, South Forsyth GA surprises all slipping into second
SE #8 Morgantown WV loses second week in a row to University WV in conference meet, still sitting out 3 of top 7
New youth added to Holy Trinity FL girls makes them just as formidable as boys





Shelby County Invitational
Saturday, September 2nd
Shelby County High School - 5K
Shelbyville, KY

RESULTS: http://www.milesplit.com/meet/18233 (Courtesy of KYTrackXC.com)

Featured Teams:
SE#2 - Trinity (KY)

In their first 5K race of the season after opening in a 2x3K relay event last weekend, the Trinity boys of Kentucky looked solid in an easy 39 point victory over Southwestern (KY) at the Shelby County Invitational. On a hilly and wet course, Trinity averaged 16:46 as they were led to the line by the first three finishers in the race in Thomas Noel (1st, 16:25.36), Ethan Short (2nd, 16:34.39), and Sean Darrow (3rd, 16:43.91). Trinity put their entire top five in the top 15 with Greg Biddle (14th, 17:11.34) and Bryan Henn (15th, 17:11.88) running fourth and fifth for the team.

Coach Chad Waggoner had mixed reviews on his team's first performance giving them A- or B+ for times and B- for depth. "Overall I was pleased with our times for a course that is hilly and was wet as well as the fact that two of our guys were sick last week and came back with good runs this week. Yet, we still must close the window between one and five. Thomas, Ethan, and Sean ran great races for our top three. Our number four runner Bryan Henn was a little off, but our sixth (Greg Biddle) had a good day."

Trinity's biggest test of the season should come at Maymont on September 30th as they travel to Virginia to compete against well seven NTN Southeast preseason ranked squads and possibly other squads making top ten splashes this fall. With defending state champions and 2005 NTN qualifier St. Xavier still looking formidable this fall to stand in their weeks and larger meets looming in coming weeks with NTN implications such as Maymont, Coach Waggoner understands that there is still plenty of time to put it together when it matters. "Really, it is only the first of September, we still have a lot of work to go. We did a workout after the race. We know that we have a lot of work left to do"

Next week, Trinity will be hosting their home invite, which will bring in two NTN Midwest ranked squads in MW #3 Carmel IN and MW #5 LaSalle OH as well as traditional Ohio powerhouse Hilliard Davidson. Next Saturday may possibly be the return of Trinity's projected #5 runner this fall in John Sturgeon, who had out of action due to IT band problems.

Event 6 Boys 5k Run CC Varsity
Name Year School Finals Points
1 Noel, Thomas 12 Trinity 16:25.36 1
2 Short, Ethan 12 Trinity 16:34.39 2
3 Darrow, Sean 12 Trinity 16:43.91 3
14 Biddle, Greg 10 Trinity 17:11.34 13
15 Henn, Bryan 12 Trinity 17:11.88 14
19 Schafer, Matt 12 Trinity 17:34.59 18
21 Flinchum, Dane 10 Trinity 17:40.10

Team Scores
Rank Team Total 1 2 3 4 5 *6 *7 *8 *9
1 Trinity 27 1 2 3 8 13 14 18
Total Time: 1:23:50.46
Average: 16:46.10
2 Southwestern 66 5 6 12 19 24 25 46
Total Time: 1:26:24.85
Average: 17:16.97
3 Butler 80 4 11 16 20 29 31 33
Total Time: 1:27:38.58
Average: 17:31.72


Clara Bowl
Saturday, September 2nd
Berry College - 5K
Mt. Berry, GA

RESULTS: http://www.milesplit.com/meet/17733 (Courtesy of GATFXC.com)

SE #4 - Smiths Station (AL)
SE Bubble - Parkview (GA)

Parkview boys from Georgia certainly have seen their team's stock rise based off their two opening meets this season as they nearly picked off their second NTN Southeast ranked squad in as many weeks as they finished one point behind SE #4 Smiths Station of Alabama at The Clara Bowl held at Berry College's 5K course in Mt. Berry, Georgia. Smiths Station definitely had solid meet as they had a time gap of only 35 seconds separating their top five finishers, but it was more so the Parkview boys being so underestimated coming into this season.

Smiths Station with a team score of 118 points just narrowly escaped an upset by Parkview with 119 points as they had no runners in the top 15, but made up for the lack of front runners with the tightest pack in the meet. Nathan Prickett was Coach Ron Peters' top finisher in 12th place at 16:46 and was closely followed to the line by teammates John Neill (14th, 16:51) and Jon Fischer (17th, 16:52). The time that elapsed after Fischer before the final Smiths Station runner crossed the line was not very long as the remaining top seven included Spencer Ferguson (33rd, 17:06), Andy Henderson (42nd, 17:21), Chris Bilbrew (51st, 17:29), and Rickey Martin (53rd, 17:31).

It is important to note that Smiths Station was missing their top returning runner in Jay Moulton (4:27 1600, 9:47 3200, 16:08 5K). If Moulton is ready to go at Great American, they will be tough to beat for any team in the region.

While Parkview had all of their top seven runners present this weekend, they certainly did not get the best races out of all their top runners as number two runner Marcelis Lynch ran number four for the team and at least 20 to 30 places from where he would have been expected to finish. Lynch learned this summer that he has exercise-induced asthma and is going through some learning experiences with the asthma early on this humid fall month. Coach Tigue feels when the air cools, Lynch will be able to have better control of it. "But until the air clears up, I think we will see more of what we’ve seen so far—one race he may run great and the next race he may struggle a bit."

Coach Tigue and the rest of the teammates will hope that Lynch can have that great race in two weeks at Great American with many of the region's top ranked teams in attendance, because the rest of the squad definitely showed what they can potentially do in nearly knocking off the region's #4 ranked squad in Smiths Station.

Saturday was the opener for Parkview's star runner in Michael Winston as he did his job as a front runner in finishing second individually in a time of 16:09. With Lynch falling back, Josh Pinson (15th, 16:52) and Brett Richardson (19th, 16:57) moved up into the number two and three spots with solid runs. Parkview's fifth runner in JJ Van Tonder finished 47th in 17:25 and their next runner Cody Allen was 30 seconds back in 86th at 17:55, so there is still a little bit of vulnerability with their back pack. Especially considering a squad like Smiths Station ran without their number one runner and nearly put seven runners ahead of Parkview's fifth runner. However, if Parkview can have Lynch running at his best and making for a strong 1-2 punch with Winston, the team is able to counteract a fifth runner further back than they would like.

Coach Tigue also felt his team could have performed a little better with a little less overcoaching on his part as well as his athletes not taking his pre-race strategy to a literal extreme. He instructed his runners to go out slower than usual, but they ended up going out even slower than he expected as top runners Winston and Lynch led a pack 15 seconds too slow through the first mile as they were in approximately around 60th place compared to a Smiths Station pack around 15th place. "We just got stuck in the back and it was too hard to move through the masses. If you look at the results, you will notice that my top five guys all moved up during the race but just ran out of time and real estate."

Regardless of Saturday's meet, both Smiths Station and Parkview will be more prepared at Great American in two weeks as they will be gearing heavily for this meet with the many head-to-head matchups that will be presented in Hoover. "We’ll learn from this and hopefully we will have a different outcome at Great American."

Baylor of Tennesse is also a team to note as they finished third in the meet with 141 points and a team average of 17:01. It will be interesting to see how they fair in coming weeks against some of the top ranked Tennesse teams as they finished within respectable distance of two likely NTN regional ranked squads. The state of Tennessee could have a team or two making a splash in the top ten sooner or later this season.

1. 118 Smiths Station ( 17:00 1:24:56)
1 12 Nathan Prickett 16:46
2 14 John Neill 16:51
3 17 Jon Fischer 16:52
4 33 Spencer Ferguson 17:06
5 42 Andy Henderson 17:21
6 ( 51) Chris Bilbrew 17:29
7 ( 53) Rickey Martin 17:31

2. 119 Parkview High School ( 16:55 1:24:33)
1 2 Michael Winston 16:09
2 15 Josh Pinson 16:52
3 19 Brett Richardson 16:57
4 36 Marcelis Lynch 17:10
5 47 Jj Van tonder 17:25
6 ( 86) Cody Allen 17:55
7 ( 97) Nick Williams 18:01

3. 141 Baylor ( 17:01 1:25:02)
1 4 Waldo Du plessis 16:28
2 6 Evan Sharber 16:36
3 31 Jordan Apfeld 17:06
4 40 Skylar Townsend 17:17
5 60 Colton Popp 17:35
6 ( 62) Mike Meadows 17:36
7 ( 68) Justin Sawyers 17:40


Jungle Run
Saturday, September 2nd
South View High School - 4,992
Hope Mills, NC

RESULTS: http://www.milesplit.com/meet/18853 (Courtesy of NCRunners.com)

SE Bubble - Pinecrest (NC)

Last year Nike Team Nationals qualifier Chapel Hill was stiffly challenged at the North Carolina State Meet by a determined Pinecrest squad. Both teams took heavy losses due to graduation from those squads, but Chapel Hill was believed to have more life in them from last year's squad as they returned four runners and picked up a key transfer in Taylor Gilland from East Chapel Hill.

Despite returning one of the state's best individuals in Andy Wacker, Pinecrest only had one another returnee from the 2005 squad and had plenty of question marks to be answered. In the state's only cross country race held at night at the Jungle Run, Pinecrest gave a big answer in their season opener with an impressive team performance. The 2005 North Carolina 4A state runners-up won by 70 points over host school South View with a team total of 52 points as they nearly put five runners in the top 20 and under 17 minutes on a course that is comparable to McAlpine Greenway Park.

Pinecrest was led by Wacker as he set a new course record in an outstanding individual run of 15:24.5 to win the race by over a minute. Runner-up to Wacker happened to be junior teammate Brett Baggett with a time of 16:26.1. Finishing in the top 15 with Wacker and Baggett were teammates Andrew Garrison (12th, 16:56.1) and M. Moore (15th, 17:03.1).

Results are incomplete at this time, but their fifth runner finished 22nd at a time around 17:15. However, it is certain that the state meet at Tangelwood Park will be no walk in the park for Chapel Hill once again with Pinecrest having quickly rebuilded its top seven from last fall.

Men’s Championship Race
1. Pinecrest – 52 (1, 2, 12, 15, 22, 28, 40)
2. South View – 122 (11, 19, 25, 32, 35, 43, 46)
3. Durham Jordan – 123 (8, 16, 29, 29, 33, 37, 57, 59)

1. Andy Wacker set a new course record-15:24.5
2. B. Baggett 11 PC 16:26.1
12. A Garrison 12 16:56.1
15. M. Moore 10 17:03.1
22. ???? 17:15


Wickham Park Jamboree
Saturday, September 2nd
Wickham Park - 5K
Melbourne, FL

RESULTS: http://www.milesplit.com/meet/18445 (Courtesy of flrunners.com)

SE Bubble - Holy Trinity (FL)

Chiles and Holy Trinity are two Florida teams sitting on the bubble and looking in to the region's top ten. In an unofficial preseason race held on Holy Trinity's home course that gathered quite a few high school runners, the representatives from the Holy Trinity team looked strong and faster than last year's group in the same race.

Coach Butler's top finisher was Kyle Cooke as he won the race in a time of 15:54, which was 36 seconds faster than his time in 2005. Another drop in times came from Kyle Butler, who was the second finisher in 16:13 and 42 seconds faster than 2005. The defending 1A state champions from Florida that finished the year ranked #3 in the Nike Team National rankings had two other runners under 17 minutes in Tyler Truitt (16:42) and Bret Butler (16:45).

While unranked currently, Holy Trinity will have a great opportunity at Great American in two weeks to knock off some ranked teams as they appear to have restocked their lineup from last year's graduation losses.

2006 Holy Trinity boys @ Jamboree
Kyle Cooke (HT) 15:54
Kyle Butler (HT) 16:13
Tyler Truitt (HT) 16:42
Bret Butler (HT) 16:45

2005 Holy Trinity boys @ Jamboree
Kyle Cooke (HT) 16:30
Austin Joiner (HT) 16:35
Nathaniel Taylor (HT) 16:35
Kyle Butler (HT) 16:59
Steven Hale (HT) 17:04



Clara Bowl
Saturday, September 2nd
Berry College - 5K
Mt. Berry, GA

RESULTS: http://www.milesplit.com/meet/17733 (Courtesy of GATFXC.com)

SE #7 - Mountain Brook (AL)
SE #10 - Scottsboro (AL)
SE Bubble - South Forsyth (GA)

Plenty of rankings movement will result from this weekend's Clara Bowl in Georgia as SE #10 squad Scottsboro of Alabama knocked off in-state rival SE #7 Mountain Brook for the team win, but the bigger surprise came from Georgia's South Forsyth in finishing in between the two NTN Southeast squads from Alabama. South Forsyth was not even on the radar for people within the state of Georgia as they were ranked #10 in the state's preseason rankings. However, they made a name for themselves at the meet also known as the Berry Invite taking second place as a team in the championship division.

Led by race runner-up Jennifer Barbi (18:49), South Forsyth finished as teams runners-up with 96 points and seven points behind meet champs Scottsboro (89 pts) and eight points ahead of third place Mountain Brook (104 pts). Two newcomers in the Gibson sisters, Katherine and Kristen, clearly made an impact and caught many of the preseason pollsters off guard as they finished eighth (19:53) and 30th (20:42) respectively as the team's number two and four runners. Joining Barbi and Gibson sisters in the top five for South Forsyth were Carrie Deal (15th, 20:26) and Stacey Keahon (41st, 21:07). Collins Hill was the lone Georgia girls' team given NTN preseason consideration with #6 ranking, but Forsyth has to be given strong consideration now.

Lets not forget though that Scottsboro also pulled off an upset in taking down higher ranked Mountain Brook and did it in impressive fashion considering it was learned that one of their top returnees in Caitlin Chitwood was missing and will be out for the rest of the season with a stress fracture. However, the rest of the team definitely picked up the slack as they had three finishers top ten with Lacey Wright (3rd, 19:05), Emily Thompson (5th, 19:27), and Hannah Thompson (9th, 19:58). Their front three was very solid and able to carry them to victory here, but nearly a two minute gap existed in their top five with Haley Hancock (34th, 20:46) and Lauren Williams (38th, 21:02).

Their coach, John Esslinger, was definitely impressed by his team's performance with the loss of Chitwood and their number one fan was there to encourage them. "The rest of our team has really stepped up! We were very pleased with the win and Caitlin was right there to cheer us on." Scottsboro's stock as a team is rising after their performance on Saturday, but will need their fourth and fifth runners to move up in two weeks at Great American when five of the top six ranked teams in the region come to race in their homestate.

It was not necessarily a bad meet for Mountain Brook, but a competively close one as only 15 points separated the top three teams. Mountain Brook actually had the deeper squads through six as they put six runners under 21 minutes and ahead of both Scottsboro and South Forsyth's number five runners. However, the two teams were able to gap Mountain Brook with stronger front packs or front runners as South Forsyth had the individual runner-up in Barbi, while Scottsboro put two runners ahead of Mountain Brook's top finisher in Madeline Morgan (19:31). Reed Ellis (10th, 20:08), Brigid Carey (25th, 20:36), Sasha Corcoran (28th, 20:40), and Kelley Madden (35th, 20:51) rounded out a solid top five.

Running sixth for Mountain Brook was sophomore Leslie Boozer, who had an off day in finishing 36th in a time of 20:57. In last year's race, Boozer finished fifth in a time of 19:13. Carey also had a better 2005 race finishing nine in 19:45. Mountain Brook was also hurt in the offseason by the transfer of fourth runner Laura Loveless to Dobyns-Bennett High School in Tennessee. However, Mountain Brook has the depth and talent on their squad and will be given another chance to showcase that in two weeks at Great American.

Place PTS Finisher Time of Top 5 of Top 5

1. 89 Scottsboro High School ( 20:04 1:40:18)
1 3 Lacey Wright 19:05
2 5 Emily Thompson 19:27
3 9 Hannah Thompson 19:58
4 34 Haley Hancock 20:46
5 38 Lauren Williams 21:02
6 ( 43) Amber Smith 21:08
7 ( 59) Allyson Pierce 21:27

2. 96 South Forsyth High School ( 20:12 1:40:57)
1 2 Jennifer Barbi 18:49
2 8 Katherine Gibson 19:53
3 15 Carrie Deal 20:26
4 30 Kristen Gibson 20:42
5 41 Stacey Keahon 21:07
6 ( 79) Stephanie Mizokawa 21:58
7 ( 82) Brittani Martin 22:03

3. 104 Mountain Brook High School ( 20:22 1:41:47)
1 6 Madeline Morgan 19:31
2 10 Reed Ellis 20:08
3 25 Brigid Carey 20:36
4 28 Sasha Corcoran 20:40
5 35 Kelley Madden 20:52
6 ( 36) Leslie Boozer 20:57
7 ( 67) Laura Mcbride 21:40


NCAC @ Preston XC Meet
Wednesday, August 30th
Preston High School - 5K
Kingwood, WV

RESULTS: http://www.milesplit.com/meet/17970 (Courtesy of WVRunners.com)

SE #8 - Morgantown (WV)
SE Bubble - University (WV)

For the second week in a row, SE #8 Morgantown was dealt a one point margin of defeat by cross town rival University as Coach John Patti continued to sit out one of their top runners in Emma Barry, who is coming off injury and will be eased back into slowly. With four conference meets, a conference championship, and a challenging invitational schedule, it is very understandable not to race Barry and others among the top seven in the early conference meets.

Another runner that was missing for the second week in the row for Morgantown was Cari Shaffer, who is also coming off an injury. Morgantown will be venturing into the state of Virginia twice to face stiff competition as they will be racing at the Great Meadows Invite this weekend, which will include SE #3 Midlothian and SE #5 Brentsville of Virginia. Coach Patti is hoping he can have Barry and Shaffer back this weekend to race at full strength, but Morgantown will be given another opportunity later in the month to prove themselves against regionally ranked competition at Maymont.

The 5K course at Preston High School was very challenging as shown by only one runner in University senior Amber Riley dipping under 20 minutes in 19:58. University also was not racing at full strength as Sarah Martinelli was missing as she is splitting time this fall with soccer. Her sister, Lydia, ran second for the team at Preston with a fifth place finishing time of 21:20.

Anna Chase led Morgantown as race runner-up for the second week in a row to Riley in a time of 20:42 and teammate Allison Pettit joined Chase in running under 21 minutes on the tough course in 20:50 for third.

Event 1 Girls 5k Run CC Varsity
Name Year School Finals Points
1 Riley, Amber SR University HS Hawks 19:58.88 1
5 Martinelli, Lydia FR University HS Hawks 21:20.41 5
9 van der Sloot, Jennifer SO University HS Hawks 21:46.66 9
12 Wyatt, Lindsay JR University HS Hawks 22:21.00 12
14 Sirockman, Jennifer JR University HS Hawks 22:29.56 14

2 Chase, Monica Morgantown 20:42.28 2
4 Pettit, Allison Morgantown 20:50.03 4
7 Lewis, Ahna Morgantown 21:39.22 7
10 Moskal, Aubrey Morgantown 21:59.94 10
19 Harman, Anne Morgantown 22:45.41 19
20 Lavengood, Ashley Morgantown 22:58.91 20
24 Lafata, Gabrielle Morgantown 23:24.41 24

Team Scores
Rank Team Total 1 2 3 4 5 *6 *7 *8 *9
1 University HS Hawks 41 1 5 9 12 14 33 47
Total Time: 1:47:56.51
Average: 21:35.31
2 Morgantown High School 42 2 4 7 10 19 20 24
Total Time: 1:47:56.88
Average: 21:35.38


Wickham Park Jamboree
Saturday, September 2nd
Wickham Park - 5K
Melbourne, FL

RESULTS: http://www.milesplit.com/meet/18445 (Courtesy of flrunners.com)

SE Bubble - Holy Trinity (FL)

Both of Coach Butler's squads put in their work over the summer as the girls looked just as strong if not stronger than their male counterparts with seven runners under 21 minutes for 5K and being led to the line by a talented front runner in Kayla Hale as she clocked a time of 17:59 to win at the Wickham Park Jamboree. Hale was over a minute faster than her 2005 race (19:05) in which she ended up closing the season with a 17:58 5K PR at Foot Locker South. The Holy Trinity's top seven is heavy with underclassmen and middle schoolers with sophomore Hale, freshmen Melissa Jones (19:42), sophomore Natalie Mason (19:45), eighth grader Teresa Ristow (20:06), freshmen Savannah McKendree (20:21), junior Jade Miller (20:35), and eighth grader Jamie Beckwith (20:59).

Holy Trinity finished 10 points off a 1A state title last fall and look much stronger this fall as last year's number three runner at the Florida State Finals in junior Jade Miller is running number six for the squad with the newcomers added to the roster.

2006 Holy Trinity girls @ Jamboree
Kayla Hale (HT) 17:59
Melissa Jones (HT) 19:42
Natalie Mason (HT) 19:45
Teresa Ristow (HT) 20:06
Savannah McKendree (HT) 20:21
Jade Miller (HT) 20:35
Jamie Beckwith (HT) 20:59

2005 Holy Trinity girls @ Jamboree
Kayla Hale (HT) 17:59
Rebecca Zuhlke (HT) 20:06
Chelsey Joiner (HT) 20:30
Jade Miller (HT) 20:54

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