2004 cross country
by Ricky Quintana, Southeast regional editor
Western NC Carnival - Walton Stage - Scottsboro 3-way -
Aug 27, 2004 -- The Southeast region kicks the season off this weekend with some exciting racing on tap in several key states.
Aug 28 - Western North Carolina Carnival
TC Roberson head coach, Steve Carpenter has organized a great group of teams for the Western North Carolina Cross Country Carnival in Hendersonville, NC.
Scheduled to compete on the boys side are NTN SE ranked teams #6 Chapel Hill (NC) and #10 Spring Valley(SC).
Chapel Hill boys coach, Ron Olsen reports that top runner Jack Bolas (2006) is in excellent condition. Fellow juniors Ryan Workman, and Duncan Hoge(a triathlete who finished 2 nd in the U-23 champs) will form a tough trio up front.
Spring Valley head coach, John Jones, reports that his team came to him looking to start the year off differently. In past years, they have focused on the state championship (which they won for the first time in coach Jones’ 25 years at the school last year). This year, his team came to him and asked if they could focus on early season meets and a more challenging schedule to see how they rated in the NTN SE Region. Reid Wilson (15 th Foot Locker South returnee) will be the top runner and is in excellent shape. Behind him, Mike Doucette, Steven Luckie( a state champion swimmer who splits time with cross country), Daniel Knight and twins, William and Justin (who sprained ankle before last year’s state meet) Hunter provide the support. Also watch for 1:57 800m runner, Darin Hodges who is running cross country for the first time.
Another team who could surprise is Myers Park (NC) who Cardinal Gibbons Coach Justin Scranton calls “the biggest surprise from last year’s state championship.”
Chapel Hill(NC), regarded as the second best team in NC behind Providence High will be on hand to open their season. Senior Lindsey Nadloski, the 4A state xc runner-up last year is healthy after missing last track season. Sophomore Becky Johnson is also back after a 10 th place finish at state xc and a 3 rd place finish in the 3200m last year. The 4A state runner-ups lost only one from last year and have added two promising transfers, Lindsay Celndaniel(2007) and frosh Natalie Archer(2008) to go along with veterans identical twins, Adrienne and Beth(who finished last year’s state xc championship with a spiral fracture in her femur) Wollman, and Madison Stark(2008).
Cardinal Gibbons(NC), 3 rd at last year’s NCISAA meet, should also be tough. They return juniors Lauren Holesh and Bernadette O’Neill who each broke the 12:00 barrier in the 3200m last year.
Individually, look for 2003 foot Locker finalist (17 th), Kate Niehaus( Spring Valley, SC) to butt heads with Elizabeth Bruce(Forsyth Country Day, NC) who finished 21 st at the Foot Locker South Regional race last year and owns PR’s of 11:09 and 5:19.
Several preseason ranked NC teams will be on hand in both the boys and girls invitational divisions so this one should be interesting.
Justin Scranton will file a report for Dyestat.
Results and more information on the meet including entries can be found at http://www.robersoncc.com/
Walton Stage Races ( Gainesville, GA)Walton head coach Tom Williams has also put on a great meet this weekend at Gainesville College in Gainesville, GA. The Stage Races is a unique event. The top 5 runners will run two miles in 5 separate races. The total times are tallied in the end, and the victor is the one with the lowest combined time.
More info and results can be found at http://waltontfxc.com/show_directions.php?gameID=59 or http://www.gatfxc.com/
The girls race will feature one NTN SE ranked team and GA’s three top rated teams (source gatfxc.com); Collins Hill, Parkview and Marist.
Individually, Ena Leufroy(Marist, GA), 4A state champion in 1600m in 4:59.03 will be someone to watch.
NTN SE # 4 Collins Hill(GA) will be on hand. Coach Andrew Hudson’s group is also ranked #1 in GA, all classes. The state runner-ups return a strong group. Nathan Frasier, a 9:38 two miler, and Jesse Marino, the Taco Bell 3200m champ in 9:21, are tough tandem at the front. They both should be well under 16:00 by the end of the season. Miguel Amador and Matt Churley provide experience at number 3 and 4. They have several runners who could potentially be number 5 and who could run in the upper 16’s to low 17’s by the end of the season.
Individually, several state ranked runners will toe the line. Sam Brfcyzynski ( Walton, GA), a 9:17.23c performer and #2 in GA(source gatfxc.com) Marino(#3), Alex Erickson( Parkview, GA), Frasier(#5) and #9 Brian Potts ( MacEachern, GA) will have a battle.
Of note, Coach Hudson was a 9:11/4:18 performer at Woodbridge(high under VA) under current Georgetown Coach Ron Helmer. They won state 3 years in a row while he was there. At the University of Virginia, he made the US Junior World XC Team in 1988 with Bob Kennedy.
GA #2 ranked Parkview(GA) will be on hand.
Aug. 31 Tampa, FL
#1 ranked, Jesuit( Tampa, FL) has lost one of last year’s top 5. Will Sievers, will not be running this year. Another top runner, Andrew Boza seems fully recovered from shin splints.
At FSU, top runner, Andy Biladeau will run the 8K college/open race unattached there giving an opportunity for another runner to step up onto the varsity squad in his place.
Sept. 1 Scottsboro, AL TriWay MeetMore info at http://www.scottsborotrack.com/
Three of the best teams in Alabama will square of in a triway meet at Scottsboro. NTN SE # 3 ranked Hoover is led by senior Robert Bedsole who returns for to defend his state xc and 3200m title. He’ll be backed up by two talented runners, Scott Novack and Jeremy Moujoodi, who will give Hoover a tough trio.
Hoover holds the state record for team titles and should be able to add one more to their impressive string with a good group coming back from last year’s 6A runner-up team.
Bedsole, Robert 2005 15:49.51 4:21.99 2 nd at state 9:22.29 state record
Novack, Scott 2005 16:22.16 4:24.34 3 rd at state 9:40.92 3 rd at state
Moujoodi, Jeremy 2006 16:42.30 4:36.05 at state 9:53.81 7 th at state
Payne, Stephen 2006 17:11.38
Landrey, Timothy 2007 17:41.29
Top 5 average 16:45 Top 5 differential 1:52 Top 4 average 16:31 Top 4 differential 1:22
Scottsboro 5A, the defending 5A state champs, lost three of their top six runner including number 1 and 4 from last year’s state championship team. Their top four averaged 16:39 at state, but they will need a number 5 to challenge for the best in Alabama.
Dutton, Zane 2005 16:22.53
Graves , Griff 2008 16:27.41 9:47.06 4 th at state
Hood, Cody 2008 16:51.66 4:31.94 7 th at state
Munday, Jay 2005 16:58.97
Top 4 average 16:39 Top 4 differential 36 seconds
Mt. Brook H.S,the defending 6A state champs, lost three of their top seven to graduation including their top two, Allen Childs and Tommy Murfee.
Patrick Carey, a 16:45 performer last year at state will lead a young team that will need some big help from their number 4 and 5 runners.
Carey, Patrick 2005 16:45.62 10:14.62 at state 14th
Matthews,Bill 2009 16:48.01
Lepley, Nicholas 2006 16:55.59 4:33.75 9 th at state 10:04.57 at state 9th
Vargo, Chris 2006 18:04.39
Top 4 average 17:08 Top 4 differential 1:19
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