One race. Three local legends. All under the State (and National) Record, that would last 31 years.
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A hub for every individual and team qualifier for Nike Cross Nationals thus far.
The East Coast comes to New York, where they will battle for the right to board the plane to Portland.
A Course Record, an All-Time low point total, and plenty more to come out of Federation Weekend.
50% of all State Titles went to those who won in 2018, the rest providing plenty of drama.
2019 Boys NYSPHSAA Cross Country State Meet Preview
2019 Girls NYSPHSAA Cross Country State Meet Preview
Scorching competition with historic results is the prediction for Burnt Hills this weekend
We look at what we're looking for at the Manhattan Invite.
Check out our meet highlights below, as well as our full coverage over on the meet page.
We're ready for a barn-burner, coming straight to you LIVE from Loucks.
It was a good weekend to be from Burnt Hills.
Some of the MileSplit staff made their predictions on who will finish top five at Saturday's Nike Cross Nationals race at Glendoveer Golf Course, in Portland Oregon.
The East Coast comes to New York, where two of the most historic courses call home.
One of the best State Meets in recent memory saw course records, All-Time greats, and nail-biting finishes.
See how all the MileSplit50 teams and individuals who competed this weekend performed.
Top teams and individuals in the Empire State will all be vying for their claim at a State Title, ranging from the first in their program's history, to another notch in a storied history.
It's the most competitive time of the year, as the New York State Meet will bring the best of the best together in one place.
Lots of big action this week with several state meets.
The MileSplit LIVE crew
Two weeks out from unanticipated McQuaid third place finish, the Burnt Hills boys reaffirmed why they came into the season so highly rated to begin with.
With over 8,300 runners and 260 teams, the McQuaid Invitational provided some of the best national XC action this side of the Mississippi River.
A band of Spartans are again lighting up the trails, and this year they plan to keep the fires burning all the way to Portland.
The Hornets and Hawks are battling at the top again this year, but many other teams are looking to blaze a trail to the front of Class A.
New York teams aim to blaze fast trails at Nationals, while a mix of reigning champs and rebel contenders are getting set to shake things up in the state's conference championships.
These may not be the fastest times or best performances, but they were moments that were aided by the stories behind them, the rivalries established, and the accomplishments achieved.
The Yale Track Classic is always one of the best meets abroad for the Empire State.
With one more meet left for 2017, we're breaking down the four invitational events at the relay heavy Ocean Breeze Holiday Festival.
After examining the at-large berths from Saturday, here are our conclusions as to who was snubbed
Check how it all played out below.
East Coast comes to New York, where two of the most historic courses call home
This year's meet will be one to remember.
he fields are primed for the action, and on both sides, we may see some new faces on top of the podium.
No other state does cross country quite like New York.
Check out all the state meet and NXN Regional action going down this weekend.
The New York State Meet will bring the best of the best together in one place.
The State Qualifiers on Thursday and Friday provide great action from six sections.
New teams join old faces atop the podium at the Suburban Council Champs
Brief thoughts on the National Scene
A look at the All-Time Lists ahead of Saturday's action.
The annual Manhattan Invitational is hitting 45 year milestone, and with it comes plenty of history.
These are all the storylines of the early season, and those that are still developing.
The MileSplit LIVE crew talks about whether New York's boys deserve NXN wildcard bids over California
With over 7500 runners and 250 teams, the McQuaid Invitational is the starting ground for high profile competition in the State of New York.
Every year, there is a lull in the action in New York State. Most teams use that time to prepare for the brutal string of championship meets to come, which whittles the State down from 1000 teams across four classifications, down to one Federation Champion in five weeks time.
It may seem like to some that Spring Track just ended. In some respects, with the Olympics, it still hasn't. But cross-country season is right upon us, and that means the national spotlight turns back to New York. In a state where the girls teams have routinely dominated the National Championships, and with boys not doing too shabby either, it can be argued that New York is the best state in the nation for the sport of XC. This year, MileSplit is dedicated to highlight those key performances. For the first time, MileSplit National will be producing our own internal National Rankings for both team and individuals, to be released the week of August 20th for the preseason. In the meantime, we'll be handling all the action here in New York. Tomorrow, we'll be releasing our intensive girls season preview, where we break down all the big names and big matchups. But just to whet your appetite, we took a trip upstate, to meet with one of the Top 5 girls teams in the state.
Brookline shows their strength at Amherst and Massachusetts teams travel to Rhode Island to sweep the Ocean State Invitational.
No matter what the history of a program graduation can kill a team and because of that there were a lot of folks that didn’t expect much from the Burnt Hills girls team.
SARATOGA SPRINGS – If this is a dream season for Shaker, they must still be sleeping.
SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Saratoga Springs program has a reputation for its structure. There’s an aura about the girls team, always one of the best in the country, which denotes seriousness.
Photo courtesy John Olson, SCRUNNERS
SARATOGA SPRINGS – Shenendehowa coach Mark Thompson made certain to use the words “soundly beaten” when he talked about where his team stood with three-quarters of a mile left in the Class AA race the Section 2 championships. But whether it was catching a glimpse of the finish line or the sight of sectional championship and berth to the state meet fading away, Shen summoned something in that final stretch.
SARATOGA SPRINGS – When the race was over and the scores were tallied; after the runners had done all they could and accepted the result, Burnt Hills coach Shaun Zepf walked over to Queensbury coach Bob Underwood and gripped his shoulders and shook him behind – a playful gesture and ended in a congratulatory hug.
This week's How They Train features Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake junior Kiersten Anderson.
New York State has it's own NXN Region, so the top two teams at the NXN Regional both qualify for the NXN Championships in Portland, Oregon. Here's a look at some of the top teams from last year and where they stack up right now in paper.
Wayne Seaton said he was hoping. He hoped that every time he tore through another step on the track and Sheepshead Bay’s anchor leg would draw nearer. The Fordham Prep senior hoped with each step until he closed even with his team’s rival and barreled across the finish line.
PORTLAND, Ore. – It’s not uncommon for it to get rough at the start of an elite cross country race. Shoving happens. Elbows. Some tripping. But rarely does an entire team bite it the opening meters of a national race. Let alone, get up and finish fourth.
WAPPINGERS FALLS—There aren’t many times you’ll see anything like this. It wasn’t some local county meet or some small schools where one team breaks away and wipes the floor with everyone. This was the national qualifier, the Nike Cross Nationals New York Regional and Fayetteville-Manilus had clogged the front of the field like they were leading some ridiculously fast training run.
Who's going to Portland for NXN. Will FM boys and girls make the trip? How about Saratoga and Burnt Hills. ArmoryTrack.com will be on site this weekend at Bowdoin Park with race videos, pictures, interviews, and stories. So enjoy your Thanksgiving meal and break and we'll see you Saturday.
There is a myriad of things that go into choosing a college, and making life decisions that can clog a teenagers mind and sometimes start a early-life crisis. But sometimes, choosing a college is as simple as this: “I just felt really comfortable,” Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake senior Sam Roecker said.
WAPPINGERS FALLS – Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake coach Shaun Zepf said his team wanted a nasty course. He said they hoped for rain and mud. They got both.
When the Class AA race ended at the state championships last week, Shenendehowa teammates and coaches just looked at each other unsure. They struggled their shoulders then waited nervously see if they’d beat Fayetteville-Manillus.
SARATOGA SPRINGS – Two miles into the race and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake and Queensbury were nearly deadlocked. Success or failure was just one surge away.
No one is saying that the Eastern States races at the Manhattan Invitational Saturday are the be-all, end-all of cross country races. But when you line up some of the best teams in the country, people expect sparks to fly.
A big weekend of competition generally means some major movement in the national rankings, and that is certainly the case this week. Making the biggest leap is Tatnall (DE) (pictured by Brandon Miles), who after beating then U.S.#4 Collins Hill (GA) at the McDonald's XC Festival at Maymont jumps to US#8 in the girls rankings.
Each week from now until the end of the season, we'll provide a Top 15 Weekend Round-Up. This MileSplit feature will include main highlights of each of the MileSplit nationally ranked squads and their results on the weekend. See who performed well and who didn't live up to their ranking this week.
Highlights and Results from: NB Ocean State Inv. (RI), McDonald's XC Festival (VA), McQuaid Inv. (NY), Roy Griak Inv. (MN), Stanford Inv. (CA), Carlisle Inv. (PA), Jim Danner Inv. (OR), Culver Inv. (IN), Palatine Inv. (IL), LoboCat Inv. (CO), Albuquerque Academy Inv. (NM) & Midwest Meet of Champs. (OH) The best weekend yet. That's an easy way to describe this weekend's national cross country action. Most of the top teams in the land took part in an invitational, with some teams coming up very big. US#5 York (IL) kicked off their season by winning the Palatine Invitational, one of the big highlights of the weekend thus far.
It's a tight-knit school, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School. The community is small, parents are involved in their kids student-athlete lives, and with a smaller student population compared to most of the other top teams in the country, this team is achieving more than many think they could. Over the past few years few teams have dominated girls cross country like Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake. In the fall of 2007 the squad took another step forward, qualifying for Nike Team Nationals, with a fifth place finish overall at the national meet despite missing their number two runner. Many speculated that Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake would've placed second had they had their full line-up, as they finished 38 points behind runner-up Saugus (CA). Regardless, the team now looks forward, hoping to build upon their '07-'08 success with even more success. While no one will admit it, the thought of winning the Nike Cross Nationals title has to be on their minds. A talented trio up top with Sam Roecker, Molly Pezzulo and Meaghan Gregory gives this team a distinct advantage few others teams can match. This is a season of hard work, challenging oneself to go above and beyond, and most of all having 40 girls coming together to strive towards the same goal. It's something every team tries to do, but only so many actually accomplish it. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake will strive for greatness and how this journey ends will be something fans of the sport will watch all season long.
The 44th McQuaid Jesuit Invitational in Rochester, NY will take place this weekend and bring together team from New York, Pennslyvania, Ohio, and Virginia. Additionally, over 30 teams from Canada will make the trip south over the border.
A lot of competitive invitationals took place last weekend, meaning that a few of the top teams in the country lost to unranked squads. With those loses comes new teams jumping into the week #4 MileSplit National Cross Country Rankings. See who's in and who's out in this week's edition.
With many of the top teams in the country running in their first or second competition of the year, the MileSplit National CC Rankings are starting to take better shape. Boys U.S.#1 North Central (WA) opened their season in victorious fashion, while Girls U.S.#1 Fayetteville-Manlius (NY) has yet to compete, but is looking strong in practices.
NY season officially opens up. Burnt Hills girls win the varsity and freshman titles at the Niskayuna XC Ekiden (Relay meet).
Every week this fall leading to Nike Cross Nationals, we'll publish the MileSplit National Cross Country Rankings. In our first installment North Central (WA) boys and Fayetteville-Manlius (NY) girls lead the rankings. Check back every Monday evening for the newest MileSplit National Cross Country Rankings. (picture by Tyrone Hoskins)
The third and last day of Nike Outdoor Nationals takes place Saturday and the final events of the weekend are looking outstanding. While many great races and field events take place earlier in the day, the opening ceremony on the track starts at 5:15 p.m. (EST). The top events of the day are the boys and girls mile, boys 800m dash, boys shot put, girls hammer throw and the boys and girls distance medley relays. Keep checking back throughout the day as we provide coverage of each event. Full Results: Boys - Girls NON Winners Table (ArmoryTrack.com) Saturday Top Highlights - Warwick Valley (NY) national record in girls DMR, 11:31.81 - Spencer Adams (NC) blazes 50.99 in boys 400m hurdles - Nadonnia Rodriques (NY) wins 400m dash in 52.86, U.S.#1 - Trotwood-Madison (OH) wins boys 4x400m relay in 3:11.33 - Brandon Pounds (IN) 68-11.25 to win boys shot put, U.S.#2 - Eleanor Roosevelt (MD) wins girls 4x4, meet record 3:37.02 - Jillian Smith (NJ) blazes 2:05.24 to win girls 800m dash - Chalonda Goodman (GA) wins girls 200m dash in 23.22 - Emily Infeld (OH) takes gold in girls mile with 4:47.43 effort - Dwight Barbiasz (NH) leaps 7-01 to win boys high jump - Allison Horner (GA) throws 177-02 to win girls hammer throw - Shelby Greany (NY) runs U.S.#1 girls steeple in 6:42.86
Armory Athlete of the Season Nadonnia Rodriques, Sr. Boys & Girls First ever Armory All Star Team picks athletes based on Armory Rankings, number of races here, and presence at The Armory. FULL GIRLS TEAM HERE photo bywww.wingedfootfotos.com
Take a look at some of the NY State Highlights from last weekendSoph star Melissa Kurzdorfer doubles up, winning both the shot and weight throw with impressive marks in both. FULL ARTICLE HERE
Fayetteville-Manlius girls ranked US#1Burnt Hills girls US#4Armory regulars Danbury, CT tops boys list at US#3.
Heat Wave Slows XC Opening WeekendThe temperature was pushing 90 degrees in lower New York and the heat was felt across the state as times were a little slower than hoped for. At The Saranac Lake Invitational, the time wasn't that fast but the outcome was as expected as Ticonderoga senior Lee Berube won his first invitational of the season with a time of 17:47.Left: Victoria Pontecorvo (Tottenville) won the girls varsity race at The Rob Breen Invitational. www.wingedfootfotos.comRead More Highlights
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