4/7 WKND: C. Valley sweeps to wins @ Dallas-7 MRs in the wind|PCL sweeps 4x800 in VA-snow nixes Sat Apr 5, 2007

In all, there were seven meet records, six in field events and one on the track at the 6th BRUCE DALLAS INV @ Cumberland Valley HS. There were a few double champs, and a few athletes who soloed and contributed to three or more event wins. CV swept the team titles behind Juan Steward and Abby Huber, but AA Boiling Springs was 2nd in the girls team chase. Justin Shirk got a MR in the Jav to start his soph campaign. At the COUNCIL ROCK KIWANIS INV at Council Rock North HS, Coatesville was 42 points better that Neshaminy in the 19-team invite, powered in large part by their distance squad. Jason Ward won the 3000, with teammate Jason Leonard 2nd. Drew Mahoney took the 5000. Owen Dawson was 2nd in the 800 to Tennent's Mike Pio. And Kyle Dawson was 2nd in the 1500. Isaac Bryan of Pennridge took 1st. Coatesville won the DMR and the 800 sprint medley relay. In the pole vault, both Joe Berry of Hatboro-Horsham and Max Chichkin of Council Rock South cleared 14-06. Abington's Jerret Eaton captured both the 110 and 400 hurdles. Quick sprints from Kyle Reeves of Pennsburg in the 100; by Chad Sargent of Neshaminy for 200; and Cheltenham's Brandon Bing in the 400. At the MORGAN STATE HS INV in Maryland, Norristown performed well in the blustery conditions. Gabriella Rinehart won the shot put. Peter Selby took 1st in the 110 hurdles and the guy's 4x400 was 3rd. At the SUSQUEHANNA HS CLASSIC at Susquehanna University, The Hughesville hurdle-jump tandem of Rachel Houseknecht and Rebekah Newhart were busy accumulating points. Rachel won the 100 and 300 hurdles. Rebekah was 2nd in the 100 hurdles, and took 1st in the high jump, long jump and triple jump. Williamsport's Josh King edged Montoursville's Gary Bush in the 100, and led the Millionaire's 4x100. Zachary Barr of Williamsport put the javelin out 180'. At the CHESTNUT HILL ACADEMY INVITATIONAL, Chestnut Hill's Phil Thomas bettered a year-old meet record in the long jump by an inch. Wayne Crawford tuned up in the shot put with a throw of 52'. And Penn Charter's 1600 sprint medley relay ran 3:47.4. The COLONIAL RELAYS in Williamsburg VA returned after a two-year absence with a familiar flavor – lots of PA teams. Oh... and PA on top on in the 4x800. Archbishop Prendergast ran a strong 9:37.49 for the win, with Saint Basil Academy close for 2nd in 9:42.66. LaSalle led the boys' race, winning in just over 8 minutes. Great Valley took 2nd, followed by Upper Dublin in 4th, Germantown Friends in 5th, and Archbishop Ryan in 6th. Basil's Kathleen Davis captured the 3000 in 10:21.13. Germantown Friends' Jake McKenzie had the best showing for the PA boys in the 3K. PA – or should be say Monsignor Bonner? – went one-two in the shot put. Sean Wilks threw 50-11 for the win. Chris Licci was 2nd with a toss of 49-00. Five PA girls' team moved to the finals of the 4x100, behind the top qualifying time of Swenson.Four PA boys' teams qualified. Father Judge had the 2nd best qualifier. Leemue Koimene of Father Judge cleared 6-1 to take the boys' high jump. (In the photo by Brandon Miles of, you can see the snow that led to the cancellation of Day Two). It was cold and windy in Southwest Virginia at the FASTER, FARTHER, HIGH INVITATIONAL at Radford University on Saturday as well, and Wilson HS of West Lawn PA must have felt like it was home. But Tory Toso persevered and won the pole vault. She also ran on the winning 4x100 relay. The Wilson girls also won the 4x800. For the Wilson boys, Donnie Wonnie won the 400 and ran on the winning 4x400. The girls tied for first in the team competition with 112 points. The boys were 2nd. On Thursday 4/5 at the RUSTIN INVITATIONAL at West Chester's new Bayard Runsin HS, it was quite a workout for Unionville ace Paul Springer. He won the 800 and ran tempo to take 2nd in the 1600 and 3200. He also ran the 4x400, which Unionville won. Alanna Owens ruled the shot put for the home team. On Wednesday, 4/4 at the LARRY SIMMONS INVITATIONAL at Penncrest, Ridley's Sam Smarkola pulled off a quick sprint double in the 200 and 400. In the half-lapper, Cardinal O'Hara's Sarah Houtmann was sub 26. For the boys, Kevin Wilbank sub-23. The 3200's were strong and with some good depth. Rob Speare of Strath Haven set the pace and Radnor's Hannah Granger and Liz Milewski went one-two. Cardinal O'Hara swept the 4x100's and 4x400's. In the throws delayed until Saturday because of Wednesday's weather, Karen Shump of host Penncrest, won the Discus and shot put.

ER Girls Relays Smoking in California Apr 7, 2007

Eleanor Roosevelt's girls relay teams are looking dominant once again out of state against the top competition in the country!  At the world-famous Arcadia Invitational in California, the girls took one first and two seconds on Friday.  Check out these times!  9:04.98 in the 4x800 (2nd) 1:38.57 in the 4x200 (1st) 1:47.16 in the 800 SMR (2nd) MileSplit Results & Coverage  DyeStat Results & Coverage

Arcadia Updates: Mostrag 7th in mile, White 7th in 2 mile, Graves 9:22 2mile, Fork Union DMR 10:19 Apr 7, 2007

Axel Mostrag did not have the race that he had hoped for in California as he finished seventh in the invitational mile (a field of 14) at the Arcadia Invitational in a time of 4:14.80. Nonetheless, Mostrag's time is a state leading performance thus far this spring. Catherine White broke 11 minutes for the 28th time in her high school career with a seventh place run of 10:42 in the girls 2 mile run.  Griff Graves finished 19th in the boys 2 mile in 9:22, while the most impressive performance from Virginians at the meet may have been the Fork Union boys running a 10:19 DMR without Mostrag to finish second. Arcadia Photo Gallery by David Fleenor - Photos of Griff Graves, Laurel MacMillan, Axel Mostrag, Catherine White, and the Fork Union DMR

Arcadia Updates Apr 7, 2007 will be posting updates of how the Virginians perform out in Arcadia as soon as possible. Just two hours before the start of invitational division events at 5 PM Pacific Standard Time (8 PM Eastern Standard Time), photographer David Fleenor (on-site at Arcadia) reported the weather to be cold with a drizzly rain. Tonight will have from Virginia: Axel Mostrag in the boys mile, Griff Graves in the boys 3200, Catherine White in the girls 3200, and Fork Union in the boys DMR will be competing this morning. Mostrag is not planning to compete on the DMR. Blacksburg junior Laurel MacMillan competed earlier in the meet in the unseeded section of 3200 meter run and clocked a personal best time of 11:03.34 (PR by 5 seconds) to finish ninth. Just goes to show the incredible depth in the quality level of competition found in the meet for MacMillan to be just over 11 minutes and finish ninth in an unseeded section of a girls 3200. More to come from Arcadia!

Mostrag leads handful of Virginians that will be Californian Dreamin at Arcadia Apr 4, 2007

Axel Mostrag (Pictured to the left, Photo by David Fleenor) will be flying across the country this week to test himself in possibly his lone opportunity to bust a fast mile time while in the states at the Arcadia Invitational. Meanwhile, Mostrag will be featured on a loaded distance medley relay for Fork Union that will also be competing in California. Three other Virginians will also be competing against many of the nation's best athletes from one of the best states for high school track and field in California. David Fleenor will be on-site for photo coverage at Arcadia of the Virginian athletes.

Journal on Arcadia Trip by Laurel MacMillan Apr 12, 2007

Journal entry by Blacksburg junior Laurel MacMillan on her trip to compete at the Arcadia Invitational in California this past weekend. MacMillan ran a personal best of 11:03 for 3200 meters to finish ninth in the seeded girls 3200 meter run.