Desert Vista sophomore Lauren Ping was one of the many Division 1 Arizona girl runners who shined during the 2020 high school cross country season.
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Now that the 2020 cross country season is over, let's look at which junior girls will be the ones to watch in 2021 as seniors.
Here's a snap preview of the top 5 girls to watch this fall.
Check out our rundown of the Field events set for Day 1 of the AIA State Meet.
We continue the All-State countdown with our second-team athletes.
All-State Teams have been decided and will be released starting today.
Final girls XC team scores rankings in all 50 states and the team at the top of each state's leaderboard as of December 11th
Final Arizona girls XC team scores rankings for the 2018 season based on season best 5K performances in the MileSplit.com database.
Archer secured her third cross-country State Title, while the Thunder upset Hawks. Here is part 4 of our meet recap of the AIA CC State Championship.
We caught up with the Xavier Gators to have a look at what their Thursdays look like.
Can Leo Daschbach lead the Hawks to their first State Title since 2011?
Current JV girls XC team scores rankings in all 50 states and the team at the top of each state's leaderboard as of October 18th.
Check out the current top 100 fastest times by grade in the state of Arizona as of October 3rd.
We break down our picks for the top girls teams that will shape the Sweepstakes race tonight.
Mountain Vista girls come in No. 1 in the first edition of the SW region rankings.
Check out our meet recap of how Arizona athletes fared at the prestigious Woodbridge XC Classic.
Check out our division team rankings based on scores as of this past weekend.
Who are the top returning teams in each state? We project the fastest returning teams as well as links to full statewide rankings in all 50 states using our XC team scores rankings feature.
We caught up with Jessica Tonn for a conversation about her views on nutrition and how her personal connection with food has helped her as a professional athlete.
Projecting the top returning girls cross country teams in the state of Arizona using the season best 5K times among every team's top 7 returnees.
Check out the eight total athletes to watch at New Balance Outdoor Nationals.
Here's the rundown of what went down at the Hohokam Invitational.
We preview the top five events set for the Rattler Booster Invite at North Canyon High School along with the meet program.
Take a look at our up to date list of top returning Division 1 girl individuals and teams. See who has the best chance at taking the title next XC season.
We took a look at back at our most viewed content of 2017.
Click here to vote for who you think deserves the title of Arizona cross country’s freshman girl of the year!
The drought is over for Arizona boys as the State sends its first boys team to Nike Cross Nationals this Saturday.
Of course it's another year of hold-your-breath racing shaping up at NXR-SW! And a few girls who stand out from this photo in last year's race are very much in the hunt again this year.
The State Championships on Saturday, were everything we had hoped for and more!
The first set of Sectional races on the chopping block will be held at Rose Mofford Park in Phoenix. Have a look at our virtual meet previews and projected scores en route to the State Meet.
New Mexico's Kashon Harrison barely outdueled Colorado's Cole Sprout in the cool of the Arizona night at Desert Twilight.
Here is part 2 of our recap of the many highlights that went down at Desert Twilight.
Here is part 1 of our overall meet recap of the Desert Twilight XC Festival.
Click here to read Andy Gutierrez's rundown of the Girls Sweepstakes race at Desert Twilight.
There have been big doings across the region the last couple of weeks. Get caught up here!
As the Doug Conley Invitational was lengthened, many athletes came away with new confidence earned over fast competition. Check out our meet recap here.
Several of the top-ranked schools around the State will toe the line this Saturday for the Doug Conley Invitational in Tempe. Check out our meet preview for the competition here.
Click her to see a preview of the Ojo Rojo Invitational this saturday!
Xavier rookie Samantha Braun ran down Kailey Welch (Mesa Mtn. View, Jr.) for 1st at the Fountain Hills Invitational this past weekend. Have a look at this and more of our race coverage from Fountain Hills.
Xavier are set to return with some fresh new faces that will make them some heavy contenders for the Division 1 girls' team title. Arizona MileSplit has the Gators' Scouting Report.
Taking the top 7 all-time 5K cross country performers in the MileSplit.com database for each team in the state, we attempt to rank the top girls XC all-time in Arizona history.
Refamiliarize yourself with the Blue Blob of Broomfield. They're going to be a load to handle.
Cast your votes people! Who do you think was the Girls Distance runner of the Year?
Sarah Carter of Xavier College Prep in Phoenix is outraged over a Pennsylvania reporter's diss of track and field.
Have a look at the best races from this week's Arizona Meet of Champions at the Brophy Sports Complex.
Watch for these highlight events and Div. I and II girl athletes to shine at the state meet this week at Mesa Community College.
From among only 18 teams present at Brophy AMDG, came records galore and several US top ten performances throughout the evening.
Brophy will host the AMDG tomorrow afternoon in central Phoenix. Best of luck as we enter week 3 of the outdoor season.
Check out the top returning girls cross country squads for the 2017 season in the state of Arizona.
Broomfield's girls claimed the Colorado 5A title and Colorado power merge. Davis, American Fork, and Desert Vista loom next ahead of the Eagles. Photo by Karen McCoy.
Great weather conditions at the Cave Creek Golf Course can bring fast times tomorrow for the AIA Girls Cross Country State Meet.
Broomfield's girls packed it up, ran relaxed, and still came away with the Front Range League title in Colorado. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Chandler Prep Varsity boys win their home invite for the first time.
Check out the girls XC team scores rankings based on scoring the season best 5K times of the top 7 runners of each team in the state of Arizona.
The Desert Vista girls stuck together nicely early at Desert Twilight and ended up as decisive team champions. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Xavier, Peak to Peak, and Desert Vista were three teams running toward the top of the team scoring throughout Friday's running of the Desert Twilight. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Check out the top girls teams in the state of Arizona as of September 22nd based on XC team scoring all of the 5K times currently in the MileSplit database for the 2016 season.
Check out the top girls teams in the state of Arizona as of September 14th based on XC team scoring all of the 5K times currently in the MileSplit database for the 2016 season.
Reina Paredes led Rio Rancho's girls to a second-place finish at the St. Vrain Invitational. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Virtual cross country season preview for the Division 1 girls in the state of Arizona taking the season best 5K times from a year ago of all returnees to virtually score both teams and individuals.
Preseason rankings are here for the Southwest Region!
Morgan Foster has made a habit of breaking away from folks ever since she got into high school. She and her Chandler teammates will try to make a repeat state title this fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Katie Rainsberger smashes the course record and takes the win. Photo by Ashley Green.
At two miles, Katie Rainsberger's pace was taking its toll on Courtney Wayment and Lauren Gregory. The rest of the field had lost contact by that point. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Talia Dreicer led a Los Alamos charge at the New Mexico state meet that suggested the Hilltoppers have a glimmer of hope of advancing on Saturday. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
If anyone was hoping Alamosa might let up a little now that they'd won a state title, Isaiah DeLaCerda put those hopes to rest. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Alex Raichart and Battle Mountain made their case as the top small-school girls team in the region at Colorado's state meet on Saturday. But, they just might end up in the overall championship race. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Even down one of their scoring five, Desert Hills was a decisive winner at Desert Twilight. Contributed photo.
Two Mountain Vista teams are all smiles after finishing sixth and fourth at the Woodbridge Sweepstakes race. Photo shamelessly pilfered off of Vista Nation XC Twitter feed.
Jane Miller returns with a sub-18 to her name as Xavier College Prep seeks to improve on their 8th-place finish last fall at NXR-SW. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Based on Desert Twilight and overall season performance, Katie Rainsberger looks like the one to beat at NXR-SW. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Top 91 Girls Teams at The Arizona State Meet
Cora Cannedy and her Taos teammates set of very high standard for small school girls cross country at the New Mexico state meet on Saturday. Photo by Rod Stanopiewicz.
With the Colorado and Utah state meets now completed, what's left to settle of this is from Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico. Those state finish up their state meets on November 8.
Carlos Villarreal (Sr., Rio Rico) and Bridgette Doucet (Sr., Canyon del Oro) crossing the finish line at the Vallerie McGregor Rattler Invitational
The virtual meet is based on the best times from each athlete during the 2014 cross country season.
The Desert Vista girls and the American Fork boys remain at the top of the SW rankings but a lot
American Fork and Desert Vista retain their top spots in the rankings, but some recent meets have clearly had their impact in the rankings.
The Desert Vista Boys and Girls remain at the top of the Arizona leaderboard
Daangoiina Haven from Ganado HS leads the junior girls with her 7th place finish
It appears almost everyone in Arizona was at the Desert Twilight XC Festival
Some schools did not bring their entire team but we needed to include the team to be able to add the top individuals in the Sweepstakes Race.
Marcus Wheeler (Sr., Corona del Sol) and Bridgette Doucet (Sr., Canyon del Oro) flipped the script on their second place finishes at the Ojo Rojo to win the Doug Conley Invitational a week later.
The Desert Vista girls and the American Fork boys remain at the top of the SW rankings but a lot has shifted in the past month.
The Desert Vista girls lead the Arizona Team rankings in both the 5K and 3 mile distances placing 5 runners in the top 10 in the 5K and all 7 in the top 10 for 3 miles.
The last couple weeks of meets have altered the outlook of our panel a little.
Part of our Doug Conley Invitational coverage (via MileSplit)
Dani Jones (Desert Vista) leads the 3 mile rankings with a blistering time of 16:16 from the Woodbridge Cross Country Classic
Jane Miller from Xavier College Prep leads the 3 Mile distance leader board with a 17:33
Haley Wolf (Desert Vista) opened her season at the Woodbridge Cross Country Classic.
Tyler Day and Marcus Wheeler (Corona del Sol) enjoy some shoulder-to-shoulder running at the front of Saturday's Ojo Rojo Invititation. Photo by Margot Kelly.
The Woodbridge Invitational is a great way to beat the heat and run on a flat and fast course
After almost a month of XC action, there are some shakeups in the Saucony Flo50 team rankings. Jimmy takes a look at some of those changes on the girls' side.
The Pinnacle girls move to the top of the leader board with 102 points.
The rankings are based solely on times and does not take into account course structure, altitude or weather.
The Arizona XC season opened this weekend with big meets across the state.
US#8 ranked Desert Vista tops the leaderboards with a 1:31:06.10 total team time and an 18:13.22 average time
Senior Lauren Kinzle from Xavier College Prep is our next Watch List athlete.
A list of the top 50 fastest girls cross country teams in the state of Arizona based on their top 7 returnees' season best 5K times from last fall.
Sophomore Sarah Carter from Xavier College Prep is our next Watch List athlete.
Senior Shannon Molvin from Xavier College Prep is our next Watch List athlete.
A list of the top 25 fastest returning girls cross country teams within the states of the NXN Southwest Region including Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah.
Junior Jane Miller from Xavier College Prep is our next Watch List athlete.
Keep checking back to see who makes the Arizona Milesplit 'Watch List" in Track and Field.
Today is the day prospective collegiate student-athletes can officially sign their National Letter of Intent for the fall of 2014.
They've won a few of these before, but they keep finding ways to do it bigger. Contributed photo.
It took 13 years to get back on top of the podium and Desert Vista did it with the youngest group of runners in the history of distance running in the state or Arizona.
Desert Vista breaks Xavier string of 6 straight Division I cross country titles (via www.azcentral.com)
The Mesa Mountain View boys cruised to an easy wiin placing runners at 1st, 2nd, 3th, 5th and 10th place for 21 points.
Southwest Rankings as of October 30th Desert Vista Girls remain at #4, Xavier College Prep moves up one spot to tie with Eldorado NM. Corona del Sol boys move up to 4th place and Desert Vista stays at 10th place. Page moves on to the bubble and Tuba City is added to the bubb
Monarch's girls made a serious run at Davis for the region's #1 girls slot in this week's poll. Photo by John Elvig.
Catalina Foothills (D1, D2) Boys sub sweeps team finished 10th overall) Catalina Foothills finished 10th in the Boys Sub Sweeps for Divisions 1 and 2 and Harvey Nelson won the event in 15:10 with the 18th fastest time of the meet.
Southwest Rankings as of October 15th The Desert Vista girls move up 2 places to 4th and Corona del Sol boys move up to 5th. Page and Desert Vista boys added to the list in 9th and 10th respectively!
Lauren Gregory leads her #3 ranked Fort Collins teammates to a dominating win at Friday's Front Range Conference meet. Photo by Ken Regan.
One of the bigger pieces of news out of Colorado this weekend was the return to action of Bailey Roth, immediately enhancing Coronado's status as a player. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Central Park Invitational Meet Results Girls Highlights
Six years ago the Desert Twilight Invitational started with 5 races and 886 runners. With the Twilight Movie theme and a love for running at night the meet became an instant hit and the word spread quickly. The sixth annual Desert Twilight Invitational had over 4,000 runners crossing the finish line with teams from Coast to Coast attending. The cool night air and the fast course of Toka Sticks gave way to some outstanding times and competition.
The festive atmosphere of the Desert Twilight Invitational has become a meet favorite of most runners in Arizona. Not only do they get to dance after their races but they also get to sleep in on Saturday morning instead of getting up early to beat the heat for a long run.
Top 10 Teams in the Southwest as of October 2nd.
There were some serious rumblings across the Southwest region last weekend. We'll try here to explain what all those rumblings were all about.
Albuquerque Academy's meandering on-campus course was the site of the top action in New Mexico this past weekend. Photo by Blake Wood.
One of the best races to date this season happened yesterday at the Doug Conley Invitational at the Rolling Hills Golf Course.
The Doug Conley Invitational is at it's largest participation since moving to the Rolling Hills Golf course. This year the meet is wedged between the Ojo Rojo/Four Corners/Woodbridge Invitationals (all last weekend) and the Twilight Invitational (next Friday) where many of the top teams in the state were racing.
Zach Grand of Santa Fe and Colin Hemez of Los Alamos battle for the win at Saturday's ATC Everybody Invitational in Santa Fe. Photo by Blake Wood.
It's a familiar face, but an unfamiliar singlet, for Colorado fans of cross country. Lone Peak (UT) is riding high these days with the help of Clayson Shumway. Photo by Kyle Perry.
Connor McMillan ran the second-fastest time ever at the American Fork Grass Relays and helped his team to a convincing victory on Saturday. Photo by Rochelle Pinnock.
The 2013 Cross Country season kicked off with the Sole Sports Running Invitational today at the Silverado Golf Course.
The 2013 Cross Country Arizona Watch List series continues. As the season gets underway new athletes will be added to the list. Good luck to everyone! See you on the course!
You may remember this group of girls that hammered from the front end of last year's NXR-SW championship race. Three of the four will be back this fall, but the selection of teams at the top may be different this fall. Colorado Track XC file photo.
The 2013 Cross Country Arizona Watch List series continues. As the season gets underway new athletes will be added to the list. Good luck to everyone! See you on the course!
The 2013 Cross Country Arizona Watch List series continues. As the season gets underway new athletes will be added to the list. Good luck to everyone! See you on the course! Journal Questions: Name: Savannah Gaffney (Savannah's Milesplit profile) High School: Xavier College Prep Year of Graduation: 2014 Best time in a 5K and a 3 Mile Race: 3 Mile: 19:02 5k: 19:01 What are your goals for the upcoming season: My goal for the upcoming season is to improve my previous 5K and 3 mile times as much as possible. Also, I hope that I can contribute in any way to help my team succeed. How is your summer training going? Your favorite workout? What kind of summer mileage do you run? I feel that the summer training is going well. Everyone on the team is working hard towards making their season great. My favorite workout is anything that involves hills. As for our mileage we usually run on minutes, but if I calculate it correctly, we probably run around fifty miles a week. How long have you been running and how did you get started: I have been running for eight years. I began when I joined club track. Which meets will you be running this year? I think that the team will be running almost all of the meets offered in Arizona. What are your favorite and toughest courses to run in State and out of State? My favorite meet to run in State would have to be Doug Conley, because it has a lot of variety with hills. The toughest course for me is Twilight. Many of my teammates have mastered this race, but I cannot seem to get the hang of it. My favorite race out of State, which is both tough and enjoyable, is Mt. Sac. It is an all around great race with the challenge of hills, and a really competitive atmosphere.
The 2013 Cross Country Arizona Watch List series continues. As the season gets underway new athletes will be added to the list. Good luck to everyone! See you on the course! Journal Questions: Name: Julianne Vice (Julianne's Milesplit profile) High School: Xavier College Prep Year of Graduation: 2014 Best time in a 5K and a 3 Mile Race: 3 Mile: 18:06 5k: 18:33 What are your goals for the upcoming season: My main goal is to finish the season strong. I am aiming to PR at the end of the season, rather than the beginning/middle. Aside from that, I want to run for my teammates and continue to honor the process of training correctly. How is your summer training going? Your favorite workout? What kind of summer mileage do you run? Training this summer went very well! Despite the heat and humidity, the team and I were able to toughen up and run strong when we needed to, and also relax on certain days as well. My favorite workout is anything with long tempo running. Oddly enough, I enjoy mile repeats! This summer, we ran a lot of volume, but kept the runs controlled and didn’t push ourselves too hard. How long have you been running and how did you get started: I started running with my dad when I was in the sixth grade. After that, I joined the cross-country team at my middle school where I made many great friends and really started to enjoy running!
The 2013 Cross Country Arizona Watch List series continues. As the season gets underway new athletes will be added to the list. Good luck to everyone! See you on the course! Journal Questions: Name: Shelby Brown (Shelby's Milesplit Profile) High School: Xavier College Prep Year of Graduation: 2014 Best time in a 5K and a 3 Mile Race: 3 Mile: 17:57 5k: 18:13 What are your goals for the upcoming season: This upcoming season I want to be the best I can possibly be and I want to be a leader for my team. My 5K goal is to break 17:30. How is your summer training going? Your favorite workout? What kind of summer mileage do you run? Summer training has actually been going really well, not only for me but for my team. I’m excited to see how the season goes because we have all worked really hard. We have gotten very serious about all the supplementary workouts. My favorite workout would have to either be the easy days were the team is relaxed and we talk the entire time or the Saturday long runs because you just feel so accomplished after. How long have you been running and how did you get started: I’ve been running for 5½ years. I got started in 7th grade when I went out for the track team and my coach then told me about her club team. So I quit gymnastics and joined the club team. Which meets will you be running this year? Yeah I should probably look at the meet schedule. We plan on running Scottsdale, Twilight, Mt. Sac, State and then NXR.
The 2013 Cross Country Arizona Watch List series continues. As the season gets underway new athletes will be added to the list. Good luck to everyone! See you on the course! Journal Questions: Name: Lauren Kinzle (Lauren's Milesplit Profile) High School: Xavier College Prep Year of Graduation: 2014 Best time in a 5K and a 3 Mile Race: 3 Mile: 17:54 5k: 18:26 What are your goals for the upcoming season: My goals are to race well and stay confident. How is your summer training going? Your favorite workout? What kind of summer mileage do you run? My summer training is going really well. We are trying to stay under control while still getting in a good workout. My favorite workout would be intervals. I don’t know how many miles we do weekly, mainly because we go by time. I would say on average we do 60 minutes a day. How long have you been running and how did you get started: I have been running since 4th grade. I started out as a soccer player, and joined track to become a better sprinter. However, I soon learned that distance running is for me. So I ditched soccer and decided to run. Which meets will you be running this year? The main meets we will be running are Sole Sports, Twilight, Mt. Sac and state. What are your favorite and toughest courses to run in State and out of State? My favorite course is twilight, I love the atmosphere. The hardest course for me is Mt. Sac mainly because of the hills. However I still love it. So far in your high school career, what is your favorite cross country race or cross country memory? My favorite cross country memory would have to be cross country camp. It has been fun bonding with my teammates these past three years. What do you look forward to the most this season? I look forward to being able to compete with my teammates and see us grow as a team.
Led by a 6-7 finish (3-4 in team scoring) from Shea Martinez and Ellie Child, Davis took away top honors in the Nike-Southwest regional. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Claire Green and Kaitlyn Benner bring a Colorado state title with them to Arizona, along with hopes of tackling a course more suited to their natural speed. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
The teams for the girls championship race have been announced!
Every state but New Mexico is now done and in the books, and nobody made a bigger statement this past weekend than the Rio Rico boys. Photo by Margot Kelly.
Erin Finn dominated in MI! Montoya rips up state in AZ! Finn and Bos bring it in MI! Neale flies in WA! Hauger gets record 4th title in MN! (Photo by Pat Davey, runmichigan.com)
Things are building to fever pitch in New Mexico. Photo by Blake Wood.
The pieces are largely interchangeable on Monarch's varsity seven. On Saturday, it was Elissa Mann leading the pack. Photo by Karen McCoy.
Tori Parkinson was the top finisher on a Mountain Crest team that stunned the world of 4A cross county in Utah. Photo by Kyle Perry.
Sarah Baxter smashed the CR by 16s at Mt. Sac with a 16:00 clocking! Perrin gets MT state title, Rohrer and Erba super fast in IN! Much more inside!
With the Utah season nearly done and the Colorado season heading into regionals, here is the current shape of the NXR-SW rankings:
Once again, we hit the road across the Great Southwest. Really big and meaningful meets were difficult to come by this weekend, but I'll tell you what we turned up:
Mountain Vista has a roster full of ways to hurt you. Andrew Walton and Eric Steiner are two of those ways. Colorado Track XC file photos.
The Los Alamos, New Mexico, boys stunned the field at the Desert Twilight Sweepstakes race on Friday evening. Photo by Margot Kelly.
Great American barn-burner in NC! Sean McGorty and Jacob Thomson fly, CBA exerts more dominance. (File photo by Joseph Bond)
Study these faces well. If they run at the Desert Twilight this weekend, you'll want to know who they are. Photo by Margot Kelly.
Herriman's (UT) times may have been a little off this week, but there would be a reason for that. Here, Lucy Biles leads a very thinned out crowd of leaders up a long hill in the girls race. Photo contributed by Jonathan Haag.
Kyle Lund leads a Fairview team that is rapidly rising the ladder of NXR-SW boys rankings. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Luis Martinez was on fire under the Albuquerque full moon on Friday night, but Los Alamos took Cleveland by surprise for the team title at the UNM Lobo Invitational. Photo by Blake Wood.
Included are MileSplit’s selection of the top 2012 U.S. girls’ individual and team cross country performances August 27 through September 3. (Photo - Glenbard West HS, IL, who upset preseason #4 ranked New Trier HS)
Much to nobody's surprise, Erin Hooker and her Fort Collins teammates occupy the #1 preseason ranking in the NXR-SW region. Colorado Track XC file photo.
This is the fifth in a series of interviews with coaches of whom MileSplit considers will be among the top USA HS XC teams in 2012.
When the Fort Collins girls showed up fired up last November, it was a case of game on, game over. Colorado Track XC file photo.
At two miles into the race, Erin Hooker challenges Sarah Fakler for the lead. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Louisville (Monarch) fell to Fort Collins by one point at last year's NXN-SW regional. Both teams return this year to battle again. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Jeff Abbey leads the Fort Collins finishers at the Front Range Conference meet just over a week ago. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Last year, Luis Martinez finished 55th at NXN-SW. Don't look for a repeat of that finish this fall as he leads the Cleveland HS (NM) team into regional contention. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Shea Martinez, Sarah Feeney, and Summer Harper work the front of the pack at the Murray Invitational in Utah. Photo submitted by Corbin Talley.
Although it's way too early to make hard predictions about who will get bids to the NXN-SW championship races, it's not at all too soon to look and see what's happening in the various states that may have implications for who might make it to the big dance.
Dylan Souza (Sr., Catalina Foothills) and Yasmine Yacut (Sr., Desert Vista) are the top 800 meter returnees for the 2011 track season.
The US Junior Women placed Second in the NACAC Cross Country Meet with the aid of key contributions from prep runners Julia Foster & Sarah Fakler.
Former Xavier College Prep runner Stephanie Rothstein, pictured above with Olympian George Young, qualified for the Olympic Trails in the marathon.
Daylee Burr (Sr., Xavier College Prep) writes about her final high school cross country races.
Claire Green of Louisville leads a pack of Colorado runners early in the NXN-SW girls championship race. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Palo Verde (Nevada) freshman Katie Gorczyca dominated the Nevada state meet in a way we haven't seen since the sisters Lawrence. Photo contributed by Phil Lawton.
20 major state meets take place this weekend as well as regional action across the nation.
Daylee Burr (Xavier College Prep) writes about the team trip to Mt. Sac and her first college visit.
Cheyenne Mountain's boys executed a near-perfect patient pack strategy to dominate the Colorado 4A boys state championship. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The Xavier JV girls with Coach Van Sickle accepting an award for their first place win in the JV National race.
Los Alamos: New Mexico's green wall of girls. Photo by Blake Wood.
Daylee Burr (Sr., Xavier College Prep) continues to talk about her season in her 2nd journal
Rio Rancho's Caleb Rubalcaba had the weekend off, but has been running the competition ragged in New Mexico this fall. Photo contributed by Sal Gonzales.
Daylee Burr (Sr., Xavier College Prep) is the 2nd of our journal writers. Keep checking back to follow Daylee's journey in her final cross country prep season.
Highlands Ranch phenom Eleanor Fulton had a very nice weekend, winning the Division II girls title at Liberty Bell and breaking the meet record in the process. Photos by Jeff McCoy.
Galena's Bryan Jordan opened up his season with a nice win at the Jim Vanden Heuvel Twilight Classic. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Photo above from left: Megan Kupres (Sr., Desert Vista), Katie Penney (Sr., Xavier College Prep) and Jenna Maack (So., Desert Vista)
Desert Dust Storm: Due to dessicated park conditions last fall, the start of the NXN-SW girls race raised a serious cloud of dust. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Xavier College Prep girls from left; Sarah Fakler (FR), Daylee Burr (JR), Katie Penney (JR) and Jessica Tonn (SR) enjoy some team bonding after a huge win in the 4xmile at Arcadia.
Jessica Tonn (Sr., Xavier Prep) continues to share her journals through her last track season.
From left; Alex Herring (Sr., Albuquerque NM,) Mile; Jaide Stepter (So., Canyon del Oro), 300 Hurdles; Riley Crosby (Sr., Centennial), Pole Vault and Shayla Simpson (Sr., Desert Vista) Pole Vault.
Pictured from top left, Alex Bishop (Sr., Brophy); Jasmine Todd (So., Chandler); Alexis Roberts (Fr., Chandler) and Lewis Todd (Sr., Chandler).
Brian Shrader from Sinagua signs his letter of intent to Oregon today. Please send photos of signings so we can add them to the site.
Athletes from across the country made it official today as they signed their letters of intent. Keep checking back as we continue to add photos of athletes. Send your photos!
Jessica Tonn (Xavier College Prep) will be heading to Stanford University in the fall.
Brian Shrader (Sr., Sinagua, upper left), Steve Magnuson (Sr., Ironwood Ridge, upper right), Billy Orman (Jr., Tuba City, lower left) and Jessica Tonn (Sr., Xavier College Prep, lower right) will be heading to San Diego this Thursday for the Foot Locker West Nationals.
Molly Grabill (Rancho Bernardo, CA) and Brian Shrader (Sinagua, AZ) took top honors at the Foot Locker West Regionals today at the Mt. Sac course in Walnut California.
It was a busy week for Xavier Prep senior Jessica Tonn. On Tuesday she was named one of the 6th female national finalist for the Wendy's High School Heisman Award! More to come.......but for now, here is Jessica's 4th journal.
The Xavier College Prep team got together for a photo after winning the 5A I State Title with the fastest total and average times of the day.
Three time Foot Locker National Finalist Jessica Tonn (Sr., Xavier College Prep pictured in middle) is the favorite for the 5A I individual title. Rolonda Jumbo (So, Chinle pictured right) is the favorite in the 3A division) Sarah Fakler (Fr., Xavier College Prep pictured left) is the fastest freshman in the state and should help the Xavier Team.
The title of fastest girl in Utah belongs, this year, to Gilian Gorelik of Park City. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Trophy Hunters - The Xavier Prep girls have been filling the case this fall. Photo by Margot Kelly.
Jessica Tonn (Sr., Xavier Prep) and Brian Shrader (Sr., Sinagua) won at the Queen Creek Twilight Meet in record times. Results
The Queen Creek Twilight Invitational kicks off Friday Evening at 4:30 PM.
Kyle Pittman of Los Alamos ranks as one of the top male runners from the Land of Enchantment. Photo contributed by Kathy Hipwood.
Jessica Tonn (Sr, Xavier College Prep, pictured right) wins her 4th consecutive George Young title. "I felt really good during the race and I am happy with my finish," said Tonn after her win.
The NXN SW 2008 boys championship race at one mile. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Sherod Hardt, Sr., Queen Creek and Jessica Tonn, Sr., Xavier College Prep were the top runners at the very wet Scottsdale Running Company Invitational today. Click on header for story.
The Chandler High School Girls Track and Field team took home their 4th straight title at the Arizona 5A I State Meet on Saturday.
College football fans listen for Brent Musberger, Chicago Cub fans loved Harry Caray, and Al Michaels is synonymous with making the Super Bowl really super. In the sports world, the fans often look for the “Voice” that will bring their event to life…..providing the commentary, knowledge, and passion that the athletes, coaches, and spectators know makes that game, match or race so much more than ordinary. In Arizona, we too have the “Voice”. You know when you approach the stadium and can hear Ron Smith (pictured above at Regionals) on the microphone calling the race, you are in for another insightful and energetic evening of Arizona Track and Field. The track athletes and fans know that with Ron announcing the meet, the event will now include the season’s latest marks on the competitors, stats and stories from great races of the past, and an enthusiasm that encourages the crowd to stand up and get involved when they are about to witness something special. He’s never afraid to ad lib or add a little extra. The “Voice” doesn’t just announce the meet, he makes the meet better.
It was the last big weekend to qualify for state and many athletes were taking a shot at it but the wind was just not cooperating. Some were even competing in two different meets the same weekend. Photo: Davonte Neal (Fr., Cesar Chavez) at the Freshman Showcase
Last weekend at the Arcadia Invitational, Arizona runners were turning in some top performances. Photo: from left, Tim Freriks, Steve Magnuson and Sherod Hardt.
Sarah Penney (Xavier College Prep) signs her letter of intent to the University of Oregon.
Arizona was well represented at Foot Locker Nationals by three juniors; Jessica Tonn (Xavier College Prep), Brian Shrader (Sinagua) and Steve Magnuson (Ironwood Ridge).
Footlocker finalist Brian Shrader (Jr, Sinagua), Jessica Tonn (Jr, Xavier Prep) and Steve Magnuson (Jr, Ironwood Ridge) head to San Diego for Footlocker Nationals.
It doesn't get closer than this! Colorado senior Laura Tremblay (pictured left) edges out Arizona junior Jessica Tonn (pictured right) at the finish. More photos and race video's coming soon!
Brian Shrader, Sinagua (4A II) and Jessica Tonn, Xavier College Prep (5A I) - top runners at the Arizona State Cross Country Meet held Saturday.
Mark Feigen won a showdown with Rhode Island rival Andrew Springer at the New England XC Championships. In all, 16 teams ranked in the latest MileSplit National Poll were in action, with 10 of those squads securing titles. Results posted.
1A - 2A Junior Andrea Klimowski from Northland Prep is the clear favorite in the Division 1A-2A State Meet this Saturday. Some highlights from Klimowski's season include, 2nd at the Blue Ridge-Shane Morris Inviteand 6th at the Four Corners Invitational. Klimowski also led her team to a 9th place finish at the Mt. Sac Invitational in California two weeks ago. Klimowski may get some competition from teammate Corrie Bain(So.) who took 5th at the Blue Ridge-Shane Morris Invite. Other contenders for the title could be FreshmanBrittany Little (Hopi) and Sophomore Caitlyn Mains (Northwest Christian). Little finished 4th at the Hopi Invite,6th at the Jack Boehle Memorial, 7th at Ojo Rojo and 9th at the Blue Ridge-Shane Morris Invite. Mains won the Tempe Prep Invitational and finished second at Phoenix Country Day School Invite.
Each week here at MileSplit we will be giving you a quick look at four of the nation's best runners. Featured this week are Matthew Sonnenfeldt (TN), Becca Addison (MI), Jimmy Tarsnane (PA) and Jessica Tonn (AZ).
History of Mt. Sac Cross Country Invitational Celebrating it's 61st year, the Mt. Sac Cross Country Invitational has come a long way since it's start in 1948 with ten schools (only boys) participating on the 1.2 mile course. In 1965 a new 3 mile more spectator friendly course was redesigned with added hills (Poop-Out) and some "switchbacks" but it wasn't until the 1970's when girls and women started running in the event. Each year the Mt. Sac Invitational has grown in size and in the number of races needed to accommodate all the runners. The event this weekend is host to 570 teams and 20,000 athletes not including the 5,800 Junior College runners last weekend or the Middle and Junior High runners this weekend.
Boys: Tim Freriks from Mingus Union high school not only won the Jim Danner Invitational in Oregon he smashed the course record by 9 seconds. Jorge Martinez (pictured right #1), a sophomore from Alhambra, and Humberto Gonzales (picuture right #36) from Cesar Chavez battled to the finish, through most of the Doug Conley Invitational with Martinez winning in 15:38 over Gonzales (15:41.14) Tuba City's Ryan Yazzie sprinted to a third place finish with a time of 15:41.28. Alberto Tellez from Camelback won the very hilly Los Mesquites Invitational in 16:39.
TEMPE, AZ - The prestigious Doug Conley Invitational is viewed by many to be the best competition in the state. Unlike the State Meet, which has one winner per class, the Conley Invite has only one Individual male and female champion. Named after Douglas Lee Conley, a well known coach at Tempe High School who coached several men's teams to US rankings including the 1973 boys US#2 team, the meet concentrates on the varsity team philosopy with the top 20 teams in the state, regardless of class, competing for the team title. Jessica Tonn crossing the finish line at the Doug Conley Invitational at Kiwanis Park
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.
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - The heat and the high humidity did not hinder performances at the George Young Invitational as the steam appeared to rise from the grass at the Sanctuary Golf Course in Scottsdale. The first event of the day was the boys varsity race as Sophomore, Jorge Martinez from Alhambra took the lead at the half mile mark and held it until the finish. Top 10 girls at the George Young Invitaional
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.
The second week of the 2008 Cross Country Season had some great performances! We did not get all of the results until late in the week so this weeks top performances are a little late but we did not want to leave it out! REAL MEN WEAR PINK! The Glendale High School Cross Country Team, enjoyed the day in pink T-Shirts, as they cheered on teammates and other runners! Just watching them would put a smile on anyones face!!!
A star since her freshman year, Jessica Tonn (Jr., Xavier Prep, AZ) heads into her junior year with high expectations. After qualifying for Foot Locker Nationals her first two seasons and finishing fifth in the NON two-mile in 2008, Tonn is ready for this cross country season to get underway. Tonn sat down with MileSplit and talked in depth about her goals this season, how she got into running, and much more.
The Scottsdale Running Company Cross Country Meet kicked off at 7 AM with boys and girls running together in the JV/Open Race at the Silverado Golf Course in Scottsdale. The JV/Open race was followed by two co-ed varsity races. The first varsity race, the Black Race, featured the #5 though #8 runners from each team while the #1 though #4 runners raced in the Gold Race. The team scores were based on the times from the top six runners from each team. (Mesa Mt. View pictured above)
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.
With only six of the twenty Foot Locker finalists from last year returning back in 2008, the West seems to be wide open for newcomers to make names for themselves. Leading the way on the girls side is '05 national champion and '07 third placer Jordan Hasay (CA) (pictured above by John Herzog), while Chris Schwartz (CA) is the lone male national returnee.
The count-down is complete with the state top runners Jessica Tonn and Brian Shrader! Congratulations to the top 17 and good luck to all as the season begins this week! Click on header to see more!
Jessica Tonn (pictured far right, photo by Don Rich Milesplit Penn) leads 2 mile race at Nike Outdoor Nationals. While most of Arizona’s top athletes were competing at the USA Track and Field Junior Nationals, two top distance runners, Sophomores Jessica Tonn (Xavier Prep) and Steve Magnuson (Ironwood Ridge) were trying to make their marks at the Nike Outdoor Nationals. Click on header for full article.
Nastia Bishton (Sr, Mountain Ridge) took nearly 7 seconds off her PR when she won the 3200 at the Golden West Invitational in Folsom California Saturday evening. Nastia and her twin sister Nadya have had an incredible running career in Arizona over †he past few years with Nastia having some memorable moments her Senior year. Her 14th place at Footlocker Nationals gave her All American Status and her win tonight with her 10:28.32 PR is a great way to end her High School running career. She will be heading to Arizona State in the fall. Nadya has earned many titles during her career including two Cross Country State Championships and will be heading to the University of Wisconsin. Full article here!
It was blistering hot at the May 24th Meet of Champions......no wait.....it was in the 70's and the weather was perfect. It's hard to believe it was May in Arizona and hot chocolate was selling faster than ice cream. Spectators were wearing jackets or wrapped in blankets and the runners were enjoying another unusually cool day at the track. The Meet of Champions is a race where the State Champions and top runners from each division come together and race for one title. Some State Champions finish their season at the State Meet but others come to compete. To see videos of the Meet of Champions (click here) To see the complete article click on the title.
Weekend Highlights Chandler City Meet Last week was the week of City and District meets though out the state and even though the top athletes were separated by districts there were still some very impressive times and great head to head match-ups. In the Chandler district meet Quiana Jackson (Chandler) won the 400m race in a blistering time of 56.53 which moved her into the number one spot in Arizona. Her teammate Larissa Matthews won the 100 hurdles in 14.20 and the 300 hurdles in 46.52.
Saturday the top Freshmen Track and Field Athletes met at Desert Vista to show what they could accomplish without their older teammates. It was their time to shine and shine they did. The well run meet had a running clock on the football stadium marquee. The clock stopped when the first place runner crossed the finish line and Ron Smith, the announcer, continued to read off the times for every other runner as they finished the race. The clock and the announcer kept the packed stadium involved in the meet as the crowd was asked to cheer on the runners as they tried to break freshman records.
Saturday night at the Chandler Rotary Invitational, Xavier Prep teammates sophomore Jessica Tonn (above right), and junior Sarah Penney (above left), thrilled the stadium packed crowd with one of the best races of the night as the pair raced into the top ten times in the nation for the 800m. Tonn's time of 2:14.78 earned her the 8th place spot while Penney's time of 2:14.89 put her in 9th. The 800m race was not the only race the girls ran, Penney anchored the 4 x 800m to a first place finish of 9:47.99 and Tonn won the 1600m in a time of 5:02.