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NTN Southeast Region Report: Week #1 Aug 27, 2006

First week of action in the Nike Team Nationals Southeast Region included races from pre-season ranked boys (SE#10) and girls squads (SE#9) from Chapel Hill as both won their opening races of the season in impressive fashion, while other bubble teams made names for themselves such as South Carolina\'s Mauldin girls.

12/2 WKND: COATESVILLE WINS! REST OF U.S. 2ND! Shump sharp @ Lehigh Dec 1, 2006

12/2 XC WEEK #13-INDOOR WEEK #1 SUMMARY: Northeast #1 and PA AAA State Champs Coatesville is the NIKE TEAM NATIONALS champion! They led at 2k, were 3rd at 3k, but back in the lead at 4k and 5k. Oh, and those NW teams were US#1 and #2. On the girls side, the Northeast took three of the top four spots, with Fayetteville-Manliius NY 1st, Hilton NY 2nd, and Colts Neck NY 4th. Kinda looks like they could have gone four deep again in the Northeast. Now a junior, Penncrest\'s Karen Shump came out Friday night at the DVGTCA INDOOR MEET #1 and quickly made a statement to PA that she has been working, and working hard. Try 47-10.50. That is over a foot more than her indoor PR, almost three feet more than she began indoor last year, and within 1.75\" of her overall PR set as a freshman. The mark is a DVGTCA record. Ryann Krais won the 400 and anchored the winning Methacton 4x200. The 3000 was quick, and E&S and Radnor made a race of it in the 4x800. At the TFCAGP D1 INDOOR MEET #1 at Lehigh, the boys of Boyertown made their marks on the early distance rankings. State AAA cross country champ Jason Weller went 4:24.7 for the mile and Mark Dennin ran 9:01.5 to take the 3000. William Tennent\'s Jay Pittenger cleared a huge 6-10 in the High Jump. Also at Lehigh in the TFCAGP D2 INDOOR MEET #1 Germantown Friends\' Max Kaulbach also ran 9:01.5 in his 3000. Two guys topped 50\' in the Shot Put, and Strath Haven became the first team under 11 in the Distance Medley Relay - which will be contested at States for the first time. At the AAU NATIONAL XC CHAMPIONSHIPS in Orlando, Florida, The Lehigh Valley Road Runners made the trip worthwhile, taking 4th in the Intermediate Girls race behind four Emmaus athletes. Brittany Jackson of Girls High in Philadelphia, was 17th in the Young Women\'s race. The Lehigh valley Road Runners took 7th in Young Men behind Matt Simkin\'s 8th place. At the ALBRIGHT COLLEGE HS INVITE #1, quick time in the 55, 55H, 400 for the boys, and a nice shot by a Norristown thrower. (Photo: Screen capture of the NIN webcast by Dyestat and Nike)

NTN Southeast Region Rankings - Week 1 Sep 15, 2006

Week 1 rankings for the Nike Team Nationals have been posted with a total of eight schools (4 boys, 3 girls) from Virginia found ranked in the Southeast region. Fork Union boys (SE #5) and Lake Braddock girls (SE #8) make their first appearances in the rankings. The Midlothian boys maintain their #1 position in the region, while Brentsville at #2 and Thomas Jefferson at #4 edge closer. West Springfield drops one spot to #8, while Midlothian girls move up one to #2. Brentsville girls maintain at #5.

US #13 Radnor girls do not receive a bid for NTN... but now it\'s time to celebrate. Nov 26, 2006

Despite intense and repeated efforts to logically pursuade the Nike Team Nationals selection committee of the merits of offering the NE #4 Radnor girls an at-large bid, the offer has gone to the 3rd ranked team in Calinfornia. The team had been CA #5 until finishing 3rd at Saturday\'s CA State Champs in the combined score. They are unranked in the latest Harrier Super 25, while Radnor is ranked #13 (December 4th 2006. Vol 31, issue #V). However, it is time to celebrate the accomplishments of this team... because an NTN bid would have only been the a bonus, not an end....

NTN Meet Summary: Southeast Teams Dec 2, 2006

The Southeast Region did not have the greatest day at Nike Team Nationals. The boys had the last place team in the field with Chapel Hill XC Club (Chapel Hill NC) and despite having a pre-race favorite in Midlothian XC Club (Midlothian VA) and predicted top five finisher in Greenbelt XC Club (Eleanor Roosevelt MD), neither ended up cracking the top five at Portland Meadows. The news was not entirely dim for the Southeast. Despite being part of a major fall and pileup with less than 300 meters into the race, Midlothian junior Jason Witt had a gutsy run to take seventh overall in 16:51. While the Southeast girls were unable to matchup with the Northeast, who continued their dominance at NTN with three of the top four teams, the region\'s three team representatives all finished in the top 12 and their first two top ten teams.

Radnor drops one spot in first week of NTN rankings... with most idle. Sep 15, 2006

The US#14 Radnor girls, pre-season ranked #4 in the Northeast, were dropped in the first real week of rankings to NE#5 after winning the Centaur Invitational... even though the three teams ahead of them and the one below them saw no action. Reason sited was 5th girls was far back. Coatesville remains NE#1 after dominating the Big Valley and Gettysburg Invitationals on consecutive weekends.

The Northeast Region: a NY lock on NTN? Nov 17, 2006

The problem is, when good teams do surface in states neighboring New York and New Jersey, they have to be much better than teams from those states in order to win an NTN selection because of the criteria for NTN selection and how it works in the Northeast. All things being near equal, the New York and New Jersey teams have a de facto lock on NTN selection from their region.

NTN: Midlo girls 10th, Midlo boys 14th Dec 3, 2006

In their first NTN experience, the Midlothian XC Club girls of Virginia had some growing pains. Luckily for them, only one runner graduates from their top seven in senior M.C. Miller. The team\'s usual number two or three runner, Miller, fell midway through the race and broke her arm. She was never able to recover and faltered to a 97th place finish in 21:55 as the team\'s sixth finisher. The team from Midlothian finished 10th overall in the team standings with 255 points. The bright spot for Midlothian and the Southeast boys was the individual run by junior Jason Witt. The boys championship race had a major spill that included dozens of runners within the first quarter mile and first turn of the race and Witt went down in the middle of it. Witt continued to pick runners off throughout the race and until he found himself finishing seventh overall in 16:51. However, Nike Team National is a team event and Midlothian has a team took a so-so finish of 14th place. Not great in looking at the team\'s optimstic expectations coming in, but not awful either consider the outsider\'s expectations of the team. More to come from NTN with on-site coverage from Brandon Miles. Replay the Webcast on DyeStat.com Photo Galleries by Brandon Miles: Pre-Meet Festivities - Championship Girls Race (417 photos) - Championship Boys (392 photos) - Open Girls (261 photos) - Open Boys (360 photos) Southeast Teams Meet Summary - By Brandon Miles NTN Audio Interviews - By Brandon Miles with Midlothian\'s Tommy Reese, Midlothian\'s Jason Witt, Eleanor Roosevelt\'s Marika Walker, and Chapel Hill\'s Taylor Muir Tuesday & Wednesday: Indoor previews

DyeStat to Webcast NTN Live on Saturday Nov 30, 2006

In addition to DyeStat\'s webcast and national coverage, Brandon Miles will be on site providing coverage of MileSplit states--his coverage will include photos, video, race summaries, and interviews.

Chapel Hill Returns to Familiar Grounds in Portland Nov 28, 2006

Chapel Hill is headed back to Nike Team Nationals for the 2nd year in a row. This weekend, the boys from CH will be racing against the best teams in the country, and a national champion will be chosen. Last year

Coatesville boys receive NTN invitation... and so does (drumroll please) Colts Neck NJ... Nov 19, 2006

Late this morning, the NE#1 ranked boys of Coatesville high school received an automatic bid to the Nike Team Nationals, slated for December 2nd in Portland, Oregon. Surprisingly, the 2nd automatic bid for the Northeast girls, went to previous NE#5 Colts Neck New Jersey, who vaulted over NE#2 Hilton NY, NE#3 Saratoga Springs, and US#6, NE#5 Radnor PA. Go Bridgetown!

Midlo squads look to take care of business & represent first at NTN Nov 29, 2006

In the first two years of the existence of Nike Team Nationals, the state of Virginia failed to send one team representative to Portland, Oregon to compete against the 20 best high school cross country teams in the country. However, the 2006 Nike Team Nationals will feature both a boys and girls team from one school in Virginia. The Midlothian boys and girls, coached by Stan Morgan, will be representing the state of Virginia and Southeast region in Saturday\'s national championship races at Portland Meadows. The Midlothian girls arrive in Oregon as the #2 ranked team in the country and are considered by many as the favorites to win at NTN. Meanwhile, the Midlothian boys are projected to finish in the top 15 at least, but would like to exceed expectations and become the first Southeast boys team to crack into the top ten in the meet\'s three year history. MileStat.com will be on-site at Nike Team Nationals with Brandon Miles covering Midlothian\'s journey to NTN. Plenty to come throughout the week with updates from Portland. Live NTN Webcast - Catch the races live in a webcast on DyeStat.com. Begins at 1:15 PM EST. Girls race 1:30 PM EST. Boys race 3:00 PM EST. VIdeo: SE teams including Midlothian previewing the course at Portland Meadows...mud, mud, and more mud. Audio interview w/ Midlothian sr Tommy Reese overlapping video. Southeast Region Teams Preview - By Brandon Miles

And the waiting begins... Radnor holds on to hope for NTN finishing NE#4 Nov 19, 2006

After the dust settled, the girls of Radnor have held on at Northeast #4 in the Nike Team Nationals ranking released Thanksgiving eve. Only teams in 3rd or 4th can be considered for an at-large bid to the meet set for Saturday, December 2nd in Portland, Oregon, The NE#1 Coatesville boys remained in that spot, having already accepted their auto bid to the meet as the Bridgetown XC Club.

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