Monday, October 31, 2011
Weekend recap: 14 states sort out champs
Fourteen states conducted state meets on Saturday, making it the biggest weekend of the season so far.
This week there are 18 more state meets.
Here is a look at the action over the weekend, starting in New England, where a huge Nor'easter swept in and dumped a lot of pre-Halloween snow.
State meets in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Rhode Island were spared the snow -- ducking under the wire before the storm hit.
The storm was in Connecticut by Saturday morning and races were conducted in white-out conditions. Check out this Hartford Courant resport, which quotes Glastonbury's Reid Watson saying she had to squint through the race to keep the snow and bright reflected light out of her eyes. Some of the races were originally postponed to Monday, but power outages are preventing them from happening today, either.
Working our way west, in West Virginia, Maggie Drazba set a record and Jacob Burcham did his thing.
In Indiana, it was Futsum Zeinasellassie's time to shine, breaking a course record held by Lukas Verzbicas on the way to his third state title. Plus the US#6 Carmel girls and US#6 Columbus North boys rolled.
In Wisconsin, Molly Seidel was a scene-stealer, breaking her own meet record. You should know that when we entered her 4K time into the TFX rankings system, we were met with a warning. Are you sure? (Her 13:39 is faster than the parameters we have set, prompting a warning).
In Iowa, it's all about Dowling Catholic, which swept the team titles.
In Oklahoma, Arya Bahreini of Edmonds Santa Fe posted an impressive win.
In Kansas, Jacob Morgan won his second straight title for Washburn Rural.
There was a blockbuster girls race in Colorado and Monarch emerged on top of the 5A heap and Jordyn Colter won the individual title as a freshman. The Fort Collins boys and Classical Academy girls (3A) also were headliners at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds.
In Idaho, the era of seniors Emily Nist and Dallin Farnsworth reach their zenith. Nist won her third title, Farnsworth his second.
And in Hawaii, on the beautiful island of Maui, the Hawaii Preparatory girls and Leilehua boys won titles.