High-SchoolTrack-and-XC: mary cain

The highlights of a busy weekend emerged Friday and Saturday with some of the nation's top teams and individuals demonstrating their early-season might.

Futsum Zeinasellassie of Indiana cranked out a 14:36, Daniel Vertiz of Texas logged 14:48 and Anthony Armstrong of Washington dropped 15-flat for the three fastest 5K times in the country so far this year. Meanwhile, US#1 Edward Cheserek and US#3 Tony Smoragiewicz have yet to race yet.

In Michigan, Erin Finn proved she is a national contender with her 17:16 at the Spartan Invitational.

Fayetteville-Manlius revved is engines at the Vernon-Verona-Sherill Invitational and took a tour of the New York state meet course.

In Illinois, Tony Jones and Mike Newman broke down the highlights of the Richard Spring Invitational, chief among them Kaylee Flanagan's 16:44 three-mile. Mike also touched upon the untimely death of Lincoln-Way East freshman Patrick Mizwicki.

Have you noticed that every time Mary Cain runs, it's news? Check out how fast the Bronxville sophomore ran 2.5 miles at Van Cortlandt Park.

In Colorado, Cherry Creek freshman Jordyn Colter made some noise at the Liberty Bell Invitational, winning in 17:52.

At California's famed Woodbridge Invitational, Havard-Westlake's Cami Chapus picked up her first win of the season and Buchanan's CJ Albertson sped away from all challengers to post the meet's fastest time. Great Oak's girls and Arcadia's boys won team titles.

In Seattle, at the Sundodger Invitational, Shadle Park (Spokane) siblings Nathan and Kendra Weitz both had big days. Nathan won the 4,900-meter race in 14:33.68 and Kendra won the girls race in 17:21.98, beating Maddie Meyers.

At Louisville, Kent., at the Trinity-Valkyrie Invitational, junior Jacob Burcham of Cabell Midland WV, held off a strong challenge from Brock Baker of Oakland TN, 15:03 to 15:07.
SteveU's updated girls individual rankings are out, and there is little movement at the top of the list. Of course, most of the runners in the top 12 still haven't raced yet. Ravencroft NC's Wesley Frazier still holds down No. 1.

Molly Seidel from University Lake (Hartland, Wis.) is up to No. 7 from 9. Bronxville, N.Y. star Mary Cain is up two spots to 13 and Grace Tinkey of First Presbyterian (Macon, Ga.) is up four spots to 18.
The cross country season continued to pick up steam over the weekend from coast to coast, with some of the nation's top teams and individuals getting their first taste of the competitive season.

Here is a recap, with links to specific meet pages with additional highlights and results:

Dyestat Cal editor Rich Gonzalez filed a thorough report on the Seaside Invitational, detailing the performances of several of the Golden State's top teams -- Palos Verdes and Trabuco Hills on the boys side, and the perennially strong Saugus girls. Jonah Diaz was impressive in victory.

Also on the west coast, North Central's boys from Spokane and the Bozeman (MT) girls made splashy debuts at the Tracy Walters Invitational in Spokane. (For those of you who don't know, Tracy Walters was Gerry Lindgren's coach at Rogers High back in the 1960s and a legend in his own right). Anthony Armstrong and Katie Knight got impressive individual wins.

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Pat Cooper/no_sourceFreshman Allie Ostrander leads the pack at a recent meet in Alaska.

Way up to the north, Kenai Central's fab frosh Allie Ostrander won meets on back-to-back days. She won a 3,000-meter race on Friday and then went sub-18 for her third straight win at 3 miles or 5K, this time at Alaska's Palmer Invitational.

In Utah, the Davis boys rolled to a big victory at the BYU Autumn Classic in Provo.

In Missouri, Rockhurst's Zach Herriott flipped the script on Rock Bridge's Caleb Wilfong at the Forest Park Festival. A year ago, it was Wilfong first, Herriott second. There was also a sparkling debut from freshman Hannah Long of Eureka in the girls race.

In Alabama, Carmen Carlos and Griffin Lee picked up individual honors, at the Mobile Challenge of Champions. Plus, Arthur Mack provides details of the team titles won by McGill-Toolen's girls (AL) and Brother Martin's boys (LA).

In Illinois, the New Trier girls rolled and the Niles North boys got a big lift from their No. 5 at the Peoria Woodruff Invitational. Amanda Fox dipped under 17 minutes for 3 miles and Garrett Sweatt got a big win on the boys side.

In Indiana, the Columbus North boys went 1-5-7-12-15 to win the 17-team Brown County Eagle Classic.

At the Mason Invitational in Ohio, the girls from Carmel IN made themselves at home, going 1-3-5-6-7 to make a strong statement. Meanwhile, at the always huge Tiffin Cross Country Carnival in Ohio, Tsehaye Hiluf (15:19.58) and Jacquelyn Crow (18:23.14) put up impressive early season times.

In New York, Lizzie Predmore demonstrated her might with a 61-second win on the tough Guilderland course.

And in New Jersey, Bronxville's Mary Cain's star continued to rise with a big PR at the Randolph Invitational, where she won by a whopping 82 seconds.

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