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Precious HolmesJack PriorPrecious Holmes CT rolls to an impressive US#2 600 win, part of a great New Englands triple.

Coverage of the 2012 New England Indoor Championships
Friday, March 2, 2012 -- Reggie Lewis Center, Boston MA

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  • G-300/600/4x400: Scorching triple for Hillhouse CT sr Precious Holmes, with US#3 38.22 (#12 all-time), US#2 1:30.79 (#11 all-time), and anchoring winning 4x400 effort (3:56.84).
  • G-4x800/Mile: The LaSalle RI girls roar into the US#3 spot with a 9:07.28, as six run 9:31 or better. Then anchor Molly Keating comes back with a 4:54.57 victory.
  • B-4x800/2-Mile: Already US#5 at 7:50.25, Chariho RI and star Mike Marsella flex their muscles with a 7:51.22 triumph, winning by five seconds over Acton-Boxborough MA’s 7:56.78. Then Marsella bounces back to a 9:16.76 victory.
  • G-1k: Classical RI soph Madeleine Berkson didn’t quite make the fast heat; though she’d run 2:12 for 800, she didn’t have a sub-3:00 1k to her credit. But in the 2nd of 3 sections, she blazes a US#7 2:50.11, thought to be the 3rd best ever by a soph nationally. The fast heat sees NW Catholic CT jr Sarah Gillespie lead 3 at 2:55 or better with US#8 2:51.31, but has to settle for 2nd overall.
  • G-55H: Brockton MA sr Vanessa Clerveaux took the title and snips another .01 off her PR with a US#5 7.97.
  • G-HJ: US#2 leaper Dakota Dailey-Harris (5-10), the LaSalle RI sr, nets the 5-9 victory.
  • B-600: Somerville MA sr Andre Rolim, already US#4 1:19.94, settles for 1:20.80 to beat SMSA CT sr Aaeron Sykes (US#10 1:21.00) and Greenwich CT sr Marcus Motill (#11 1:21.08).
  • B-1k: Staples CT jr Henry Wynne prevails in US#8 2:28.30, as 9 run 2:32 or faster.
  • B-HJ: Somerset MA soph Adam Couitt impresses with 6-9 victory.
  • B-SP: Newton North MA sr Swardick Mayanja upholds the favorite’s role with 59-3.5 triumph.
  • B-4x200: Chelmsford MA gets their 2nd sub-1:30 with a winning 1:29.83.
  • G-4x200: US#5 Hope RI wins easily with a 1:41.88, just over a second off their best.
  • G-55: South Burlington VT sr Mollie Gribbin starts double attempt with 7.11 victory, but is 2nd by just over an inch in the LJ.
Hillhouse Sprint Medley RelayDoug Austin/ESPNHSPrecious Holmes hands off to Kellie Davis for the final leg of the sprint medley relay at Dartmouth Friday. Hillhouse ran a US#1 4:07.11 and Holmes the next day ran a US#2 55.80 400.
Coverage of the 43rd Dartmouth Relays
Fri.-Sun., Jan. 6-8, 2012 (preps Fri.-Sat.)
Leverone Fieldhouse, Dartmouth College, Hanover NH

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  • Newton North MA jr Carla Forbes won the LJ in US#3 19-4, then the TJ in US#1 40-10.
  • Hillhouse CT jr Precious Holmes blasted a US#2 55.80 400 Saturday after helping her 1600 SMR squad to a US#1 4:07.11 Friday
  • Pembroke MA sr Joe Vercollone rolled to a US#1 2:30.51 for 1k.
  • Colonie NY sr Giancarlo Sainato not only tied US#1 with his 1:21.67 600, but beat the other US#1 Somerville MA jr Andre Rolim (1:22.53) in the process.
  • Waterville ME jr Bethanie Brown took the 2M in a US#1 10:48.35.
  • LaSalle RI sr Molly Keating anchored her team’s US#2 12:12.44 DMR Friday, then on Saturday won the mile in 5:03.85 and added a leg on her team’s winning US#5 9:38.69 4x800
  • Bishop Hendricken RI sr Reuben Horace won the WT in US#2 69-3.5
  • Bishop Guertin NH soph Molly McCabe ran a US#2 2:16.01 800.
  • Colonie NY sr Kyle Plante took the girls 300 in US#3 39.54.
  • Salem NH sr Jerickson Fedrick zipped to a winning US#3 6.39 55 dash
  • Marshfield MA boys combined for a US#3 10:26.42 DMR, topping Pembroke MA’s US#5 10:29.61.
  • Pembroke MA sr Wesley Gallagher edged Methuen MA jr Mike O’Donnell in the mile, 4:23.45 to 4:23.58, while Wakefield MA sr Stephen Robertson took the 2M in US#4 9:23.35.
  • Lebanon NH sr Mike Cyphers won the PV at 15-0.
  • Canadian athletes from Quebec won the boys 400 (Alex Tourigny-Plante 49.90), boys 800 (Mathieu Sturkenboom 1:56.35), boys 55H (Gabriel Slythe-LÚveillÚ 7.58), and girls 55 dash (Clemence Paiement 7.06)

As if coming up with a reasonable system for ranking high school cross country teams wasn't a thank-less enough job, we've asked Rob Monroe to explain the shifting sands of his weekly FAB50 rankings.

Out of a weekend that included three NXN regional meets and the enormous California state meet, here is what he has to say:

Boys Rankings
In New York, preseason favorite Shaker continued a late-season climb by avenging a state meet loss to Rush-Henrietta and also knocking off favored Fayetteville-Manlius for their first NXN-New York title. St. Anthony’s also improved upon their Federations race to finish third, beating three of the teams that beat them on this same course a week earlier. Shaker’s victory moved them up 11 spots from US#20 to US#9, St. Anthony’s improvement vaulted it back into the rankings at US#35 after a couple of weeks on the Fab50 bubble, and Monsignor Farrell entered the rankings for the first time with a close fifth place finish earning a US#39 ranking. Runner-up Fayetteville-Manlius and third-place Rush Henrietta dropped four spots to #10 and #15, and sixth place finisher Arlington moved up one spot to US#40.

At the same course as the New York meet, the Northeast meet saw a talented Pembroke MA crew finally break through and punch its ticket to Portland for the second year in a row with a runner-up finish to US#1 Christian Brothers NJ. After finishing second at the Massachusetts All-State meet, Pembroke shined with strong front running power and finished eight spots ahead of All-State D2 champion Bishop Feehan. That vaulted Pembroke up to US#21. Meanwhile, CBA showed again why they were the preseason No. 1, running the second-best cumulative time in Bowdoin Park history (to my knowledge) behind only the 2004 team from Fayetteville-Manlius. CBA also sported a lethal 22-second spread from 1 to 5. Westfield NJ, third at the New Jersey Meet of Champions, moved up a spot to finish as the second team from New Jersey and a mere seven points behind Pembroke. That improvement is reflected in a 12-spot climb to US#22. Bishop Hendricken RI returns to the national rankings after a two-week hiatus by finishing fourth, a performance that yielded them a US#42 ranking. Fifth-place Don Bosco NJ fell 21 spots to US#43.

The Southeast race saw the Florida 3A Champions from Belen Jesuit take the race with a course record team average of 15:38. The undefeated Magis continue to show they are a force to be reckoned with and were rewarded by moving up 10 spots to US#8. Runner-up Brentwood TN also moves up to US#32, an improvement of 15 spots, while Brookwood GA and Lexington SC fell out of the rankings by finishing a distant third and a shorthanded 11th.

California’s State Championships provided slight upsets in both genders. In the boys race, Trabuco Hills returns to their previous US#11 spot as they avenged their fourth-place CIF-Southern Section finish with a D1 State Championship. The top six teams were all from the Southern Section, and aside from Trabuco Hills, they all finished in the same order as they had at the CIF-SS Finals: Arcadia, Rancho Cucamonga, Great Oak, El Toro, and Dana Hills. However, the gaps between these teams was wider this time and that resulted in teams falling back a few spots in the rankings. The Southern Section dominated other races as well, with Golden Valley and Loyola claiming the top two spots in the D2 race over San Diego powers Ramona and La Costa Canyon as well as SJS champion Del Campo. Palos Verdes and St. John Bosco knocked off CIF-NCS powers Piner and Camplindo.

Girls Rankings
At Bowdoin Park, Saratoga showed how drastic a difference two weeks can make. A full minute 1-5 gap shrunk to a mere 19 seconds as Kinetic finished behind US#1 Fayetteville-Manlius and gave the Stotans their closest race since 2006, 43-57. North Shore finished third with 87 points but also showed it is one of the best teams in the nation by averaging 19:09.0 on the challenging course. Saratoga moved up to US#2 and North Shore to US#4, while Canandaigua moved up from the Fab50 bubble to US#37 on the heels of a fourth-place finish.

The Northeast regional championship saw an upset on the girls side as Hamilton-Wenham, second at the Massachusetts D2 All-State, won the event by 55 points over New England champion Champlain Valley. The surprises didn’t stop there. Weston MA, the D2 All-State third place team, finished third in the regional meet and D2 All-State Champions and pre-race favorite Bishop Feehan was eighth. The bigger story might be the teams that were missing from the field, though. Pennsylvania 3A Champion Pennsbury was the top-ranked team in the region at US#8 but opted not to compete, as did New Jersey MOC Champion Rumson-Fairhaven and Pennsylvania 3A Runner-up Unionville PA. Of the teams that did race, only Hamilton-Wenham ran well in comparison to the top New York teams and are the only squad to make the top 50.

Tatnall DE won the Southeast region with their best team time at WakeMed. Assumption KY finished second in the race, while Midlothian VA finished a mere three points behind in third. Tatnall and Midlothian essentially stayed the same in the national rankings. Midlothian remained at US#27 and Tatnall slid one spot to US#3 because of Saratoga’s race impressive race in New York. Assumption moved up six spots to US#20 behind their performance, while Green Hope dropped 19 spots to US#31 by placing fourth.

Saugus CA showed why it was so highly rated in the preseason, winning their sixth straight state title and avenging a 60-69 loss to Simi Valley at the Southern Section finals. The victory moves Saugus into the Top 5 for the first time this season. La Costa Canyon finished second as their previously tight pack spread out a bit with a 43-second gap between the 4-5 runners. Simi Valley fell to fourth behind two teams they beat a week earlier because one of their scorers was DQ’d. Third-place Redondo Union and fifth-place Woodbridge ran their best races of the season to make the biggest moves of all the Division 2 teams. Redondo moved up eight spots to US#11 and Woodbridge 21 spots to US#26. The Division 1 race showcased Southern Section dominance with six of the top seven teams, including the top three: San Clemente, Vista Murrieta and Marina. The Division 3 race saw the Southern Section’s Palos Verdes run its best race of the year to claim the state title over strong competitors from Northern California.
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.

Also, US#1 Edward Cheserek conquered yet another course record, this time at the Essex County Championships.