The Collegiate cross country team didn’t let a little rain dampen its spirits or performance on Thursday hosting its invitational at Mount Trashmore Park in Virginia Beach.
The Oaks were impressive across the board. The boys finished second in the team race, while eight runners cracked the top ten in their respective divisions.
Chandler Branton (18:37) nabbed second in the boys varsity race, while teammates Miles Edmond (18:55) and Frankie White (19:30) took sixth and tenth respectively, both running personal bests.
“The boys were on fire,” said Collegiate head coach Rob Tupper said. “They just took off, they killed it. It was impressive.”
Harrison Fuller followed in 19th place in a season-best 20:32 and Matt Unrein (21:11, 22nd) and Parker Gross (24:06, 37th place) both shattered personal records along the way.
Malia Mantz (22:34) finished fourth and Maddie Foster (22:41) wound up fifth, both setting PR’s in the highly-competitive varsity race.
“They really worked together well, “ Tupper said. “They pushed each other, brought each other along and had strong, strong races.”
The light rain and cooler temperatures made for a good combination.
“This was just perfect cross country weather,” Tupper said.
And he meant it.
“Cross country is notorious for rainy, drizzly weather with lots of mud,” Tupper continued, “And we had all of that. But it was nice and cool and everyone just rose to the challenge.”
Gina Leanzo added a tenth-place finish in the girls junior varsity race for the Oaks.
“The JV is really coming along,” Tupper said. “Each meet they’re getting better and better.”
In boys JV action, Chas LeHew (21:46) edged teammate Truman Skaggs (21:49) for top team honors, the pair finishing in fourth and sixth place. Ryan Hodges added a personal best 23:51 to take 16th for Collegiate.
The Oaks head to Lynchburg next weekend for the Rod Camden Hilltopper Classic. For cross country pictures, go to Oaks runners.
The Oaks boys soccer team couldn’t get the offense in gear until the final minutes and fell to Hampton Roads Academy, 2-1, Tuesday at home.
Joe Swartz scored on a header off a cross by Josh Swartz, who somehow found room along the touch line, in the final minutes for Collegiate’s only score.
The team is 1-3 on the season. It plays Tuesday at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy and Thursday at home against Cape Henry.
For more pictures and video, go to Oaks Boys Soccer.
In their third win of the season, the Oaks once again captured a tight one, defeating Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, 5-4, Monday at the ODU Tennis Center.
The Oaks are 3-2 on the season and all three wins have come by 5-4 scores.
For more pictures and video, go to Oaks Girls Tennis.
Norfolk Collegiate 5, Nansemond Suffolk 4
Sellers (NSA) d. Toomy 7-5 6-0, Khandpur (NSA) d. Beale 6-0 6-1, Walthall (NC) d. Shah 6-1 2-6 10-5, Camacho (NC) d. Watts 6-3 6-2, McMonagle (NC) d. Hartman 6-3 6-1, Potter (NC) d. Burcham 6-3 6-3; Doubles: Sellers-Khandpur d. Toomy-Camacho 8-3, Gottleib-Shah d. McMonagle-Potter 8-5, Walthall-Beale d. Watts-Hogg 8-3.
What a comeback.
The girls volleyball team dropped the first set, 21-25, to Tallwood High School, then was trailing in the second set before they caught on fire.
Led by senior Bailey Jones with 17 kills and three blocks, they came roaring back to win the second set, 25-23, and then went on to win 25-14 and 25-15 to take the match.
Joi Harper flew all over the court, converting 26 digs. Skyler Tessler had 14 assists and two aces.
In action on Friday, the team downed Central Virginia Home School, 3-0, by scores of 25-12, 25-7, and 25-16.
The team is 6-4 on the season
For more pictures and video, go to Oaks Volleyball.
With 30 seconds left in a seriously competitive game, the Collegiate faculty had the ball, down a point. But they couldn’t penetrate the Seniors defense and with the seconds ticking down Hurley stole the ball! to secure the win.
The seniors put an imposing starting lineup on the hardwood:
Jobin “King Curry” Chandi
Paul “White Chocolate” Mahoney
Jimmy “The Great White Hope” Hurley
Alexis “Runs on Dunkin” McGurn
Shahra “Big Baby” Madison
But the faculty quickly served notice. Dunkin’ Dan Nichols opened the scoring by putting back a miss with a two-handed thunderclap that energized the full house.
But Hurley, Mahoney, Madison, and Chandi kept it close.
Things looked bleak later in the contest for the youngsters when Lonice Kenley, wearing a vintage Oaks uniform and a competitive smile, hit one three-point bomb after another. Donovan Waefler declared himself the master of the paint, swatting away a couple of feeble inside attempts. And who knew John Bain, who made a fashion statement with his socks, could dial long-distance at will?
But the seniors had youth and depth on their side, shuttling in players. Reid Wilkinson canned a bucket. Lucas Brandt drove the lane. The microwave, Hamoudi Musselmani, hit a three.
Blair Hurley, Ann Burns Morrison, Darden Purrington, Tanner Hirschfeld, and Gates Breeden gave their starters a breather.
The faculty just didn’t have the legs.
In the end, youth, of course, was served. It always is.
For more pictures, go to Seniors 27, Faculty 26.
The lights go up on what will be the longest-running smash on Suburban Parkway starting Friday as Norfolk Collegiate opens its turf fields with a pair of contests.
You can’t have a grand opening without a little ribbon cutting. That begins at 6:30 p.m.
Don’t wait until then for Oak action. The girls volleyball team plays in Watt-Baker Gymnasium starting at 5:15 p.m.
The outside games on the turf fields start at 7 p.m. with girls field hockey battling Highland School and the boys soccer team kicking things off against Norfolk Christian School. The boys downed Christian, 2-1, earlier in the season.
There’s no need to eat at home and risk being late. It’s Food Truck Friday at Collegiate. Karnage Asada, Bodacious Pizza and Just Cupcakes will be on hand to dole out their goodies. Eat some Karnage Asada Latin-Asian Smackdown! goodies on plastic plates while the Oaks take care of the smackdown on the plastic grass.
Bring cash. Lots of cash for the food and for the souvenirs and for the fields.
Cough up a little of that cash towards the project, which cost a cool $2.6 million. If you would like to donate to the campaign, please contact the development office at 757.480.2348 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maddie Foster and Chandler Branton led the way for the Oaks on Thursday in Williamsburg at the Walsingham Cross Country Invitational.
Foster (24:08) finished 14th overall in the girls’ varsity race, while Branton took 11th on the boys’ side, matching his season-best time of 19:38 over the 3.1-mile course.
Claudia King (26:11) and Malia Mantz (26:17) finished 30th and 31st respectively for the girls, while Miles Edmond (20:09) earned 16th place in the 86-man field for the boys.
Harrison Fuller (23:53), Matt Unrein (24:06) and Parker Gross (26:09) rounded out the effort for the Oaks, who finished seventh in the 12-team field.
In junior varsity action, Ryan Hodges (25:07) took 13th, edging teammates Truman Skaggs (25:08) and Chas LeHew (25:13) for the top spot on the squad.
For the girls, Gina Leanzo cracked the top ten for a second straight meet, winding up eighth in the girls JV race, while teammate Sydney Jordan finished 15th.
Collegiate will compete again on Thursday in the Greenbrier Christian Academy Meet at Bells Mill Park in Chesapeake.
For more pictures, go to Oaks Cross Country.
The Oaks sailors finished second to Christchurch School on a day when the wind took its time filling in Saturday afternoon on the Elizabeth River.
The second Oaks team finished fifth overall.
For complete results of the 23 competing teams, go to VISA Race.
For more pictures, go to Collegiate sailing.
The Collegiate boys and girls cross country teams opened their seasons with strong showings on Thursday at the seven-team Bishop Sullivan Invitational.
Competing at Virginia Beach’s Mount Trashmore Park, the runners overcame the heat and humidity to post strong performances across the board in the 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) race.
“I was very impressed with all of them,” said Head Coach Rob Tupper, who returned to the helm after a one-year hiatus. “From the JV through the varsity, they really put it out there and did a fantastic job on one of the toughest courses in the TCIS system.”
Miles Edmond edged teammate Chandler Branton by a stride to finish ninth in the boy’s varsity race. Miles clocked in at 19:37, while Chandler (19:38) was one spot back in 10th place, followed a bit further back by Frankie White (20:43), who took 15th.
Harrison Fuller (22:15) finished 26th and fellow veterans, Matt Unrein (23:07) and Parker Gross, completed the effort for the Oaks, who finished fourth in the team race.
“The guys just killed it,” Tupper said. “Miles and Chandler brought it in, Frankie was right there. I really expect major things out of the guys as the season goes along.”
On the girl’s side, another newcomer led the way, Malia Mantz (24:37) taking 12th place in the varsity race. Claudia King. one of the top runners on last year’s squad that finished tenth at state, followed in 19th place. Cecilia Innis wound up 32nd in her cross country debut.
In junior varsity action, sixth-grader Truman Skaggs finished in fourth place, while teammate Chas LeHew was five spots back in ninth. Ryan Hodges (21st) and Will Frankenberry rounded out the solid effort for the Oaks.
In the girls JV race, Gina Leanzo and Sidney Jordan finished in 10th and 13th place respectively.
The Oaks will return to action next Thursday at the Walsingham Invitational, where a dozen teams are expected to vie for the top spot.
“We’re going to start tweaking some stuff in practice,” Tupper said. “Everyone is just going to get stronger and stronger. This was a real testament to their hard work and talent and a glimpse of even better things to come.”
The cross country photo album is at Oaks runners.
Thanks to Coach White and Coach Tupper for the meet summary.