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The Collegiate Cross Country team was back in action on Saturday, traveling to the Eastern Shore for the Broadwater Invitational.
The varsity boys took third in the seven-team field. Chandler Branton raced to a third-place finish of his own in a personal best 17:41 over the 5-kilometer (3.1 mile) course.
Anthony (A.J.) Davis (19:08) took 13th, Ian Baskins (20:18) finished 20th, Ben Calzini (20:33) was 22nd, Carter Woods (20:56) wound up 26th, while Frankie White finished 30th and Matt Unrein, 33rd. Harrison Fuller and Chas LeHew also set season bests in the strong showing by the Oaks, who are currently ranked fourth in the latest VISAA Division 2 standings
“It was another great effort,” said Head Coach Rob Tupper. “There was some tough competition, a couple of public schools with 2,000 kids to choose from. I thought we really showed them a lot.
“We like to see improvement every week and that’s exactly what we got.”
Indeed, every Collegiate athlete — on both the boys and girls sides — set at least a season-best mark, with more than half of the runners notching personal records, as well, despite the scorching heat.
For the girls, Maddie Foster took ninth, while Svenja Eugster finished 19th to lead the varsity.
Veronica Gross, Gina Leanzo and Grace Lyden went 2-3-4 in the girls’ middle school race, each earning Frisbees for their efforts.
Thanks to Mr. White for the fine reporting on the meet.
The Collegiate boys and girls capped off banner seasons with identical 15th place finishes at the VISAA Division II Cross Country Championships on Friday at Fork Union.
Chandler Branton led the Oaks, taking 29th in a time of 18:35, while Miles Edmond (19:00) was a few spots back in 35th.
“Chandler did great,” said Head Coach Rob Tupper. “Miles, too. Everyone ran hard, it was a super effort.”
Harrison Fuller, Matt Unrein, Chas LeHew, Frankie White, Feifan Qiao and Parker Gross rounded out the effort for the boys, who return their entire lineup next fall and should contend for a top-five statewide finish.
The trio of Malia Mantz (22:40), Claudia King (22:43) and Maddie Foster (23:31), who finished 43rd, 45th an 65th respectively in the 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) race, led the way once again for the girls.
Emma Stephenson, Ashley Obermeyer and Cecilia Innis all proved instrumental in the team’s 15th-place finish, all three running personal bests over the tough, sometimes muddy course.
“They tore it up,” said Tupper, who was assisted all season by Coach Loli Marshall and Coach Richard White “Malia, Maddie, Claudia, Cecilia ran like they’ve been doing it all year. And Emma and Ashley stepped up and did a great job.
“I’m very proud of the whole team. They worked so hard, did everything we asked of them.
“Our motto’s been ‘Success isn’t given, it’s earned,’ well, this bunch earned it.’ “
For more pictures, go to Oaks Cross Country.
Chandler Branton finished eighth on Friday at the TCIS Cross Country Championships, earning All-Conference honors in the process.
Chandler covered the muddy 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) course at Chesapeake’s Bells Mill Park in 18:14, finishing near the top against a field that included Peninsula Catholic, the prohibitive favorite in the upcoming state championships.
“Chandler ran another great race for us,” said Head Coach Rob Tupper. “He’s been very consistent all season and he beat a lot of good runners today.
“It wasn’t the best conditions out there, but everyone gave it their all and turned in some good performances.”
Overall, the boys wound up sixth in the team race. Harrison Fuller finished second for the Oaks, winding up 43rd in standings. Miles Edmond followed in 47th place, followed close behind by Thomas Batzel (51st), Matt Unrein (52nd), Chas LeHew (55th) and Parker Gross (74th).
Claudia led the way for the girls, crossing the finish line in 23:18 to finish 22nd. Malia Mantz (23:28) was two spots back in 24th, while Maddie Foster (23:35) took 25thand Cecelia Innis was 64th.
In the junior varsity competition, Gina Leanzo and Veronica Gross finished 10th and 15th respectively for the girls, with Truman Skaggs (45th), Ryan Hodges (52nd) and Will Frankenberry (71st) leading the way for the boys.
“I’m very proud of our JV runners,” Tupper said. “They’ve worked hard for us and it’s pretty clear they’ve got a bright future.”
Collegiate concludes its season on today at the VISAA Division 2 State Championships at Fork Union.
“This is it,” Coach Tupper said. “One more race, a chance to lay it on the line and see what happens. This team has a lot of heart. I’m excited for them and I’m expecting great things.”
Chandler Branton ran a personal best 17:45 over the 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) course to lead the way once again for the Collegiate boys cross country runners at last Thursday’s Norfolk Academy Invitational.
On the girls front, the trio of Maddie Foster, Malia Mantz and Claudia King couldn’t have finished much closer, taking 18th, 19th and 20th respectively. Maddie (22:21) managed to edge Malia (21:22) at the finish line, while Claudia was just another three seconds back at 22:25.
Chandler, for his part, ran the fastest Collegiate time since 2012 en route to a 12th place finish. Miles Edmond (19:04) took 28th, Harrison Fuller (19:47) followed in 35th and Matt Unrein wound up 51st in a personal-record 20:25 for the Oaks, who finished fourth overall in the nine-team Invitational. Parker Gross also ran a PR, clocking in at 22:13 to round out the Collegiate effort.
In junior varsity competition, Gina Leanzo (24:14) ran her best time of the season, finishing ninth overall in the process. Sidney Jordan took 20th and Cecilia Innis was 23rd, both runners setting personal records along the way.
In the boys JV race, Chas LeHew (21:41) finished 16th, with Truman Skaggs (22:14) and Ryan Hodges (24:39) following in 21st and 41st respectively in a meet that featured nearly 250 runners.
The Collegiate cross country team went on the road and left its mark over the weekend at the Broadwater Academy Invitational, succeeding across the board, from boys to girls, varsity to JV.
The Collegiate boys finished a narrow second to Tallwood, riding strong performances from all seven runners. Chandler Branton (18:16) finished third, Miles Edmond (18:36) took fifth, Frankie White (19:29) was eighth and Harrison Fuller (20:04), tenth, to earn Invitational honors.
Thomas Batzel (20:18, 12th), Matt Unrein (20:49, 18th) and Parker Gross (23:24, 25th) rounded out the effort the varsity effort, while Chas LeHew took third in a season-best 21:18 and Will Frankenberry wound up 14th for the JV.
“The boys just killed it,” Tupper said. “Tallwood has a good team and they hung right with them. I was very proud of them and the girls, too, of course. Everyone gave it their all. That’s what you want to see.”
Competing on the Eastern Shore after an overnight stay, the Oaks had nine runners crack the top ten in their respective races, in a meet that saw the boys varsity finish second overall in the team race.
“I can’t say enough about this group,” said head coach Rob Tupper. “It’s a real pleasure to watch them work hard and then see the results, to see the improvement and the success. And I know the best is till yet to come.”
Malia Mantz (22:04) and Maddie Foster (22:17) led the way for the varsity girls, finishing fourth and fifth respectively, while Gina Leanzo (24:48) took second and Veronica Gross (26:55) third in the junior varsity race.
The Oaks will compete again on Thursday at Norfolk Academy, running on a fast course that should bring out the best in all of them.
For more pictures, go to Oaks Cross Country.
The Collegiate cross country team, capitalizing on a fast course and favorable conditions, posted another strong performance on Saturday at the Norfolk Academy Invitational.
“I expected some good times, but this exceeded my expectations,” said head coach Rob Tupper. “There was some fantastic times for both the boys and girls. The hard work is really paying dividends.”
Malia Mantz (21:27) and Chandler Branton (18:02) once again led the way for the Oaks, both finishing 22nd in their respective varsity races, running personal bests in a meet that attracted better than 20 schools and more than 300 runners.
Maddie Foster (21:45) took 25th and teammate Claudia King (22:06) was two spots back in 27th for the girls’ varsity, while Gina Leanzo finished 19th and Veronica Gross wound up 36th in her first race of the season in junior varsity competition.
On the boys side, where the Oaks finished seventh in the team standings, Miles Edmond (18:25) took 28th, and Frankie White (18:48) 40th, both setting personal records, as did Harrison Fuller (19:27), Matt Unrein (20:29) and Parker Gross (22:50) in the varsity race and Ryan Hodges (23:45) for the JV.
Coach Tupper is certain that the best lies ahead.
“We haven’t peaked yet,” he said. “I like where we’re at, but we’re only going to get better. Check back in a few more weeks and I think we’ll see something really special.”
Collegiate will race again on Saturday at the Broadwater Academy Invitational in Exmore. For more pictures, go to Oaks Runners.
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.
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 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.