How deep into the cross country season is it? In much of the country right now, teams are gearing up for end-of-regular season meets -- districts, conference, regionals, etc. In Utah, the state championships are this Wednesday.
For a rundown of the weekend action, let's begin on the East coast. In Delaware, the two best girls distance runners in state history went head-to-head, and it was Julie Macedo of Charter School of Wilmington pulling away from Tatnall's Haley Pierce to win the Joe O'Neill Invite. Macedo ran 16:56 for her second sub-17 5K, and Pierce ran 17:38.
Further north, St. Benedict NJ's Edward Cheserek demolished another course record, this time in Rhode Island. He won the Brown Northeast Championships in 14:34.6 -- taking down the record by 25 seconds.
In Indianapolis, at the Brebauf Jesuit Regional Indiana powers Carmel (girls) and Futsum Zeinasellassie did their thing. Carmel scored 26 points and Zeinasellassie ran 15:04.
At the 23rd annual Chile Pepper Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., John and Donna Dye were on hand to record the highlights and take lots of photos. Southlake Carroll TX rolled in the team competitions and the US#3 boys were really on their game -- putting all seven in the top 13 . And four under 15:20! Cale Wallace of Cypress Ranch TX got the win in 15:00.4, while Arkansas fan favorite Maggie Montoya of Rogers AR ran 17:34 to win the girls race.
In Texas, Kevyn Hoyos ran an impressive 15:09.8 to win the Lewisville Neill Invite.
In Florida, Andres Arroyo of Colonial dipped under 15 minutes to win the Little Everglades Ranch Pre-State meet in Dade City. Olivia Ortiz of Lakewood Ranch led five girls under 18 minutes, winning in 17:41.94.
In Illinois, Naperville Central's Amanda Fox dominated the field at the DuPage Valley Conference meet, covering three miles in 16:35.8.
And in Portland, Adidas spared no expense at the Adidas Cross Country Classic -- with a stage, giant video screen with live broadcast, athlete's lounge, drum line, etc. a couple of Oregon's best programs were showcased, with South Eugene freshman Sara Tsai breaking the course record with 17:41. Meanwhile, Summit's girls showed they belonged in the top 10. And Travis Neuman (and the South Eugene boys) also were winners.