The Staples runner is different than most, but there’s one thing that makes her different from everyone: She heads into the upcoming cross country season as the Connecticut Gatorade Runner of the Year. In late June, she became the first girl in Connecticut track history to break 10 minutes in the two-mile run. This summer she spent a week in Oregon at the Nike Elite Running Camp for the top 20 high school distance runners in the country.Story by MARY ALBI
The first program of its kind to identify, recognize and award the future stars and faces of the sport, Hoka One One and MileSplit will showcase the best underclassmen runners of high school cross country this fall.
The fastest returning 5K runner in the country from his 14:16 victory on the track this past June at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in Darien High School (CT) rising senior Alex Ostberg catches us up on his summer training building into a cross country which he hopes to claim the New England Championships title and mix it up with the best in the nation at Foot Locker Nationals after his 11th place All-American finish one year ago from San Diego.
At last year's CIAC Open Championship, Ridgefield High won the team title convincingly with a 58-109 victory over runner-up Darien. By the looks of it this season, it could be more of the same for the defending state titlist. With the use of MileSplit's extensive data base, which compiles all the results of each athelete's performances that are fed into our system, Ridgefield is a 78-148 winner of Danbury. The top five scoring runners of Ridgefield have an average time of 16 minutes, 19.18 seconds for the five-kilometer distance with a gap of 1:21.35 between the first and fifth runners. In contrast, Danbury's average time was 16:42.12 with a gap of 1:23.32. 1 Ridgefield High School (CT) 78 1) Gabriel Altopp 15:49.30 4 2) Austin Gilbert 15:59.40 8 3) Kristian Sogaard 16:11.00 10 4) Clint Corso 16:43.70 24 5) Ethan Realander 16:52.50 32 Average Time: 16:19.18 Total Time: 1:21:35.90 1-5 Split: 1:03.20
The eighth annual Ocean State Invitational will be held the weekend of Sept. 27-28. In last year’s event nearly 4,500 high school and middle school runners competed in the popular two-day event at Goddard State Memorial Park, located on 1095 Ives Road in Warwick, R.I. The meet directors are a trio that’s familiar with hosting quality events, former Brown University coaches Bob and Anne Rothenberg and longtime road race director and former North Kingstown High coach Charlie Breagy, primary organizer of the CVS Downtown 5K and more than a dozen other footraces in Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts.
MileSplit CT has the schedule of all the CIAC invitational and championship meets. We'll have all the results and provide coverage of most of the bigger meets this fall. If yot are interested in helping us out (writing, photos, videos), contact webmaster Steve Mazzone at email@example.com
If you think about it running is taking a very basic movement, putting one foot in front of the other in order to move our body forward and hopefully fast. Then we are asking our body to repeat that thousands of times during a run. Some sources say the average runner will take anywhere from 1,000 - 2,000 steps per mile. The enormous repetion of running makes it a prime cause of repetitive stress injuries (RSI) also know as cumulative trauma disorder and overuse injuries.
A list of the top 25 fastest returning girls cross country teams within the states of the NXN Northeast Region including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. (via MileSplit). Connecticut represented by Tolland, Staples and Glastonbury.
The talented will be loaded once again in Connecticut with nine returing runners that have cracked 16 minutes for the five-kilometer distance. Darien High junior-to-be Alex Ostberg leads the list with his 15:11 best on the wooded trails. Another junior this fall, William Hall's Ari Klau, is No. 2 with his best of 15:41.90.
Periodically during the year, MileSplit RI will feature an athlete from the past who excelled on the track, roads, trails our in the field. With the Boston Marathon just a few weeks away, it seems only fitting to begin our “Flashback series” with the late Bobby Doyle, who was a frequent top finisher at Boston where he ran his personal best of 2:14:03 in 1979.
It's all Hannah! With the cross-country season just a few weeks away, MileSplit CT has compiled the top 50 returning runners this fall. Utilizing MileSplit's comprehensive data base, it's no surprise that the top of the list bears the name of Staples' junior Hannah DeBalsi. Last year, DeBalsi captured a handful of major meets such as the Wickham Park Invitational, the CIAC Divisional and Open Championship and the New England Championship, where she ran her all-time best of 17 minutes, 15.80 seconds. The Staples' runner also was a runner-up at the Foot Locker Nationals. Six Connecticut runners qualified for MileSplit's US First Team Elite by dipping under 18:45. New Fairfield senior Gabrielle Richichi was No. 2 on the list with a best of 17:54.80.
MIleSplit Connecticut will be in full force this fall with plenty of coverage during the cross-country season and beyond.
The fastest returning girls runners within the Foot Locker Northeast Region for the upcoming 2014 cross country season between the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington DC.
The fastest returning boys runners within the Foot Locker Northeast Region for the upcoming 2014 cross country season between the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington DC.
Former Warwick Vets runner Matt Pelletier wins his fifth title in Narragansett race with a time of 50:01. Brian Doyle, onetime Hendricken star takes second. Connecticut's Julian Saad and defending titlist Sam Alexander place third and fourth.
"Core" is one of the most overused and misunderstood terms in health and fitness today. The term is so overused it has almost lost its legitimacy, so when my patients say, “I am doing core exercises” I tend to be a little skeptical. The core is not just your abdominals, and core exercises are not just crazy circus tricks on a stability ball. I would like to quickly review this concept of core.
Effective with the 2015 high school track and field season, the prohibition of jewelry will be eliminated. This was one of several rules changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Track and Field Rules Committee at its June 16-18 meeting in Indianapolis. The committee’s recommendations were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
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