Friday, July 30, 2010

Richmond Announces Incoming Freshman Class for Fall 2010

Jill Prentice (Above-Left) and Ryan Lee (Left) are two of the 23 freshmen joining the Spiders track & field/cross country programs this fall..

Cross Country/Track & Field Welcomes 23 Incoming Freshmen

The announcement was made Friday by the Spiders.

by Mike DeGeorge (Richmond Sports Information)

July 30, 2010

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND - The University of Richmond cross country and track & field teams are set to welcome another strong recruiting class to campus when 17 women and six men report in August. The Spiders' director of cross country/track & field Lori Taylor and head men's coach Steve Taylor made the announcement Friday.

2010 Cross Country Roster
2010-11 Track & Field Roster

Highlighting the list of 17 women is Jill Prentice, ranked as one of the premier distance runners in both the state of New Jersey and the Eastern U.S. during this past outdoor season, and Molly Reilly, who was the Rhode Island Gatorade Track Athlete of the Year in 2010.

The list of six men is punctuated by Ryan Lee - the all-time state of Delaware record-holder in the 3,200m and Adam Owens - the owner of multiple Virginia state titles.

These 23 student-athletes join the Spiders' program, which is recognized among the top collegiate running programs in the East. Richmond has sent multiple athletes to NCAA postseason competition, with 2010 marking the Spiders' eighth-consecutive season with representation at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Regional Championship. Matt Llano, who returns for his redshirt senior in 2010-11, earned All-America status with his ninth-place finish in the 10,000m in the 2010 NCAA National Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

"Our staff did a great job recruiting, said Lori Taylor. "These men and women will help us fill the void we have in a few areas. We are excited about the level of our incoming distance and middle distance runners along with our track & field recruits. Many of these athletes will have an immediate impact for our team. I also believe there are a couple that will step in and have an immediate impact within the Atlantic 10 Conference and the NCAA Region. That is our expectation for our recruited athletes. We want them to be ambitious, competitive and filled with the desire to do what is required at this level to become the best. We have upperclassmen that will lead the way, but we do not want our freshmen to follow for long. We want leaders and this group has a lot of the potential our program expects so we can achieve our goals."

Also among the incoming female standouts are Roxanne Henningson, Alli Mannon and Grace Gibson.

"As a staff we are happy with the 17 women and 6 men that will join us this fall," said Steve Taylor. "We are pleased with the growing interest from top student-athletes in our program and the continued desire to earn the quality education the University of Richmond offers. Each year, as our athletes improve and earn greater and greater achievements, we notice more of the top athletes within the country taking a closer look at what we have to offer. There is no question that the new Robins Stadium at the Fred Hardy Track shows recruits how committed we are at becoming the best. Our track & field facility is now one of the premier venues in the nation. We've never met a recruit that has visited our campus and not fallen in love with it. Our new stadium puts an exclamation point to the direction we are headed."

The Richmond program calls the $25-million E. Claiborne Robins Stadium home in 2010. The state-of-the-art facility, which will rank among the top track & field venues on the East Coast, is located in the heart of the Spiders' campus and features seating for 8,700, a massive video scoreboard and luxury suites. The stadium also serves as the home for Richmond football and lacrosse.

"Our new Robins Stadium is already having a positive impact as we begin to turn our attention to next year's recruiting class. We have an amazing facility with a huge video board, brand new long/triple jump runways and locker rooms within the stadium. Anyone that has been in the stadium has been very impressed. In my opinion it's the best track & field venue in the East."

The cross country team opens the 2010 season Saturday, Sept. 4 by hosting the Spider Alumni Open.

Below is a list of the incoming freshmen...

WOMEN (Alphabetical)

Fitzmaurice, Erin-Chesapeake HS, MD (Long Sprints)
Long sprint specialist while at Chesapeake High School…Received the Sportsmanship Award for Indoor Track in 2009-2010…Competed in the 2010 Penn Relays, 4x400M Relay where they placed 1st in their heat and were awarded a medal & plaque. Hobbies and interests: Hiking, Camping and Travel.
Gibson, Grace-Princess Anne HS, VA (Pole Vault)
A pole vault specialist who set her personal best of 11’00” to place 4th at the 2010 VHSL class “AAA” Outdoor State Championships. Set her indoor best of 10’06” to win the 2010 Eastern Region her senior year…Returned to place 4th at the 2010 VHSL Class “AAA” Indoor State Championships a week later.
Gsell, Meaghan-Radnor HS, PA (Distance)
Earned varsity letters in 3 sports (Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field and Cross Country)…Team captain of the cross country team her junior and senior years...1st team All-Main Line (2009, 2008 and 2007) and 2nd team All-Central League (2009)... Set personal best’s her junior year of 19:20 at the 2008 District 1 Championships…11:57 in the 3200M at the 2009 Conestoga Invitational…5:22.4 in the 1600M at the 2009 Central League Championships to place 3rd. Hobbies and interests: Photography, Guitar, Reading any kind of novel.
Henningson, Roxanne-Greenwich HS, NY (Distance)
Holds personal bests of 4:41.47 in the 1500 Meter Run set at the 2009 Queensbury Invitational…10:01.76 in the 3000M set at the 2010 Yale Indoor Track Classic… 10:51.88 in the Two Mile Run at the 2009 Bishop Loughlin Games…17:25.40 for 3 miles at the 2008 Section 2 XC Championships…and 18:40.00 for 5K at the 2009 Section VII (Pre-State) Invitational...Was co-captain for the cross country team during the 2008 and 2009 seasons…Earned 2007, 2008, 2009 Wasaren League All-Star honors in cross country…2008, 2009 Class C/D Sectional Champion in cross country…Hobbies and interests include watching movies, sudukos, spending time with friends and family.

Jueng, Katrina-Shadyside Academy, PA (Distance)
Illness limited her senior year outdoor track season…As a senior placed 8th at the 2009 PIAA State Cross Country Championships…Placed 3rd in the 2009 PIAA District 7 Cross Country Championships…Ran 19:10 for 5K at the 2009 Red, White & Blue Invitational… As a junior placed 43rd at the 2008 PIAA State Cross Country Championships…Crowned 2008 PIAA District 7 Cross Country Champion…Placed 8th in the 3200M at the 2009 PIAA Outdoor Championships with a time of 11:26.90…2009 PIAA District 7 Outdoor Track Champion in the 3200M (12:02.00) and 5th in the 1600M (5:21.05)… Placed 3rd in the 1600M (5:21.90) and 3rd in the 3200M (11:44.97) at the 2008 PIAA District 7 Championships… At the 2008 PIAA State Outdoor Championships placed 11th in the 3200M (11:24.51).

Kelly, Rebecca- Eastport South Manor HS, NY (Jumps)
Was named captain of the 2010 Varsity Spring Track and Field team…Earned the title of Scholar Athlete during the indoor, outdoor and cross country season’s. Hobbies and interests include running, swimming, animals and photography.

Lineberry, Amanda-Lee Davis HS, VA (Distance)
Placed 5th at the 2010 VHSL Indoor Championships in the 1600M (5:05.73) and anchored the Lee Davis 4x800M relay to 7th place… Ran 5:09.62 for the full Mile distance at the 2010 Southern Track Classic…Ran a personal best 2:17.47 in the 800M at the 2010 Mills Godwin Qualifier…Placed 46th at the 2009 VHSL Class “AAA” Cross Country Championships…Placed 15th at the 2009 Central Region Cross Country Championships…Placed 5th in the 2009 Capital District Cross Country Championships…Served as team captain for Lee Davis…

Long, Brennan-Roanoke Catholic HS, VA (Middle Distance)
A middle distance standout who was crowed 2009 Virginia State Independent School Champion in the 800m. She has a personal record of 2:17.13 at the 2009 Milestat Elite Invitational Conference…Crowned 2009 BRC Champion in the 800M run…2010 BRC Champion in the 800M and 1600M runs…Earned 2009 VISAA All-State for Indoor Track by placing 3rd in the 1000M and helping her team to 2nd place in the 4x800M relay… 2009 VISAA Outdoor State Champion in the 800M run and 4x800M relay…2010 VISAA Indoor State Champion in the 1000M run…Selected RCHS Female MVP for the Indoor Track & Field Teams (2008, 2009 and 2010) and Outdoor Track & Field Teams (2008, 2009 and 2010)….2009 Wendy's High School Heisman Winner…2010 Knights of Columbus Most Outstanding Female Athlete…Cross Country Team Captain in 2008 and 2009…Indoor Track and Field Team Captain 2008, 2009 and 2010…Outdoor Track and Field Team Captain 2008, 2009 and 2010…Hobbies and interests include reading, hiking, baking, fashion and powder-puff football.

Mannon, Alli-Warwick HS, PA (Distance)
2009 PIAA District III Runner-up in cross country (Hershey, PA)… Cross Country 1st Team All-Star for Lancaster-Lebanon League in 2007, 2008 & 2009….Earned 2009 Lancaster-Lebanon League Scholar Athlete for cross country…Selected 2010 track & field team captain…Holds personal bests of 2:13.4 in the 800M achieved at the 2010 PIAA Outdoor State Championships…5:03.52 in the 1600M set in the semi-finals of the 2010 PIAA Outdoor State Championships…10:53.45 in the 3200M achieved at the 2008 PIAA Outdoor State Championships…Hobbies and interests include running, water-skiing, boating and playing piano.

McGonigle, Alyson-Villa Maria Academy, PA (Middle Distance)
Injury limited participation much of her senior year…Placed 3rd at the 2010 AACA Track & Field Championships in the 800M (2:20.34)…Qualified for the 2010 PIAA class AAA 4x800M relay final by anchoring her team to a 9:24.13 in the semi-final…Placed 9th in the 2010 PIAA class AAA 4x800M relay final by anchoring the team to a time of 9:15.90…Also competed for the Villa Maria Academy lacrosse team.

McKenna, Kelsey-Toll Gate HS, RI (Hurdles/Jumps)
Placed 2nd in the triple jump at the 2009 and 2010 Rhode Island Outdoor State Championships…Placed 16th in the emerging elite 100M Hurdles at the 2009 Nike Outdoor Nationals…Placed 32nd in the triple jump at the 2009 Nike Outdoor Nationals… Placed 2nd in the triple jump at the 2009 and 2010 RI State Outdoor Championships…Placed 2nd in the 55H at the 2008 and 2009 RI State Indoor Championships… Placed 2nd in the 100H at the 2008 and 2009 RI State Outdoor Championships…Earned All-State, All-Division and All-Class honors in track & field during the 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons…Selected 2010 Academic All-State…Earned 4 varsity letters in soccer, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field…Selected team MVP in 2007, 2008 and 2009…Hobbies and interests include volleyball, gymnastics, track & field and cooking.

O'Toole, Ann-Atlee HS, VA (Hurdles/Multi’s)
Placed 14th at the 2010 National Scholastic Indoor Championships in the Pentathlon…Qualified for the 2010 VHSL class AAA Outdoor Championships in the 100M Hurdles and 300M Hurdles…Earned All-Region honors in 2010 VHSL Central Region Outdoor Championships in the 300M Hurdles (3rd), 100M Hurdles (4th), 4x400M Relay (6th)…Earned All-Region honors in 2009 VHSL Central Region Outdoor Championships in the 4x400M Relay (8th)… Earned All-Region honors in 2009 VHSL Central Region Indoor Championships in the 4x200M relay (3rd), 4x400M relay (6th)… Earned All-Region honors in 2008 VHSL Central Region Outdoor Championships in the 4x400M Relay (7th)…Earned All-District honors in 2010 Capital District Outdoor Championships in the Long Jump (3rd place), 100M Hurdles (4th), 300M Hurdles (3rd) and 4x400M Relay (3rd)… Earned All-District honors in 2010 Capital District Indoor Championships in the 55M Hurdles (4th), 500M (2nd), 4x400M Relay (4th)… Earned All-District honors in 2009 Capital District Outdoor Championships in the 100M Hurdles (5th), 300M Hurdles (6th)… Earned All-District honors in 2009 Capital District Indoor Championships in the Triple Jump (6th), 55M Hurdles (5th), 500M (3rd), 4x400M Relay (3rd)… Earned All-District honors in 2008 Capital District Indoor Championships in the Long Jump (5th), 300M (7th)…Earned All-Academic honors every season… 2010 Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Team Captain…Competed for the indoor and outdoor track & field, soccer and swim teams during her high school career… Hobbies and interests include swimming and soccer.

Parsons, Molly-The Tatnall School, DE (Distance)
Placed 111th at the 2009 Nike Cross National Championships helping her team to a 14th place team finish…Ran a season best 18:33.10 for 5K at the 2009 Nike Cross Nationals Southeast Regional placing 20th and helping her team win the regional title to qualify to the Nike National Championships… Placed 5th at the Delaware DII Cross Country Championships where her team won the title with 17 points…Set a 5K personal best of 18:28.73 at the 2008 Bellevue Cross Country Invitational…Set a 1600M personal best of 5:15.26 at the 2009 Henderson Outdoor T&F Invitational...Placed 4th (11:29.29) in the 3200M at the 2010 New Castle Country Championship…Ran the full Mile distance in 5:17.99 at the 2010 Pennsylvania Distance Festival.

Prentice, Jill-Montgomery HS, NJ (Distance)
Rebounded extremely well after suffering from mononucleosis her senior track season…Placed 1st in the 1600M (4:59.71) and 3200M (10:40.18) at the 2010 NJSIAA State Outdoor Sectionals…Outdoors placed 2nd in the 3200M (10:42.60) and 9th in the 1600M (5:04.40) at the 2010 NJSIAA Group Championships …Returned to place 3rd in the 3200M (10:49.86) at the 2010 NJSIAA Meet of Champions Outdoors…Placed 1st in the 2010 Somerset County Outdoor Championships in the 3200M (10:50.98) and 1600M (5:08.55)…At the 2010 Skyland Conference Outdoor Championships placed 2nd in the 3200M (10:48.20) and 4th in the 1600M (5:04.14)… Placed 1st in the 1600M (5:06.67) and 3200M (10:54.79) at the 2010 NJSIAA State Outdoor Sectionals… Placed 1st in the 1600M and 3200M at the 2010 Skyland Conference Indoor Championships… As a junior placed fifth at the 2009 National Scholastic Indoor Championships in the 5,000m (17:53.77)…In the spring, she ran 10:43.22 for 3200M at the 2009 New Jersey Meet of Champions and followed that with a ninth place finish in the 5,000M (18:05.81) at the 2009 Nike Outdoor National Championships.

Reilly, Molly-South Kingston HS, RI (Hurdles)
Named the 2009-10 Gatorade Rhode Island Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year… The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the track… Reilly is the first Gatorade Rhode Island Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year to be chosen from South Kingstown High School… She set a pair of state records at the 2010 All-State Meet by winning the 100-meter high hurdles in 14.44 seconds and the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in 43.91, leading the Rebels to fourth place as a team…After missing the end of the 2009 outdoor season with an injury, Reilly completed an undefeated 2010 by sweeping the hurdles events at the New England Championships…The 2010 Rhode Island Track and Field Coaches Association's Athlete of the Year, she also won the 55-meter hurdles title at the Rhode Island Indoor Track & Field State Championships in February… Ranked as the 2010 Rhode Island state leader in the 100M hurdles with a state record time of 14.44 set at the 2010 Rhode Island State Outdoor Championships…Holds a personal best of 43.91 in the 300M hurdles set winning the event and setting a state record at the 2010 Rhode Island State Outdoor Championships… Crowned 2010 New England Interscholastic Champion in the 100M hurdles (14.57) and 300M hurdles (44.14)… Crowned 2010 Rhode Island State Indoor Champion in the 55M hurdles with a mark of 8.42…Placed 6th in the 55M hurdles (8.53) at the 2010 New England Interscholastic Championships…Placed 4th in the 55M hurdles at the 2009 Rhode Island State Indoor Championships…
Schinski, Elizabeth-Geneseo HS, NY (Distance)
Injured most of her senior year… Five time NY state medalist…NY federation medalist in cross country…Led her cross country team to the 2007 state championship…earned a total of 19 individual and team sectional championships…school record holder in the 800M, 1500M, 3,000M, 2,000M steeplechase and 3200 relay…2008 Nike Cross Nationals qualifier…Finished 8th at 2009 National Scholastic Indoor Championships in the 5,000M (18:04.79) and 11th in the Nike Outdoor Nationals in the 5,000M (18:10.38)…multiple All-League, All-Section and All-State honors…captain of track and cross country teams…3 time member of All Greater Rochester track/cross country teams…2009 section V MVP for indoor track…and four time team MVP…Holds personal bests from her junior year of 4:39.56 in the 1500M at the 2009 Section 5 State Qualifier…10:07.62 in the 3,000M set at the 2009 NYSPHSAA-NY State Championships….18:04.79 in the 5,000M set at the 2009 National Scholastic Indoor Championships…and 7:31.10 in the 2,000M Steeplechase set at the 2010 Section 5 State Qualifier. Hobbies and interests include running, cooking, baking and sports.

Stoner, Hunter Ann-Home School, Virginia (Distance)
New to running…As a homeschooler has self trained to run local 5K, 10K and half-marathons…Strong background in swimming…3-time Southern Region qualifier in swimming…Ranked 29th in the Southern Region in 2008…National Swimming Championship qualifier in 2009 ranked 66th in the nation…Hobbies and interests include watching and playing sports, nutrition, traveling, church, and hanging out with friends    

MEN (alphabetical)...
Lee, Ryan-Archmere Academy, DE (Distance)
Comes to Richmond as one of the top prep runners in Delaware history…Qualified for the 2009 Nike Cross National Championship…was crowned the 2009 State Cross Country Champion…Named the 2009 Gatorade Boys Track & Field Runner of the Year for the state. Placed sixth at the Nike Southeast Regional Championships, making him the first ever Delaware runner to qualify for the national championship race…Nike first Team All Region 2009 (Nike Southeast Regional Cary, NC)…Set the All-Time Delaware Record in the 3200M during outdoor season at the 2010 Newcastle County Championships with a time of 9:12.19… Placed 11th in the 5K (15:25.14) at the 2010 Nike Indoor Nationals…Earned All-County in Cross Country and Track Junior and Senior Years…State Record holder 3200M (9:12.18)…School record holder in mile (4:18.53) and 3200M (9:12.18) and 5K (15:25.14) and 4 x 8 (1:56.5 split), State and County Champion XC 2009 and outdoor track 2010… Captain XC senior year; captain track & field team junior and senior year; 3rd Team All-State XC Junior Year; 1st Team All-State XC and Track senior year…Hobbies and interests include snowboarding and going to the beach.

Love, Patrick-Manhasset HS, NY (Distance)
Earned All-County for 2009 Cross Country season placing 22nd at Nassau County Championship that took place at Bethpage State Park…Earned All-County in the 1600M by placing 3rd at the 2009-2010 Nassau County Championships…Earned All-County in the 4x800M relay by placing 2nd at the 2010 Nassau County Championships…Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field team captain for the 2009-10 school year..Hobbies and interests include reading and running.

Mays, Ellis-Mercersburg Academy, PA (Distance)
Helped set a school record in the 4x800M relay (8:08.85) during the 2010 season…2010 PIAA Outdoor State Champions in the 4x800M Relay… recipient of the 2009 Robert Fager Black Track & Field Sportsmanship Award…2008 and 2009 earned 2nd team All-State honors in cross country…1st team All-MAPL for cross country in 2008 and 2009…awarded Colbert Sportsmanship Award in cross country in 2008 and 2009…cross country team captain in 2008 and 2009…Earned 4 varsity letters in track & field and 3 varsity letters in cross country…Hobbies and interests include running, percussion and theater.

Owens, Adam-Clarke County HS, VA (Distance)
2009 VHSL Cross Country Group A State Champion leading his team to the overall title with a score of 36 points...2009 Region B Cross Country Champion leading CCHS to a perfect score…Placed 18th in the 2,000M Steeplechase (6:20.91) at the 2010 New Balance Outdoor National Championships…2010 Milestat Gala 2,000M Steeplechase Champion…2010 VHSL State Champion Outdoor Track Group A in the 1600M…2009 Region B Outdoor Track Champion in the 1600M and 3200M… 2009 Bull Run District Outdoor Track Champion in the 1600M and 3200M… Placed 30th in the 5,000M (16:15.65) at the 2010 National Scholastic Indoor Championships… Hobbies and interests include kayaking, hiking and biking.

Saraiva, Mark- Needham HS, MA (Distance)
2010 Bay State Conference First Team / All Star for indoor and outdoor track.... Qualified for the 2009 and 2010 Division 2 Indoor State Championships....Qualified for the 2009 and 2010 Division 2 Outdoor State Championships... Qualified as an Individual (1000M) and Sprint Medley Relay for 2010 Nike Indoor Nationals…Competed at Nike Indoor Nationals in the Sprint Medley Relay (800M leg)...Ran a personal best of 2:35.80 in the 1000M at the 2010 MSTCA Elite Meet, placing 9th.…Placed 3rd in the 600M at 2010 Bay State League Meet #5… Captain of the NHS cross country and indoor track teams…Hobbies and interests include ultimate frisbee, disc golf, mountain biking, video games, neuroscience and physiology.

Smail, Tom-LaSalle Institute, NY (Middle Distance)
Named to the 2010 Big Ten Outdoor Track All-Conference First Team (4x400M relay)…2009 Big Ten Indoor Track All-Conference Second Team (300M)… 2008 and 2009 Big Ten All-Star Golf Award…Captain of the golf team…Hobbies and interests include travel, medical missions and golf.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Fishing with my Brother and Friend on the New River

Literally, 29 hours out of 48 hours were spent on the New River casting for smallmouth...

The New River in Giles County, Virginia.

For those that know me, you know that I have two passions...Of course running/track & field is at the top of the list...and the second is fishing, especially on the lower New River for smallmouth bass surrounded by the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia. Specifically the passion is the pursuit of 20+inch smallmouth in the fast moving rapids found throughout the 37 miles of New River stretched throughout Giles County...

Here's a short story about 2 days I recently spent with my brother Mike and lifelong family friend, Roger Bailey canoeing the New River in pursuit of those giant Virginia smallmouth at our place in Giles County, Virginia.

Our cabin...our escape.
Several years ago Lori and I purchased 70 acres of land overlooking the New River in Giles County. It's a great place to escape and enjoy the outdoors, especially if you like fishing. The county is amazing...with places like "The Cascades"... "Mountain Lake Resort" which is where the Patrick Swayze movie classic "Dirty Dancing" was filmed in 1987...and miles of endless running, biking and hiking trails. My dad and brothers are in the timber industry (One of our nations few renewable resources.) in my hometown of St. Marys, West Virginia. A few years ago, shortly after Lori and I purchased our land, they harvested timber from land we own in my hometown of St. Marys and put it through their lumber mill cutting the lumber we needed to build a 20'x24' cabin (shown above). It's a rustic place by all standards...with no electricity... Just the way we like and prefer it. The idea is, it's a place to escape....It's one of the few places remaining with limited cell phone service.

We built the cabin with my 036 Stihl chainsaw...and nothing more. No skill saw...every cut on every board for the cabin was made with a chainsaw. It's extremely well put together I might add and was a fun project for Lori and I. With the help of my dad, 4 brothers and a couple friends (Howard Nippert and Mike Cox) we had the entire building up and under roof in 9 working days.

My oldest brother Mike with a 20 inch smallmouth bass...
He and my brother Clifford help coach the
2009 & 2010 State Champion T&F and XC teams
at our Alma Mater, St. Marys High School in St. Marys, WV.

My brother (Mike), Roger and I had the canoe loaded at the cabin on Thursday evening with everything ready for an early start the next morning. As Friday morning arrived, we were up and out the door…We had a quick breakfast before launching the canoe for our 7 ½ mile float down the New River for day one of our two day fishing adventure….We were on the water at 7:00AM and after we launched the canoe it did not take before we started catching smallmouth… Actually, I hooked a nice little a 14 incher on my first cast. From there we caught fish after fish…Mostly smallmouth…a few red eye, or rock bass depending on where you come from and also a few sunfish. The smallmouth's were what we were after though…

A short stop for lunch on the river.

Our lifelong family friend, Roger Bailey enjoying a sandwich.

Mike is ready to go...
We stopped at one of my favorite spots around 11:30AM for a sandwich…next to an area that always holds real good numbers of fish during the middle of the day. By noon we had already caught over 50 fish each… and that's no fish story. Some were big (a couple up to 20 inches) and some were small (around 10 inches)...
Even 10 inch fish are fun on ultralight tackle...

Roger didn't want his photo taken with this one...

Mike and Roger both landed several over 18 inches...

Our favorite way to fish...wading.

The do no justice to the beauty...

A 17 incher...

The limestone cliffs are impressive...

Roger with a 14 inch smallmouth.

By late afternoon we had lost track of the number of fish...

Roger with a 18.5 inch trophy.

Mike with another over 20 inches...

In all we spent 15 hours on the water the first day...We lost tract of the time and of the number of fish. We guessed that each of us landed between 120 and 150 during out first day.
The 2nd day the humidity dropped and so did the fishing,
but the scenery was impressive.

On the 2nd day we got into the water a little earlier, around 6:45AM. We were canoeing a section of the river that we had not been on before. I ran through this area on a long run years ago and knew it contained numerous rapids that, depending on water levels, could reach class III. No worries on this trip. The water levels were so low that most of the drops were no problem.
A quick stop in the middle of the New River.

On the 2nd day we spent a total of 14 hours on the water. That is actual river time and doesn't include the commute to get there...Day 2 was not nearly as good of a fishing day, but we still caught 80-90 fish each.
Slow, flat water...We saw lots of musky as we floated.'s the only photo they took of me...
That is a fish I'm holding.

Mike in the middle of the river...Great smallmouth water.

We saw several Dobsonfly's...great samllmouth bait
as long as you know how to handle them.
They are big and they are mean.
Dobsonfly's (above) spend most of their life in the larval stage, during which they are called hellgrammites...Hellgrammites are one of the best baits for trophy smallmouth. They live under rocks at the bottoms of tributary streams and the New River. They pact an impressive, painful bites if you do not handle them correctly.
Our cabin as you drive up...Mountain Lake, location of
Mountain Lake Resort is seen in the distance

It's not possible to describe the feeling and total overload of the senses that a trip like this brings. The amount of wildlife we saw was remarkable...The smell of the freshwater...the views of the river and the mountains...and of course the fishing was unmatched. As we floated the New River I listened to the stories Mike and Roger shared. As I navigated with the paddle and listened I was taken back 40 years to my childhood days when we sat on the banks of the Middle Island Creek in my hometown. Aaaaaahhh, running IS life...and so is fishing! I understand my passion for both!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Richmond's Chris York Selected to USA Mountain Running Team

The Spider runner will compete for the USA in the 26th Annual World Championships of Mountain Running.

Chris York will begin his sophomore year
at the University of Richmond in a USA uniform,
competing in the 26th World Mountain Running Championships
in Slovenia (Dan Petty Photo).

University of Richmond standout distance runner Chris York will run in the 2010 IAAF World Mountain Running Championships in Kamnik, Slovenia on September 5th. He is the latest in a long line of Spider distance runners to represent the United States at the World Championships. The race will include athletes from 36 countries and will be held Sunday, September 5th.

York, who is a rising sophomore, capped a stellar freshman campaign for the Spiders with his 7th place 10K finish in last month’s United States Track & Field (USATF) National Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. Earlier in the season he ran 31:28.32 under perfect conditions in his first 10K on the track at the Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, VA on April 2nd… His next 10K was the Atlantic 10K Conference Championships in Amherst, Massachusetts on May 1. He followed his teammates Matt Llano (1st) and Tim Quinn (3rd) to place eighth with a PR of 31:26.91 on a hot day for Amherst, MA. Both of his marks were well under the USATF Junior Qualifying Standard of 32:45.00.

Course Map in Kamnik, Slovenia

“I’m really excited to be selected to the USA team for the World Mountain Running Championships”, said York. “I look forward to competing against the best mountain runners in the world and to seeing the Alps.”

One of the lonely valley's in the Kamnik, Slovenia Alps region.

The race will be held Sunday, September 5 in the Alpine town of Kamnik, Slovenia with the Junior (Under 20 years of age) Men’s 8.5K (~5.3 miles) Race scheduled for 10:00AM. York will be one of four USA Junior Men to race with the team goal of earning a medal by finishing in the top 3 teams.

The 36 competing Countries will include (Alphabetically) Albania, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ethiopia, France, Great Britain, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Macedonia, Montenegro, Mon, Norway, New Zealand, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, USA and Venezuela.

Chris York at the
2009 Atlantic 10 Cross Country Championships in St. Louis, MO (Dan Petty Photo).

“I’m happy for Chris”, said Richmond Head Coach Steve Taylor. “He works hard and listens to our team leaders trying to emulate their footsteps by making sacrifices required to excel at the highest level of our sport. He knows this is a great opportunity for him and the USA Junior team to medal by making the podium (top 3 teams). That is their goal…He also knows that opportunities are for those ready and willing when they come along. As an athlete, if you want to achieve the most you must be ready when the opportunity presents itself. He has talked about this race and his interest in it for over a year and I’m happy he will have the opportunity. This event takes determination and high tolerance for pain.”
View of host city Kamnik, Slovenia from a nearby mountainside.

According to International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) President, Lamine Diak this will be the first year in the World Mountain Running Championships 26 year history the event will be held in Slovenia. Something not overlooked by the IAAF.
“The IAAF is very happy to continue strongly supporting the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA), representing the world of mountain running...” said Diak. “I am also glad to see that this sport is moving outside its traditional heartlands to new parts of the world. In 2009, Africa held its first official Mountain Running Championships as part of the Obudu Mountain Race in Nigeria, and this spirit of global development matches that of the IAAF. Mountain running requires the athletic virtues of endurance and speed, but something special as well, in the sense that instead of a stadium, men and women are able to compete in harmony with some of nature’s most marvelous landscapes."
Lesnik farm above Belska Kocna/Vellacher Kotna
lies in a beautiful place.
The Valley and mountains above it
are seen from a perfect perspective
and every one that passes by stops
and enjoys the panoramic view of the Alps.

The World Mountain Running Championship takes a special set of talents and determination typically not matched in the flatlands as World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) President, Bruno Gozzelino said: “Mountain running is a discipline that excites each individual athlete but it also emphasizes the strength and the spirit of a team, of each nation represented with the opportunity to compete and contribute their best…The WMRA are very happy and grateful that Slovenia will host the event and it is fully appreciated by the IAAF - its President, Lamine Diack, and the General Secretary Pierre Weiss, who, as always give their full support to the Championships.
Farm near Kamnik, Slovenia
site of the 2010 World Mountain
Running Championships

All the information below comes from the Athlete’s Technical Manual:


PREVIOUS World Championship Results (1985-2009) click
The summit of Dedec is rising above the flat meadow
of Korosica. Here it is seen from the Southeast ridge
of Ojstrica. At the base you can see a hut. A popular
destination for climbers looking to get high on adrenaline.

The Course
The men’s course starts in the village “Stranje”, cca 5km from Kamnik Centre. After one km running on the flat local asphalted road (11 km to go), the course turns to the right, to the steep macadam road. The women’s and junior men start is at the end of this part (8km to go). Macadam road turns to 4WD road and reaches the Church at km7. After passing this typical point, a trail takes the runners uphill to the finish. The last three kilometers are on open meadows.

GPS coordinates:

Start Men: GPS - N 46°15’24.79; E 14°36’10.64
Start Women: GPS - N 46°16’12.17; E 14°37’20.14
Start Junior Women: GPS - N 46°16’39.59; E 14°39’18.46
Finish: GPS - N 46°17’53.76; E 14°38’37.16

Thursday, 2 September 2010
All day Non-European teams’ arrival, accreditation, course inspection

Friday, 3 September 2010
All day Teams arrival, accreditation, course inspection
15:00 WMRA Council meeting / VIP Hotel

Saturday, 4 September 2010
9:00 WMRA Congress
15:00 Technical Meeting
16:00 Press Conference
18:00 Opening Ceremony – Kamnik city centre
20:00 VIP Reception – Kamnik / The Heads of Delegation are invited

Sunday, 5 September 2010
7:30 Start Open Race
10:00 Start Junior Women
10:00 Start Junior Men
10:45 Start Senior Women
11:15 Start Senior Men
18:00 Award and Closing Ceremony – city centre
19:00 Final Banquet for all participants – Start men

Monday, 6 September 2010
All day Teams departure
Host city, Kamnik, Slovenia was founded in 1229,
as a critical trading post on the road between
Ljubljana and Celje.

Host City Kamnik
Kamnik is lovely Alpine town surrounded by green hills and high peaks of Kamnik Alps (2500 m, roughly 8300 feet above sea level; highest peak is Grintovec - 2558m, roughly 8500 feet). It is only 23 kilometers away from Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, and no more than 15 kilometers away from the international Airport. Due to its central position one can quickly reach all other sights and attractions of Slovenia. Kamnik is an ancient town of a thousand faces, with a rich history and numerous cultural pearls, with beautiful surroundings of natural beauty and a varied tourist offer.

In the Middle Ages, Kamnik was a flourishing trading town its own mint. The town’s wonderful architecture and sacral heritage, as well as the numerous myths and legends are a testament to its prosperous days. Kamnik is protected by Stari and Mali grad (Old and Small Castle on the surrounding rocky hills, and the church of St. Primus, famous for its fascinating Renaissance frescoes, on the slope of the near by Velika planina.

Kamnik is renowned by its visitors as a starting-point for walking tours. The most beautiful part of the town is certainly the old historical centre with the characteristic narrow streets, adorned with medieval and Baroque houses.

The main sights of the town is Zaprice Castle, which has been renewed to host a museum containing part of the private Sadnikar collection, the Franciscan monastery with a rich collection of old books and Plečnik’s Chapel of the Holy Sepulchre. Variously thermed performances, concerts and other events are scheduled throughout the year at different venues in town. The Traditional National Costume Festival is an annual event that takes place during the second weekend of September and attracts the largest number of visitors.

The path by the banks of the river Kamniška Bistrica leads to the Volčji Potok Arboretum, where the visitors can stroll through the Baroque park with small lakes and plantations of various different flowers and more than 3000 species of trees and bushes from all over the world. The Arboretum Volčji Potok golf course is situated in a picturesque landscape in the midst of pine forest among ponds and other natural beauties.

To the east of Kamnik lies Tuhinj Valley, where the Snovik thermal spa was founded on the hot water spring.

Going north from Kamnik, you will arrive to the Kamniška Bistrica Valley, where you can enjoy the beauty of its unspoiled nature and its soothing coolness in the hot summer months. Kamniška Bistrica attracts the visits of trekkers, hikers, climbers, hunters and fishers. It is the most popular starting point for visiting the mountains that surround the valley.

Of all the picks in the region, Velika planina is the most visited. A cable car takes you to the summit of the plateau, where you can experience the life of the local Sheppard’s in the summertime and the wonderful walks, while it is a popular ski destination in the winter.