Zarate edges Woods, WJ bests B-CC at Montgomery County meet

Draw a finish line anywhere in Maryland and just wait for Diego Zarate and Evan Woods will come barreling to claim it. It’s been happening the last two years and the rivalry saw its closest finish yet Saturday at the Montgomery County Cross Country Championships. They charged

Testing their brains in the classroom and legs on the course and dance floor

Joey Gaines got the answer to the question nobody ever thought to ask: What’s harder — running a 5k cross country race or traveling to Clifton, Va. from Greenbelt, Md. on a Sunday afternoon? After the rigors of the SAT and the harrying trip 43 mile trip

Gallagher makes it a three-peat at Army Ten-Miler

Kerri Gallagher will tell you 10 miles isn’t her specialty.  And she has a point. Last year, Gallagher was fifth in the 1500 meter run at the USA Track and Field Championships. Well, on the side, Gallagher this morning became the first runner in the Army Ten-Miler’s

Cross Country Weekly Roundup #5

After a few heavy weekends of racing, some teams took off, but it wasn’t a rest week for everyone. In Cary, N.C., Loudoun Valley’s Andrew Hunter ran 14:46 to win the Great American Cross Country Invitational’s Race of Champions, demonstrating what he can do on a fast

Chilly temperatures greet Wilson Bridge Half runners

There was no calendar hopping this year for the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon, the first of the region’s races to bear the brunt of the federal government shutdown last year. The race ended up postponed until early November, but temperatures were cooler in the fifth running in


Boston, New York, Marine Corps, Chicago. Getting into one of these marathons is half the battle. Year after year, missed qualifying times and bad luck with lotteries are the source of much heartache for runners. To some, racing on behalf of a charity offers a back door

No Track? No Problem for Georgetown Day School

When Anthony Belber was brought on as an assistant track coach at the Georgetown Day School 17 years ago, the GDS Hoppers could hardly fill a school bus. “The first year I coached, we only had four girls and 10 to 12 boys in cross country,” he

We are the 92 Percent

It’s not unusual for Carolyn Ruth Carlson, of Chantilly, to be found grinding away on her stationary bike with science textbooks open or while looking at a PowerPoint presentation. Choosing between a degree in biology and the triathlon team at James Madison University simply wasn’t an option.

Cross Country Weekly Roundup #4

The DCXC Invitational gave Maryland, D.C. and Virginia runners a chance to face off, though the grade-level race format precluded a showdown between Heritage junior Weini Kelati and Bethesda-Chevy Chase senior Nora McUmber, both strong contenders for their respective state individual titles in Virginia and Maryland, it didn’t keep

Coaching the Big Picture

While many coaches are worried about their team bringing home championships, Desmond Dunham his eye on a bigger prize. The cross country coach at Wilson High School in Washington D.C., who has been coaching for 17 years, said he measures his accomplishments by the success his athletes