Turkey trots abound Thursday

The D.C. area will offer plenty of opportunities to join the biggest road racing day of the year. In 2019, these races combined for 22,863 finishers:

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Canaan Valley Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K

 

Join us for the 4th Annual Canaan Valley Half Marathon, 10k & 5k April 30 -May 1, 2022, in Tucker County, West Virginia in the heart of the Potomac Highlands. This road race takes place in one of the

Running Shorts

  • Georgetown’s Maggie Donohue and John Champe alumna Bethany Graham, running for Furman, earned All-America honors at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships and Stone Ridge alumna Genevieve DiBari, running for Pomona, earned Division III All-America honors. In addition, George C. Marshall alumna Heather Holt was on the Division I-winning N.C. State team. Local results include:
    • In Division I:
      • 30. Maggie Donohue, Georgetown
      • 40 Bethany Graham, Furman – John Champe
      • 44 Sami Corman, Georgetown
      • 54 Rachel McArthur, Colorado – Patriot
      • 92 Annebelle Eastman, George Mason
      • 95 Ashley Holt, N.C. State – George C. Marshall
      • 132 Baylee Jones, Georgetown
      • 158 Chloe Scrimgeour, Georgetown
      • 207 Kiera Bothwell, Georgetown – West Springfield
      • 219 Chloe Gonzalez, Georgetown
      • 225 Katie Dammer, Georgetown
      • 245 Rachel Shoemaker, Rice – James Madison
      • 91 Shea Weilbaker, Georgetown
      • 107 Matt Young, Georgetown
      • 135 Jack Salisbury, Georgetown
      • 140 Luke Tewalt, Wake Forest – Washington Latin
      • 164 Sean Laidlaw, Georgetown
      • 169 Parker Stokes, Georgetown
      • 210 Quinn Nicholson, Georgetown
      • 216 Camden Gilmore, Georgetown

 

    • In Division III:
      • 25 Genevieve DiBari, Pomona – Stone Ridge
      • 202 Logan Funk, Christopher Newport – Merdian
      • 212 Ilana Zeilinger, Bates – Georgetown Day School
      • 249 Sarah James, Lynchburg – Brentsville
      • 266 Elizabeth Cassell, Dickinson – Quince Orchard

 

      • 62 Cullen Capuano,Washington U – Gonzaga
      • 77 Josh Fry, Colorado College, Bethesda-Chevy Chase
      • 96 John O’Rourke, Catholic
      • 111 Sam Llaneza, Lynchburg – Brentsville
      • 188 Gavin McElhennon, Johns Hopkins, Gonzaga
      • 206 Tyler Amos, Johns Hopkins, Chantilly
      • 217 Aidan Nathan, Case Western, Briar Woods
      • 219 Tim Boyce, St. Lawrence – Northwood
      • 232 Aaron Bratt, Haverford –  25:45
      • 259 Oliver Spiva, Amherst – Washington Latin 26:02

 

 

 

 

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Running Shorts

  • A slew of runners with local connections will race in the NCAA Division I and III Cross Country Championships this weekend.
    • Georgetown’s men and women, including West Springfield alumna Keira Bothwell, will race the Division I championships Nov. 20 in Tallahassee, along with George Mason’s Annabelle Eastman. The field will also include:
      • Patriot alumna Rachel McArthur, running for Colorado
      • John Champe alumna Bethany Graham, running for Furman
      • Washington Latin alumnus Luke Tewalt, running for Wake Forest
      • George Marshall alumna Heather Holt, running for N.C. State
      • James Madison alumna Rachel Shoemaker, running for Rice
    • Catholic will have two individual qualifiers in John O’Rourke and Paige Wilderotter at the Division III race in Louisville. The field will also include:
      • Brentsville alumni Sam Llaneza and Sarah James, both running for Lynchburg
      • Gonzaga alumni Gavin McElhennon (Johns Hopkins) and Cullen Capuano (Washington University)
      • Bethesda-Chevy Chase alumnus Josh Fry, running for Colorado College
      • Stone Ridge alumna Genevieve DiBari, running for Pomona
      • Northwood alumnus Tim Boyce, running for St. Lawrence
      • Meridian alumna Logan Funk, running for Christopher Newport
      • Chantilly alumnus Tyler Amos, running for Johns Hopkins
      • Washington Latin alumnus Oliver Spiva, running for Amherst
      • Quince Orchard alumna Elizabeth Cassell, running for Dickinson
      • Briar Woods alumnus Aidan Nathan, running for Case Western
      • Georgetown Day School alumna Ilana Zeilinger, running for Bates
  • As winners of the Stone Mill 50 Mile Saturday in Montgomery County, Nicolas Crozier and Kristen Kelman won RRCA Ultrarunning titles for 2021.
  • The lottery for the 2022 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run will be open Jan. 3- Jan. 16.
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Heavy rain in late October forced a postponement for the Montgomery County Championships, and put coaches in a bind. How should they approach a race for bragging rights, when the regional meets, which would hold their fate for the state meet, loomed three days later?

For Gildon Kirk, in his first year coaching cross country at Bethesda-Chevy Chase, he saw it as a learning opportunity for his star sophomore Varri Higgins.

“Last year during the track season, she didn’t have much competition until the post-season, and that showed when she had to race the faster girls in the state,” Kirk said. “We looked at every race as an opportunity to get some more experience and get a feel for how to compete.”

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Oakton didn’t exactly defy any laws of physics, but typically, losing five of your top seven from a state championship team means you should expect a rebuilding year. But like the hummingbird that probably shouldn’t be able to fly, nobody every told the Cougars that.

With a steady stream of six finishers between 18th and 37th, Oakton scored 83 points to Yorktown’s 88 to win the Virginia 6A championship at Great Meadow, seeing their results get better as the races got bigger. After losing the Concorde District by two points to South Lakes, they posted a 10-point win over the Seahawks at the Northern Region.

“After districts, we saw how close we were,” said senior Elham Huq, who finished 27th in 16:53 and one of two returning runners. “It was just seconds… it’s marginal. That’s when we realized our potential.”

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The two-point loss at the 2019 D.C. cross country championships gnawed at the St. John’s boys team. They had closed the gap on Gonzaga from the WCAC Championships a week prior, but they still had cause for optimism. Most of the runners were underclassmen, and they could start looking ahead to the next fall.

Then the next cross country season was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and all but one of those boys graduated or didn’t return two seasons later. It would be up to senior Nicolas Grabarz to exact his revenge.

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