On back-to-back weekends, local high school distance runners performed well at Virginia’s state meets and the national outdoor championships.
The top performance at New Balance Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, N.C. June 13-15 came from West Springfield’s distance medley relay team, which ran 11:39.45 to win thanks to performances by Katie Kennedy, Michelle Lipka, Reagan Bustamante and Caroline Alcorta, who lowered their 11:51.45. Lake Braddock was third at 11:52:17. The Spartans were also third in the 4×800 at 8:58.32, and Poolesville was 27th in 9:31.67. In the girls 4xmile, Lake Braddock finished 23rd in 21:33.87.
In the boys two mile, Loudoun Valley’s Andrew Hunter, a sophomore, finished second in 8:53.81, just 0.22 back from first. George C. Marshall senior Mackenzie Haight was 13th in 9:41.82. Haight ran 14:53.72 to finish 10th in the 5k, ahead of Poolesville senior Chase Weaverling, who ran 14:55.59.
In the boys mile, St. Albans senior Tai Dinger was second in the mile in 4:08.23, less than 1.5 seconds from first. Hunter was 11th in 4:10.94 and Oakton senior Jack Stoney was 15th in 4:13.81. Robinson senior Macey Schweikert was 16th in the mile at 5:00.24.
Oakton’s boys were 27th in the 4×800 at 8:02.42. Lake Braddock’s boys were 11th in the Distance Medley Relay in 10:19:47.
New Balance Outdoors came a week after Virginia’s state championship meets. The local winners:
1,600 John Tolbert, Robinson 4:12.07
3,200 Andrew Goldman, Herndon
4×800 Oakton 7:51.55 (Isaac Mills, Phillip Hrinko, Matt Livingston, Jack Stoney)
1,600 Caroline Alcorta, West Springfield 4:48.62
3,200 Caroline Alcorta, West Springfield 10:42.36
3,200 Louis Colson, Edison 9:13.48
3,200 Bailey Kolonich, Robert E. Lee 11:04.41
1,600 Andrew Hunter, Loudoun Valley 4:10.04
3,200 Andrew Hunter, Loudoun Valley 9:28.49
800 Truman Custer, George Mason 1:56.81
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St. Albans and GVS’s Vivian Kelly won their first DC cross country titles while St. Johns’ girls and St. Albans’ Pierre Attiogbe repeated.
Beach Drive remains closed to through traffic year-round, locals win conference, USATF titles.
Capt. Kyle King won the Marine Corps Marathon, a year after he planned to make his debut at the race, and Chelsea Baker of the British Royal Navy made tremendous strides winning the women’s race.
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