- Loudoun Valley senior Drew Hunter broke the national high school record for the indoor and outdoor 3,000 meters Jan. 30, running 7.59.325 at the Camel City Elite Races in Winston-Salem, N.C. The performance was a 5-second improvement over the previous mark on 8:05.46, set three years ago by Hunter’s future University of Oregon teammate Edward Cheserek. Hunter was named Gatorade’s male cross country runner of the year.
- Hunter’s parents, Joan and Marc, were the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s coaches of the year for Virginia boys’ cross country teams. The Vikings won the the 4A title at the state championships in November.
- At Georgetown Day School, Anthony Belber was USATFCCCA’s Washington, D.C. girls’ team coach of the year and Tristan Colaizzi was Gatorade’s male cross country runner of the year. The Mighty Hoppers won the D.C. state and Maryland-D.C. Private School championships.
- Gonzaga’s John Ausema is the USATFCCCA boys’ coach of the year for D.C. and Sidwell Friends School senior Taylor Knibb, D.C. state and Maryland-D.C. Private School champion, is the Gatorade D.C. girl cross country runner of the year.
- Heritage’s Weini Kelati was Virginia’s Gatorade runner of the year.
- Lake Braddock junior Kate Murphy broke the Virginia records for the indoor mile and 1,600 meters at the Camel City Elite Races, running 4:43.97, ahead of Fauquier’s Sarah Bowman’s 4:46.79 from 2005. Along the way, she ran 4:42.22 for 1,600 meters, breaking West Springfield’s Caroline Alcorta‘s state record of 4:44.40.
- Sherwood coach Dan Reeks was named National Federation of State High School Coaches Association Mideast Sectional Coach of the Year. The Mideast section includes Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
Divided lanes coming to Hains Point, safety measures in the works for the Mount Vernon Trail, three locals make national high school XC meet, local collegians race at NCAAs.
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.
Born in 1984 as the George Washington Parkway Classic, it is among the most scenic and spacious distance races on the East Coast. From the serene beauty of our spacious course meandering through the finest spring bloom in the DC