D.C. cross country runners got to enjoy a new state meet course, Kenilworth Park, which gave them more sure footing and visibility for their championship meet, on which most of the selections were based.
Timmy Bitsberger, junior, St. Albans
Philip Wright, senior, Sidwell
Timmy Bitsberger finished seventh at the D.C.-Maryland Private Schools Championships, after winning the MAC Championships and finishing second at the Georgetown Prep Invitational. Philip Wright made up for a 17th place finish at the private schools championship by notching 45th place at the Nike Cross Southeast meet.
Michelle Horner, senior, Georgetown Visitation
Ruth Tesfai, junior, McKinley
Michaela Kirvan, junior, Georgetown Visitation
Michaela Kirvan and Michelle Horner finished fourth and fifth at the D.C. state meet, helping Georgetown Visitation to the team title. Ruth Tesfai finished eighth at the D.C. state meet.
John Colucci, junior, Gonzaga
A varsity contributor since his freshman year, John Colucci paired with Harry Monroe to push each other clear of the field at the WCAC and D.C. state meets, where he finished second at both.
Arrington Peterson, senior, Woodrow Wilson
Arrington Peterson finished seventh at the D.C. state meet and 21st among seniors at the DCXC Invitational.
Amal Mattoo, senior, Sidwell
Amal Mattoo finished fifth at the D.C. state meet and 14th at the D.C.-Maryland Private Schools Championships.
Zakyrah Haynie, senior, Woodrow Wilson
Cady Hyde, freshman, St. Johns
Cady Hyde finished third at the D.C. state meet, the second freshman in the top three after Megan Lynch. She won the WCAC meet in her first try. Zakyrah Haynie finished sixth at the D.C. state meet and seventh in the DCXC Invitational senior race.
Jack Beckham, senior, Gonzaga
William McCann, senior, Gonzaga
Will McCann finished sixth at the D.C. state meet to help Gonzaga win the team title. Beckham’s highlight came with a 22nd place finish at the DCXC Invitational in the senior race.
Sarah Pillard, senior, Georgetown Day
Sarah Pillard led the Hoppers at the D.C. state meet, where she finished ninth, and was second for GDS in eighth at the D.C.-Maryland Private Schools Championships.
Josh Shelton, senior, Georgetown Day
Josh Shelton took the lead for the Hoppers this year, and finished sixth at the D.C.-Maryland Private Schools Championships and third at the D.C. state meet.
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.
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