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by Charlie Ban December 4, 2018 at 3:54 pm 0

Jacob Windle, Mateo Baretto, Kellen Hasle, Connor Wells and Jacob Hunter celebrate Loudoun Valley’s second straight Nike Cross Nationals victory. Photo: Steve Klotz/Youth Runner

There was panic in the Jungle.

People felt it at home in Purcellville, at the Commonwealth Games, in a University of Virginia dorm and beamed it back to the Gleendover Golf Course in Portland, Ore.

From all indications, Loudoun Valley was all over the standings as they raced Nike Cross Nationals. Second. Third. But definitely not first. A long way from being the first boys team to defend a national title.

“After the second mile, we heard we were in third, and it wasn’t even close,” Coach Marc Hunter said. “We were probably 30 or 40 points back, and you’re not going to make that up in a mile.”

Something had to be wrong.

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by Charlie Ban December 4, 2018 at 12:56 pm 0

Photo: ArlingtonNow

  • A roughly 0.4-mile paved path opened in Arlington County over the weekend on the western side of Washington Boulevard, between Towers Park and Columbia Pike.
  • The California International Marathon Dec. 2 doubled as the U.S. Marathon Championships. Former Georgetown grad student Sam Roecker finished third in 2:30:25, Alexandria’s Bethany Sachtleben, a former George Mason runner, was sixth in 2:31:20 and former Silver Spring resident Maegan Krifchin finished eighth in 2:32:47. All had previously qualified for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials. Former Silver Spring resident and University of Maryland runner Patrick Reaves qualified for the Olympic Trials, running 2:17:40, as did Columbia native Brian Harvey (2:17:48), American University alumnus Mark Leininger (2:17:50) and Arlington resident Kieran O’Connor (2:18:52).
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