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Weini Kelati closes in on the 2019 NCAA Division I Cross Country title. Photo: Michael Scott

Heritage High School alumna Weini Kelati, racing for New Mexico, won the NCAA Division I cross country championship Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind. She ran 19:47 over 6k for a nearly 10-second margin of victory over Wisconsin’s Alicia Monson.

  • Behind her (and please contact charlie @ runwashington.com with any ommissions, especially for Divisions II and III) :
    • 48. Paige Hofstad (UNC, but ran two years at Georgetown) 20:55
      85. Rachel McArthur (Colorado, Patriot High School) 21:10
      91. Sara Freix (Virginia Tech, Westfield High School) 21:12
      93.Madeline Perez (Georgetown) 21:13
      125.Taylor Knibb (Cornell, Sidwell Friends School) 21:25
      142.Sami Corman (Georgetown) 21:34
      205.Suzanne Dannheim (George Washington) 22:07
      206.Natalie Morris (Cornell, Loudoun Valley High School) 22:07
  • On the men’s side, Lake Braddock alumnus Alex Corbett, now running for Virginia, edged Tuscarora alumnus Fistum Seyoum of Virginia Tech to be the top local finisher, both running 31:34 for 57th and 58th place. Iowa State’s Edwin Kurgat won the race in 30:32. Langley High School alumnus Alex Gibby’s Harvard team finished 15th and Georgetown finished 28th.
    • 62.Nick Wareham (Georgetown) 31:36
      64.Peter Morris (Virginia, Loudoun Valley High School) 31:36
      105.Diego Zarate (Virginia Tech, Northwest High School) 32:00 (The USATFCCCA also found that Zarate’s 36-plce push in the last 2k was the largest gain of anyone in the Division I race)
      157.Price Owens (Georgetown) 32:24
      176.Jack Van Scoter (Georgetown) 32:40
      205.Spencer Brown (Georgetown) 33:08
      211.Shea Weilbaker (Georgetown) 33:27
      215.Rusty Kujdych (Georgetown) 33:31
      221.Matthew Bouthillette (Georgetown) 33:38
      236.Jack Joyce (Virginia Tech, Briar Woods High School) 34:15
      242.Yared Mekonnen (N.C. State, Edison High School) 34:51
  • Brentsville District High School alumnus Jacob Willis finished 119th at the Division II Championships in Sacramento, running 31:43 for 10k behind Northwest High School alumnus Branson Oduor ran 32:39 for 197th place. Both run for the University of Mount Olive in North Carolina.
  • At the Division III Championships in Louisville, our neighbors up the road in Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins women’s team won its sixth team title.
    • 92.Abigail Levine (Carnegie Mellon, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School) 22:49
      205.Ana Morris (Emory, Chantilly High School) 23:38
      251.Didi Pace (Washington and Lee, Westfield High School) 24:21
  • On the men’s side Stevenson’s Patrick Watson won the individual title in 24:13.
    • 57.Tristan Colaizzi (Williams, Georgetown Day School) 25:10
      121.Liam Walsh (Carnegie Mellon, Quince Orchard High School)  25:35
      123.Jeff Gibson (Mary Washington, Edison High School) 25:35
  • UnderArmour will hold a free running clinic 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Dec. 8 at the University of Maryland. See more information here.
  • The Arlington County Board has signed off for NOVA Parks to apply for a $5.6 million grant that would widen a portion of the Washington and Old Dominion Trail, ARLNow reported. If approved, the project will widen two miles of the W&OD Trail between N. Roosevelt Street and N. Carlin Springs Road by eight feet. In addition, the trail will incorporate a “dual path” to divide walkers and cyclists.
  • Prince George’s County Parks is seeking volunteers to help with trail maintenance at Patuxent River Park- Jug Bay Natural Area the following days from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Feb. 8, March 14, April 11. Contact [email protected] for more information.

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