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St. John’s College Coach Desmond Dunham, the USTFCCCA’s coach of the year for girls in D.C. Photo: Meaghan Gay
  • The Washington Area Bicyclist Association is circulating a letter asking the Montgomery County Planning Board to reconsider its decision to shift the Capital Crescent Trail at Little Falls Parkway in Bethesda to a nearby controlled intersection while removing traffic calming improvements that have been in place near the current crossing.
  • Georgetown Day School rising senior Ziyah Holman ran a leg of the United States’ world record-setting 4×400 meter relay at the Pan Am U20 games. She split 51.54 seconds.
  • Good Counsel alumna Rachel Pocratsky reached the semifinals of the 800 meters in the World University Games in Naples, Italy.
  • Seven runners with local connections will race the 5,000 meters at the U.S. Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa July 25-28. Six locals will run the 800 meters and one will run the 3,00 meter steeplechase. They include Drew Hunter, Josette Norris  and Stephanie Garcia in the 5,000 meters. The meet will be broadcast on NBC Sports Gold.
  • The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association named several track coaches coach of the year for their respective states (or federal districts):

Boys

  • D.C. – Michael Cooley- Sidwell Friends

Girls

  • D.C. – Desmond Dunham – St. John’s College
  • Maryland – Darryl Hamilton – Largo
  • Virginia -Scott Raczko – South Lakes
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Photo: Ed Lull
  • Patriot alumna Rachel McArthur elaborated to The Stride Report on her decision to transfer to the University of Colorado from Villanova University.
  • South Lakes alumnus Alan Webb has been named associate head cross country and assistant track coach at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
  • Georgetown alumnus and former director of track and field Chris Miltenberg has been named director of track and field at the University of North Carolina. He coached the 2011 Georgetown women’s cross country team to an NCAA championship.
  • George Mason rising sophomore Siobhra O’Flaherty will represent Ireland in the 10,000 meters in the European U23 Championships July 12 in Galve, Sweden.
  • Quince Orchard High School named its inaugural athletics hall of fame class, which includes distance runners and contributors:
    • Wayne Bartholomew
    • Karen Pulliam Egan
    • Troy Harry
    • Coach Jerry Link
    • And track and field athletes Ruth Kura, Ariel Nehemiah, Aron Dorsey, Bani Gbadyu and Travis Hawkins
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Tuscarora alumnus Ben Nibbelink. Photo: Dustin Whitlow
  • Fairfax resident and George Mason alumna and assistant coach Bethany Sachtleben will race the marathon July 27 at the Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru this July and August. Sam Roecker, who attended graduate school at Georgetown but did not compete there, will also race the marathon. 2012 Marine Corps Marathon and 2016 Army Ten-Miler champion Augustus Maiyo will also run the marathon. Lee High School alumnus Josef Tessema was initially on the 5,000 meter team.
  • Tuscarora alumnus and Virginia Tech student Ben Nibbelink will compete in the U20 Pan American Championships in the 3,000 meter steeplechase in San Jose, Costa Rica this July.
  • Georgetown freshman Sandy Corman won the USATF U20 championships in the 1,500 meters, running 4:29.81, gapping Rachel Huckey of Illinois State by more than a second.
  • Georgetown alumna Rachel Schneider was a guest on the Morning Shakeout podcast.
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The Capital Crescent Trail crossing at Little Falls Parkway June 18, 2019. Photo: Charlie Ban
  • The Montgomery County Planning Commission voted 4-1 to move the Capital Crescent Trail crossing at Little Falls Parkway roughly 160 feet to the west to Arlington Road, which has a traffic light. The WashCycle reported that was not among the three options presented in 2018. The intersection had been narrowed to one driving lane since a recumbent cyclist was killed in the intersection in 2016.

Local resident and runner Paul Karlsen was disappointed in the decision and remarked that the chosen solution will almost certainly result in longer delays for the motorist, as the Little Falls to Arlington junction must become a ‘no turn on red.’ He felt safe, as a runner, with the current layout.

The new layout will restore four driving lanes, which he felt would be more dangerous. And, for running, the new layout will be a loser.

“It will restrict my use of that section of the trail,” he said. “I have often used this section of the CCT for tempo and marathon-paced runs but that will not really work out any more due to the crossing delay.  Also, I will feel less safe having my kids cycle on the trail.  We chose to live in the adjacent Sumner neighborhood for access to a trail where  motor vehicles do not take precedence over pedestrians.  That, sadly, will be gone.”

  • Georgetown alumna Katrina Coogan ran 15:14.13, which is a cool time but more importantly a world qualifier, at the Adrian Martinez Classic. (Thank you to Fast Women for pointing that out.)
  • The Friends of the Mount Vernon Trail is now a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization.
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Weini Kelati edges Carmela Cardama Baez at the NCAA Championships 10k. Photo: NCAA Photo
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Rachel Schneider at the USATF Distance Classic May 16. Photo: USATF
  • Georgetown alumna Rachel Schneider’s 15:06.71 at the USATF Distance Classic May 16 at Occidental College put her under the 2020 Olympic qualifying time of 15:10.
  • ArlNow reported that the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ Transportation Planning Board approved $680,000 in assistance for 13 projects, including one to look into options to close a gap near the East Falls Church Metro station.
  • A variety of distance runners with local connections will compete in the NCAA Track and Field Championships, starting with the regional finals this weekend:

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Ian Delgado, Kenny Rowe, Joe White and Ruach Padhal celebrate their 4×800 meter win
  • Local runners picked up some gold watches at the Penn Relays:
    • Georgetown’s 4×800 meter relay team Kenneth Rowe (1:52.46), Ian Delgado (1:52.25), Ruach Padhal (1:49.57), Joseph White (1:50.91)
    • Sprint medley relay  (200m / 200m / 400m / 800m)  3:17.53       Nate Alleyne, D’Andre Barriffe, Lawrence Leake (48.2), Joseph White (1:46.45)
    • Two Northern Virginia natives ran on Villanova’s winning 4×1500 meter team: Patriot alumna Rachel McArthur (4:18.4) and West Springfield alumna Caroline Alcorta (4:28.0).
    • Northwood senior Eldad Mulgeta won the high school boys’ 3,000 meter championship in 8:29.05.
    • Oakton and American University alumna Keira D’Amato won the Olympic Development 10,000 meters in 33:43.86.
  • Vienna’s Perry Shoemaker qualified for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, running 2:43:33 at the Eugene Marathon.
  • Herdon alumna Hiruni Wijavaratne broke her own Sri Lankan marathon record at the Dusseldorf Marathon, running 2:34:09.
  • Road reconstruction in Rock Creek Park has reached Wise Road, which is now closed. This will interrupt the Western Ridge Trail, and runners will have to detour west to Oregon Avenue NW to avoid trespassing.
  • The Rock Creek Hiker-Biker Trail near Ray’s Meadow Local Park and Jones Mill Road will experience intermittent closures through May 2 to accommodate Purple Line Project construction.
  • Construction of a pedestrian bridge over Route 29 in Falls Church is forcing a detour near mile 5.5 of the W&OD Trail through Fall 2019.
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MCRRC Outstanding High School Runner recipients and their coaches: Nandini Satsangi, Presad Gerard, Margaret Lilyestrom, Seann Pelkey, Aidan Smyth, Emily Young, Leoluca Cannuscio, Angelique Bosse. Photo courtesy of Marty Horan

Here’s a selection of superlatives awarded by local running clubs.

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Jacob Hunter and Sam Affolder show off their uniforms for New Balance Indoor Nationals. Photo: Joan Hunter
  • Three Loudoun Valley relay teams won national championships over the weekend, with two setting national indoor records.
    • Distance Medley Relay: 9:54.41 (national record): Jacob Hunter (1200 in 3:01.331) Akere Simms (400 in 50.908) Connor Wells (800 in 1:55.96) and Sam Affolder (1600 in 4:06.205)
    • 4xMile: 17:01.81 (national record): Kevin Carlson (4:22.26),  Connor Wells (4L21.456), Sam Affolder (4:06.192) and Jacob Hunter (4:11.901). Loudoun Valley also had two other relay teams in the top eight.
    • 4×800 7:40.49: Jacob Windle (1:57.453), Connor Wells (1:57.046), Sam Affolder (1:51.368) and Jacob Hunter (1:54.619).
  • At the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships, Heritage alumna Weini Kelati (New Mexico) finished second in the 5,000 meters and third in the 3,000 meters, the Georgetown distance medley relay team of Jack Salisbury, Lawrence Leake, Ruach Padhal and Nick Wareham finished third; Patriot alumna Rachel McArthur ran on the Villanova distance medley relay team that finished fourth and Georgetown’s Joe White finished fifth in the 800 meters.
  • Montgomery County Parks Natural Surface Trail Manager Bob Turnbull was named “Trail Builder of the Year” by Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts, a mountain bike riding and trail building organization.

 

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