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by Charlie Ban November 20, 2018 at 11:58 am 0

Heritage alumna Weini Kelati’s runner-up finish led local runners’ performances at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, a new interactive map shows D.C. area trails, =PR=’s Arlington store moves and more suspicious results from Marine Corps.

NCAA cross country finishers after the jump

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by Charlie Ban November 16, 2018 at 12:05 pm 0

Name: Scott Melchior

Self-described age group: 35-39

Residence: Northern Virginia

Occupation: Consultant

Volunteer roles in the running world: Coach small charity groups, run seven Marine Corps Marathons with Team USO or wear blue, honored to push with Ainsley’s Angels in 2018

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by Charlie Ban November 13, 2018 at 3:53 pm 0

West Springfield alumna Caroline Alcorta and Patriot alumna Rachel McArthur are headed to the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships with Villanova. Photo: Lucas Carter

  • Several runners with local connections will be competing at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships, held Saturday, Nov. 17 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Please let us know if we missed someone.
    • Caroline Alcorta – Villanova – West Springfield (Mid-Atlantic region champion)
    • Emily Bracher – Maryland
    • Tai Dinger – Stanford – St. Albans
    • Abbey Green – Virginia – Walter Johnson
    • Heather Holt – NC State – George Marshall
    • Weini Kelati – New Mexico – Heritage (Mountain region champion)
    • Allie Klimkiewicz – Princeton – Oakton
    • Taylor Knibb – Cornell – Sidwell Friends School
    • Page Lester – Princeton – National Cathedral School
    • Rachel McArthur – Villanova – Patriot
    • Jack Van Scoter – Georgetown
    • Nicholas Wareham – Georgetown
  • To the northeast, at least seven local runners will be competing at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships the same day at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Please let us know if we missed someone.
    • Tristan Colaizzi – Williams – Georgetown Day School
    • Genevive DiBari – Pomona – Stone Ridge
    • Zoe Friedman – Emory – Montgomery Blair
    • Jeff Gibson – Mary Washington – Edison
    • Abigail Levine – Carnegie Mellon – Bethesda-Chevy Chase
    • Adam Nakasaka – Carleton – Bethesda-Chevy Chase
    • Abigail Shoemaker – Chicago – Thomas Jefferson

by Vanessa Junkin November 11, 2018 at 9:40 am 0

Eldad Mulugeta and Baraka Sila, early in the 4A race. Photos: Vanessa Junkin

Seniors Obsaa Feda and Eldad Mulugeta led their Northwood High School cross country team to a second-place finish on Saturday at the Maryland state meet. It was also a D.C.-area school’s top finish in the 4A boys’ race since Walter Johnson’s runner-up finish in 2012.

The teammates ran together toward the finish line in the 4A boys’ race, but Feda crossed first, running the hilly three-mile course at Hereford High School in 15:44.05. Less than a second later, Mulugeta finished the race, earning a time of 15:44.29.

The third- and fourth-place runners finished 18 seconds after Feda and Mulugeta.  

Northwood  Coach Giovanni Reumante was amazed by what his team was able to accomplish.

“We set this goal at the end of last cross country season,” he said. “And so throughout indoor, outdoor and the entire summer, they worked toward this goal of being a competitor at the state meet.”

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by Sarah Beth Hensley November 7, 2018 at 12:19 pm 0

Mason Brayman, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid and Bill Uher, after the New York Marathon.Photo courtesy of Mason Brayman

The U.S. Secret Service is always ready to protect foreign leaders on American soil — even if it involves running a marathon in the process.

Last week, Assistant Special Agent in Charge Mason Brayman and Lieutenant Bill Uher received an assignment unlike anything they’d ever encountered: run the TCS New York City Marathon with President Kersti Kaljulaid of Estonia.

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by Isabella Tilley November 6, 2018 at 11:14 am 0

Former Montgomery Blair runner Morgan Casey. Photo: Marleen Van den Neste

As the Montgomery Blair High School cross country team geared up for its weekly long run, Morgan Casey felt a pang of hunger. She would silently grind through the discomfort, and eventually it went away. This habit only worsened as the year wore on. By the end of her junior year, Casey was at least seven pounds lighter than the beginning of the year, a state champion, and anorexic.

She is not an anomaly. A 2007 study found that around 20 percent of female high school athletes self-reported disordered eating. Athletes tend to underestimate disordered eating and eating disorders, however, so the actual number could be much higher. This problem continues, and may even intensify, in college. One Columbia University study found that 35 percent of female college athletes were at risk of developing anorexia nervosa, and 58 percent were at risk of developing bulimia nervosa. Those with eating disorders face worsened physical health and a are also a high risk of suicide. With a mortality rate of about 10 percent, anorexia has been called the “most fatal mental health disorder” by the National Institute of Mental Health.

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by Charlie Ban November 5, 2018 at 11:00 am 0

Marshall coach Darrell General has a laugh with Oliver Church in 2017. Photo: Doug Stroud 

George Marshall cross country coach Darrell General, winner of two Marine Corps Marathons, is in the running for a $25,000 prize from the 2018 Hometown Heroes Award. Voting closes Friday, Nov. 16.

General is the only cross county or track coach among the finalists and the only East Coast finalist. For years, General has maintained a rigorous work schedule to support his family and his competitive running career, which included five Olympic Marathon Trials qualifications and two Marine Corps Marathon victories. Read all about that here.

He has been coaching cross country at George Marshall High School, and aside from his coaching of the 2016 state 5A championship team, two individual state championships and a handful of Foot Locker finalists, has had a hand all of his athletes’ developments. Check out a video produced for the contest, located below the ballot.

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