Area Kids Excel During Cross Country Regionals


At the recent Northern Region Cross Country Championships, several area schools and several area runners turned in some excellent results.

1) Oakton, 2) Robinson, 3) Jefferson, 4) Lake Braddock, 5) South County, 6) Herndon, 7) Edison, 8) Centreville 9) W.T. Woodson and 10) West Springfield.

T.C. Williams, Mount Vernon, West Potomac and Hayfield did not finish in the upper tier of the 30-team Regional competition.

Edison, coached by Bernie Flynn, was spearheaded by fraternal twin brothers Leoule Degfae and Tihut Degfae.

The seniors placed first and fifth overall in the very competitive 2.98 mile race.

Leoule claimed the title with a brilliant time of 15:13. He beat out Chantillys Chris Foley by a few brief seconds.

Commented Leoule, Foley beat me earlier in the season in a different race. Coming in today, I was just trying to get as good a time as possible. I was looking for Chris the whole way today and with the last mile I really kicked.

His twin brother finished in an excellent time of 15:34 and said after the race, My strategy was to have a relaxed run. I felt good after the first mile and I really kicked the last mile.

The top four teams as well as the top 15 individual runners automatically qualify for the State Meet.

Despite Jefferson placing third as a team overall, no individual Colonials placed in the first 15 runners, a testament to the Colonials depth and balance.

1) Jefferson, 2) Oakton, 3) Robinson, 4) Lake Braddock, 5) West Potomac, 6) West Springfield, 7) Herndon, 8) Edison 9) T.C. Williams and 10)  W.T. Woodson.

Mount Vernon and Hayfield did not finish in the upper tier of the 30-team Regional competition.

Jefferson sophomore Stephanie Marzen placed third overall (18:00).

Edison sophomore Myah Hicks placed seventh overall (18:06).

Jefferson freshman Sarah Stites placed eighth overall (18:08).

Jefferson freshman Katherine Sheridan placed 11th overall (18:15).

In addition, West Potomac freshman Julianne Bigler placed 12th overall (18:17).

Marzen, Hicks, Stites and Sheridan were unavailable for comment but Bigler said following her race, I planned on staying with the pack until the one and one-half mile mark and then I went for position. It felt good to finish in the top 15.

The West Potomac girls are coached by Amy Kraut.

Marzen, Hicks Stites, Sheridan and Bigler, in addition to the entire Jefferson girls team, will participate in the Virginia State Championship Meet (Nov. 8)  at Great Meadows in Loudoun County.