Episcopals Pritchard wins Ben Johns title
The Episcopal boys tennis squad may have logged a runner-up finish in the IAC this spring behind Bullis, but they didnt leave last weeks conference tournament, the Ben Johns Invitational, without some first-place spoils.
Maroons No. 1, Peter Pritchard, knocked off last years league champion, Taylor Hairston, in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1, to become the IAC individual winner as a junior. After suffering through a brief funk mid-way through the first set, Pritchard cruised to victory, closing out the opening frame and dominating in the second set.
Tom Gosnell and Zack Czajkowski, the No. 2 and 3 Episcopal players, respectively, both finished second to Bullis players and rounded out a solid showing.
The Maroon faced Norfolk Collegiate in the opening round of the state tournament yesterday, but the result was not available at press time.
New field hockey program to begin this summer
The citys Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities last week announced the establishment of a new summer field hockey program for girls between the ages of 10 and 14.
The program begins on June 15 and runs through the end of July at the Minnie Howard Field. The cost is $50 per athlete and the deadline for registration is May 31. All girls must provide their own field hockey sticks, shin guards and mouthpieces.
The league will run a clinic at the beginning of the program that covers the basic fundamental techniques and skills of field hockey, including dribbling, passing, receiving, footwork, body positioning, goal scoring and goal keeping. Teams of eight will play one another.
Marine Corps Marathon opens registration for shorter races
On May 5, runners eager to sign up for the Marine Corps Marathon races markedly shorter than the 26.2 mile namesake got their wish. Race organizers announced early this month that registration for the Healthy Kids Fun Run, to be held October 30, and the 10K had opened to the public.
The Fun Run is open to students age 6 to 13 and costs $5 to enter many students run alongside classmates in school delegations the 3,000-runner field.
The MCM 10K, which takes place on October 31, is open to an expanded field of 10,000 runners, making it the 10th largest race of its kind in the country. Runners pay a $45 registration fee and receive a mock-neck shirt, finishers medal, goodie bag, racing bib with B-tag timing device and post-race hospitality.