PARKTON, Md. — Walter Johnson’s Abbey Green betrayed her usually stoic demeanor and raised her arms in celebration after crossing the finish line in 18 minutes and 17.4 seconds, with no competitors in sight. Green didn’t take the graduation of last year’s champion, Maria Coffin, as assurance that she would win the 4A girls’ title Saturday at the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association Championships.
After Loudoun Valley junior Sam Affolder cruised to victory in 15 minutes 20 seconds in the boys’ 4A race Friday at the Virginia High School League’s cross-country championships, he welcomed Peter Morris at the finish line six seconds later by putting his arm around his shoulder and spinning him around. “Look at that,” he said, pointing at the line of gold and green approaching the end of the 5K course at Great Meadow in The Plains.
There was no fanfare or pump-up music, just the light patter of rain hitting asphalt as the nation’s top-ranked boys’ cross-country team made its way across the Loudoun Valley high school parking lot. The top eight boys completed their warm-up and set out on a five-mile pace run on the Washington and Old Dominion Trail. They arrived back at the starting point between 26 and 28 minutes later, one after the other, with flecks of mud and fragments of dead leaves plastered to their backs.
Loudoun Valley achieved an unheard of feat by finishing 1st through 5th at the state meet on Friday.
Here’s how the small Purcellville school assembled perhaps the best cross-country team Va. has ever seen: https://t.co/O318DMJ37a
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