By Matt McFarland
Special to The Washington Post
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Dunbar junior Angela Bonham crossed the finish line with spots of mud covering the back of her jersey, shorts and legs. Her shoes, bright red at the starting line, now were brown. Appearing defeated, she bent over and rested her hands on her knees. But when an official slipped a crinkled piece of paper with the number 1 on it into her palm, she raised her arms in triumph.
After all the second places, Bonham had finally come out on top.
"It's cool because the last two meets I got second. People had been bothering me," said Bonham, who finished the 3.1-mile course at Fort Dupont Park in 23 minutes 33 seconds, also improving upon a second-place finish at the championship last year.
The junior led a dominant team from Dunbar, which placed seven runners in the top 10 for 24 points en route to its first DCIAA girls' cross country championship in almost 20 years. H.D. Woodson placed second with 38 points.
The Crimson Tide won without star Maya Little, who sat out with a groin injury. Little missed the DCIAA championships for the second straight year; last year she broke her foot the week before.
In the boys' race, Wilson edged School Without Walls, 33-34, for the team title. Wilson has won seven straight DCIAA cross-country championships.
Junior Matthias Darricarrere led the team with a second-place finish.
"They put the work in to get what they got. They listened and responded to everything," Wilson Coach Jimmy Green said.
School Without Walls lost despite having three of the top four finishers, including freshman Simon Gigli, who won in 19:19.Wilson Wins in Record Time
Potomac School junior Anneka Wilson won the Virginia Independent Schools Division I championship Friday in record time. She covered the 5K course at Woodberry Forest in 18 minutes 32.95 seconds, 40 seconds faster than the runner-up.
Led by third-place finisher Megan Fitzpatrick, O'Connell breezed to its second straight team title by placing four in the top 10. The Knights finished with 37 points, ahead of Saint Catherine's (101 points) and Trinity Episcopal (130).
Woodberry Forest won the boys' championship with 70 points, followed by Collegiate (82 points) and Paul VI (101). Potomac School's Campbell Ross, who was third in 17:05.5, was the top area individual. . . .
Georgetown Visitation won the DC/MD private schools cross-country championships yesterday at Agricultural History Farm Park in Derwood. Visitation put three runners in the top 10, including runner-up Moira Ryan. National Cathedral (79 points) was second, followed by Notre Dame Prep (91) and Sidwell Friends (137).
John Carroll sophomore Elizabeth Tauber won the individual title on the five-kilometer course in 19:24.
Calvert Hall was the boys' team champion with 78 points, ahead of Georgetown Prep (93 points) and Gonzaga (115). Spalding's Zach Sullivan won the individual title in 15:33.