Girls' Cross-Country

Front (left to right): Kay Comer, Colonial Forge; Coach Desmond Dunham, Eleanor Roosevelt; Kelly Reinwald, North Stafford; Alison Smith, Atholton. Back: Melissa Dewey, Hayfield; Kayley Byrne, Oakton; Kelsey Snowden, Lake Braddock; Stefanie Slekis, Forest Park; Halsey Sinclair, Blair. (Jonathan Newton - The Washington Post)

Runner of the Year   Coach of the Year   First Team   Second Team   Honorable Mention
State Champions

Runner of the Year

Melissa Dewey, Hayfield, Sr.
A three-time All-Met, Dewey won the Virginia AAA championship by more than a minute (18:10) and earned all-American honors by taking 13th place (18:23) at the Foot Locker national championships in San Diego. She also won the Monroe Parker, Lake Fairfax, William & Mary, Glory Days Grill, Patriot District and Northern Region championships. She finished an area-best fourth at the Foot Locker Southeast Region. Her district-winning time of 16:42 at Burke Lake Park was the course's third-best in 30 years.

Coach of the Year

Desmond Dunham, Eleanor Roosevelt
Dunham came to the Greenbelt school before last season and quickly built a dominant program and a state champion. After finishing second in Maryland 4A in 2003, the Raiders won the state title and were the only 4A team with two top-10 finishers at this year's meet. The Raiders became the first Prince George's County school to win a state championship since Roosevelt won in 1988. For the second straight year, the Raiders won the 4A South Region title with a perfect score of 15 points.

First Team

Kayley Byrne, Oakton, Jr.
The Virginia AAA Concorde District and Northern Region runner-up was a key part of a team that was ranked nationally for much of the season. She took 10th in states.

Kay Comer, Colonial Forge, Fr.
Was the Virginia AAA Commonwealth District champion, the Northwestern Region runner-up and the ninth-place finisher at the state meet. She won the Chancellor and Albemarle invitationals.

Kelly Reinwald, North Stafford, Fr.
Took fifth in the Virginia AAA meet, the third-best effort among Washington area runners. Won the Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star all-area meet, was second in the Commonwealth District and fourth in the Northwestern Region.

Stefanie Slekis, Forest Park, Jr.
Won six races this fall, including the Virginia AAA Cardinal District and Northwestern Region championships and the Georgetown Prep Invitational. Slekis took seventh in the state meet.

Halsey Sinclair, Blair, Soph.
Repeat All-Met won her first Maryland 4A title and did not finish behind another Maryland runner all season. Repeated as Montgomery County and 4A West Region champ.

Alison Smith, Atholton, Soph.
Won the 2A title at the Maryland state meet with the fastest time in all classifications (19:35). Smith was the Howard County champion, and she finished a Maryland-best 23rd at the Foot Locker Northeast Region.

Kelsey Snowden, Lake Braddock, Sr.
Took sixth place at the Virginia AAA meet, fourth among locals, to lead the Bruins to the team title. Snowden was the Patriot District runner-up and finished fourth in the Northern Region meet.

Second Team
Erin Caskey, Forest Park, Soph.
Molly Hawkins, Colonial Forge, Soph.
Danielle Light, Oakton, Sr.
Dominique Lockhart, Eleanor Roosevelt, Fr.
Catherine Lynn, Westfield, Soph.
Veronica Salcido, Wootton, Fr.
Becky Stewart, Brentsville, Soph.
Tait Woodward, Broadneck, Soph.

Honorable Mention
Megan Andrews, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Jr.; Danielle Canfield, T.C. Williams, Fr.; Kendall Carty, Riverbend, Soph.; Brittany Copeland, Brooke Point, Jr.; Alexis Deegan, Westfield, Soph.; Katlyn Dillow, Leonardtown, Fr.; Rachel Forcino, Northwest, Jr.; Stephanie Garcia, Broad Run, Jr.; Jennifer Hovland, Robinson, Jr.; Liya Kasimova, Severna Park, Fr.; Caitlyn Kennedy, Quince Orchard, Sr.; Allison King, Churchill, Sr.; Erin Klein, Lake Braddock, Jr.; Sarah Lancos, Centennial, Sr.; Michele Levy, Wootton, Jr.; Nora McCall, Bishop Ireton, Soph.; Marissa McPhail, Arundel, Jr.; Danielle Moyer, Clarke County, Fr.; Michaeline Nelson, Potomac School, Soph.; Nicole Pederson, South Lakes, Sr.; Michelle Presley, Lake Braddock, Soph.; Jennifer Redman, Eleanor Roosevelt, Soph.; Jana Schuhman, Friendly, Jr.; Ashlyn Sinclair, Blair, Soph.; Andria Smallwood, Ballou, Jr.; Allegra Smith, Oakton, Sr.; Meredith Tighe, Oakton, Soph.; Jessica Trapeni, Fairfax, Soph.; Katie Williams, Wilde Lake, Soph.

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