Langley sophomore Erin Keogh is favored by most to win today's Virginia AAA Northern Region cross country championship at Burke Lake Park. And she could post the best time ever run by a girl over the three-mile course.
Two weeks ago, Keogh easily won the Great Falls District meet in 17 minutes 1.2 seconds, the second-fastest time ever at Burke Lake. Former Lake Braddock standout Andrea Volpe set the course record of 16:59.6 in 1982.
Keogh finished more than 56 seconds ahead of runnerup Lisa Eichorst of Madison in the Great Falls meet.
More good news for Langley was senior Steve Dupree's victory in the boys meet. He led his contingent to a second-place effort behind South Lakes.
In the regional meet, however, Dupree will be hard pressed by Annandale's trio of sophomore Jeff Pajak, senior Bill Boatright and junior Dan Smith.
The boys team competition appears wide open. South Lakes, Annandale, Robinson and Langley each have enough talent to win.
Tryouts for the Virginia state select soccer teams for boys and girls ranging from under-13 to under-19 will begin later this month.
Among the coaches recently named are Ken Krieger, who will again head the boys under-19 team, and Gil Smith, whose under-14 1/2 team last year placed four boys on the Eastern Region team. Smith will coach the under-17 1/2 team this year.
Smith's players this year will vie for spots on the U.S. national team, which will participate in the World Youth Cup. Players interested in trying out should call state select administrator Willis Reilly at (703) 569-2499.
The Northern Virginia Youth Football League playoffs start Saturday in all age-weight divisions. The championship games for each division will be held at Chantilly High School Nov. 10