James O'Neal of Dunbar -- not Bruce Williams of Spingarn, as reported in Thursday's District Weekly -- helped coach District competitors in the East Coast Cross Country Classic over the Thanksgiving weekend.
Dunbar sophomore Jackie McCalop continues to improve as a cross country runner.
McCalop placed 24th in a field of 68 runners age 15-16 in the East Coast Cross Country Classic at Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C. The Thanksgiving weekend event featured more than 400 participants in six age categories for both boys and girls.
Thirty-two competitors from the District participated. They were coached by Eugene Green of Savoy Elementary and Bruce Williams of Spingarn. The athletes ran under the banner of the D.C. Striders track club.
McCalop, who was selected the most valuable girls runner for the Interhigh cross country season, ran the four-kilometer course in 21:83 in the girls 15-16 age category.
Lesile Coney, who also made first-team all-Interhigh, came in 37th (22:32).
Ballou's Doris Grooms, running in her first cross country meet, was 39th (22:43). Tina Johnson, another first-team all-Interhigh, was 43rd (23:24). Grooms' teammate, sophomore Marie Small, running in her first cross country meet, was 46th (24:32).
The other girls who made first-team all-Interhigh -- Dunbar's Helen Andrews and Tamara Humbles, Anacostia's Cynthia Battle, and H.D. Woodson's Monique Blazio, Antoinette Gillis and Lisa Milner -- did not participate.
Ballou's Michael Williamson, the only first-team all-Interhigh boy entered, came in 44th (19:31) in the five-kilometer age 17-18 race.
The boys first-team all-Interhigh team also included Spingarn's Darnell Bell, Ballou's John Branch and Barrington Nash, Wilson's Holmes Graybeal and Adrian Miller, Coolidge's Charles Jordan and Maurice Miller, and H.D. Woodson's Tim Moore and Lushia Taliaferro. Taliaferro was selected the most valuable runner.
In the four-kilometer run for girls 13-14 at Meredith, Niahni Chestnut, daughter of Wilson's girls track coach, Dennis Chestnut, was 69th (19:59).
The 9-12 age categories, both boys and girls, ran three kilometers.
Out of 106 runners in the boys 11-12, Charles Patterson ran 90th (13:57) and Ian Golash 92nd (13:58). Shawn Bell finished 94th (14:08), Antonio Gayden 95th (14:28), David Battle 96th (14:31), Curtis Anderson 99th (14:39) and Juan Lyles 100th (14:40).
In the girls 11-12 event, Cydnee Randall placed 41st (12:26) and her sister Kariantha 55th (12:48). Theresa Carrington finished 70th (13:15). Francesca Bell, Starr Hood and Meronica Cooper ran 95th, 96th and 97th, Serita Milner 99th and. Taffamia Ketema 108th.
In the boys 9-10 race, the District's Jermaine Head finished 70th (14:34). In the girls 9-10, Shavon Lyles was 65th (13:45) and Lenadria Brooks 77th (14:38).