Langley High School junior Erin Keogh was a prohibitive favorite to win the Cavalier seeded division of the University of Virginia scholastic cross country Invitational at Charlottesville's Piedmont Community College, and did so. Moreover, her 17:33 time broke the three-year-old course record held by Andrea Volpe of Lake Bradddock by 14.5 seconds.
Keogh ran 40 seconds faster Saturday than she did in winning the meet last year.
Keogh conquered the 3.1-mile hilly course 52 seconds ahead of runner-up Aimee Harms of Annandale, "about average for one of her races," according to Langley Coach Tim Dowd.
"We weren't worried so much about whether she would win," Dowd said, "it was just a matter of what time she would run. She was ready for the race and she went out there really psyched. I told her to go out there and do her best, and she did. She kept going, from start to finish."
Keogh, who was rated as the fourth-fastest girl cross country runner in the nation based on her performance in last year's Kinney national meet, has run undefeated and unchallenged in the metropolitan area for the past two years.