Gar-Field junior All-Met Dionne Evans actually enjoys the cold weather during cross-country meets.

"I like the cold better because you can't feel when you're tired," Evans said.

Evans had her preferred conditions at yesterday's Octoberfest Invitational--including a touch of wind--as she finished fourth overall in the girls A race in 19:00.40 at Great Meadow in The Plains.

Despite Evans's efforts, Gar-Field's girls placed 11th overall, third among Prince William teams behind Hylton (fifth, 139 points) and Woodbridge (eighth, 206). The Bulldogs were led by junior Richelle Plotz, who finished 18th in 19:44.60.

Lake Braddock senior All-Met Erin Swain won the girls individual title in 18:26.90 and helped the Bruins win the girls team title with 92 points.

Potomac senior Jason Lewis was the top local finisher in the boys A race, crossing the line in 16:42.80 for 13th place. In team competition, the seventh-place Panthers finished one point behind sixth-place Woodbridge, 177 to 178. Midlothian junior Austin Smith won the boys individual title at 16:03.10, and Western Albemarle won the boys team title with 58 points.

The meet featured more than 60 schools and was held on the same 3.1-mile course that will be the site of the Virginia AAA state championships on Nov. 13.

For Evans, it was her second straight strong performance. She placed eighth at the Georgetown Prep Classic on Oct. 16. "I was not that nervous before the race because I was thinking about the weather," Evans said. "I was trying to keep the same pace the whole time. I wanted to finish as fast as I started."

Evans, who finished fourth on the Great Meadow course at last season's state meet, was the Cardinal District champion and Northwestern Region runner-up a year ago.

Evans "has run better every meet this year," Gar-Field Coach Jeff Custer said.

Notes: Brentsville senior David Aleman ran for the first time in three weeks yesterday after spraining his right medial collateral ligament at a meet in New York. It was just a practice run for about 20 minutes, but Tigers Coach Rob Dulin said the Virginia A defending champion could run at regionals. . . . Tigers senior Connor Eggleston (hip tendinitis) and junior Ben Bear (stress fracture in right shin), sidelined all season by injury, ran for the first time this season.

Boys A

Individual

13, Jason Lewis, Potomac, 16:42.80; 14, Jamaal Saunders, Potomac, 16:43.80; 20, Casey Frazier, Woodbridge, 16:54.80; 23, Robin Poullath, Stonewall Jackson, 16:59.30; 24, Jimmy Thayer, Potomac, 17:01.00.

Team

6, Woodbridge, 177; 7, Potomac, 178; 15, Gar-Field, 351; 16, Stonewall Jackson, 438.

Girls A

Individual

4, Dionne Evans, Gar-Field, 19:00.40; 18, Richelle Plotz, Hylton, 19:44.60; 25, Katie Golden, Hylton, 20:05.00; 28, Lori Westley, Gar-Field, 20:15.90; 31, Shaina Ambrose, Hylton, 20:22.60; 32, Johanna Allen, Potomac, 20:24.20.

Team

5, Hylton, 139; 8, Woodbridge, 206; 11, Gar-Field, 271; 14, North Stafford, 315.

Boys B

Individual

7, Nathan Brown, Hylton, 17:13.50; 8, Andy Tramel, Hylton, 17:17.50; 11, Brian Deesch, Osbourn, 17:21.70; 27, J. Kelsie Carpenter, 17:52.70; 31, Sam Nedimyer, Hylton, 17:59.30.

Team

4, Hylton, 128; 6, Osbourn, 201; 13, Brentsville, 312; 14, Woodbridge, 324.

Girls B

Individual

2, Coral McCree, Hylton, 20:14.60; 9, Heather Waters, Brentsville, 21:12.10; 10, Callie Cribley, Brentsville, 21:14.10; 20, Sarah Johnston, Osbourn, 21:37.10; 22, Sara Berry, Stonewall Jackson, 21:41.30.

Teams

4, Osbourn, 122; 5, Brentsville, 130; 8, Stonewall Jackson, 192; 11, Woodbridge, 259.