Potomac Falls High School's Christy Dannenberg finished 11.1 seconds faster than her closest competitor, Jessica Zabel of Florida, to win the freshman girls title at the Foot Locker Cross-Country Championships South Regional last weekend at McAlpine Greenway Park in Charlotte.
Dannenberg won the race in 19 minutes 24.8 seconds.
"The way she ran at Foot Locker means she could run in the low 19s next year," Panthers Coach Brian Blubaugh said. "I think if she has a good summer [of training], she will be tough."
In the premier girls event--the seeded race--Loudoun County senior Jennifer Lapetoda placed 80th (19:44.9), and fellow Raider Shannon Runge finished 100th (20:09.3). The top eight individuals in the boys and girls seeded races at the four Foot Locker regional sites advance to the National Championships on Dec. 11 in Orlando.
In the junior/senior girls race, Loudoun County junior Melissa Caudill was fifth (19:32.8), and Broad Run's Tamara Buckman placed 16th (20:16.5).
In the sophomore races, Loudoun Valley's Jonathan Tew finished 16th (16:36.3) among boys, while Katy Dannenberg of Potomac Falls was 14th (20:27.2) among girls.