Stone Bridge senior Lauren Bolsover had not run an open 100-meter dash all season and had competed in the 200 just once before the Dulles District track and field championships last week.
But Coach Tim Panagos asked Bolsover, a standout in the 400, to forego her usual place in the team's relay events in order to give the 100 and 200 a try.
"He thought the relays would do good without me, so he wanted to put me in the open events to get as many as points as we could for the team," Bolsover said. "And I didn't mind."
She didn't look at all like a runner out of her comfort zone. Bolsover blazed past the field in the 100, winning in 12.94 seconds. She did the same in the 200, claiming victory in 26.95, and made it a clean sweep of the sprints by winning the 400 in 1 minute 0.55 seconds.
She expects to run all three events again at the Region II meet today.
"The 100, that's the one where I really wasn't expecting it," Bolsover said after her three wins. "But I knew as a senior this would be my last chance, so I wanted to go out there and really do my best."
Broad Run senior Michael Coleman got a similar request from Coach Mike Hitzges to skip the relay events in favor of the open sprints -- and found identical results. Coleman, like Bolsover, spent most of the season running the 400, 4x100 and 4x400.
At the district meet, however, he eased to wins in the 100 (10.92), 200 (22.12) and 400 (48.81). Coleman was more than three seconds ahead of the field in the 400 and won the 200 despite racing in the first, slower heat.
"There was a mix-up, and I got put in the slow heat," Coleman said. "So I knew that meant I was really going to have to push myself."
Pride's Crawford Coasts to Win
Heritage sophomore Adam Crawford became the Pride's second Dulles District champion last Thursday, winning the two-mile run in 10 minutes 2.99 seconds. He finished more than 13 seconds ahead of his closest pursuer.
"It's nice," Crawford said. "But I think we'll have a lot more [district winners] to come because we have a lot of potential in a lot of different things, especially track and cross-country."
Less than five minutes later, Heritage's 4x400 relay team of Behsad Hewadpal, Dale Taylor, Brandon Alonzo-Jones and William Bray shaved nearly four seconds off their previous best time to win in 3:28.66.
"Didn't I tell you?" Crawford yelled, running to congratulate his teammates.
"Our little sophomore had just won . . . and we couldn't leave him up there standing all on his own," Alonzo-Jones said. "We had to come and get in there with him. Really, I'm just glad to help our team, help us get off to a good start. The next three to four years are only going to get better.". . .
First-year Dominion's first district championship was won this past winter when swimmer Lauren Ritter finished first in the 200 and 500 freestyle events. Titan Chris Nduku added to that list by capturing the triple jump title with a leap of 41 feet 10 inches.
Advances in Technology
For the first time, the track events at the Dulles District meet were fully automated, thanks to a new timing device called Finish Lynx.
Instead of timers having to start and stop a stopwatch for each event, the starting gun was hooked up to the machine and started automatically at the sound. As the runners crossed the finish line, their image was taken by a camera stationed above and then displayed on the computer screen. A running clock at the bottom of the screen marked the exact time each runner crossed.
"It's pretty neat, isn't it?" said Heritage's Carmel Keilty, who volunteered to be a back-up timer. "And it's made our jobs a lot easier, that's for sure."