After a summer spent working toward her goal of being one of the AA Dulles District's best runners this fall, Broad Run junior Stephanie Garcia got her season off to a strong start with a third-place finish at the James Wood Invitational in Winchester.
Garcia held her own throughout the five-kilometer race. Clarke County freshman Danielle Moyer barely held off Millbrook sophomore Jillian Pollack for first place in 20 minutes 31 seconds, and Garcia came in a close third.
"I think this is a good early season indicator for her," Spartans Coach Mike Fitzgerald said. "She set the goal of being in the top of the district and then returning to the state meet. . . . I think if she continues to run as she is and continues to improve, she can reach that goal."
Garcia was an all-district and all-Region II selection last fall, and she qualified for the state meet. Garcia did not run track last spring -- she was a member of the lacrosse team -- but she spent almost all of her summer training for the cross-country season.
Garcia will get another tough test at the Lake Fairfax Invitational, where the Spartans will go up against AAA Northern Region schools.
Kinnally Navigates Field
Stone Bridge senior Kyle Kinnally took ninth place in the varsity A race at the Great Meadows Invitational on Saturday in The Plains.
Against a difficult lineup of some of the better runners in Virginia, Kinnally crossed the line in 17:04. J.R. Tucker's Michael Chapa ran a blazing time of 15:43 to lead his team to the victory.
Tucker, which had four runners finish in the top seven, won the team title. Stone Bridge was eighth.
In the girls' A race, Liberty's Stephanie Giunta was the top area finisher, taking 19th with a time of 21:18.
Teammate Deanna Andrew was 26th and was followed by two more Liberty runners, Andrea Gillis and Rachel Fichthorn, in 29th and 30th place.
In the girls' B race, junior Megan Malacarne finished a strong second behind winner Mary Miller of Midlothian. Miller won in 21:13, while Malacarne clocked a time of 21:29, second-best among area girls in any race Saturday. Bini Kronenberg of Heritage was 10th, and Stone Bridge's Kelly Dunn was 13th.
Vikings Girls' Win
Loudoun Valley's girls won the Eastern Mennonite Invitational on Saturday in Harrisonburg, Va.
The Vikings' Diana VanVleet captured second place in 21:20 on the 5K course, behind Broadway's Elizabeth Reeves, who won in 20:49. Elyssa Albert took fifth, and Amber Finlay was 10th.
Loudoun Valley had 41 points, and Harrionsburg was second with 79.
On the boys' side, Loudoun Valley's Ed Chamberlain led the Vikings in 16th place. Loudoun Valley took fourth overall as a team. Stuarts Draft's Brandon Spalding won the individual title in 17:31. Fort Defiance's top five runners finished third through seventh for the team title.
Peterson Third at Keyser
Potomac Falls junior Kierston Peterson finished third at the Frank Keyser Invite, and the Panthers' girls took second in the team competition at the meet in Boonsboro, Md.
Peterson crossed in 19:28, trailing winner Ashley Lockard of Clear Spring (Md.) by 12 seconds. Panthers junior Carissa Evans was seventh overall as the Panthers had 67 points, behind winner Urbana's 60.
Junior Max Werner took sixth in the boys' race with a time of 16:10. The Panthers boys' took fifth.