DeMatha senior Will Mitchell was the top Prince George's County finisher at Saturday's Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship meet. Mitchell finished 12th overall in a time of 18 minutes 32 seconds. Senior Rob Sagar of Bishop Ireton won the race in 17:29.
DeMatha finished fourth as a team at the meet, held at the challenging five-kilometer course at Lake Fairfax Park in Reston. While the Stags had no runners in the top 10, their top six finished between 12th and 27th, an interval of 38 seconds. They finished with 97 points; Gonzaga won with 32, points, with five of the top 10 finishers. O'Connell had 66 points and Bishop Ireton was third with 86. Bishop McNamara finished eighth in the nine-team competition. . . .
On the girls' side, Elizabeth Seton finished eighth with 200 points. Paul VI won the meet with 42 points, edging O'Connell's 45 and Good Counsel's 58. Seton's Adrienne Thomas finished 21st overall in 23:24; she was exactly three minutes behind winner Nora McCall of Good Counsel, who clocked a 20:24 to win by almost a full minute.
As the Nov. 12 state meet looms, Eleanor Roosevelt will enter with a pair of the most imposing one-two duos in the state. The girls' team's top two runners, sophomore Dominique Lockhart and junior Marika Walker, have been as good as any female runners in the state this year, and the two have traded the top spot a few times, as well.
The Raiders were state champions as a team last year and are the favorites again this year against teams such as C. Milton Wright and Northwest, who finished first and second respectively in 3A last year before reclassifying. Either Lockhart or Walker could contend for the title with returning state champ Halsey Sinclair of Blair.
The boys' team also has a formidable one-two combo. Senior Mikias Gelagle has arguabl been the state's best runner this fall, and he should give defending 4A champ Matthew Centrowitz of Broadneck a run for his money.
Junior Kelli Thibou is not far behind, and could finish among the top ten in the state again; he was ninth last year.
All area public schools have their regional races today, with most teams participating in the 4A South Region race at Fort Washington Park. Eleanor Roosevelt has swept the boys' and girls' titles in each of the last two years.
The county's 3A schools will travel to Oak Ridge Park in Hughesville for the 3A South race, while the 2A schools will go to the 2A South race, at Patuxent High in Lusby. . . .
While the WCAC championship was last weekend, most area private schools have one more meet left -- the Baltimore/Washington Private School Championships, held at Glenelg Country School in Howard County on Nov. 11.