With a decisive sweep of the Virginia AA boys' and girls' cross-country team titles, Brentsville showed the talent and depth that made it a favorite all season.
And the success of the Tigers' younger runners at Saturday's championship meet at Great Meadow in The Plains showed that the team probably won't be slowing down anytime soon.
The girls' 25-point win came from a top seven that had no seniors and two freshmen. The boys won by 39 points, led by two juniors, Henry Melius and Adam Henken, who finished third and fourth, respectively.
For the first time since 1998, when the school was in single-A, Brentsville brought home both the boys' and girls' trophies.
"It was a dream season," said Coach Rob Dulin, the 2004 All-Met Coach of the Year who has won 12 state titles at Brentsville. "The team just ran great. They worked hard all season and never let up."
The girls won their first title since 2001, when the team won the last of its state-record seven consecutive Virginia A titles. With eight girls' titles in its history, Brentsville is tied with the Blacksburg girls, the Lake Braddock girls and the Handley boys for the most by any program.
Junior Becky Stewart led the way again this year, finishing second overall a year after finishing fifth. Sophomore Amelia Emerson (ninth), freshmen Lauren Bussian (16th) and Maggie Gentry (20th), and junior Julia Mitchell (24th) finished off the Tigers scoring.
On the boys' side, Melius and Henken stepped up with their best performances of the year, while No. 1 runner Nick Gehlsen struggled to a 14th-place finish.
"They've been kind of nipping at Nick's heels all year, so it's not that big a surprise," Dulin said. "Obviously they ran some of their best times of the year, but they're great runners."
Gehlsen, who had finished fourth in 2004, Eric Ekholm (33rd) and Eric Truschel (48th) will graduate next spring. But, along with Melius and Henken, sophomores Ray Delgado (21st) and Luke Watts (51st) will return next season.
Honors for Slekis, Driscoll
Only two Prince William runners earned all-state honors (finishing in the top 15) at the AAA championships on Saturday at Great Meadow.
On the girls' side, Forest Park All-Met senior Stefanie Slekis, who signed to run for Syracuse last week, finished seventh, well behind Albemarle junior Rachel Rose, the Northwestern Region champ.
Woodbridge freshman Michelle Britto continued her late-season surge, finishing an impressive 20th. Forest Park's girls team finished 13th.
Battlefield senior Jason Driscoll was the top local boys' finisher, capturing 14th. The Osbourn Park boys finished eighth, led by senior Mitch Lopacki, who finished 19th.
Virginia State Championships
at Great Meadow in The Plains
AAA Boys: 1, Brad Siragusa, Chantilly, 15 minutes 21.64 seconds; 14, Jason Driscoll, Battlefield, 16:10.35; 19, Mitch Lopacki, Osbourn Park, 16:24.00; 37, John Draper, Osbourn Park, 16:43.22; 43, Dan McCaslin, Woodbridge, 16:45.34; 49, Richard Arena, Osbourn Park, 16:52.35.
AAA Girls: 1, Rachel Rose, Albemarle, 17:57.22; 7, Stefanie Slekis, Forest Park, 18:25.36; 20, Michelle Britto, Woodbridge, 19:21.17; 44, Erin Caskey, Forest Park, 19:47.76.
AA Boys: 1, Griff Graves, Abingdon, 15:51.34; 3, Henry Melius, Brentsville, 16:04.85; 4, Adam Henken, Brentsville, 16:09.89; 14, Nick Gehlsen, Brentsville, 16:23.07; 21, Ray Delgado, Brentsville, 16:36.72; 33, Eric Ekholm, Brentsville, 16:49.98; 48, Eric Truschel, Brentsville, 17:10.97; 51, Luke Watts, Brentsville, 17:16.92.
AA Girls: 1, Catherine White, Northside, 17:48.66; 2, Becky Stewart, Brentsville, 18:32.48; 9, Amelia Emerson, Brentsville, 19:13.61; 16, Lauren Bussian, Brentsville, 19:28.41; 20, Maggie Gentry, Brentsville, 19:37.59; 24, Julia Mitchell, Brentsville, 19:46.51; 30, Samantha Woodward, 20:11.94; 50, Alex Kulifay, Brentsville, 20:49.25.