Two area runners earned all-state honors at the Virginia AA girls' cross-country championships on Saturday at Great Meadow in The Plains.
Broad Run's Stephanie Garcia, the Dulles District champion and the area's top runner this fall, finished sixth overall in 19 minutes 7 seconds, and Potomac Falls senior Kiersten Petersen, the Dulles runner-up, was eighth in 19:10.
Catherine White of Roanoke's Northside High won the race in 17:49, the fastest time by any female runner in any classification. Brentsville senior Becky Stewart, the Region II champ, was the runner-up with 18:33.
A year after finishing fourth in the state, Garcia capped her career with another strong performance Saturday. After a stress fracture in her leg prohibited her from training over the summer, Garcia bounced back with several strong performances.
She was runner-up in a pair of top meets this year, the James Wood Invitational and the Oatlands Invitational, before winning the Dulles title. On Nov. 3, she finished third in Region II.
Petersen also had a strong season. She won the Frank Keyser Invitational in September, took fourth at Oatlands and was fourth in Region II.
The area's only other girls' qualifier for AA, Liberty sophomore Stephanie Giunta, finished 46th overall in 20:47. Giunta had been the third-place finisher in the Northwestern District and was 10th in Region II.
In the AA boys' race, Potomac Falls senior Max Werner finished 36th overall in a time of 16:55. He finished 19 seconds ahead of Heritage junior Nick McLaughlin, the area's only other qualifier, who took 49th place in 17:14. McLaughlin was the Dulles champion, and Werner was runner-up.
Fauquier senior Ben Chrisinger, the only area runner in the boys' AAA race, was 34th with a time of 16:42. Chantilly All-Met senior Brad Siragusa won the race in 15:22. Fauquier sophomore Grace Loba, the only area girl to run in AAA, finished 37th in 19:36. Rachel Rose of Albemarle won in 17:58.