Dave Theall designed the Virginia State Cross Country Championship to give everyone, regardless of age or occupation, a chance to run. Appropriately, the top finishers in yesterday's competition at the Cooper School in McLean included an information clerk, a university dean, a high school junior, a nurse and an eighth-grader.
In the open 10-kilometer event, in which 200 individuals competed, Dan Rincon took an early lead and breezed to his third consecutive victory in the meet's four year history with a time of 30:40.
"It went smoothly." smiled Rincon, a former All-America cross country runner at the University of Maryland, who now works on campus in the student in information office. "I wasn't really challenged after the first loop but it feels great 'o win three in a row."
In the senior men's 10-kilometer competition.Glynn Wood escaped the pack of 50 with no trouble and strided through the tape in 34:44 for the win.
"I felt good, it went just right," said Wood, the dean of American University's School of Government and Public Administration, who also is the national champion masters (40 and over) indoor mile and outdoor 1,500-meters champion.
Aileen O'Connor, a High Point junoir, won the women's five-kilometer race in 17:07 O'Connor, also a junior national champion in cross country and the 3,000-meters, waited until the last loop before she outkicked defending meet champion Jenny White, a Washington nurse.
In the meet's youth two-kilometer race, Greg Coan, an eighth-grader at Lourdes School, was never challenged as he won by 12 seconds with a time of 6:33.