Robinson and Fort Hunt won the boys and girls cross-country championships in their respective Northern Virginia AAA districts yesterday at Burke Lake Park.
The top 10 individuals and top three teams advance to the Northern Region championship Thursday, also at Burke Lake Park.
The closest team competition came in the Northern District girls race, with Robinson edging West Springfield, 53-54, on the strength of Mary Smart's 10th-place finish.
Andrea Volpe of Lake Braddock, the 1981 state champion, easily won the race with a time of 17 minutes 8.5 seconds, the third-best ever at Burke Lake Park. She also has the two best times, including a 16:59.6 earlier this year. Teammate Kristi Cassell finished second at 17:59.4, but no other Bruin was in the top 20 and Lake Braddock finished four points behind third-place T.C. Williams.
Doug Thompson of Robinson won the Northern District boys race with a time of 15:16.8, and three others Rams finished in the top 10. Thompson's time was the second-best of the four district races in the past two days. The championships for the Great Falls and Potomac districts were held Wednesday.
"Most of the season I've started slow and caught up, which is fine during the season, but not here and not at the regionals," said Thompson. "Today I broke out fast because I know that everyone will start fast at the regionals.
"I felt good, but faded a little in the last mile," he said. "All the district times have been kind of slow but I guarantee with the competition in the regionals, the times will be under 15 minutes."
T.C. Williams (67) and Lake Braddock (82) finished behind Robinson, which had 30 points.
Fort Hunt's girls placed five runners in the top 10, including the winner, Julie Reddick, at 17:49.2. Fort Hunt had 29 points, followed by Lee with 43 and Mount Vernon with 52.
Robert Murray of Fort Hunt won the Gunston District boys race at 15:30, and three teammates finished in the top 10. Fort Hunt led with 34 points, followed by Edison (64) and Lee (85).