The Robinson boys cross-country team had not lost to a Washington area school all fall. In the biggest area meet this season, the Rams kept their streak intact.
Robinson, led by junior L.A. Snead's seventh-place finish in 16 minutes 28.58 seconds, won the boys team title in the varsity seeded race at the Georgetown Prep Cross-Country Classic yesterday over Lake Braddock, 142-158.
The meet, held at the Bethesda private school's 3.1-mile course, featured 2,700 runners from 110 schools in Maryland, Virginia and the District.
In the most exciting finish of the day, sophomore Bryce Ruiz of Jamestown High School in Williamsburg won the boys seeded individual title in 16:10.86. Ruiz was in a four-runner pack about 20 yards from the finish and held off a charging Jorge Ruiz of Harrisonburg (16:11.36) and junior Matt Hanlon of Good Counsel (16:11.56) to win his second invitational of the season.
Lake Braddock All-Met senior Erin Swain made sure the girls seeded race was less dramatic, grabbing a 20-second lead at the 1.5-mile mark. Swain won her fourth invitational title this season in 18:13.40, more than 44 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Tenke Zoltani of Dulaney (18:57.80).
Senior Kerin Lanyi (fourth place in 19:15.8) helped Thomas Jefferson of Richmond win the girls seeded race team title with 120 points. The Bruins, led by Swain, finished second with 127 points.
Swain's consistency is rivaled only by that of the Robinson boys this season. The Rams have captured titles at the Virginia Tech Invitational, the William & Mary Invitational and the Bull Run Invitational. They also placed sixth at the Great American Cross-Country Festival against some of the nation's top teams.
"This year, we are a lot more mature and we expect to win," said Robinson senior Andrew Dunnum, who placed 15th at 16:51.17. "We want nothing less."
The Rams were also led by junior Brian Dumm (28th, 17:06.46), senior Dan Marzluff (45th, 17:20.63) and junior Brian Crawford (50th, 17:24.70), who returned this week from a sprained right ankle. Only 56 seconds separated the No. 1 through No. 5 runners for Coach Jeremy Workman.
"We have held up under pressure," Workman said. "Lake Braddock is a good team and they have been coming after us for the past three weeks."
Robinson was missing junior A.J. Renkiewicz, who has not run since the William & Mary Invitational on Oct. 2 because of an injured back. Renkiewicz, expected to return for the Patriot District championship Oct. 27, can run anywhere between No. 1 and No. 4 on the team, according to Workman.