Dunbar, Wilson Win DCIAA Titles
Senior Ryan De'Camp led Dunbar's boys cross-country team to a dominant victory yesterday in the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association championship at Fort Dupont Park.
Dunbar, which finished a close second to Wilson last season, had six runners in the top 10, including De'Camp, who placed second with a time of 19 minutes 2 seconds. Dunbar finished with 29 points, followed by Ballou (46) and School Without Walls (104).
Ricardo Iracks of Ballou won the 3.1-mile race in 18:38 for the second consecutive year.
In the girls race, Martha Buckley, Amanda Wardlaw and Linida Blake finished 1-2-3 to lead Wilson to its fourth straight DCIAA title. Wilson finished with 20 points, Anacostia (62) was second and Dunbar (64) took third.
Buckley, a senior, set a course record with a time of 21:44.
"I've been running this course since I was in the seventh grade," said Buckley, who finished 1:53 seconds ahead of Wardlaw.
"I always joke that I could run this course in my sleep."
The finish to the boys race was thrilling. De'Camp controlled the first two miles and appeared to have the race won, but, with a half-mile remaining, he suffered cramps and fell off the pace.
When De'Camp slowed, Iracks seized his opportunity and passed the Dunbar runner en route to his best time on the Fort Dupont course this season.
"I knew there were some guys out here capable of beating me," Iracks said. "So I didn't want to wait for the end."
-- Tarik El-Bashir
Robinson Girls Upset Lake Braddock
The Robinson girls cross-country team provided the only major surprise at the Virginia AAA Northern Region championships at Burke Lake Park.
The Fairfax school defeated defending Group AAA state champion Lake Braddock for the first time this season in capturing the regional girls team title on the 2.98-mile course.
The Rams won their first regional title since 1991 as three runners placed in the top 15: Sam Ference (11th, 18:35), Amy Wagner (12th, 18:40) and Lauren Houland (14th).
-- Bryan Tucker
West Potomac Surprises Centreville
West Potomac became the first No. 4 seed to capture the Virginia AAA Northern Region field hockey championship with a 1-0 victory over fourth seed and No. 2 Centreville at Oakton High in Vienna. Junior forward Kathryn Beal scored the winning goal with 1 minute 1 second remaining. Beal scored on an open net after Centreville sophomore goalie Christy Morgan slipped while trying to kick away the ball.
It was the fifth time West Potomac (13-6) has claimed the region title. Centreville (16-2-1) was attempting to win its first title.
-- Seth Emerson
Pulupa, Brown Gain District II Final
Walter Johnson junior Diana Pulupa hit 14 winners and four aces en route to a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Sherwood's Mary Ho in the semifinals of the Maryland District II regional tournament at Montgomery College in Rockville.
"I was solid, which I needed to be because Mary hits such consistent shots," said the top-seeded Pulupa (18-0). "I wanted to avoid her forehand and play my game."
Pulupa will face Magruder sophomore Ronnie Brown in the final. Brown, the No. 2 seed, also looked strong in a 6-2, 6-2 win against Richard Montgomery senior Danielle Piacente.
-- Judith Evans
Gar-Field Rallies, Defeats Osbourn Park
Gar-Field rallied from a two-game deficit to defeat defending Virginia AAA Cardinal District champion Osbourn Park, 11-15, 17-19, 15-9, 15-10, 15-6 in the district championship game in Dale City.
-- Josh Leventhal