South Lakes All-Met junior Alan Webb broke the course record by 11 seconds yesterday morning, but it was not enough to win the Foot Locker cross-country championships national final in Orlando.
Dathan Ritzenhein, a junior from Rockford, Mich., won the boys individual title in 14 minutes 29.83 seconds, shattering the previous course record set by Jorge Torres (15:16.4) last year.
Webb finished eighth overall at Disney's 3.1-mile Oak Trail Course at Shades of Green in 15:05.87.
"I was with the lead pack up to two miles and they started slowly breaking away from me," said Webb during a phone interview from Orlando. "I was disappointed I could not hang with them."
Webb concluded an enormously successful cross-country season yesterday despite losing for the first time this fall. He defended his Virginia AAA state title on Nov. 13 and set a course record (14:52.0) in winning the Foot Locker South Region title Nov. 27 in Charlotte.
"I had a pretty good season with the exception of this race," Webb said. "I won all my races except this one, but you always want to win."
Handley All-Met Bobby Lockhart also broke the previous course record--one of 16 runners to better Torres' mark yesterday. He was the lone sophomore in the 32-runner field, and finished in 15:16.03.
"I did not know what to expect so I used this as a learning experience," said Lockhart, who was the Virginia AA champion this fall. "I have two more years to do this so there is time left to improve."
Lake Braddock All-Met senior Erin Swain, who was the only local girl to qualify for nationals, placed 17th overall in 17:44.75. Senior Victoria Chang of Honolulu won the girls individual title in 17:05.82--bettering the course record by 30 seconds (17:35.7).
"[The leaders] took off at the beginning and I ran in the middle of the race the whole time," Swain said. "I'm happy with my time--I ran faster than I did at the regional race [17:46.1]."