Hayfield's Melissa Dewey is so fast that she now trains with the boys' cross-country team at her school to optimize her performance.
Dewey's methods paid off yesterday, as the two-time All-Met successfully defended her title at the Glory Days Grill Invitational at Bull Run Regional Park in Manassas. She remained unbeaten in four events this season, and her time of 17:37 was equal to the second-fastest in the 12-year history of the event.
"My time really shocked me," Dewey said. "When I heard my [two-mile split time], I knew I had a shot."
The senior said she was still somewhat fatigued from her most recent workout with the boys' team, but she showed no effects as she finished 59 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Michele Levy of Wootton.
"With the guys, they kill me," Dewey said. "It's a lot of motivation and it gets me used to running in a pack."
Said Hayfield Coach Ed Geraty: "Our girls team is a very quality team. But with Melissa running at the level she's running, it certainly benefits her to train with quality male teammates. It's been helping her get her times down and her training."
After dominating the competition yesterday, Dewey said that she has her sights set on the Foot Locker Cross-Country Championships, a prestigious national meet that takes place in December.
"That's my goal, just to make it there," Dewey said. "I do have a little problem with getting tired. I'm really just trying to stay healthy and active."
In the boys' race, Brad Siragusa of Chantilly captured the title in 15:42, the eighth-fastest in the history of the meet. Like Dewey, Siragusa is unbeaten in four events this season. He bested Gaithersburg's Ryan James, who crossed the line in 15:55.
Defending Virginia AAA champion Jefferson won the boys' team title with 75 points, thanks to third- and fifth-place finishes by Chris Katilie (16:00) and Kyle Smith (16:08). The Colonials avenged last year's 83-82 loss to Oakton.
Oakton captured the girls' crown, with Kayley Byre taking fifth (19:06) and Sara Bailey placing ninth (19:15).