Brentsville's boys' cross-country team swept the top four spots to capture the Virginia AA Region II championship at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va., yesterday. The Tigers were unfazed by the cold, driving rain and finished with 26 points, 69 ahead of defending state champion Fort Defiance.
"Our goal was obviously to win it," Brentsville Coach Rob Dulin said. "But I didn't think we would win in that fashion. I was really happy for them."
Senior Pat Eggleston led the Tigers with a first-place time of 17 minutes 4.92 seconds. Junior Nick Gehlsen took second place by crossing the line less than 15 seconds later. Senior Jacob Watts finished third and sophomore Henry Melius placed fourth.
With such a convincing victory in Virginia's toughest cross-country region, Brentsville appears to be the favorite to win the AA state title.
"States is a whole different race," Eggleston said. "We just have to concentrate and not let our heads get too big."
Brentsville's girls placed second with 76 points, 26 behind champion Western Albemarle. Sophomore Becky Stewart led the Tigers with a fifth-place finish.
Broad Run's Stephanie Garcia placed third in 20:23.62, shortly behind Western Albemarle's Tasmin Fanning and Samantha Stafford.
Largo Football Penalized
The Largo football team will forfeit its season-opening win and possibly one more game for using an ineligible player, and Coach Ray Crawford has been suspended for the remainder of the season, Prince George's County Supervisor Of Athletics Earl Hawkins said yesterday.
The forfeit will drop the Lions, now 4-5, from playoff contention in the Maryland 4A South Region. Prior to the forfeit, Largo had been in position to earn the region's final playoff berth with a victory in tonight's regular season finale against High Point.
Crawford was given a letter of censure and barred from conducting any conditioning or weight-room workouts for the remainder of the school year. The player -- who did not live in the Largo enrollment zone and now goes to Parkdale -- was prohibited for playing in any sports for the next 60 days and is not eligible to play football at a county school next year, Hawkins said.
Crawford declined to comment yesterday.
River Hill Rolls
Two River Hill juniors won the boys' and girls' races in the Maryland 3A East cross-country championship at Centennial. Sergiy Zubko won the boys' race in 17 minutes 37 seconds and Wilde Lake's Scott Gayer finished second in 17:41.
On the girls' side, River Hill's Beth Seelaus won in 21:53, ahead of second-place Katie Williams (21:58) of Wilde Lake. River Hill captured the boys' team title with 39 points and Centennial won the girls' crown with 33 points.
Stone Ridge Wins
Senior setter Cally Haggerty had 13 assists and freshman middle hitter Elissa Goeke had 10 blocks and five kills to lead host Stone Ridge to a 25-23, 25-16, 10-25, 15-25, 15-7 victory over Georgetown Visitation in the quarterfinals of the ISL's A conference volleyball playoffs.
-- Josh Barr,
and Rich Campbell