The H.D. Woodson girls' cross-country team ended Wilson's eight-year title reign by winning the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association championship yesterday at Fort Dupont Park. Behind third-place Latricia Parker (23 minutes 21 seconds), fifth-place Ayana Jackson (24:44) and sixth-place Sherice Allen (25:04), H.D. Woodson edged second-place Wilson, 27-32.
A year ago, H.D. Woodson fell short of winning by one point. But with a strong core of returning runners, Coach Gideon Tinch said his team was poised to unseat Wilson.
"Last year we lost by one, and this year we had some runners that stepped up," Tinch said. "They really dedicated themselves to winning the championship this year. Wilson has some great runners. All season we pushed them and they pushed us."
Ballou All-Met Andria Smallwood (23:05) won the individual title. Wilson's Neda Khalili-Marefat (23:16) placed second.
On the boys' side, Wilson (16 points) won for the fifth consecutive year, finishing in front of second-place Anacostia (43). Wilson had five top-10 finishers in Samuel Jewler (20:28), Nicholas Burant (20:51), Kevin Ha (21:15), Steve Gornstein (21:21) and Gary Barnes (21:25).
Ricky Jacobs of Ballou won the individual title with a time of 18:39, beating out second-place Jevon Statom of Banneker (20:14).
Brawl Ends Game
Chopticon's 42-19 football victory over Great Mills on Friday night was halted with nine minutes to go in the fourth quarter after a pair of late hits precipitated a bench-clearing brawl between the St. Mary's County schools.
A Chopticon player was called for a late hit while blocking on an interception return. On the next play, a Great Mills player was called for a late hit on Chopticon quarterback Justin McVerry after a handoff, Great Mills Coach Bill Greer said. The fight followed after the next snap, Greer said.
"I think there was a lot of frustration on their part, and our kids stupidly reacted to them," Chopticon Coach Andy Palko said.
No players suffered significant injuries and both teams' coaches were able to stop the fight without police assistance, Greer and Palko said. Greer said he did not know if his players would face disciplinary action at school this week.
Good Counsel Wins Title
Good Counsel earned its first Washington Catholic Athletic Conference field hockey championship, defeating visiting Holy Child in penalty strokes, 2-1, after a 1-1 game.
Senior captain Kimmi Rodgers scored from the fourth spot in the five-player penalty stroke rotation to seal the victory for Good Counsel (10-7). Sophomore goalkeeper Pam Lander allowed one goal in the tiebreaker.
Special correspondent Jon Goldberg contributed to this report.