Loudoun Valley’s Andrew Hunter and Heritage’s Weini Kelati, pictured at the Virginia 4A state championships last month, nabbed national titles in San Diego. (Jon Fleming/MileStat.com)

Andrew Hunter’s shoulders are farther apart than those of a typical high school cross-country runner. His feet are bigger than his average competitor’s, and his head sits a few inches higher off the ground than most. The Loudoun Valley senior and Oregon commit is not the typical standout high school distance runner — and the expectations for his performance at top competitions keep soaring as a result.

Hunter, who already holds claim to the fastest 5,000-meter race in the country this year, entered Saturday’s Foot Locker Cross Country Championships as an overwhelming favorite and still managed to drop plenty of jaws. After pulling away nearly 250 meters into the hill-filled, tree-lined course at Balboa Park in San Diego, what was once — albeit briefly — a close race turned into a two-second lead. Then six. Then eight.

At the end of it all, as Hunter finished his final high school cross-country race, his lead sat at 12 seconds and his title promoted him to national champion.

“In the last hundred, it kind of hit me. I just soaked everything up,” said Hunter, who officially crossed in 14 minutes 55 seconds. His time was the fastest since 2011 and his margin of victory was the greatest since 2009. “I just realized this was the last one and I was ending my career with the goal I had from my sophomore year. It was a long 20 seconds.”

An hour earlier, Heritage sophomore Weini Kelati held off a furious late-race charge from Maryjeanne Gilbert of Peoria Notre Dame (Ill.) and won the girls’ race in 17:09, the first stanza of the two-part sweep for the Loudoun County runners, state champions and friends.

Kelati burst out to a 5:13 first mile but was never able to shake the competition as she had so many times before. She made one last push down the course’s final hill and built herself a lead that she would never cede.

“When there are people near you, you just have to remember that they are as tired as you. I just told myself I wasn’t going to give up,” Kelati said, using Heritage Coach Doug Gilbert as a translator. “When I finished, I was so happy that I felt I needed to run again.”

Kelati, a 19-year-old Eritrean native in her final year of high school eligibility, finished 20th last year. Hunter finished fourth.

Annapolis junior Maria Coffin didn’t qualify for the FLCCC last year but did so this year with a third-place finish in the Northeast regional. Coffin finished 27th in 18:22, succeeding in her goal of finishing in the top 30.

“I’ve never run at this level, so I learned a lot of things from this race,” Coffin said. “Now that I’ve run here, I really want to do better and come back and maybe get higher up there on the national level.”