Heritage High School freshman Weini Kelati and Loudoun Valley junior Andrew Hunter outpaced fields of approximately 400 runners to claim the girls' and boys' titles respectively in the Oatlands Cross-Country Invitational elite varsity 'A' races Sept. 20 at Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg.
Kelati posted a time of 18 minutes, 12 seconds to finish 32 seconds ahead of runner-up Abby Colbert of Jefferson. Loudoun Valley senior Ciara Donohue (18:57) placed third, and Kelati's Pride teammate Georgie Mackenzie (19:20) crossed the finish line in 11th place.
Hunter - the reigning VHSL 3A state champion - blazed through the Oatlands course in 15:21 to claim the boys' crown. Broad Run senior Ethan Newland (16:13) placed seventh, while Tuscarora junior Fitsum Seyoum (16:31) and Stone Bridge junior Andrew Matson (16:42) both cracked the top 20.
Overall, eight races were contested in the Oatlands Invitational. The event drew more than 3,000 athletes representing nearly 100 high schools.
-Check back for photos from the Oatlands Invitational.