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    Huskies, Bulldogs show best in elite races at Oatlands Invitational

    photoTuscarora placed fourth among 38 teams in the girls Varsity A race at the Oatlands Invitational Sept. 21 in Leesburg. The girls, from left: Natalie Rosas, Courtney Walker, Lori Kostka, Raiya Al-Nsour, Kelly Riley, Jannen Hermann, Colleen Heberle and Anna Wasko.—Times-Mirror Photo/Scott Shepherd

    The Tuscarora High School girls cross-country team proved once again why they are an emerging force in the Dulles District, placing fourth out of 38 teams in the elite Varsity A race at the Oatlands Invitational on Sept. 22 in Leesburg.

    Sophomore Anna Wasko led the pack of Huskies, finishing 34th with a time of 20 minutes, 54 seconds. Teammates Colleen Heberle and Kelly Reilly quickly followed, notching 37th and 47th places respectively.

    “They’re doing a great job running as a group and encouraging and helping each other,” Tuscarora coach Rebecca Puterio said. “The girls went out to Oatlands, knew the course and knew what they had to do.”

    The top individual finisher for Loudoun in the girls Varsity A race was Woodgrove freshman Emma Gillies, who placed 10th in 20:00. Briar Woods senior Jackie Deffer finished 14 seconds later to take 12th.

    In the boys Varsity A race, Loudoun County senior Patrick Joseph finished best among Loudoun competitors, crossing the finish line in 10th place with a time of 16:27.

    Joseph was one of 16 runners to earn National Elite status at the event. John Dooney of Tuscarora finished 24th, while Stone Bridge runners Brady Guertin, Austin Lushinski and Robert Willis came in at 34th, 35th and 36th places, helping the Bulldogs capture sixth place in the boys varsity A team competition among 51 schools.

    Briar Woods, Potomac Falls and Tuscarora took 14th, 16th and 17th in the boys Varsity A match, and Puterio anticipates battling those two schools for a district crown.

    “For our boys, the biggest competition is Woodgrove, Briar Woods and Potomac Falls,” Puterio said. “We run against all three of them in the next two weeks. It’ll be tough.”

    In the boys Varsity B contest, Broad Run finished first among 58 teams, with Dominion and Loudoun Valley also breaking into the top 10 at sixth and eighth place. Spartan junior Dane Boegner crossed the finish line at 17:40, earning a 15th place finish, while Trent Lancaster of Dominion took 17th, just milliseconds behind Boegner. Adam Stevenson was the Vikings’ top runner, placing 22nd with 17:47.

    Sarah Dillistin, the reigning Dulles District champion, finished fourth with a time of 20:42, leading Loudoun runners in the girls Varsity B competition. Molly Polizotta had a 12th place finish at 21:14, helping the Vikings earn fifth place.

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    Wakefield School sophomore Alexis Russell, a Leesburg resident shown here in red, placed 19th in the girls Varsity B race with a time of 21:24.—Courtesy Photo


    -Below photos by Scott Shepherd

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