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Loudoun Valley High School graduate Drew Hunter has signed a professional contract with Adidas.—Photo Courtesy/Photorun.net

Purcellville track phenom Drew Hunter to run as a pro

It wasn't four weeks after Drew Hunter graduated from Loudoun Valley High School that the young man found himself a good job. It's a job doing something Hunter genuinely enjoys, something at which he's among the best in his class and perhaps someday the world. And when he gets his college education, his job will foot the bill.

Gatorade’s National Boys’ Cross-Country Runner of the Year award goes to Drew Hunter of Loudoun Valley High School.—Times-Mirror/Bill Clare

Loudoun Valley’s Hunter is Gatorade’s National Runner of the Year

Loudoun Valley High School senior Drew Hunter was honored Wednesday morning as the Gatorade National Boys' Cross-Country Runner of the Year. 2004 U.S. Olympian Alan Webb presented Hunter with the award during a ceremony at the Purcellville school.

Drew Hunter of Purcellville joins an elite club of runners to win the Foot Locker Cross-Country Championships National Finals.—Photo Courtesy/Photorun.net

Loudoun pair run to national acclaim at Foot Locker Championships

For just the second time in the 37-year history of the elite Foot Locker Cross-Country Championships National Finals, the title winners of the boys and girls hail from the same state. Against the fastest high-school cross-country athletes the United States has to offer, Weini Kelati of Heritage and Drew Hunter of Loudoun Valley proved Dec. 12 they were the fastest of them all.

Weini Kelati of Leesburg pulls away from a pack of runners on her way to winning the Foot Locker Cross-Country Championships National Finals.—Photo Courtesy/Photorun.net

National champs: Kelati, Hunter race to Foot Locker cross-country titles

Loudoun runners Weini Kelati (Heritage High School) and Drew Hunter (Loudoun Valley) shined on the national stage Dec. 12 in San Diego, Calif. Kelati won the girls' race and Hunter crossed the finish line first in the boys' race at the Foot Locker Cross-Country Championships National Finals.

Tuscarora student-athletes Fitsum Seyoum, left, and Simon Shi will continue their athletic careers at Virginia Tech.—Courtesy Photo

A pair of Huskies to become Hokies

Tuscarora High School seniors Fitsum Seyoum and Simon Shi signed national letters of intent Nov. 16 to continue their athletic careers at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. Seyoum will join the Hokies' cross-country and track and field programs, while Shi will join the Hokies' swim program.

Weini Kelati of Heritage High School crossed the finish line first in the VHSL 4A girls’ race to help lead the Pride to their first-ever state championship as a team.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

A quartet of Loudoun teams, three individuals run to state titles

There's a cross-country boon going on right now in Loudoun County. Four local high school teams - Loudoun Valley's boys, Heritage's girls, Tuscarora's girls and Stone Bridge's boys - raced to state championships under a breezy blue sky Nov. 13 at Great Meadow in The Plains.

Loudoun runners shine at VHSL state cross-country meet

Four races. Four team champions. Three individual champions. Varsity runners from Loudoun schools enjoyed a day to remember Nov. 13 at the Virginia High School League Group 5A and 4A state cross-country meets, contested at Great Meadow in The Plains.

Drew Hunter, shown here crossing the finish line first at the 2014 VHSL state cross-country meet, says “I think there’s something really awesome about striving to be the best, to be on top.”—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Hunter sets the pace: Valley senior among nation’s top prep runners

Growing up, Loudoun Valley High School's two-time state cross-country champion Drew Hunter always liked running - but his passion for running involved dribbling a basketball at the same time. The first time he tried out competitive long-distance running, when he was about 10 years old, he didn't much care for it.

Tuscarora senior Fitsum Seyoum raced to the boys’ title in the 5A North Region meet.—File Photo/Rick Wasser

Cross-Country: Regional meets results

Four Loudoun teams - Heritage girls, Loudoun Valley boys, Stone Bridge boys and Tuscarora girls - placed first in their respective regional cross-country meets. Heritage's Weini Kelati, Loudoun Valley's Drew Hunter and Tuscarora's Fitsum Seyoum each won individual titles.

Thomas Curtin, left, leads the pack during the men’s race at the ACC Cross-Country Championships.—Photo Courtesy/Atlantic Coast Conference

Raider alum Thomas Curtin sets pace at ACC Cross-Country Championships

Loudoun County High School alum Thomas Curtin became just the second runner in Virginia Tech history to win an Atlantic Coast Conference cross-country championship Oct. 30 at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Fla. Curtin described his victory as "awesome" before adding, “winning the individual title against all those guys who are at a national caliber is fantastic.”

Cross-Country: Conference 21A meet results

Woodgrove High School placed second in the girls' team standings at the 4A Conference 21A cross-country meet Oct. 28 in Purcellville. The host Wolverines finished fourth in the boys' standings.

Cross-Country: Conference 28 meet results

First-year Riverside High School placed third in the boys' and girls' team standings at the 3A Conference 28 cross-country meet Oct. 28 at Nokesville Park.

Cross-Country: Conference 14 meet results

Stone Bridge boys and Tuscarora girls won team titles at the Virginia 5A Conference 14 cross-country meet Oct. 27 at Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg. Tuscarora swept individual honors with Fitsum Seyoum winning the boys' race and Emma Wolcott placing first in the girls' race.

Cross-Country: Conference 21B meet results

Loudoun Valley boys and Heritage girls won team titles at the Virginia 4A Conference 21B cross-country meet Oct. 27 at Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg. Loudoun Valley's Drew Hunter crossed the finish line first in the boys' race and Weini Kelati of Heritage won the girls' race.

Cross-Country: Conference 22 meet results

Freedom girls and Fauquier boys won team titles at the Virginia 4A Conference 22 cross-country meet Oct. 27 at Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg. Freedom swept individual honors with Brandon Wells winning the boys' race and Sydney Browe placing first in the girls' race.

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