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The Loudoun Valley Vikings dominated the competition at the Class 4 cross-country meet to claim their third consecutive state championship.—Times-Mirror/Mike Walgren

Loudoun Valley makes history with perfect score at Class 4 cross-country meet

His golden jersey flapping in the chilly Piedmont breeze, Loudoun Valley’s Sam Affolder picked up his pack-leading pace and accelerated toward the finish line. He could see red numbers ahead of him, the finish-line clock ticking up the time since he and 103 others began their five-kilometer run.

Paced by Emma Wolcott, Ava Hassebrock, Sarah Gould, Katie West and Emma Hunt, the Tuscarora Huskies raced to a VHSL Class 5 state girls’ cross-country championship.—Times-Mirror/Jason S. Rufner

Tuscarora runs to third title in four years at Class 5 cross-country meet

For most programs, a runner-up finish at the state cross-country meet would be something to celebrate. For the Tuscarora Huskies girls’ team, their second-place status from 2016 - after winning states in both 2014 and 2015 - was something to motivate. The Huskies earned a return to the top, winning the team championship Nov. 10 at the Virginia High School League’s Class 5 state cross-country meet..

Loudoun Valley’s Sam Affolder, Peter Morris, Colton Bogucki, Jacob Hunter and Connor Wells secured finishing spots one through five at the VHSL state cross-country meet.—Times-Mirror/Mike Walgren

Loudoun Valley scores a perfect 15 at state cross-country meet

Loudoun Valley High School runners crossed the finish line one through five Nov. 10 at the Great Meadow course in The Plains to secure the Virginia Class 4 state boys' cross-country championship with a perfect score of 15.

Tuscarora senior Emma Wolcott, shown here at the 2017 Oatlands Invitational, crossed the finish line first at regionals in a time of 18 minutes, 18.33 seconds.—Times-Mirror/Art Pittman

Loudoun Valley, Tuscarora race to regional cross-country titles

The Loudoun Valley Vikings swept top team and individual honors in the Class 4, Region C cross-country meet Wednesday at the John Handley 5K course in Winchester. The Tuscarora Huskies claimed boys' and girls' team crowns in the Class 5, Region C meet, also contested Wednesday at Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg.

Junior Jenna Torrance is Foxcroft School’s Athlete of the Week.—Photo Courtesy/Foxcroft School

Torrance earns Foxcroft weekly athletic award

Jenna Torrance was recently selected as Foxcroft School's Athlete of the Week after setting a personal best time in a cross-country meet at Tandem Friends School in Charlottesville. The junior from Leesburg completed the difficult 5K course in 24 minutes, 21 seconds - slicing nearly a minute off her previous best time.

The Briar Woods Falcons perform their winning routine at the 5C North Region competition cheer meet Oct. 28 at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Loudoun Varsity Sports Rewind: Oct. 23-28 games

The Loudoun County Raiders outlasted the Heritage Pride in five sets Saturday afternoon to secure the No. 1 regional seed from the Dulles District. Briar Woods, Tuscarora and Broad Run secured the top three spots at the 5C North Region competition cheer meet Saturday evening at Stone Bridge.

The Tuscarora Huskies raced to boys’ and girls’ team titles at the Potomac District cross-country meet.—Times-Mirror/Jason Rufner

Tuscarora paces field at Potomac District meet

The weather over the 3.1-mile cross-country course at Leesburg’s Oatlands Plantation may have been cool and comfortable Oct. 25, but it still wound up being a dog day. The Tuscarora Huskies won everything there was to be won at the Group 5A Potomac District championships, taking home the individual and team titles for both boys and girls.

Woodgrove High School race winners Rylan Pettit and Sophie Hudak.—Times-Mirror/Mike Walgren

Western Cruise: Loudoun Valley, Woodgrove race to Dulles District titles

On Oct. 25, the championship season of high school cross-country got off to a strong start out of the gate. With sunny skies over Oatlands Plantation’s hilly 3.1-mile course just south of Leesburg, the west proved to be the best in the Dulles District cross-country championships.

Loudoun Valley junior Sam Affolder crossed the finish line 16 seconds ahead of his closest competitor to win the Varsity ‘A’ boys race at the Oatlands Invitational.—Times-Mirror/Art Pittman

MORE PHOTOS: Loudoun Valley runs past competition at Oatlands Invitational

The depth and quality of Loudoun Valley High School's cross-country program was on full display Sept. 16 at the 2017 Oatlands Invitational in Leesburg. The Vikings swept first-place team honors in all four varsity races and placed first or second in each of the four junior varsity races among a field that included teams from Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Kmaljeet Athwal crossed the finish line in 23:19 in her first college race.-Photo Courtesy/NOVA athletics

Tuscarora alum sets record in first college race

Northern Virginia Community College freshman Kmaljeet Athwal set the program mark for the fastest time in a 6k race to help the Nighthawks finish fourth Sept. 2 at the Salisbury Fall Classic. Athwal, a Tuscarora High School alum, finished her race in 23 minutes, 19 seconds, besting the previous mark set by Heather Mwitanti (24:57) in 2012.

Loudoun Valley repeated as VHSL state cross-country champions in 2016.—Times-Mirror/Doug Stroud

Valley’s Marc Hunter selected as state’s top cross-country coach

The United States Track & Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association have selected Marc Hunter as the Virginia High School Boys Cross-Country Coach of the Year. Hunter guided Loudoun Valley to a second consecutive Virginia 4A state championship in 2016.

The Loudoun Valley Vikings are once again state cross-country champions, winning the Group 4A boys’ title.—Times-Mirror/Doug Stroud

Morris, Vikings lead pack at VHSL State Cross-Country Championships

The Loudoun Valley Vikings ran away with the boys' team title Nov. 12 at the VHSL State Cross-Country Championships. The Vikings placed six runners in the top 40 overall, highlighted by junior Peter Morris crossing the finish line first in 15 minutes, 14 seconds.

Loudoun Valley boys run to 4A West Region title

The Loudoun Valley Vikings placed first in the boys' standings and second in the girls' standings at the 4A West Region cross-country meet. Freedom, Rock Ridge and Dominion boys, and Loudoun County and Rock Ridge girls also raced to top five team finishes Nov. 2 at Kernstown Battlefield in Winchester.

Emma Wolcott, shown here crossing the finish line first at the 2015 Virginia 5A state championship meet, completed the Oatlands Plantation course in 18 minutes, 40 seconds Oct. 26 to help Tuscarora claim the Conference 14 crown.—File Photo/Rick Wasser

Cross-country: Six Loudoun teams race to conference meet titles

Riverside (Conference 28 boys), Tuscarora (Conference 14 boys and girls), Freedom (Conference 22 boys), Loudoun Valley (Conference 21-B boys) and Loudoun County (Conference 21-B girls) raced to team titles Oct. 26 at their respective cross-country conference meets. Derek Johnson and Emma Wolcott of Tuscarora, Bethany Graham of John Champe, Peter Morris of Loudoun Valley and Kathryn Harris of Rock Ridge each placed first in their respective races.

Two of a kind: Twins Natalie and Peter Morris set Valley’s pace

Over the past few years, the rise of Loudoun Valley High School cross-country has been meteoric. From being just another team of green-clad runners on the course, the Vikings have emerged as a distance-running powerhouse, scoring individual and team victories while producing distance-runners good enough for the college ranks or even the professional ones.

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