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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.

Riverside freshman Chloe Ramirez crossed the finish line first in the Varsity ‘B’ girls race at the Oatlands Invitational.—Times-Mirror/Bill Clare

Loudoun Valley boys run to Oatlands Invitational title

Eight races. More than 2,000 runners representing high schools from seven states. The 2016 Oatlands Invitational was once again a big hit Sept. 17 at historic Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg. The Loudoun Valley Vikings easily paced the boys' field in the Varsity 'A' race. The Vikings placed five runners in the top 45, highlighted by junior Peter Morris crossing the finish line second.

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.


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