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Loudoun Valley High School’s indoor track and field team.—Courtesy Photo

Loudoun Valley places second at state indoor track meet

The Loudoun Valley Vikings placed second in the boys' team standings at the Virginia High School League Group 4A State Indoor Track and Field Championships, contested Feb. 24-25 at Roanoke College. Front row, from left: Jack Tracy, Kevin Carlson, Colton Bogucki and Jacob Hunter. Back row: Jacob Windle, Akere Simms, Peter Morris, Chase Dawson, coach Paul Hall, coach Joan Hunter and coach Marc Hunter.

Freedom High School sophomore Annika Bolton is taking her track and field skills to Australia this summer for the 2017 Down Under International Games.—Courtesy Photo

Freedom’s Bolton to run Down Under

In 2016, Annika Bolton spent part of her summer in Spain participating in an academic enrichment program. This summer, Bolton will make her way to Australia to compete in the 2017 Down Under International Games. A 15-year-old sophomore at Freedom High School in South Riding, Bolton will represent Virginia on the East Conference Track and Field Team. Bolton will compete in the 400-meter run, 800-meter run and triple jump at the International Games, set for the first week of July.
Alex Galloway

Fast track: Galloway is ODAC Athlete of Week

Bridgewater College sophomore sprinter Alex Galloway earned his first career Old Dominion Athletic Conference Indoor Track Athlete of the Week award Jan. 16. Galloway,a Broad Run High School alum, paced Bridgewater in sprints Jan. 13 at the CNU Quadrangular.

Woodgrove’s Kaur to showcase track and field skills at GMU

Woodgrove High School senior Puneet Kaur has signed a national letter of intent to continue her track and field career at George Mason University. Kaur, who holds the school record in shot put, aims to compete in several throwing events for GMU.
Bruce McBarnette

McBarnette rises above field at USA Masters Games

Bruce McBarnette topped the field in the high jump and placed second in the triple jump at the USA Masters Games, contested July 21-31 in Greensboro, N.C. The Sterling resident cleared 5 feet, 7 inches to claim gold in the high jump.

Erin Kelly enjoyed a strong close to her summer season with Special Forces Track Club.—Courtesy Photo

Kelly makes her mark on track

Special Forces Track Club standout Erin Kelly raced to several medal-winning finishes in the 800 meters and 1,500 meters during a two-week stretch. Kelly, 13, completed her season with All-American status for a second consecutive year.
Bruce McBarnette

McBarnette jumps to another gold medal

Bruce McBarnette is once again a USA Track and Field Masters Championships gold medalist. McBarnette, 58, of Sterling, cleared 5-feet, 7-inches in the high jump to strike gold for men ages 55-plus July 15 at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. A member of the Potomac Valley Track Club, McBarnette has now won 33 USA Masters championships to go with 12 World Masters championships.

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.

Ashburn Elite have qualified 21 athletes to compete in the Junior Olympics.—Courtesy Photo

Ashburn Elite athletes win state titles

A total of 24 Ashburn Elite athletes competed in the AAU State Track and Field Championships June 24-26 in Gloucester. DJ Cobbs (long jump), Chris Rollinson (100 hurdles) and Lola Taiwo (3,000) claimed gold medals and won state titles.

Stephanie Garcia hurdles a barrier during her first-round 3,000-meter steeplechase race. Garcia was competing in her second U.S. Olympic Team Trials.—Times-Mirror/Bill Ofenloch

Garcia narrowly misses Olympic bid: “I gave it everything I had”

For six-and-a-half laps of Thursday's 3,000-meter women's steeplechase final, Broad Run High School graduate Stephanie Garcia appeared to be running with power, control and confidence. With Garcia, a former All-America at the University of Virginia, leading or close to the lead from the start at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, a top three finish and a trip to the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games seemed hers for the taking.


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