Photo by Ted Plunkett Oakton's Joe LoRusso finished the 2.98-mile course at Burke Lake Park in a blazing 15 minutes, 24 seconds to win the Concorde District title on Oct. 25. In that race, LoRusso battled rain, wind and the lack of any non-Oakton competition. But, on Thursday afternoon for the Northern Region cross country title, LoRusso's surroundings couldn't have been any different; however, the result was still quite the same. LoRusso finished the course in 15:10, two seconds better than Jefferson's Brian Landry (15:12) and eight seconds better than T.C. Williams' Brad Kenimer (15:18). According to LoRusso, Thursday's conditions were ideal. Read full story...
Lake Braddock is the defending regional team champion and will be in the favorite's role once again. The Bruins had a solid, if not overwhelming performance, in winning the Patriot District title last Wednesday by 11 points with their first place team total of 48 points. Oakton, the regional winners in 2004 and 2005, have hopes of their third regional title in four years and appear to have the most serious chance of upending Lake Braddock. Individually, the odds on favorite will be junior Lia DiValentin (pictured right by Ted Plunkett) of Chantilly. DiValentin comes into the regional meet with her time from the district meet 23 seconds faster than the next fastest competitor after winning the Concorde title last week in a very good time of 17:38.
Photo by Ted Plunkett Burke Lake Park will once again be the site of the Northern Region girls and boys cross country championships this Thursday, with the girls race to begin at 3:15 p.m. followed by the boys race approximately one half hour later. Although the course has undergone some slight changes between the 2.2 and 2.6 mile marks this season, it will still be basically the same course, relevant to distance and times, as it has been since the course was lengthened to 2.98 miles way back in 1974. Oakton and Jefferson have gone 1-2 in the team scoring for the last four years with Jefferson the regional champs in 2003 and 2004 and Oakton claiming the team title in 2005 and 2006. This year looks to be no different as both the Cougars and Colonials once again are fielding the strongest teams in the region and should make it five years in a row with Oakton and/or Jefferson in either first or second place.
Photos taken by Ted Plunkett from the 2007 Northern Regions Championships held at Burke Lake Park in Burke VA on Thursday, 01 November.
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