Wolfe wins duel with Lautzenheiser, Midlo boys impress with 3 under 16 min Oct 25, 2007

Photo by John Herzog The Dominion District saw an epic battle over the new Pocahontas State Park 5K course in Chesterfield between AA's top two ranked runners in #1 Kathleen Lautzenheiser of Midlothian and #2 Kristen Wolfe of James River. It lived up to the hype with the two runners running stride for stride until the final straightaway with Wolfe pulling away in a 18:05 victory for her third straight district title. Lautzenheiser was not far behind in second at 18:09. The Midlothian sophomore led a dominant team performance as while not running at full strength nearly put their top five under 19 minutes with Samantha Dow (5th, 18:40), Amy Witt (6th, 18:51), Erin Stehle (7th, 18:58), and Shannon Roplewski (8th, 19:05) for a team score of 28 points.  The Dominion District could be the home of the state team champions in the Midlothian girls, an individual state champion in either Wolfe or Lautzenheiser, as well as several other individuals capable of earning All-State honors with Cosby's Jenna Moye (3rd, 18:32) and Clover Hill's Abby Badura (4th, 18:36) turning in swift times on Thursday also. The Midlothian boys made quite a statement in their district meet with three runners under 16 minutes for 5K led by three-time Dominion champion Jason Witt in a winning time of 15:21, while the two finishers were his teammates in senior Michael Hammond and freshmen Brayden Burleigh running huge personal best times of 15:37 and 15:41 respectively. James River sophomore Ted Richardson ran a solid time of 15:55 to discontinue the string of Midlothian finishers with another Midlo freshman coming through with Darren Barlow in fifth place at 16:21. Britt Hockenbery (11th, 16:57) rounded out their top five scoring for Midlothian to win another Dominion title with 22 points. The state meet continues to look like it will be an even closer dogfight with the defending state champions Midlothian and the 2005 state champs and 2006 state runners-up from Oakton.