Lee-Davis junior Stephanie Cario (pictured left by David Fleenor) came into this season noticed by few at the state level as after all, she has never qualified individually for state competition. Her times were good enough to be one of the top runners in the Capital District, but she still was running in the shadows of others in her district and region including teammate Amanda Lineberry. When it was learned that Lineberry would be missing at the least the first half of the cross country season coming back from injury, Cario and her teammates knew they would have to step it up in her absence. Cario took the call to step up to heart as she has been running at a level which few including herself could have expected leading to this season. The Oatlands Invitational was an eye opener race for Cario of what she might be capable of with a top 20 finish and beating some highly ranked runners. She has shown the race in Leesburg was not a one time fluke in her follow up races including a 19:14 personal best run at Hagan Stone and winning her first major invite this past weekend at her home invite. MileStat.com's Brandon Miles interviewed Cario after taking first in front of the home crowd at Pole Green.
Video of the varsity A boys race from the 2008 Oatlands Invitational held Saturday, September 20th in Leesburg, VA. Solomon Haile of Maryland (15:25 course record) and Oakton boys won the individual and team titles.
Photos taken by Brandon Miles from the 2008 Oatlands Invitational held Saturday, September 20th at Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg, VA