Lester wins cross-country championship as St. John’s, Gonzaga take titles

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Page Laster of National Cathedral School won the DCSAA cross-country girls championship. (photo by Cory Royster)
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Over the last two falls, just as certain as the arrival of autumn colors on leaves has been National Cathedral’s Page Lester winning gold.

On Saturday afternoon, Lester won her second cross-country championship race in as many weeks, staking claim to the D.C. State Athletic Association title with a time of 18:05 to top the 19:31 achieved by Cady Hyde of St. John’s.

Page Laster’s 18:05 time easily topped the No. 2 runner’s performance. (photo by Cory Royster)

“I was thrilled to finish up my NCS cross-country career at D.C. states,” said Lester. “While I didn’t have the best race, I was proud of myself for executing a better race than the week before. That being said, I know there is still much more work to do. I’m most proud of the team effort and performances. So many runners on the team ran best times. It was a fitting end to a really strong season for the team.”

While Lester delivered first-place gold, the team only had one other top-10 finisher: Sophia Hanway, who took fourth. Hyde anchored the Cadets, who won the meet — where lower scores are better — with a team score of 59, ahead of Wilson’s 64 and Cathedral’s 78.

In addition to Hyde’s second-place performance, the Cadets saw two other top-10 finishes with Anna Cestari and Ann Hagerty earning eighth and 10th place, respectively.

Meanwhile, Wilson’s second-place finish was led by Allie O’Brien’s third-place run and Ava Nicely’s seventh-place jaunt.

Other top performances by Northwest runners included a fifth-place finish for Visitation’s Michaela Kiran, a sixth-place run by Sidwell’s Allison Barker and a ninth-place push by Washington Latin’s Zoe Edleman.

Gonzaga’s Gavin McElhennon took first place in the DCSAA boys cross-country championship. (photo by Cory Royster)

On the boys side, a flock of Gonzaga Eagles dominated the top-10 finishers — led by Gavin McElhennon’s first-place finish at 16:34. Cullen Capuano, David Gianni and John Travis finished third, fourth and sixth, respectively, to catapult Gonzaga to a dominant 31-point finish ahead of the second-place scores of 86 for St. John’s, St. Albans and Sidwell.

St. Albans had a pair of top-10 finishers with Jonathan Merril and Jack Tongour taking eighth and ninth place, respectively. St. John’s and Sidwell also each had one runner in the top 10, with Liam De Beaufort taking seventh for the Cadets and Arjun Thillairajah earning fifth for the Quakers.

The other top Northwest runner was Washington Latin’s Luke Tewalt, who finished second overall with a time of 16:55.

Northwest runners shine at PVAC finals

Jewish Day won the boys and girls Potomac Valley Athletic Conference cross-country meets on Oct. 31, but several Northwest runners had top-10 performances.

On the girls side, Washington International’s Elsa Cooney earned silver and Maddy Connolly took fifth place. Meanwhile, Burke’s Katie Hirsche grabbed bronze and Camille Salyers finished fourth. Finally, Field’s Lexi Stone raced to ninth place.

On the boys side, Washington International’s Henry Asher took fourth and Nicolo Zucchi nabbed eighth.