Nicely paces Wil­son girls af­ter in­jury-filled sea­son; Gon­zaga claims boys’ ti­tle

The Washington Post Sunday - - NFL WEEK 9 - BY JACKIE BUDKO jackie.budko@wash­post.com

Wil­son ju­nior Ava Nicely was out of breath af­ter cross­ing the line first, but she had enough en­ergy left to cheer her team­mates as the Tigers cap­tured the team ti­tle at the D.C. State Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion cross-coun­try cham­pi­onship Satur­day in Ke­nil­worth Park.

“I’ve worked this whole sea­son re­ally hard, and I was re­ally sur­prised to win,” Nicely said af­ter fin­ish­ing in 19 min­utes 41 sec­onds.

It was a dif­fi­cult sea­son for Nicely, who was side­lined with in­juries for much of it. When her team­mates were train­ing, she was re­hab­bing, leav­ing her to find other times to get in work.

Wil­son fin­ished with 44 points, edg­ing St. John’s (49) and Na­tional Cathe­dral (53).

Wil­son’s Claire Wig­glesworth fin­ished fourth (20:03), while Talya Lehrich (21:25), Gil­lian Kim­mel (21:28) and Made­lyn Shapiro (22:05) fin­ished 13th, 15th and 21st, re­spec­tively.

“They knew what they needed to do and fought for it,” Wil­son Coach Emily Far­rar said. “Our three, four and five run­ners re­ally needed to bring it to­day, and they looked strong and ag­gres­sive.”

Wash­ing­ton Latin’s Zoe Edel­man was sec­ond in 19:43. Na­tional Cathe­dral’s Sophia Han­way placed third (19:58), and Ed­mund Burke’s Katie Hirsche was fifth (20:12).

Gon­zaga (47) rolled to the boys’ ti­tle, while Wash­ing­ton Latin’s Luke Te­walt fin­ished first in­di­vid­u­ally — with a big smile as he crossed the line. In the fi­nal kilo­me­ter, Te­walt slushed through pud­dles and mud to fin­ish in 16:28.

“The race to­day was about strat­egy, and I raced smartly to give my team a chance at plac­ing high as a team,” Te­walt said.

Wash­ing­ton Latin fin­ished in sixth with 120 points. Wil­son (82) and Sid­well Friends (83) fin­ished sec­ond and third.

Gon­zaga pre­pared well for the race. The Ea­gles ran the course at the DCXC In­vite in Septem­ber, and Coach John Ausema had his team prac­tice on the course a few times as well.

“We have a strong group that bought into the pro­gram and ran well since the sum­mer and even be­fore that,” Ausema said.

Gon­zaga’s Cullen Ca­puano and Gavin McEl­hen­non placed sec­ond and third, re­spec­tively, with four oth­ers plac­ing in the top 22.

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