After a full day of rain drenched the course, the rain let up just in time for the 5:30 start of the boys' race.
Teams from Einstein, Seneca Valley, Springbrook, St. Johns, Walter Johnson, Magruder, Churchill, and Oakland Mills toed the line. Over 200 boys competed.
WJ and Churchill runners dominated the front pack, but it was Magruder's Nicolas Escobar who controlled the race - the other leaders did not know where to go. So Sean O'Leary, Roni Teich and Sean King followed Escobar until the final quarter mile stretch when they figured out where to finish. King's strong hill running in the final half mile put him in the lead, but O'Leary dashed to the finish to edge out King by a slim margin for the win in 17:03. Teich moved ahead of Escobar but couldn't catch King down the stretch and finished in 17:05. Escobar was fourth in 17:08.
The meet was unscored, but it seemed that Churchill might have "won" with their depth. WJ kept it very close through four runners but Churchill packed it in in front of WJ's fifth.
The WJ vs. Churchill battle on the girls' side was even closer than on the boys' side. The two teams were neck and neck through five runners, so let's just call it a tie. Who's counting anyways?
The girls might not have known where they were going any more than the boys, but Maryam Fikri wasn't going to wait for a Magruder runner to direct her. She led the race out in front the entire way. She won the race in 20:16. Running together down the final straightaway was WJ's Anna Bosse and Churchill's Alex Giedd. Bosse had more strength of the two and edged out her opponent for the win in 20:51.