Winston Churchill freshman Nicholas Karayianis and West Springfield freshman Chris Weeks put on a show in the boys freshman race, with the former outlasting the latter in 16:37 and 16:38, respectively. Overall, five freshmen broke the 17 minute mark, while prior to this year no freshman had run sub-17.
FRESHMAN ALERT: Georgetown Visitation Prep freshman Megan Lynch absolutely demolished the previous freshman DCXC record of 19:58, blazing through the course in 18:10. John Champe's Bethany Graham was not far behind in 18:26, while overall an astounding ten girls broke the 20 minute mark.
The old sophomore boys DCXC record was bested by nearly a full minute by Whitman's Aaron Bratt. The first time cross country runner finished a fraction of a second ahead of Wootton's John Riker, both placing at 15:37. Northwood's Obsaa Feda finished fourth in 15:53, making three Montgomery County sophomores who went sub-16.
The sophomore girls race featured a rematch from last year's freshman girls race with very similar results. Tuscarora's Ava Hassebrock (18:12) was once again able to outlast Poolesville's Nandini Satsangi (18:25) as both girls broke the 18:30 barrier.
The races just kept getting faster as the afternoon wore on. Tuscarora's Derek Johnson avenged his close runner-up finish from last season with a statement win in 15:21. Westlake's Jay Hall continued his spectacular 2016 with a second-place, 15:26 effort.
The race of the day - and maybe the year - in the DMV was the rematch between George C. Marshall's Heather Holt and Walter Johnson's Abigail Green. Holt had beaten Green at last year's DCXC sophomore race, as well as this year's Oatlands Invitational, and she kept the streak going by running 16:56 - yes, 16:56, in an amazing winning effort. Green turned in a solid race of her own, finishing second with a final time of 17:14.
This was the third year of the DCXC Invite, and the third win for Thomas Jefferson S&T's Saurav Velleleth. He won the freshman/sophomore B race in 2014, the varsity junior race last season, and now the senior race with a personal best of 15:01, setting a new meet record. T.C. Williams' John Mackey was second in 15:06; the top Maryland runner was Charles E. Smith's Reuben Winston, who finished seventh with a time of 15:59.
Patuxent's Hayley Jackson was the only Maryland girl to win a race at this year's DCXC Invite, pacing the girls field to a win in 17:42. Her time, although only the third-fastest of the day by a girl, would have between the previous meet record.