Recognizing the Lake Braddock Girl’s Cross County Team

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Recognizing the Lake Braddock Girl’s Cross County Team

Madame Chairman:

I’d like to congratulate the girl’s cross-country team from Lake Braddock Secondary for their win at the Virginia AAA State Championship on November 14th. This is the program’s 3rd state title of the decade and 9th state title overall, which is a state record for most championships. At the start of the meet both Lake Braddock and Midlothian High School shared the record for consecutive championships won, with four each. While Lake Braddock took their string of titles in the 90s, Midlothian won the last four, threatening Braddock’s spot in the record books; but with the win this year Lake Braddock’s place remains secure.

Led by freshman Sophie Chase and senior Liana Epstein - who finished 11th overall despite still reeling from a bout with dehydration - the team added to their already impressive resume and built upon the program’s longstanding tradition. Sophie was able to place 3rd overall and earn first team ALL STATE honors. Tara Landy ran well for the Bruins and Casey Lardner and Seniors Kelly Hagan and Amanda Parker sealed the deal. Senior Monica Kohler exemplified the toughness of this squad running the last 2 miles of the course with only one shoe, no small feat when you know that the concrete and gravel portions of the course occur in the second and third miles.

Without objection, I ask that the Board of Supervisors congratulate the team for its achievement and invite them before the Board on January 26th to be formally recognized.


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