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50K, half marathon held on Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail

The 8th annual 50K race and first 3H Half Marathon drew more than 100 participants to the Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail in King George County on Saturday.

Runners of the 50K race, about 85 in total, began the 31­mile trek at 6:30 a.m. at the Bloomsbury Road trailhead, crossing Lambs Creek Church Road, Comorn Road, Indiantown Road, Panorama Drive and Owens Drive before reaching the turnaround point located near the Dahlgren WalMart off U.S. 301 to return to the Bloomsbury Road location. Half­-marathon runners, about 50, began at 8 a.m., following the same route but turning around before reaching Indiantown Road.

Both races were organized by volunteers from The Friends of the Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail, “an organization of trail supporters who want to see the DRHT protected for future generations,” according to the nonprofit group’s website, www.friendsdrht.org.

“The race is the only ultramarathon in King George County and the hottest 50K in the state of Virginia,” according to Neil Richard, a volunteer with The Friends of the DRHT. “We also posted the fastest 50k on dirt in 2014 when world­class runner Mike Wardian set a course record of 3:10:26.”

This year Wardian, 42, of Arlington, returned to finish the course in 3 hours, 17 minutes and 43 seconds. Wardian’s average time per mile was 6 minutes and 22 seconds.

The second place runner for men overall was Michael Runyon, 20, of Annandale, with a finishing time of 3 hours, 44 minutes and 54 seconds. The third place runner was Alexander Hetherington, 49, of Vienna, with a finishing time of 3 hours, 50 minutes and 52 seconds.

Catherine Sykes, 34, of Midlothian, placed first for women overall with a finishing time of 4 hours flat and 45 seconds, with an average time of 7 minutes and 45 seconds per mile.

Grayson Vincent, 30, of Washington D.C., placed second for women overall with a finishing time of 4 hours, 28 minutes and 15 seconds. Anna Reed, 31, of Washington D.C., placed third with a time of 5 hours, 15 minutes and 43 seconds.

The top three female runners of the half marathon included first place participant Sara Snyder, 19, of New Bern, North Carolina, who finished the 13.1­mile course in 2 hours and 8 seconds, with an average time of 9 minutes and 10 seconds per mile.

Ashley Maus, 32, of Falls Church, placed second for women overall with a finishing time of 2 hours and 21 seconds. Hazel Horvath, 17, of Washington D.C., placed third with a finishing time of 2 hours and 46 seconds.

The first place runner for men overall in the half marathon was Patrick Early, 37, of Dumfries, with a finishing time of 1 hour, 30 minutes and 5 seconds. Early’s average time per mile was 6 minutes and 52 seconds.

Nate Meiners, 22, of Silver Spring, placed second for men overall with a finishing time of 1 hour, 35 minutes and 50 seconds. Jason Lufkin, 34, of Washington D.C., placed third with a finishing time of 1 hour, 36 minutes and 44 seconds.

“The DRHT course is a mostly gravel trail that was once home to the Dahlgren railroad line that connected Fredericksburg to the Dahlgren Naval Base,” according to Richard. “When it was built in the early 1940s, it was primarily used to transport munitions, troops, and supplies to the base. Over time car travel became easier and the work at Dahlgren moved away from heavy munitions testing and more into computer work. The rail line was retired from use in the late 1950s and was eventually purchased by an individual.”

The Friends of DRHT volunteers maintain the trail and currently are working to make the DHRT part of the Virginia State Park system.

“Ideally this means linking the trail to the existing Caledon State Park and doubling the park’s existing trail system,” Richard stated. “As we continue to make progress towards this goal, we are continually thankful for the ever increasing number of local residents, businesses, and government officials that support the trail and the goals of the Friends of DRHT.”

View the results for the 50K race at www.racetimingunlimited.org/results/dhrt16rtu.htm.

View the results for the half marathon race at www.racetimingunlimited.org/results/hhh16rtu.htm.

View the DHRT race history since 2009 at www.racetimingunlimited.org/results/dhrt14data.htm.

Erica Terrini

W&L's Bell commits to Virginia Wesleyan College

Three-sport standout and 2016 W&L graduate Cullen Bell has committed to furthering his academic and baseball careers at Virginia Wesleyan College.

Bell was an All-Region and All-Area performer in his last season on the diamond in Montross. The smooth fielding shortstop batted .482 and led the team in most offensive categories.  

With his defensive capability and commitment to becoming the best offensive player he can be, Bell will certain factor into the middle infield plans for the Marlins over the next four years.  Bell chose the Marlins over several other suitors as he saw an opportunity to be a part of a rich baseball tradition and to make an impact early in his career.  

Former Essex standout Deon Hammond is a junior outfielder for the Marlins and Northumberland graduate Josh Hinson will be joining the team along with Bell this Fall.

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Hopyard seals regular season with 5-1 record

What a difference a year makes!

In fact, after six win-challenged seasons, the Hopyard Hammerheads have risen to finish the season with a 5-1 record. No longer are they the new kids on block. With a community nestled outside of Route 3, growing at a rapid rate, the sky is limit for potential for more winning seasons to come.

On Wednesday, the long awaited showdown for second place in the National Division standing, featuring Hopyard and Eden Estates ended with the Hammerheads winning, 309-191.

Ecstatic after the win, Hammerhead head coach Connor Muncie said, "Last night we wrapped up our season with a meet against the Eels. We won this meet and look to continue our best season ever with a great showing at finals in two weeks. With the win, we finish second in the National Division, which for us, is a great accomplishment. We are the second youngest team in the RSL so for us to finally get over the hump and see the results of our hard work is quite rewarding. I am very excited to see what we are going to do at finals!"

Spotswood (6-0) finished the regular season undefeated, and the regular season champion, after crushing Grafton, 361-138. During the earlier part of the season both Hopyard and Eden Estates loss to Spotswood in separate dual competition.

However, on Aug. 6, at the Jeff Rouse Sports Center, all seven teams in the National Division will be competing for the finals championship.

Hammerhead triple winners included: Mason Parker, Grace Brancheau, Lou Constant, Natalie Knoke, Jessica Miller, Rebecca Miller.

Eels triple winners featured CJ Crocker, and Kelsey Payne.

Another sign of Hammerhead growth is their ability to swim as a team, as they won 12 out of 15 relay competitions.

Leonard Banks

Sports editor

 

KG Rising Stars baseball team crowned champions

The KG Rising Stars 7 and 8-year-old baseball team competed in a tournament from July 18-24, in Northumberland. Eight teams from neighboring counties played in the tournament with 4 teams placed in pool A, and 4 in pool B.  

The games were played with a spring-loaded pitching machine delivering 43 mph pitches to batters. There was a 5 run scoring limit in innings one through, and no limit in the fifth innings.   

The King George coaching staff held 10 practices during the weeks leading up to the tournament. Coaches Jeff Truslow, Eddie Schill, Grant Callahan, and Bob Eves routinely instructed proper mechanics on hitting, fielding, throwing, and base running. The coaches knew they had a great group of determined ball players, but how far they would go as a team would be up to them.   
In their 3 pool play games, King George defeated Lancaster by a score of 14-0 on Monday, and on the following day, they defeated Essex 12-4. In addition, they defeated Caroline 15-1 on Thursday. King George played outstanding defense and slugged many balls deep into the outfield. The top two teams from each pool advanced to the playoffs for the gold championship.  King George earned a No. 1 seed by way of their 3-0 record. On Saturday, King George played King William in the semifinal playoff game, which was played in 98 degree heat. King George retired King William 3 up/3 down in the top of the first inning, and scored 5 runs during their last at bat.  

King George played with lots of confidence, ultimately winning the game 12-2 via the 10-run mercy rule in four innings. They played amazing defense in the contest turning two beautiful double plays to retire King William.    

King George played Richmond County on Sunday in the 97 degree heat for the championship. In the first inning, Richmond County scored two runs and King George countered with five runs.  

The pesky Rich County team scored five more in the second inning, but a determined King George team scored five of their own in the bottom of the second. KG held Richmond County scoreless in the third and fourth innings, while the King George boys scored five more runs in the third, and two runs in the fourth to secure a 17-7 mercy rule championship victory.  

KG scored 70 runs during the 5 games and allowed only 14 runs.  As a team, KG batted .714 during the tournament with 4 home runs and only 8 strikeouts.

It was an outstanding effort from a very determined group of ball players.  Northumberland did a great job running the event. KG won the Rising Stars tournament last summer as well, although six of the players from this year's team were new. Five of the boys are lucky enough to say they went "back to back". 

Jeff Truslow

Spotsylvania Sea Dragons defeat Dahlgren Sharks

The Sharks ended the summer dual meet season with a disappointing loss to the Spotsylvania YMCA Sea Dragons Monday, July 25, in their 25-yard pool.   

With some 30 Sharks attending 4-H camp, the score was 212 to 292, which reflects a tremendous effort on the part of the remaining 50-plus swimmers.

The Sharks were still able to boast of three triple winners and many first-place finishes:

Thirteen year old Caroline Bentz – 50 free (25.39), 50 breast (33.43), 100 IM (1:02.94); Tamera Wheater (15) – 50 free (27.67), 50 fly (30.69), 50 back (34.01); and Tyler Serpa (17) – 50 fly (27.44), 50 back (29.56), 100 IM (1:02.47.

First place individual finishes:  Deborah Fairfax (9) – 25 free (15.31); Kathryn Bennett (10) – 50 back (18.15); Nick Pacheck (10) – 25 free (14.78), 100 IM (1:23.90); Seth Christensen (11) – 50 fly (36.32), 50 breast (43.18); Jean Graham (12) – 50 breast (43.43); Jenna Kappa (13) – 50 fly (28.14); and Delonte Taleton (18) – 100 free (53.58), 50 free (24.14.).

First place relay teams:  Girls 9-10 100 free (Julia Foringer, Kathryn Bennett, Ryann Anderson, Deborah Fairfax); Girls 13-14 100 free (Becca Tidwell, Jenna Kapp, Clara LaMoy, Caroline Bentz); Girls 15-18 100 free (Clara Lamoy, Emily Tidwell, Emily Altman, Tamara Wheater); Boys 15-18 100 free (Deonte Taleton, Brandon Wofford, Tyler Serpa, Alex Poley); and Girls 13-18 100 medley (Tamara Wheater, Caroline Bentz, Jenna Kapp, Clara LaMoy).

The championship meet for the Patriot Division is scheduled for this Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Spotsylvania YMCA pool. This is an all-day affair divided into two sessions with all six teams in the division competing against one another.  The meet begins at 8:30 a.m., for swimmers aged 10 and under, and resumes at noon for swimmers ages 11 and up. This will be the last swim meet for graduating seniors assistant coach Matt Minero, and Delonate Taleton.   Assistant Coach Emily Tidwell also graduated this year, but can return next year to swim one last season.  We wish all three the best of luck in their first year of college in the fall!

Elizabeth Guthrie

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