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800m specialist Dowd opens cross country season as runner-up to MD\'s best in Gay Sep 8, 2007

Fairfax junior Frances Dowd (pictured left by Kevin Milsted of mocorunning.com), the 2007 AAA state 800 meter runner-up, kicked off her cross country season at the Peter Geraghty Invite in Maryland against one of the best runners from our neighbors to the north of the Potomac in Walt Whitman's Morgane Gay. Gay well distanced herself from the field and Dowd with a 18:44 win, but Dowd closed well to secure second place in 20:04 as she continues to build the confidence she exhibited as a speedy half miler this past spring now in the fall as a cross country runner. Fairfax had a pair of individual runner-up performers as Dante Morales, a transfer from Poquoson High School, posted a personal best 5K time of 16:47 to garner a second place finish in the varsity boys race. Both Fairfax and Paul VI competed as the lone Virginian teams in the Mount St. Mary's University hosted event.

2007 Peter Geraghty Invitational Sep 8, 2007

Photos taken by Kevin Milstead of mocorunning.com of Virginia athletes competing in the Peter Geraghty Invitaitonal hosted by Mount St. Mary's University in Maryland.

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