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Annandale High School junior is All-American runner

Annandale High School junior is All-American runner

Annandale High School’s champion runner Ahmed Bile started the cross country season this fall with a sprained foot that kept him out of most meets, then finished up as an All American, coming in 14th in the Foot Locker Cross Country National Championships in San Diego Dec. 11.

That was the biggest highlight of his running career so far, said Ahmed, a junior. He ran the 5K course in 15 minutes, 33 seconds. But it was not his best 5K time, he said, noting that it was a rough course with a couple of steep hills. He was one of only four competitors from Virginia and the only one of the four to finish in the top 20, reports MileStat, a website that covers Virginia high school track and cross country events.

Give the Gift of Fun and Fitness

Give the Gift of Fun and Fitness

Need a holiday gift idea? Fairfax County Park Authority is selling gift cards!

Bailey's Crossroads residents respond to plan for Hogge Park

About 60 people came to public meeting at Glen Forest Elementary School Nov. 15 to tell Fairfax County park officials how they would like to see the Boyd A. and Charlotte M. Hogge Park developed. Several local residents opposed a proposal for community gardens and some were concerned about losing the stately trees on the property, but most seemed pleased with the concept in the Park Authority’s draft master plan for the 6.10-acre property in Bailey’s Crossroads.

The Park Authority purchased the property in 2006 from Charlotte Hogge with the stipulation that she could continue to live in the large estate there. After she died in 2007, the county determined the house was not worth preserving and demolished it.

Fear The Superintendent’s Halloween Revenge Tournament

The following was sent to us by Fairfax County Park Authority:

Pinecrest Golf Course staff is plotting revenge. They’ll watch as players hack through outlandish obstacles and punishing pin placements during a nine-hole, two-person scramble at Pinecrest Golf Course on Thursday, October 28, 2010.  The shotgun start begins at 10 a.m., and the cost is $30 per player. The fee includes a t-shirt and lunch. Win unique prizes! Wear a costume to receive a special gift!  The rain date is November 4. To register, call 703-941-1061 ext. 5.

Pinecrest Golf Course is located at 6600 Little River Turnpike in Annandale.

Leesburg Executive Airport Hosts 2010 Open House and Air Show on Saturday, October 23, 2010

Free event promises fun for the whole family

Check out the classic cars at Annandale's Juke Box Diner

Every Friday evening, the parking lot at the Juke Box Diner in Annandale is transformed into an impromptu classic car show, as car enthusiasts show off their dream machines.

Annandale student Mitchell Frank reaches third round at U.S. Open

Very few top athletes stick around their hometowns once they hit the big time. Junior tennis star Mitchell Frank is an exception. Frank, age 16, grew up in Annandale and still lives here with his parents.

He attended Wakefield Forest Elementary and Poe Middle School and is a senior at Annandale High School. Although with his busy tournament and training schedule, he takes all his classes online - English, geosystems, world history I, and AP statistics. Frank says he devotes five and a-half hours a day to tennis practice and fitness.

After competing in the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., earlier this week, Frank was back in Annandale, attending the Atoms home football game Friday night with his friends.