Tomorrow will be special day in Purcellville, at least for the members of Loudoun Valley High School’s vaunted team of long-distance runners.
The Town Council has formally declared Feb. 20 is Loudoun Valley Cross Country Team Day in honor of team’s state and national championship won in 2017.
The team gathered at the Bush Tabernacle on Saturday morning for a special ceremony that included Mayor Kwasi Fraser and members of the Town Council, U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA-10), Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge), School Board member Jill Turgeon (Blue Ridge) and leaders of the new Fireman’s Field complex management team.
On stage with the team was the large Nike Cross Nationals trophy, which now displays Loudoun Valley High School among its list of winners. The team set records for the lowest score and the highest margin of victory in last year’s championship.
“What a great testament to commitment and perseverance,” Comstock said of the team’s accomplishments. “These are great life-long skills that you are learning as a team as well as as individuals.”
She presented certificates of congressional recognition to the team, coaches Joan and Marc Hunter and two-time state champion runner Natalie Morris during the Feb. 17 ceremony.
Play to Win owner Chris Bourassa and former NFL running back Shaun Alexander, who are leading the partnership hired to manage the town’s Fireman’s Field property, presented a photo of the national champion team to be displayed in the school.
“It’s not easy getting something like this. It takes hard work, commitment. Coaches who are committed to the program. Families, parents who are willing to drive and get their kids to practice and wherever they need to be. And a community to support them,” Bourassa said. “When you put all those things together—and apparently add some Purcellville water—you get these kind of results. Not only do their families and they have pride in what they’ve done, but the community has pride in it as well and it creates role models for the younger kids and we need some of that.”
Saturday’s event also served as an unveiling of Bourassa’s and Alexander’s plans for the Fireman’s Field complex after being award a management contract by the Town Council.
“I thought we could rock this place and bring families together and push the historical value of this place and do something for families that just hasn’t been here for a long time,” Alexander said of his decision to manage the complex.
In recent weeks, the management team has been sprucing up the skating rink and added a new stage and a toddler’s area. Alexander outlined a long roster of fitness classes and youth activities that are in the planning stages. The next big event at the property is Saturday’s Loudoun-Grown Expo.
For more information about programs planned at center, go to firemansfield.com.