Dunbar Track Succeeds With Unconventional Training Facility

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Reporting by Dave Owens, WUSA 9

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Traditionally, Dunbar has the most dominant girls' track team in the District.

This year, the Crimson Tide placed third behind Wilson and Georgetown Visitation in the D.C. State Athletic Association's (DCSAA) first-ever indoor track championship between the city's public, private, charter and parochial schools.

But how does a team from a school that does not have a track finish the season with such success, especially when city rules maintain athletes are not allowed to practice outside when temperatures are below 40 degrees?

The answer for Dunbar -- unconventional training techniques. The girls do push-ups, sit-ups and calisthenics in Dunbar's gym and hallways. Then, they head to a nearby parking garage to run.

London Freeland, one of the Crimson Tide's top runners, had three first-place finishes at the DCSAA meet. Looks like the team's determination to practice definitely carried over to a determination to succeed in the city championship this season.

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