Ea­gles’ Hengst, Gaels win ‘A’ ti­tles

Park wins in B Con­fer­ence; Friends re­peats in ‘C’

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Jeff Sei­del

The Mary­land In­ter­scholas­tic Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion’s ti­tle meet Tues­day was filled with plenty of re­peat cham­pi­onship per­for­mances.

Dal­ton Hengst of McDonogh won his sec­ond straight A Con­fer­ence ti­tle in the race at Steven­son, and No. 10 Mount Saint Joseph took its sec­ond con­sec­u­tive team con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship.

Tim Bar­rick of Park took the B Con­fer­ence ti­tle and led the Bru­ins to a team crown while Joshua Rose­more of Beth Tfiloh re­peated as C Con­fer­ence in­di­vid­ual cham­pion and Friends re­peated as C team champ.

The event was run as one race, with the fin­ish­ers sep­a­rated by con­fer­ences, not into a sin­gle over­all pool.

In the A race, Hengst jumped out in front early and even­tu­ally pulled away to fin­ish in 15 min­utes, 29.3 sec­onds.

Hengst, who­hasper­formed well all sea­son long, beat team­mate Lu­cas Wright by 37.4 sec­onds. Last year, Hengst won in 16:06.30 while Wright took third.

“The plan was to take the lead early,” Hengst said. “I took the lead [about] 200 me­ters in. I felt pretty good.”

Hengst said he knew the other run­ners would be shoot­ing for him, but it’s some­thing he un­der­stood as the de­fend­ing cham­pion.

“It’s easy when there’s no pres­sure on you,” he said. “[But] there’s al­ways a tar­get on my back. I was con­fi­dent that I could win the race.”

Last year, Mount Saint Joseph beat Loy­ola Blake­field by only two points and got a break when a run­ner fell. How­ever, this time the deep, tal­ented Gaels left no doubts.

They finished with 38 points, beat­ing Calvert Hall (84) and Loy­ola (98). Mount Saint Joseph put five run­ners in the top 12, and that proved to be more than enough.

Coach Phil Turner said he liked the way his team pre­pared for this race.

“The kids were fo­cused,” Turner said. “They finished what we were here to ac­com­plish.”

Alex Whit­taker led the way (third), fol­lowed by Hunter Petrik (fourth), Carter Wil­liams (ninth), An­drew Brinker (10th) and Gabe An­tone (12th). The five run­ners came in just 49.5 sec­onds apart.

Whit­taker said the Gaels were the team ev­ery­one was watch­ing, and they were just fine with that.

“We knew we were go­ing in as the fa­vorite,” Whit­taker said. “But any­thing can hap­pen. We ran our own race, and I’m glad it worked out.”

Turner and Whit­taker said the pack strat­egy is some­thing Mount Saint Joseph planned, and the Gaels ex­e­cuted to per­fec­tion. “We all wanted to win,” Whit­taker said. In the BCon­fer­ence, Bar­rick got first place in a time of 16:38.4 for Park, which put five run­ners in the top 11 for its di­vi­sion. Brian Malone (fourth), Matthew Hudes (sixth), Finn Coun­cil (10th) and Peter Lul­jak (11th) rounded out the top from Park.

The Bru­ins finished with 32 points while John Car­roll took sec­ond with 60.

Rose­more’s win­ning time among C Con­fer­ence run­ners was16:50.2. But Friends used a sim­i­lar strat­egy to the A and B team win­ners, get­ting five run­ners in the top 12 to take the team ti­tle again with 38 points, beat­ing out Beth Tfiloh (71).

For Friends, Dakota Al­lis (third) led the way, fol­lowed by Henry Grif­fith (fourth), Alex Prichett (eighth), Ben Sherbakov (11th) and Sam Lit­tle (12th).

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