Bo Manor boys win ninth con­sec­u­tive re­gion ti­tle

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By JOR­DAN SCHATZ

jschatz@ce­cil­whig.com

— On an un­sea­son­ably warm Novem­ber af­ter­noon, the Bo­hemia Manor boys’ cross coun­try team found it­self in a fa­mil­iar po­si­tion at the con­clu­sion of the 1A North Re­gion Cham­pi­onships: First.

Led by ju­nior Grant Franceschina, the Ea­gles swept the Top 4 spots and ended the day with five run­ners in­side the Top 10 as they rolled to their ninth con­sec­u­tive re­gion crown Thurs­day af­ter­noon on the three-mile course at the Fair Hill Race Track.

The Ce­cil squad ended with 18 points, while Pat­ter­son Mill took se­cond with 55 points and Per­ryville placed third with 67 points. All three teams ad­vanced to next week­end’s state meet at Here­ford.

“Our team con­sis­tently does well,” Franceschina said. “To think that the peo­ple who won it that first time was nine years ago, it’s crazy to think I was back in se­cond grade at that point. To be a part of that means a lot.”

The ju­nior, who placed se­cond last sea­son at re­gion­als, ended Thurs­day in first in a time of 16 min­utes, 39.8 sec­onds. Franceshina also crossed the fin­ish line 13 sec­onds faster than last week, when he took se­cond place on the same course at the UCBAC Cham­pi­onships.

FAIR HILL

“To­day, I went out a lot harder [than last week] be­cause there wasn’t any­one in front of me to chase after. I had to make my own po­si­tion, so I had to be able to build the gap with­out any­one to mo­ti­vate me in front of me. My first mile was a lot faster,” said Franceschina, who be­gan the race in a pack with his team­mates but pulled away near the end. “I’m re­ally happy. Com­ing into the [re­gion] race last year, I was ex­pect­ing to win and it didn’t hap­pen, so com­ing back this year and ac­tu­ally win­ning felt good.”

Sopho­more Alex Longe­way placed se­cond in 16:45.7, sopho­more Zachary Laird took third in 16:46.8 and se­nior Jack Franceschina ended in fourth in 17:35.5 for the Ea­gles.

Fresh­man Colin Parker cap­tured eighth place in a time of 18:35.6 to round out Bo Manor’s scor­ing.

“It’s hard for a team to just want to beat their own but I chal­lenged them to do that to­day,” Ea­gles coach Steve Piz­zulli said. “You try to keep teams united out there and to­day I told them their goal was to beat each other. We saw a lit­tle bit of that fight­ing at the end and it was good over­all for them to com­pete.”

Per­ryville se­nior Ja­cobo Ne­gron (18:51.3), Per­ryville sopho­more Brian Keenan (18:51.9), Bo Manor ju­nior Luc Bollen (19:06.1), Per­ryville ju­nior Jakob Lewis (19:08.6) and Bo Manor fresh­man Alexan­der Luzetesky (19:11.7) cap­tured 10-14th place, re­spec­tively, to com­plete Ce­cil County’s fin­ish­ers in the Top 15.

Ris­ing Sun girls cap­ture re­gion crown

After just miss­ing out a sea­son ago, the Ris­ing Sun girls’ cross coun­try team fin­ished first in the 2A East Re­gion Cham­pi­onships at the three-mile course at the Fair Hill Race Track on Thurs­day.

De­spite only plac­ing one fin­isher in­side the Top 5, the Tigers grouped enough run­ners near the top of the stand­ings to edge Kent Is­land for the re­gion crown.

Ris­ing Sun fin­ished with 57 points, while the Buc­ca­neers earned 70 points. All five scor­ers for the Ce­cil County squad ended the af­ter­noon in the Top 20.

“I’m be­yond ec­static,” Tigers coach Jim Burkhardt said. “I’ve been ner­vous about this all week be­cause we don’t get to see many of the re­sults from the Bayside [Con­fer­ence] teams [such as Kent Is­land], so it’s kind of like go­ing in blind.

“They knew that we needed to have all five of our scor­ers in the Top 20 to make it hap­pen and sure enough they did.”

Wheeler, a se­nior, took fifth place in a time of 21:29.5, while her twin sis­ter, Emma, fin­ished sixth in 21:38.3. Sopho­more Emma Cease placed 10th (22:24.9), se­nior Danielle Lee cap­tured 17th (22:52.1) and fresh­man Grace Harkey (23:06.6) ended 20th to round out the Tigers’ scores.

“They fin­ished bet­ter than I ex­pected,” Burkhardt added. “It’s a weight off of every­one’s back, es­pe­cially after last year when we lost by only two points. This year, win­ning by 13, that’s huge.”

Se­nior Amanda Frey (20:23.7) and sopho­more Molly Con­nelly (20:32.4) placed first and se­cond, re­spec­tively, for Kent Is­land.

Note: For ex­tended cov­er­age of the 1A North and 2A East Re­gion races, in­clud­ing all state meet qual­i­fiers, please visit Ce­cilDaily.com.

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CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JOR­DAN SCHATZ

The Bo­hemia Manor boys’ cross coun­try team, pic­tured, swept the Top 4 spots en route to its ninth con­sec­u­tive re­gion crown at the 1A North Re­gion Meet at the Fair Hill Race Track on Thurs­day. Pic­tured left to right: Jack Franceschina (fourth place), Grant Franceschina (first place), Alex Longe­way (se­cond place) and Zachary Laird (third place).

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