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sec­ond-place South­ern Gar­rett. Smiths­burg took third with 78 points, while Boons­boro claimed fourth with 90 points.

“It’s com­pletely amaz­ing,” Jack Franceschina, the group’s only se­nior, said. “[Two years ago], we got sec­ond place but we

got com­pletely blown out of the water by South­ern Gar­rett. Last year, it was just re­ally tragic.”

Laird fin­ished in 16 min­utes, 50.18 se­conds, ahead of Longe­way (17:05.16), Grant Franceschina (17:14.14) and Jack Francechina (17:27.94). The team­mates ran along­side one an­other at the out­set of the race, stayed as a pack for the as­cent up the large hill known as ‘The Dip,’ and crossed the fin­ish line with mere se­conds

be­tween them.

Smiths­burg’s Will Mer­ritt (15:54.56) took first, while South­ern Gar­rett’s De­clan Horner (16:19.89) placed sec­ond.

“Go­ing up that last part of the hill, I just knew that I was so close to the fin­ish and it was go­ing to hurt bad but I knew I had to do it be­cause every­one else out there was do­ing the same thing and hurt­ing just as bad,” Laird said. “We were com­ing up as a team like that, as a group,

and I just knew I had more in me and I wanted to try to make a push. I ended up just block­ing out the pain be­cause it hurt a lot. I kept go­ing un­til I fin­ished.

“We knew com­ing into this that Souther Gar­rett was one of our main com­pe­ti­tions be­cause they were com­ing up on us,” he added. “It [was] def­i­nitely nerve-wrack­ing.”

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