Eagles, Tigers open sea­son with wins at Mary­land Track and Trail

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By JOR­DAN SCHATZ jschatz@ce­cil­whig.com

FAIR HILL — The Bo­hemia Manor boys’ cross coun­try team picked up right where it left off.

Tak­ing the course for the first time since win­ning last year’s 1A state cham­pi­onship, the Eagles placed three run­ners in­side the Top 5 and ended with all five of their fin­ish­ers in­side the Top 20 as they cap­tured first place at the 2017 Mary­land Track and Trail Cross Coun­try Chal­lenge Satur­day morn­ing at Fair Hill Race Track.

“I think they have huge goals for this sea­son and they wanted to start on a good note and I think they did just that,” Bo Manor coach Steve Piz­zulli said.

Bo Manor ju­nior Zach Laird placed sec­ond, cross­ing the fin­ish line 10 sec­onds be­hind West­lake se­nior Jay Hall, who won the meet in 16 min­utes, 15 sec­onds.

Ju­nior Alex Longe­way took fourth and se­nior Grant Franceschina cap­tured fifth for the Eagles, who ended with 45 team points—11 points ahead of run­ner-up Fall­ston.

Sopho­mores Colin Parker (16th place) and Lo­gan Sei­ther (18th) rounded out the first five scor­ers for Bo Manor.

“I felt like I ran pretty good. I knew what Jay Hall’s times were like, so I went out try­ing to catch him and that was the main goal. It was a hard-fought race for me, I feel. Prob­a­bly one of my quick­est first miles, but I think it helped me keep pro­duc­ing through­out the race and get the time I wanted,” Laird said. “I feel like so far our team is look­ing pretty

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CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JOR­DAN SCHATZ

Ju­nior Zach Laird, left, ju­nior Alex Longe­way, back cen­ter) and se­nior Grant Franceschina, right, all fin­ished in­side the Top 5 for Bo­hemia Manor, which cap­tured first at the Mary­land Track and Trail Satur­day at Fair Hill.

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