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