McCroy, Tor­res lead Vikes’ 1A East sweep

Dorchester Star - - Sports - By WIL­LIAM HAUFE bhaufe@star­dem.com

CAM­BRIDGE — The Bay­side Con­fer­ence cross coun­try cham­pi­onships usu­ally of­fer more com­pe­ti­tion.

And the state meet at Hereford has al­ways been the place where Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High head cross coun­try coach Sean Reincke has wanted his team to per­form well.

But the meet be­tween those two an­nual races — the Class 1A East Re­gion cham­pi­onship — has al­ways been some­what of a worry for Reincke.

“There tends to be this lull when we get here,” Reincke said. “I didn’t want that to hap­pen this year.”

So Reincke and as­sis­tant Lois Narr changed things. They changed team meet­ings. They changed work­outs. They even changed what they were say­ing in meet­ings and work­outs. But the Vikings still couldn’t es­cape their re­gional lull.

“We’ll go back to the draw­ing board and try and fig­ure it out,” Reincke said. “Thank­fully we’re deep enough and we’re strong enough that we were able to still be suc­cess­ful.”

Sopho­more Con­nor McCroy led a 1-2-3 fin­ish in the boys’ race after fresh­man Niveyshka Tor­res paced a 2-4-6 girls’ charge Thurs­day, Nov. 3, as the Vikings swept the team ti­tles at the 1A East Re­gion cham­pi­onships.

“We were the Kent Is­land of last week,” Reincke said, ref­er­enc­ing the Buc­ca­neers’ 1-2 Bay­side fin­ish in the boys’ com­pe­ti­tion. “(We) were strong enough up front that they were able to over­come a run­ner be­ing in­jured.”

The Vikings were mi­nus an in­jured Gus Thomas, who has been their No. 3 or 4 run­ner this year. But McCroy’s vic­tory in 16 min­utes, 47.10 sec­onds, and a fu­ri­ous clos­ing surge from Matt Ko­let­sky (17:32.90) and Ben Cornwell (17:33.20)— who fin­ished sec­ond and third, re­spec­tively, while hold­ing off Snow Hill’s Kee­gan Gould (17:17:33.30) — keyed Cam­bridge-SD’s vic­tory. Trevor Goodwin was sev­enth and sopho­more Gio­vanni Paderi’s 29th­place ef­fort helped give the Vikings 42 points — 20 less than run­ner-up North Dorch­ester.

“That was re­ally poor rac­ing on our part, un­for­tu­nately,” Reincke said.

Part of that was due to not hav­ing the speed of a Kent Is­land and other Bay­side pow­ers. That was es­pe­cially no­tice­able out front. A week after bat­tling Kent Is­land’s Bran­don Ni­chols and Erick Sanchez for the bet­ter part of the 3-mile course, McCroy was alone in front at the half­way point and push­ing him­self.

“I just got to keep push­ing be­cause I know I’m slow­ing down,” said McCroy, when asked his mind­set with a com­fort­able lead. “(I was) still think­ing that it hurts, still think­ing I need to stop telling my­self it hurts, still telling my­self I need to push. I did.”

McCroy had ex­panded his lead as he moved past the pond one last time and worked into the fi­nal 800 me­ters with no one close to chal­leng­ing him, as he cross the fin­ish line 45 sec­onds ahead of Ko­let­sky.

“He wanted the course record but it’s so hard to repli­cate that com­ing off rac­ing Kent Is­land,” said Reincke of his sopho­more stand­out who was 26 sec­onds off his Bay­side time. “But I will say he is just the eas­i­est kid to work with. He is not ar­ro­gant. He just works hard. He does ex­actly what you ask. And when the gun goes off he’s go­ing to race with guts un­til the fin­ish line.

“And he has not had a bad race in my opin­ion.” Reincke con­tin­ued. “Now, granted his time was slower to­day than it was a week ago, but again, who was he rac­ing? So I have no prob­lem with that, and he still broke 17 (min­utes).”

Last Wed­nes­day, Reincke had a prob­lem with how his girls were be­ing passed over the fi­nal mile en route to a fourth-place fin­ish at Bay­sides. Yes­ter­day, Tor­res led a tighter string that fol­lowed cham­pion Emily McAl­lis­ter of Snow Hill across the fin­ish line.

“I was run­ning with Leah (Kro­tee), and when coach Narr told me at least one of us get her, I wanted Leah to fol­low me and I wanted to be strong enough to bring us both up,” Tor­res said. “It was pretty hard.”

McAl­lis­ter fin­ished in 20:29.10, while Tor­res placed sec­ond in 21:46.50, fol­lowed by sopho­more Josie Shen­ton (fourth, 21:53.90), Kro­tee (sixth, 22:14.50), sopho­more Car­rie Price (9th, 22:34.70) and fresh­man Sarah Con­don (12th, 23:22.40). Cam­bridge-SD to­taled 31 points to beat run­ner-up Snow Hill by 14.

“Wicked strong,” Reincke said of Tor­res. “Still re­ally young when it comes to how to feel a race. Learn­ing a lot. But the po­ten­tial is ex­treme with her. I see her with a year of track un­der her belt and I think she should def­i­nitely be a front-run­ner in the Bay­side next year.

“The funny thing on the girls is I have five girls that can lit­er­ally run the same time,” said Reincke, who was with­out the in­jured Ja­nee Quailes yes­ter­day. “We haven’t had a meet yet where that’s hap­pened. So I keep wait­ing for that to hap­pen when the stars align and boom, boom, boom. And if we can do it next weekend we’ll have re­ally good re­sults.”

North Dorch­ester’s boys’ team qual­i­fied for next Satur­day’s state meet at Hereford High in Park­ton, as Joe Bates and Davion Dock­ins fin­ished ninth and 10th, re­spec­tively. Kent County, which fin­ished fourth and qual­i­fied for states was led by Pa­trick McColi­gan, who placed fifth in 18:03.

Cam­bridge-SD’s girls’ cross coun­try team cel­e­brate Thurs­day after win­ning the Class 1A East Re­gion cham­pi­onship.

PHOTOS BY WIL­LIAM HAUFE

Cam­bridge-SD’s Con­nor McCroy heads for the fin­ish line en route to win­ning Thurs­day’s Class 1A East ti­tle.

PHOTO BY WIL­LIAM HAUFE

North Dorch­ester’s Da’Vion Dock­ins heads for the fin­ish line dur­ing Thurs­day’s Class 1A East Re­gion cross coun­try cham­pi­onships. Dock­ins fin­ished 10th, help­ing the Ea­gles take run­ner-up honors and qual­ify for next Satur­day’s state meet.

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