Off-sea­son gives Mitzel head start

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— The Tro­jans had a solid show­ing in their first cross coun­try race of 2017, plac­ing third as a team. They were spurred on by ju­nior Daniel Mitzel, who lopped 10½ min­utes off his time at this junc­ture last sea­son.

Mitzel, whose im­prove­ment has in­spired and im­pressed coach Henry Sa­betti, toured the scenic 3-mile course at the Ad­kins Ar­bore­tum in a per­sonal best of 22 min­utes, 5 sec­onds.

He was 31st over­all in a field of 62 boys.

Kent County sopho­more Daniel Rick­man was the over­all win­ner, stop­ping the timer in 17:50.

This was Rick­man’s cross coun­try de­but. He played ju­nior var­sity soccer last fall.

Kent fin­ished third in the five-school meet, to­tal­ing 71 points. Also scor­ing were se- nior R.J. Ball, 11th in 19:58; ju­nior Noah Var­gas, 17th in 20:43; and sopho­more Tim Win­termyer, 33rd in 22:08.

Chase An­drew, Jonathan Con­ner, Thomas Martinez and Bran­don Mitzel played the role of “spoiler” or “pusher,” plac­ing ahead of the other teams’ top five fin­ish­ers.

Se­nior cap­tain Kyle Rod­er­ick was un­avail­able for the meet. Rod­er­ick’s re­turn to the lineup this week is ex­pected to boost the Tro­jans’ scor­ing as a team, Sa­betti said.

Queen Anne’s won the Sept. 6 race with a low score of 34 points. Eas­ton, the host school, was next with 48 points. Kent, Park­side (94) and Mardela (137) com­pleted the field.

On the girls side, Kent se­nior Mei-An Blatch­ford was sev­enth in 25:59. She placed in the top third of the field.

Sa­betti said he was gen­er­ally pleased with the Tro­jans’ per­for­mance, while not­ing that the run­ners who

trained dur­ing the sum­mer are “hav­ing the best sea­son so far.”

NOTES: Rick­man and Daniel Mitzel punc­tu­ated their first week with stellar ef­forts at the Run4shel­ter 5K Satur­day on Kent Is­land. Rick­man headed the field and Mitzel was fourth over­all.

Pro­ceeds ben­e­fited Haven Min­istries, a non­profit that op­er­ates a home­less shel­ter, food pantry, thrift store, street out­reach, trans­porta­tion pro­gram and a re­source cen­ter in Queen Ann’s County.

Coach Sa­betti re­ported that se­nior Johnathan Camp­bell suf­fered a sea­so­nend­ing in­jury that was not re­lated to cross coun­try or school ac­tiv­i­ties. He is stay­ing with the pro­gram, how­ever, as the team man­ager.

PHOTO BY TR­ISH MCGEE

Ex­pec­ta­tions are lofty for Kent County ju­nior Daniel Mitzel, who ran a per­sonal best in the first race of the sea­son Sept. 6.

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