La Plata cross country sweeps Lackey, Westlake
Westlake’s Hall, La Plata’s Brown wins boys, girls races
With the regular season winding down, Westlake’s Jay Hall and La Plata’s Hasanya Brown were using Thursday’s tri-meet at Lackey High School as preparation for the upcoming Southern Maryland Athletic Conference cross country championships.
The Westlake junior continued his reign as one of the top runners in SMAC, cruising to a first-place overall finish in the boys race with a time of 16 minutes 43.90 seconds.
Hall’s brother Jett took third in 18:55.26 to round out the top-five for the Wolverines.
“Today I was just running time and knew there wasn’t going to be anyone close to me, but it was still good competition,” said Jay Hall, who finished seventh at the Class 2A state championships last season. “Today is just a build up for improving my time and getting ready for the postseason meets. But I had a pretty good pace today.”
In the girls race, Brown came in the top spot with a time of 24:14.07.
During the race it is definitely a mental thing for me and I think about food, cars ...” Brown said. “That gives me confidence, but my goal to is to break 21 minutes. My personal best this season was 22:50, so I’m going to keep working.”
The La Plata boys (7-4 SMAC/overall) swept
the meet with a 26-31 and 24-31 wins over Westlake and Lackey, respectively. The Wolverines (3-7) picked up a 26-30 victory over the Chargers (2-8).
The La Plata girls (6-5) also collected a sweep with a close 26-29 win over Lackey and an added a 15-50 win over Westlake. The Chargers (2-8) earned a split with a 15-50 win over the Wolverines (0-10).
La Plata had four runners on the boys side finish in the top 10, led by Gage White in second (18:44.09) and Ethan Kane in fourth (19:12.80), while Noah Varnell (20:09.36) and Steven Locke (20:14.76) were seventh and eighth, respectively.
“Coming in second behind Jay just pushes and motivates me to get first in the next race,” White said. “This will make me work harder in practice and gives me a edge and I know I can go farther with my running. Right now I’m at 70 percent, but by regionals I think that I can peak.”
Lackey had three runners in the top 10 as Jacob Dobry (19:25.21) and Andrew Wright (19:43.38) finished in fifth and sixth, respectively, and Shaun Hange (20:41.41) placed 10th.
“Cross country is definitely intense when you playing two sports,” said Dobry, who also plays soccer and wrestling at Lackey. “We have three games a week for soccer and meets. It is very tiring on your body, but it keeps you in shape with all the hills and everything.”
Westlake’s Skye Cummings finished behind Brown with a time of 24:37.39.
La Plata girls had six girls finish in the top 15 led by Mikayla Cox in third (25:53.91), Katherine Tyo in sixth (26:07.82) and Alexis Collins in ninth (26:37.56). Lackey had five runners finish in the top 10 with Taylor Williams (26:00.97) and Sydney Williams (26:04.41) taking fourth and fifth, respectively.
“Our team were a little sluggish on Monday, but we came out and went after it today. It was a close meet on both sides,” said Lackey head coach Neal Duggan, whose team had senior day for the last home meet of the regular season. “Westlake and La Plata are in our region, so it gets us ready for the postseason. The runners were more aggressive and we have to continue to get stronger in the middle of the race rather than waiting until the end.”
Westlake junior Jay Hall races toward the finish line as he took the top spot in the boys race in Thursday’s cross country tri-meet at Lackey High School in Indian Head with a time of 16 minutes 43.90 seconds.
La Plata’s Hasanya Brown finished first overall in the girls race at Thursday’s cross country tri-meet, coming to the finish line with a time of 24 minutes 14.07 seconds.