La Plata cross coun­try sweeps Lackey, West­lake

West­lake’s Hall, La Plata’s Brown wins boys, girls races

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

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.”

STAFF PHOTO BY AJ MA­SON

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.

STAFF PHOTO BY AJ MA­SON

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.

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