SMAC rules at re­gion cross coun­try cham­pi­onships

North Point’s Nueslein places 2nd in 4A East, West­lake’s Hall 2nd in 2A South; Lackey on to states for 1st time in 20 years

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By PAUL WAT­SON pwat­son@somd­ Twit­ter: @PWSoMdS­ports

The South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence made it­self well known to the rest of the state in re­gion cross coun­try cham­pi­onships Thurs­day.

The Class 2A South Re­gion cham­pi­onships at Oak Ridge Park in Hugh­esville saw the Calvert High School boys and girls take team ti­tles, while SMAC run­ners fin­ished first in both races.

The Cava­liers boys placed first with 30 points, 41 bet­ter than sec­ond-place South­ern of Anne Arun­del County, as Justin Diehl won the race in 16 min­utes 7.15 sec­onds, edg­ing West­lake’s Jay Hall was 37 one-hun­dredths of a sec­ond.

Calvert placed six run­ners in the top 11. John Dodsworth placed fourth (17:07.79) and Isa­iah Wil­lett was sixth (17:46.11), while Ben Aris (17:51.49), Ben Har­ris (17:54.67), Liam Aris (17:54.67) were ninth through 11th, re­spec­tively.

Af­ter South­ern were La Pla- ta (86 points), Patux­ent (113), West­lake (126), Lackey (140) and Thomas Stone (202) in third through sev­enth places. The sixth-place fin­ish for Lackey pushes it to the state cham­pion- ships for the first time in 20 years, ac­cord­ing to its Twit­ter page.

The state cham­pi­onships for all clas­si­fi­ca­tions is Satur­day at Here­ford High School in Balti- more County, with the first races sched­uled for 10 a.m.

Patux­ent’s Bren­dan Jones (17:39.61) placed fifth (17:39.61), La Plata’s Gage White sev­enth (17:48.21) and Lackey’s Ja­cob Do­bry eighth (17:49.59). Chardre Cousin was the first Stone run­ner to fin­ish, tak­ing 30th over­all in 19:50.70.

In 2A South girls, Calvert had four run­ners place in the top 10 and seven in the top 13 en route to tak­ing the team ti­tle with 28 points. SMAC par­tic­i­pants took eight of the top 10 spots and 14 of the first 16.

Patux­ent’s Hay­ley Jackson was the girls race win­ner in a time of 20:12.63, nearly a min- ute bet­ter than Calvert’s Syd­ney Friedel (21:08.77).

Lau­ren Miller (22:19.11) was fourth, Kayla Bren­nan fifth (22:38.94) and Emily Mutch­ler ninth (23:29.54) to round out the top 10 fin­ish­ers for the Cava­liers.

The Pan­thers fin­ished sec­ond as a team with 51 points. In ad­di­tion to Jackson’s first-place fin­ish, Ni­cole Smith took sev- enth in 23:12.64.

La Plata was third with 101 points as Hasanya Brown placed sixth in 23:12.34.

Stone was fifth with 134 points with Mone’t Peter­son its top fin­isher, plac­ing 16th over­all in 24:41.40.

Lackey and West­lake did not have enough run­ners to qual­ify for a team score, how­ever Skye Cum­mings of the Wolver­ines was eighth over­all in 23:20.09.

North­ern had the top two run­ners in the 3A South Re­gion cham­pi­onships at Watkins Mill High School in Mont­gomery County as Char­lie Sweeney out- lasted team­mate Greg Old­ham for the in­di­vid­ual crown. Sweeney’s time of 17:01.30 edged Old­ham by 52 one-hun­dredths of a sec­ond.

But it was Wheaton tak­ing the team crown with 49 points as it had three run­ners in the top 10, edg­ing the Pa­tri­ots by six points.

Great Mills had three run­ners in the top 11 to fin­ish third as a team with 78 points. Ryan Kennedy was fourth (18:03.86), Ian Mad­den ninth (18:25.43) and Quin­ton Nas­man 11th (18:34.28).

Hunt­ing­town took fifth with 109 points as Conor McGirr placed sev­enth in 18:10.52.

St. Charles was ninth with 277 points with Ben­jamin Car­son be­ing its first run­ner to cross the fin­ish line, tak­ing 47th over- all in 20:31.38.

While the North­ern boys were edged for the team ti­tle, the girls had six run­ners in the top 11 to out­pace the field and win with 25 points.

Molly Bar­rick (19:32.94), Abby Sweeney (19:57.16) and Clau­dia Dolan (20:34.84) were

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sec­ond to fourth, re­spec­tively, be­hind cham­pion An­nie Imhof of Great Mills (19:25.97).

Sarah Deresky placed sev­enth (21:47.66), Kait­lyn De­lam- er ninth (22:19.95) and Ali­cia Ben­nett 11th (22:35.82) for the Pa­tri­ots.

The Hor­nets placed sec­ond as a team with 43 points. In ad­di­tion to An­nie Imhof, Em- ily Imhof was fifth (21:18.02) and Rose­mary Wild sixth (21:38.56).

Hunt­ing­town was third with 115 points. Sa­vanna Ligsay was its first run­ner to cross the fin­ish line, tak­ing 13th over­all in 22:44.29.

St. Charles was eighth with 223 points. Asha-ashanti Turner was its first run­ner to fin­ish, tak­ing 33rd over­all in 25:22.37.

SMAC run­ners placed in the top 10 in the 4A East Re­gion cham­pi­onships at Arun­del High School in Anne Arun­del County.

Parker McDow­ell of Leonard­town was fifth in the boys race (17:28.80) as the Raiders fin­ished fourth as a team with 86 points. Sev­erna Park of Anne Arun­del claimed the team ti­tle with 28 points and South River’s Nick Boogades won the race in 16:59.40.

Tyler Mo­drze­jew­ski of Chop­ti­con was sev­enth (17:37.90) as the Braves took sev­enth as a team with 216 points.

North Point was ninth with 226 points. Daniel Walsh was the first Ea­gles run­ner to cross the fin­ish line, tak­ing 38th over­all in 19:17.80.

In girls, North Point’s Rachel Nueslein placed sec­ond over­all in 20:28.10 as An­napo­lis’ Maria Cof­fin out­ran the field to win in 19:01.40.

Liana Foian­ini of Leonard­town was sixth (21:11.30) as the Raiders took fifth as a team with 138 points. Broad­neck of Anne Arun­del claimed the team ti­tle with 53 points.

Be­hind Nueslein’s sec­ond-place fin­ish, North Point was sev­enth with 175 points.

Chop­ti­con was ninth with 179 points with Lau­ren Fan­cella be­ing the first Braves run­ner to fin­ish, tak­ing 25th over­all in 22:32.10.

McDonough com­peted in the 1A North Re­gion cham­pi­onships as Fair Hill Race Track in Ce­cil County.

The Rams boys were fifth over­all with 134 points as Charles Olm­sted was its first run­ner to fin­ish, plac­ing 21st in 20:41.7.

The first four run­ners to cross the fin­ish line came from Bo­hemia Manor of Ce­cil County, which won the team ti­tle with 18 points.

McDonough did not have any run­ners place in the girls race. Pat­ter­son Mill of Har­ford County had the top two run­ners and four of the first seven to win the team ti­tle with 25 points.

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