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
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.