Calvert boys, North­ern girls sweep meet

North­ern girls, Calvert boys sweep quad

The Calvert Recorder - - Front Page - By MICHAEL REID mreid@somd­news.com

Some­where along the way North­ern’s Abby Sweeney is go­ing to have to re­pay team­mate Clau­dia Dolan af­ter Sweeney in­ad­ver­tently edged out her cross coun­try team­mate at the fin­ish line.

The duo made a pact to stay to­gether through­out the course and cross the fin­ish line in tan­dem, but Sweeney mis­tak­enly crossed the line 62-one hun­dredths of a sec­ond ahead of Dolan.

“We were hav­ing fun, so I just fig­ured I’d ask Clau­dia ‘Hey, do you want to fin­ish to­gether?’ and she’s like, ‘Yeah,’” Sweeney said just be­fore the two-mile marker. “[Just be­fore the fin­ish] I re­al­ized I had started to kick and then I’m like, ‘Oh no, I said to­gether. What am I do­ing?’ I tried to slow down a lit­tle, but it just would have been weird if I had stopped. I def­i­nitely do owe her one.”

Sweeney fin­ished in 19 min­utes 50.23 sec­onds to win with Dolan com­ing in at 19:50.85.

“She al­ready pushes me, but about half­way through we were like, ‘To­gether, to­gether un­til the end,’” Dolan said, “so yeah, maybe she owes me one.”

Re­gard­less of who fin­ished first or sec­ond, the North­ern girls swept the quad-meet Wed­nes­day against Hunt­ing­town, Lackey and host Calvert.

“North­ern’s North­ern, we couldn’t han­dle them,” Calvert head coach John Ma­jor said. “We just wanted to see how close we could get and I think our girls ran about what I ex­pected.”

The Pa­tri­ots (8-0 over­all) re­mained un­beaten on the sea­son fol­low­ing wins over Calvert (1845), Hunt­ing­town (20-41) and an in­com­plete Lackey squad.

The Cava­liers (6-2) posted a 26-30 win over Hunt­ing­town and 15-50 over Lackey and the Hur- ri­canes (6-2) also de­feated the Charg­ers (1-7), 15-50.

Calvert’s Justin Diehl won the boys race and the Cava­liers (8-0) picked up wins over North­ern (19-44), Lackey (15-50) and Hunt­ing­town (18-43).

The Pa­tri­ots (7-1) took sec­ond-place af­ter post­ing a 20-41 win over Hunt­ing­town and earned a 15-49 de­ci­sion over the Charg­ers (0-6-2).

“I’m very pleased with the re­sults today,” North­ern head coach Josh Daw­son said, re­fer­ring to both his boys and girls teams. “Ev­ery­one per­se­vered with the heat today and I’m re­ally ex­cited to see the times are still get­ting faster. I think we’re all run­ning very well and they’re rac­ing amongst them­selves and that’s good be­cause I tell them all the time not to be com­pla­cent with the pecking or­der.”

Hunt­ing­town (5-2-1) man­aged a

vic­tory fol­low­ing an 18-42 de­ci­sion against Lackey.

“I’m pleased with how we com­peted de­spite the cir­cum­stances,” said Hunt­ing­town head coach Dave Spain, who, like other teams, had sev­eral run­ners bat­tling the flu. “The boys fought real hard and the girls ran well. They’re real in­ex­pe­ri­enced, but they’re re­ally start­ing to come into their own.”

Diehl fin­ished the race in 16:38.65, more than 16 sec­onds ahead of run­ner-up Greg Old­ham of North­ern.

“I al­ways like to go hard on the home meets. They’re my fa­vorite league meet, so I’m happy with it,” Diehl said. “I wanted to set the pace and we have a re­ally hard hill at the back of the trail so I try and push it up there to try and get some sep­a­ra­tion.”

“I’m pretty pleased,” said Old­ham, who crossed the fin­ish line in 16:55.35. “It was a lit­tle slower than I wanted it to be, but for the most part I fin­ished and got a good place. My strat­egy was to go out with Justin and just stay with him as long as I could.”

Calvert’s John Dodsworth (17:18.58) and Paul Fag­nano (17:25.03) were third and fourth, re­spec­tively.

“I kind of knew Justin and Greg were go­ing to be ahead of me,” Fag­nano said, “so my main goal was to stick to a pace I knew I could run and have a good kick and try and get in the top-5.”

Conor McGirr of Hunt­ing­town was fifth in 17:26.12 and team­mate Ben Rus­sell (17:42.87), who was re­cov­er­ing from the flu, grabbed sev­enth.

“We knew Calvert was go­ing to have a re­ally good team and North­ern al­ways has good run­ners,” McGirr said, “so I was just try­ing to pace with [team­mate] Ben Rus­sell for awhile and then make my move.”

“He’s re­ally get­ting what he de­serves now,” Spain said of McGirr, who was in­jured last year and missed all of in­door and out­door track sea­son. “And Ben didn’t have his top race but he fought his heart out.”

An­drew Wright was Lackey’s top fin­isher when he crossed the fin­ish line in 18th place in 19:36.24.

“We went hard and talked about what our goals are and how we were go­ing to get there and ev­ery­one dropped a lot of time, so we’re happy,” Wright said. “We wanted to hit the hills hard and go af­ter them on the turns. If you can’t pass, then stay in that spot and use your arms to get some air go­ing.”

Sweeney and Dolan fin­ished 1-2 — or could have fin­ished 2-1 — but early on it didn’t ap­pear that would hap­pen as the duo was among sev­eral run­ners who made a wrong turn in the first cou­ple hun­dred me­ters.

“I kind of ru­ined my race,” Dolan said of the early mis­cue, “but I came back strong and stayed with Abby.”

“When I turned around there were some peo­ple in front of me [also go­ing the wrong way] and I was like, ‘Oh, shoot,’” Sweeney said. “But we also took a wrong turn in the course walk, so that got in my head a lit­tle bit.”

Calvert’s Syd­ney Friedel (sea­son PR of 20:22.60), Hunt­ing­town’s Jane Gor­man (21:03.13) and North­ern’s Alyssa Ta­tum (21:05.85) rounded out the top-5.

“I wanted to go out with a good, con­sis­tent pace,” Friedel said, “and we had home course ad­van­tage so I knew where all the hills were so surge up the hills the best I could.”

“The other teams def­i­nitely mo­ti­vated me,” Gor­man said. “I know North­ern and Calvert are re­ally good, so I knew I could keep some of them in front of me, but keep them in eye­sight and then at the end try and save up some en­ergy if pos­si­ble to pass some of them.”

An­nie Land­graf was the top Lackey run­ner and one of just three Charg­ers to com­pete.

“I think I died out a lot at the end of the sec­ond mile,” Land­graf said. “Our course has a lot of hills as well, so I think it was be­cause of all the sharp turns and also be­cause of the heat. I’m sup­posed to stay with this [mid­dle] group, but I try and push past them to push my­self be­cause I prac­tice with the guys.”

Though the teams are bat­tling for top spot in the reg­u­lar sea­son stand­ings, Daw­son knows its just a warmup.

“League meets are fun and all,” he said, “but we re­ally are train­ing for Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber [post­sea­son meets].”

STAFF PHOTO BY MICHAEL REID

North­ern’s Abby Sweeney, right, and Clau­dia Dolan fin­ished first and sec­ond, 63 one-hun­dredths of a sec­ond apart with Sweeney win­ning in 19 min­utes 50.23 sec­onds, to help the Pa­tri­ots sweep Wed­nes­day’s quad meet at Calvert that also in­cluded Hunt­ing­town and Lackey.

STAFF PHOTO BY MICHAEL REID

Calvert’s Justin Diehl won the boys race in 16 min­utes 38.65 sec­onds dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s home quad-meet that also in­cluded Hunt­ing­town, Lackey and North­ern.

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