Fin­ish­ing at the top

Calvert boys, girls sweep cross coun­try tri-meet at Chop­ti­con

The Calvert Recorder - - Sports - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

The Calvert boys cross coun­try team has been on a mis­sion dur­ing the South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence dual meet sea­son.

And af­ter Wed­nes­day’s tri-meet that in­cluded Thomas Stone and host Chop­ti­con the Cava­liers re­main un­de­feated in 2017.

Calvert (10-0 over­all) swept the meet, out­last­ing Chop­ti­con 24-35 and de­feat­ing Stone 15-50. The Braves (8-3) picked up a 16-47 vic­tory over the Cougars (3-7).

With one more con­fer­ence reg­u­lar sea­son meet re­main­ing at La Plata that in­cludes McDonough and St. Charles at 4:30 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Calvert can clinch the SMAC reg­u­lar sea­son crown with an un­de­feated record.

Calvert (8-2) also swept on the girls side, cruis­ing to 19-41 and 15-50 wins over Chop­ti­con and Stone. The Braves (7-4) earned a split with an 18-39 win over the Cougars (4-6).

“We have a lot of young kids that are start­ing to emerge and run personal bests,” Calvert head John Ma­jor said. “We ex­pect our top guys to do well, but it is a joy to watch other kids see their hard work pay­ing off. Watch­ing them break a time that they haven’t

broke all year is good to see. This was a good meet and ev­ery­one per­formed well.”

The Cava­liers boys had seven run­ners fin­ish in the top 10, in­clud­ing three in the top four. Justin Diehl won the boys race with a time of 17 minutes 44.31 sec­onds and John Dodsworth took sec­ond over­all in 17:50.79.

“I was happy to have a big pack out there. It was three Chop­ti­con run­ners in there, so it made the race very com­pet­i­tive and go by quick,” Diehl said. “We are train­ing for

a big meet this week­end in North Carolina, so we were run­ning on tired legs to­day. But we fin­ished strong like we have all sea­son. We still have some work to do.”

Chop­ti­con had three run­ners fin­ish in the top-5 as Jeff Wed­ding (17:55.72), Tyle Mo­drze­jew­ski (18:14.00) and Zack Wed­ding (18:16.76) came third to fifth, re­spec­tively.

Xavion Jones was Stone’s top run­ner on the day, com­ing in the 12th over­all spot with a time of 20:42.36.

“I was try­ing to keep up with Justin dur­ing the race, he is a very tough run­ner,” said Jeff Wed-

ding, whose twin brother Zack is 26 minutes younger than him. “I’ve never been that ex­hausted in a race be­fore, but over­all we had a good day.”

In the girls race, Calvert fin­ished with seven run­ners in the top 10 as it was led by Dana Miller, who won the race with a time of 23:08.88. Miller’s team­mates Emily Mutch­ler (23:11.10) and Syd­ney Friedel (23:18.22) fin­ished in the sec­ond and third spots, re­spec­tively.

Bethany Pret­ty­man (24:44.50) and Julia Brown (24:51.75) fin­ished in the fourth and fifth spots for the Braves.

“The pace was pretty even dur­ing the race,” said Miller, whose older sis­ter Lau­ren grad­u­ated from Calvert last year and was a for­mer stand­out cross county run­ner. “My mind­set was to stay ahead of the pack and have a good time.

Kerry Ward took 13th over­all for the Cougars with a time of 27:29.71.

“We knew Calvert was go­ing to be a tough team, but our boys are up and com­ing and we had three in the top five for boys and two in the top five for girls,” Chop­ti­con head coach Kelly Sch­midt said. “Our strengths is run­ning hills and we want to con­tinue to get stronger.”

STAFF PHOTO BY AJ MA­SON

Calvert’s Dana Miller won the girls race with a time 23 minutes 8.88 sec­onds in Wed­nes­day’s SMAC cross coun­try tri-meet at Chop­ti­con High School that also in­cluded Thomas Stone.

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