North­ern High School’s Dolan wins at Bull Run

Pa­tri­ots girls fin­ish sec­ond, Hur­ri­canes third at Bull Run

The Calvert Recorder - - Front Page - By ANDY STATES as­tates@somd­news.com

On the one hand, a cou­ple of state cham­pi­onship tro­phies and con­sis­tently strong show­ings in sig­nif­i­cant meets over the past few years by North­ern’s girls cross coun­try team have made suc­cess seem more of the norm than the ex­cep­tion.

But on the other hand, Clau­dia Dolan still didn’t nec­es­sar­ily ex­pect what tran­spired on Satur­day at the Bull Run In­vi­ta­tional at Here­ford High School in Park­ton. Run­ning in the medium school girls race, Dolan crossed the fin­ish line first in 19 min­utes 9.9 sec­onds, pac­ing the Pa­tri­ots to a sec­ond-place team fin­ish.

“Fin­ish­ing first was a huge sur­prise and ac­com­plish­ment for me since I’ve never per­formed that well in a large race be­fore,” said Dolan, who did fin­ish fourth at the Class 3A state meet a sea­son ago. “It also is mo­ti­vat­ing me to work even harder from this point on, know­ing the peo­ple I beat this week­end will be fo­cus­ing on beat­ing me specif­i­cally in the cham­pi­onship sea­son. So it’s a very re­ward­ing yet scary feel­ing at the same time.”

Among those chas­ing be­hind Dolan to the fin­ish line were C. Mil­ton Wright’s Ha­ley Cum­mins, who has won the 3A race each of the past two years. Cum­mins fin­ished third in 19:17.9 on Satur­day, be­hind Dolan and Hunt­ing­town’s Oak­ley Ol­son (19:16.3).

Ol­son’s run­ner-up ef­fort paced the Hur­ri­canes to a third-place team fin­ish in the medium schools race. Bel Air, which packed its top five run­ners be­tween sixth

and 17th places, were the top team with 52 points, 13 points clear of North­ern. Hunt­ing­town fin­ished with 102, while C.M. Wright’s 106 was good for fourth.

For a pro­gram that has en­joyed the suc­cess North­ern has in re­cent years, any­thing less than a first-place ef­fort can feel less than ful­fill­ing, but Pa­tri­ots head coach Josh Daw­son found some sat­is­fac­tion in how his rel­a­tively young squad re­sponded in the com­pet­i­tive meet.

“We were go­ing into the meet with the mind­set of com­ing out as the medium race win­ners, so ini­tially a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed,” he said of his feel­ings on the per­for­mance, “but af­ter watch­ing the way the girls ran, and the team as a whole, I was re­ally happy with the team’s per­for­mance over­all. The girls ended up plac­ing fifth out of 72 teams when Md.mile­split.com merged all of the dif­fer­ent races to­gether. So that makes me North­ern’s girls cross coun­try team fin­ished sec­ond in the medium schools race on Satur­day at the Bull Run In­vi­ta­tional at Here­ford High School in Park­ton. Clau­dia Dolan, cen­ter, fin­ished first in the girls race in 19 min­utes 9.9 sec­onds.

even hap­pier with their per­for­mances.”

Join­ing Dolan at the top end of the re­sults for North­ern was Han­nah Mack, who fin­ished fourth (19:58.1). The Pa­tri­ots’ top five in the race were round-

ed out by Syd­ney Yankanich (11th, 20:56.8), Abby Set­z­fand (23rd, 21:40.5) and Roni Dolan (26th, 22:08.3). While the team did not win the meet, its per­for­mance left the feel­ing that the group might be able to build to

the level of the pre­vi­ous North­ern teams by year’s end.

“It’s very ex­cit­ing to see how well we have done so far in big­ger meets,” said Dolan, the only se­nior among North­ern’s top fin­ish­ers at Bull Run. “Be­fore

the sea­son started, I was a lit­tle ner­vous know­ing we grad­u­ated some of our top run­ners and had a pretty young team. How­ever, af­ter our fin­ish this week­end I have high hopes for how we will per­form at the end of the sea­son and believe we have the po­ten­tial to do as well as we have in the past.”

“I believe that the out­come of this meet has and will con­tinue to ig­nite that flame of com­pe­ti­tion in all of them more than it al­ready has been,” Daw­son said. “I had sev­eral un­der­class­men re­ally step up and get ex­cited about rac­ing and hope­fully they put forth the ef­fort that I know they can to get where I believe they should be.”

In the medium school boys race, Hunt­ing­town placed eighth over­all as a team with 247 points, while North­ern was ninth with 271. Hunt­ing­town’s Conor McGirr placed 21st over­all in 17:57.5, while North­ern’s Jack Lehn­hardt was 22nd (17:59.4). Lib­erty was the team cham­pion with 44 points, led by race win­ner Daniel Saxon (16:30.7).

PHOTO BY JOSH DAW­SON

Mem­bers of North­ern and Hunt­ing­town girls cross coun­try teams pose with their plaques af­ter the Bull Run In­vi­ta­tional at Here­ford High School in Park­ton on Satur­day. North­ern’s Clau­dia Dolan won the girls medium school race in 19 min­utes 9.9 sec­onds, while the Pa­tri­ots fin­ished sec­ond as a team. Hunt­ing­town’s Oak­ley Ol­son fin­ished sec­ond in the race (19:16.3) to pace the Hur­ri­canes’ third-place ef­fort.

PHOTO BY JOSH DAW­SON

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