Run­ning to a sweep

Pa­tri­ots girls win cross coun­try quad-meet

The Calvert Recorder - - Sports - By JOHN NISWANDER jniswan­der@somd­news.com

The sun was out in full force, with min­i­mal clouds in the sky at Leonard­town High School on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon for a South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence cross coun­try quad-meet that fea­tured the host­ing Leonard­town Raiders and vis­it­ing La Plata War­riors, North­ern Pa­tri­ots and North Point Ea­gles.

“I’m re­ally tired of the hot weather, I am ready for it to be cold,” North­ern head coach Josh Daw­son said

with a smile.

The heat was not enough to slow down the North Point boys as the top three fin­ish­ers were rep­re­sented by the Ea­gles.

Joshua Doughty fin­ished first and won the race with a time of 16 min­utes 39.20 sec­onds.

“It was a re­ally good race to­day. I got re­ally scared about the race be­cause Coach [Jimmy] Ball said we had the top teams in our re­gion to­day and he said we got a shot, and we took the shot and we were able to win all three of them.” Doughty said. “So, I re­ally en­joyed it and we did well.”

De­vion Bryant fol­lowed be­hind Doughty fin­ish­ing in sec­ond place with a time of 17:48.10. Phillip Reed com­pleted the Ea­gles’ sweep of the top three po­si­tions, fin­ish­ing in third place in a time of 17:49.10.

The Ea­gles are ex­cited to con­tinue to work hard as the reg­u­lar sea­son nears a close.

“This was our last con­fer­ence meet, so we have one more in­vi­ta­tional and

then work­ing hard for re­gion­als and then hope­fully to states,” Doughty said.

Gabe Amisano from North­ern fin­ished fourth (18:08.80) and Leonard­town’s Matthew Kosten was fifth (18:10.40). Zen Tay­lor was the top fin­isher from La Plata, plac­ing sixth over­all in 18:13.90.

North Point (8-2 over­all) swept the boys meet by de­feat­ing La Plata 1939, Leonard­town 23-33, and North­ern 22-33. North­ern (9-2) topped La Plata 22-36 and nar­rowly snuck past Leonard­town 27-29. Leonard­town (74) knocked off La Plata (3-4) 22-35.

“The North Point boys ran great. They did a very good job to­day, hats off to them,” Daw­son said.

While the girls race was con­tested after the con­clu­sion of the boys, the heat was still beat­ing down on the run­ners mak­ing for a hot day.

“It was kind of dry out which made it re­ally hard to breathe out there to­day, but it was a good race,” Leonard­town’s Nelle Ray said. Ray won the race for the girls with a time of 19:13.80.

Fresh­man Parker O’Brien was the sec­ond fin­isher from Leonard­town with a time of 21:02.40 which placed

her fifth over­all.

“We are do­ing re­ally good this year. We got a lot of re­ally fast fresh­men like Parker O’Brien and Anna Kate Car­rigg and they are just do­ing so good and our team is so strong this year,” Ray said.

Raiders head coach Brooke Fal­lon was pleased with how her team per­formed in their only home meet of the sea­son.

“I was re­ally proud of our run­ners to­day. This is their course and we en­cour­age them to get their best times on their own course to­day,” Fal­lon said. “This is our only home meet, yet it was a very com­pet­i­tive meet against North Point, North­ern and La Plata. I am very pleased with their re­sults, and es­pe­cially with their ef­forts as no­body came through with­out hav­ing given their best ef­fort to­day.”

North­ern claimed spots two through four with Clau­dia Dolan (19:42.30), Han­nah Mack (19:50.80) and Syd­ney Yankanich (20:40.60).

“Our girls won all three races, it was a good day. I think some peo­ple are com­ing along nicely,” Daw­son said.

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