Running to a sweep
Patriots girls win cross country quad-meet
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.