One fi­nal reg­u­lar sea­son race

Leonard­town boys, girls sweep Hunt­ing­town, West­lake

The Enterprise - - Sports - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

Wed­nes­day fea­tured the fi­nal week of the cross coun­try reg­u­lar sea­son in the South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence.

It was also the fi­nal reg­u­lar sea­son race for all of the se­niors as the Hunt­ing­town Hur­ri­canes hosted the Leonard­town Raiders and West­lake Wolver- ines in a tri-meet.

The Leonard­town boys (12-1 over­all/ SMAC) swept the meet as it de­feated Hunt­ing­town 25-31 and West­lake 21-40. Hunt­ing­town (10-3) earned the split with a 22-38 win over the Wolver­ines (7-6).

Leonard­town (12-1)

also swept the girls race with 24-32 and 15-50 wins over Hunt­ing­town and West­lake. The Hur­ri­canes (10-3) picked up the split with a 15-50 win over West­lake (0-13).

“We are try­ing to main­tain that tra­di­tion of keep­ing Leonard­town cross coun­try strong,” Leonard­town head coach Brooke Fal­lon said. “It’s been a chal­lenge this year. We lost some se­niors from last year, but our group is step­ping up and charged, they are work­ing hard. Our plan is to go to the state meet and stay pos­i­tive.”

Ac­cord­ing to Hunt­ing­town head coach David Spain, it was the first time that the boys and girls teams fin­ished with dou­ble dig­its wins in school his­tory.

“It was a re­ally close meet. We bat­tled with Leonard­town in both races and they’ve been a elite team in this con­fer­ence for years,” Spain said. “Our boys and girls teams are knock­ing on the door and we have

our sights set on the SMAC and [Class 3A South] re­gion meet.”

The Raiders boys fin­ished with seven run­ners in the top 15, spear­headed by se­nior Sean O’Roark with a sec­ond-place over­all time of 17 min­utes 40.35 sec­onds. Se­nior team­mate Parker McDow­ell placed fourth (17:42.64). Matthew Kosten, Richard Trey Glad­well, and Daniel Ol­lom came in the sev­enth, eighth and 10th, re­spec­tively.

“I knew West­lake had Jay Hall and he is pretty fast. I kept up with him with for the first mile, but he pulled away,” O’Roark said. “Parker McDow­ell is my train­ing part­ner and he al­ways pushes me, so I thank him for that. It has been a great ex­pe­ri­ence run­ning cross coun­try all four years at Leonard­town.”

Hall took con­trol in the boys race early and cruised to a first-place fin­ish in the race with a time of 17:16.95. Hall’s brother Jett fin­ished ninth over­all in the race.

“The course was great over­all, it was very hilly, but I was able to get a

good pace,” Jay Hall said. “I had older broth­ers who ran at West­lake and it felt good to keep the tra­di­tion go­ing. I’m go­ing to miss run­ning cross coun­try for the school.”

Hunt­ing­town also had a strong day with six run­ners in the top 15 as se­nior Ben Rus­sell, a first-year cross coun­try run­ner, took third over­all (17:41.24). Conor McGirr and Dyl­lon Wolf fin­ished fifth and sixth, re­spec­tively.

“This was the last reg­u­lar sea­son meet and I wanted to give it my all,” Rus­sell said. “It was a very com­pet­i­tive meet and it felt good to fin­ish in the top-3 to­day. It’s been a fun year run­ning cross coun­try. I use to play on the soc­cer team for the last few years, but de­cided to switch over.”

In the girls race, Leonard­town had six run­ners fin­ish in the top 10 with fresh­man Nelle Ray fin­ish­ing first in the meet with a time of 20:45.09. Emily Imhof took third (22:02.88) and Rachel Geiger (22:56.45) came in fifth for the Raiders.

“We have a lot of tal­ented run­ners on the team

and it felt good to be able to stay ahead of the pack to­day,” Ray said. “I’ve dropped my time two min­utes since the be­gin­ning of the year, so I’ve got­ten stronger. I want to fin­ish top-5 in

the SMAC meet.”

Hunt­ing­town fin­ished with four run­ners in the top 10 as Oak­ley Olsen took sec­ond over­all (21:22.89), Jane Gor­man came in fourth (22:20.11), Mary Gor- man fin­ished in sixth (23:13.54), Mor­gan Len­non (23:29.32) added a ninth-place fin­ish.

West­lake’s Court­ney Schaf­fer placed 30th over­all in the race.

STAFF PHOTO BY AJ MA­SON

Leonard­town fresh­man Nelle Ray won the girls race with a time of 20 min­utes 45.09 sec­onds in Wed­nes­day’s SMAC cross county reg­u­lar sea­son fi­nale at Hunt­ing­town High School that also in­cluded West­lake.

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