Topping the region
Leonardtown’s Ray wins title at 4A East meet
Leonardtown freshman Nelle Ray continued her dominating season with a win at the Class 4A East Region cross country championships on Thursday at Arundel High School in Gambrills.
In the girls race, Ray delivered with her first region title of her young career just a week after winning the SMAC individual title, finishing in the top spot with a time of 19 minutes 43 seconds.
The Leonardtown girls placed in the fourth as a team in the meet with 95 points. Severna Park of Anne Arundel County won the title with 45.
North Point junior Mya Rivenburg was the top finisher among Charles County runners, placing 13th overall in 21:44.70. The Eagles were eighth as a team with 190 points.
The Leonardtown boys finished third with 103 points. Severna Park won the region title with 15 points.
Severna Park had seven runners finish in the top-10 to cruise to the victory. Leonardtown seniors Parker McDowell (17:41.50) and Sean O’Roark (17:52.30) finished 10th and 12th, respectively.
Freshman Joshua Doughty of North Point placed 17th overall (18:25.50) as the Eagles placed sixth as a team with 150 points.
On Thursday at Fort Washington Park, the Lackey Chargers boys cross country team won the Class 1A South Region championships with 33 points, 15 more than Fairmont Heights of Prince George’s County. McDonough finished third with 59 points.
For the first time since 1990, the Chargers made history as they captured a region title.
Lackey had three runners finish in the top-7 as senior Andrew Wright (18:58.90) and juniors Raymond Bolton (19:31.30) and Montez Berry (19:31.70) came in the fourth, fifth and sixth spots respectively.
Senior Charles Olmsted finished ninth for McDonough in 19:59.70.
Lackey’s Mekhi Bannister finished 12th overall (20:51.40). Bruce Cornwell (20:56.10) placed 13th for McDonough, while teammates Namen Parker tied for 14th with identical times of 21:20.00
Lackey’s Garrett Batchelor came in 17th (21:24.80) and McDonough’s Ted Hoxie finished 20th (21:43.50)
In the girls race, Lackey sophomore Annie Landgraf took second overall behind Friendly’s Antoinette Bradley.
Bradley ended in 21:51.80 with Landgraf just six seconds behind. Friendly was the team champion with 19 points. Lackey and McDonough did not have enough runners to qualify for a team score.
Freshman Rowan Buzo finished fourth for the Rams (24:35.20) and Lackey senior Adrianna Ward came across the finish line in 10th (27:22.30)
“It was great to see our boys win the title. It was something that we had focused on as a program since the beginning of this season having moved to 1A. They came together as a group and got it done and it’s a very rewarding feeling seeing them accomplish this,” Lackey head coach Neal Duggan said. “Also, great seeing Annie Landgraf run a solid race for runner-up and Adrianna Ward qualify as well. We wanted to bring as many athletes to the state meet as possible and I feel we accomplished that.”
The state championship races will be held on Saturday at Hereford High School in Parkton.
The 4A girls race is scheduled for 10 a.m. and the boys at 11 a.m. The 1A girls is set for 1:30 p.m. and the boys will start at 2:30 p.m.
Three teams from the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference brought home the gold at Thursday afternoon’s Class 2A and 3A South Region cross country championships.
The Huntingtown Hurricanes boys team claimed its first-ever 3A South Region crown with 48 points, 15 points ahead of runner-up Northern, Thursday at Jefferson Patterson Park in St. Leonard. Chopticon finished third with 70 points.
Northern senior Greg Oldham highlighted the day with a first-place finish in the race with a time of 16:39.34. Chopticon’s Tyler Modrzejewski finished second (16:57.30) and Ben Russell of Huntingtown took third (17:03.25).
Zack Wedding of Chopticon took fifth (17:12.65), while Huntingtown’s Conor McGirr (17:38.31) and Joshua Calautti (18:01.47) placed sixth and 10th, respectively.
Great Mills was sixth as a team with 151 points with its top runner Kevin McDanal placing 11th in 18:01.84. St. Charles was 10th with 296 points.
The Northern girls captured its fourth-straight region crown in dominant fashion with 18 points, 34 more points than runner-up Huntingtown.
Northern finished with seven runners in the top 10 as it was paced by senior Abby Sweeney, who won the race in 19:15.18. Junior teammate Claudia Dolan was right behind her in second in 19:42.93.