Top­ping the re­gion

Leonard­town’s Ray wins ti­tle at 4A East meet

The Enterprise - - Sports - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­ Twit­ter: @aj­ma­son301 By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­

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.

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