Braves, Hor­nets shine at re­gion­als

Chop­ti­con’s Mo­drze­jew­ski places sec­ond in 3A South boys race

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“It was a great feel­ing watch­ing the girls run to a re­gional ti­tle for the fourth year in a row, and it was the team’s low­est score since 2011,” North­ern head coach Josh Daw­son said. “The girls have been work­ing ex­tremely hard since the be­gin­ning of Au­gust, some since June, and they are reap­ing the re­wards from all of that work. Hope­fully, we can carry that win­ning at­ti­tude through the rest of the sea­son as well as the year and we’ll see what can be ac­com­plished from that.”

Oak­ley Olsen (20:10.02) fin­ished third to lead Hunt­ing­town. Jolie Ganzell (21:47.62) fin­ished 10th for Great Mills, which placed fourth as a team with 89 points.

Chop­ti­con fin­ished third, three points bet­ter than Great Mills. Maken­zie VanDe­van­der (21:52.88), Bethany Pret­ty­man (22:06.15) and Ju­lia Brown (22:45.93) placed 12th, 14th and 16th, re­spec­tively.

The Calvert boys cap­tured its third-straight 2A South crown in dom­i­nat­ing fash­ion with 24 points, 39 points more than River Hill of Howard County, at Oak Ridge Park in Hugh­esville.

Six run­ners for the Cava­liers placed in the top-9 over­all as ju­nior Justin Diehl won his sec­ond straight in­di­vid­ual re­gion crown with a time of 16 min­utes 23.06 sec­onds. Calvert’s John Dodsworth (16:50.91) took third, Paul Fag­nano (17:08.96) fin­ished fifth, while Ben Aris (17:12.10), Carter Sin­gle­tary (17:13.17) and Isa­iah Wil­lett (17:13.67) were sev­enth through ninth, re­spec­tively.

“Our re­gion is much tougher this sea­son and to see the boys place six in the top-9 against Howard County teams was im­pres­sive. I was sur­prised with how dom­i­nant we were,” Calvert head coach John Ma­jor said. “Now we have a chance to bring home the state ti­tle.”

West­lake fin­ished sixth over­all in the race with 166 points as Jay Hall paced the boys with a fourth-place over­all fin­ish of 17:02.89. His brother Jett Hall fin­ished 17th (17:42.60).

La Plata’s Tyler Con­nolly came in 19th (17:44.01) as the War­riors placed sev­enth as a team with 178 points.

Bren­dan Jones of Patux­ent fin­ished 20th (17:44.52) as the Pan­thers were 10th as a team with 289 points. Thomas Stone was 11th with 299 points.

The Calvert girls placed sec­ond over­all with 50 points, 16 points be­hind River Hill, which won the re­gion meet.

The Cava­liers had three run­ners in the top-9 led by ju­nior Sydney Friedel who fin­ished third over­all in 20:21.48. Dana Miller (21:20.04) and Emily Mutch­ler (21:30.00) fin­ished sev­enth and ninth, re­spec­tively.

“Our girls ran well also, com­ing in sec­ond to River Hill, so I think they can do well at states,” Ma­jor said.

Ni­cole Smith of Patux­ent took fifth in the race (21:15.50) as the Pan­thers fin­ished fifth as a team with 159 points.

Hasanya Brown fin­ished 12th over­all in the race for La Plata (21:40.05) as the War­riors took eighth as a team with 203 points.

The state cham­pi­onship races will be held on Satur­day at Here­ford High School in Park­ton.

The 3A girls race is sched­uled for 10:30 a.m. and the boys will be at 11:30 a.m. The 2A girls is set for 2 p.m. and the boys will cap off the day at 3 p.m.

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