Braves, Hornets shine at regionals
Chopticon’s Modrzejewski places second in 3A South boys race
“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.