Braves earn ti­tles at 3A South cross coun­try meet

Wed­ding wins as Chop­ti­con boys take 3A South crown; Leonard­town’s Ray wins in 4A East girls

The Enterprise - - Front Page - By JOHN NISWANDER jniswan­der@somd­news.com

The South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence was well rep­re­sented at the Class 3A South Re­gion cross coun­try cham­pi­onships held at Oak Ridge Park in Hugh­esville on Thurs­day.

The SMAC schools com­pet­ing in the 3A meet were Hunt­ing­town, North­ern, St. Charles, Chop­ti­con and Great Mills.

Chop­ti­con sopho­more Zachary Wed­ding won the boys race with a time of 16 min­utes 39.97 sec­onds. His twin brother Jef­frey Wed­ding earned a se­cond-place fin­ish in 17:06.14.

“I am re­ally happy. I knew I could win it, but I had some good guys here push­ing me,” Zachary Wed­ding said. “I wanted a bet­ter time. I wanted to break 16:10 to get a new per­sonal record, but I am pleased with it.”

SMAC had run­ners fin­ish in eight of the top 10 po­si­tions and 15 of the top 20 po­si­tions in the boys race.

Hunt­ing­town ju­nior Conor Mc­Girr was third (17:18.29) and Chop­ti­con se­nior Tyler Mo­drze­jew­ski fin­ished fourth (17:32.37). North­ern had run­ners take fifth and sixth, re­spec­tively, with se­nior Jack Lehn­hardt (17:37.42) and ju­nior Gabe Amisano (17:47.89). Great Mills se­nior Kevin McDanal fin­ished eighth (17:54.51), while North­ern sopho­more Jaylin Ruck­man fin­ished 10th (18:01.63).

With three of the top four fin­ish­ers, the Chop­ti­con’s boys won the team ti­tle with a score of 34 points.

North­ern fin­ished se­cond with a score of 51, fol- lowed by Hunt­ing­town in third (78), Great Mills in fifth (138) and St. Charles in eighth (214).

The girls race was dom­i­nated with SMAC schools rep­re­sent­ing 19 of the top 20 fin­ish­ers.

North­ern’s girls con­tin­ued their out­stand­ing sea­son with three girls fin­ish­ing in the top four. Se­nior Clau­dia Dolan won the race in 19:22.81.

“To­day it was a lit­tle hot, but over­all I am re­ally happy with it,” Dolan said. “I wasn’t ex­pect­ing to come out with a win be­cause Oak­ley [Ol­son] is re­ally tough com­pe­ti­tion and we are al­ways neck and neck.”

North­ern sopho­more Hannah Mack earned third in 19:54.74 fol­lowed by fresh­man Syd­ney Yankanich in fourth in 20:12.70.

“Through­out the sea­son, I think the team has been do­ing re­ally well,” Dolan said. “We have pro­gressed re­ally well and our train­ing is re­ally ben­e­fit­ing us a lot and I think ev­ery­thing is re­ally com­ing to­gether and it gives me high hopes for our state meet.”

Hunt­ing­town sopho­more Oak­ley Ol­son earned a se­cond-place fin­ish with a time of 19:28.43. Two other Hur­ri­canes fin­ished in the top 10 as fresh­man Kirsten Doty fin­ished eighth (21:06.20) and sopho­more Jane Gor­man was (21:28.19).

Great Mills had two run­ners fin­ish in the top 10 with fresh­man So­phie Chan in fifth (20:36.83) and fresh­man Cooper Brother­ton tak­ing sixth (20:48.30).

North­ern’s girls cap­tured the team ti­tle, their fourth straight, with a score of 27 points.

Hunt­ing­town earned se­cond with a score of 55 points, fol­lowed by Great Mills in third (75), Chop­ti­con in fourth (87) and St. Charles in sixth (166).

“Over­all, I am very happy per­for­mance wise with both sides,” North­ern head coach Josh Daw­son said. “The girls were first and the guys were se­cond, so I am very happy with the per­for­mances from to­day.”

The state meet is sched­uled to be at Here­ford High School in Bal­ti­more County on Satur­day.

“I am look­ing for­ward to states. I think I can get top three,” Zachary Wed­ding said.

Raiders’ Ray wins at 4A East meet

Leonard­town sopho­more Nelle Ray won the girls race at the Class 4A East Re­gion cham­pi­onships on Thurs­day at Arun­del High School in Anne Arun­del County, win­ning in a time of 19 min­utes 11.20 sec­onds.

The Raiders fin­ished fifth over­all in the team stand­ings with 128 points. Sev­erna Park of Anne Arun­del claimed the ti­tle with 44.

Ray was joined by fresh­man team­mate Parker O’Brien in the top 10. O’Brien ended up 10th with a time of 20:39.00.

On the boys side, Leonard­town were sev­enth as a team with 150 points. Sev­erna Park won the team ti­tle with 29.

The first Raiders run­ner to cross the fin­ish line was sopho­more Ni­cholas Grooms in 22nd place (18:15.90) and ju­nior Bran­don Graben­stein was next in 26th (18:30.60).

Ju­nior Sam Keeny of South River in Anne Arun­del County was the boys race cham­pion (16:25.30).

The 4A state cham­pi­onships will be held Satur­day at Here­ford High School in Bal­ti­more County.

STAFF PHOTO BY JOHN NISWANDER

Chop­ti­con sopho­more Zachary Wed­ding won the boys race at Thurs­day’s Class 3A South Re­gion cross coun­try cham­pi­onships at Oak Ridge Park in Hugh­esville with a time of 16 min­utes 39.97 sec­onds.

STAFF PHOTO BY JOHN NISWANDER

Great Mills fresh­man Cooper Brother­ton fin­ished in sixth place in the girls race at Thurs­day’s Class 3A South Re­gion cross coun­try cham­pi­onships at Oak Ridge Park in Hugh­esville with a time of 20 min­utes 48.30 sec­onds.

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