CSD’s McCroy takes second
Cambridge-South Dorchester’s Connor McCroy, the Bayside Conference champion, held off Bohemia Manor’s Zachary Laird at the finish line to place second in 16:02.4, a new personal record for McCroy in the boys’ Class 1A East Region cross country championship Thursday, Nov.
1, at Egypt Road Regional Park.
CAMBRIDGE — Cambridge-South Dorchester’s Connor McCroy, the Bayside Conference champion, held off Bohemia Manor’s Zachary Laird at the finish line to place second in 16:02.4, a new personal record for McCroy in the boys’ Class 1A East Region cross country championship Thursday, Nov. 1, at Egypt Road Regional Park
“I couldn’t ask for anything more; it was perfect,” McCroy said. “It was a great way to finish. I wanted under 16. I came in a little short at 16:02, but I PRd. Four years for this race. It went about what I expected. I knew one of the Bo Manor boys would go out fast. I knew that I would have to work to get back up. And I knew that they wouldn’t be used to all the twists and turns back in the woods, so every corner I would surge.”
With the upcoming state meet on very hilly course, McCroy has realistic expectations for that meet. He said he would take it easy during the winter indoor track season and prepare for the 3,200 meters in the spring. “I’m going for under 10 in the two-mile,” he said.
Bryce Jones placed eighth for the Vikings (17:43.9), John Condon ninth (17:44.5), and Sam Slacum 14th (18:18.9).
Bo Manor, led by first-place finisher Alex Longeway, won the nine-team Class 1A boys’ race with 31 points, with Cambridge-SD second with 57. Kent County’s Daniel Rickman placed seventh (17:31.2) for the Trojans.
Patterson Mill’s Ashley Betz pulled away from Cambridge-South Dorchester junior Sarah Condon to win the afternoon’s first event, the Class 1A girls’ race. Betz ran the course in 19:44.1 with Condon the only other runner also under 20 minutes at 19:57.8.
“It was me and Ashley; we pushed each other the entire race,” said Condon, who was battling a cold. “Up until the last turn to go into the straight is kind of where she passed me. At that point I was trying to get my breath. She’s so good ... but I definitely would have liked to do better.”
A little cooler weather would have been ideal for the runners, but no one was really complaining, especially not spectators.
“The weather actually is pretty nice because it’s not cold on your arms and it’s not humid,” Condon said. “It’s nice when it’s in the lower 60 cause it’s cool and you’re not overly sweaty. … I’ve been drinking lots and lots of water and trying to keep my lungs clear today.”
Condon’s teammates, Carrie Price placed third (21:15.1), Anna Hyde eighth (22:22.9), and Alison Ridgely 12th (22:41) as the Vikings finished second (38 points), qualifying for the state tournament, behind front-runner Bohemia Manor (33).
Cambridge-South Dorchester High’s Connor McCroy reacts after crossing the finish line in second place just ahead of Bohemia Manor’s Zachary Laird during the Class 1A East Region cross country race Thursday afternoon at Egypt Road Regional Park in Cambridge.