CSD’s McCroy takes sec­ond

Dorchester Star - - FRONT PAGE - By CHRIS KNAUSS ck­nauss@star­dem.com Fol­low me on Twit­ter @csknauss / email me at ck­nauss@star­dem.com

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).

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

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.

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