Braves run to success
Chopticon boys cross country had a 2018 season of their dreams. The Braves placed fifth at the Class 3A state championships after winning both the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference and Class 3A South Region cross country championships, both of which had been held at Oak Ridge Park.
At regionals, 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.
With three of the top four finishers, the Chopticon’s boys won the team title with a score of 34 points. Chopticon senior Tyler Modrzejewski finished fourth (17:32.37).
Chopticon runners went on to place at states at the state meet at Hereford High School in Parkton.
Chopticon had two runners in the top five and three in the top 20 in the 3A boys race to place fifth as a team with 173 points.
Zachary Wedding finished third (16:47.82) and Jeffrey Wedding took fifth (16:55.20), while Modrzejewski was 19th (17:32.90).
“Well I knew I could get top three at least,” Zachary Wedding said. “I think maybe I went out a little too fast in that first mile, but third place in states is good. In that dip, as soon as I went up, it got me. The guy passed me about 200 meters after the dip, Mike Belmaggio from Linganore. I was looking to get first or second place, but third place isn’t bad. I’m happy with it. It feels great.”
Chopticon head coach Kelley Schmidt was more than pleased with her boys performances, first winning the regional title and then going on to place highly at the state meet.
“It feels really good. I’m so proud of these kids,” Schmidt said. “Zachary said he was going to go out there and run in the top three, and he made a promise and kept it. And his brother fell in right behind him. I’ve been waiting for that all season. They pushed themselves as hard as they could today. Zachary looked really fresh and strong and next year he can get the title. It might be a fight with his brother.”
3 Chopticon High School sophomore Zachary Wedding finished third in the Class 3A boys race at the state cross country championships at Hereford High School in Parkton with a time of 16 minutes 47.82 seconds.