Braves run to suc­cess

The Enterprise - - Sports - COLIN STOECKER

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.”

FILE PHOTO BY COLIN STOECKER

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.

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