Vandals damage C-SD cross country course

Submitted to the Dorchester Banner/Sean Reincke This photo shows some of the damage done to the Vikings' cross country course over the weekend.

Submitted to the Dorchester Banner/Sean Reincke
This photo shows some of the damage done to the Vikings’ cross country course over the weekend.

CAMBRIDGE – A person or persons used a vehicle to damage Cambridge-South Dorchester High School’s cross country course over the weekend. Driving on the wet turf of the Jungle, he or she dug doughnuts in a carefully maintained field that is part of the team’s home venue.

This course is well known around Bayside Conference – it offers many benefits to Eastern Shore high school runners and their families, not the least of which is the site’s natural beauty. For several years, the “Jungle,” as it is affectionately known, has been the site of Region 1A and Bayside Conference Championship meets.

The sport of cross country running requires either a three-mile or a five-kilometer course, which may be over a variety of surfaces. The Jungle features an attractive setting, with a true cross country feel, taking the athletes on a measured and marked path through the thick woods, around ponds and across fields.

It is in Egypt Road Park, which the county allows the Vikings to use. Many people have done a great deal over the years to make this a popular sports venue.

Head Coach Sean Reincke shared his reaction of shock and pain with photos after the damage was discovered.

“Someone decided it would be a good idea to tear up the Jungle this weekend (C-SD’s home cross country course). I’m so fricking mad/upset,” he said in a post online. “Why do people have to do destructive things like this? Thankfully, the county and school system were quick to action and we’ve already started fixing things. We have three weeks until the Bayside Conference meet so we should have everything cleaned up and looking good by then. And if anyone has any info on who might have done this, please contact the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office.”

On Monday, Viking athletes were seen with shovels, beginning to repair the damage.

The reaction of citizens was swift and outraged when word spread on Tuesday morning.

“Find them and put their little butts to work,” Tanya Wroten said in a post on social media. “Rake in one hand, and shovel in the other.”

Cathie Ridgely said, “This is where my kiddos run cross country and host their meets for other teams. It’s our only course. Sickening that someone destroyed their hard work!”

“This is infuriating! I hope they catch who did this,” Katie Doll said.

A course in Seaford, Delaware, was hit with the same kind of damage recently, police there have reported. 

The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office may be reached at 410-228-4141. Anonymous tips may be sent to the sheriff at this link:

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