C-SD Boys Cross Country takes second at home ‘Jungle’

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CAMBRIDGE — High school distance runners received a “Welcome to the Jungle” Oct. 26 at Cambridge-South Dorchester High School.
The course at C-SD winds through a densely wooded area nicknamed “The Jungle,” and it lived up to its name during the Bayside Conference Cross Country Championship.

The competition was fierce, with the scenic backdrop and the organization of the event being beautiful. All nine competing girls teams and 16 boys teams put on a great show for the fans and represented themselves, their schools, families and the sport with class and dignity. There were 104 runners among the boys and 75 girls.

The boys race was hyped up from the start and lived up to, if not exceeded expectations. The teams huddled, stretched, and listened to some last-minute coaching instructions before the 3-mile race around “The Jungle” commenced.

Once teams were called to the start after the girls, a roar of excitement from the crowd energized the boys. The race was on. The boys from Cambridge-South Dorchester set out to protect their turf and they did, falling only to the bigger Kent Island High School. The second-place C-SD Boys were led by sophomore Connor McCroy with a very impressive time of 16:21.30, good enough for third overall.

Dorchester Banner/Jason Scairato The top three finishers among the boys clustered together early Oct. 26 during the Bayside Conference Cross Country Championship hosted at Cambridge-South Dorchester High School. From left are Erick Sanchez who placed second, Brandon Nichols who took first, both of Kent Island High School, and Connor McCroy who placed third from C-SD.

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The top three finishers among the boys clustered together early Oct. 26 during the Bayside Conference Cross Country Championship hosted at Cambridge-South Dorchester High School. From left are Erick Sanchez who placed second, Brandon Nichols who took first, both of Kent Island High School, and Connor McCroy who placed third from C-SD.

Seniors always play a big role and this C-SD boys team was no different. Seniors Trevor Goodwin, 16:54.80, eighth overall; Matt Koletsky, 17:15.50, ninth overall; Anthony Thomas, 17:31.10, 14th overall; and Ben Cornwell, 17:40.40, 17th overall; all had great times. Freshman Giovanni Paderi, at 18:52.20, rounded out the excellent showing from the home team.

Trevor Goodwin

Trevor Goodwin

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Matt Kolesky

North Dorchester High School boys were just as determined, placing four runners in the top 50 overall. The team was led by senior Joe Bates whose time of 18:16.10 was good enough for 26th. Juniors Davion Dockins and Isaiah Brinsfield also added firepower to the team, with times and places of 18:42.60, 30th, and 19:18.50, 44th, respectively. The NDHS boys were also rounded out with great effort from sophomore Chase Harrison, 19:24.50; junior Jayke Connor, 19:50.50; and sophomore Paden Radunske, 20:09.00.

 

Both Dorchester boys teams will lose a few senior leaders, but also will bring back some youth seasoned with some valuable experience from those moving onward and upward.

The event got off to a running start with the girls’ 3-mile race, in which the C-SD girls finished fourth and The NDHS girls ninth. Both girls teams showed heart and the will to fight for the extra mile, on a day when the course was a little wet and the moment big.

C-SD was led by junior Janee Qualies, with a time of 20:56.50, good enough for 10th overall. Freshman Niveyshka Torres finished close behind her teammate in 21:13.10, 12th overall. C-SD girls also got great team support, with junior Leah Krotee, 22:23.90; freshman Sarah Condon, 22:46.10; and junior Natalie Anderson, 22:59.40; all putting maximum effort toward the cause.

North Dorchester girls also fought very hard. The whole girls team rallied around each other pushing one another to not only finish, but finish full of pride after giving their all. Junior Monica Loeffler led NDHS with a time of 26:14.50, along with fellow junior Paige Weaver at 27:38.90. The rest of the team offered their support, with junior Anesia Polk, 28:06.20; sophomore Kirsten Blades, 28:12.80; freshman Catherin Mennit, 28:50.40; and freshman Mia Mennit, 29:16.20; rounding out a great effort. C-SD and NDHS Girls Cross Country teams both graduate very few, making both these teams’ futures bright.

The 2016 Bayside Conference Cross Country Championship could not have been organized, ran, and supported any better than it was Oct. 26. Everyone involved can be proud to know the time and dedication for this event did not go unnoticed.

The top three girl finishers were senior Amanda Fine, Kent Island; senior Emily McAllister, Snow Hill; and sophomore Molly Connelly, Kent Island. The boys top three were junior Brandon Nichols, Kent Island; junior Erick Sanchez, Kent Island; and McCroy. The girls top three teams were Kent Island, North Caroline and Queen Anne’s. The boys top three teams were Kent Island, C-SD and Stephen Decatur.

All student athletes involved showed why the sport of cross country is much more than just a race. The Maryland State Cross Country Championships will be held Nov. 12 at Hereford High School in Baltimore County.

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