C-SD wins first cross country ‘Backyard Brawl’ against ND

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VIENNA — It wasn’t really a fight — they like each other too much for that. But the first “Backyard Brawl” ended with a win for Cambridge-South Dorchester High School, as the Vikings’ cross country team traveled to North Dorchester’s new home course for the opening scrimmage of the 2015 season.

The Henson Scout Reservation was the site of the meet, which featured a sweep by C-SD girls and a boys’ race that took place in pouring rain.

In cross country races, athletes cover a course of from 2.8-3.2 miles. The top five finishers score.

Junior and team captain Brooke Webster led the C-SD girls in capturing the top five places. Coach Lois Narr said, “There were three rookies in the top seven: Janae Quailes, Carrie Price and Josie Shenton.”

Brooke was pleased with the effort she saw. “I was proud of everybody in their first race,” she said.
As for the boys, though C-SD won as a team, ND’s Noe Cervantes finished first. Top Vikings finishers were Trevor Goodwin, Matt Koletsky, Pat Geleta and freshman Connor McCroy, in his first race.

“I feel pretty awesome,” Connor said afterwards. “I wanted to get under 20 minutes, and I did.”

To make things interesting, each school had a trophy on the line – with a sweep, the winners would claim the other school’s trophy, so this season, the eagle will live at C-SD.

Head Coach Sean Reincke thanked his North Dorchester counterpart for hosting the event. “Thanks Coach Mark Lowrie for a great course and solid competition,” he said. “A great tradition has been born.”

Coach Lowrie said, “The scrimmage accomplished our goal: to get both teams out pushing early. C-SD’s program has always been the gold standard that our team strives to compete with. Now, I feel that ND is pushing them to be better. Our teams make each other stronger. Today’s scrimmage also showed how deep Dorchester County’s running roots are, with 59 athletes competing.”

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.

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