CAMBRIDGE — The Trojans are assured of at least one more race this cross country season as they aim to qualify for the state meet. But if it had ended last week, at the Bayside Conference championships, it would be all good.
Almost everyone on Kent County’s team ran a personal best in what coach Henry Sabetti deemed a “tremendous race.”
“Standout performances,” he added of the Oct. 23 races hosted by Cambridge-South Dorchester High School.
For the second week in a row, freshman Jacob Bohle was the first Trojan across the finish line. He stopped the timer in 19 minutes, 8.6 seconds, placing 31st overall.
Junior Thomas Martinez was second for Kent County in 19:41, and 41st overall.
Kent County’s all-underclassman scoring group also consisted of freshman Gabe Voshell (19:53.2, 47th), freshman Connor Moxley (20:59.2, 61st) and sophomore Sam Buckel (21:15.8, 67th).
Pushing them were junior Andrew Smith (21:46.0) and senior Tim Wintermyer (22:07.4).
Kent County finished 10th among 15 schools in all classifications, and fourth among the small 1A schools.
Class 2A Kent Island (37) won its 10th consecutive conference championship. KI junior Finn Walsh established a course record of 15:28.5. Three other Buccaneers finished in the top 10.
North Caroline senior William Christophel was the runner-up in 16:12.8 and Cambridge sophomore John Condon was third in 16:19.7.
Class 1A Cambridge (51) had two other runners place in the top 10 to finish a credible second to Kent Island in the team standings.
James M. Bennett (108), Queen Anne’s (116) and Easton (141) rounded out the top five.
Kent County also sent out three boys in the junior varsity race: Braiden Bakeoven (22:40), Jacob Wintermyer (24:32) and Jon Conner (24:59).
On the girls side, senior Charlotte Kratovil-Lavelle (19:17.05) led a one-two-three finish for Kent Island, which won its fourth straight conference championship.
This is the first year of cross country for Kratovil-Lavelle, who played soccer the previous three years.
All four of Kent’s girls ran PRs: Lacy Ervin (24:44.4), Stephanie Hogan (25:31.9), Marie Zappia (31:34.9) and Desi Fox (34:21.1). This was the first race for Zappia, who has been plagued by a knee injury most of the season.
Coach Sabetti said it was “great to see our girls achieve their goals and lower their times consistently.”
With only four girls, Kent was not able to score as a team.
Kent County’s boys are hoping to qualify as a team for the state meet Nov. 9 at Hereford High School. That will be their focus today when they return to Cambridge for the Class 1A East Region race. The top five teams will advance.
That’s a tall order, Sabetti said, because there are at least 10 schools in the region with full teams. The 1A East consists of all the small schools on the Eastern Shore; Bohemia Manor and Perryville of Cecil County; and Havre de Grace, Joppatowne and Patterson Mill of Harford County. Bo Manor was the state runner-up last year.
Said Sabetti: “The boys will do all in their power to run anther great race and qualify for the state championship, but everything they do know is icing on the cake of a wonderful season.”