STEVENSVILLE — In five weeks, Kent County freshman Jacob Bohle has lowered his 5K time by nearly 7 minutes.
In his most recent high school cross country race, Oct. 16 at Terrapin Park, Bohle was the Trojans’ first runner into the chute and 19th overall. His time of 20 minutes, 7 seconds compares to the 26:50 he ran on the same course in the season opener Sept. 11.
The improvement is even more noteworthy given the challenging conditions of heavy rain and strong wind on race day last week.
Kent County coach Henry Sabetti said Bohle has been improving steadily “and has a bright future as a runner.”
Junior Thomas Martinez was the second Trojan to finish, and 34th overall, in 21:29.
Also scoring for the locals were junior Andrew Smith (22;10), freshman Connor Moxley (22:21) and sophomore Sam Buckel (22:35).
Freshman Gabe Voshell (23:16) led Kent County’s second wave of runners. Then came freshman Braiden Bakeoven (24:33), junior Jon Conner (24:42) and freshman Jacob Wintermyer (27:46).
Kent Island junior Finn Walsh, running on his home course, was the winner in 16:24. He was the only runner to break 17 minutes.
There were 95 boys.
North Caroline senior Will Christophel was second in 17:13.
With all five of its scorers finishing in the top 10, Kent Island was able to hold off Manchester Valley of Carroll County, 28-37, for first place as a team. Manchester Valley had four runners in the top 10, with Aiden Neal (17:48), Gabe Szybalski and Sean Bradley bunching across the finish line in fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.
Queen Anne’s (85) was third in the team scoring.
Then came Kent County (132), North Caroline (140) and Clear Spring of Washington County (166).
Sabetti said he was pleased with how the Trojans “ran a strong race under horrible conditions.”
On the girls side, Kent County freshmen Lacy Ervin was 25th in 26:42 and Stephanie Hogan stopped the timer in 27:13. Both ran much faster than they did Sept. 11 on this course. Ervin bettered her time by almost 4 minutes.
“Our two active girls continue to make progress as young and dedicated runners. I could not be more proud,” Sabetti said.
The Bayside Conference championship is this week and the Class 1A East Region meet is Oct. 31 — both hosted by Cambridge-South Dorchester High School. “Everyone is on target to hopefully peak for Regionals and try to qualify to go to the state meet,” Sabetti wrote in an email Saturday.