CAMBRIDGE — What is believed to be the largest turnout of girls for the cross country program at Kent County High School was punctuated with three Trojans competing in the Class 1A East Region championship race Oct. 31. Freshmen Lacy Ervin and Stephanie Hogan and junior Marie Zappia are all distance running novices.
The top 15 individuals and three teams qualified for the state meet.
Kent County did not have the minimum number of five girls required to score as a team, and none of its individual runners made the state cut.
Still, coach Henry Sabetti was thrilled with the Trojans’ steady improvement and perseverance in seeing the season through to its conclusion.
Ervin had the best finish for the locals, 24th in 25 minutes, 15.73 seconds. Hogan was four spaces back in 25:55.6.
Zappia stopped the timer in 32:02.39. This was only her second race; a lingering knee injury had kept her out of competition for most of the season.
Senior Sarah Condon of host Cambridge toured the 3-mile course known as The Jungle in a winning time of 20:47.99. She was the only girl to break 21 minutes.
The runner-up was Bohemia Manor sophomore Maya Osborne (21:15.59).
There were a total of 49 girls from 11 schools.
Only five schools brought full teams. Bo Manor (37 points), Cambridge (40) and Perryville (77) advanced to the state meet Nov. 9 at Hereford High School.
At the state meet, Cambridge’s Sarah Condon, the defending 1A champion, finished ninth in 21:25.50. She had the fastest seeding time.
Smithsburg junior Daylie Younker won the race in 20:26.13 — 18 seconds faster than runner-up Sophie Brown of Northern Garrett.
In the boys 1A race, Cambridge sophomore John Condon was sixth in 17:14.93 as the top finisher among Eastern Shore entries.
Bo Manor sophomore Day Leone, who won the 1A East Region title, was third in the state in 16:58.91.
Williamsport senior Zane Chalker was first across the line in 16:00.47 — 57 seconds faster than the nearest challenger. Williamsport had three runners in the top 10 to easily win the team title.
Kent County did not qualify any boys for the state meet.
In the boys 2A race, Kent Island junior Finn Walsh — the recently crowned Bayside Conference and 2A East Region champ — finished second to Oakdale senior Kyle Lund.
Lund overtook Walsh late to win in a 2A state record of 15 minutes, 47.76 seconds. Walsh (15:48.71), Harford Tech’s Kevin Baranoski (15:52.59) and Oakland Mills’ Baidy Ba (15:54.00) each broke the existing state record.
With all five of its scorers in the top 25, Oakdale won the team title.
Kent Island’s Charlotte Kratovil-Lavelle was 11th in the girls 2A race in 20:39.87.
Middletown freshman Erin McQuitty was the winner in 19:06.75.