Smith, 2 others from KCHS post best times ever for 5K

RIDGELY — McKenzie Smith crushed it, touring the 5K course at Adkins Arboretum in a personal best of 29 minutes, 8 seconds.

The Kent County High School sophomore had set a goal of breaking 30 minutes, which would have been 26 seconds faster than she had run the week before on the Chesapeake Bay Business Park course in Stevensville.

On Sept. 27, Smith raised the bar by lowering her time — by a lot.

Smith was one of three Kent County girls to establish PRs. The others were freshman Sophie Cousineau (24:00) and senior Molly Depp (28:53).

Depp also made huge strides, trimming 32 seconds off her previous best 5K time.

Cousineau was the second Trojan into the chute, and seventh overall. Depp was 19th and Smith was 20th.

There were 31 girls overall.

Heading the field for the third week in a row was Kent County sophomore Alden Swanson. She stopped the timer in 21:26 — 14 seconds ahead of runner-up Camryn Russum of Cambridge-South Dorchester.

In the boys race, senior Jack Spray (21:19) had the best finish for Kent — 29th.

Then came senior Kevin Stroup (21:27), who was 30th. 

Kent’s other scorers were senior John Hinton (21:37, 33rd), freshman Ashton Dean (21:53, 36th) and senior Aiden Herman (22:29, 39th).

Sophomore Lynden Saunders (23:12) was the only other Kent runner.

The Trojans were shorthanded as injuries and illness kept the others at home.

The boys race featured 67 runners, representing host Easton, Kent Island, Queen Anne’s, Cambridge and Wye River Upper School, in addition to KCHS.

Kent Island’s Trey Donnelly (17:26) and Gunner Hansard (17:33) placed one-two.

Boasting all five scorers in the top seven, Kent Island ran away with the team title with 21 points. A perfect score is 15.

Easton was a distant second with 57 points. The Warriors were led by senior Colin Smith, who was fourth in 18 minutes flat.

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