Trojans follow their leader Jack Spray in 3-mile race

CAMBRIDGE — Senior Jack Spray stopped the timer in 19 minutes, 52.35 seconds, his fastest 3-mile time ever, and eight Trojans followed their pace-setter’s lead by realizing PRs last week at the Bayside Conference cross country championships hosted by Cambridge-South Dorchester High School.

On this same course in the season-opening Rumble in the Jungle six weeks earlier, Spray, who is only in his second year of cross country, ran a 20:44.

At the Bayside meet on Oct. 25, Spray was 41st in a field of 97 boys representing 16 schools from the Eastern Shore.

Queen Anne’s junior Ben Marks was in a class all by himself, establishing course and conference records of 15:17.94.

Marks, by the way, is a first-year cross country runner — though his resume includes a third-place finish in the 3,200 meters at last spring’s Class 2A state championships.

Marks’ winning time was more than a minute and a half faster than his nearest challenger, Kent Island senior Trey Donnelly, whose 16:50.82 also was a PR.

Class 2A Kent Island (70 points) won its second team championship in as many years and 14th in 17 years.

Class 3A Stephen Decatur (88) edged Class 1A Cambridge by a point for runner-up honors. Then came Class 2A schools Easton (116) and Queen Anne’s (136) to round out the top five.

Kent County High School placed 10th.

Senior Kevin Stroup was the second KCHS runner into the chute, and 49th overall, in a personal best of 20:22.85.

The Trojans’ scoring contingent also included sophomore Andrew Buckel (20:34.60, PR), senior Aiden Herman (20:45.14, PR) and freshman Ashton Dean (21:33.65).

They were pushed by sophomore Lynden Saunders (21:54.47, PR) and senior John Hinton (21:54.63).

Sophomore Trent Johnson ran a PR of 20:21 in the B race, the second fastest time of the day for the Trojans. He’s earned himself a spot on the squad that coach Henry Sabetti will send out for this week’s state-qualifying region meet.

On the girls side, Kent County sophomore Alden Swanson, also a first-year high school runner, placed 13th in 22:34.82. She was second after mile one and held that spot about halfway into mile two, before more experienced runners asserted themselves.

This was a statement-making race for KCHS freshman Sophie Cousineau, who broke 23 minutes for the first time and lowered her PR by about a minute. She finished in the top 20 in 22:59.83.

Senior Molly Depp (27.04.03) and sophomore McKenzie Smith (28:36.36) also had PRs.

With only four girls, Kent County was one shy of being able to score as a team.

Parkside sophomore Logan Newton was the winner in 20:24.02.

Three others also ran under 21 minutes: Stephen Decatur senior Macy Woroniecki (20:39.71), Snow Hill sophomore Allie Suarezapecheche (20:47.53) and Cambridge junior Camryn Russo (20:59.34).

There were 66 girls.

Stephen Decatur (41 points) outperformed Kent Island (74) for the team title.

The focus now is the region meets, which are qualifiers for the state championship races Nov. 11 at hilly Hereford High School in Baltimore County.

For Kent County, that means the Class 1A East meet Thursday,  Nov. 2 at Fair Hill.

A minimum of 15 runners or 25% of the number of runners who start the race will advance. The number of teams moving on will be based on the total number of teams that start the race with a minimum of five runners.

Coach Sabetti said he is hopeful that Kent’s boys will qualify as a team, and that there is a possibility that one or two of the girls will qualify.

The 1A East is one of the larger regions, consisting of the smallest schools in the state from Cecil and Harford counties all the way down the Shore to Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties.

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  1. Congratulations Jack Spray. So proud of ur accomplishments. Also congrats to all team mates. Aunt Helen

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