PARKTON – At Hereford High School on Saturday, Dorchester runners represented their county at the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association’s Cross Country Region 1A State Championships. The three-mile course is known as one of the best and most challenging on the East Coast, with its hills and the infamous “Dip,” a steep decline to a stream bed followed by an equally steep incline, where many athletes’ determination gets its biggest test of the season.
North Dorchester’s only female competitor was Adison Thomas, who finished 53rd with a time of 24:35.60. Just a freshman, she started the year finishing races with 27-minute times and was finally able to set an Eagles’ school record of 21:52.66 at the Bayside Championships in Cambridge.
The Vikings’ only qualifying girl was junior Camryn Russum, who finished 48th of 102 runners, in a time of 24:20.18.
Cora Gentzel of Smithsburg High School is the 2023 state champion, after running the course in 19:43.05. Smithsburg also won the team championship, scoring 69 points.
There were 13 girls’ teams in the race, though individuals such as Camryn and Adison can also compete – five runners are required to compile a team score.
The C-SD boys’ team placed 12th of 17 teams, with a score of 291. Liberty High School won, with 28 points, led by State Champion Gregory Schelberg, who led the pack in 16:35.00.
Te’Kai Drummond was the Vikings’ top finisher, crossing the line in 19th place in 18:09.44. Zy’Meir Wilson was 55th, in 19:21.99; Josiah Harris, 69th, 19:47.65; Preston Adkins, 78th, 19:58.24; Andrew Albert, 120th, 22:04.91; and Jacob Forkum, 133rd, 29:02.71.
Many of the athletes will now move on to the indoor, winter track and field season, with first practices Wednesday.