Beach runners prepare for conference meets this week

The boys and girls cross-country 6A Conference 1 and 5A Conference 9 meets are set for Wednesday at Floyd E. Kellam High School. The top-three finishing teams move on to the regional meet.

Frank W. Cox's Jonathan Lomogda (Joe Saade/Southside Daily)
Frank W. Cox’s Jonathan Lomogda (Joe Saade/Southside Daily)

Here’s what you need to know.

6A Conference 1 

Girls – 3:30 p.m.

Boys – 4 p.m.

Beach teams competing: Bayside, Frank W. Cox, First Colonial, Tallwood, Floyd E. Kellam, Landstown, Ocean Lakes

Boys regular season standings, with the average 5K time of the team’s top five runners, according to MileStat.com:

  1. Cox (16:24.71)
  2. Kellam (16:48.30)
  3. Ocean Lakes (17:09.00)
  4. Landstown (17:44.35)
  5. First Colonial (18:04.19)
  6. Tallwood (18:44.40)
  7. Bayside (18:52.62)

Overview: Cox’s Jonathan Lomogda looks to four-peat as the conference champion after setting a personal record (14:56.00) on Saturday at the MileStat.com XC Invitational. Falcons teammate David Scherrer is primed for a top-three finish, having run the second fastest time this fall (15:51.00), while Kellam’s Ryan Drew aims for a second consecutive top-three spot.

Girls regular season standings:

  1. Ocean Lakes (19:19.18)
  2. Kellam (20:54.80)
  3. First Colonial (21:56.59)
  4. Cox (22:02.21)
  5. Tallwood (22:24.20)
  6. Landstown (22:57.64)
  7. Bayside (23:12.92)

Overview: Ocean Lakes enters as the favorite to win its 10th consecutive conference title. Dolphins junior Madeleine King (18:30.00) leads the pack, alongside senior Rachel Boyce (19:11.00). The Dolphins have five of the conference’s top eight runners in the lineup. Kellam junior Eileen Vedder aims for her first top-three finish.

 

5A Conference 9

Girls – 4:30 p.m.

Boys – 5 p.m.

Beach teams competing: Green Run, Kempsville, Princess Anne, Salem

Boys regular season standings:

  1. Hickory (16:35.60)
  2. Princess Anne (17:29.34)
  3. Maury (17:51.18)
  4. Kempsville (18:57.36)
  5. Green Run (20:18.47)
  6. Indian River (21:14.10)
  7. Salem (21:45.26)
  8. Norview (22:09;.5)

Overview: Princess Anne senior Harrison Martingayle (15:38) aims aims for his first career first-place finish. Junior Joshua Spare (16:34.42)  placed third last season, while the Cavaliers as a team have finished second in the past two conference meets. Kempsville’s Daniel Lay looks for his third-straight top-10 finish.

Girls’ regular season standings:

  1. Hickory (19:38.00)
  2. Princess Anne (20:57.01)
  3. Maury (22:52.01)
  4. Kempsville (23:28.03)
  5. Salem (23:45.54)
  6. Green Run (29:17.38)
  7. Indian River (29:44.30)
  8. Norview (30:20.88)

Overview: Princess Anne junior Doria Martingayle, Harrison’s younger sister, is on pace (18:16.00) to finish first for the third straight season. The Cavaliers as a team have finished in the top two every year since 2008.

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