In the 6A conference competition, the top three teams and top 15 runners advanced to the South Region meet.
6A Conference 1 Girls
Recap: Ocean Lakes stole the conference show for the 10th consecutive year, placing the top three runners and seven of the top nine. Junior Madeleine King earned her third consecutive conference title, running an 18:37.21, nearly breaking the course record she set last year (18:35.81). Senior Rachel Boyce finished runner-up (18:59.86), followed by fellow senior Morgan Will (19:37.47).
Frank W. Cox sophomore Gracen Samuel finished fourth (19:53.35), followed by Dolphins senior Ashley Cooper’s 19:53.66.
First Colonial edged Kellam for second place by a team average of just two seconds.
Other runners advancing to the regional tournament: Bayside: Reagan Reeves; Landstown: Madelyn Ryan, Anna Lot.
Results (average time of team’s runners):
- Ocean Lakes (19:29.13)
- First Colonial (22:01.70)
- Kellam (22:03.53)
- Cox (22:57.41)
- Landstown (22:51.19)
- Tallwood (23:23.27)
- Bayside (23:52.17)
6A Conference 1 Boys
Recap: The Cox boys captured their first conference championship in coach Lanny Doan’s six-year tenure. It was
business as usual for Jonathan Lomogda. The senior earned his fourth straight conference title with a 15:43.74 finish, nine seconds slower than the course record he posted last year (15:34.69) but nearly a full minute faster than the rest of Wednesday’s field. Junior teammate David Scherrer finished runner-up (16:41.70), edging Kellam’s Ryan Drew (16:45.48), who won the 5A conference title last season. The Falcons placed five runners in the top 13, three of them freshmen.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Doan said after the meet. “It’s a good start for the postseason. But we can still run a lot faster down the line.”
Ocean Lakes senior Drew Park finished fourth (17:12.62), followed by Kellam senior Christian McDonald (17:16.06).
Other runners advancing to the regional tournament: Landstown: Daniel Valenzuela, Ayoade Adebivi, Nash Euman; Bayside: Austin Hampton.
- Cox (16:58.54)
- Ocean Lakes (17:26.78)
- Kellam (17:44.52)
- Landstown (17:59.97)
- First Colonial (18:38.78)
- Bayside (19:14.36)
- Tallwood (19:25.40)
In the 5A conference competition, the top four teams and top 10 runners not on an advancing team go on to the South Region meet.
5A Conference 9 Girls
Recap: Hickory waltzed to its second consecutive conference title, placing all seven runners in the top nine. Hickory
sophomore Jodi Tolarchyk (18:41.70) snatched the conference crown from Princess Anne junior Doria Martingayle (19:07.35), the two-time defending champion. Hawks senior Kailyn Gyuricsko (19:52.60) and sophomore Maddie Eason (20:12.82) placed third and fourth, respectively. Cavaliers sophomore Kasey Sutryk (20:32.04) rounded out the top-five.
Other runners advancing to the regional tournament: Kempsville: Laura Kielbowicz, Haley Murphy, Paran Hope Gonzales, Lynn Dinh; Norview: Briana Peskopos, Jessica Ambrose; Green Run: Sara Wisher, Shylien Robles; Indian River: Sarah Terifay, Anna Claire Albritton.
- Hickory (20:02.22)
- Princess Anne (21:11.07)
- Salem (23:33.79)
- Maury (24:05.63)
- Kempsville (24:12.65)
- Norview (28:20.12)
- Green Run (28:33.47)
- Indian River (29:25.43)
5A Conference 9 Boys
Recap: The race for the individual title came down to the final sprint. Princess Anne’s Harrison Martingayle (16:05.18) escaped with his second conference crown in three years, edging Hickory’s Cameron Riedy (16:06.04). The Hickory boys team performance mimicked the girls’ domination, placing six of the top nine runners and taking the conference title. Senior Jarrell Hibler finished third (16:27.27), followed closely by Cavaliers junior Joshua Spare (16:33.56). Hawks senior Zach Morton (16:46.97) took fifth place.
Other runners advancing to the regional tournament: Green Run: Luis Marin, Mitchell Holbrook, Jamal Strayhorn, Zachary Horton, Mason Tarkenton; Indian River: Ethan Moore, Marlin Brown-Hughes, John Laura; Salem: Trevor Rovito, Joseph Brasfield.
- Hickory (16:50.73)
- Princess Anne (17:35.35)
- Maury (18:46.10)
- Kempsville (19:29.47)
- Green Run (20:04.73)
- Indian River (20:59.19)
- Salem (21:48.67)
- Tallwood (23:34.80)