Princess Anne’s Martingayle takes girls 5A South Region crown, team finishes fifth

southsidedailysportsTHUMBPrincess Anne’s Doria Martingayle entered the girls cross-country 5A South Region meet Wednesday with a chip on her shoulder.

The standout junior and reigning regional champion was frustrated the last couple of weeks after a disappointing second-place finish in the Atlantic Conference meet on Oct. 21 — a race she had won the past two seasons.

“She was not happy at all,” Cavaliers coach Kevin Rhue said. “Best thing was to get an extra week to prepare and calm down. We knew she could do a lot better.”

The extra week of motivation and preparation paid off.

Martingayle finished first (18:18.37) for the second consecutive season at the regional meet, in front of Hickory’s Jodi Tolarchyk (18:34.59), who beat her in the conference meet.

“As soon as I started opening up the lead, mentally I had to stay sharp and focused until the finish,” Martingayle said after the race. “After that last race, it felt really good.”

Rhue said he’d never seen a more determined Martingayle heading into today’s race.

“We had a really good two weeks of work where I’ve seen a much more focused athlete than I saw prior to the conference meet,” Rhue said. “I think it woke her up. So today, she rose up.”

The Princess Anne girls team finished fifth overall, advancing to the 5A state meet Nov. 13 at Great Meadow in The Plains.

“I knew we were capable,” Rhue said. “We just had to go out there and do it.”

The Cavaliers boys team finished eighth, outside of the six qualifying spots. Princess Anne will send Harrison Martingayle and Joshua Spare to run individually at the state meet.

Rhue said Harrison and Spare were battling illnesses but still fought through to qualify.

“In a race that five or 10 seconds will make a difference if you move on to states or not, those guys fought,” he said.

The top six teams and the top 10 individual runners not on an advancing team go to the state meet.

5A South Region girls

Results, with overall team score:

  1. Deep Run (46)
  2. Hickory High School (64)
  3. Glen Allen High School (103)
  4. Menchville (112)
  5. Princess Anne (122)
  6. Douglas Freeman (172)
  7. J.R Tucker (212)
  8. Lee-Davis (220)
  9. Gloucester (228)
  10. L.C. Bird (282)
  11. Nansemond River (312)
  12. Salem (354)
  13. Kecoughtan (414)
  14. Kempsville (430)
  15. Matoaca (444)
  16. Prince George (456)
  17. Maury (460)
  18. Highland Springs (466)
  19. Warwick (472)

Other Virginia Beach runners advancing to the 5A state meet: Zoe Fullmer (Salem)

5A South Region boys

Results:

  1. Glen Allen (62)
  2. Dougles Freeman (83)
  3. Hickory (85)
  4. Deep Run (123)
  5. Mills Godwin (128)
  6. Menchville (155)
  7. L.C Bird (178)
  8. Princess Anne (190)
  9. Matoaca (256)
  10. Highland Springs (321)
  11. Gloucester (327)
  12. Nansemond (355)
  13. Varina (363)
  14. Prince George 370)
  15. Kecoughtan (404)
  16. Kempsville (421)
  17. Maury (478)

Other Virginia Beach runners advancing to 5A State meet: Harrison Martingayle (Princess Anne), Joshua Spare (Princess Anne), Daniel Lay (Kempsville)

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