State cross-country meet preview: Ocean Lakes, Princess Anne, Kellam girls, Cox boys

The boys and girls 5A and 6A state meets are Friday at Great Meadow, The Plains.southsidedailysportsTHUMB

 

Girls 6A

When: 11:45 a.m.

Beach teams: Ocean Lakes, Kellam

Individual Beach runners: Gracen Samuel (Cox), Maddy Ryan (Landstown), Reagan Reeves (Bayside), Anna Lott (Landstown)

Ocean Lakes outlook: The Dolphins enter the meet as the top Beach team and look poised to place in the top five for a second consecutive year.  Ocean Lakes’ top runner, Madeleine King, is on pace for a second consecutive top-10 finish individually.

Kellam outlook: The Knights will compete in their first state meet since 2010. Kellam is led by junior standout Eileen Vedder.

 

Boys 6A

When: 12:30 p.m.

Beach teams: Cox

Individual Beach runners: Ryan Drew (Kellam), Christian McDonald (Kellam), Ayoade Adebiy (Landstown), Austin Hampton (Bayside)

Cox outlook: Coach Lanny Doan described the Falcons’ region meet as one of their least impressive performances of the season — and they finished third. Doan believes his group can finish in the top three if his youngsters (three of their top five runners are freshmen) run like they have all year. Individually, Jon Lomogda is favored to win his first state championship. The senior’s average time is at least 30 seconds better than anyone else in the state.

 

Girls 5A

When: 1 p.m.

Beach teams: Princess Anne

Individual Beach runners: Zoe Fullmer (Salem)

Princess Anne outlook: Cavaliers junior Doria Martingayle is on the hunt for her first state championship. The 5A South Region champion finished as state-runner up last year to Heather Holt (George Marshall), who enters as a favorite to repeat. The Princess Anne team finished 11th in last year’s state meet and are aiming to crack the top 10 this go-around.

 

Boys 5A

When: 1:45 p.m.

Individual Beach runners: Harrison Martingayle (Princess Anne), Joshua Spare (Princess Anne), Daniel Lay (Kempsville)

Outlook: Cavaliers senior Harrison Martingayle finished 14th in last year’s state meet and looks primed for a top-10 finish this time.

 

 

 

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