Catoctin High School’s David Dorsey fought the hills and the hills won the first two time he competed in the state championship cross country meet at Hereford High School’s grueling course.
The third time was the charm, however, as Dorsey ran his way to first place at Saturday’s 2A state meet, cruising to victory in a time of 16:25.2, roughly 22 seconds ahead of Winters Mill’s Weston Carvalho (16:47.5).
“This course has defeated me two times in a row and I felt like I defeated this course today,” Dorsey said. “That means a lot to me. I was sitting in fourth [last year] and … the last 100 meters came in, I just hit a huge wall. The first year, I fell twice at the end of the race.
“[This is] a lot better. First because I did my best I think and the other thing, I wasn’t puking on the sideline for 30 minutes with my brother right next to me doing the same thing.”
Kevin Dorsey did, however, join his brother in leading the Cougars to the team title, placing third in a time of 16:48.9. Catoctin, which also had Zach Gascho grab ninth in a time of 17:15.6, finished with a score of 77 and it was followed by Williamsport (92) and Kent Island (145).
Poolesville (148) earned fourth behind the running of Chase Weaverling, the Montgomery County champion, who finished seventh in a time of 17:10.8 despite being plagued by plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the thick tissue in the bottom of one’s foot.
“I’ve had plantar fasciitis in my right foot since a week after counties,” Weaverling said. “I’ve haven’t been able to practice consistently since then. I just didn’t have it physically today. I’m content with my season. It happens to everybody.”
In the girl’s half of the race, Poolesville’s Claire Beautz ran her way to second place behind Oakland Mills’ Brit Lang in a time of 19:49.6. Her teammate, Chelsie Pennello, placed sixth in a time of 20:14.4.
“It just wasn’t my day and she ran a great race,” Beautz said. “I just wasn’t feeling good. I thought I started well, but I ended up going a little too fast in the first mile and it hit me in the second and third one.”
The Oakdale girls squad, fresh off its first region crown, finished in fourth place with its top five runners ranging from 13th through 35th place.
“I didn’t look what we had it today,” Bears coach Chris Lewis said. “Maybe it was nerves; it just didn’t work out.”
2A Maryland State Cross Country Championship
1. David Dorsey (Catoctin) 16:25.2; 2. Weston Carvalho (Winters Mill) 16:47.5; 3. Kevin Dorsey (Catoctin) 16:48.9; 4. John Mead (Century) 16:54.3; 5. Cody Bowman (Williamsport) 17:07.7; 6. Lenier Tucker (Edgewood) 17:09.8; 7. Chase Weaverling (Poolesville) 17:10.8; 8. Trent Herzog (Patuxent) 17:12.2; 9. Zach Gascho (Catoctin) 17:15.6; 10. Nikolai Rhodes (Kent Island) 17:26.5.
1. Catoctin 77; 2. Williamsport 92; 3. Kent Island 145; 4. Poolesville 148; 5. Century 153; 6. Oakdale 156; 7. Marriotts Ridge 174; 8. Oakland Mills 193; 9. Liberty 212; 10. Patuxent 277.
1. Brit Lang (Oakland Mills) 19:21.8; 2. Claire Beautz (Poolesville) 19:49.6; 3. Alyssa Taylor (Owings Mills) 19:55.4; 4. Courtney Mattson (Calvert) 20:01.8; 5. Alyssa Hemler (Oakland Mills) 20:12.1; 6. Chelsie Pennello (Poolesville) 20:14.4; 7. Hannah Aris (Calvert) 20:15.8; 8. Jennifer Breichner (Winters Mill) 20:15.9; 9. Sarah Rinehart (Liberty) 20:18.7; 10. Abigail Starks (Marriotts Ridge) 20:26.1.
1. Calvert 57; 2. Oakland Mills 101; 3. Century 106; 4. Oakdale 122; 5. Liberty 139; 6. South Carroll 141; 7. Poolesville 163; 8. Patuxent 231; 9. Kent Island 242; 10. Glenelg 249.