Dorsey and Lang Bring Home Individual Titles
The front-runners from the girls 2A set the fastest pace of the day at the mile marker, as Poolesville's Claire Beautz and Oakland Mills' Brit Lang--a freshman--recorded mile splits at just tick more than 6 minutes.
It wasn't long before it became the Brit Lang Show, though. Cresting the Dip one final time, the Oakland Mills frosh pressed forward, holding an insurmountable lead. Unleashing a kick in the final straightaway, Lang posted a time of 19:21--marking her as the fastest freshman of the meet and the third-fastest individual overall.
What was her strategy?
"I don't come into races with a plan. I just show up on race day and see what I can do.
Claire Beautz and Alyssa Taylor of Owings Mills dipped under the 20:00 minute barrier and rounded out the top three.
But it was Calvert who ran away with the 2A team championship, scoring a very impressive total of 57 points, more than 40 points ahead of the Lang-powered Oakland Mills squad. Placing two runners in the top 10 and two more in the top twenty, Calvert proved that their depth reigned supreme.
A much-anticipated showdown between David Dorsey and Chase Weaverling never came to fruition. Weaverling, the Montgomery County Champion, had been suffering from an injury that has hampered his training since he outran 4A State Champ Will Bertrand at the Montgomery County Championships.
The Dorsey brothers--David and Kevin--set the pace early and passed the mile marker in 5 minutes and 19 seconds. Employing a much different strategy Winters Mill's Weston Carvalho began his race at the tail end of the top 30 and positioned himself in the top 10 by the mile marker.
"It was my plan to start out very conservatively today," the Westminster native said. "I was looking to see if I could negative split the course."
Negative split the "Toughest 3 Miles in Cross Country?" A tall order.
It was David Dorsey that came out on top though. Climbing the Dip with a well-founded lead over his brother and Carvalho, David strode home in 16:25. Thankful that he didn't expend too much energy early, Carvalho (16:47) outkicked Kevin Dorsey (16:48) for second place. A banged-up Chase Weaverling, who still has 2013 to stake his claim, finished 7th.
According to the Dorseys, optimal racing isn't a result of tons of quarters, mile repeats, or ladders. To them, successful racing is a product of a rather simplistic schedule
"We don't do crazy workouts. We're not exhausting ourselves each workout," the brothers from Catoctin High School admitted jointly. "It's all about miles and hills for us. Miles and hills."
Perhaps the workout routine is a recipe for success for the entire Catoctin team; they secured the team championship with 77 points, 15 points ahead of runner-up Williamsport.