(Oct. 11, 2019) The Worcester Prep girls’ and boys’ cross country teams both came in first place during Wednesday’s five-school meet in Centreville.

“It was great weather and it was a big change. Last time we ran it was two weeks ago, and it was pretty hot,” said Prep Coach Keith Geiger. “Some of them were surprised and not used to running when it’s this cool.”

The Lady Mallards won the competition, scoring 20 points. Salisbury School was runner-up with 36 points.

The top-five Prep runners to cross the finish line were: sophomore Myranda Beebe (first, 23:41), senior captain Ashley Laws (second, 23:57), freshmen Caitlyn Hoen (third, 24:30) and Linley Hill (fifth, 25:27) and junior Alexandra Willey (29:47, ninth).

“The girls did fantastic. [There were] a couple personal best [times],” Geiger said. “One girl, [sophomore] Sydney Lamson-Reich, went from 35 to 30 minutes. It is these types of jumps in time that make the kids realize it is worthwhile.

“When it’s 95 degrees and we’re running out in a field, it’s hard for them to understand the personal growth they will have,” he continued. “But now, it’s starting to show, and it’s wonderful to witness.”

Worcester’s boys’ team tallied 26 points in the victory.

Gunston finished in second place with 55 points, followed by Delmarva Christian with 68 points.

Contributing to the win were: juniors Graham McColgan (first, 18:54) and Connor Carpenter (third, 19:40), seniors Frank Carter (fourth, 19:59) and Gavin Hentschel (sixth, 20:25) and freshman Riley Moyer (12th, 21:03).

Sophomore Nick Hearne also completed the race in 21:03, but was a tenth of a second behind Moyer.

The freshmen boys on the team were amazing. All ran personal bests,” Geiger said. “Gavin Hentschel, Nick Hearne and Riley Moyer all stepped up and ran their best.

I knew they were capable of running this fast, so it was nice to see those guys close the gap from three to four,” he added.

The final meet of the regular season is Wednesday at 4 p.m. in Georgetown, Delaware.

“Our top runners are improving, but I’m just as happy and proud of some of the improvements made by some of the runners lower on the list,” Geiger said.

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