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(Oct. 16, 2020) The Worcester Prep boys’ cross country team won last Thursday’s meet on its home course, while the girls’ squad finished in second place.

“I’m super proud of everybody … a lot of kids beat their PR. We can’t really ask for anything better than that,” Prep Coach Jenn Corron said. “We had a couple kids shave a minute-plus off of their PR.

“I think we’re really coming together as a team,” she continued. “The seniors have emerged as leaders. We have a lot of sophomores and juniors that are really up and coming for next year, so we’re pretty excited about that.”

The Prep boys’ squad scored 15 points in the victory. The Salisbury School took second with 49 points.

Prep senior Graham McColgan crossed the finish line first overall, completing the race in 18:37.3. He dropped about a minute and 10 seconds off his best time.

“I was like 30 seconds faster than my last meet, so I was definitely happy to see improvement,” he said. “It’s definitely my favorite course. I always do pretty good here.”

Also scoring points for Worcester were seniors Connor Carpenter (second, 19:25.6) and Ethan Griffith (third, 20:20), sophomore Riley Moyer (fourth, 20:24.3) and junior Nick Hearne (fifth, 20:25.6).

“We look good. The competitiveness of all the [Worcester] boys definitely is great,” McColgan said. “They push each other. Everybody on the team has somebody who is close to them who they compete with, so that’s great.”

The Salisbury School won the girls’ competition with 14 points. Worcester scored 26 points for second place.

Prep sophomore Caitlyn Hoen came in first place in the girls’ race. She crossed the finish line in 22:45.8.

“I got my PR so I’m pretty happy … [by about] 1 minute and 30 seconds,” Hoen said. “I like [Worcester’s] course. There’s a good variety of sun and shade, so you can relax a little bit, and we get to practice on it.”

For the second straight week, Hoen and McColgan won their races.

Also scoring points for the Prep squad were seniors Natalie Foxwell (seventh, 26:20.5) and Caroline Anderson (eighth, 27:59.9) and junior Sydney Lamson-Reich (10th, 29:49.5).

“I’m just trying to be really encouraging,” Hoen said. “They all look really good and they have a lot of potential. I’m really excited to see where we are by the end of the season.”

Worcester will host Thursday’s meet at 4 p.m.

“I’m happy to be running. We’re definitely happy just to have a season. All sports that we have at Worcester luckily the season is happening,” McColgan said. “It’s super exciting and I definitely want to go out with my best year yet.”

Hoen agreed.

“I’m extremely grateful that our school is allowing us to have a season this year. I’m really excited that we could be out here,” Hoen said. “I just want everybody to keep doing their best. I got my PR today … I’m shooting for 22:30 by the end of the season.”

Both McColgan and Hoen are hoping their teams can win Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference championships again this year. The ESIAC meet is Thursday, Oct. 29, at 3 p.m. in Salisbury.

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