(Sept. 24, 2021) The Worcester Prep boys’ cross country team came in first place, while the girls’ squad finished in third during last Thursday’s five-school meet in Berlin.

The Prep squad recorded 30 points, followed by Salisbury School (63) and Saints Peter & Paul (64).

Scoring points for Worcester was senior Nicholas Hearne (second, 20:12.1), juniors Riley Moyer (third, 20:38.4) and Cooper Ludt (fifth, 20:59.9), sophomore Dylan Simons (ninth, 21:41.5) and senior Graham McCabe (11th, 22:14.5).

“Our boys did pretty well. It’s a strong unit,” Prep Coach John Zirckel said. “I hope we get better and better each week.”

Several boys dropped time since the first meet of the season on Sept. 9, including Hearne and McCabe (more than two minutes each), and Ludt and Simons, who were 50 and 40 seconds faster, respectively.

“Overall as a team, the 12 boys ran 17 minutes faster than last week - 1,046 seconds as a team,” Zirckel said.

Salisbury School won the girls’ competition with 16 points. Delmarva Christian placed second, scoring 32 points, followed by Worcester with 40.

Prep junior Caitlyn Hoen (fourth, 26:32.6), sophomore Madilyn Nechay (11th, 30:05.5), freshman Aurora Holland (12th, 30:15.1) and senior Sydney Lamson-Reich (13th, 31:29.8) scored points for Worcester.

“It was very hot and humid, but they really gave it their all,” Zirckel said. “They gave a lot of effort.”

Lamson-Reich dropped the most time since the first meet of the season – a little over three minutes.

“She had a big improvement,” Zirckel said.

The next meet is on Wednesday at 4 p.m. in Centreville.

“We’ve got to keep working and slowly increase milage, gradually working them up during practice,” Zirckel said.

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