Glenelg Country coach Scott Doughty knew that Wednesday’s 2013 MIAA Cross Country Championship at Oregon Ridge Park would come down to Boys Latin and the Dragons.
A regular season dual meet between the schools ended in a 25-30 victory in favor of the Lakers, giving Glenelg Country its only point of the year.
Thanks to senior Joey Pickens’ second consecutive individual title, finishing with a time of 16:57.6, the Dragons outlasted Boys Latin for their first B Conference championship since 2003.
Pickens finished 10th overall.
“None of this happens without Joey,” said Doughty. “Our goal was for him to repeat as a champion this year. He’s a sick competitor.”
Three-year captain Ben Murphy (17:35.3) finished 27th overall for the Dragons, followed by Drew Davis (18:44.5), Tim Davis (18:50.3), Justin Swaim (18:53.5) Andrew Schreffler (18:59.5) and James Seiferth (19:16.6).
Following the Dragons lone loss to Boys Latin during the regular season, the only way Doughty’s team could claim the title was with a victory Wednesday.
“I knew that if we lost to Boys Latin (during the season), it didn’t matter,” he said. “As long as we beat them at championships.”
After the Lakers’ second place finish, both teams were left with one point at the end of the season. Because Glenelg Country was victorious at the conference title race, the school was able to claim the title.
The Dragons team consisted of four seniors and three sophomores. Many of the older runners had been competing together, along with Doughty, for nearly seven years.
“I’ve been coaching some of these kids since they were in middle school,” he said. “It’s been a really nice season.
“I’m going to miss them.”
Loyola Blakefield’s Tyler Spear—winner of the Howard County invitational back in September—finished first overall in the race, which propelled the Dons to the A Conference victory.