Oct 21, 2017 - Hagerstown, MD
At last year's Region XX Cross Country Championships, CCBC Catonsville freshman Jamal Richards placed 1st overall and earned a trip to the NJCAA XC Div-I Championships. It was a defining moment in the program's first year after a 22-year absence. Richards went on to run a great race at the NJCAAs for someone who had no prior cross country experience. Head Coach Mark Pryor used that performance to inspire this year's team.
What Coach Pryor also instilled in his team was the belief that they had worked hard, harder than they ever have and they were in fantastic shape. The confidence Pryor gave the team was immeasurable and they ran like it. It's safe to sat that the CCBC Catonsville runners made the Region XX race exciting.
Both freshman Kris Purdie and Frankye Duckett ran like they knew they were in great shape from the very start. They ran together side by side for 5,000 meters of the 8,000 meter race. Coach Pryor reminded them both that it was like practice so they could work together and relax but realizing there was a hoard of other college distance runners behind them ready to pounce if the pace slowed. It was exciting and nerve racking at the same time for Coach Pryor who assessed his athletes performance with every step. It was apparent from Coach Pryor's years of experience that the field behind his athletes were all waiting to make a move. As the field passed the 6,000m mark, Duckett had been passed by 2 competitors but Purdie was still leading the race. So the Cardinal runners were now in 1st and 4th place.
With less than a mile to go to the finish, Purdie was passed by a runner from Harford CC. He battled back in the last 400 meters of the race as the two athletes sprinted to the finish line. Duckett finished strongly and retained his 4th place position at the finish. Two CCBC Catonsville runners placed in the top 5 of both the Div-I Region XX and Maryland JUCO races. It was a tremendous effort by both freshman who were a little disappointed but happy after receiving their medals.
As the official results were announced, Purdie's time was under the old course record from 2015. He pushed the pace from the start and produced an excellent time. While he finished 2nd, Purdie could be proud in knowing he made everyone including himself run to their limit. And that is the definition of a race; pushing yourself and others to the limit.
The official results haven't been posted yet but the Top 10 finishers are as follows...........GO CARDINALS!!!!!!!!
REGION XX-MD JUCO D1 & D3 MEN'S & WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
10/21/2017 HAGERSTOWN COMMUNITY COLLEGE CROSS COUNTRY COURSE
MENS RACE - 8k
Place First Name Last Name Team Div Men Pace
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1 Hassan Eissa Harford CC 1 M 27:15.0 5:29
3 Eric Baranoski Harford CC 1 M 27:34.0 5:33
4 Jordan Stack Westmoreland 3 M 27:44.0 5:35
6 Mike Foulks Harford CC 1 M 29:02.0 5:51
7 Cyrus Haynes CCBC Essex 1 M 29:36.0 5:58
8 James Hayden Howard CC 3 M 29:50.0 6:01
9 Shane Yutzy Potomac State 3 M 30:27.0 6:08
10 Bradley Grimm Allegany College 3 M 30:42.0 6:11