Cross Country Boys: Carson’s Marchinko, East Rowan team dominate

Zachary Marchinko of Carson joins the East Rowan Mustangs as they take an early lead. Photo by Ryan Bisesi, Salisbury Post
Zachary Marchinko of Carson joins the East Rowan Mustangs as they take an early lead. Photo by Ryan Bisesi, Salisbury Post

SALISBURY — East Rowan’s boys team is always loaded and this year looks to be no different. The Mustangs had six runners in the top 20 finishers at the Pre County Meet Tuesday to finish with 23 points.

But Carson also walked away with accolades at Dan Nicholas Park. Sophomore Zachary Marchinko finished in 17:07 as the top finisher.

“I kind of started out fast,” Marchinko said. “Then settled in and didn’t really worry about the time. I was just trying to do what it took to win.”

Marchinko didn’t catch his personal best of 16:19 which he ran Saturday, but gained a sizable 30-second lead once the path reached the woods. Marchinko said he ran about a five-minute first-mile. He ended up winning by over 40 seconds.

“Nothing was wrong, it was just we have a race Thursday so I just did what I had to win,” Marchinko said. “I didn’t worry about the time as much because it was really hot.”

Carson had success at Dan Nicholas as Jacob Fink won pre county last year and Kyle Gillis won the county meet.

East won despite having top runner Conor Honeycutt out as well as Jason Basso and Darin Basso. Runner up Chance Brown (17:49) was the first Mustang to finish. Brown liked his effort, which was an improvement over an 18:08 last year at Dan Nicholas. Brown said Marchinko broke away from the rest of the pack early.

“It was a really tough race,” Brown said. “I’m really pleased with my time. It’s actually one of my fastest. I’m just blessed to be out here and be able to run with a great team.”

East seniors Cal Meyers (18:05) and Josh Rowell (18:18) placed third and fourth, respectively. Justin Allen (sixth, 18:36) and Jason Troutman (eighth, 18:56) were top 10 finishes.

“I’m proud of my teammates,” Brown said. “We usually come out with a strong team. We have a great coach. It’s a strong bond that we have, like family.”

Carson finished second with 41 points. Garrett Ingold was seventh with a 18:51 finish. Dylan Snider placed 10th in 19:10. Gabe Peeler (19:17) was 11th and Grant Doby (19:21) 12th.

West Rowan’s Jordan Bostian placed fifth in 18:27. David Uto (19:10) was ninth for Salisbury.

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