There were a number of strong performances at last week’s regional cross country championships, with Baltimore County schools Dulaney and Towson both gaining team titles from their boys and girls squads.
LIONS ROAR AT REGION MEET
Dulaney swept the Class 4A North Region race with little trouble.
For the girls, Dorrie Gaeng finished second overall as Dulaney won the run with 40
points, beating out Howard (55). Three Lions ended up in the top 10 in that race, and coach Chad Boyle liked the way they stuck together and beat Howard.
“Having lost to Howard earlier in the season, we were wary of their depth and experience,” Boyle said. “Yet, coming off a big win over Hereford at the Baltimore County Championship we came into the race with a large amount of confidence. Our girls did a nice job being aggressive early in the race, and I believe the early pace stung our competitors a bit.”
Also in the top 10 for Dulaney were Brooke Ruffin (fourth) and Jessica Meek (fifth). Destiny Clinton and Rachel Krug took 14th and 15th, respectively, and completed the Dulaney scoring.
The boys wound up having a much easier time, once again.
Dulaney routed the field in that race, winning with just 29 points. Howard took second with 80 while Bel Air wound up third at 118.
The Lions used a simple method to win this – sticking together.
Dualney took third, fourth, fifth and sixth place to literally run away with the meet. Kieran McDermott of Bel Air won the race in 16:04.75, beating out Nicholas Deamer from Howard. After that, Dulaney took over.
Matt Owens (third), Brian McCullough (fourth), Connor Martin (fifth) and Brendan O’Brien (sixth) took the next four spots. Sam Merng added the last one, as he finished 11th).
“Our team was thrilled that we were able to run together as a unit and earn a victory over a quality field, including highly ranked Howard,” Boyle said. “We hoped to have our 1-5 gap under 30 seconds, and we were able to get it to 14.”
TOWSON SWEEPS REGION MEET
The Towson boys had little trouble winning the Class 3A North Region meet. For the girls, though, it was a harder effort but both teams got the job done as the Generals completed the sweep.
The boys breezed to a victory, finishing with 31 points, beating out C. Milton Wright (63). Towson used the same formula as Dulaney – running together and doing it well.
Jonathan Ellis won the race in 16:13, beating out teammats Sushant Dhaurali (16:57) and Jack Morgan (17:00), who took second and third overall. It’s a big reason the Generals finished so far ahead of the Mustangs.
“We knew we had a strong team going into the race, but having three seniors go 1-2-3- at home was pretty special,” said Gil Stange, one of Towson’s coaches. “This group has a lot of experience, and with Jonathan up front, we are looking to improve on last year’s sixth-place finish [at the states].”
Vicente Iglesias (11th) and Cory Parts (14th) rounded out the Towson scoring.
The girls had a tougher time, edging C. Milton Wright by just two points (40-42). The Mustangs’ Haley Cummins won the race in 18:21, far ahead of Towson’s Karen Prem (19:28).
But the Generals got fourth from Jaqui Sheedy and 10th and 11th from Sydney Conboy and Lauren Miller, respectively. Celia Parts added her 13th-place finish to give Towson just enough to get past the Mustangs.
“Our girls were just strong enough late in the race to hold them off,” Stange said. “If any of them had let up even a little, it could have tipped C. Milton Wright’s way, but they really finished strong.
FOR THE STATES
The MPSSAA state meet will be held on Saturday at Hereford. Here’s a look at the schedule for that day.
Class 4A girls – 10 a.m.
Class 3A girls—10:30
Class 4A boys—11
Class 3A boys—11:30
Awards for this section—12:30
Class 1A girls—1:30
Class 2A girls– 2
Class 1A boys– 2:30
Class 2A boys—3
Awards for this section– 4