Ben Pickett led the John Carroll boys to a 10th-place team finish in the cross country season opener Saturday, the Peter Geraghty Invitational in Emmittsburg.

Pickett, a senior, ran 16:27 over a 5K course to place 13th among 275 runners. His younger brother, Mark, a freshman running his first high school race, placed 75th in 17:42, as the No. 4 Patriot. Finishing between the Picketts for the Patriots were Andrew Ellis, 17:42, and Derek Alban, 17:42. Will Horn was the team's fifth finisher at 17:55.

Holly Cook led John Carroll in the girls' race, taking ninth in 19:40. Taylor Battaglia, 22:02; Rebecca Driver, 22:17; Kayla Stoots, 22:38; and Sam Clark, 23:36, scored to give the Patriots 15th place among 31 teams.

Amanda English led the tightly bunched Bel Air girls team to a 15th place finish. She placed 50th in 21:21. Bel Air's top five finished within 59 seconds of each other, with Hannah Stambaugh running 21:39; Grayson Slencak, 21:44; Kelsea Hilditch, 22:19; and Caitie Ellenby, 22:20.


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Bel Air also took 1-2-3 in the girls junior varsity race with Esther Cross, first in 22:03; Breanna Knorr, second, 22:15, and Devin Davenport, third, 23:04. The Bobcats led the JV girls team scoring.

Senior Peter Knorr paced the Bel Air boys in the varsity race with a time of 18:41. Roberto Ascenzi ran 19:08; Drew Lovell, 20:35; Chester Wrobel, 21:07; and Pat Volker, 21:08 for the Bobcats, who placed 28th.

C. Milton Wright wins opener

C. Milton Wright hosted a two-mile race among five other schools to open its cross country season Friday. The Mustangs took six of the first nine places in boys race and six of the first 11 in the girls to win easily.

Junior Matt Hoerr won the boys race, clocking 11:00 over a moderately hilly course and winning by about 100 meters. Joe Barton, of Perryville, finished second in 11:21, and Dan Fleming, of CMW, third in 11:31. The Mustangs' Dan Sweetser, 11:37, and Mike Neal, 11:40, were third and fourth.

Others in the boys top 10 were John Thornton, Perryville, 11:57; Corey Blanton, CMW, 11:59; Sam Caretti, Patterson Mill, 12:01; Max Anderson, CMW, 12:04; and Jon Dinatale, Perryville, 12:08.

Jordan Dodson led a one-two Perryville finish in the girls race. She clocked 13:21 to finish one second ahead of teammate Kaylee Haberkam. CMW sophomores Miriam Silton and Kelley O'Neill took the next two places in 13:30 and 13:40, respectively. Steph McCartney, of Patterson Mill, was fifth in 13:49.

Others in the girls top 10 were Kaitlin McCabe, CMW, 13:58; Megan Coughlin, CMW, 14:05; Emma Mattson, Patterson Mill, 14:10; Megan Ferrick, Elkton, 14:15; and Sydney Steinmiller, CMW, 14:34.

The Mustang girls won with a low score of 30 points, beating Perryville, 74; Patterson Mill, 103; Elkton, 151; Seton Keough, 178; and Harford Tech, 237. Boys scores were: CMW, 20; Perryville, 46; Elkton, 135; and Patterson Mill, 149.