John Carroll's Kristen Kohles and North Harford's Nick Fransham raced to top-10 finishes in the first invitational meet of the cross-country season, the Seahawk Invitational in Edgewater Saturday.
Kohles finished sixth in a strong field of 174 runners, completing a 5K course in 20:14 and leading John Carroll to fourth place among 25 teams. Amanda Spaeth finished 22nd in 21:20; Alex Gromacki, 28th in 21:34; Ellie Marindin, 35th in 21:47; and Adria Pirozzi, 36th in 21:48 to complete the Patriots' scoring.
The course presented a tactical challenge to the runners, narrowing to a crowd-lined path through a wooded loop in which passing was difficult.
In the boys' race, Fransham avoided the congestion by taking the lead and setting the pace for the pack of 159 through most of the race. He fell victim to strong finishing kicks by two runners, however, and finished third in 16:36. Brent Musselman of the host South River High School won in 16:27. John Carroll's Evan Moore was the next highest Harford finisher at 15th place in 17:57.
CMW near perfect
The C. Milton Wright harriers were near perfect in hosting a quad meet on their 2.9-mile home course Tuesday.
The Mustangs outran North East, Bo Manor and Patterson Mill with 15-point scores in both boys' and girls' races.
Taylor Walker led a seven-place sweep in the girls' race, winning in 19:26. Kelley O'Neill ran 19:32; Miriam Silton, 19:48; Abby Fleming, 19:49; Megan Coughlin, 20:19; Alicea Fitzpatrick, 20:31; and Kaitlyn Coughlin, 20:40.
Jaime Rudy placed eighth in 21:16 to lead Bo Manor to second place. Nicki Iacaruso was 13th in 23:25 for third-place Patterson Mill and Crystal McCollum was ninth in 22:38 for North East.
Max Anderson won the boys race in 15:57, and his CMW teammates took the next four places: Brad Ensor, 16:30; Eric Jagde, 16:50; James Natoli, 16:51; and Ian Zeimski, 17:09. Devin DeFrieze placed ninth in 18:00 and Francis Roden, 10th in 18:19.
Patterson Mill placed two in the top 10 and finished second: Ken Ikemoto at sixth in 17:11 and Aaron Smith, eighth in 17:44.
Luke Slata finished seventh in 17:41, the first runner for third-place Bo Manor. North East's John Eicher was13th in 18:29.
North Harford dominates at Tollgate
The heat and North Harford were dominant Tuesday when Bel Air hosted three UCBAC teams on a 5K course at Tollgate Park.
Nick Fransham led the Hawk boys to victory, running 17:28 despite the 90-degree heat. He finished 18 seconds ahead of teammate Calen Dowley. Justin Asch was sixth in 18:34, and Patrick O'Leary, ninth in 18:46 for the Hawks.
Fallston placed three in the top 10 to finish second behind North Harford: Noah Kudla was third in 17:56; Nikos Katsaros, eighth in 18:40; and Dan Lekites, 10th in 18:51.
Perryville took third, as Adam Thornton finished fourth in 18:04 and Caleb Stevens, fifth in 18:25. Bel Air, led by Casey Sims at seventh in 18:37, finished fourth.
In the girls' race, North Harford's Megan Tidey led most of the way but saw Fallston's Nicole Wohlfort stride past her in the final half mile. Wohlfort, a junior running her first cross-country race, won by 12 seconds in 21:06.
Four of Tidey's teammates finished in the top 10: Regan Davis, third, 22:24; Ellen Shepard, sixth, 23:26; Danielle Hurley, seventh, 23:48; and Logan Furness, ninth, 24:19.
Fallston took second place with three in the top 10: Wohlfort; Sophie Kudla, eighth in 23:52; and Claire Palmer, 10th in 24:19.
Emily League finished fifth in 23:13, leading Bel Air to third place. Jordan Dotson, at fourth place in 23:10, was the first finisher for Perryville.
Edgewood boys win
Despite some misdirection at mid-race, the Edgewood boys opened their cross-country season with a victory on the Fair Hill course at Elkton Tuesday.
The Rams took four of the top five places to beat Rising Sun, Elkton, and Havre de Grace.
Edgewood's Mike Dzambasow and Sam Verk led the first half of the race then went off course when they reached a gate that had blown shut. They corrected their course but finished behind Rising Sun's Joey Hurn, who won by 1 second in 19:28.
Mike Dzambasow took second in 19:29 followed by Verk, 19:39; Dan Gorski, 19:41; and David Dzambasow, 19:48.
Lena Muldoon of Elkton won the girls race in 22:28, 47 seconds ahead of Rising Sun's Autumn Russell. Edgewood's Rachel Goldsboro was third in 25:01 and Tiffany Weimer, eighth in 27:24.
Danielle Jankovic of Havre de Grace finished seventh in 26:14. Rising Sun won the girls race with Elkton second, Edgewood third and Havre de Grace fourth.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun