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Edgewood runners making unfamiliar trip to state meet

Aaron SmithMaryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association

The Edgewood boys' cross-country team will travel to Hereford Saturday to compete in the MPSSAA state high school cross-country meet. It's a trip the team hasn't made in many years.

The Rams earned their ticket to the hilly Hereford course on a flat Eastern Shore course last Thursday. Competing in the Class 2A East Region meet at Kent Island, they finished second in a field of 12 teams.

Lenier Tucker led the Rams with a first-place finish in 16:32. He held a 7-second lead over his nearest rival in capturing the only Harford victory among the three regional meets in which Harford schools competed.

The Rams placed three in the top 10, with Michael Dzambasow fourth in 16:58 and Sam Verk, ninth in 17:25. David Dzambasow was 19th in 18:09, and Alston Johnson, 43rd in 19:16 to complete the scoring at 76. Host Kent Island won with 30 points.

In the same meet, Fallston qualified its boys' and girls' teams for the state meet, each with fourth-place finishes.

Sam Burgess led the Cougar boys, placing 15th in 17:50. Noah Kudla was 17th in 18:00; Nikos Katsaros, 23rd in 18:16; Andrew Parks, 26th in 18:23; and Nicholas Shrout, 39th in 19:04.

The top five finishers for Fallston's girls were Brooke Hutton, ninth, 21:25; Emily Scranton, 14th, 21:50; Kathryn Milwicz, 20th, 22:28; Claire Palmer, 26th, 23:06; and Emily Hoyt, 23:08.

Sam Caretti finished fifth in 17:03, leading the Huskies to sixth place, qualifying as a team. The other four scorers were Lawrence Nyanzi, 18:32; Aaron Smith, 18:38; Ken Ikemoto, 18:58; and Alex Marconi, 19:25. The Patterson Mill girls placed fifth, led by Stephanie McCartney, who finished seventh to qualify individually for the state meet.

North Harford second in 3A North

UCBAC champ Megan Tidey finished third, denying the Hereford girls a sweep in the 3A North Region meet at Jerusalem Mill last Friday. Tidey's North Harford team placed a distant second behind Hereford.

The boys' race yielded the same result. UCBAC champ Nick Fransham finished third, breaking up a Hereford sweep and leading North Harford to second place.

Tidey ran 19:44 behind Meghan Anderson and Erin Causey, two runners likely to lead Hereford to a state title on their home course Saturday. The Bulls took five of the first six places to score 18 points. The Hawks scored 69, as Casey Welsh placed seventh in 20:22; Annie Scott, 12th in 20:38; Regan Davis, 23rd in 21:56; and Ellen Shephard, 24th in 22:00.

The C. Milton Wright girls also scored 69, but slipped to third on the tie-breaking sixth runner. For the Mustangs, Taylor Walker was eighth in 20:25; Miriam Silton, 13th in 20:52; Abby Fleming, 14th in 20:57; Kelly O'Neill, 15th in 21:07; and Lauren Kunkel, 19th in 21:39.

The Bel Air girls placed fourth to qualify as a team with Kelsea Hilditch, 16th in 21:28; Megan Caudill, 18th in 21:38; Grayson Slencak, 20th in 21:49; Anna Puntanen, 21st in 21:55; and Marisa Abbey, 22nd in 21:55.

In the boys' race, Hereford's Julian Rivera and Jon Luckin finished one-two to lead the Bulls to victory, 18-65, over North Harford. Fransham finished about 50 meters behind the pair in 16:01.

Both Chris Busick and Ian Fiser made the top 10, running 17:06 and 17:10, respectively. Calen Dowley, 20th in 17:42, and Justin Asch, 24th in 17:57, ensured the runner-up finish for the Hawks.

Matt Hoerr placed seventh in 16:54 to pace C.M. Wright to third place. Dan Fleming was 16th in 17:32; Brad Ensor, 17th, 17:40; Max Anderson, 19th, 17:41; and Mike Capozzoli, 30th in 18:06 for the Mustangs.

As the sixth-place team among 10, the Bel Air boys qualified for the state meet, with Jordan Mensh placing 18th in 17:41; Roberto Ascenzi, 27th, 18:01; Austin Weiss, 34th, 18:16; Ethan Brito, 39th, 18:36; and John Cross, 43rd, 18:47.

Aberdeen senior Chris Banko placed ninth in 17:08 to qualify individually for the state meet.

Havre de Grace girls qualify in 1A

The Havre de Grace girls qualified as a team by placing fourth in the 1A North Region meet at Pikesville last Thursday.

Danielle Jankovich led the Warriors, placing 10th in 23:40. The top five included Madison Bauld, 20th in 26:33; Tara Brown, 23rd in 27:10; Delaney Newhart, 24th in 27:11; and Abbigale Lyons, 27th in 28:44.

Among the Havre de Grace boys, only Braeden Ferrell qualified. He placed 15th in 19:19. His twin brother, Bryce, was 20th in 20:26.

John Carroll fifth in IAAM A Conference

Kristen Kohles led the John Carroll girls to a fifth-place finish in the A Conference of the IAAM Cross-Country Championships at Oregon Ridge Monday.

Kohles, a junior, finished fourth among A Conference runners and sixth among runners of all three conferences in 19:59.

The Patriots' Amanda Spaeth was 10th in 20:37; Holly Driver, 25th in 21:25; Alex Gromacki, 28th in 21:44; and Elizabeth Driver, 38th in 22:24.

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