Seahawk Invitational draws a crowd

As the seventh installment of the Seahawk Invitational approached, the threat of heavy storms threatened to postpone the event until Monday.

However, when the storm forecast turned from thunderstorms to merely rain and wind, it almost seemed appropriate to begin the cross country season among the elements as 40 teams from across the state as well as the District of Columbia tested their mettle in the season’s opening meet at South River High School.

“It’s awesome to have so many schools from all over Maryland and DC coming for this event,” South River boys coach Josh Carroll said. “ We had toyed with the idea of going on Labor Day, but we knew that would be non-playable for some of our schools outside of the county and we wanted to make sure they had the opportunity to compete. This is still so much better than a couple of years ago when it was 104 degrees.”

Annapolis’ Anna Coffin no longer has sister Maria to visibly chase during races, but she showed she’s ready to build off of her fourth-place finish at the state championships, as she finished second, coming in 19 seconds behind winner Samantha Facius of Mount de Sales.

“It was really hard conditions to run in. The grass was probably more slippery than the woods but I'm happy with how I did,” Coffin said. “It was good to have good competition. From my freshman season and sophomore, I usually start out slow and progress towards the end. I’m happy where I started, but it’s going to be harder to finish even faster than that.”

Hannah McGlynn of South River finished seventh and helped the Seahawks to a fourth-place finish with 98 points. Severna Park was the top girls team from the area, finishing third with 95 points, led by a ninth-place finish from Kamryn Eveleth.

The Falcon boys were eager to get on the course and get to work looking to avenge a tough one-point loss to Dulaney at the state championship meet and it showed as they cruised to a victory by 98 points over Calvert, scoring 43 points.

“We just wanted to get out and see what we could do,” Severna Park coach Josh Alcombright said. “Conditions were what they were. They were biting at the bit to get to racing so it was good.”

Justin Diehl of Calvert won the meet in 16:03, just three seconds ahead of Nicholas Deamer of Howard. Hugh O’Connor led the Falcons with a fourth-place finish, while Garrison Clark finished sixth and Samuel Martin took ninth.

Arundel's Jacob Molina also cracked the top ten with an eighth-place finish.

After the meet, Severna Park’s O'Connor, caked in sweat, rain, mud, and his fourth place medal, smiled as he talked about the race and the upcoming season, all while epitomizing what makes the sport great.

“It was so much fun,” O’Connor said. “The competition that we had made it so much more fun and this is really what cross country is about, I had a blast. We have so many people that are getting great times and we all worked really hard during the summer. They (Dulaney) are a great team and we have a lot of respect for them and we are glad that there is a team out there that can really give us competition.”


1, Diehl (CA), 16:03; 2, Deamer (HO), 16:06; 3, Petrik (MSJ), 16:17; 4, O’Connor (SP), 16:18; 5, Nanjappa (RH), 16:20; 6, Clark (SP), 16:27; 7, Oldham (NO), 16.31; 8, Molina (AR), 16:39; 9, Martin (SP), 16:43; 10, Dodsworth (CA), 16:44.


1, Severna Park, 43; 2, Calvert, 141; 3, Howard, 151; 4, River Hill, 159; 5, Century, 208; 6, Westminster, 231; 7, Mount St. Joseph, 231; 8, Mount Hebron, 259; 9, South River, 266; 10, Leonardtown, 304; 11, Sidwell Friends, 330; 12, Gilman, 364;13, Sherwood, 383; 14, Arundel, 425; 15, Bel Air, 446; 16, Northern-Calvert, 451; 17, Chopticon, 454; 18, Huntingtown, 466; 19, Middletown, 474; 20, McDonogh, 524; 21, St. John’s Catholic, 527; 22, DeMatha, 600; 23, Southern, 605; 24, Annapolis, 606; 25, North Point, 623; 26, Old Mill, 685; 27, Eleanor Roosevelt, 767; 28, Chesapeake, 819; 29, St. Mary’s Ryken, 846; 30, Northeast, 926; 31, Great Mills, 937; 32, North Couty, 963; 33, Indian Creek, 971; 34, Glen Burnie, 1,068.


1, Facius (MDS), 19:00; 2, Coffin (AN), 19:19; 3, Sweeney (NO), 19:23; 4, Beyer (MH), 19:27; 5, Dolan (NO),19:47; 6, Deresky (NO), 19:51.20; 7, McGlynn (SR), 19:51.60; 8, Meininger (RH), 19:54; 9, Eveleth (SP), 19:57; 10, Tiamfook (RH), 20:08.


1, River Hill, 87; 2, Northern-Calvert, 91; 3, Severna Park, 95; 4, South River, 98; 5, Leonardtown, 165; 6, Arundel, 184; 7, Calvert, 196; 8, Mount Hebron, 205; 9, Sherwood, 275; 10, Annapolis, 301; 11, Mount de Sales, 309; 12, Bryn Mawr, 356; 13, Century, 384; 14, Roland Park, 403; 15, Westminster, 404; 16, Howard, 420; 17, Bel Air, 481; 18, Huntingtown, 500; 19, Old Mill, 545; 20, Middletown, 557; 21, Chopticon, 594; 22, Chesapeake, 596; 23, Eleanor Roosevelt, 613; 24, North Point, 683; 25, Southern, 778; 26, Northeast, 786; 27.

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