Catonsville coach Sandra Gallagher-Mohler couldn’t hide her excitement after watching her boys and girls cross country teams perform above expectations at the Baltimore County championship meet held on Oct. 21.
In the meet, held at the Baltimore County Agricultural Center, every runner on varsity and JV set personal records.
Seeded fourth, the Catonsville boys finished second with 99 points, nipping third-place Hereford by three points.
The only team ahead of them was defending Class 4A state champion Dulaney, who won its fifth straight county crown with 18 points.
Catonsville and Dulaney will compete again on the same Baltimore County Agricultural Center course on Nov. 2 at 2:30 p.m. at the Class 4A North Region meet.
Catonsville’s top five finishers at the county championships included: seniors Matt Sebside (16th, 17:39.4) and Drew Nicolaus (18th, 17:45.3), sophomore Elliott Wack (19th, 17:45.8), senior Timothy Huynh (20th, 17:49.2) and freshman Daniel Lamb (27th, 18:17.2).
Senior Joe Hill (28th, 18:18.2) was the sixth Catonsville runner and freshman Jack Roseboom (34th, 18:29.9) placed seventh.
“It is a compilation of day in and day out work and of believing in yourself and team cohesion,” Catonsville coach Sandra Gallagher-Mohler said. “It is all of those things that come together.”
Gallagher-Mohler was most impressed by the emergence of Sebside in his senior year.
“He almost didn’t make the squad his sophomore year,” Gallagher-Mohler said. “He’s a wonderful kid and he had a lot of learning to do. To see him turn first just blew my mind.”
The coach likes the way the seniors have helped the underclassmen develop.
Despite having four seniors on the varsity squad, the future is bright.
“We also had a strong showing on the JV and I already had a talk with them about the roles they are going to fill,” Gallagher-Mohler said.
Catonsville’s JV boys finished third and they were led by sophomore Jackson Kistler (25th, 19:08.9).
Like the boys, the Catonsville girls were seeded fourth and they finished right there.
The Comets (109 points), trailed front-running Hereford (36), Dulaney (42) and Towson (84).
Leading the way for the Comets was sophomore Jessica McDivitt (9th, 20:13.8).
“She had a fantastic run,” Gallagher-Mohler said.
Following McDivitt were: sophomore Eleanor Queeney (24th, 21:32.9), juniors Sharon Kolb (25th, 21:44.6) and Ashleigh Jankowski (27th, 22:07.2), freshman Olivia Totaro (28th, 22:17.8) and juniors Jamie Pan (36th, 23:37.8) and Grace Dillingham (38th, 24:01.1).
The Catonsville JV girls also finished in fourth place.
The Comets were paced by sophomore Ellie Schumacher (13th, 23:02.8), who set a personal record.
“Every single kid PR’d on JV and varsity,” Gallagher said. “It is days like this that remind me why I coach.”
The Western Tech boys also made a splash at the county meet as junior Vanison Showell (8th, 17:04.3) finished in the top 10 in the race won by Dulaney’s Drew Dailey (16:19.6).
Freshman Anthony Campbell (20:07.5), sophomore John Sheets (21:07.5), senior Jalen Perry (21:30.6), freshman Alfred Murdock (21:51.4) and sophomores Jumaun Tatum (21:54.9) and Justin Quedil (22:29.0) also competed for the 10th-place Wolverines.
Lansdowne’s top male finisher was senior Deontray Bates (38th, 18:34.8).
Seniors Harry Trinh (19:26.4) and Hunter Stankiewicz (21:34.5) and sophomore Daniel Andrews-Hofs (24:09.9) also finished the race for the Vikings.
The Western Tech girls finished sixth in the varsity race.
Senior Toboloba Owojuyigbe (32nd, 22:52.4) was the first Wolverine to cross the finish line.
Freshmen Mufaro Chiduza (24:39.3) and Sydney Stokes (24:59.9), sophomore Krys Johnson (26:38.6) and juniors Shanya Booker (27:49.5) and Joy Kiguru (29:11.3) also competed for the Wolverines.
Western Tech will run in the Class 1A North Region meet at Pikesville High on Nov. 2 at 3 p.m.
Catonsville High’s Barrett makes her college decision
Catonsville High senior Jameila Barrett made her decision to play college basketball at Norfolk State University.
Barrett averaged 10.7 points and 5.8 rebounds and had over 100 steals for the state champions last year.
The first team All-County selection carries a 4.85 weighted grade point average and was named to the public schools academic All-State first team.
She is the second Catonsville player from this year’s senior class to announce her college decision.
Jasmine Dickey committed to the University of Delaware.
Jen Gast, a 2017 graduate who played for the 26-2 Comets, is playing Division I basketball this season at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.