The Perryville boys cross country team was better than all other Class 1A teams Saturday at the Maryland State Cross Country Championships held at McDaniel College in Westminster.
The Panthers placed four runners in the top 11 and five in the top 27 to post a low score of 55, 12 points ahead of runner-up Southern Garrett's 67.
Perryville's girls also had a top finish, placing in a fourth place tie along with Brunswick. Both had 96 points. Cambridge-South Dorchester won the title with 80, while Smithsburg was runner-up with 82 and Carver A&T in third with 92.
Adam Thorton led the Perryville boys, running the 5K course in 16:59.3 for third place. Bo Manor's Ty Franks ran 16:20.8 to win the state title. Other Panthers finishing in the top 11 were Caleb Stevens, sixth-17:47.2; Tyler McCall, eighth-18:03.5; and Shawn Montz, 11th-18:12.5. Justin Harreld rounded out the Panthers scoring runners in 27th-18:59.4.
Matt Salvatore (31st) and Ryan Kiger (51st) also ran for Perryville.
The Perryville girls were led by Jordan Dodson, who placed fourth in 21:51.0. Other scoring Panthers were Allison Morris, ninth-22:32.7; Aleah Losoya, 14th-23:02.7; Kayla Losoya, 29th-24:08.0; and Grace
Williams, 40th-24:25.5. Sierra Montz (48th) and Didem Akbay (54th) also competed for Perryville.