The top two boys cross-country teams in the county — Edgewood and North Harford — raced each other Tuesday. Running on their home course, the Edgewood boys won, 15-49.
Though the score seemed decisive, the race was not. North Harford saved its top runners for the Gunpowder Invitational Saturday. Edgewood did not.
The situation was similar for the Patterson Mill boys, who outran C. Milton Wright and Bel Air by big margins Tuesday, as both Bel Air and Wright held their top seven runners out of the meet.
Michael Dzambasow won the race in Edgewood in 16:29. His Ram teammates took the next five places: Sam Verk ran 16:46; Dan Gorski, 16:51; David Dzambasow, 17:20; Langston Gash, 17:44; and Aaron Parker, 18:26. Ryan Burgess was eighth in 18:37. Three North Harford runners finished in the top 10: Bobby Barton, 18:37; Ben Boegner, 18:50; and Ben Dibastiani, 18:52.
Danielle Hurley led North Harford to an easy win in the girls' race. She won in 21:44, edging Edgewood's Rachel Goldsborough by 2 seconds. The Hawks took the next six places: Laura Drapinski, 22:34; Megan DiGiorgio, 22:53; Laura Eller, 23:02; Hannah Eyler, 23:17; Carrie Schiminger, 23:26; and Jill Shephard, 23:29. Edgewood's Tiffany Weimer was ninth in 24:11; and Cynthia Pena Baker, 10th in 24:54.
Patterson Mill Boys, Wright Girls Win
Aaron Smith led a 1-2-3 Patterson Mill finish to give the Huskies a win on their home course Tuesday.
Smith won in 18:04, with Ken Ikemoto second in 18:43 and Lawrence Swartz, third in 18:47. The Huskies placed seven runners in the top 10 to win with 18 points. Evan Daniels placed fifth in 19:07; Stephen Hody, seventh, 19:35; Jake Nikkila, eighth, 19:35; and Logan Hardy, ninth,19:41.
Austin Weiss finished fourth in 18:53 and Jack Rhodes, 10th in 19:51, to lead Bel Air to second place with 55 points. Nathan Erhardt, sixth in 19:34, led C. Milton Wright to third place. Perryville finished fourth.
Miriam Silton won the girls' race in 21:10, leading C.M. Wright to victory with 26 points. Five other Mustangs finished in the top 10: Hanna Palmer, third, 23:16; Leah Valdes, sixth, 24:02; Natalie Hutcheson, seventh, 24:20; Madyson Slutzky, ninth, 24:21; and Brenna O'Neill, 10th, 24:31.
Anna Puntanen, fourth in 23:32, and Meghan Thompson, fifth in 23:50, paced Bel Air to second place. Samantha Herman finished second in 23:04, and Nicki Iacaruso, eighth in 24:20, as Patterson Mill took third, one point ahead of Perryville.
Fallston Wins at North East
Noah Kudla pulled away in the second mile to win by 35 seconds over Joey Hurm, of Rising Sun Tuesday at North East. The Fallston junior won in 17:13, leading the Cougars to a victory with a low score of 20. Five other Fallston runners finished in the top 10: Nikos Katsaros, third in 17:53; Dan Lekites, fourth, 17:55; Andrew Park, fifth 18:09; Nic Shrout, seventh, 18:15; and Jacob Heiland, eighth, 18:25. Rising Sun finished second with 49 points with four in the top 10: Hurm; Damion Bishoff, 18:13; Ian Gompers, 18:29; and Seth McKeown, 18:42. Harford Tech was third, and North East fourth.
Brooke Hutton finished third in 22:04 to lead Fallston to a win, 26-49, over Rising Sun and North East, 62, in the girls' race. Five other Cougars finished in the top 10: Claire Palmer, fourth, 22:43; Kellie McCreesh, fifth, 22:48; Sophie Kudla, sixth, 23:15; Kay Rinkers, eighth, 23:46; and Emma Freeman, ninth, 23:50.
Kaitlyn Henderson of North East won the race in 21:00, with Autumn Russell, of Rising Sun, second in 21:30.
John Carroll Girls Win
Kristen Kohles won in 19:56, and her John Carroll teammates took four of the next five places to defeat Mt. DeSales, 19-36, and Mercy, 15-50, in a home meet Wednesday in Bel Air.
Kohles finished 37 seconds ahead of DeSales' Jessica Harris. Amanda Spaeth took third in 20:51; Adria Pirozzi, fourth, 20:55; Ellie Marindin, fifth, 21:09; and Alex Gromacki, sixth, 21:11, to give the Patriots the win.
John Carroll coach Rob Torres described his team's effort as "an awesome race against a very good Mt. DeSales team."