Strong finishing kicks decided the races in the Gunpowder Falls Cross Country Invitational in Joppa Saturday.
Ben Weinsten of Mount Hebron High School produced the fastest kick in the boys' race, sprinting ahead of North Harford's Nick Fransham in the final quarter mile to win in 16:03.
Fransham set the pace most of the way, with a pack of six close behind him on the rolling, 3-mile Jerusalem Mills course. He finished second in 16:07, the top performance by a Harford runner. His North Harford team, in sixth place, was the top Harford team among 22 in the boys' field.
Sarah Rinehart of Liberty produced the swiftest kick of the girls' race, pulling away in the final mile to a 43-second win in 19:24. Julia Nardone of Glenelg was second in 20:07 and Skylar Moore of Perry Hall, third in 20:14.
Nicole Wohlfort of Fallston was the top Harford finisher among the girls, taking fifth place in the field of 126 in 20:24, three places and 2 seconds ahead of North Harford's Megan Tidey.
The C. Milton Wright girls had one finisher in the top-15, but placed second in the 18-team field with a 58-second spread among their top four. Taylor Walker was 14th in 20:36; Abby Fleming, 20th in 20:56; Kelley O'Neill, 21st, 21:01; and Becca Palmer, 28th, 21:34. Kaitlyn Coughlin, the Mustangs No. 5 runner, collapsed yards from the chute in the unseasonable heat but managed to finish. Alicea Fitzpatrick took CMW's fifth spot at 45th in 22:11.
River Hill won easily, with five girls in the top 12. Becca Anderson led the winners with a fourth-place finish in 20:16.
North Harford placed five in the top 40 to take fourth among girls' teams: Tidey was eighth; Valerie Taylor, 26th in 21:32; Ellen Shephard, 35th in 21:55; Regan Davis, 36th in 21:56; and Logan Furness, 39th in 22:08.
Brooke Hutton was the No. 2 Fallston finisher at 34th place in 21:52. The Cougars placed 10th as a team.
In the boys' race, CMW's Max Anderson was 10th among 148 finishers in 16:47. The Mustangs placed ninth, as Brad Ensor took 36th in 17:55 and Eric Jagde, 39th in 18:00.
Behind Fransham, North Harford had three others in the top 50: Calen Dowley, 32nd in 17:46; Chris Busick, 48th in 18:09; and Justin Asch, 49th in 18:10.
Noah Kudla led the Fallston boys to 11th place. He finished 30th in 17:45. Teammate Nikos Katsaros was 41st in 18:02.
Mount Hebron, led by fourth-finisher Corey Hamilton, won the boys competition with 56 points, 26 ahead of River Hill.
CMW boys, girls win Chesapeake
CMW won both team titles of the UCBAC Chesapeake (upper) Division Cross Country Championships Tuesday on North Harford's winding, rolling course.
The Mustang girls won convincingly with five runners in the top 10: Miriam Silton placed third in 20:24; Kelley O'Neill, fourth, 20:37; Abby Fleming, fifth, 20:53; Taylor Walker, sixth, 20:57; and Emma Martin, ninth, 21:37.
Megan Tidey of North Harford won the girls' race in 20:03, opening a lead on Fallston's Nicole Wohlfort in the third mile to finish 9 seconds ahead. The Hawks placed second, with one other top-10 finisher, Regan Davis, 10th in 21:39. Emily League placed eighth in 21:30, leading Bel Air to third place. Fallston finished fourth in the seven-team field. Jordan Dotson, seventh in 21:14 led Perryville to fifth place, and Samantha Herman, at 13th in 21:48, paced Patterson Mill to sixth.
The boys' race featured a close duel between Bo Manor's Ty Franks and North Harford's Nick Fransham. The two left the rest of the field a minute behind, with Franks winning by 5 seconds in 15:36.
Max Anderson finished third in 16:40, leading CMW to the team victory. Brad Ensor, the No. 2 Wright runner, finished eighth in 17:14. Others in the top 10 were Chandler Brooks, Bo Manor, 16:52; Caleb Stevens, Perryville, 16:59; Adam Thornton, Perryville, 17:04; Calen Dowley, North Harford, 17:09; Noah Kudla, Fallston, 17:18; and Aaron Smith, Patterson Mill, 17:23.
Boys' team scores: CMW 66, Perryville 71, North Harford 78, Fallston 90, Patterson Mill 109, Bel Air 110 and Bo Manor 113.
Edgewood wins Susquehanna
The Route 40 Cross-Country Invitational in Edgewood Oct. 3 proved to be a preview of the UCBAC Susquehanna (lower) Division meet on the same course five days later.
The Edgewood boys won both meets with the same score, 19 points. The top four finishers were the same with times nearly the same.
In the division meet, Michael Dzambasow led a 1-3-4-5-6 Edgewood finish in 16:28. He led runner-up Billy Morris of Aberdeen by 10 seconds. Dan Gorski took third in 16:59; Sam Verk, fourth in 17:04; David Dzambasow, fifth in 17:15; and Langston Gash, sixth in 17:29.
Elkton was the runner-up, with Zauvan Kenenske, 17:29, and Seth Martinez, 17:41, in seventh and eighth. Ian Gompers, 10th in 18:08, led Rising Sun to third place. Aberdeen was fourth with Dylan Morris, ninth in 18:07. Harford Tech was fifth with 131 points.
Lena Muldoon of Elkton won the girls' race in 20:21, finishing 19 seconds ahead of Kaitlyn Henderson of North East.
Rising Sun won the team title with three in the top 10: Autumn Russell, third in 21:13; Emma Wheeler, sixth in 22:53; and Kiona Bradley, eighth, 23:06.
Rachel Goldsborough of Edgewood placed fourth in 21:18 and Jordan Bryant of Aberdeen, fifth in 22:39. Danielle Jankovich finished ninth in 23:18 in leading Havre de Grace to fourth place among the seven teams.