Holly Cook won her first cross-country race in a John Carroll uniform Wednesday, leading the Patriots to victory over Severn and Maryvale in an IAAM meet at John Carroll.
Cook, a senior who transferred from Bel Air High School, ran 20:54 over the 5K course despite hot conditions and soft footing in spots. She finished 26 seconds ahead of Harmony Roche, of Severn, the runner-up.
Cook's teammates took places 3, 4, 6, and 13 to win in dual-meet scoring, 22-35 over Severn and 20-35 over Maryvale. Kayla Stoots ran 23:01; Taylor Battaglia, 23:03; Rebecca Driver, 23:30; and Talia Kahoe, 24:41, for the Patriots.
John Carroll's 2011 boys team is being described as the school's best in a decade. On Tuesday, the team displayed its speed by outrunning perennial MIAA power Calvert Hall, 24-31, in a dual meet.
John Carroll's Ben Pickett set the pace, pulling away from the Cardinals' Peter Rowe in the latter half to win by 20 seconds in 17:28. Derek Alban took third, 15 seconds behind Rowe in 18:03. Andrew Ellis was fourth in 18:04, and barefooted Will Horn finished seventh in 18:26. Freshman Mark Pickett, who splits time between soccer and cross-country, cinched the win with a ninth-place finish in 18:34.
Hoerr, Silton lead Wright
Matt Hoerr left the pack 200 meters behind in winning a quad meet in the rain at North Harford Sept. 6.
The C. Milton Wright junior finished the 3.05-mile course in 18:22, 40 seconds ahead of Fallston's Frank Abbate. North Harford's Nick Fransham took third in 19:30.
Wright's Dan Fleming finished 1 second behind Fransham in fourth. He was one of five Mustangs in the top 10: Dan Sweetser was sixth in 19:43; Mike Neal, seventh, 19:52; and Mike Capozzoli, ninth in 20:02. The Mustangs won with 27 points. Fallston scored 46, North Harford 67, and Patterson Mill 105.
Others in the top 10 were Fallston's Noah Kudla, fifth, 19:40; Patterson Mill's Sam Caretti, eighth, 19:56; and Fallston's Neil Thompson, 10th, 20:08.
In the girls race, Wright sophomore's Miriam Silton and Kelley O'Neill ran one-two, with Silton winning by 16 seconds in 22:07.
Wright won with 23 points, placing five in the top 10 with Megan Coughlin fourth in 22:46; Kaitlin McCabe, sixth, 23:03; and Sydney Steinmiller, 10th, 23:50.
North Harford, led by Megan Tidey, seventh in 23:06; Annie Scott, eighth, 23:30; and Regan Davis, ninth, 23:41, was second with 52 points.
Fallston placed third, and Patterson Mill, with Steph McCartney third in 22:30 and Emma Mattson, fifth in 22:57, was fourth.
Hawks win led by O'Leary, Tidey
Freshman Patrick O'Leary edged his North Harford teammate Nick Fransham by 2 seconds in winning a five-team meet at C. Milton Wright Tuesday. O'Leary completed the 2.9-mile course in 17:54.
The Hawks took six of the top 10 places to win with 18 points. Dylan Foote was fourth in 18:24; Thomas Ogden, fifth, 18:40; David Roloff, sixth, 18:48; and Justin Ash, ninth, 19:01.
Bel Air placed second with 49 points with two in the top 10: Peter Knorr, third, 18:22; and Roberto Ascenzi, 10th, 19:02. Harford Tech's Dustin Jones was seventh in 18:48.
North Harford's Megan Tidey and Regan Davis ran one-two in the girls' race in 20:56 and 21:02, but Bel Air took the next seven places to win, 26-36.
Hannah Stambaugh ran 21:09; Catie Ellenby, 21:13; Grayson Slencak, 21:20; Amanda English, 21:42; Kelsey Hilditch, 21:51; Esther Cross, 21:51; and Breanna Knorr, 22:03.