The Bel Air girls cross-country team saw its string of top-three finishes end at five but still produced the top performance among Harford teams in the MPSSAA State Cross-Country Championships Saturday at Hereford.
The Bobcats took fourth place in the Class 3A girls race in a field of 22 teams.
Caitie Ellenby led Bel Air with a medal-winning 24th-place finish in 21:41 over the tough 3-mile course. All five Bel Air scorers finished in a span of 48 seconds with Amanda English 27th in 21:49; Marisa Abbey, 38th in 22:17; Hannah Stambaugh, 42nd in 22:23; and Kelsea Hilditch, 48th in 22:29.
Ellenby and Stambaugh, both seniors, were members of Bel Air teams that finished third, second, and second in the last three state meets. English, also a senior, was on the two second-place teams.
C. Milton Wright, led by sophomore Kelley O'Neill, finished close behind Bel Air in sixth place. O'Neill placed 11th in 21:01, the fastest time by a Harford girl in the meet. Three other Wright girls raced to top-50 finishes: Taylor Walker was 32nd in 22:03; Kaitlin McCabe, 33rd in 22:03; and Megan Coughlin, 36th in 22:17.
Two North Harford runners finished in the top 20 in the 3A race. Freshman Regan Davis placed 19th in 21:25, and junior Anne Scott, 20th in 21:37. The Hawks placed 11th.
North Harford freshman Nick Fransham turned in the top Harford performance in the boys competition, placing 16th in 17:22 in the 3A race. North Harford, with five freshman among its top seven, placed 15th as a team.
The C. Milton Wright boys placed 12th in 3A with top-50 finishes by two runners: Matt Hoerr, 25th in 17:37, and Dan Fleming, 44th in 18:15. Bel Air's boys placed 21st in 3A with Dan Quimby leading the Bobcats in 18:53.
Lenier Tucker 12th in Class 2A
Edgewood junior Lenier Tucker ran the second-fastest Harford time of the meet, 17:32, to place 12th in the 2A race. His teammate Michael Dzambasow ran 18:44, just missing the top 50.
Fallston's Frank Abbate clocked 18:19, finishing in 32nd, and Neil Thompson, 18:35 in 45th place. The Cougars placed 11th among the 2A boys teams. Grace Lekites led the Fallston girls, placing 34th in 22:04. The Cougar girls placed 11th.
Patterson Mill junior Sam Caretti finished 28th in the 2A race, and his Huskies boys team placed 18th. In the 2A girls race, Emma Mattson, of Patterson Mill, medaled with a 15th-place finish in 21:23, leading her team to 15th place.
For the first time in many years, there were no top-10 individual finishes by Harford County runners in the state meet. UCBAC teams from Cecil County had a banner day, however, winning five state titles. Rising Sun's Austin McGinley won the 2A boys race in 16:20, equaling the fastest time of the day among all 600 runners. Perryville's Jordan Dotson won the 1A girls race, and Bo Manor's Ryan Pfarr, the 1A boys. The Bo Manor girls and boys repeated as 1A team champions.
Cook third in private school championships
Holly Cook finished third, and her John Carroll team, fifth, in the Maryland-D.C. Private School Championships Saturday.
Racing in the Large Schools Division, Cook ran 20:03 over a 5K course at the Agricultural History Farm Park in Derwood. Other scorers for the Patriots were Taylor Battaglia, 24th in 21:55; Rebecca Driver, 36th in 22:26; Kayla Stoots, 49th in 23:10; and Amanda Spaeth, 55th in 23:33.
Ben Pickett placed 12th in the boys race in 16:55. The Patriots finished sixth with Derek Alban 23rd in 17:37; Andrew Ellis, 24th in 17:38; Dave Knaide, 35th in 17:51; and Will Horn, 44th in 18:12.