Reservoir, Oakland Mills cross country teams run strong at Adidas Challenge in NC

Cross country

The Oakland Mills and Reservoir cross country teams traveled to Cary, N.C., to compete in the Adidas XC Challenge last weekend.

Reservoir performed very well, placing second in both the boys and girls races. The boys field was made up of 28 teams, while 33 teams competed in the girls race.

Junior Karli Smiraglia was Reservoir's top finisher in the girls race (sixth, 19:40.3), while Owen Pochettino (second, 16:42.5) and Adam Gartrell (third, 16:49.1) paced the Gators in the boys race.

Teddy LaFemina (eighth, 17:12.5) and Paul Grabow (25th, 17:40.1) also placed in the top 25 to medal. On the girls side, Cindy Alms (10th, 19:51.4), Katie Wilson (11th, 19:55.4) and Amy Oliver (15th, 20:05.1) gave Reservoir four finishers in the top 15.

The Scorpion girls placed fifth out of 33 teams and the boys placed sixth out of 28 teams. They had three medal winners: Brit Lang (seventh) and Alyssa Hemler (16th) in the girls race, and Tom Brumbaugh (19th) in the boys race.

Girls soccer

Anna Mitchell scored three of Centennial's five goals as the Eagles posted their first win of the season, 5-1, over Mt. Hebron last week. Ruthie Lucas and Darby Sinunu also scored for Centennial (1-2 league, 1-4-1 overall).

"Tonight, we were able to finish from inside the penalty box to score five times on 12 shots," said Steve Baxter. Sammie Albornoz, Carolyn Eichhorn and Mitchell had assists for Centennial.

Sabrina DeLeonibus' hat trick led Glenelg Country School to a 5-1 win over Baltimore Lutheran and its third straight Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland C Conference win.

Chloe Lewis and Deja Hursey also scored for the Dragons.

River Hill (5-0) snapped Wilde Lake's three-game win streak and handed the Wildecats (3-2 overall, 2-1 county) their first league setback, 4-0.

Michaela Hennesey, Alex Hamer, Sheridan Street and Katie Arensmeier scored for River Hill.

"We were definitely challenged the hardest we have been this season, and I am very interested to see how we bounce back from this game," said Wilde Lake's Davia Procida.

Marriotts Ridge's Samantha Price got the game winner with four minutes left in the first overtime period to hand Atholton its first county loss, 2-1.

"Much of tonight wasn't pretty for us. It definitely wasn't our best effort, but we were able to collect ourselves and finish it off in overtime to get the win," said Marriotts Ridge coach Robin Grey, whose team is now 4-0 on the season and unbeaten in three county contests.

Alexis Zadjura scored Marriotts Ridge's first goal. Atholton's Maddie Boccio tied the game in the second half.

Lilly Hermina, with an assist from Paola Rosa, got the winning goal as Reservoir beat Glenelg, 2-1.

Delaney Reiff put in Reservoir's first goal. Glenelg's goal came from Sydney Peirce, assisted by Samantha Creese.

"I think early on we have been finding those ways to win … and now we can really look to build on what we have and get completely healthy and develop as a team," said Josh Sullivan.

Howard rallied in the second half to beat Oakland Mills, 2-1, on goals by Caitlyn Whitford and Emma Bruzdzinski.

Oakland Mills' Gabby Vincent also scored.

Chapelgate lost to Seton Keough, 7-5, Sept. 14.

"We didn't give 100 percent the whole game, but when we did for part of the game, we did well. Lydia Frierson played an amazing game with all five goals," said coach Christen Gjeldum.

Howard Community College

The Howard Community College cross country team opened the season Sept. 8 at Wilmington University in Delaware. Out of 12 teams, the men placed fifth and the women were tenth.

Sophomore Filagot Dinku led the men by placing third with a time of 29:50. Andrew Parlette (19th, 31:28) and Juan Cortez (30th, 32:51) also placed in the top 30.

Freshman Anna Sandacz led the women, finishing 36th with a time of 24:54.

"We wanted an early challenge in the schedule," said head coach Steve Musselman. "The only flat parts of the course were the start and the finish; and that was about 100 meters. We wanted to see how we handled a course like this. Everyone came away with positive feelings that we need to keep working hard."

Last weekend, the Dragon men finished third out of six teams at a meet at York College.

The Dragon men were ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA Division III cross country pre-season poll, while the women are ranked No. 7.

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