Barnhart Invitational

Shreya Nalubola (left) and Alec Font helped Centennial sweep the Barnhart Invitational in their school's first appearance at the meet. (Karen Jackson, Patuxent Publishing / September 15, 2012)

The Centennial cross country team proved to be more than party crashers at Saturday's Barnhart Invitational cross country meet.

The Eagles were the life of two victory parties.

Both the girls and boys won team titles in the school's first trip to the Barnhart meet at Dulaney.

"We've never been to this meet, and we were kind of looking around and we figured, lets try the Barnhart," Centennial boys coach Al Dodds said.


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The Eagles' boys finished with 49 points and held off Loyola (76) and Catonsville (100).

Alec Font (4th place, 16:43) led Centennial, while teammates Eric Segev (9th, 17:16), Adam Sachs (11th, 17:20), Griffin Riddler (12th, 17:22 and Andrew Durkee (13th, 17:24) also placed in the top 15.

It was the second straight invitational vicory for the Eagles, who won the Howard County Invitational on Sept. 7.

"We knew we were going to be much improved, but we didn't know how good we were going to be," Dodds said. "They had good summer training and came out in great shape and they developed a bond."

Linganore's Pat DuBoyce won the boys individual race (15:47), followed by Loyola's Tyler Spear (16:11), Linganore's Dan Beck (16:19), Font and Catonsville's Luke Chetelat (16:48).

Dulaney's Isabel Griffith (18:54) won the girls race.

The junior, who finished second at Barnhart last year, cut five seconds off her previous best on the course and credited it to her blistering start.

"I've never done the first mile that fast in my life," she said. "That was incredible. That was insane. I couldn't believe I did it."

Her performance did not sneak up on Dulaney coach Chad Boyle.

"It was absolutely not a surprise that she came out like that," Boyle said. "She is a supper athlete and is stepping into a leadership role on this team. Today, she established herself as one of the top runners in the state."

Griffith, Lily Klein (9th, 20:36), Christa Carey (14th, 21:14), Krissy Link (19th, 21:33) and Alison Schwartz (20th, 21:38) helped Dulaney (60 points) take second place as a team behind Centennial (31).

Shreya Nalubola finished third (19:25) to lead the Centennial. Eagles freshmen Devin McIntyre (5th, 20:04), Allie Driscoll (6th, 20:24) and Anna Li (7th, 20:30) and junior Alyssa Taylor (10th, 20:40) also finished in the top 10.

"My number one didn't surprise me, but having five in the top 10 kind of surprised me," Centennial girls coack Kevin McCoy said. "I didn't think we were going to actually pull it off. I thought we were coming in as a little bit of an underdog."

Westminster's Natalie Eastwood finished second (19:14) and Catonsville's Tara McDonald was fourth (19:51).


Barnhart Invitational

Boys top 10 teams

1. Centennial 49, 2. Loyola Blakefield 76, 3. Catonsville 100, 4. Linganore 111, 5. Dulaney 112, 6. Towson 175, 7. Paint Branch 189, 8. Westminster 224, 9. Archbishop Spalding 242, 10. Pikesville 298.

Boys individual top 10

1. Duboyce (Lin) 15:47, 2. Spear (Loy) 16:11, 3. Beck (Lin) 16:19, 4. Font (Cen) 16:43, 5. Chetelat (Cat) 16:48, 6. Dorsey (PB) 17:00, 7. Terpos (Loy) 17:07, 8. Legambi (Loy) 17:10, 9. Segev (Cen) 17:16, 10. Fordyce (Dul) 17:18.

Girls top 10 teams

1. Centennial 31, 2. Dulaney 60, 3. Westminster 101, 4. Catonsville 150, 5. Towson 162, 6. Maryvale Prep 180, 7. Institute of Notre Dame 212, 8. Franklin 222, 9. Loch Raven 237, 10. Elizabeth Seton 257.

Girls individual top 10

1. Griffith (Dul) 18:54, 2. Eastwood (West) 19:14, 3. Nalubola (Cen) 19:25, 4. Macdonald (Cat) 19:51, 5. McIntyre (Cen) 20:04, 6. Driscoll (Cen) 20:24, 7. Li (Cen) 20:30, 8. Voelker (Tow) 20:32, 9. Klein (Dul) 20:36, 10. Taylor (Cen) 20:40.