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Stars are nice, but cross country teams need depth to win

Stars are nice, but cross country teams need depth to win

The top-ranked Severna Park boys were dominant in the 2013 cross country season, capped by a spectacular effort in the Class 4A state championship race at McDaniel College. In that race, the Falcons finished with 38 points, crushing second-place Dulaney (114) and everyone else. Ryan Forsyth won the race as Severna Park placed five runners in the top 14. Forsyth, a star fresh off Anne Arundel and East Regional titles, could have skipped the race and the stacked Falcons still would have won. The best teams often feature dominant runners, but not always. One good runner doesn't guarantee team championships — the first five finishers score a team's points. "Basically...

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