Catonsville coach Sandra Gallagher-Mohler couldn’t hide her excitement after watching her boys and girls cross country teams perform above expectations at the Baltimore County championship meet held on Oct. 21.
In the meet, held at the Baltimore County Agricultural Center, every runner on varsity and JV set personal records.
Seeded fourth, the Catonsville boys finished second with 99 points, nipping third-place Hereford by three points.
The only team ahead of them was defending Class 4A state champion Dulaney, who won its fifth straight county crown with 18 points.
Catonsville and Dulaney will compete again on the same Baltimore County Agricultural Center course on Nov. 2 at 2:30 p.m. at the Class 4A North Region meet.
Catonsville’s top five finishers at the county championships included: seniors Matt Sebside (16th, 17:39.4) and Drew Nicolaus (18th, 17:45.3), sophomore Elliott Wack (19th, 17:45.8), senior Timothy Huynh (20th, 17:49.2) and freshman Daniel Lamb (27th, 18:17.2).
Senior Joe Hill (28th, 18:18.2) was the sixth Catonsville runner and freshman Jack Roseboom (34th, 18:29.9) placed seventh.
“It is a compilation of day in and day out work and of believing in yourself and team cohesion,” Catonsville coach Sandra Gallagher-Mohler said. “It is all of those things that come together.”
Gallagher-Mohler was most impressed by the emergence of Sebside in his senior year.
“He almost didn’t make the squad his sophomore year,” Gallagher-Mohler said. “He’s a wonderful kid and he had a lot of learning to do. To see him turn first just blew my mind.”
The Comets were paced by sophomore Ellie Schumacher (13th, 23:02.8), who set a personal record.
“Every single kid PR’d on JV and varsity,” Gallagher said. “It is days like this that remind me why I coach.”
The Western Tech boys also made a splash at the county meet as junior Vanison Showell (8th, 17:04.3) finished in the top 10 in the race won by Dulaney’s Drew Dailey (16:19.6).
Freshman Anthony Campbell (20:07.5), sophomore John Sheets (21:07.5), senior Jalen Perry (21:30.6), freshman Alfred Murdock (21:51.4) and sophomores Jumaun Tatum (21:54.9) and Justin Quedil (22:29.0) also competed for the 10th-place Wolverines.
Lansdowne’s top male finisher was senior Deontray Bates (38th, 18:34.8).