Although Catonsville High's top runner Gable Noble wasn't satisfied with his finish at the Baltimore County championship meet last Saturday, the senior was happy to get a trial run on the same Dulaney High course where the regionals will be held on Oct. 30.
The senior clocked 17:39 and earned a ribbon for placing in the top 15 (14th) in the steady wind.
"The wind was a bother, especially when it hit you in the face, especially the last half of the race," Noble said. "It just beats you down. You just try to ride it when its behind you, but there is really nothing you can do until you get out of the way."
Noble had hoped to break 17 minutes, but he will have to wait until the regional meet to do that.
"I'm glad we have regionals on the same course," said Noble, who clocked 17:48 and finished 26th last year at Dulaney in the regional race.
At the Baltimore County meet, the Comets placed all seven of its runners in the top 50 and finished fourth in the team standings (125 points) behind Dulaney (19), Hereford (66) and Towson (69) in the race won by Dulaney junior Eric Walz (15:49) for the second year in a row.
Classmates Patrick Davitt (20th, 18:15), Pete Cook (29th, 18:44) and John Thomas (32nd, 18:58) helped the Comets along with junior Shaun Miller (33rd, 19:03) and sophomores Graham Strzelecki (38th, 19:11) and Quinn Thomas (43rd, 19:26).
Noble is pleased to see the underclassmen's improvement along with the seniors.
"It has been a transition year," he said. "We lost six of the top seven guys. I was the only one of the returning top seven guys from last year. We switched around a lot this year, but there is a large amount of underclassmen who will be around to build the team up the next couple of years."
Six of those underclassmen were among the top 21 finishers in the junior varsity race and they helped the Comets take third place.
The Catonsville girls were without its top runner, senior Hannah Llorin (foot injury), and the Comets placed fifth in the team standings with 162 points. She is expected back for regionals.
Dulaney and Towson were tied at the top with 40 points, but Dulaney won the tiebreaker because its sixth runner finished ahead of Towson's sixth runner.
Hereford (61) and Perry Hall (130) finished ahead of the Comets, who were represented by junior Claire Sattler (21st, 21:46), sophomore Anna Piermattei (37th, 22:59), senior Mara Lins (38th, 23:03), junior Alicia Dixon (43rd, 23:16), sophomore Casey Davitt (49th, 24:07) and juniors Emma Lesnevich (51st, 24:13) and Emma Runge (52nd, 24:15).
Leading the 14th-place Western Tech boys were senior Nick Williams (65th, 20:34), freshmen Kian McGloin (85th, 21:50), Jalen Perry (93rd, 22:21) and Craig Grayson (108th, 24:14), sophomore Noah Johnson (112th, 24:47) and junior Shyam Pujara (120th, 26:34).
The ninth-place Wolverine girls had five runners including: senior Alexandria Willridge (44th, 23:18), juniors Erykah Leno (60th, 25:03) and Tara Bland (67th, 26:21.06,), senior Daijona Revell (78th, 29:13) and sophomore Kiara Jones ( 79th, 29:14).