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Lansdowne twins celebrate top-15 finishes in Baltimore County cross country championships

Lansdowne's Naomi Corns makes her way up a tough hill on the Dulaney High School course in the Baltimore County cross country championships on Saturday. The sophomore finished 15th, and her twin sister Julia finished 10th.
Lansdowne's Naomi Corns makes her way up a tough hill on the Dulaney High School course in the Baltimore County cross country championships on Saturday. The sophomore finished 15th, and her twin sister Julia finished 10th. (staff photo by Brian Krista)

In their first season of cross country, Lansdowne sophomore twins Julia and Naomi Corns proved they are among the more promising runners in Baltimore County as they both placed in the top 15 in the county championship meet on Saturday at Dulaney High.

It was the first cross country ribbon for Naomi Corns, who placed 15th in a time of 21:15, but when her sister Julia saw she got a ribbon, she wondered why she didn't get one.

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Coach Jon Briggs informed her that because she placed 10th, in 20:31, she would get a medal.

Indeed, Julia Corns received her first cross country medal and more could be on the horizon for the sisters.

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"We put them in the varsity races because they have been running great times and they've got two more years, and we expect them to compete for the top spots in the next couple years," Briggs said.

The twins started running in fifth grade but didn't run in high school until last year's outdoor track season. They had only run the course at Dulaney once before, and Saturday's steady winds didn't deter them.

"Coach told us to get top 10 today, but I didn't make it. She did, though," said Naomi, pointing to her sister. "I'm happy that I got top 20."

Her twin sister was motivated by the breeze.

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"It was a little windy, but that made me want to do better," Julia said.

Joining the twins for the Vikings was senior captain Alex Bloom, who decided to run last fall instead of playing soccer and finished 32nd in a time of 22:46.

Bloom had played soccer for 11 years and still considers it her favorite sport, but the three-sport athlete, who also plays basketball and softball, enjoys the one she's playing at the time.

"My dad ran cross country in high school so I decided to give it a try," said Bloom, who was 42nd last year at the county championship meet.

She enjoys being surrounded by the new talent on the team.

"It's nice to have other people to push you," said Bloom, who wasn't content with her effort. "Time-wise, not so much, but place-wise, I finished ahead of where I finished last year so I'm happy with it.

"I think I went too fast in my first mile and that was my problem, and I didn't have enough left," she said.

Her coach appreciates her leadership. "She is an awesome girl, an awesome student," Briggs said.

The Vikings would have had another talent, but Anesseh Holt, who finished 11th in the county championship race last year as a junior, is studying abroad in Japan this semester.

The Lansdowne boys were represented by freshmen Jose Martinez (42nd, 19:21), Deontray Bates (67th, 20:40) and Harry Trinh (21:03) and senior Muhammad Abbai (89th, 22:13).

The Western Tech boys finished 14th in the race won by Dulaney for the second straight year with Dulaney's Eric Walz (15:49) also winning for the second straight year.

Leading the Wolverines were senior Nick Williams (65th, 20:34.69), 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 in the girls race won by Dulaney. They included: senior Alexandria Willridge (44th, 23:18), juniors Erykah Leno (60th, 25:03) and Tara Bland (67th, 26:21), senior Daijona Revell (78th, 29:13) and sophomore Kiara Jones ( 79th, 29:14).

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