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Patterson Mill's Betz highlights otherwise tough day for Harford runners at state cross country meet

Parkton, MD. November 14, 2015. Photo by Nicole Munchel. Edgewood's David Dzambasow runs in the 3A boys state cross country meet Saturday. Pics of Harford runners in 3A boys, 3A girls and 4A boys races.
Parkton, MD. November 14, 2015. Photo by Nicole Munchel. Edgewood's David Dzambasow runs in the 3A boys state cross country meet Saturday. Pics of Harford runners in 3A boys, 3A girls and 4A boys races.(Nicole Munchel / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Ashley Betz concluded her first season of cross-country with a strong finish Saturday in the MPSSAA state meet.The 14-year-old Patterson Mill freshman placed second in the Class 1A girls' race, the highest finish among Harford County runners in the meet.

Betz raced over the daunting, double-dip 3-mile course at Hereford High School in 20:47, almost a minute faster than her time on the same course in the Bull Run Invitational two months earlier.

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Betz, the UCBAC and 1A East Region champion, led her team to a sixth-place finish. In the Huskies' top five were Abby Ruby, 45th in 24:44; Jordan Dawson, 46th, 24:44; Nina Scher, 47th, 24:45; and Mikaela Nikkila, 60th, 25:59.

It was a good day overall for Patterson Mill, as the boys' team tied for third in 1A with two medalists (top-25 finishers), Logan Hardy, fifth in 17:37, and Ken Ikemoto, 22nd in 18:26. Colin McDonald placed 27th in 18:40; Ryan Iacaruso, 32nd in 18:53 and Sam Brosh, 45th in 19:12.

It was not a good day for Edgewood and its UCBAC champion David Dzambasow. With a mile to go in the 3A race, Dzambasow was among the first 12 runners, but as he ascended from the deep ravine known as the dip, he began to fade. He finished 35th in 17:43. Teammate Sam Verk raced past him to 22nd place in 17:14. Ben Gorski finished 49th in 17:56. The Rams took 14th place.

Bel Air endured similar disappointment. Kieran McDermott, who ran 16:36 in the Bull Run in September, ran 17:35 in the 4A race, finishing 44th. Bel Air's boys placed 15th, and the girls 17th in the field of 21 teams. Morgan Smith was first among the Bel Air girls at 21:56 in 77th.

Pam Koga led C. Milton Wright to ninth place among 3A girls' teams, placing 18th in a field of 157 in 20:51. In the 3A boys' race, Mike Foulks finished 34th in 17:39 in leading Wright to 21st place. George Schiminger, at 18:56, finished first for North Harford. The Hawks' boys' team placed 23rd, and the girls' team was 16th behind the 32nd-place finish of Casey Welsh in 21:14.

The Aberdeen boys placed 22nd in 3A with Gavin Brennan leading them at 40th place in 17:45.

In Class 2A, the Fallston boys placed eighth among 25 teams. Andrew Parks medaled at 21st place in 17:42. Eric Baranoski was 30th, 18:03; Saxon Brown, 46th, 18:21; Garrett Brennan, 47th, 18:22; and Nick Fabula, 67th, 18:53. For the Fallston girls, Kate Mullaney finished 45th in 22:24; Julianna Stevens, 83rd, 23:42; and Lindsay Howard, 88th, 23:55.

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