For the second time in four days, C. Milton Wright's top-ranked boys cross country team easily outran the area's No. 2 team.
After dispensing with last week's No. 2 Calvert Hall at Saturday's Harford County Invitational, the Mustangs beat new No. 2 Westminster yesterday. The Mustangs swept five of the top seven spots to beat the Owls, 21-51, in a quad meet at Fallston.
Led by Brian Harris' winning 16 minutes, 20 seconds on the new 3.1-mile Fallston course, the Mustangs turned in their best overall performance this season, said coach Bob Johnson. Greg Stephen ran third in 16:58, followed by Steve Donohue (fourth, 17:11), Chad Boyle (sixth, 17:32) and Troy Morse (seventh, 17:33).
Before the meet, Johnson said he feared the Mustangs might not run well so soon after the Harford Invitational. "When you've got three days to come back for another race and you know they're pretty tired, you don't have high expectations," said Johnson.
Jim Holford paced the Owls with a second-place finish in 16:44. But the Owls No. 2 runner Chris Zendgroft fell in the woods midway through the race and didn't finish.
Matt Soper was seventh in 17:35 for the Owls, followed by Sean Donovan (12th, 17:49), Jim Zoulias (13th, 17:51) and Jay Merker (14th, 17:59).
Westminster just didn't have the depth to battle the Mustangs, but only one team has -- Quince Orchard, of Montgomery County. Quince Orchard beat the Mustangs Saturday, 66-86, at Harford.
Owls' coach Jim Kilford said he hasn't faced a stronger team this
season. "I actually think they're the best team in the state. Saturday, Quince Orchard showed them different, but if they run like they ran today, they're the best team."
Johnson said: "It helps us a lot that we're seven deep. If we were five deep, one guy could really hurt us tremendously, but seven gives us more depth than most teams we run against."
The Mustangs' Stacy Servia won the girls' race in 21:15, but No. 4 Westminster placed five in the top seven to win the team competition. The Owls' 23 points easily beat C. Milton Wright, 37, and Fallston, 76.
Westminster's Joy Bullock trailed Servia by 13 seconds, followed by Amy Elwell (third, 21:54), Jen Binford (fifth, 22:01), Brooke Hammel (sixth, 22:07) and Adrienne McGuire (seventh, 22:15).
The Mustangs' Amy Altmann was fourth in 22:01. Fallston's Laurie Cicero finished 11th and Kim Szager was 13th for Joppatowne.