A new face with a familiar name and an old face who has won before were winners at the Westminster Invitational yesterday at Western Maryland College.
Freshman Meghan White led the Dulaney girls to an overwhelming team win in the girls race, and C. Milton Wright senior Brian Harris won the boys event for a third straight year as both teams won their second straight Westminster Invitational.
White, who watched her older sister, Amanda, enjoy a banner running career at Dulaney before going to Stanford University this fall, finished in 19 minutes and 57 seconds, seven seconds faster than second-place finisher Alicia Adams of Glenelg.
Dulaney had an easy time winning the overall girls team race, placing four runners in the top dozen to outdistance second-place Frederick, 71-117. C.M. Wright was third with 127 points followed by host Westminster (150) in fourth and Old Mill (155) in sixth.
The boys race was a lot tighter with the Mustangs nipping Centennial, 79-84. Westminster finished third with 123 points, followed by Oakland Mills (159) and Old Mill (168).
C.M. Wright's Steve Donahue and Dave Warnick also were top-10 finishers for the Mustangs. Donahue took fifth in 17:02 and Warnick was ninth in 17:14. Harris defended his individual title in 16:28 despite battling the flu.
"This race has been pretty good to us the past two years," said C.M. Wright coach Bob Johnson.
"It was a similar situation in that we edged Westminster last year. We had some motivation coming in after Centennial beat us by nine points in a meet last week, so we learned a lot
about ourselves this time. It was a great win."
Dulaney girls coach Bob Dean also learned plenty about his team. White and fellow freshman Melissa Wilson (11th overall) had their second straight solid outing and a strong group of seniors led by Dishina Davis (ninth) and Ashley Dorr (12th) gives the squad a solid mix of youth and experience.
"Freshmen sometimes have their ups and downs but both Meghan and Melissa's times were comparable to what they did in last week's meet at UMBC," said Dean. "I see them continuing to improve and get stronger as the year goes on. We knew there would be some talented kids here to challenge Meghan and
she held up real well."
Said White: "I didn't know the competition so I was just hoping to get the win. Everybody expects me to win every race because I'm a White, but I still have to work very hard. Every win gives me a little more confidence, but there's also more pressure to keep on winning."
Old Mill and Westminster had strong days on the boys and girls side. Jessica Davis took 10th to lead Old Mill to the fifth-place girls finish, and the boys also took fifth behind Jason Reckner's seventh-place individual effort.
After finishing runner-up a year ago, the Westminster boys team dropped to third this year with Nate Shank taking 14th.