Not only did C. Milton Wright continue its domination of the cross country scene in the county championships Friday, but strength and numbers among underclassmen should keep the Mustangs running smoothly.
In the top boys race, Wright, paced by three-time county champion Brian Harris, placed five finishers among the top six, with only Class 1A state champion Bobby Simmons of Joppatowne able to prevent a sweep.
Harris and No. 2 Steve Donahue are seniors, but the 4-5-6 runners are sophomore-junior-freshman.
A key has been a tightly bunched team -- usually within 90 seconds of each other -- and this race was no exception. The spread was 1:26.
In a 35-runner B Division race, senior Ryan Lesh led a 1-2-3-4 Wright finish, and coach Bob Johnson's team wound up with eight of the first 10 and 11 of the first 16. Fallston had nine finishers, including four of the top 13.
Among the girls, Wright had three finishers among the first four -- sophomore Jen Englehart and junior Amy Altmann ran 1-2 -- with the five scorers among the top 15. Coach Barb Johnson sent out 30 in the 86-runner event, and most of them are underclassmen.
Christy Moon, the school's one-girl cross country team, finished third. Among the boys, Chad Bratten (14) and Jeff Gerring (24) were the best.
Mike Anderson, Bel Air's first runner at No. 7, had to visit the doctor earlier in the day for treatment after slicing a finger with a knife.
No. 28 James Fortier and No. 32 Jason Bullock were the leaders for the boys, and No. 50 Laura Bourque and No. 68 Sandra Hazard were the school's only runners in the girls race.
No. 9 Ben Bohl, No. 11 Mike Martinek, No. 15 Jason Sayers and No. 20 Todd Weller were the boys leaders. In the girls race, junior Candy Credito beat senior teammate Laurie Cicero (for the first time this year) by 70 yards as they ran 5-6, with teammate Erin Chlumsky placing seventh.
The Cobras just missed beating Bel Air for fourth place (123-126) in the boys race, with No. 12 Larry Belcher, No. 13 Michael Knefel and No. 23 David Grant the leaders. For the girls, Erin Fitzgerald was 18th, and the team put four in the top 30.
Havre de Grace
No. 20 Rodney Bolen and No. 37 Dennis Bolen led the Warriors in the boys race.
No. 19 Brian Basener was the Patriots' top finisher in the boys race, and No. 32 Jody Manning and No. 37 Jennifer Williams were the best of the girls.
Bobby Simmons and No. 9 Keith Phillips were the leaders, as the Mariners put their first four finishers among the first 21 boys. In the girls race, where the team had three finishers, Chris Torres was 27th.
No. 17 Bryan Hagan and No. 18 Russ Sliger produced the best efforts by the boys team, and No. 10 Megan McNew, No. 15 Cara Johnson and No. 20 Harmony Mack led the girls.