County cross country teams performed well at the season's first weekend of invitationals. Glenelg and River Hill especially had reasons to celebrate.
The Glenelg boys team won the Interstate Classic small schools division Saturday at Clear Spring in Washington County. The Gladiators girls finished second.
Moreover, Jon Goldsmith won the small schools individual title for Glenelg and finished second in overall competition with a time of 16 minutes, 27 seconds. Teammates Scott Shores (10th), Jacob Hartman (17th), Ben Adams (21st) and Robert Pencek (27th) contributed to the team victory.
And Carrie Selmer of Glenelg finished fourth in her division with a time of 21:36, followed by teammates Emily Hunt (10th), Kelly Edwards (18th), Rachel Bounds (21st) and Jessica Wrobel (36th). The Gladiators were beaten by Mercersburg Academy.
The Oakland Mills boys finished third in the small schools division, led by Izudin Mehmedovic's fourth-place time of 17:08.
In the large schools division, River Hill's girls finished second with 63 points, well behind first-place Middletown at 24 points. Lee McDuff's fourth-place finish in 19:30 led the Hawks.
Joining McDuff were teammates Susan Wilson, who finished eighth at 20:35, freshman Anne Cunningham (11th, 20:52), Peggy Chu (17th, 21:05) and Jennifer Green (23rd, 21:50).
"This could be the best girls team ever in Howard County," said Hawks coach Earl Lauer. "I've never had six girls run under 22 minutes."
Maria McTighe also ran 21:51 for the Hawks.
The Wilde Lake girls finished sixth with 157 points, led by Rebecca Novinsky, who finished 13th in 21:01.
The River Hill boys finished third with 74 points behind Good Counsel (34) and Middletown (64).
All-County Hawks runner Shane Stroup was spiked during a false start and ran with a 2 1/2 -inch cut on his heel, but still finished eighth at 16:57. Teammate Michael Fleg edged him for seventh place at 16:54.
The Wilde Lake boys finished fourth with 114 points in the large schools division, led by Jason Moore (12th, 17:40) and Matt Bryden (13th, 17:43).
Mount Hebron's boys soccer team's trip to the Eastern Shore to the Pocomoke Tournament last weekend was one memory it would rather forget.
After a 3 1/2 -hour bus ride Friday, the team learned its hotel had been switched. And by the time the Vikings got "settled in and to the field, we barely had time to warm up for our 6 p.m. game," coach Jeff Doolan said.
That didn't stop Mount Hebron from dominating Stephen Decatur, the Eastern Shore's premier team that returned nearly all its players after going 14-2 last season. The only team Decatur lost to last season was James M. Bennett, which lost to Mount Hebron in the state Class 2A final.
But despite their superior play, the No. 2-ranked Vikings lost, 2-1.
"We took 33 long throws and corners, had possession for 60 minutes, missed six open nets, hit the crossbar and two side posts," Doolan said. "They took four shots and made two of them, one from 35 yards and the other off a corner kick."
The Vikings did salvage its Saturday game, 3-1, over Pocomoke.