Wright, Carroll runners hit their stride at invitational

The Baltimore Sun

The C. Milton Wright boys and John Carroll girls passed a tough test in their first major cross country invitational of the fall. The then-unranked Mustangs boys edged defending champion Loyola, while the Patriots girls finished second to host Dulaney in last week's Barnhart Invitational.

C. Milton Wright placed just one runner in the top 10, but finished with 81 points, three ahead of then-No. 3 Loyola. The victory helped push the Mustangs to No. 2 in The Sun's poll.

Pete Houlihan was the top Mustangs runner, finishing seventh in 17 minutes, 11.58 seconds in a race won by Mason Campbell of Towson. Also for C. Milton Wright, Steve Otradavec edged his brother, Paul, for 12th place, beating him by 0.33 seconds.

Jason Thompson (25th) and Alex Kemmerer (26th) were the other two Mustang scorers.

"It's a nice place to start, but we've got work to do," C. Milton Wright coach Donnie Mickey said. "We've got to execute a race plan a little bit better."

For the girls, Dulaney won the event for the 14th consecutive year. The Lions finished with 45 points, ahead of John Carroll (62).

Erika Stasakova and Nicole Clarke led the way for the Patriots, finishing first and second, respectively. Stasakova won the race in 19:30.60, just beating out Clarke (19:32.88).

"I knew they'd have a shot at going 1-2, but it wouldn't be easy with the South River, Dulaney and C.M. Wright girls there," John Carroll coach Rob Torres said. "I told the girls not to go out too quickly due to the heat, just to hang with the lead pack until at least the two-mile mark, then start to go. They followed the plan perfectly."

Kaitlynn Colgain (seventh) was the other Patriot to finish in the top 10. Elizabeth Tauber (23rd) and Laura Vinton (29th) also scored for John Carroll.

C. Milton Wright took third, five points behind John Carroll, despite putting just one runner in the top 10.

Sara Bailey led the way for the Mustangs, finishing in 10th place. Lindsay Smith (12th), Whitney Hora (13th), Shannon Rafferty (15th) and Lindsay Lippincott (17th) rounded out the Mustangs' top five.

Fumbling around

The Aberdeen football team fumbled nine times - losing six - but still nearly earned a win in its season opener. North East-Cecil, which fumbled seven times, scored a late touchdown to pull out an 8-6 victory in an Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference game Sept. 7.

Aberdeen lost three fumbles inside the North East 30-yard line.

"It was a really hot and humid night," first-year Aberdeen coach John Siemsen said. "The ball was slippery. It was just so humid there."

The Eagles battled through the fumbling problems to play better as the night went on. They ran for only 17 yards in the first half, but gained 168 yards on the ground in the wing T offense after halftime.

North East came up with one late drive and two-point conversion for the two-point lead with 2:10 left in the game.

Siemsen said the fact the Eagles were leading into the final minutes despite the fumbling problems was a positive.

"That's what we've been kind of addressing all week long," Siemsen said.

More turnovers

Joppatowne also had turnover problems in its 32-17 loss at North Carroll in the season opener.

The Mariners gained 327 yards of total offense but turned the ball over five times, helping the Panthers take command early.

"We made things very easy for them," Joppatowne coach Bill Waibel said. "You're not going to beat [anybody] with five turnovers."

Joppatowne's turnovers kept giving North Carroll short fields. The Mariners also hurt themselves by relinquishing the ball on downs twice inside the North Carroll 20-yard line.

Quarterback C.J. Townes led the Mariners with 83 yards rushing.

Secret weapon

North Harford offensive lineman Corey Jubb scored his first career touchdown during the Hawks' 34-6 season-opening rout of Annapolis last week.

The senior ran it in on fourth-and-goal from the 1 in the second quarter. Jubb, 6 feet 4 and 330 pounds, asked for the ball during a timeout before the play, pleasantly surprising coach Ken Brinkman, who was talking with his offense.

"It was something we worked on in camp," Brinkman said. "He just said, 'Give me the ball, Coach. I'll get it in there."

Brinkman shifted him to fullback, and Jubb took the handoff and bulled his way into the end zone.

"He took out the whole left side of the line as he went," Brinkman said.

Spiked Shoe

Megan Schott turned in the area's best performance at the Spiked Shoe Invitational at Johns Hopkins last weekend. The North Harford cross country runner finished fifth to lead the Hawks (158 points) to a fifth-place team finish.

Fallston, which finished sixth with 179 points, was paced by Sasha Wrobel (19th place).

Fallston also took sixth on the boys side, with 191 points. Jack Valenti (33rd) was the top Fallston runner in that race. North Harford finished in 14th place.

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