2018 high school cross country preview

Aegis correspondent

Harford County high school cross country teams have seen their season hampered by excessive heat. Runners are still ready, however, and here is a look at all 11 county teams.

Aberdeen

Coaches: Josh Rupert and Jaime Werps

Leading boys: Daniel Foster, Sr.; Sean Starkloff, Sr.; Donovan Peyton, Fr.; Zachary Kiedrowski, So.; Ryan Frist, So.; Nick Pappas, Jr.; David Watt, Fr.; Liam Pettus, Sr.

Leading girls: Taylor Miller, Sr.; Eliana Peyton, Fr.; Rebekah Rawlings, So.; Alyssa Plitt, Sr.

Outlook: All-County runner Daniel Foster is the leader among several returnees for the boys’ team, which looks to have more depth than last year. The girls’ team consists of yet untested newcomers.

Bel Air

Coaches: Andrea Gwin, Sharon Pickett and Jim Ruff

Leading boys: A.J. Plowman, Sr.; Caleb Zylka, Jr.; Josh Phillips, Sr.

Leading girls: Faith Loftus, Sr.; Rebekah Cross, Jr.; Shelby Hay, Jr.; Mackenzie Morrison, Fr.; Riley McDermott, Jr.; Elizabeth Pickett, Fr.

Outlook. Between both teams, the Bobcats lost 20 to graduation but have a strong group of returnees to build around this season. The girls, second in the UCBAC last year, may be one of the best in the conference this year.

C. Milton Wright

Coaches: Donnie Mickey and Mike Griffith

Leading boys: Peter Capozzoli, Jr.; Greg Roden, Jr.; Tanner Cummins, Sr.; Ben Sprague, Jr.; Jayden Slotnick, Jr.; Jaydon Morley, Sr.; Travis Hruz, Sr.; Grey Hansel, So.; Trevor Jagde, So.; Bryan Key, So.

Leading girls: Haley Cummins, Jr.; Lindsey Perry, Jr.; Hannah Beegle, Jr.; Ashley Pelletier, So.; Josie Walsh, So.; Natalia Reyes, Jr.; Madison Tully, So.; Courtney Boseck, Jr.; Maura O’Neill, Sr.

Outlook: Led by two-time state champ Haley Cummins, the girls’ team should have a shot at its fourth straight UCBAC title. The boys’ team has the potential to improve on its 2017 third-place finish.

Edgewood

Coaches: Head coach: Jerry Henderson, Assistant: Dan Gorski

Leading boys: Ayo Adediji, Jr.; Kevin Rowland, Jr.; Mark Johnson, Sr.; Andrew Grad, Sr.

Leading girls: Anna Decker, Jr.; Madison Buddenbohn, Jr.; Michaela Crue, Jr.; Mary Crue, Jr.; Kate Wolferman, Jr.; Shelby Johnson, Sr.; Sara Gorski, Sr.

Outlook: The girls’ team last year placed third in the UCBAC, its best-ever conference finish, and it remains strong. The boys’ team, 12th last year, is young, with mostly underclassmen.

Fallston

Coaches: Karin Walker (boys), Bill Blewett (girls)

Leading boys: Giles Daly, Jr.; Saxon Brown, Sr.; Russell Davis, Jr.; Jameson O’Donald, Sr.; Gabe Bruno, Jr.; Quinn Daly, Fr.; Bryce Kahler, Fr.; Alex Xavier, Fr.

Leading girls: Stacie Lally, Jr.; Kristen Ellington, Jr.; Morgan Kornke, So.; Ashley Janus, So.; Ava Brown, Fr.; Kelly Ann Perez, So.

Outlook: The boys return four of the top eight runners from last year’s UCBAC runner-up team and have promising newcomers. With 16 first-year runners and seven returnees, the girls’ team looks to be improved.

Harford Tech

Coaches: Jeff Matteson and Meghan McGowan

Leading boys: Shannon Dooley, Sr., Jacob Clendaniel, Sr.; A.J. Ianniello, Sr.; Daron Taylor, Jr.; Zachary Taylor, Jr.; Kevin Baranoski, So.; Jacob LaRue, Fr.; Ashton Mazurek, Fr.; Tyler Marrow, Fr.

Leading girls: Morgan Dean, Sr.; Megan Dean, Sr.; Stephanie Taylor, Jr.; Kayla Olmstead, So.; Samantha Peters, Jr.; Tara Orzech, Jr.; Julia Rhoderick, So.; Amber Barton, Fr.; Gabby Donlick, Fr.

Outlook: The boys team, fifth in the UCBAC last year, picked up an outstanding runner by transfer, Kevin Baranoski, and may become a contender for the UCBAC title. The girls’ team has strong returnees and some promising newcomers. On the team: 20 boys and 16 girls.

Havre de Grace

Coaches: Michelle Usewicz Rathfon and Bill Walsh

Leading boys: Charles Shaneybrook, Jr.; Michael Sweigart, So.; Joseph Ciampi, Fr.

Leading girls: Emily Curry, So.; Elizabeth Watkins, Fr.

Outlook: Though the team is small and inexperienced, Coach Rathfon, in her second year, expects improvement this season.

John Carroll

Coaches: Rob Torres (girls) and Mike Monaghan (boys), Assistants: Kayla Stoots and Sarah Driver

Leading boys: Alexander Kirkland, Sr.; Bryan Stancliff, Sr.; Connor Ferrera, Sr.; Jack Plumer, Sr.; Jake Gottschalk, Sr.; Cam Mezzatesta, Jr.; Michael Chipi, Jr.; Elie Fraiji, So.

Leading girls: Bryn Fitzkee, Jr.; Meredith Brosh, Sr.; Holly Dixon, Sr.; Delaney Hopkins, So.; Maddie Sumwalt, So.; Cherie Ndungu, Jr.; McKenzie Walton, Jr.; Drew Wilson, So.

Outlook: The boys return most of their varsity runners from 2017 when both varsity and JV went undefeated in the MIAA B Conference. The girls team is “very small and rebuilding this year with most of the team either brand new to cross country, or with only one year experience,” said Coach Torres.

Joppatowne

Coach: Cheryl Oricchio

Leading boys: Jordan Barmer, Jr.

Leading girls: Akirah Nash, So.; Jacora Franklin, Fr.

Outlook: The team is small and light on experience as the school year begins.

North Harford

Leading boys: Kyle Hillhouse, Jr.; Isaac Leighton, Sr.; Sam Norton, Jr.; Gavin Robinson, Jr.; Berkeley Tisch, Fr.

Leading girls: Ashley Betz, Sr.; Jordan Dawson, Sr.; Kathleen DiCarlo, Jr.; Mia Santoro, Jr.

Outlook: The Huskies lost a huge number, 28 runners, to graduation and are rebuilding with a freshman class of 15. Ashley Betz, the 2015 UCBAC champion, leads the girls’ team, which last year took fourth in the conference meet.

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