Varsity roundup: Edgewood boys, N. Harford girls win UCBAC cross country titles

Edgewood won its first cross country title in 44 years Thursday, capturing the boys championship in the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference meet in Bel Air. North Harford won the girls title, its second in the past three years.

The two teams prevailed in close scoring on a 2.9-mile course in Tollgate Park. Races for the individual titles were  not close, however. C. Milton Wright freshman Jessica Rogers won the girls race by 12 seconds in 19 minutes, 43 seconds. North Harford senior Nick Fransham opened a 42-second lead on Bohemia Manor's Ty Franks in winning his third UCBAC title in 15:24.


Edgewood, which last won a county title in 1970, took three of the top six places, with Langston Gash third, Sam Verk fifth and David Dzambasow sixth. Bel Air runners, led by freshman Kieran McDermott in fourth, surged near the end to pull to within 2 points of the Rams for second place. C. Milton Wright took third and Fallston fourth.

The North Harford girls placed five in the top 15 to win by 3 points.

Valerie Taylor took third, Casey Welsh fourth, Regan Davis seventh, Morgan DiGiorgio eighth and Courtney Klapka 13th.

With the one-two finish of Rogers and Pam Koga, C. Milton Wright finished second among girls teams. Bel Air took third and Rising Sun fourth in the field of 10 Harford and five Cecil County teams.

Carroll County championship: Liberty senior Sarah Rinehart won her second consecutive Carroll County cross country championship in 19:53 at McDaniel College.

That performance, along with four of the team's five scorers placing within the top 10, was good enough for a team victory as well.

The Lions also got a team victory on the boys side, paced by Chad Sussman's victory in 17:18. Century's Matthew Kane, who had been Carroll's most dominant runner leading up to the race, finished second (17:24). Liberty teammate Nick Tilson (17:36) rounded out the top three.

For the girls, Manchester Valley's Katie Leisher (20:02) was second, followed by Westminster's Colleen Kernan (20:26) in third.


—Matt Owings

Baltimore Sun Media Group

Anne Arundel County championship: The Severna Park boys and South River girls cross country teams retained their county titles at South River. The Falcons swept the top five, with Kevin Hines (16:07) edging his teammates for the individual title.

"Our goal throughout the entire race is to run as a pack and run off each other," Hines said. "It says it on our varsity shirts to do it for the other six, and that's what we did."

Andrew Forsyth, Josh Tucker, Clay Whitney and Jacob Derlink filled out the top five.

On the girls side, Annapolis' Maria Coffin surged to the lead at the start and, finished in 18:16, 1:07 ahead of second-place finisher Natalie Jacobo of Broadneck and Charlotte Bader of Chesapeake.


South River's Reilly Wagner finished fourth to lead her team, and Caroline Tyrrell and Emily Jacobsen came in seventh and eighth. Caitlin Pierson, just returning from an injury, finished 11th to help the Seahawks repeat.

—Ryan Morse

Baltimore Sun Media Group

Field hockey

No. 7 Century 4, Winters Mill 1: Leah Southan

plays on Century's front line, and while she scored only one goal in the regular season, the senior forward found other ways to contribute, as she did Thursday, when she had two assists in the Knights' 4-1 win over Winters Mill in a Class 2A West Section 1 semifinal.

Century (12-2-1) scored in the game's first minute, then withstood Winters Mill's answer with two more first-half goals. Southan assisted the first goal, a penalty-corner pass to junior forward Sarah Jacobs, and the second came on junior Kerri McCorkell's goal with 8:12 to go in the half. Jacobs finished with two goals and Madi Hall had the other goal for the reigning 2A state champion Knights, who will play Middletown in the sectional final.

—Pat Stoetzer

Baltimore Sun Media Group

No. 12 Marriotts Ridge 5, Centennial 0: Keally Ingersoll, Allie McAuley and Lexi Souder each had a goal and an assist to lead the host Mustangs (13-2) past the Eagles (5-10) in the section semifinals of Class 2A East.

No. 2 Severna Park d. Northeast, 3-0: Sophie Hoekstra had seven kills and Morgan Kline had 18 assists to lead the host Falcons (14-0) past the Eagles (6-8).

Severna Park won, 25-8, 25-8, 25-10.