Unseasonably warm temperatures made the 20th and last Hereford Invitational an ordeal for some cross country runners, but the good ones weren't bothered.
Led by Jenny Howard, Fallston dominated the girls C race for the second straight year, as she lowered the meet record to 18 minutes, 27 seconds. It was just two seconds off the course record set by John F. Kennedy's Kim Many at the 1988 state championships, and Howard can get that mark Nov. 10 when she seeks her third straight state title.
There was plenty of stopwatch-checking on the boys side, where Oakland Mills and Archbishop Curley held off Pennsylvania schools to win the B and C sections, respectively. Comparing their times, the Scorpions, No. 1 in The Evening Sun rankings, would have had a 26-31 edge over the No. 2 Friars.
Curley's Matt Ciarpella took his race in 15:44, but Centennial's Pat Rodrigues was the fastest Marylander. Rodrigues dueled Darby Reed in the B race, and the Dallastown, Pa., ace won by less than a foot, as both were timed in 15:32.7. Calvert Hall's Chris Sisk topped the A race in 15:53.
In the boys B race, Oakland Mills had five of the top 14 finishers: PTC Joe Drissel (fourth), Paul Scholney (seventh), Bill Dye (eighth), Matt Bond (10th) and Brandon Hart (14th).
* Patterson and Lake Clifton are headed for a football showdown Oct. 19 in the MSA B Conference.
Neither team has played a division opponent yet. Patterson (5-0) sports the best overall record in Division I ahead of Dunbar (3-1), which suffered its first loss Friday against Lake Clifton. The Lakers (3-1) have the best overall record in Division II.
Hard hit by graduation, Patterson went to the air to down Carver, 40-6, as sophomore quarterback Buddy Edmond completed 10 of 20 for 341 yards and four touchdowns.
"Carver came up tight to play bump and run, giving us the quick out pass," said Patterson coach Roger Wrenn.
Edmond said the Clippers' first offensive play, an 88-yard TD pass to Ken Clark, was predetermined last week in practice.
"We knew it would work," he said. "I just took a one-step drop, turned and threw."
* St. Paul's (4-1) and Severn (4-2) both figured to chase St. Mary's (6-0) in the MSA C Conference, but neither expected Friday's meeting to hinge on a sophomore's spectacular play.
The game was scoreless when St. Paul's Brad Read picked off a pass in his own end zone and raced 102 yards for a 6-0 lead. Later, teammate Shawn Mahoney bulled in from 1 yard for the 12-0 victory.