Fallston and C. Milton Wright boys and girls team finished in the top 10 at the state cross country championships on Saturday, Nov. 10.
In the first races of the day, Fallston's runners competed against more than just the clock. Both the girls and the boys ran in a torrential downpour that kept them sliding down hills all over the up-and-down Hereford High course in Baltimore County.
Most runners crossed the finish line covered with mud.
"We usually go unless there's thunder and lightning, but this was as bad as I've ever seen," said Fallston boys coach Gary Trott, an 11-year veteran of cross country and outdoor track.
With the chilly wind and the driving rain, some runners were treated for hypothermia, although no local competitors were affected.
"I walked into the medical building and it looked like a MASH unit.
There were kids lying all over the place," said Barbara Johnson, C. Milton Wright girls coach.
Out on the course, times got progressively better as the day wore on, but that didn't help Harford County's top prospect. Jenny Howard was the first runner to race on the course, as she won her third Class 2A title.
Howard fell three times, but still chalked up the second-best time of the day, 19:40. She led the Fallston girls to fifth place in the team competition. Glenelg won the title with 49 points while Fallston compiled 145.
Monica Beall finished 10th in 21:39 for the Cougars. Sarah Moore (43rd, 24:46), Laura Kortisses (44th, 24:51) and Jessica Wolf (69th, 27:02) also scored for Fallston. The Cougars' No. 3 runner, Kristin Svehla, fell early in the race and did not finish. She wasn't injured.
In the boys Class 2A race, Fallston finished 10th. With 251 points, the Cougars trailed winner Loch Raven by 201 points.
In the Class 3A competition, C. Milton Wright finished with a couple of second-place individual winners, Stacy Servia and Jeff Hankins.
The Mustang girls team finished sixth with 121 points. Centennial took the title with 65. Also scoring for the Mustangs were Jennifer Willey (26th, 24:59), Rhonda Napieralski (38th, 25:51) and Julie Meyer (55th, 26:44).
The Mustang boys finished third with 82 points. Richard Montgomery upset Oakland Mills for the team championship, 72-75.