Never mind that the Catonsville Comets lost four of their top five runners from last year. Coach Jeff McDaniel's team always seems to peak at just the right time.
Yesterday's Class 2A North regional meet at Oregon Ridge Park was another fine example.
Just one week after losing to Towson for the girls county championship, the Comets placed three runners in the top seven en route to a four-point win over the Generals.
"We knew coming in it would be a tough meet, but I was real pleased that we beat Towson," said McDaniel, whose team was led by first-place Brigid O'Connell, who covered the hilly 3.1-mile course in 21 minutes.
Gina Panella (fifth, 22:36) and Karina Bowie (seventh, 22:55) also were instrumental in helping the unranked Comets score 44 points to beat Towson (48), Fallston (52) and North Harford (70).
Both Catonsville and Towson qualified for the Nov. 12 state championship meet at Hereford.
Last year, Catonsville finished third in the county meet before winning the regional and state.
On the boys side, Fallston -- led by winner Chris Parkinson (18:05) -- scored 31 points to beat Towson (55), Catonsville (61) and Loch Raven (117). All four qualified for the state meet.
Parkinson defeated Overlea's Ben Fedor by 10 seconds and Towson's Ryan Haden by 17. Other Fallston runners near the front were Mike Martinek (fourth), Todd Weller (sixth), Nick Sayers (eighth) and Jason Sayers (12th).
Besides Haden, four other Towson runners -- Ryan McCracken (10th), Rob Chalmers (13th), Harrison Clement (14th) and Lee Synkowski (15th) finished in the top 15.